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Tuesday, July 28th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 291
 
Pravrajika Bharatiprana:
 
After Mother's bath, Sister Sudhira remarked that we must leave now. "Must you go now?" Mother cried. "Receive of the prasAda here and go in the afternoon."
 
Jogin-Ma was going home and came to make her obeisance. Mother placed her hand upon Jogin-Ma's head, blessed her and said, "It's very late, couldn't you eat here? It will mean so much trouble going home and cooking."
 
"No Mother, my mother is there and she will have everything ready," Jogin-Ma answered. "I shall go just now and prepare the food."
 
"Then go now, don't delay," Mother said. "The sun is very hot and you have quite a long way to go."....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Monday, July 27th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 290

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

On Akshaya TritiyA day two of my companions were initiated by Mother. Fortune did not favour me that day as I was out of town. A few days later I went to Mother's house in the afternoon, along with Sister Sudhira. Mother was to have left for her village, but had not gone as yet. She explained that her younger sister-in-law was not keeping well, she always improved in the village. And Radhu was to be married. For these reasons, Mother would have to go very soon.

As we were leaving, Mother asked us to come again. Jogin-Ma spoke to her about my initiation and she said, "Come tomorrow morning."

When I arrived next morning she had finished her pujA and was getting ready for a dip in the GangA. As soon as she saw me she said, "Come my child, I shall go for my dip after initiating you."

After she had given me my mantra she said, "Place those flowers at my feet." I was wondering what to say when I offered the flowers. Mother put them in my hands saying, "Say, 'I give you all I have,' and place them at my feet."

When I had done so, she pointed to the Master's picture and said, "He will be everything to you. Call upon him and you will find all."

(to be continued....)



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Sunday, July 26th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 289
 
Pravrajika Bharatiprana:
 
During our vacation, I went there again with Sister Sudhira...A young married woman had embroidered a picture of the child Krishna; she presented it to Mother, as she bowed to her. 
 
"Did you make it yourself, my daughter?" Mother asked. 
 
"Yes, Mother." 
 
"Why, it is very nice indeed. What a lovely expression on the face!"
 
Mother showed the picture round, saying, "Isn't it nice?"
 
"Yes, indeed," we all agreed. Mother touched her own forehead with it and put it away. Later when she showed the picture to Golap-Ma, the latter said, "Yes, it is very well done, only the left arm is a little thicker than the right."
 
We all laughed. Mother also laughed and said, "Now Golap must always pick a fault! Her tastes are different. She has seen and learnt so much that she is very particular. Her handiwork is excellent and she knows so many kinds of work. All the Master's things are made by her. She makes mosquito cutains, pillows, pillow-cases, and everything for the disciples as well. She never has an idle moment."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Saturday, July 25th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 288

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

One Saturday, Sister Sudhira took a few of us to see Mother, on our way back from Dakshineswar. Mother was resting upstairs...Sudhira bagan to talk about Dakshineswar. "Did you see the music tower?" Mother asked. "I lived in that room downstairs. I used to cook underneath the staircase."

"Yes, Mother, we did," Sister Sudhira replied. "Even now the front is enclosed in matting and there is a fire-place. The fishwives' baskets are still there on the veranda. I was telling the girls how you lived there. Tell me, Mother, how could you do it? Wasn't it uncomfortable?"

"No, it was not uncomfortable, except for the bathing and sanitary arrangements," Mother said. "The fishwives were my companions. They used to leave their baskets there when they went to bathe in the river and pick them up on their way home. They would have long conversations with me. At night I heard the fishermen singing and fishing.

"So many disciples would come to the Master and there would be such singing! I would listen to it and wish I was one of his disciples so that I could live near him and listen to his words. Jogen (Jogin-Ma) and Golap (Golap-Ma) know all about it. They would come to see me and sometimes thay stayed with me."

Mother then looked at Jogin-Ma and said, "How happy those days were, isn't that so, Jogen?" and she grew somewhat absent-minded.

"Such happiness cannot be put into words," Jogin-Ma confirmed. "Even to think of it today moves my heart!"

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, July 24th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 287
 
Pravrajika Bharatiprana:
 
Our carriage arrived a little later and we took our leave. Mother pressed us to come again. We went again. Mother was resting on a mat spread upon a cot... They began to talk about a certain young woman, and Mother said, "See, now she won't live in her father-in-law's house and has come here. She doesn't like her husband because he has a dark complexion. What! You mean you won't have him just because he is dark! After all, he is your husband. I don't understand this sort of girl.
 
"Then again, I hear his character is not very good; that's also another reason for her unwillingness to go to him. What does that matter? He has never neglected you. Anyway, you are married to him! Well, I don't understand all this. What ever will people say! Let her do what she likes."
 
