A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
"This picture of the Master that you have here," I said, "Is a good one. One can see what he was like. Is it a good likeness?"
"A very good one," Mother said, "It belonged to a brahmin. They made a few copies, and this brahmin had one. It used to be very dark, dark as the Goddess, Kali. So they gave it to the brahmin. When he went away from Dakshineswar, he left it with me. I placed it among the pictures of the other gods and used to worship it.
I was then living below the music tower. The Master came there one day and seeing the picture, said, 'Now, what is all this!' We were cooking in the space underneath the staircase, on the other side. Later I saw him pick up some bel leaves and flowers etc. that were lying there, and place them before the picture, worshipping it. This is the same picture. That brahmin never came back; so I still have it."
"Mother," I asked, "when the Master was in a trance, did his face ever look sad?"
"No, I never saw it sad. He always smiled when in a trance."
"The face might be smiling when he was in bhAva-samAdhi," I said. "But the Master himself said of the picture taken of him when he was sitting, that it was one showing a very elevated state. Did he smile even then?"
"I alweays saw him smile, whenever he was in a trance," Mother answered.
(to be continued....)