A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
14 May, 1911:
As we talked, someone spoke of karma. Mother said, "One should work all the time. Work keeps fit both body and mind. In the old days when I lived at Jayramabati, I worked day and night. I never went out to visit anybody. If I did, people would say, 'Oh dear, here is *Shyama's daughter married to a crazy husband!' It was because I didn't want to have to hear such remarks that I never went anywhere. Once I felt seriously ill there, and just couldn't get well. At last I took a vow at the doors of the goddess SimhavAhini and finally recovered.
(*The name of Mother's mother was Shyama Sundari - Publisher)
Men and women of different parts of the country lived in the plot of land, in front of Mother's house. They earned their livelihood in various ways. One of these men had a mistress who lived with him. This woman once fell seriously ill. Mother mentioned the matter and said, "How he nursed her! I have never seen the like of it! This is what I call nursing, what I call love." She began to praise him in this way. And all this for caring for a mistress! We would doubtless have turned up our noses if we saw this. We could never pick out good qualities among the bad.
From one of those huts in front, a poor up-country woman carried her sick baby to Mother for her blessings. How full of compassion the Mother was towards her! She blessed the child, "He will get well again." She asked me to place a couple of pomegranates and a handful of grapes before the Master and bring them for the woman. When I placed the fruits in Mother's hands, she gave them to the destitute woman, saying, "Let your sick child have these."
How pleased she was! She bowed to the Mother repeatedly.
(to be continued....)