A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
4 September, 1918:
"How kind was his (the Master's) behaviour to me!" Mother continued. "He never spoke a single word that could hurt me....One day at Dakshineswar I carried his food to his room and thinking it was Lakshmi, he said. 'Shut the door as you go out,' addressing me familiarly as tui (thou), - I replied, 'All right'. Hearing my voice, he was startled and cried, 'Oh, it's you! I didn't realize it was you, I thought it was Lakshmi. I hope you didn't mind.' I answered, 'What does it matter?'
"He never showed any disrespect towards me, he was always considerate of my welfare. He used to say, 'One should keep oneself occupied. Women should never be idle. If one is idle, all sorts of worthless and evil thoughts rise in the mind.'
"One day he brought me some strands of jute and said, 'Twist these into hangers for me, please, I want to keep sweets and luchis for the boys, in them.' I made the hangers for him and used the rough fibres as stuffing for a pillow. I would place a crisp mat over a layer of sacking and sleep with the jute pillow under my head. I slept no worse than I do now with these fine mattresses and pillows. There is no difference...."
(to be continued....)