Sivananda's Personality - 43.

The Master saw God in women.

He saw, not sex, but Goddess Durga in every female form.
One Vijaya Dasami day, he felt the urge to worship the visible manifestations of the Divine Mother.
Immediately he sent an Ashram worker to the Rishikesh market to procure fruit, flowers and silk for the worship.

And who were the Goddesses?

They were the little girls of the school run by the Ashram.
Aged three to ten, they were seated in a row on a long mat.

It was a most entrancing sight to see the tall, burly Swamiji bend down with feeling before each little girl, applying kumkum on the forehead and offering worship with flowers.

Then he gently waved the camphor Arati before them and served them with sweets specially prepared as offering.
Such was the Master’s worship of the Divine Mother.

Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...

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