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Sunday, November 30th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 50

Swami Arupananda:

Some of the disciples had fasted on the occasion of Shiva-Chaturdashi. Next day at noon, when they asked for the Mother's PrasAdha, she sent Radhu with some food on a sAl leaf. This they shared among themselves. I had some as well.

Later I went to Mother and said, "Mother, everybody is having your prasAdha, why did you not give me any all the time I was here?"

"You didn't ask for any, my son," she said. "How could I suggest it?" So great was her humility.

The next day, Lalit Babu set out in a palanquin to fetch Radhu's jewellery. He pretended to be a high police official from Calcutta. Mother sent Mahendra Babu with him, in case Lalit Babu, who was a very young man, lost his temper and insulted the old brahmin if he refused to hand over the ornaments. They returned with the old man and the ornaments while it was still daylight.

At 2:00 a.m. word came from inside the house that Mother could not sleep and was feeling dizzy. We immediately went indoors.

(to be continued....)

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Saturday, November 29th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 49

Swami Arupananda:

In the afternoon, Mahendra Babu and Prabodh Babu arrived. I was not as yet acquainted with the former. As soon as Mahendra Babu saw the Master's house, tears filled his eyes. Their cart stopped at the door.

"What is your name?" I asked. "I am the schoolmaster," he replied. I knew him at once as the author of the KathAmrita, the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, which I had already read.

Mahendra Babu had brought sweets for the Mother. He and Prabodh Babu soon left for Jayrambati.

I was still thinking of going to the festival at the Math as soon as possible. A little before dusk Lalit Babu arrived in a lawyer's hat, Indian long coat, and trousers. I was at dinner just then.....As evening set in, Shashi said, "You had better accompany Lalit Babu and go the Math with him later. How can you go alone? You don't know the way and you haven't enough money."

I agreed to this and left for Jayrambati again with Lalit Babu.

As soon as we arrived, I went indoors, calling, "Mother, I have come." She was delighted and said, "That's fine. Now you can go with these people."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, November 28th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 48

Swami Arupananda:

Since I had brought no extra clothes with me, Mother had given me something to wear. "Take these clothes with you," she now said. "Have you any money? You will need it for fares and so on. Take some money too."

"There is no need for that, Mother," I replied. "I have some money."

"Write to me when you get there," she said. "I couldn't even give my son a good meal. I couldn't get anyone to catch fish," she said sadly. All this was due to the trouble over Radhu's mother and Nalini.

I bowed at Mother's feet and set out with tears in my eyes. She came with us a long way and then stood gazing after us as long as she could see us. I was so upset that I could not check my tears all the way to Karmarpukur. When we arrived there, Shashi introduced me to Aunt. I was deeply moved when I saw Mother's picture in her room.

She seemed the very image of motherhood, immersed in meditiation for the good of the world. I slept in Mother's room at night, Aunt providing the bedding. Next day was ShivarAtri. We went to see the image of Burho-Shiva of Karmarpukur.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, November 27th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 47

Swami Arupananda:

Because I was eager to participate in the Master's birthday celebrations at the Belur Math, it had been arranged that that I should leave the day before ShivarAtri. I had already told mother about this. When I went to pay my respects to her after the midday meal, prior to my departure, she said to me, "Shashi will go with you." Shashi being a woman I became thoughtful.

Thereupon Mother said, "Why, she is our own Shashi. She lived with me at Dakshineswar." Then she said to Shashi, "Let him stay in our own room at Kamarpukur. Ask Ramlal's aunt." At the time there was no one else at the Master's house.

"Spend a couple of days at Karmarpukur on your way to Belur Math," Mother said to me. "One should see the Master's birthplace." I had no intention of going there; I had gone only to see Mother.

In my eagerness to visit Mother I had rushed out of my house without remembering to bring any extra clothes or an umbrella with me. When I recollected this after I had come a short way, I did not go back, for fear of some hindrance.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Wednesday, November 26th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 46

Swami Arupananda:

Another morning they were husking rice and Mother was giving a hand. This happened almost daily.

"Mother, why do you slave like this?" I said to her. "My son," she replied, "I have done much more than my share to show the ideal".

One night, after everyone had gone to bed, the husband of Mother's niece Nalini arrived with a bullock cart in order to take her home. She had come away from his house and showed no desire to return. As soon as she heard of her husband's arrival, she shut herself in her room and threatened to commit suicide.

After much persuasion, when Mother assured her that she would not have to go away, she finally opened the door. The whole night passed in confusion. Mother sitting on Nalini's veranda. In the morning she put out her lamp uttering the names of the gods.

Later she said to me, "It is really her aunt's influence, my son. That is why she doesn't want to go."

One morning Mother sent me with an old servant of the family to the mad sister-in-law's father to persuade the old man to see her, or, if he consented, to bring back Radhu's mother's jewellery. I succeeded in coaxing him to come, but he did not bring the ornaments with him.

