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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
The talk turned one day to the residence of our sick monks in the houses of devotees. Mother said, "Why should a monk live in a householder's place just because he is sick?" There are monasteries and Ashramas for him. A sannyAsin should not so much as look at the wooden image of a woman lying on the road by upturning it with his foot.
"And it is extremely bad for a monk to possess money. There's nothing impossible for the round pieces to do - even to the extent of endangering life. A holy man lived at Puri near the sea. He had some money. Getting scent of this, two of his disciples could not contain themselves any longer; they murdered the man and took away his money."
One day Mother was preparing herself for her bath at about nine or ten o'clock in the morning, when somebody engaged in sweeping the courtyard, finished her work and threw away the broom to one corner.
Noticing this, Mother cried, "How strange, my dear! The work is finished, and you throw it away carelessly! It takes almost the same time to keep it slowly and carefully as to throw it away. Should you despise a thing just because it is insignificant? 'Him that you save, saves you in turn.' Won't you need it again? Besides, the thing too forms a great part of our household. From that point of view it deserves some consideration. You must give each one his due share of honour. Even a broom must be shown some honour. The smallest work must be done with reverence."
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