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Saturday, January 19th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 34

A growing detachment was noticed in Holy Mother's words and demeanour. One day she said to a disciple, "I am feeling very weak. I realize that the Master's work that was to be done through this body has come to an end. Now my mind longs for him alone; I do not relish enything else.

"You know how dearly I love Radhu, how much I have done for her comfort and welfare. Now I feel quite differently. I become annoyed when she comes near me. Why should she drag my mind down? All these years the Master kept me preoccupied with Radhu for the purpose of his work; would it have been possible, otherwise, for me to live after his death?"

Jogin-Ma begged her to think a little about Radhu. Holy Mother replied firmly, gazing as if into the great beyond, "I have snapped the bond of mAyA; no more of it."

Her last words to Radhu were: "I have cut off all my ties to you. What can you do to me? Do you think I am a mere human being?"

Her final message to a bewildered, afflicted, and hate-worn world, she gave five days before her death. To a weeping woman devotee she said, "Let me tell you something. If you want peace of mind do not look into others' faults. Rather look into your own.

"Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child. The whole world is your own."

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, January 18th 2019

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 33

In Jayrambati there was a man named Amjad, who was a Muslim and a bandit. He used to address Sri Sarada Devi as Mother, and she showed him special favour. To a niece who protested about her undue kindness, she replied, "As Sharat is my child so also is Amjad."

Sharat was Swami Saradananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, and Amjad a criminal. Repeatedly, Holy Mother said, "I am the mother of the wicked as I am the mother of the virtuous."

To reassure her disciples, she used to say, "Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself, 'I have a mother'." How truly Nivedita said about the Holy Mother: "In her one sees realized that wisdom and sweetness to which even the simplest of women may attain. And yet to myself the stateliness of her courtesy and her great open mind are almost as wonderful as her sainthood."

Holy Mother, besides suffering from rheumatism, which made her limp while walking, frequently fell victim to malaria. In February 1920, as a result of illness, she bade farewell to Jayrambati and came to Calcutta for treatment. The disease was diagnozed as kala-azar, which at that time was considered incurable, Different physicians were consulted, but the illness only became worse.

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Thursday, January 17th 2019

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 32

At the sight of Holy Mother's physical suffering one of her devotees begged her not to intiate so many disciples. "But why?" she replied, "The Master never asked me not to do so. He instructed me about so many things; could not he have warned me against that?"

In her relationship with her disciples, Holy Mother was not a hard disciplinarian. She won their hearts through her love, which was showered with equal measure upon the virtuous and the wicked. To those who repented their sinful conduct, she gave reassurance.

To such a one she once said, "Do not fear my child. Always remember that the Master is behind you. I am also with you. As long as you remember me, your mother, why should you be frightened? The Master said to me, 'In the end I shall certainly liberate those who come to you'."

On another occasion she said, "Suppose one of my children has smeared himself with dirt. It is I, and no one else, who shall have to wash him clean and take him in my arms. To make mistakes is man's very nature; but few of those who criticize know how to correct them."

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Wednesday, January 16th 2019

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 31

The Holy Mother took full responsibility for her disciples. During her last illness she said, "Even if this body dies, do you think that I shall have inner peace as long as a single soul among those whose responsibility I have taken remains unliberated? Is initiation a mere trifle? What a heavy weight the guru has to carry! How many worries he has to go through!"

She often suffered from intense physical pain when people of wicked character touched her feet. She felt as if they were being burnt and had to wash them repeatedly to get rid of the pain.

It was the kindness of her mother's heart which impelled her to initiate people and take upon herself their sins. She once said, "I give initiation out of compassion. They do not leave me; they weep. This moves my heart. Otherwise what do I gain? 

"I have to take upon myself the sins of those I initiate. I say to mself, 'This body will die some day, but let them be awakened'." 

During the last part of her life, when she was physically weak and had to spend a great part of time in bed, she used to keep awake many an hour at night praying and repeating the Lord's name for the welfare of those disciples who neglected their own spiritual disciplines.

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, January 15th 2019

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 30

The Holy Mother, like her husband, was Divinity Incarnate. It was the same power which became manifest through the human form of both Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi. In the former the outer manifestation was greater than in the latter. It was this embodiment of the Divine Mother of the Universe that Sri Ramakrishna had worshipped in his room at Dakshineswar.

Though Holy Mother did not practice those austere disciplines about which one reads in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, yet, her spiritual realization was as bottomless as his. And how hard she tried to hide it. Once in a while a zealous disciple would compare her to Sri Ramakrishna.

On one such occasion she said, "Be still. I am more than blessed that he has given me shelter at his feet. I am his hand-maiden. The Master alone is everything. There is none like him."

Holy Mother herself, however, revealed her nature on appropriate occasions. Once she said that as long as she was alive people would not recognize her real nature.

Whether a saintly woman or a manifestation of the Divine Shakti, Holy Mother was to her disciples both guru and mother. She was an extraordinary teacher - one of those rare teachers who not only kindled the spiritual power of the disciples but continue to help them until they attain liberation.

(to be continued....)

