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Sunday, November 2nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 22

The Holy Mother said later, "Ah! How much I prayed to the Master! How often I cried to him! That is why you see today all these monasteries established through his grace. Immediately after his passing away, these children renounced the world and found a temporary shelter. But soon after, they began to wander about independently.

"I felt very sad and prayed, 'O Master, you came down to earth, had fun with a few companions, and then went away in a happy mood. Was that the whole purpose of you embodiment? If so, what was the need of assuming a human body and going through all this physical suffering? I have seen many holy men in Varanasi and Vrindaban who live on alms and take shelter under trees. One sees them everywhere.

'I cannot bear the sight of my children, who have renounced everything in your name, going from door to door for a morsel of food. I fervently pray to you that those who give up the world in your name may not lack simple food and clothing. They should live together, meditating on you and your teachings. People afflicted with the sorrows of the world will go to them for peace.

'Isn't this the purpose of your coming? I cannot control myself when I see them drifting about helplessly'."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Saturday, November 1st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 21

About this time, Holy Mother had a significant vision which convinced her beyond a shadow of a doubt that the purpose of Sri Ramakrishna's advent was to show humanity the way to liberation and that she had a significant part to play in this divine dispensation.

Under the loving care of the Master's disciples she dwelt for a time in rented houses. At last, through the untiring efforts of Swami Saradananda, a permanent house was built for her in Calcutta, which she occupied in 1909 and where for the most part she lived until she breathed her last.

Soon after his return from America, Swami Vivekananda had established the Belur Math on the bank of the GangA near Calcutta. It had become the permanent headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order. Holy Mother visited the Math and said with great joy, "After such a length of time the children have at last found a shelter. Now I feel that the Master has bestowed a visible blessing upon them."

Seven years earlier in 1890, Holy Mother had visited Bodh Gaya, where in the local monastery she saw the monks living in comfort. At that time the young monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna were wandering about, living on alms. The contrast was a vivid one. A fervent prayer went forth from Holy Mother's heart. She felt the need of an organization to spread Sri Ramakrishna's message.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, October 31st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 20

At Dakshineswar, the Holy Mother, with one or two exceptions, did not exchange even a word with the Master's disciples and devotees. But an elderly lady of Karmarpukur, much respected for her wisdom, said to her that the Master's disciples were like her own children and that she should not hesitate to accept their invitation. She therefore made up her mind to go to Calcutta.

After her arrival in Calcutta, Holy Mother was joined by two prominent women disciples of the Master, Jogin-Ma and Golap-Ma, who after some time became permanent members of the household and stayed with her to the very end. The three often meditated together.

Holy Mother at this time had many spiritual experiences, including the highest nirvikalpa samAdhi, in which she realized her identity with the incorporeal soul. She also performed the austerity of panchatapA, the "Ordeal of Five Fires" The aspirant is required to meditate with fires lighted on four sides of him, while the sun blazes overhead. For seven days, she meditated this way from sun-up to sundown. This gave her inner peace.

(to be continued....)


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Thursday, October 30th 2014

12:05 AM

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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
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Page 19

Several other problems now presented themsleves in Karmarpukur. The custom-ridden villagers, unable to understand her inner mood, began to criticise Holy Mother for discarding the widow's dress. Their lack of
understanding forced her to withdraw more and more from their company.

Again, she did not wish to live away from the GangA, which she held in the highest respect. This difficulty, however, was solved by a vision in which she realized that Sri Ramakrishna, God Incarnate, was himself the source of the GangA.

The monastic disciples of the Master, who had been practising intense austerities after his passing away, at first knew nothing of Holy Mother's privations. Many of them were wandering monks. Gradually they realized that it was their duty to provide her with food and shelter and look after her personal comfort.

Coming to learn about her difficulties and sufferings at Karmarpukur, they, along with some of the householder devotees cordially invited her to come to Calcutta. But this, too, posed a new problem. Born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family, Holy Mother, by nature bashful, hesitated to live with people unrelated to her by ties of blood.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, October 29th 2014

12:05 AM

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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Many years later the Holy Mother was asked to reprimand a guilty person. "I simply cannot do it," she remonstrated firmly. "I cannot see others' faults. I am simply not made that way. There are enough people always ready to criticise others. The world will not come to an end if I refrain."

All through the pilgrimage her meditiation and prayer went on regularly, and she was blessed with many visions and ecstasies. Soon after Holy Mother's return to Kamarpukur, she was faced with loneliness and penury. Sri Ramakrishna had asked her to not give up his ancestral house at Karmarpukur, which was her own place.

"Let me tell you something," he warned her. "Never stretch out your hand to anyone for help. You will not lack simple food and clothes. If you stretch your hand to anyone, even for a penny, you will sell your head to him forever. However much your devotees may entreat you to live with them, do not allow your own house at Karmarpukur to tumble down."

After the Master's death she had received a small monthly allowance from the Dakshineswar temple. But this was now stopped. Somehow she managed to procure her meagre meals by raising vegetables with her own hands. These she boiled and ate. sometimes without salt, because she did not have the wherewithal to purchase it. Thus she spent her days, repeating Hari's name, according to Sri Ramakrishna's wish.

(To Be Continued.....)

