There was no change in the ways and behaviour of Swamiji towards
his friends even when he became famous and was worshipped by thousands
of devotees at home and abroad.He was the same Naren to them
When in Lahore,Swamiji met his boyhood friend Motilal Bose by
chance.Motilal,who owned the Great Indian Circus,was there in
connection with a show of his troupe.Having met his friend after a
long time Swamiji plunged into conversation with him.But Motilal felt
uneasy.He said,”Brother,how should I address you,as “Naren” or
Swamiji burst out laughing and said:”Are you crazy? my dear
Moti nothing has changed.You are to me the same “Moti” and I am same
Swamiji uttered these words with so much love and tenderness that
Motilal was deeply moved and forgot all his diffidence.
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Many rich people who were devoted to Swamiji invited him to
dinner during his brief stay at Alwar, but Swamiji first accepted the
invitation of a poor old woman who during his wondering days had
offered him food when he had nothing to eat. Swamiji didn’t forget her
kindness on reaching Alwar, Swamiji had sent a message to her saying
that he wished to be treated to some of the thick chapatis he was
offered years before and which he relished very much.
The old woman was beside herself with joy. She prepared the
chapatis with great care and waited eagerly for Swamiji and his
disciples. when they came, she lovingly served them the simple meal.
Swamiji enjoyed the food and told his disciples, ‘See, how devout, how
motherly this old woman is! And how pure and simple the food is!’
Before parting Swamiji scilently trust a hundred ruoee note into the
hands of the master of the house to be given to the old woman.