A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, 28th March, 1913:
Mother said to Nalini, "Lakshmi's mother and I would cook at Karmarpukur. One day the Master and Hriday were eating together. Lakshmi's mother was an excellent cook. The Master tasted something she had prepared and cried, 'Oh Hridu, the person who cooked this is a specialist!' Then he ate of something that I had cooked and said, 'And this one is a quack.'...To which Hriday replied, 'True, but your quack will be at hand all the time....You have only to call her, whereas the specialist's fees are very high and she is not always available. People always call in the quack first, the quack is always one's friend.'
The Master said, 'Quite right, she is always there.'
"One day at Dakshineswar the Master asked me to cook something nice for Naren. I prepared Moog dAl and chApatis. After the meal, he asked Naren, 'Well, how did you like it?'
Naren replied, 'Quite nice, just like invalid's food.' Then the Master said to me, 'What was that you cooked for him? Make ChAnA dAl (peas) and thicker chApatis.' In the end I did so. Naren ate it and was highly pleased."
(to be continued....)