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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Mother said: "I would take my bath at four in the morning. A little sunlight would reach the staircase in the afternoon and I would dry my hair there. I used to have a load of hair in those days. My room was very small and filled with all sorts of things. Hooks were hanging down from the ceiling. When I went to bed at night, I could hear the fish moving in the earthen pot hanging from the hook. We kept singhi fish for the Master. But I never felt any difficulty except about the sanitary arrangements.....
"Such singing and such trances there used to be! Gourdasi here - she too fell into deep trances..."
It was now time for the evening service and it was Mother's habit to perform it herself. I went downstairs. Later I came up again to receive prasAda. Mother sat with her feet pointing southwards, serving out portions of the prasAda on sAl leaves. I sat on the veranda asking for this and that. I wanted some thing that was not within her reach. I reached out for it myself, to spare her the trouble and my elbow touched her foot. She immediately said, "Aha!" and folded her hands in apology.
"Why Mother, it is nothing!" I said. But she was not satisfied and said, "Come nearer my son, let me kiss you." In the end I put up my face, she touched my chin and kissed her hand, and only then was her mind at rest. In this way she venerated her disciples as gods, and loved them as her own children.
(to be continued....)