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Tuesday, December 25th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 

(available at all Vedanta Centres)


Page 9

Sarada often visited her mother and relatives in their village home, generally covering the distance of sixty miles on foot. During one of her trips she showed wonderful presence of mind when she suddenly encountered a highwayman and his wife. She was on her way from Jayrambati to Dakshineswar with several companions. They were passing through a long and lonely stretch of land which people avoided at night because it was frequented by dacoits, who not only robbed travellers, but sometimes killed them.

It was late afternoon. Sarada was feeling tired and footsore, and asked her companions to walk ahead. She trudged on slowly and soon the darkness of evening settled down. All at once a tall and uncouth figure with dark complexion and a shock of bushy hair appeared out of the darkness.

In his hand he carried a long, stout stick. Sarada realized that he must be a dacoit and stopped. The man asked rudely who she was. In gentle words she said, "Father my companions have left me behind. Perhaps I have lost my way. Your son-in-law [referring to Sri Ramakrishna] lives at Dakshineswar and I am on my way to him. Please accompany me. He will certainly be grateful for your help." The robber's wife now came up and joined them.

(to be continued....)


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