Sister Nivedita

"The mother's heart, the hero's will
The sweetness of the southern breeze,
The sacred charm and strength that dwell
On Aryan altars, flaming, free;
All these be yours and many more 
No ancient soul could dream before- 
Be thou to India's future son
The mistress, servant, friend in one."
- A benediction to Sister Nivedita

by Swami Vivekananda

In a sylvan shrine ensconced in the lap of the Himalayas where silence reigns supreme, stands a memorial which proclaims, "Here reposes Sister Nivedita who gave her all to India".

Margaret Elizabeth Noble was born on October 28, 1867 in Dungannon County Tyrone, Ireland to Mary Isabel Hamilton and Samuel Richmond Noble. The Nobles were of Scottish descent who settled in Ireland some five centuries before.

Margaret’s grandfather was a Methodist Minister and her father was a Congregational Minister who always taught her that, service to mankind is the true service to God. His words made an impression on her mind. From the very beginning, Margaret was a very zealous child, who was always full of energy and enthusiasm. While she spent her early years with her grandmother in Dungannon, she moved to England to be with her family when her father was employed as a minister there.

Even at the age of eight, Margaret had the realization that religion is not about having belief in the doctrines, but it is about searching for the divine light that will bring enlightenment. Additionally, because she was brought up in a family where politics and religion were inextricably mixed, Margaret's inherent qualities were nurtured and blossomed forth in the intellectual climate of the European culture of the nineteenth century. This later paved the way for her study of India and its society
After completing her schooling Margaret graduated as a school teacher and actively participated in literary pursuits, journalism and lectures and was particularly fond of music and art. She took up the job of a teacher for a long period of eight consecutive years from 1884 to 1892 until, at the tender age of 25, she opened her own school in Wimbledon. She always had the calibre to impart education and inspire others.