Mother's Lesson on
How to Love Others

Once Holy Mother was about to leave Calcutta for her home village, Jayrambati, and said to a little girl: "Darling, you have been visiting for a long time. Do you love me?"

"Yes," said the girl, "I love you very much."

"How much?"

The girl stretched her arms as wide as she could. "That much," she said.

"Will you still love me when I am away at Jarambati?" Mother asked.

"Yes, I will love you just the same. I shall not forget you."

"Let me tell you how to love all equally," said Mother. "Do not demand anything from those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In any case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially."

From Sri Sarada Devi -- Biography in Pictures, Advaita Ashrama: Calcutta, 1988, p. 67.

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