A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:
I said to Mother: "What a number of temples were razed to the ground by Mohammedan vandalism, and what a number of images were disfigured with their noses or ears broken off."
"Govindji of Vrindaban hid himself at Jaipur out of their fear," Mother added. "The priests then kept fasting at the temple door till they heard the divine voice, 'The image is gone, but not I. Carve out a new image and I shall be present in it again.'"
"At the SomanAtha temple in Gujurat, they used to bathe the image of Shiva with water from Gangotri carried every day on human heads," I said. "But Sultan Mahmud broke the image to pieces and carried away the door made of sandal wood. Why does it happen like that?"
"God takes to His heels at the approach of vandals," said Mother. "Yet why should it be so? He is almighty and can have His own way. But no, that's a sort of play. He delights in."
(to be continued....)