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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
With these words, she (Mother) got up for performing worship. A little before evening she started for Jayrambati in a palanquin. The person selected from Koalpara for managing the store at Jayrambati during one of our JagaddhAtri pujAs fell ill; so I had to take up the work and start for Jayrambati a day earlier.Â
When there, Mother said to me, "That's all right, you can do as well. Have a look at everything today, and come to the store early next morning after bath. Do the works a little carefully, maintaining due form, and then it will be all right."
Since society was very strict in those parts in the observance of caste rules, Mother uttered the last sentences by way of warning.
During the JagaddhAtri pujA day, Mother came to the store and took her seat. And as anyone came for anything, I issued it out from the store after showing it to her. When the pujA was over, Mother bathed and went to the place of worship with her sisters-in-law for offering flowers. After offering three handfulls of flowers, she sat silently at a corner for some time with her hands folded and the end of the sAri around her shoulder (as a sign of profound respect).
So the pujA ended peacefully. At noon many villagers, both men and women, had prasAda. At Mother's house the pujA used to be perfromed for three days. As I had fever on the second day, Mother managed the store herself.
(to be continued....)