A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
16 August, 1912, 5 p.m.: Mother: "I had fever on the way (to Dakshineswar), high fever and lost consciousness. That night I dreamed that a dark women sat beside my bed and stroked my head. She said, 'I come from Dakshineswar.' I said, 'I too am going to him. What sort of relative are you?' She answered, 'I am your sister. Do not be afraid, you will get well.'
"My fever left me the very next day. In the end father arranged for a palanguin. We arrived at Dakshineswar at about nine o'clock at night. I went straight to the Master's room. The others had gone to the music tower, where the Master's mother was staying. When the Master saw me, he said, 'So you have come. That's good.' He called someone, 'Spread a mat here.' The mat was spread inside the room. The Master said, 'My Shejo-Babu is no more. My right hand is gone.' He was referring to Mathur Babu, who had died a few months ago. The Master's nephew Akshaya too had died a few months before that."
"Then Mather Babu was not alive at that time?" I asked.
"No, he had died seven or eight months previously. Had he been alive, do you think that I would have to live in that hovel of a music tower?....He would have housed me in a palace. I expressed a wish to go to the music tower; but the Master said, 'No, no it will be inconvenient to arrange for your treatment there. Stay here.'"
(to be continued....)