A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Another morning they were husking rice and Mother was giving a hand. This happened almost daily.
"Mother, why do you slave like this?" I said to her. "My son," she replied, "I have done much more than my share to show the ideal".
One night, after everyone had gone to bed, the husband of Mother's niece Nalini arrived with a bullock cart in order to take her home. She had come away from his house and showed no desire to return. As soon as she heard of her husband's arrival, she shut herself in her room and threatened to commit suicide.
After much persuasion, when Mother assured her that she would not have to go away, she finally opened the door. The whole night passed in confusion. Mother sitting on Nalini's veranda. In the morning she put out her lamp uttering the names of the gods.
Later she said to me, "It is really her aunt's influence, my son. That is why she doesn't want to go."
One morning Mother sent me with an old servant of the family to the mad sister-in-law's father to persuade the old man to see her, or, if he consented, to bring back Radhu's mother's jewellery. I succeeded in coaxing him to come, but he did not bring the ornaments with him.
Mother implored him to bring them. She even touched his feet, praying that he would rescue her from her predicament. But the old man proved to be most avaricious and brought forth all manner of pointless objections.
(to be continued....)