31: Recorded by Priyabala Devi
On 12 Pous (December) 1916
I first bowed down at the lotus feet of the Holy Mother and was blessed with initiation by her. As I climbed the stairs to the first floor of the Mother’s house along with a sister disciple, I was trembling in excitement. Yogin-Ma embraced me and escorted me to the Mother, saying, “Look Mother! Here is another daughter of yours – how her eyes and face look!” The Mother, who was pealing fruits at the time, said, “Yes, dear, I know her. She is Rama’s daughter.” I was surprised at this and wondered how the Mother had come to know about me.
The Mother called me to the shrine room and made rile sit on an asana by her side. When my sister disciple invited me to go for a bath in the Ganges, the Mother remarked, “She does not need to have a bath in the Ganges.” She sprinkled Ganges water on my body and then gave me initiation. After telling me a word of the Mantra she remarked, “The Master left for me this part of the Mantra.” When I was about to offer flowers and leaves at her feet, the Mother said, “Put the basil and Vilva leaves in my hands but offer the flowers at my feet.”
One day while speaking with the Mother, the sister disciple mentioned above said about me, “It will be nice if she is admitted into Nivedita’s boarding school.” The Mother replied, “No, she need not stay there, but it would be fine if she could stay with me.” But I never had the good fortune for this to happen.
One day I asked the Mother, “What shall I do for my spiritual progress? I know nothing at all.” The Mother said, “What else shall you do? Do what you are doing now. Repeat His name everyday in the morning and the evening.”
On hearing from a woman devotee that widows in our part of the country are very austere regarding their food, etc., the Mother said to me, “In the night you should take chapatis and such other things after offering them to the Master. One should observe the local customs.”