A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:
Mother's guests left after their meal, accompanied by uncle Varada, who was going to Calcutta. In time they reached the open fields to the north. Mother accompanied them for a short distance and then stood watching, as long as she could see them.
When Suren babu was headmaster of a school at Ballaratanganj, he was pained to learn that the butchers of that locality were in the habit of skinning live cows. One day they actually did so in front of the school. The Hindu and Muslim students, the masters of the school and Suren Babu himself protested strongly against this. The butchers were given a beating and all this led to trouble. The butchers threatened to ill-treat Suren Babu.
At this time two or three boys from the school came to Jayrambati for Mother's blessings. Suren Babu sent a letter with them and they themsleves related the whole story. Mother shuddered when she heard it and referring to Suren Babu cried, "Who will protest against such a deed if not you?" At the Mother's request an encouraging letter was written to Suren Babu and he was urged to do his utmost to put an end to the cruel practice.
To Suren Babu's second letter Mother asked us to write, "If there is any truth in God, then there will be a remedy for this."
A lawsuit ensued from the incident and although the results were not as encouraging as one could hope them to be, gradually the cruel practice was stopped, at least it was no longer done openly.
(to be continued....)