A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
22 July, 1918:
I had read about Mother's 'Dacoit father' but wishing to hear the story from her own lips I asked her, "Mother, I read that on one occasion you were on your way to Dakshineswar with Lakshmi-didi and others. You could not keep pace with them and realizing that evening was drawing near, you asked them to go on ahead and were left far behind. Just then you met these 'BAgdi' father and mother of yours."
"It is not correct to say that I was quite alone," Mother said, "there were two elderly women with me*. All three of us had fallen behind the others. When I saw the man with silver bangles on his wrists, fuzzy hair and dark complexion, and carrying a long staff, I was terribly scared. In those days dacoits infested those roads."
*(According to a more accepted version she was alone when she was actually challenged by the dacoit, though there might have been others with her in the beginning - Publisher.)
"The man felt that we were afraid of him and asked, 'Who are you? Which way are you going?' I answered, 'Towards the east.' He replied, 'This is not the way. You must take the other road.' Then noticing that I didn't go ahead he cried, 'Don't be afraid, there is a woman with me, she has fallen behind.'
"Then I addressed him as father, and sought his protection. I was not like this in those days, dear. I was strong and could walk three days at a stretch. I had walked around VrindAban and never felt tired."
(to be continued....)