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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Shortly before this we had been reading the MAgha number of the Udbodhan, in which an instalment of Mahendra Babu's Sri Sri Ramakrishna KathAmrita had been published. No one but Mother and I were present. I read the following passage:
'Girish: "I have one desire."
The Master: "What is that?"
Girish: "Devotion without desire, motive or cause."
The Master: "Such devotion is possible only for those who are born to God and not to the world."'
"What does that mean?" I asked Mother.
"Those who are born to God have fulfilled all their desires," she replied. "So long as a man has any desires, he is incapable of such devotion."
"Mother," I asked, "are these close disciples of yours and your own brothers all the same to you?" I had the idea that since these latter had been born as her own brothers, they must be highly evolved souls and as close to her in spirit as the sAdhus in the Math.
At my question Mother's lips curled as if to say, "What a comparison to make! What does a mere brother mean? Those who are close in spirit are something apart."
(to be continued....)