A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
3 September, 1918:
Sarala started to read from the KathAmrita (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna), from the point where Rakhal Maharaj's (Swami Brahmananda's) father arrived. As Mother listened she commented, "See, what he said to Rakhal's father, when referring to the boy, 'a chip of the old block!' Indeed, that was how he kept Rakhal's father well pleased. Whenever he called, the Master would show him around, regale him with good food and conversation, fearing lest he took Rakhal away instead of permitting him to remain with us.
"Rakhal had a step-mother. Whenever she came to Dakshineswar the Master would say to Rakhal, 'Look after her properly, take great care of her, so that she will think her son loves her dearly.'"
As the reading proceeded, we came to the story of the maid Vrinda and her luchis. Mother said, "Indeed, she was a fine one! If her share of luchis fell short she would make a scene. She would cry, 'What sort of young boys of high families are these that they eat up my share too, leaving not even a single sweetmeat!'"
"The Master was afraid in case the boys overheard her. One day he came to my room, early in the morning and said, 'See here, my dear, there's nothing left for Vrinda. Do prepare something for her or she will make a row just now....'
"As soon as Vrinda arrived, I said to her, 'Vrinda, let me prepare something for you, there's nothing left.' She answered, 'There's no need for that, just give me the materials.' So I arranged ghee, flour, potatoes, and other vegetables for her."
When the chapter was finished, Sarala-didi went to attend to Golap-Ma, who was ill.
(to be continued....)