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Sunday, January 22nd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 73
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
"What was the Master's complexion like?" I asked Mother.
 
"Like the yellow orpiment (haritAl)," Mother said. "His complexion seemed to be one with the gold amulet he wore. When I rubbed oil on him, a kind of radiance seemed to come out of him. Once a very fair man came to the temple premises and the Master said to me, 'Watch us as we walk about in the Panchavati and see who is the fairer.'
 
"So I watched them as they walked. The other man seemed a little fairer than the Master; there was just a shade of difference.
 
Whenever he went out people in the temple premises would stand gazing at him, saying 'There he goes!' He was rather stout.
 
Mathur Babu gave him quite a large, low wooden stool. When he sat on it for his meals, it did not seem big enough for him. When he put on his bath towel and went to the river to bathe people would look at him in wonder.
 
"I never saw him sad. He took the greatest pleasure in the company of young and old."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, January 21st 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 72
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
"This picture of the Master that you have here," I said, "Is a good one. One can see what he was like. Is it a good likeness?"
 
"A very good one," Mother said, "It belonged to a brahmin. They made a few copies, and this brahmin had one. It used to be very dark, dark as the Goddess, Kali. So they gave it to the brahmin. When he went away from Dakshineswar, he left it with me. I placed it among the pictures of the other gods and used to worship it. 
 
I was then living below the music tower. The Master came there one day and seeing the picture, said, 'Now, what is all this!' We were cooking in the space underneath the staircase, on the other side. Later I saw him pick up some bel leaves and flowers etc. that were lying there, and place them before the picture, worshipping it. This is the same picture. That brahmin never came back; so I still have it."
 
"Mother," I asked, "when the Master was in a trance, did his face ever look sad?"
 
"No, I never saw it sad. He always smiled when in a trance."
 
"The face might be smiling when he was in bhAva-samAdhi," I said. "But the Master himself said of the picture taken of him when he was sitting, that it was one showing a very elevated state. Did he smile even then?"
 
"I alweays saw him smile, whenever he was in a trance," Mother answered.
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, January 20th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 71
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
When I went upstairs for some betel leaves after dinner, I heard Mother say, "Naren once said, 'Mother, everything is taking flight nowadays. I see everything fly away.' I said - here mother laughed - 'Well, see that you don't put me to flight as well.' And Naren said, 'But, Mother, if I put you to flight, where shall I stand? Knowledge which sets at naught the lotus feet of the guru is ignorance. Where can knowledge stand if it denies the sacred feet of the guru?"
 
But after saying this, Mother added, "When one attains true knowledge, God Himself ceases to exist separately. One calls upon the eternal Mother and in the end finds Her in all creation. Everything then becomes One. That is all."
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room): Mother was sorting flowers and bel leaves for the pujA. I was showing her a new print of her photograph. "Is it a good likeness?" I asked.
 
"Yes it is," she answered. "But formerly I was a little stouter. Jogin (Swami Yogananda) was lying very ill when this photo was taken. I had grown thin with anxiety. I was very unhappy. When Jogin improved, I felt better and when he grew worse I shed tears. The foreign lady Sara Bull took this picture. I was unwilling, but she kept pressing me, 'Mother, I want to take it to America and worship it.' In the end, she took this photograph."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, January 19th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 70

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room):

We began to talk about Belur Math. Mother said, "I always seemed to see the Master in that place across the river, where the Math and banana plantation now stand, as though there was a house there and he was living in it. The Math had not yet been established. When the land was first purchased, Naren took me over one day and showed me round the grounds saying, 'Mother, now you can walk about to your heart's content in your own place.'

"When I saw the Math at Bodh-Gaya and how well provided and wealthy they are, I wept and said, "Master, my boys have nowhere to sleep and no food; they wander from door to door. If they could only have a place like that!' At last, by the Master's will, the Math was built.

"Naren came to me one day and said, 'Mother, I have dedicated 108 bel leaves to the Master with the prayer that the Math might secure some land. You know that no karma is without its effect. You will see we shall have the land one day.'"


(to be continued....)

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Wednesday, January 18th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 69
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room): It was morning and we were talking.
 
"After the Master left me," Mother said, "I was living at Karmarpukur and would sit alone and wonder what was the use of it all, I had no son or anyone. The Master appeared to me one day and said, 'Why do you worry? You want one son! I have given you so many jewels of sons, such as these! A time will come when many people will call you mother'.
 
"On my way to Vrindaban I saw the Master at the window of my compartment and he said to me, 'About that amulet you have with you, see that you do not lose it.'
 
"I had his own amulet on my arm. I used to worship it. Later I gave it to the Belur Math. They worship it there now."
 
"It got lost during the Master's birthday celebrations this year," I said. "They had thrown it into the river along with the flowers and bel leaves. Ram Babu's son Rishi discovered it while playing there during ebb tide and he picked it up and brought it in."
 
"It is his own amulet," Mother remarked. "They should take great care of it."
 
