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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
One afternoon Mother picked us up at three to go and see the home for old women. As soon as descended from the carriage on arrival, a young married woman came and took Mother upstairs. All the old ladies placed flowers at Mother's feet and bowed to her.
"What is this?" Mother cried. "These are all (holy women) living in retirement at Varanasi, why should they bow to me?"
"Why, so they should, Mother," the young woman said. "You are supporting them."
"There are VishwanAtha and AnnapurnA to do that, my child. I suppose you look after these old ladies?"
"Yes, Mother, as the Lord wills."
"That's good. To care for these homeless old ladies is to care for the Lord. What a fine work these boys (of the Ramakrishna Mission) have built up!" Mother asked after each of the inmates, and inspected their rooms before we came back.
One evening after returning from Sarnath, we went to Mother's house and found her lying down with Radhu at her side. When the latter had listened to our description of Sarnath, she cried, "Let us go and see it, Mother."
"How can I go, my dear?" Mother said. "Have I any feet to carry me sightseeing? I can't even go to see VishwanAtha. I feel like going too, when I see these people going; but my feet are useless. How can I go? Now I can do nothing. When my feet were strong I walked all the way from our village to Dakshineswar. I was a great walker in those days. When we went to Vrindaban after the departure of the Master, I went everywhere on foot."
(to be continued....)