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Thursday, July 19th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 233

Sarayubala Devi:

1 August, 1918:

Mother: "On another occasion luchis arrived from Beni Pal's house at Sinthi. The boys live in greater confort nowadays; but Naren, Baburam and the others had to put up with a great deal of hardship. My Rakhal (Swami Brahmananda) is your MahArAja now; he himself often had to clean the cooking utensils. Once, when Naren was on his way to Gaya and Varansai, he spent two days without food, in the shade of a tree. After some time he heard some one calling him. He saw a man standing before him with luchis, savouries, sweets and a jug of cool water, which he held out to Naren saying, 'I have brought you Ramji's offerings, be pleased to accept them.'

"Naren replied, 'But you do not know me, you must be mistaken, they must have asked you to give it to someone else.' The man said in an appealing tone, 'No, MahArAj, I have brought all this for you. I fell asleep in the day and dreamed of somone saying to me, 'Get up quickly and carry food to the holy man under that tree.' I thought it was only a dream and turned on my side. Then he shook me and cried, 'Must you sleep when I ask you to go? Now go quickly.'

"Then I thought my dream is not false. It is RAmji's own command, so I rushed here with all this.' Then Naren took the food as a gracious gift from God."

(to be continued....)


 

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Wednesday, July 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 232

Sarayubala Devi:

1 August, 1918:

When I went to pay my respects to Mother today, I had the opportunity of having a long talk with her, mainly about the sannyAsin disciples of the Master at the (Belur) Math. Perhaps owing to the death of Swami Premananda, her mind nowadays was generally preoccupied with thoughts of these sons of hers. 

She spoke of them now and said, "These boys insist on testing the Master. When they were at the Math at Baranagore, Niranjan and the others sometimes spent their time in prayer and meditation without enough nourishment to sustain them. They were talking among themselves one day, 'Well, we left everything for the sake of the Master. We shall now see whether he provides food for us, if we lie here with his name upon our lips. We shall say nothing when Suresh Babu (Surendra Mitra) comes and no one shall go out for alms.' With this they wrapped themselves up and took to meditation. The whole day passed and part of the night as well, when someone knocked at the door.

"Naren rose first and said, 'Now, go and see who is there. First see whether he is carrying anything.' Glory be! As soon as they opened the door, there stood a man from Sri GopAla's temple by the riverside with a load of delicious food. They were all overjoyed, they had realized how the Master felt for them. At once they offered the food to him and partook of it late at night. This sort of thing happened more than once."

(to be continued....)


 

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Tuesday, July 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 231

Sarayubala Devi:

31 July, 1918:

Mother was reminiscing about Baburam (Swami Premananda):

"Once the Master said, 'In my spiritual being, later on, I shall eat with a hundred thousand mouths!' and Baburam replied, 'I don't care for your hundred thousand mouths. I want you to eat with this mouth and I want to look at this face!'

"The Master did not like people having too many children. That showed a lack of self-control."

Golap-Ma was a little better today...Bipin Babu, the doctor, said, "She will take three months to get well."

"Dysentery is not easy to cure!" Mother said. "I am sure it will take three months. The Master too had a tendency towards dysentery. At Dakshineswar he was often ill during the rainy season...

"Once He had a severe attack of dysentery, and a girl, who had come from Varanasi, helped to cure him with hot compresses. She made me leave my hut (outside the temple premises) and stay in the room under the concert-tower again. She said, 'How can you stay here, Mother, when he is so ill!' I explained, 'What can I do? If I go, my nephew's wife will be here all alone, because her husband (Hriday) is with the Master.' The girl said, 'Never mind, they will get somebody to stay with her. Do you think you should stay away from him, at such a time?' 

"At this, I came back to that room with her. A few days later, when the Master was better, she went away and I never heard where she went. I never saw her again. She did me a very good turn. When I went to Varanasi, I inquired after her, but could not find her. People always came when he needed them and afterwards disappeared.".....

(to be continued....)


 

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Monday, July 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 230

Sarayubala Devi:

31 July, 1918:

Mother was speaking about Swami Premananda: "I was going upstairs one day, at Cossipore, carrying a large bowl of milk, when I suddenly turned dizzy and fell. I spilled the milk and displaced a bone in my ankle. Naren and Baburam came and lifted me. Later on my foot swelled up.

"When the Master heard about this he said, 'Well then Baburam, what is to become of me? What about my food? Who is going to feed me?' He was living on slops in those days. I made them and went up to his room and fed him myself. I wore a nose-ring in those days. So he pointed to his nose describing a nose-ring with gestures and said, 'Well, Baburam, can't you put her in a basket and carry it upstairs on your head?'

"At this Naren and Baburam nearly died of laughing! He would have such fun with them. In three days my swelling went down and they supported me upstairs, so that I could feed him. Golap or somebody else made the slops during those three days, and Naren fed him. Baburam would say to his mother, 'How much do you love me! You can't love me as much as the Master does!' His mother would answer, 'What's that you say! I am your mother and I don't love you!' So great was his love for them. When Baburam was four years old, he would say, 'I shall never marry. I shall die if I marry.'"

(to be continued....)


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Sunday, July 15th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 229

Sarayubala Devi:

31 July, 1918:

"Mother was talking about Swami Premananda: "You know, dear, there was nothing left of Baburam's body except the frame." At this point Chandra Babu came upstairs and joined in the conversation. He described how lavishly friends and the Master's devotees had contributed towards the funeral expenses. "Indeed, they have made the best use of their money," Mother said...."God gave them wealth and will increase it."

