A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:
Suren Babu said, "Mother, I cannot meditate properly."
"What does it matter?" Mother consoled him, "It is enough if you keep looking at the Master's picture. When the Master was ill at Cossipore, the boys took turns in watching him. Gopal was with him and he left the Master in order to sit at meditation. So he remained for a long time. Girish Babu arrived and hearing about this said, 'What! He on whom he is meditating lies here suffering, and he goes off to meditate!' He immediately sent for Gopal and the Master asked him to massage his feet, saying, 'Not that I ask you to do so because my feet are aching but because you have many good deeds to your credit.' So just have your eyes fixed on the Master and that will be enough."
Durga Babu said, "Mother, I cannot always decide what rules to follow about taking food."
"There was only one rule to which the Master paid particular attention," Mother answered, "he never ate at funeral feasts. 'That injures one's devotion,' he used to say. Otherwise dedicate your food mentally to him and eat everything."
Durga Babu continued, "Mother, frequently, when I am working at the hospitaI I feel thirsty and am obliged to drink water from the hands of all sorts of people. Does that matter?"
"What else can you do?" Mother said. "One has to do these things when at work. Remember the Master as you drink. There is no harm. Those who have to work cannot afford to be particular."
(to be continued....)