would ask his mother questions about everything she did.
"Mother, why do you close your e and stand with folded hands?"
"What are those pictures? Who are they in the pictures?"
The mother would smile and explain: "One of them is your father, The other one is
"I have never seen father. Where is now, mother?"
"He is with God Kumaraswami whom you
see in the picture next to your father's"
"Is that picture the Gods? But he h six faces!"
"Yes, my son. The god has six faces and he is also known by the name Shanmukha.
Your father was a devotee of this deity. That is why you were named Coomaraswamy. Your
father used to worship and pray to this god everyday. You pray to him too, with folded
hands and closed eyes. Pray to him to make you a good person."
Ananda Coomaraswamy knowing neither God nor devotion closed his impish eyes and stood
with folded hands as his mother bade him.
Thus was Coomaraswamy introduced to Hinduism and the Hindu pantheon. Elizabeth used to
tell the little boy stories of the great souls of India in words that he could understand.