A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Sri Ramakrishna said that when the flowers bloom, bees gather around them of their own accord. As Holy Mother's inner life blossomed forth, spiritual seekers felt the irresistable attraction of its fragrance and came to her unasked.
They came from all directions - whether she was in Calcutta or her native village, or was visiting different parts of India in the course of her pilgrimages. In the main she divided her time between Calcutta and malaria-ridden Jayrambati, where no physical comforts were available.
She became an unfailing source of inspiration to the members of the Ramakrishna Order who devoted their lives to meditation, prayer, and study, or ministered to the needs of the sick, the illiterate, and the victims of epidemics, famines, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and fires.
She showered her blessings equally upon contemplatives and active sAdhus, and encouraged them in their respective disciplines. She exhorted the leaders of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission to bind together those who worked under them with the ties of love. The monastic life she held in the highest respect and herself gave ochre robes to many who renounced the world in search of God.
(to be continued....)