A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan, morning: I asked, "Mother, I have seen you reading the RAmAyana some times. When did you learn to read?"
Mother replied, "As children Prasanna, Ramnath, and the others would go to the village primary school and I would sometimes accompany them, I learnt a little that way. Later on at Karmarpukur, Lakshmi and I would sometimes study the alphabet but my nephew Hriday took away the primer, saying, 'Women should never learn to read or they will read novels and theatrical works.' Lakshmi refused to give up her book. As she was a daughter of the house, she could afford to insist on keeping it.
"As for myself, I secretly had another copy bought for me at a cost of one anna. Lakshmi would go and follow the lessons in the village school, then she would teach me. But it was at Dakshineswar that I learned to read thoroughly. The Master was then undergoing treatment at Shyampukur. I was quite alone. A girl from Bhaba Mukherji's house would come to bathe in the river and would often spend a long time with me. She would teach me and test me, and I would give her large quantities of vegetables and herbs that were sent to me from the garden."
(to be continued....)