Madhav, now fully
able to speak, was speechless. How could he ever have imagined that
his mother's life depended upon him, or that his was more important
to her than her own?
the sannyasin said, returning the pill to its box, even if Madhav
had lived he would have renounced the world, so perhaps it is all
one and the same.
The mother's eyes
flashed. Do you think I had nothing to say
about that? He would not have left me. Never! You monks know nothing
of a son's love for his mother! She began to cry. I
would never have let my boy leave me! Do you think you had more
power over him than a mother's love? Never!
Perhaps God also
has something to say about it, the sannyasin said mildly.
Madhav tried moving
the muscles of his body and found that they were fully under his
control. With one fluid movement he swung his legs to the floor and