A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
14 May, 1911:
When I went to see Mother today, she cried out, the moment I made my obeisance to her, "So, you have come, my dear. I wondered what had come over you, why you never came. Well, why didn't you?"
"I was not here, Mother," I answered. "I was at my father's place."
Mother inquired after my relations and went on to say, "How warm it is today!" With this, she put a fan in my hands and said, "So you have rushed here after a hasty meal, poor dear. Now lie down near me."
A mat had been placed on the floor for Mother. Noticing that I felt diffident about lying down on her own bed, she said, "It doesn't matter, my dear, do lie down."
In the end, I did lie down, I noticed she was falling into a doze, so I remained silent. Just then two women disciples arrived followed by two sanyAsinis (ladies who had renounced the world), one elderly, the other young. Mother asked without opening her eyes, "Isn't that Gourdasi?"
"How did you know, Mother?" The young woman asked.
"I felt it," Mother answered. After a short while she sat up.
"I have been to Belur Math," the young woman said. "Premananda Swamiji gave us a grand meal. One can't get away without eating when he is there."
Mother noticed that the young woman had no vermillion mark on her forehead and mildly rebuked her for it.
Later Gouri-Ma (or Gourdasi) heard all about me from Mother and invited me to her Ashrama.
"We are training fifty to sixty girls there," she said. "Do you know any needlework?"
I answered, "Well, a little," whereupon she asked me to teach her girls the little I knew.
(to be continued....)