Mother implored him to bring them. She even touched his feet, praying that he would rescue her from her predicament. But the old man proved to be most avaricious and brought forth all manner of pointless objections.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Tuesday, November 25th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 45

Swami Arupananda:

Shortly before this we had been reading the MAgha number of the Udbodhan, in which an instalment of Mahendra Babu's Sri Sri Ramakrishna KathAmrita had been published. No one but Mother and I were present. I read the following passage:

'Girish: "I have one desire."

The Master: "What is that?"

Girish: "Devotion without desire, motive or cause."

The Master: "Such devotion is possible only for those who are born to God and not to the world."'

"What does that mean?" I asked Mother.

"Those who are born to God have fulfilled all their desires," she replied. "So long as a man has any desires, he is incapable of such devotion."

"Mother," I asked, "are these close disciples of yours and your own brothers all the same to you?" I had the idea that since these latter had been born as her own brothers, they must be highly evolved souls and as close to her in spirit as the sAdhus in the Math.

At my question Mother's lips curled as if to say, "What a comparison to make! What does a mere brother mean? Those who are close in spirit are something apart."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Monday, November 24th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 44

Swami Arupananda:

Mother laughed at Radhu's mother's words and said to me, "Girish Babu used to say, 'There goes the madwoman who accompanies the Mother (in all her incarnations).'"

Having lost my own mother at an early age, I felt a little shy in the beginning about addressing Holy Mother as "Mother". Once she sent a message to a distant cousin through me, and as I was about to leave asked me, "Now tell me what you are going to say."

"She asked me to say such and such," I replied.

At this Mother said, "Say, Mother asked me" - laying particular stress on the word "Mother".

One morning we were reading Sri Sri Ramakrishna's life. I was reading and Mother and a few others were listening. We had come to the part describing the Master's marriage. In this part of the book Mother had been glorified as the Mother of the universe. She listened only a little while and then left the room.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Sunday, November 23rd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 43

Swami Arupananda:

In those days [circa 1907], although I earnestly wished to become a sAdhu, I was still living at home. I thought to myself that perhaps some time in the future, by Mother's will, I might stay near her and become a sAdhu....

When I was in Jayrambati, Radhu's mother, Holy Mother's youngest brother's wife, had lost her wits and gone to her own father's house, taking Radhu's jewellery with her. Her father had then taken the jewellery away from her and at this Radhu's mother had grown still more insane. She was now inside the temple of the goddess SimhavAhini crying, "Mother, give me my jewels, give me back my jewels."

It was rather late in the evening. Mother and I were in her room. We were talking when suddenly Mother said, "I must go, my son. She has no one but me. She is crying for her jewellery in SimhavAhini's temple."

At this Mother left the room, though I had not heard anyone crying and indeed the distance was too great. Yet the sound had reached her ears. She went to the temple and brought back the mad woman, who was crying, "Sister-in-law, you have put away my jewels and won't give them back to me."

"if I had them I would throw them away this instant, as though they were crow droppings!" Mother replied.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, November 22nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 42

Swami Arupananda:

The Holy Mother spoke about seeing the Master once more:

"When the Master departed from this life, I felt like going away too.
He appeared before me and said, 'No, you must remain. There is so much yet to be done.' In the end I too understood how much there was to be done. He used to say, 'The people of Calcutta are squirming like worms in the dark. Take care of them.'..."

Someone mentioned Jogin Maharaj [Swami Yogananda] and Mother said, "No one loved me like Jogin. If anyone gave him even so much as eight annas, he would put it away saying, 'Mother shall spend it when she goes on pilgrimage.' He would always remain close to me. The others would laugh at him because he stayed near the ladies.

"Jogin would say to me, 'Mother, when you speak to me, call me JogA'. When he was dying, he said to me, 'Mother, BrahmA, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Master have come to fetch me.'"

In this way Mother spoke of a few people of her own accord. At the end she said to me, "My son, I have never talked with anyone as freely as with you." Later she said, "Come to see me and stay with me when I go to Calcutta."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, November 21st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 41

Swami Arupananda:

"My son," Holy Mother said, "if my blessimgs have the power to give you complete realization, then I bless you with all my heart".....

"How can one love God without seeng Him?" I asked.

"Quite so," Mother replied, "Who can make friends with the wind?"

"When shall I see Him, Mother?" I asked.

"You will, my son," Mother said, "You will see Him when the time comes."....

IN those days the national movement in Bengal was very strong. So I asked, "Mother, will the sorrows and miseries of this country never come to an end?"

"Why, the Master came for that very purpose."

We fell to talking about Holy Mother's own mother.

"When my mother was alive," she said, "if a disciple came on a visit, she would cry, 'My grandson is here!' and show such pleasure and take such care of him. This household was her life-blood. She took such pains to keep everything in order. My mother's name was ShyAmA (the Goddess Kali's own name)." The old lady had died the previous year.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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