A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
1 August, 1918:
When I went to pay my respects to Mother today, I had the opportunity of having a long talk with her, mainly about the sannyAsin disciples of the Master at the (Belur) Math. Perhaps owing to the death of Swami Premananda, her mind nowadays was generally preoccupied with thoughts of these sons of hers.
She spoke of them now and said, "These boys insist on testing the Master. When they were at the Math at Baranagore, Niranjan and the others sometimes spent their time in prayer and meditation without enough nourishment to sustain them. They were talking among themselves one day, 'Well, we left everything for the sake of the Master. We shall now see whether he provides food for us, if we lie here with his name upon our lips. We shall say nothing when Suresh Babu (Surendra Mitra) comes and no one shall go out for alms.' With this they wrapped themselves up and took to meditation. The whole day passed and part of the night as well, when someone knocked at the door.
"Naren rose first and said, 'Now, go and see who is there. First see whether he is carrying anything.' Glory be! As soon as they opened the door, there stood a man from Sri GopAla's temple by the riverside with a load of delicious food. They were all overjoyed, they had realized how the Master felt for them. At once they offered the food to him and partook of it late at night. This sort of thing happened more than once."
(to be continued....)