A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
I saw Mother once more in Calcutta after the DurgA pujA in the year 1907...
The next time I went to see her in her new house at Baghbazar. Before this whenever she came to Calcutta she had always stayed in rented houses. As she often had to put up with a great deal of inconvenience, Sharat Maharaj had had the new house built (in 1909) with great difficulty.
After many inquiries I discovered the house the very afternoon I arrived in Calcutta, and found Dr. Kanjilal reading a newspaper on the veranda. When I asked after Mother, he answered, "She has chicken-pox and is not yet out of quarantine, but she is better now. You may see her after fifteen days."
I had not heard of Mother's illness. Later when I met revered Sharat Maharaj (Swami Saradananda), he said, "Come and see her tomorrow and take prasAdha here."
Next morning I went to see her. She pointed to the scars on her face and hands and told me all about her illness, saying finally, "The marks are not so conspicuous now." Later the marks disappeared altogether.
It was this time that, at Sharat Maharaj's recommendation and with Mother's blessings, I was able to stay at Belur Math. When Mother heard of this she said, "Well, you have the touch of the monk! All right, stay at the Math and be filled with devotion for the Master. I bless you with all my heart."
(to be continued....)