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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
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[Note: in the previous reading, we were describing Sarada's encounter with a dacoit and his wife on a lonely stretch of road between Jayrambati & Dakshineswar. We continue with this narrative]:
Sarada clasped the hand of the dacoit's wife trustingly and said, "Mother, I am your child Sarada. My companions have left me behind. I am terribly frightened. It is my sheer luck that you and father have come. Otherwise I don't know what I would have done."
Sarada Devi's utter simplicity, straightforwardness, and gentle words completely won the hearts of the robber and his wife, who at once adopted her as their daughter. That night they looked after her comfort and gave her a bed. In the morning Sarada found her companions and took leave of the couple.
The parting was very moving. Sarada and her strange parents began to weep. The robber's wife picked some green peas from a roadside field and told Sarada to eat them at night with some puffed rice. Later this couple visited Sri Ramakrishna several times at Dakshineswar, with suitable gifts, and the Master treated them kindly, as if they were his own in-laws.
But Sarada Devi later said she had no doubt that her adopted father had been a highwayman in the past. Did she reveal to them a glimpse of her real nature? At one time she asked the robber and his wife why they showed her such affection. "But you are not an ordinary human being", they replied. "We saw you as Mother Kali. Perhaps you hide your real nature from us because we are sinners." In an indifferent voice, Sarada Devi replied, "You may say so, but really I know nothing about all this."
(to be continued....)
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