A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Mother and I talked about the hardships of a monk's life. She said, "The boys at the Math have a hard life, there is not enough food or anything else. I do not like it. It was because of this hard life that Jogin (Swami Yogananda) fell ill and died."
We were talking in the evening. I said, "Mother, life's fulfilment comes whenever God wills it, it doesn't wait for anything."
"Yes," Mother answered. "But no mango is as sweet as those that ripen in May. Many have tried to grow fruits out of season. See how mangoes and jack-fruits grow even in September. But are they as sweet as the fruits in season? So it is when one seeks God. A man meditates and prays during this life, the mood is perhaps a little intensified in his next incarnation, and still more in the next and so on."
Then speaking of the sudden intervention of God, she said, "God is like a child. He gives to those who don't seek, and withholds from those who do - just as He fancies."
(to be continued....)