A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
3 September, 1918:
I asked, "Well, Mother, it is said that in this life a woman's husband is her perceptor and deity. The scriptures declare that in the service of her husband a woman may find divine beatitude (sAlokya) and union with the divine (sAyujya). If a woman tries to lead a life of self-control by pleading and reasoning with her husband somewhat against his wishes, is that a sin?"
"If it is for the sake of God, then it is no sin," Mother answered. "One must control the senses; that's why so many rules and regulations were devised for widows.
"The Master was interested in nothing but God. When I asked him what I should do with the sAris, conchshell bangles, and other things with which he worshipped me when he performed Shodashi pujA, he said after a little thought, 'Well, you can give them to your own mother,' - my father was still living - 'but be careful that when making the gifts you don't look upon her as your personal mother but as the Mother of the Universe.' I did so, such was his teaching."....
(to be continued....)