A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
From Calcutta Mother once wrote to Kedar Babu, "If you can put up a cottage for me at Koalpara, than I can stay at your place now and then when I am in the country."
After receiving this letter, we constructed for her a cottage with our own hands. That is the house now called Jagadamba Ashrama. Her first stay there was for about one fortnight. After some days the date for her second visit (from Jayrambati) was settled finally. We arranged for a palanquin. But it began to rain heavily that day from early morning. News came that the river (Amodar, bordering Jayrambati) was in spate. Still Kedar Babu said, "You must be present there with the planquin at the right time just as she wanted, and then act as she desires."
Reaching the river, we found that it was not fordable. Rajen Maharaj swam across to bring a small boat from the other side, on which we crossed the river with the palanquin to reach Jayrambati at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Uncle Kali (Mother's brother) rebuked us saying, "How could you think of coming here in this rain to take away my sister? Mother only smiled at this. Brother Rajen said, "Do we boast of any power to take Mother or serve her? We promised to bring the palanquin today, and that's why we are here."
Mother smiled again and said, "You can make good your word and can't I? I alone shall go by the palanquin; you take me there; the others can follow later."
That put us all off and we said, "How can that be so Mother? Nobody can stir outdoors in this heavy rain, and should we bring about an illness on you by making you wet on the way?"
Then uncle Kali and Mother made a hearty laugh. We returned to the Ashrama with the empty palanquin.
(to be continued....)