Mother's Loving Motivation
When the head of an ashrama requested the Mother to tell the workers under him to obey him implicitely in all matters, she firmly rejected his request and explained gently, "The boys have become Sadhus to call on God and make their lives blessed. They are doing their best for the ashrama, and will always do so. They are now of age, and have had their mind and intellegence fully developed. So discriminating between good and bad, and what is to their advantage or otherwise, if they want to lead an independent life, you are not to be an impediment in their path.
"And even if you obstruct them, no one can live always subservient at the cost of his own convenience.
"If you find any difficulty in getting your work done, it is you who will have to explain it to them tactfully. They have always been obedient to you and they will remain so.
Love can achieve anything. You can never make one obey by force or by adopting a roundabout way."
From The Teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, published
by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, 1983, pp. 101-102.
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