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Saturday, June 24th 2017

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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Friday, June 23rd 2017

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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Thursday, June 22nd 2017

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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Wednesday, June 21st 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 223
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
I had read about Mother's 'Dacoit father' but wishing to hear the story from her own lips I asked her, "Mother, I read that on one occasion you were on your way to Dakshineswar with Lakshmi-didi and others. You could not keep pace with them and realizing that evening was drawing near, you asked them to go on ahead and were left far behind. Just then you met these 'BAgdi' father and mother of yours."
 
"It is not correct to say that I was quite alone," Mother said, "there were two elderly women with me*. All three of us had fallen behind the others. When I saw the man with silver bangles on his wrists, fuzzy hair and dark complexion, and carrying a long staff, I was terribly scared. In those days dacoits infested those roads."
 
*(According to a more accepted version she was alone when she was actually challenged by the dacoit, though there might have been others with her in the beginning - Publisher.)
 
"The man felt that we were afraid of him and asked, 'Who are you? Which way are you going?' I answered, 'Towards the east.' He replied, 'This is not the way. You must take the other road.' Then noticing that I didn't go ahead he cried, 'Don't be afraid, there is a woman with me, she has fallen behind.'
 
"Then I addressed him as father, and sought his protection. I was not like this in those days, dear. I was strong and could walk three days at a stretch. I had walked around VrindAban and never felt tired."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, June 20th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 222
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
We were discussing a certain woman and certain physical characteristics which betokened a lack of faith in God.....Mother related a story about a kept woman who had come to the Master and complained that the man had ruined her and stole her jewellery and money. The Master could read people's hearts but still would ask questions. When he heard the woman's words, he said, "Is that so?" But outwardly he always professed great faith. Then he quoted a saying about those physical characteristics we were talking about. Anyway, the miserable woman confessed her sins to him and was absolved.
 
"How can that be, Mother?" Nalini interjected. "She confesses her sins by word of mouth and is immediately forgiven? Is that possible?"
 
"But why not?" Mother replied. "He was a great saint, if one confesses to him, should one not be forgiven? And one thing more, whenever people discuss good and evil, all those who are present have to take a little share of the good or evil."
 
"But why should that be?" Nalini objected.
 
"Now listen to how that is possibe," Mother explained to us. "Suppose someone tells you about his good and evil deeds. Every time you think of that person you must perforce remember his good and evil deeds. In this manner his good and evil deeds must both leave an impression on your mind. What do you say, dear, isn't that right?"
 
Later, when we were talking about the sorrows and unrest of men, she said, "People come to me and say, 'I have no peace in life, I never feel the presence of God, tell me how to find peace,' and so on. Then I look at them and at myself and wonder why they talk in this manner. Is everything about me beyond the common run? I have never known unrest. And as for the presence of God, it's mine for the taking. I have only to sit down, and I see Him!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, June 19th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 221
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
It was half past seven in the evening and I had gone to see Mother. As soon as I had made my obeisance, she said, "Come, dear, sit here. It's very warm today; sit down and cool yourself. Have they reached home, Sumati and the others?"
 
"Yes, Mother, I left after they had arrived."...
 
After some casual talk, Mother said, "People complain about their griefs and sorrows and how they pray to God but find no relief from pain. But grief itself is a gift of God."
 
My own mind was heavy with sorrow that day. Had Mother realized that and deliberately uttered these words? She continued to say, "Tell me, who is there in this world who has not had to bear sorrow? VrindA once said to Krishna, 'Who said you are merciful? As RAma you filled SitA's life with sorrow. In Kamsa's prison your parents weep for you night and day. Yet we call upon you, because he who takes your name has no fear of death.'"...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 18th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 220

Sarayubala Devi:

October-November 1914:

Now we had moved to a house in Baghbazar to be nearer Mother, whom I visited every evening......There would be singing at Mother's house today. The monks from Belur Math would sing kirtana (songs) in praise of the Goddess KAli. 

