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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Once during those days, I sat near Mother on Radhu's veranda, writing a list for the market. At this time the skirt of a woman of the household touched my back as she passed that way carelessly.
Mother noticed this and said to the woman with some irritation, "How so, my dear? Here my son sits in my front writing this list - a man to be sure! And you have little consideration, you brush his back with your skirt!
"They are brahmachArins, while you are women. You must be courteous towards them. Salute him."
She uttered these words with such firmness that the other women of the household also became scared.
A neophyte wanted to live near Mother at Koalpara for some days. Mother said, "You want to stay, but it will be hard for you here. I have plenty of work to be done here: I live isolated in this jungle."
As the boy showed much eagerness, Mother said, "Very well, live in the Ashrama for some days with Kedar's permission, and then I shall see."
Just then the person who prepared the diets of Radhu had to leave for Calcutta. Mother asked that boy, "Will you be able to manage this, my boy?" As he was ready, she said, "Take charge from them."
On the very first day, the diet fell from his hand as he was carrying it to Mother and everything was lost. Being in a fix as to what he should do, he carried the empty vessels to Mother. Radhu had no food that day.
Mother was offended. "As a sAdhu," she explained later, "the boy is quite nice. But I want people here who are careful in work. It won't do for me to have rambling monks. And there are others who preform great deeds on the spur of the moment. But a man can be really known from the interest he shows in the details of each duty."
As the permanent attendant returned after a couple of days, the neophyte was relieved of his work. Soon after he left the Ashrama.
(to be continued....)