A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Mother said: "Ah, at Karmarpukur the Master used to get up in the morning and say, 'I would like to have such and such vegetables, do prepare them today' and we (myself and Lakshmi's mother) would cook them for him.
"A few days later he said, 'Ah! What has come over me? I think of food the minute I get up in the morning! Shame on me!' Then he called to me and said, 'I no longer fancy any particular dish. I shall have whatever you cook, whatever you give me.'
"He used to go home for his health. He constantly suffered from dysentery at Dakshineswar......Later on, all this made him despise his own body and he no longer took care of it....
"You see so many disciples nowadays, the place is full of them. But when he was so ill, one of them went away because he was expected to contribute twenty rupees. It is not very difficult to serve the Master now. They offer him food, but eat it themselves. If they give him a seat, he remains sitting. If they put him to bed, he stays there. He is only a picture!
"The Master first saw Balaram Babu beside the image of Mother Kali, his hands folded, a turban on his head. He was always like that, hands folded. He never touched the Master's feet. The Master understood this and would say, 'Balaram, there is an irritation in my foot, do rub it!' Balaram would at once get hold of Naren or Rakhal or whoever was around and say, 'Here, do rub the Master's foot, there is an irritation.'"
(to be continued....)