A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:
Mother: "One must cast aside indolence and put one's mind to prayer and meditiation regularly. At Dakshineswar I felt unwell one day and rose a little later than usual. In those days I used to get up at three in the morning. The next day I rose later still. Gradually I noticed that I no longer felt inclined to get up early. I said to myself, 'Now you are in the clutches of indolence.' Then I made up my mind and began to rise early again and everything was as before. A little determination is necsessary to maintain these good habits.
"Prayer and meditation, or pilgrimage or even earning money, all these should be done during the earlier part of one's life. In those days I visited the temples of Varanasi and Vrindaban, on foot. Now I need a palanquin to go two yards and have to be helped to it! In old age, one's body is filled with phlegm, one's physical and mental strength are weakened. Is that the time for any struggle? Look at our boys here now, they have turned their minds to God in their youth; this is right, this is the proper time. My son, your prayers and meditations must be accomplished now, in your youth. Do you think you will be able to do anything later? Whatever you may want to do, this is the time for it."
(to be continued....)