 
 
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Tuesday, January 17th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 68
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
"Where does this initiative for good and evil originate?" I asked Mother. "You may say from our previous life; but where is the source of it all?"
 
"Even a blade of grass cannot stir without the will of God, my son," Mother replied. "When a creature falls on good times his thoughts turn to prayer; when he falls on bad times, all is evil. It is all according to God's will. He acts through his objects. What powers did Naren (Swami Vivekananda) have by himself? It was because God acted through him that he achieved what he did. The Lord knows what He is about to preform. But should a man yield himself unto Him, He will do everything for him. One must bear with everything, because it is all due to cause and effect, according to one's karma. And karma counteracts the effects of one's previous karma."
 
"Can karma counteract the effects of karma?" I asked.
 
"Why not?" she said. "If you do a good act, it cancels the effects of your evil deeds. If one prays, takes the name of God and thinks of Him, the effects of evil are cancelled."...
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, January 16th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 67
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Continuing the story about Lord RAma and the royal treasury:
 
"When the people heard that all their needs would be supplied,
they came and explained their needs. The treasury was laid open. Everyone lived in happiness. But such was the dispensation of RAma that soon the roof of the royal palace showed cracks and water seeped through. Masons were sent for to repair the crack. But there were none to be found. Where was any labourer to be found? 
 
"The subjects also came and complained that because there were no masons or workmen, their houses and buildings were falling to pieces. Then, seeing no other way, SitA said to RAma, 'We cannot suffer in the wet like this! Let everything be as it was. Then we can get workmen again. Everybody cannot be happy at the same time.'
 
'So be it,' answered RAma. In the twinking of an eye everything was as it used to be. One could get workmen again. 'Lord, it is true that this life is only a game of yours!' said SitA.
 
"No one is miserable for ever, no one in all his incarnations. One reaps as one sows, it is all linked in cause and effect."
 
"Then is everything the fruit of karma?" I asked Mother. "What else, if not karma?" she replied.....
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, January 15th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 66
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
I asked Mother, "Is it necessary to keep count on the fingers when doing japa? May I not do it in the mind alone?"
 
"The Lord has given the fingers," she answered, "make the best use of them by saying His mantra on them."
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 25 September, 1910: In the morning Mother and I were talking. "If there is a God," I said, "why is there so much misery in this world? Does He not see? Or hasn't He the power to remove these evils?"
 
"The creation itself is full of griefs," said Mother. "How can one understand joy if there be no sorrow? And how can everyone be happy at the same time? There is a story that once SitA said to RAma, 'Why do you not remove everybody's miseries? Make everyone in your kingdom - all your subjects - happy. You can do it if you like.' RAma answered, 'Can everyone be happy at the sane time?' 'Well, they can, if you so desire. Why not satisfy all their needs from the royal treasury?' 
 
'Just as you wish.'
 
"Then RAma called Lakshmana and said, 'Go and tell everyone in my kingdom that all their needs will be supplied from my treasury.'........
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Saturday, January 14th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 65
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Another morning when Mother was sitting in her veranda making betel leaves, I said, "A time will come, Mother, when people will worship you."
 
Mother laughed and said, "What! people will say, 'Our Mother had rheumatism and limped when she walked.'"
 
"Well, you may say what you like," I answered.
 
"But that illness is a blessing in a way," Mother said. "That is why when the Master fell ill at Cossipore, he used to say, 'Those who came for their own gain have left me saying, "Why, if he is the incarnation of God, how can he be sick? It is all an illusion!" Whereas those who love me break their hearts when they see me suffering like this.'"
 
"Once I was ill and in a delerium," Mother continued, "Kusum ran to Golap, 'Come and see, Mother is in a delirium.' She always talks like that,' Golap replied. 'No, no, it is really delirium, do come and look.' 'No, it is nothing'. In the end Kusum called Ashu and then they saw that it was really delirium."
 
Udbodhan: The day before I was initiated, I went to Mother and said, "Mother, I would like to receive your initiation."
 
"Have you not been initiated as yet?" she asked.
 
When I replied in the negative, she continued, "I thought you had!"
 
After my initiation she said, "May the Lord's name and prayers make you pure in mind and body." 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, January 13th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 64
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Mother and I talked about the hardships of a monk's life. She said, "The boys at the Math have a hard life, there is not enough food or anything else. I do not like it. It was because of this hard life that Jogin (Swami Yogananda) fell ill and died."
 
We were talking in the evening. I said, "Mother, life's fulfilment comes whenever God wills it, it doesn't wait for anything."
 
"Yes," Mother answered. "But no mango is as sweet as those that ripen in May. Many have tried to grow fruits out of season. See how mangoes and jack-fruits grow even in September. But are they as sweet as the fruits in season? So it is when one seeks God. A man meditates and prays during this life, the mood is perhaps a little intensified in his next incarnation, and still more in the next and so on."
 
Then speaking of the sudden intervention of God, she said, "God is like a child. He gives to those who don't seek, and withholds from those who do - just as He fancies."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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