"Bodily mortification alone cannot lead to enlightenment.
There should be the calming of passions and discipline of the mind," wrote the Master.
"Just as striking at an ant-hill will not destroy the snake within, so also no amount of physical torture can kill the mind within."
Likewise, while remaining a true Sannyasin, the Master retained a good aesthetic sense.
He would give matchless appreciation for a German bag, an exquisite coffee set, a beautiful coat, a lovely cloth, or delicious eatables.
In him one saw, not a cynical rejection of the world, but acceptance of it as the form of the Divine.
This was a remarkable feature of the Master’s personality.
While he could resist the temptation of sense-objects, he could with equal facility enjoy them without getting attached to them.
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...