When H.H. the Dowager Maharani of Mysore visited the Ashram in 1949, the inmates brought chairs and benches, and placed them outside the Diamond Jubilee Hall, but the austere Maharani said that she preferred to sit on the bare ground. As soon as she said that, the Master stooped down and removed the stones and pebbles on the terrace, making room for Her Highness to sit.
The Maharani began to protest, "Swamiji, you should not trouble yourself to do all this."
Quick came the Master’s reply, "No, no, please do not stand on formalities. ‘Ghar ka ladka—I am your own son’!" "What is my duty?" was the question the Master asked himself constantly, not "what will others think?"
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...