A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan, 11 February, 1913
I said, "Mother, Swami Vivekananda gave initiation to many people and you are still doing so. It is like sending away beggars with a gift of a couple of rupees and then forgetting all about them."
"So many are the aspirants; how many can one really remember?" Mother replied. "When one lights a fire do not the moths swarm around it? This is the same."
"They take their initiation, but what do they get out of it?" I asked. "To our outward eyes they still appear to be the same as they were before."
"Power flows through the mantra, from the guru to the disciple and from the disciple to the guru," Mother explained. "That is why when one gives the mantra and takes the sins of the initiated upon oneself, one's health fails. It is very hard to be a guru, one has to to take the responsibilty for the disciple's sins....If the disciple commits a sin, the guru must atone for it. And if the disciple is good, the guru also stands to gain. Some progress rapidly, some slowly, according to each one's accumulated tendencies. That is why Rakhal does not like to give initiation. He says, 'Mother, as soon as one gives the mantra to somebody, one falls ill! I shudder at the very idea of giving initiation to anybody.'"
(to be continued....)