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Tuesday, April 25th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 166
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
13 February, 1911:
 
Gradually, many ladies, all devotees of Mother, began to arrive. Melting with devotion they all gazed upon Mother's smiling and affectionate face. I had never seen the like of it. 
 
In a charmed mood, I observed everything, when the summons came for me to return home, for my carriage had arrived. Mother arose immediately and taking a portion of the offerings pressed me to eat, holding it close to my lips. I felt somewhat shy and received it in my hands. 
 
As I took my leave and prepared to depart, she said, "Go now, my dear, but come again. Will you be able to go downstairs by yourself?, or shall I come with you?" And she moved with me to the steps as she spoke.
 
"Mother, I can go down by myself." I replied. "Please don't come."
 
"Very well," she said, "then, come in the morning, one day."
 
I came back this time with a satisfied heart, wondering at her strange love.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, April 24th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 165
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
13 February, 1911:
 
Looking at me affectionately, Mother said, "You have come; that must have been the reason why I was feeling so restless at Balaram Babu's house."
 
I was truly astonished.
 
Sumati had sent two woolen caps for an infant nephew (Khude) of Mother's. I gave them to her, and the simple little gifts pleased her exceedingly. She sat down on her cot and said to me, "Come dear, sit here, near me."
 
I sat beside her and she said affectionately, "I feel that I have seen you many times before this, as though I have known you for a long time."
 
I said, "Why Mother, I came only once and then for five minutes only."
 
Mother began to laugh and said many a good word about the love and faith of my sister and myself....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, April 23rd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 164 
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
We sat down. Mother came back soon after, with her hands loaded with consecrated sweets for us and said, "Please give some to my *daughter-in-law (Sumati) and take some yourself." Sumati had to go back to school soon, so we made our obeisance to Mother and departed soon. Mother said, "Do come again." I had seen her for five minutes only. That was not enough, I came home unsatisfied.
 
*The Holy Mother established this kind of close relationship with her children - Publisher
 
13 February, 1911:
 
Holy Mother was at Balaram Babu's house that day. I waited for a short while at her Baghbazar house before she returned. As I raised my head after my obeisance she asked smilingly, "With whom have you come?"
 
"With a nephew," I answered.
 
"Are you keeping well?" Mother asked. "Is my daughter-in-law (Sumati) well? You haven't been here so long. I was wondering if you were sick."
 
I was amazed. She had seen me on that single occasion and for five minutes only; yet she had remembered me. Tears of joy came to my eyes.
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, April 22nd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 163 - Chapter II
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
First meeting:
 
On Friday morning Shokaharan came to our Pataldanga house and said, "We are going to pay our respects to Mother tomorrow. Please be ready." I would see the Mother tomorrow! I could not sleep all night. It was the year 1911, and we had been living in Calcutta for fourteen or fifteen years. Did Holy Mother have compassion on me, then, after all these years?
 
The next afternoon I picked up (my sister) Sumati from the Brahmo Girl's School and went to pay my respects to Mother. I have no words to express the yearning and eagerness with which I went. When we arrived there I saw Mother standing at the doorway of her prayer room, in the house at Baghbazar. One foot was on the threshold and the other on the doormat beyond. Her head was bare, her left hand was raised and rested on the door, her right hand hung down, half her body too was uncovered and she looked ahead with fixed eyes. As we took the dust off her feet, she asked who I was. Sumati replied, "My elder sister." She had already been there a few times. Then Mother looked at me and said, "Look, dear, I am in such a fix! My brother's wife, my neice, Radhu - everybody is down with fever. I have no idea who is going to look after them, or sit beside them. But sit down, my child, while I go and wash these clothes."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, April 21st 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 162
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room):
 
Mother: "The mind is restless, so in the beginning one should control one's breath for short periods and try to meditate, It helps to calm the mind. But one must not overdo this, it heats the head. Realization of God, or meditation, all these depend upon the mind. Concentrate and everything will come to pass. Men are always forgetful of God. That is why whenever there is a need, God comes in human form and shows the way to piety. This time he (Shri Ramakrishna) has shown us the meaning of renunciation. He has said that he will remain with his children for a hundred years."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, April 20th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 161
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room):
 
Mother was seated on her cot and I was reading out her letters. Krishnalal Maharaj (Swami Dhirananda) was also present. Someone had written, "I cannot calm my mind and concentrate," and so on. Mother became agitated at these words and said. "It can be done if one repeats the name fifteen or twenty thousand times each day. I have actually seen it happen, Krishnalal. Let him do that first and talk afterwards, if it fails. One must put one's mind to it. But no, no one will do that. They will only complain, 'Why does nothing come of it?'"
 
