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Tuesday, May 24th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 211
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
May, 1914:
 
After dusk, we laid out the offerimgs in the adjoining room. Mother asked Golap-Ma to make the offerings to the Master, but she replied, "You do it; why should I, when you are here?"
 
Then Mother sat down to make the dedications herself. She praised the manner in which we had arranged the offerings.
 
In this way she expressed her delight at everything and filled us with infinite pleasure. After the dedications, Mother and the others partook of the offerings. Mother finished before the others and taking a cane easychair on the veranda, she called to me and said, "Do bring me a pAn (Betel), my dear."
 
I was serving Golap-Ma and the others, but I quickly went and brought a pAn, feeling rather ashamed that she should have to ask for it. I said to Sumati, "You  might have waited at the door with the pAn, you know I am busy."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, May 23rd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 210

Sarayubala Devi:

May, 1914:

As the day advanced, we watched for Mother's arrival (at Ballyganj); at last the blessed moment came. The minute we heard the sound of the carriage all of us went downstairs. When the carriage stopped, we saw Mother looking at us, her eyes filled with love. As soon as she stepped down, we eagerly took the dust off her feet.

Golap-Ma, the youngest aunt (i.e. Mother's crazy sister-in-law), Nalini-didi, Radhu, and four or five monks had accompanied her. We took Mother and seated her upstairs and bowed to her. She inquired, "Have you had your meal? I tried to be as quick as possible, but somehow could not manage to get here earlier than this."

She touched my chin and then kissed her own fingers. I could not sit near her but had to go downstairs to see to the refreshments. They were playing a gramophone upstairs. I was able to take a few minutes off from my duties and rush upstairs. Mother was delighted with the gramophone and wondered at the marvellous machine! She was as pleased as a child!

It was summer and very hot. Mother was lying on a fine mat in the veranda and the others were sitting around her, They had given her a marble bowl of ice-water, from which she had sipped from time to time. When she saw me she cried, "Come and have some ice-water, dear." I took some of the water that she had consecrated by her touch and ran down to the kitchen again. I was trying to be as quick as possible, but nothing seemed to get done!

(to be continued....)

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Sunday, May 22nd 2016

12:10 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 209
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
January-February, 1914:
 
Once more we fell to talking about mukti (freedom of the soul from the bondage of life and death). Mother said, "It is like candy in the hands of a baby. Someone tries to coax a bit out of his hands but he refuses, whereas he is unaccountably pleased with someone else and immediately makes a gift of the sweet!
 
"In the same way some strive all their lives and yet are unsuccessful, while others receive mukti as a gift. The moment He has compassiom, He gives. His grace is all that matters."
 
May, 1914:
 
Mother will come to our Ballyganj house today. We have been making preparations since yesterday. We have bought a new carpet seat for her and new white marble dishes. Mother is coming to our house! I could not sleep all night for joy. It had been arranged that she would arrive in the afternoon.
 
In case she changed her mind, Shokaharan had taken the carriage to her house at Baghbazar and was waiting for her from the morning, while we completed our household chores early and made ourselves ready.
 
I arranged Mother's carpet, placed flowers all around, sprinkled GangA water in all the rooms and doorways, strung garlands of flowers and placed two large bouquets on either side of Mother's seat.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, May 21st 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 208
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
January-February, 1914:
 
We fell to talking about flowers once more. Mother said, "When we lived at Dakshineswar, I once made a seven stranded garland of Jasmine and rangan (Ixora). I made the garland in the evening and as soon as I placed it in water in a dish of stone, all the buds opened out. I sent the garland for our Goddess KAli. They had taken off Her jewellery and were decking Her out in flowers. Just then the Master went to have a look at Her and the minute he saw Her, he fell into a trance.
 
"He continued to repeat, 'How lovely the flowers suit Her dark colouring.'
Then he asked, 'Who made the garland?' Someone told him that I had made it and he cried, 'Do send for her and let her see how beautiful the Mother looks with the garland!'
 
"The maid Vrinda went and fetched me. As I drew near the temple I noticed Balaram Babu and Suren Babu. They were coming towards the temple, and I was so shy that I did not know where to hide! I hid behind the end of Vrinda's sAri and was about to mount the back stairs, when, gracious me, the Master noticed this and cried, 'Don't go that way, my dear, a fisher-woman slipped and was seriously injured the other day! Do come by the front stairs!'
 
"When Balaram Babu and the others heard this, they moved aside. I went and found the Master singing before the Goddess in an ecstasy of love!"
 
Just then a number of women disciples of Mother arrived, and the discussion had to be discontinued.....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, May 20th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 207
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
January-February, 1914:
 
A widow had been to see Mother and I asked her about her. Mother replied, "She took her initiation about a month ago. She had already been initiated by some other guru, but such is the vanity of human wishes that she had her initiation again. She would not understand that all gurus are one."
 
When we were resting after the midday meal, we began to talk about Karmarpukur. Mother said, "When the Master came to Karmarpukur with indigestion, I was only a child-wife. He would get up while it was still rather dark and say to me, 'Prepare such and such dishes for me tomorrow', and we used to cook them for him.
 
"One day we ran short of a particular kind of spice and Lakshmi's mother said, 'Well then, carry on without it. Since we haven't got it, what else can we do?'
 
