A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
At Cossipore Sri Ramakrishna, in spite of the excrutiating pain of his illness, devoted himself to the moulding of the spiritual life of the young disciples who would carry out his mission. Here was sown the seed of the organization later associated with his name, of which, after his passing away, Sarada Devi was to be the spiritual centre.
On the last day, a shadow of gloom was on everybody's face. When Sarada Devi entered the Master's room with his niece, Lakshmi, he said, "I am glad you have come. I feel as if I am going to a far-off region, over the water - very far." Sarada Devi burst into tears.
"Why should you fear?" Sri Ramakrishna consoled her. "Your life will go on as usual. They [referring to Narendra and the other disciples] will look after you as they ae looking after me. Keep an eye on Lakshmi and don't let her go away from you."
Sri Ramakrishna gave up his mortal body on the sixteenth of August, 1886. Sarada Devi stood by his bedside and wept like a bereaved child. "Mother! O KAli!" She cried. "What have I done that you have gone away, leaving me alone and helpless?" But immediately she restrained herself, returned to her room, and fell into a solemn silence.
(To Be Continued.....)