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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Many years later the Holy Mother was asked to reprimand a guilty person. "I simply cannot do it," she remonstrated firmly. "I cannot see others' faults. I am simply not made that way. There are enough people always ready to criticise others. The world will not come to an end if I refrain."
All through the pilgrimage her meditiation and prayer went on regularly, and she was blessed with many visions and ecstasies. Soon after Holy Mother's return to Kamarpukur, she was faced with loneliness and penury. Sri Ramakrishna had asked her to not give up his ancestral house at Karmarpukur, which was her own place.
"Let me tell you something," he warned her. "Never stretch out your hand to anyone for help. You will not lack simple food and clothes. If you stretch your hand to anyone, even for a penny, you will sell your head to him forever. However much your devotees may entreat you to live with them, do not allow your own house at Karmarpukur to tumble down."
After the Master's death she had received a small monthly allowance from the Dakshineswar temple. But this was now stopped. Somehow she managed to procure her meagre meals by raising vegetables with her own hands. These she boiled and ate. sometimes without salt, because she did not have the wherewithal to purchase it. Thus she spent her days, repeating Hari's name, according to Sri Ramakrishna's wish.
(To Be Continued.....)