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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:
We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.
Mother: "Can anyone pray and meditate all round the clock? About the Master? - He was different. Besides, Mathur provided his little dish of fish or ghee. It is because you work that there is enough food, or you would have to beg from door to door! You would only make yourselves ill; and who is there to give genrously to monks nowadays? No, do not listen to such people (who disapprove of welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts). Carry on as the Master directs you. The Math will continue this way. Those who cannot fall in line, may go away."
"Mani Mallick had been to see monks in North India; and the Master asked him, 'Well, what do you think of them?' He answered, 'I saw them but...'
'They all ask for money.'
The Master said, 'How much money? Perhaps a pice or so to buy tobacco or gAnj, that's all. You need your cupfulls of milk and ghee and other things and he wants only a pice or two for his tobacco and gAnj Is that too much? Must you alone enjoy things and they not even get a piceworth of tobacco?'"
(to be continued....)