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Holy Mother By Swami Nikhilananda: 306 1-January-2017

01-01-2017 Sunday
Holy Mother By Swami Nikhilananda: 306

Chapter 13 – In the Role of Teacher : 025

Here is another example of the Mother’s compassion and thoughtfulness. It was the occasion of the Shivaratri, the Night of Shiva, when devotees spend the night in meditation, religious singing, and the reading of various episodes from the life of Shiva. The inmates of the Udbodhan, as was the custom, were fasting the whole day and night. In the morning someone had teased Chandra, asking him to observe the fast too. At first he raised objections, but at last he was prevailed upon to go without food along with the rest. In the evening he went to the Mother’s room to offer his salutation to her. The Mother looked at his pale and hungry face and asked him what was the matter. In a sad voice Chandra said that he was compelled to go without food on account of the persuasion of the inmates of the Udbodhan. At one Holy Mother asked him to take food. When he objected that in that case he would not derive the merit of fasting, she said: ‘I will fast for you and you will have the merit.’ Chandra beamed with pleasure and at once ate to his heart’s content. And the Mother went without food.

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Holy Mother - Being the Life of Sri Sarada Devi Wife of Sri Ramakrishna And Helpmate in his Mission By Swami Nikhilananda p: 190

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