After Chandra Babu had bowed to her and taken his leave, she continued, "You understand, my dear, however great a soul may be, when someone assumes a mortal body, he must bear all bodily sorrows. The only difference is that ordinary people depart in tears but they go laughing, as though death were a game. Alas! Baburam was a mere boy when he came. The Master would joke with them and Naren and Baburam would burst into peals of laughter." 

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, July 14th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 228

Sarayubala Devi:

30 July, 1918:

Swami Premananda expired today, I went to see Mother in the evening. 

"So you have come, my dear, sit down," she said mournfully. "My Baburam left us today. I have been shedding tears from the morning." She began to weep, "My Baburam was so dear to my heart. All the strength, faith, and reasonableness of the Math had taken shape in my Baburam and lighted up the banks of the GangA. Baburam's mother came from a family without any male heirs, and she inherited her father's property. She had grown a little proud. She herself once said, 'I wore gold jewellery on my arms and at my waist and considered myself better than the rest of the world.' She died leaving four children, one had predeceased her."

A little later I saw Mother rest her head at the feet of a large portrait of the Master, hanging on the south wall of the central room and cry pathetically, "You took him, Master!" She sopke in heart-rending tones and I felt close to tears. Meanwhile Golap-Ma was seriously ill.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, July 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 227

Sarayubala Devi:

22 July, 1918:

Maku was complaining, "How is it that I can never remain peacefully in one place?"

"What do you mean by peacefully?" Mother asked. "Wherever you are there should be peace. Do you imagine that you will be at peace if you go to your husband? How can that be? He doesn't earn much, how will you manage? Here you live as in your own father's house. Do not people live in their own father's houses? See, this person here is living away from home. Can't you give up anything? Look at her, how calm she looks. She is here, only because I am here. Can't you do the same?"

"Let that be, Mother," I protested. "Tell me some more about the Master."

"What the books say is not always correct," Mother answered, "Ram's (Ram Chandra Datta's) book does not give a correct version of how the Master worshipped me when he performed the Shodasi pujA." She described the incident and said, "It was not at home, it was at Dakshineswar, in the Master's room, near the circular veranda, where the huge pitcher of Ganges water now stands. Hriday made all the arrangements."

Just then Jogin-Ma arrived. Standing near the window she was about to say something, when Mother cried, "Come in here, I don't see you at all these days." Laughing Jogin-Ma came near her. As she passed me her foot touched my body. She apologised with folded hands and I quickly rose and made an obeisance to her, saying, "Why Jogin-Ma, why do you bow to someone who is not worth even the dust off your feet, just because your foot has come into contact with her?"

"What do you mean?" Jogin-Ma explained. "The little snake is as much a snake as the big one! You are all devotees!"

I looked at Mother's face and saw that compassionate smile of hers! As it was getting late, I bowed to them and took my leave shortly afterwards.

(to be continued....)


 

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Thursday, July 12th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 226

Sarayubala Devi:

22 July, 1918:

I asked, "Is it true that Girish Babu has donated a large sum for the Math (at Belur)?"

"That's nothing considerable," Mother answered. "Now Suresh (Surendra Nath) Mitra was a regular donor. Still Girish too has contributed something. He also paid all my expenses for a year and a half when I was living at Nilambar's house at Belur. He hasn't donated any large sum to the Math. How could he afford it? Where could he get all that money? In the old days he lived a disreputable life, and acted in theatres in the company of wicked men. But he had great faith, that is why the Master loved him so much. The Master has saved his soul this time. In each incarnation God saves a lost soul; just as Gaur (Sri Chaitanya). He saved Jagai and Madhai. It is always this way.

"Once the Master even said, 'There is a part of Bhairava in Girish.' What's there in wealth, my dear,? The Master could not bear even to touch money. His hand would twist away. He would say, 'The world itself is unreal. Look here, Ramlal (the Master's nephew) if I believed the world is real I would gild the whole of Karmarpukur with real gold before I go. But I know all that is unreal and God alone is real.'"

(to be continued....)

 

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Wednesday, July 11th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 225

Sarayubala Devi:

22 July, 1918:

I said, "I have read in the Gurudas Barman's book that later they built a thatched house for you and one night the Master was held up there because it was raining and he could not return to his own room."

Mother replied, "What do you mean by thatched house? It was an ordinary thatched shed. Sharat's (LilA-Prasanga) book describes it correctly. Master Mahashaya's book (KathAmrita) too is a fine one, and gives the Master's sayings word for word. Such sweet words! I hear there is enough material for four or five more parts. But he is getting old now, will he be able to do it?

"He has made a good deal of money from the sale of his books and I am told he has put it all aside. He donated nearly a thousand rupees for my house in Jayrambati, four hundred for the house and four hundred for other expenses, and he sends me ten rupees every month. Sometimes he sends me even more, as much as twenty rupees or twenty-five, when I am here (in Calcutta). When he was employed at the school he used to give me two rupees."

(to be continued....)


 

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Tuesday, July 10th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)

Page 224

Sarayubala Devi:

22 July, 1918:

Later Mother said, "You have seen the room under the music tower at Dakshineswar? I lived there. It is so low that at first I would knock my head against the doorhead every time I entered. Once I even cut myself. Later I grew accustomed to it and my head lowered of itself as soon as I reached the door. 

"The plump ladies from Calcutta would come to see me and stand with their hands on either side of the doorway and say, 'O look, how our holy and blessed one is housed! As though she were living n exile!'"

Then looking at Nalini and Maku she remarked, "You girls wouldn't have stayed in that room, not even for a single day!"

"Oh no, aunt, you are quite different!" they replied.

(to be continued....)

 

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