A disciple had come in to bow at her feet and was questioning her about meditation and japa. Mother replied, "Repetition of the name, paying heed to the number, keeping count on one's hands, all this is only to bring concentration. The mind tends to wander, it may perchance be bound by these things. When after repeating the name one sees God and is lost in meditation, there is no longer any need for japa. If one can meditate, that's everything."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, April 19th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 160

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:

"Those who receive your blessing now are fortunate indeed," I said to Mother. "What will happen to those who will come later?"

"What do you mean?" she asked. "Shall they not receive it? God is everywhere, all the time. There is the Master, by his mercy everything will be done. Is it not so in other countries?"

I said, "One's mind is filled with yearning, only if one receives love. Do you really love us?"

"Do I not love you?" she replied. "Who does the least service for me, I love him. And you have done so much. At home whenever I lay my hands on anything I remember you. Indeed I love you very much. But I cannot always be with you on account of my health. Neither would it be right. I often think of the little band of you who are here. But as for those who are far away, I say to the Master on their behalf, 'Master, take care of them, I cannot always remember them."

(to be continued....)

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Tuesday, April 18th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 159
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "One must cast aside indolence and put one's mind to prayer and meditiation regularly. At Dakshineswar I felt unwell one day and rose a little later than usual. In those days I used to get up at three in the morning. The next day I rose later still. Gradually I noticed that I no longer felt inclined to get up early. I said to myself, 'Now you are in the clutches of indolence.' Then I made up my mind and began to rise early again and everything was as before. A little determination is necsessary to maintain these good habits.
 
"Prayer and meditation, or pilgrimage or even earning money, all these should be done during the earlier part of one's life. In those days I visited the temples of Varanasi and Vrindaban, on foot. Now I need a palanquin to go two yards and have to be helped to it! In old age, one's body is filled with phlegm, one's physical and mental strength are weakened. Is that the time for any struggle? Look at our boys here now, they have turned their minds to God in their youth; this is right, this is the proper time. My son, your prayers and meditations must be accomplished now, in your youth. Do you think you will be able to do anything later? Whatever you may want to do, this is the time for it."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, April 17th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 158
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:
 
Later when the disciple arrived, I said to Mother, "Mother, this is the man who wrote that letter."
 
What? this one? Why, he is a good boy." Then she said to him, "Although it is the property of water always to flow downwards, yet the sun's rays raise it up into the sky. So the mind naturally tends downwards - it suffers; but the mercy of God turns it upwards."
 
It was about ten in the morning. A devotee came and after bowing to her said, "Mother, why do I not see the Master?"
 
"Keep on calling on Him," Mother said. "See how quite a number of munis and rishis could not find Him even after ages of searching, and you want to have Him for the mere asking! If it does not happen in this birth, it will in the next; if not in the next, it will be in the birth after that. Is God-vision such an easy thing? But fortunately the Master has chalked out an easier path this time."
 
After the devotee had gone she continued the topic and said with some warmth, "Why should not one have concentration and meditation if the mind be pure? Why should not one have God-vision? When one sits down for japa, God's name will continue rising up from the mind naturally and not with effort."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, April 16th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 157
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:
 
In the morning Mother was peeling fruit for the pujA, I was reading a letter from a disciple. The letter was full of pique against God. Mother said in her reply, "...If you don't call upon God - indeed many people never remember Him - what does it matter to Him? It is your own misfortune. Such is the mAyA of God, he keeps them ignorant of Him saying, 'They are happy enough, let them be so!'"
 
"Mother, it is not that these people do not want God," I said. "These problems would not have risen had they not done so. But it pains one's heart when he whom we try to seek out as our own, evades us. Buddha, Chaitanya Deva, Jesus Christ, did so much for their disciples - always thought of their good."
 
"So does the Master," Mother said. "But I cannot always remember every disciple. I say to the Master, 'O Master, take care of all of them wherever they may be. I cannot remember everybody.' And see here my son, he does care, or all these people would never have come."
 
"Yes indeed," said I. "It is easy for men to believe in KAli, DurgA and the others as God, but it is difficult to accept a human being as God."
 
Mother: "That depends on His grace."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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