A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
19 September, 1918:
It was past eight in the evening. A mat had been spread on the floor beside Mother's bed and she was preparing to lie down. As soon as I arrived, she cried, "Come and sit near me, my child. Sarala, do give her some refreshments. She has rushed here after a hard day's work."
I protested, but she turned a deaf ear, saying, 'One must take care on one's health, my dear. Look at Sumati, just three children have turned her into an old woman." Then she mentioned her 'hives' and said, "Whatever is the meaning of this? People have hives and get well again; but if I get anything it seems unwilling to leave me. The Master used to say all the diseases and sorrows of the people who came to see and touch him, found refuge in his body. I suppose it is the same with me.
"When the Master was ill, some disciples arrived with offerings for the goddess at Dakshineswar. When they heard that the Master was at Cossipore, they came there and made the offerings before his portrait, instead.
"The Master kept saying, 'It is very wrong to give me things intended for the Mother of the World.' I grew nervous, wondering what would happen now, with him so ill! Why did they do it! ...But later in the night he said to me, 'Don't worry, you will see, I shall be worshipped in every home later on, people will follow this one.'
"He had never referred to himself as 'I' before this, always using such terms as 'this case' or 'this one', pointing to his own body. That was the first time I heard him speaking thus."
(to be continued....)