A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
16 August, 1912, 5 p.m.:
"Was anyone else present during this (Shorashi) pujA?" I asked Mother.
"There was a boy named Dinu,..." she said, "who used to stay with him and of whom he was very fond. He gathered the flowers and bel leaves. Hriday arranged everything. But none was present during the pujA, except he. Hriday came in towards the end. Ram Babu wrote in his book that the Shodashi pujA was performed at Jayrambati, but that could never be! As it was, there they all called him mad! And their criticism would have exceeded all bounds if it came to a worship of a woman!
"After this I remained at Dakshineswar for almost a whole year. Later I fell ill and went to Jayrambati. Shambhu Babu called in Prasad Babu for my treatment."
"Were you at Dakshineswar," I asked, "when the Master's mother died?"
"No, I was at Jayrambati. I was ill and had gone home after a year's sickness at Dakshineswar....After I had come and gone two or three times, Captain Vishwanath Upadhyaya provided the timber and a room was built for me on the spot where Ramlal's house now stands. Shambhu Babu had it constructed. One of the logs was washed away at flood tide. Hriday came in and rebuked me saying, 'You are unlucky!' When the Captain heard of this, he said, 'I shall provide whatever wood is needed.'"
(to be continued....)