A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
1 August, 1918:
Mother: "He (Naren) brought his own mother, too, to the Math, to see the first DurgA pujA. She began to pick brinjals and chillis and wandered about from garden to garden. She felt a little proud that her Naren had done all this! Then Naren went up to her and said, 'My dear, whatever are you about? Go and sit near Holy Mother instead of picking brinjals and chillis!
'I suppose you think that your Naren has done all this? No mother, he has done it all, in whose hand it lies, Naren is nothing at all,' meaning the Master had done all this. Alas, my Baburam is no more, who will celebrate the pujA this year!"
6 August, 1918:
When I arrived there today I saw Mother at prayers in the north veranda. A little later five or six ladies came to see her. They prostrated themselves before the Master and took their seats. Mother concluded her prayers and asked them where they had come from. Nalini introduced them. I heard that one of them had come for medical treatment, she had a tumour in her abdomen and the doctor had advised surgical treatment, she felt nervous about it. Who knows why Mother would not allow any of these ladies to touch her feet when they bowed to her. Though they repeatedly appealed to her for the privilege, she would not agree, but said, "Bow at the doorway." In the end they pointed to the sick girl and said, "Give her your blessings so that she may recover and come into your presence again."
Mother encouraged them by saying, "Bow piously to the Master, for everything rests with him." Then she appeared to grow somewhat impatient and cried, "You had better take your leave now, it is getting late." After they had bowed to the Master and departed Mother said, "Sprinkle the room with GangA water and sweep it out, we must lay out the Master's offerings."
(to be continued....)