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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Long after, Mother explained this ecstasy of hers to me at the 'Udbodhan' (her Calcutta house) during her last illness. On that day, at noon, her fever was going up as usual. I sat by her bed, fanning her and stroking her forehead with my cool hand.
Mother said, while patting me affectionately, "I can well understand that it will pain you very much if this body passes away."
"Why should you talk like that, Mother," I protested. "As the medicines are not very effective, why don't you pray to the Master a little for the body? Then you can get wholly cured."
At this Mother smiled a little and said, "I had so high a temperature at Koalpara that I had to lie on the bed unconscious of any physical propriety. But after the return of consciousness, whenever I tried to remember the Master for the sake of the body, I had visions of him. With my strength gone, I was one day sitting on the veranda; Nalini and the others were busy sewing something, and the sun was burning all around. I had a vision as though the Master came in through the main gate, sat on the cool verenda, and then lay down. At this I hastened to spread the skirt of my sAri for him, when I felt strange.
"Kedar's mother and others began a row, and so I told them, "That's nothing; my head reeled when I tried to pass the thread thorugh the needle.' Do you think that I don't pray for the body to the Master now and then for your sake? But when I try to remember him now for the sake of the body, I never get a vision of him. Methinks it is not his wishÂ that the body should last. I leave Sharat behind."Â
After my return to Koalpara, I heard the same version from Kedar Babu's mother. So Mother had told her too. ....
(to be continued....)