A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Several other problems now presented themsleves in Karmarpukur. The custom-ridden villagers, unable to understand her inner mood, began to criticise Holy Mother for discarding the widow's dress. Their lack of
understanding forced her to withdraw more and more from their company.
Again, she did not wish to live away from the GangA, which she held in the highest respect. This difficulty, however, was solved by a vision in which she realized that Sri Ramakrishna, God Incarnate, was himself the source of the GangA.
The monastic disciples of the Master, who had been practising intense austerities after his passing away, at first knew nothing of Holy Mother's privations. Many of them were wandering monks. Gradually they realized that it was their duty to provide her with food and shelter and look after her personal comfort.
Coming to learn about her difficulties and sufferings at Karmarpukur, they, along with some of the householder devotees cordially invited her to come to Calcutta. But this, too, posed a new problem. Born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family, Holy Mother, by nature bashful, hesitated to live with people unrelated to her by ties of blood.
(to be continued....)