A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
23 August, 1918:
When I went to see Mother this evening, they were discussing about a certain woman, one of the devotees. Mother remarked, "She is much too strict with her daughter-in-law. Is it wise? One should hold the reins loosely. The poor girl is young, why should she not enjoy fine clothes and good food? Suppose she really kills herself just as she threatens or leaves the house, what will happen then?"
When she saw me she continued, "What does it matter if she puts a little lac on her feet? These poor girls can never see their own husbands - this one's husband has renounced the world. I could at least see the Master, to care for him, to cook his meals, when he wanted me I went near him, and when he didn't I never left the music tower, sometimes for as long as two months. I would bow down to him from a distance.
"He would say, 'Her name is Sarada, she is Saraswati (Goddess of Learning) that is why she loves to adorn herself.' He said to Hriday, 'Go and see how much money is in your chest. Have a pair of beautiful armlets made for her.'
"He was ill at that time, and yet he had those armlets made at a cost of three hundred rupees, and he would not touch money himself.
(to be continued....)