A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Mother will return to Calcutta after the JagaddhAtri pujA (November 1911). In those days the Ashrama at Koalpara was full of talk about the Swadeshi movement (a political movement, along with boycott of British goods, aimed at annulling the 1905 partition of Bengal), and the inmates paid more attention to the looms and spinning wheels than to meditation, japa, pujA, and study.
Hearing that Mother would be going away, Kedar Nath Datta (later Swami Keshavananda) went to meet her at Jayrambati. Mother told him, "Listen, my boys, as you have created a centre for the Master and a resting place for ourselves, I shall install the Master there this time when I pass that way.
"Make arrangements for everything. You will perform pujA, and evening services, and make food offerings etc. regularly. What will you gain by the Swadeshi agitation alone? The Master is the basis of all that we are. He is the ideal. You will never take a false step if you hold on to him under all circumstances."
Kedar Babu said, "But Swamiji (Swami Vivekananda) asked us quite often to work for the country. What a lot of work would have been done if he were still alive!"
Hardly had he finished when Mother cried, "O Dear, if Naren (Swami Vivekananda) were there, would the Company (i.e. Government) let him alone? They would have locked him in jail. I couldn't have borne that. Naren was like a naked sword."
(to be continued....)