A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Holy Mother allowed no compromise with the exalted ideals of chastity and renunciation. A monk, she said, should be a model of renunciation. She taught them that even if the wooden image of a woman lay prone in the street, a monk should not turm it over and look at it.
She used to say, "How can I live without the company of men of renunciation? Can a householder, entangled in worldly desires, be the same as a monk who has renounced everything for God?"
She encouraged the monastic members of the Ramakrishna Order to work ceaselessly, and often said, "Without work the mind becomes befouled. Can anyone spend twenty-four hours a day in meditation? It is much better to remain busy than to lead an idle life. The activities of both the Math and Mission must be carried on. Those who cannot adjust themsleves to work, shall have to leave."
The householder devotees, like the monks, received full measure of Holy Mother's blessings. They formed the majority pf her disciples and visitors, and she encouraged them to perform their duties in a spirit of detachment, and to practice regular meditation and prayer. She became their sole refuge from the tribulations of the world.
(to be continued....)