The highlights of her life

Her relationship with Thakur and Ma

Some aspects of her personality
More details of her life story



This life-story has been excerpted from the book 'They Lived With God' by Swami Chetanananda, published by the Vedanta Society of St. Lois. To read the entire studied life, and lives of 27 other Householder disciples, please read this book. (Swami Chetananda has also published a book on all 16 the Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna 'God Lived With Them')

Some aspects of her personality


Yogin-ma was a woman of strong determination. Whatever she undertook she carried through to perfection. After practicing spiritual disciplines for some time according to the Master's instructions, she decided that Calcutta was not a suitable place for such practices. The sacred atmosphere of Vrindaban, she thought, would be better. Sri Ramakrishna was then staying at the Cossipore garden house for his cancer treatment. When Yogin-ma asked his permission to go to Vrindaban he readily agreed, but he asked her if she had talked to Holy Mother about it. Holy Mother was present then and said: 'Whatever was to be said has been said by you already. What is there to add?' Nevertheless, the Master said to Yogin-ma: 'My dear child, go, after obtaining her consent. You will get everything'.

2. Yogin-ma looked on the monastic disciples as her own children and they in turn were very free with her. One day Swamiji saw her in Calcutta and said: 'I want to have lunch with you. Please cook a curry for me'. On another occasion he said: 'Today is my birthday. Please feed me well. Prepare some rice pudding for me'. She was an expert cook. Holy Mother and the direct disciples all liked her cooking very much, as had Sri Ramakrishna.
3. Although Yogin-ma apparently was a householder, actually she was a nun. She was too modest to make a show of her renunciation, however, and wore the ochre cloth only at the time of worship. At other times she wore the usual white cloth.
4. Yogin-ma had a deep respect for the monastic ideal. One day Swami Saradananda was dictating some letters to a young monk in his room when Yogin-ma entered. Her foot accidentally touched the monk's cloth, and she immediately put her hands together and saluted him. The monk said: 'The touch of your foot is a blessing, Yogin-ma. Please don't feel embarrassed'. Yogin-ma replied: 'You are a monk. Your ochre robe is a symbol of renunciation. It is this renunciation that made Sri Ramakrishna great, and you are following in his footsteps. A little cobra is as poisonous as a big cobra. Her words made the monk realize what a great responsibility lies in the wearing of the monk's robe.

An American devotee, Sister Devamata, also gave her reminiscences of Yogin-ma:

Yogin-ma always seemed to me one of the noblest of Sri Ramakrishna's disciples… She did not abandon her householder life, but no nun in a cloister was more rigid in her spiritual observance than she… No service was ever omitted, no care neglected.

Her day was too well organized to permit of conflict.

She was very strict in conforming with all the usages and traditions of worship. She would never speak while she was worshipping, and it seemed at times as if Holy Mother was teasing or testing her, for she would go up to her and ask her a question. Yogin-ma would give a monosyllabic answer behind closed teeth without moving her lips. Mother would smile and walk away…