 

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Monday, January 14th 2019

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 29

In the course of a letter, Swami Premamanda wrote of the
Holy Mothers' humanity, "Our Mother, an empress among queens,
has become of her own accord a beggar and does all the menial
work with her own hands. She is putting up with hardship to
teach house-holders how to perform their duties."

In another letter: "Who indeed has understood Holy Mother? In her there is not the slightest manifestation of power. The Master displayed the power of enlightenment. But in Holy Mother even that is absent. Indeed what a great power she is! We send to her the poison that we cannot swallow. She welcomes all. Such unlimited power!

"Such compassion! Even the Master could not act thus, not to speak of us. He used to pick and choose his disciples. And what do we see in the Mother? She gives shelter to all. She swallows all this poison and digests it too."

One day a disciple asked her, "Well Mother, do you always remember your real nature?" "How could that be?" she replied. "How then, could I perform all these duties? But even in the midst of my activities, whenever I wish, I can understand by the slightest effort that all this is the mere play of MahAmAyA."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, January 13th 2019

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 28

When a householder disciple complained to Holy Mother about her seemingly inordinate attachment to her niece, she made the significant remark, "Everyone says that I am terribly attached to Radhu, but without this attachment I could not have kept my body alive after the Master's death.

"Thus it is the Master himself who has made me cling to Radhu - just to preserve ny body. When my mind becomes indifferent to her I shall leave this world."

In a unique manner Holy Mother blended in her personality the characteristics of a human being, a divinity, a spiritual perceptor, and a mother. Outwardly she appeared for the most part as a Hindu housewife. At the death of a relative she wept.

The next day she said, explaining the reason for her grief, "I live in the world. I must taste the fruit of the tree of the world." Sri Ramakrishna once said that when God becomes a man, he acts exactly like a human being; he feels hunger and thirst, and suffers from disease, grief and fear.

How this ordinary humanity concealed Holy Mother's divinity has been well expressed by Swami Premananda, one of the Master's prominent disciples.


(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, January 12th 2019

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 27

Radhu acted as a weight to keep Holy Mother's soaring mind down to earth. Otherwise she could not have carried out her mission to humanity.

A good-natured and healthy child, Radhu had developed into a rude, irritable, whimsical, wayward girl of retarded mental growth. Though married, she lived with Holy Mother. Often she abused her, even going to the extent of hurting her physically.

Holy Mother said to her bitterly, "You drank the milk of a lioness, but have remained a vixen. I brought you up with such care, but you did not accept any of my precepts. You have imbibed your mother's insane nature."

One day Radhu's teasing reached its climax and she said to Holy Mother, "I wish you would die. May your mouth be blighted." "Yes, yes!" Holy Mother replied sharply, "You will not know what will happen to you after my death. I shudder even to think of it. Let me tell you what is in my mind: May you die first - then I shall be able to die peacefully."

These words, which seem almost like a curse, really shows her solicitude for Radhu's welfare. Who but a godly person could have put up with this girl's perverse nature?

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, January 11th 2019

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 26

One of Holy Mother's nieces played a very important part in her life and in the fulfillment of her earthly mission. This niece was the only daughter of her youngest brother, who at the hour of death had begged Holy Mother to look after his pregnant wife.

Radhu was the name of the posthumous child. After the child's birth her mother became mentally unbalanced. A clue to Holy Mother's intimate relationship with Radhu may be found in a vision she had after Sri Ramakrishna's passing away.

At that time she had lost all relish for life. Suddenly in a vision, she saw a girl of ten or twelve years old walking about in front of her. Soon Sri Ramakrishna appeared and said, pointing to the girl, "She will be the support for your earthly life. You must live because you will have to help many people in the years to come."

Many years later the baby Rahdu was crawling behind her insane mother and crying piteously. As Holy Mother watched them, she said to herself, "The poor child has lost her father, and her mother is stark mad. If I do not look after Radhu, what will happen to her?"

She took her little niece into her arms when the Master appeared and said, "This is that girl. Take her for your support. She is the mAyA to keep you tied to the world."


(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, January 10th 2019

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 25

Holy Mother lived outwardly like a householder. While at Jayrambati she preoccupied herself with household duties, preparing vegetables, cooking, sweeping the house and the courtyard, washing clothes and dishes, kneading dough, worshipping in the shrine, and with infinite patience and compassion looking after the comfort and welfare of her relatives and visiting disciples.

Her apparent attachmnet to her relatives puzzled some of the devotees. One day Jogin-Ma, her intimate companion and a spiritiually advanced soul, said to herself, "We have seen how the Master renounced everything. But Mother appears to be completely entangled in worldly life. Day and night she is busy with her brothers, nephews and nieces. "

The next day she was meditating by the GangA when Sri Ramakrishna appeared before her in a vision and pointed out the corpse of a newly-born child moving slowly with the current. It was covered with the placenta and smeared with blood. The Master said to her, "Does the corpse make the GangA impure? Look upon her [referring to Holy Mother] in the same way. Never doubt her. Regard her and me as one and the same."

(to be continued....)

 

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