The singing commenced at about half past eight in the evening...I had heard these songs before, but coming from the throats of these holy monks they had a special power and seemed charged with feeling. Tears came to my eyes. 

Sometimes they sang songs that the Master used to sing and Mother cried eagerly, "Hear this now, the Master used to sing this!" Then when they commenced to sing, "Majlo AmAr man bhramarA...", she could lie down no longer; there were a few drops of tears in her eyes; she arose and said,
"Let us go to the veranda, my dear, and listen from there!"

When the signing was over, I took the dust from her feet and came home.

(to be continued....)



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Saturday, June 17th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 219
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
October-November 1914:
 
I lay down and Mother was on the point of dozing off when a servant arrived from Balaram Babu's house with a basket full of custard-apples, which he left in the Master's room. When he asked the monks downstairs what he was to do with the basket, they replied, "What use it will it be? Throw it away in the street." The servant did so; but as he had gone, Mother rose and going to the veranda overlooking the lane, she called to me, "Look, what a pretty basket! And they told him to throw it into the street! They don't care! They are men of detachment and do not worry about such trifling things! But we can't stand the slightest waste! We could use it at least for the vegetable peelings."
 
With this, she had the basket brought in, washed, and put away. Mother's words and action taught me a lesson as well, but habits die hard!
 
A little later a beggar arrived and began to cry for alms. The monks were annoyed and scolded him, "Go away, don't bother us now."
Mother heard this and said, "Just look at that! They would have sent him away, just because they would have to leave their own work to bring him alms. Even this little thing they couldn't do! How lazy of them ! They couldn't give a handful of alms to a beggar! Is it right to deprive a man of his just dues? Look at this vegetable peel, even this is the cow's due; one must place it before the cow."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, June 16th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 218
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
October-November 1914:
 
Later I went into the Master's room and found Mother calling him shyly like a bride, "Come and have your food." Then she went to the image of GopAla (child Krishna) and called him as well, "Come, GopAla, come and eat."
 
I was standing immediately behind her and catching my eye, she laughed and said, "I am calling them all to lunch." With this she went towards the room where the offerings were to be made. Observing her present mood, I felt as though all the gods were following her. I stood there overwhelmed, watching her.
 
Mother came out of the southernmost room where food was offered to the gods and took her seat in the adjoining chamber in order to partake of the offerings. Afterwards I made a bed for her and she lay down. When I sat down near her, she said, "Lie down now, you have just had your meal."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, June 15th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 217
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
October-November 1914:
 
There was no lack of flowers in our Ballyganj house. Knowing how pleased Mother would be if one gave her flowers, I gathered a load of flowers, and went to Mother early one morning. She was about to begin her pujA and was delighted when I laid out the blossoms. When she saw my ShefAli flowers, she cried, "How nice of you to bring these. In the month of KArtika, one should worship with ShefAli flowers. I haven't been able to offer any to the Master, this year."
 
I had not put aside any flowers, and had been thinking that I would not be able to offer any today to Mother herself. But in the end, I noticed that Mother had thought of everything, although I had not.
 
She had smeared all the flowers with sandal paste and consecrated them, but had set aside some of them beside the tray, for my use. Her pujA over, she called to me - "Come now, dear, I left some flowers for you on the tray there, bring them with you."
 
At this moment a disciple came to see her with gifts of fruit. Mother was pleased to see him, she put a sandal mark upon his forehead and touching his chin, kissed her own fingers. I had never before seen her show such affection towards a male disciple. Then she said to me, "Give him some of your flowers, dear." 
 
The disciple accepted the flowers with folded hands. I saw that his whole body was trembling with love and devotion. With great joy he placed the flowers at Mother's feet, received the fruit she had consecrated, and went away. I heard that he had come from Ranchi. Then Mother seated herself upon her cot and called to me, "Come now, my dear."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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