 

 

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Tuesday, October 28th 2014

12:05 AM

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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 17

After Thakur's passing, Sarada was about to take off her ornaments and put on the white garment of a Hindu widow, Sri Ramakrishna appeared before her, took hold of her hands, and said, "Why ae you behaving like a widow? Am I dead? I have just moved from one room to another."

This vision was several times repeated later, giving her courage and peace in moments of despair and anguish.

From now on, it will be appropriate to refer to Sarada Devi as Holy Mother, the name by which she is now cherished by her disciples and also by the devotees of Sri Ramakrishna.

A fortnight after the Master's passing away, Holy Mother set out on a pilgrimage in company with several disciples of the Master in order to get relief from her sorrow, and she visited, among other places, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Hardwar, and Allahabad. Several times she had visions of the Master which considerably assuaged her grief.

At Vrindaban she moved about like a happy girl, going from one temple to another. Here the Master asked her to give a formal initiation to Swami Yogananda, who thus became her first disciple.

In the temple of RAdhAramana she fervently prayed that she might never see other people's blemishes. This prayer was literally fulfilled.

(To Be Continued.....)


 

 

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Monday, October 27th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 16

At Cossipore Sri Ramakrishna, in spite of the excrutiating pain of his illness, devoted himself to the moulding of the spiritual life of the young disciples who would carry out his mission. Here was sown the seed of the organization later associated with his name, of which, after his passing away, Sarada Devi was to be the spiritual centre.

On the last day, a shadow of gloom was on everybody's face. When Sarada Devi entered the Master's room with his niece, Lakshmi, he said, "I am glad you have come. I feel as if I am going to a far-off region, over the water - very far." Sarada Devi burst into tears.

"Why should you fear?" Sri Ramakrishna consoled her. "Your life will go on as usual. They [referring to Narendra and the other disciples] will look after you as they ae looking after me. Keep an eye on Lakshmi and don't let her go away from you."

Sri Ramakrishna gave up his mortal body on the sixteenth of August, 1886. Sarada Devi stood by his bedside and wept like a bereaved child. "Mother! O KAli!" She cried. "What have I done that you have gone away, leaving me alone and helpless?" But immediately she restrained herself, returned to her room, and fell into a solemn silence.

(To Be Continued.....)


 

 

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Sunday, October 26th 2014

12:05 AM

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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Sarada Devi asserted her motherly privileges with regard to Sri Ramakrishna's disciples and devotees, and would not allow even the Master to interfere with the excercise of her motherly prerogatives. When anyone addressed her as mother she immediately forgot all his faults and shortcomings.

It was in 1885 that Sri Ramakrishna was stricken with cancer of the throat. Sarada Devi with the help of the young disciples took charge of his nursing. As it was found inconvenient for the physicians and the devotees to visit the Master regularly at Dakshineswar, Sri Ramakrishna was taken to a rented house in Calcutta.

Sarada Devi followed him and again took charge of the cooking. There she lived in a tiny room. Before three o'clock in the morning, she finished her bath in the only bathroom in the house and entered the kitchen, where she meditated, cooked for the Master and his attendants, and performed her other duties, returning to her bedroom at eleven at night.

Two and a half months passed, but the Master's illness only grew worse. At last he was removed to a spacious garden house at Cossipore, a suburb, north of Calcutta, where he could enjoy sunlight and fresh air.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, October 25th 2014

12:05 AM

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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 14

Sarada Devi consequently became mother to innumerable spiritual children. Before the full realiazation of her divine motherhood, once in a while she felt a desire to possess ordinary children. She had been told that a woman without offspring was regarded in Hindu society as unlucky and inauspicious.

One day her own mother bitterly complained that on account of Sarada's marriage to an insane man, who was not interested in worldly life, she would never hear the sweet and soothing word "mother". Sri Ramakrishna reassured her with the promise that her daughter would have so many children that her ears would ache, as it were, by constantly hearing the word "mother".

When Sarada Devi once complained to her husband in the same strain, he said, "Why should you worry about children? I shall leave for you many children, all pure as gold, the like of whom women do not obtain through the austerities and prayers of millions of lives." Sarada Devi was satisfied. Gradually her hidden motherhood began to express itself in her outer activites.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, October 24th 2014

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Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 13

Sri Ramakrishna remarked to Sarada Devi, "Look at the people of Calcutta. They are squirming like worms in darkness. Please look after them. How little this [referring to his own body] has accomplished! You have a much heavier task." In her later life she once said to a disciple, "The Master regarded all creatures as manifestations of the Divine Mother. He left me behind to manifest the motherhood of God."

The motherhood of God is a special feature of Hinduism. The Absolute, or Brahman, is something nameless, formless, attributeless, and unattached. From its standpoint there is no creation, preservation or destruction. The phenomenal world is created, preserved, and destroyed by Its Shakti, or inscrutable creative power. This power and Brahman are inseparable - like fire and its power to burn, like a gem and its lustre, like a word and its meaning.

Shakti resembles an earthly mother in a special manner, for all created beings come out of its womb and are subseuently protected by it. Every normal woman feels the urge of motherhood, which has been planted in her heart by the Lord Himself. Women who are creative in body satisfy this urge through physical offspring, but a rare few, creative in spirit, satisfy the same urge through children of the spirit.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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