A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
22 July, 1918:
We were discussing a certain woman and certain physical characteristics which betokened a lack of faith in God.....Mother related a story about a kept woman who had come to the Master and complained that the man had ruined her and stole her jewellery and money. The Master could read people's hearts but still would ask questions. When he heard the woman's words, he said, "Is that so?" But outwardly he always professed great faith. Then he quoted a saying about those physical characteristics we were talking about. Anyway, the miserable woman confessed her sins to him and was absolved.
"How can that be, Mother?" Nalini interjected. "She confesses her sins by word of mouth and is immediately forgiven? Is that possible?"
"But why not?" Mother replied. "He was a great saint, if one confesses to him, should one not be forgiven? And one thing more, whenever people discuss good and evil, all those who are present have to take a little share of the good or evil."
"But why should that be?" Nalini objected.
"Now listen to how that is possibe," Mother explained to us. "Suppose someone tells you about his good and evil deeds. Every time you think of that person you must perforce remember his good and evil deeds. In this manner his good and evil deeds must both leave an impression on your mind. What do you say, dear, isn't that right?"
Later, when we were talking about the sorrows and unrest of men, she said, "People come to me and say, 'I have no peace in life, I never feel the presence of God, tell me how to find peace,' and so on. Then I look at them and at myself and wonder why they talk in this manner. Is everything about me beyond the common run? I have never known unrest. And as for the presence of God, it's mine for the taking. I have only to sit down, and I see Him!"
(to be continued....)