A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:
Mother: "A Vaishnava monk once came to the Panchavati. In the beginning he had no attachments; but alas, in the end he began to store away things like a mouse - utensils, pitchers, grain, and everything. The Master, observing this one day, said, 'There now, this will be the end of him!' Meaning he was getting attached to things. The Master recommended renunciation and advised him to go away from that place. Finally he escaped."
A disciple had come to bow at the Mother's feet. After he had left, she said, "I learnt my lesson when I showed tenderness to Harish. Now I no longer show any affection towards anyone."
Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:
We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.
I said, "Mother, some people disapprove of our welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts. They ask if the Master did these things and why we impose these duties on the novices who come to the monastery, filled with yearning. They say that if one must act, one should only pray, meditate, and sing devotional songs. All other duties fill the mind with desires and turn one away from God."
"Pay no heed to them," Mother replied. "If you do not work, how can you fill your days?"
(to be continued....)