On July 11, 1950, a devotee was introduced to the Master. "This Is Banibai, Swamiji. For the past twenty years she has been doing Hari Katha Kalakshepam in South India. In fact she wanted to conduct a Kalakshepam here also..."
The Master did not wait for him to complete the sentence. "Yes, yes, I will arrange for it tonight. She must conduct the Katha here. This is the holiest place, on the banks of the Ganges. It is a rare opportunity. We will all be elevated and inspired."
The devotee hesitated. "But Swamiji, we have to leave this evening."
"Then I will have it arranged now itself," said the Master, and called out, "O Rajagopalji, ring the bell. Call Palji to play the tabla. Get the harmonium and tanpura. Call everyone. Purushottam, bring some sugar-candy and black pepper. Keep some water here. Vishwanath, spread the carpets. Call all the neighbours also. Nityanandaji, get some prasad for distribution after the Katha."
Within a short time Banibai had commenced her Katha Kalakshepam. The Master had issued detailed instructions to ensure its total success.
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...