A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
I lay down and Mother was on the point of dozing off when a servant arrived from Balaram Babu's house with a basket full of custard-apples, which he left in the Master's room. When he asked the monks downstairs what he was to do with the basket, they replied, "What use it will it be? Throw it away in the street." The servant did so; but as he had gone, Mother rose and going to the veranda overlooking the lane, she called to me, "Look, what a pretty basket! And they told him to throw it into the street! They don't care! They are men of detachment and do not worry about such trifling things! But we can't stand the slightest waste! We could use it at least for the vegetable peelings."
With this, she had the basket brought in, washed, and put away. Mother's words and action taught me a lesson as well, but habits die hard!
A little later a beggar arrived and began to cry for alms. The monks were annoyed and scolded him, "Go away, don't bother us now."
Mother heard this and said, "Just look at that! They would have sent him away, just because they would have to leave their own work to bring him alms. Even this little thing they couldn't do! How lazy of them ! They couldn't give a handful of alms to a beggar! Is it right to deprive a man of his just dues? Look at this vegetable peel, even this is the cow's due; one must place it before the cow."
(to be continued....)