A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Mother was discussing a certain devotee who did not wish to visit the Belur Math:
"They may laugh at him there; that is why he doesn't want to go to the Math...He should go to Puri for a few days with Rakhal. Where can he go all by himself? Who will provide his food?"
"What is there to worry about food?" I said. "He can beg. But he should go to the Math if only to obey Maharaj and other senior monks."
"Yes he should;" Mother said, "but he doesn't want to work. How can one's mind be healthy if one doesn't work? No one can spend all twenty-four hours in thought and meditation. So one must engage oneself in work, it keeps the mind cheerful."....
The next day,...Mother inquired after the same disciple. "Has he gone?"
"Yes, he is staying at Kanjilal's house today and maybe tomorrow as well. Sharat Maharaj said, 'If he goes in pride and vanity, he will sink lower day by day. But if he goes in shame, then if the Master so wishes, he may yet be reclaimed.'"
"What does it matter," Mother said. "He is a man and not a girl....Everyone can break down something, but how many can build it up? Everyone can revile and jeer at him, but how many can reclaim him? All men have weaknesses."
(to be continued....)