While he did not hesitate to act thus in an emergency, the Master warned his followers that they should at all times be uniformly decent, delicate and courteous.
"Always have consideration for the feelings of others," he would tell them. "Never be discourteous and rough in the name of service."
How great an importance the Master attached to the service of God’s children was revealed by a small incident. On the evening of November 25, 1949, R. Anantakrishna Sastri, a well-known Oriental scholar, arranged to perform ceremonial worship of the Ganga at the Ashram waterfront. It was nicely washed, and the Ashramites and visitors seated themselves comfortably on the clean steps. The Master was also there.
Sastriji and his wife began the worship. The Master watched it all intently and then commented, "One year of daily ceremonial worship of the Ganges like this is equal to one week of whole-hearted service of a typhoid patient—washing his clothes and cleaning his bed-pan. Such service will at once purify the heart and bring about inner illumination."
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...