A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, 12 June, 1913:
Mother was discussing JagaddhAtri pujA:
"When the time arrived for the immersion of the image, my mother whispered endearingly in the goddess' ear, 'Mother JagAi, come again next year, I shall make preparations for your coming.'
"Next year my mother said to me, 'You must contribute something, we are going to celebrate JagAi's pujA.' 'I do not want to be bothered,' I said. 'It was celebrated once, why go in for all that trouble again? There is no need, I can't be bothered.'
"That night I dreamed that three personages had come to see me. I still tremble to remember it."
"Who were the three?" I asked.
"JagaddhAtri and her companions, JayA and VijyayA," Mother replied. "The goddess said, 'Shall we go away then?' I asked, 'Who are you?' She replied, 'I am JagaddhAtri.' I cried, 'No, no, where should you go? Please stay, I never asked you to go!'
"Since then I always come here for JagaddhAtri pujA. The utensils have to be cleaned. In those days there were not too many people (available for such service) in our house so I would come to clean the utensils. Later on Jogin (Yogananda) had utensils made of wood. He said, 'Mother, you won't have to clean the utensils any more. He also donated some land. Ah, my mother was like Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. All through the year she would collect the things she would need...."
(to be continued....)