A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Belur Math, Wednesday, 16 October, 1912:
We were celebrating DurgA pujA at the Math. Today the image will be consecrated and Mother will be here in the afternoon. The reverend Baburam Maharaj (Swami Premananda) rushed about, anxious at Mother's delay in arriving. When he noticed that the auspicious pitchers and plantain trees had not yet been placed on either side of the gateway, he cried, "These are not ready as yet! How can Mother come!"
As soon as the consecration was over, Mother's carriage arrived. Golap-Ma held her arm and helped her to alight. Immediately Mother looked around and said, "Everything is spick and span; we might have been the goddess DurgA come all dressed up!"....
In the evening of Ashtami pujA we were discussing the death of Girish Babu's sister. She had died suddenly on the night of the consecration. Mother remarked, "Such is life, here today and gone tomorrow! Nothing goes with one, except one's merit and demerit; good and evil deeds follow one even after death."
(to be continued....)