A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, 14th March, 1913:
Prabodh Babu asked, "Mother, the Master loved renunciation, but where is our spirit of renunciation?"
"It will grow by degrees," Mother replied. "A little in this life, more in the next. The shell alone changes, the soul remains the same...He (the Master) used to say, 'If I wished, I could cover with gold the whole of Karmarpukur; I had only to ask Shejo Babu (Mathurnath Biswas) to do so. But what's the use? Such things are ephemeral.'
"Of some people he would say that this was their final incarnation. He used to say, 'See now, he has no desire for anything. This is his last life.'"
They (the visitors) bowed at Mother's feet and took leave.
At dusk we sat on Mother's veranda, talking...
I said, "Some people once said to Swami Vivekananda, 'What right has a shudra (a non-brahmin) to take the sannyAsin's vows?'..
Swamiji replied, 'A KAyastha is a kshatriya by caste and he has the right to take the vows.'"
Later Mother said, "I do not understand all that, but this I know that Naren came down from among the seven rishis (seers) and that the Master's disciples are sannyAsins who have gained knowledge. A man of knowledge can become a sannyAsin. Take Gaurdasi for instance; women may not become sannyAsinis. But is she a woman? She is like a man. How many man are there like her? See how she has arranged for the school, the carriage, the horses. The Master used to say, 'If a woman becomes a sannyAsini, she no longer remains a woman.' She becomes a man. To Gauradsi He would say, *'I shall pour the water, you knead the clay.'"
(*That is, I shall supply the inspiratiom, you give shape to it.)
(to be continued....)