There was a child in Calcutta who gave a great deal of trouble to her family and always demanded attention. She used to visit Holy Mother with her own mother.
Whenever she entered the Mother’s room she clung to her. The Mother always gave her plenty of sweets to eat. Once Holy Mother was about to leave for Jayrambati and said to the little girl: ‘Darling, you have been visiting me a long time. Do you love me?’
‘Yes, I love you very much.’
The girl stretched her arms as wide as she could and said: ‘That much.’ The Mother asked: ‘Will you still love me when I am away at Jayarambati?’
‘Yes, I will love you just the same. I shall not forget you.’
‘How shall I know it?’
‘What should I do to make you know?’
‘I shall be sure of your love for me if you can love everyone at home.’
‘All right, I will love all of them. I will not be naughty anymore.’
‘That’s very good. But how shall I know that you will love all equally, and not some more and some less?’
‘What should I do to love all equally?’
‘Let me tell you how to love all equally. Do not demand anything of those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In that case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially.