A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, 26 May, 1911: Mother rested for a few days at Calcutta after her visit to Rameshwaram and then went back to Jayrambati where she reached on the 19th of May. We were sitting in Mother's veranda in the old house talking. It was evening. Mother was asking after a particular disciple.
"What did he say?"
"He said his heart has been yearning for you for the past three or four months."
"What do mean? A monk must be beyond all attachmnets. Golden chains are as much of a bond as iron chains. A monk must have no attachments.....I do not like a man to be about me all the time.....I have to live with the other women of my family. Ashu was always hovering upstairs, grinding sandal paste and so forth. I rebuked him."
I asked, "Will all the monks who follow the path of Vedanta attain nirvAna?"
"Surely. After conquering by stages all attachments and desires they will attain nirvAna and merge into God. The body means the existance of desire, otherwise it would not have existed. It all ends when one no longer has any desires.....
"Hazra once said to the Master, 'Why do you worry yourself about Naren and the others? They look after themselves, they are there. Put your thoughts towards God. Why should you have any attachments?' At this the Master turned away from all attachments and put his mind in God. His beard and hair stood on end. Jyst imagine the kind of man he was!...The whole body became stiff. Then, Ramlal prayed, 'Do come back to your usual state. Do become what you used to be.' Such continuous prayer brought back his bodily consciousness. Through compassion he kept his mind on a lower plane."
(to be continued....)