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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
One day we went to Mother's house and saw a woman sitting near her with a daughter of about ten or eleven years. The woman was very poor...She said, "...I am in great distress, Mother. If you can just ask them (the monks of the Ramakrishna Mission) to do something for me."
"I can only suggest to them," Mother replied. "They beg for money, you know, my dear. Who can keep count of the people they help? Must they not spend as they think best?"
Mother gave her a rupee and a cloth and said, "Have your meal here today."
Mother was on the terrace and cooking was being done below. The woman said, "My daughter remarks that the cooking is giving out a fine smell."
Mother said, "Now, hear that! Should one speak like that? It all has to be offered to the Master."
When prasAda was being served, Mother gave direction for giving them plentifully....
When they had departed, Mother said, "Quite a number of people of this kind come to me and say, 'Please ask your boys to help me.' How can I ask them to do anything? Should they not act as they think best? Methinks, my dear, all the poor everywhere have collected here (in Varanasi). How can they cope with it all?...How hard they work! It all depends on the Master's will, my dear. He knows what things he does and how."
(to be continued....)