When we took our leave, I said, "We are going now, Mother." And the Mother said, "You must not say 'We are going', say, 'We shall come again.' (That is what Bengalis say courteously when leaving). Come whenever you have time, my child."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, July 23rd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 286
 
Pravrajika Bharatiprana:
 
Udhbodan: I was then a pupil in Sister Nivedita's School at 17 Bosepara Lane (Baghbazar, Calcutta). One day, after school, Sister Sudhira took four or five of us girls to Mother's house. Mother was sitting cross-legged in the Master's room: Kusum-didi was reading a book. As we bowed to her, Mother said, "Sit down, my dears." She asked Sister Sudhira, "I do hope you are well? So, school is over now?  Are these your pupils?"
 
"Yes Mother, they are," Sister Sudhira replied.
 
"What nice girls," Mother said. Then observing me, she asked, "From which family does this one come? She looks a nice girl."
 
"From a brahmin family, Mother, they live near here."
 
Then Mother asked Kusum-didi to read from the book. I believe it was a copy of Krishna-Charita. Mother laughed when she heard the story of how Shri Krishna would steal curd, milk, and cheese.
 
"What a naughty boy!" everyone said.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 285
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 April 1920:
 
This time, however, Mother's long illness had embittered her and she cried out to Radhu, "Yes, my dear, you will learn your lesson after I go. I don't know what sorrows are in store for you; but on this auspicious (new year's day) day I truly wish you could go first, then I would die in peace."
 
I have no desire to repeat what Radhu said when she heard this. Sarala arrived shortly afterwards and went to see to the boy's meal. All of us felt depressed. 
 
Filled with emotion, Mother said to me, "Fan me, my child, she will not give me any peace!"
 
When I had fanned her for a little while, she asked me to rub her feet. Just then Rashbihari Maharaj came in and wished to draw down the mosquito curtains. At last I said, "I am leaving now, Mother."
 
"Yes, my dear," she assented.
 
These were her last orders and her last words to me.
 
I had returned to Kalighat and could not manage to go and see her again as everyone in the house had fallen ill.. I heard that her health was deteriorating daily. When I went for the last time I felt that there was no more hope for us; but we still hoped.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 21st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 284
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 April 1920:
 
The evening prayers were over. I arrived and saw that Mother had fever. Rashbihari Maharaj was rubbing her arms, while BrahmachAri Varada stroked her feet. A thermometer had been placed in position. Mother lay with her eyes closed. I stood at one side. Mother opened her eyes once and asked, "Who is that?"
 
Rashbihari Maharaj said something in a low voice. Mandakini was near by. I seemed to hear that the fever was 100.1 degrees.
 
Sister Sudhira was giving a feast for the girls on the occasion of the Bengali new year, and Sarala-didi had gone to the boarding house at four. Mother asked BrahmachAri Varada to send for her, she would feed Radhu's little boy. It was not yet time for the child's food; but Radhu was about to feed him again because he was crying. When Mother forbade it, Radhu flew into a rage and cursed her wishing her to die.
 
We were all annoyed, specially as Mother was so ill. To abuse her thus at such a time! But Radhu continued to scream at her. This often happened, but Mother's patience never came to an end, she always suffered it all in silence.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Monday, July 20th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 283
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
30 March 1920:
 
This reminds me of another story. A woman of good birth had fallen on evil ways; but as she had inherited some good from her previous incarnation, she drew the notice of a holy man and after listening to his teachings, realized her own mistakes and sins.
 
Filled with remorse, she once came to Mother's house at Baghbazar at the holy man's advice. She stood at the doorway of the prayer room, full of diffidence about entering. Weeping all the while, she confessed all her sins before Mother and cried, "What will become of me, Mother? I am not worthy of entering this holy shrine to be near you."
 
Then Mother came forward and placing her own pure arms round the woman's neck lovingly said, "Come, my child, come into the room. You have realized what sin is, you have repented. Come in, I shall give you initiation. Lay everything at the feet of the Master. What have you to fear?"....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 19th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 282
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
30 March 1920:
 
Mother's illness continued unabated. Her body gradually grew weaker. I once went in the afternoon. She wished to get up and said to me, "Give me your arm, dear, to help me get up. I often have fever and have grown very weak."
 
She arose with difficulty and said, "Look, someone has left a stick beside the door. For some time, I have been thinking that if I had a stick I could lean on it as I walked. See, the Master has provided one."
 
She picked up the stick and showed it to me. Then she said, laughingly, "I inquired who had left the stick behind, but no one knew."
 
I went to her another day...and heard the disciples saying, "When Mother gets well again, no one will be permitted to take initiation from her, because she has to take upon herself all the evil effects of their sins!"
 
When Mother heard this she smiled gently and said, "Why, my dears? Has the Master come this time to enjoy the sweets only?" No one could give a reply to this.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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