"The Master overheard this conversation and said, 'What do you mean? If there is none in the house, why not get a pice worth? One should never omit things that are necessary. Why, it was for that particular flavoring in your curries that I left the delicious dishes and the thickened milk of Dakshineswar and came here! And now you want to leave out the flavouring!'
 
"Lakshmi's mother felt ashamed and immediately sent for the spices."...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, May 19th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 206
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
January-February, 1914:
 
I went in the morning one day, and took with me a large bunch of flowers I had gathered from our garden. When I gave them to Mother, she was delighted and proceeded to decorate the Master with the flowers. There were some blue flowers. She picked them up and said, "Look at the colouring! Once at Dakshineswar, a girl named Asha picked a beautiful red flower from a bush, which had very dark leaves and wept and kept saying, 'What is this! Why should such a lovely red flower have such dark leaves! Lord, why did you do this!'
 
"The Master asked her, 'What has come over you now, why do you weep?'
 
"She was quite unable to explain, but continued to cry until the Master comforted her with many words. But do look at the heavenly blue of these flowers. The Master should never be without flowers."
 
With this, she gathered handfuls of flowers and offered them to the Master. As she took up the first handful, a flower dropped to her own feet, and she cried, "Lo, it falls to my own feet first!"
 
"That is all right," said I, for though the Master was greater in her eyes, they were both equal to us.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 18th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 205
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
Mother bound us to her by her exquisite love and compassion. It was because she lived there that her house at Baghbazar grew to be a haven of peace and consolation to all those whom the world had pained and injured.
 
Now I had to take my leave. I went to take the dust off her feet, "Mother, I shall have to go to my father's house very soon."
 
Mother replied affectionately, "Come back soon, my dear. Write to me."
 
I had brought a sAri for her. When I was about to leave, she said, "Show me that cloth you brought, my dear, I shall wear it."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 17th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 204
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
Mother went to her paternal home on 26th February and returned to Calcutta just before DurgA pujA in September 1913. Round about that time I went to see her one evening and found a woman crying at her feet for initiation. Mother, however, appeared unwilling and said, "Did I not forbid you earlier? Why have you come? I am unwell, I cannot consent now."
 
The more she insisted, the more annoyed Mother became, "You think only about yourselves, you care for the mantra only. You get it, but what about the consequences?"
 
The woman still insisted. Everyone present felt disgusted. At last Mother said, "See me some time later."
 
The woman said, "Then commission one of your devoted sons."
 
"Suppose they refuse," said Mother.
 
"To think," said the woman, "that they will disregard you!"
 
"They may in such a case."
 
As her importunities still continued, Mother said, "Well, I shall ask Khoka (Swami Subodhananada), he will initiate you."
 
Still the woman said, "It would have been better if you yourself agreed; it depends on your mere wish." With this she drew out a ten-rupee note and said, "Kindly accept this and give orders for whatever will be needed," whereupon Mother grew indignant and asked her if she thought she could be tempted with money.
 
"I am not to be tempted with money. Take it back, will you?" And she left the place. In the end it was settled, at the woman's humble prayer, that she should come for her initiation on the day of Ashtami pujA.
 
After she left, Mother called me to her and apologized sweetly for neglecting me......
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, May 16th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 203
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
31 January, 1913: 
 
Mother also told me many things about Gouri-Ma's early life. I learnt that she had to suffer many sorrows and tribulations. We began to talk about Varanasi and she said, "I was very happy there, and to add to it I had my whole huge company along with me!"...
 
Some four or five women came....They wanted some instruction. Mother said with a smile, "What instruction can you have from me? The Master's words have all come out in print. If you can but follow one of his teachings you get everything."
 
She talked with them about many petty affairs. When they had left she said to me, "Where is the person to receive any instruction? The recipient must be fit, my dear, else it avails nothing."...
 
Annapurna's mother came and said, "Mother, I heard you telling me in a dream, 'Eat that food from my plate, and you will be cured.' But I objected, 'The Master forbade me to accept food from anybody's plate.' Now then, Mother, give me some food consecrated by you."
 
Mother did not agree, but she insisted. 
 
"Would you do just what the Master forbade?" asked Mother. 
 
She replied, "That held good so long as I made a difference between the Master and yourself. Now give me."
 
At last Mother granted her request.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, May 15th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 202
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
31 January, 1913: 
 
The ladies who had come to see Mother were talking on the veranda on the north of the Master's room. There was too much noise. Mother said to me, "Go and tell them, dear, to lower their voices. They might wake Sharat (Swami Saradananda)."
 
Finding myself alone in the room with Mother, I asked her about prayer, meditation, and realization. She replied, "Look upon the Master and myself as non-different and meditate on the vision that you get at any time and pray accordingly. Worship ends with absorption in meditation. Start here (the heart) and end here (the head). Mantras and rites are nothing, my dear; all that matters is faith. You will find your guru and your God in the Master. He is everything."
 
We began to talk about Gouri-Ma and Durga Devi. Mother praised them and said, "You see, my dear, many people seek God only after disappointment in other spheres. But he, who from childhood can place at the Master's feet a heart  as pure as a flower, is blessed indeed! That girl is like an untouched flower. See, how Gourdasi has trained her. Her brothers tried their hardest to get her married. Gourdasi took her and stayed in hiding here and there. In the end, she took her to Puri and there made her exchange garlands with the Lord JagannAtha and thus turned her into a sanyaAsini! Such a good and virtuous girl and well-educated as well! I understand she will be sitting for some examination in Sanskrit too!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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