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Sunday, January 21st 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 56

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 18 December, 1909: It was nine in the morning. We were sitting on Mother's veranda, she fixing betel-leaves, I eating puffed rice. Later we talked.

"Mother," I said, "do not keep me long this time."

"You may go with me if you have no desire to remain," she replied. "Everyone will go when the time comes."...

"Take me with you this time," I said. "Next time the Master comes, I shall come with him."

Mother laughed and said, "But I am not coming again."

"I shall come whether you do or not," I said. "I like to come back."

"Well, you may not want to return when the time comes. What is there in this world? Tell me what is good in this life? That was why in the end the Master took only bitter things. I would try to give him sandesh (sweetmeat) and he would say, 'What is there in sandesh? It is just the same as clay.'"

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, January 20th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 55

Swami Arupananda:

At Ghatal, Upen Maharaj had given ma a rupee for the expenses of my journey back to the Math. I was saving it for my return fare, but did not tell Mother about it.

"Sit down," she said. "I shall serve your rice. It is freshly cooked."
Then she went on, "The Lord will take care of His own world. What have you to worry about?"

She was upset because I had not eaten all day. With her own hands she brought me rice, pulses, vegetables, and other dishes. After I had eaten she gave me betel to chew.

As evening came on we fell to talking. "The Master will accomplish a great deal of work through you," Mother said. "See how you went to Ghatal, distributed things, and helped people. When your tasks are over it will be time for him to take you into his bosom."

"Why do I never see him?" I asked.

"You will, when the time comes," she answered. "My Lalit (Chatterji) never asked such questions. He knew that he belonged to the Master and was sure to see him some time or other."....

She gave me a blanket, saying, "Take this, and cover yourself with it at night."

"Whose is it?" I asked.

"It is my own, I use it," she replied.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, January 19th 2018

12:13 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 54

Swami Arupananda:

A few months later (in 1909) we were doing relief work among the flood-stricken people of Ghatal. I took a three days' leave and went to see Mother at Jayrambati during the JagaddhAtri pujA....As soon as Ashu Maharaj saw us, he said, "I am glad you have come, because Mother was feeling sad that none of the disciples were here."

We went in and bowed at Mother's feet.

"Where have you been," she asked.

"At Ghatal."

"Sit down and have some prasAdha," she said. When we sat down for the meal, she had us served with large helpings of fish.....

We left the next morning.

When the relief work was over, I left for Jayrambati again on the 16th of December, 1909....I arrived a little before dusk. When Mother observed my appearance, she asked, "I suppose you haven't eaten anything all day?" "No", I said. 

"But why not? There are shops at Ramjivanpur."

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, January 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 53

Swami Arupananda:

I would sometimes visit Mother and carry milk from the Belur Math. Once I had not been there for a long time and Mother inquired after me of the monk who carried the milk, "Where is Rashbehari? Why hasn't he been here for so long?"

After this I took the milk over one day. When I went to pay my respects to Mother, I found her in the room next to hers arranging betel-leaves. Nalini was there helping her. She was about to leave the room on seeing me, but Mother stopped her, saying, "Don't go, he is only a boy. Stay here."
She asked me to sit down.

They were discussing Maku's husband's people. "If one is not extra-attentive towards them, they are ready to take offence at the slightest excuse," Mother said. "You are my own sons. It doesn't matter what I give you or say to you. And even if something goes wrong, you don't mind. But they must have the best of everything, and take offence at the slightest thing."

Later I asked her, "Mother, how can I have a perfectly pure heart and love for God?"

"All in good time," she said. "Now that you have taken refuge with the Master, everything will come to pass. You must pray to the Master."

"No, you must speak to him on my behalf," I said. 

"So I do," Mother replied. "I always say, 'O Master, make his heart and soul perfect and pure.'"

"If you speak for me I am satisfied."

(to be continued....)

 

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Wednesday, January 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 52

Swami Arupananda:

I saw Mother once more in Calcutta after the DurgA pujA in the year 1907...

The next time I went to see her in her new house at Baghbazar. Before this whenever she came to Calcutta she had always stayed in rented houses. As she often had to put up with a great deal of inconvenience, Sharat Maharaj had had the new house built (in 1909) with great difficulty. 

After many inquiries I discovered the house the very afternoon I arrived in Calcutta, and found Dr. Kanjilal reading a newspaper on the veranda. When I asked after Mother, he answered, "She has chicken-pox and is not yet out of quarantine, but she is better now. You may see her after fifteen days."

I had not heard of Mother's illness. Later when I met revered Sharat Maharaj (Swami Saradananda), he said, "Come and see her tomorrow and take prasAdha here."

Next morning I went to see her. She pointed to the scars on her face and hands and told me all about her illness, saying finally, "The marks are not so conspicuous now." Later the marks disappeared altogether.

It was this time that, at Sharat Maharaj's recommendation and with Mother's blessings, I was able to stay at Belur Math. When Mother heard of this she said, "Well, you have the touch of the monk! All right, stay at the Math and be filled with devotion for the Master. I bless you with all my heart."

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, January 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 51

Swami Arupananda:

While everone was looking for medicines, I asked Mother, who had not as yet explained anything, "Mother, why did this happen?"

"Because after they left, I worried myself sick for fear they might insult the old brahmin."

I quietly told Master MahAshaya about this, and we were amazed that Mother shoudl be so full of anxiety for the man who was the cause of all her trouble.

We left on the afternoon of the third day.

"He is a true devotee. Take him with you," Mother said to Lalit Babu.....
There were tears in the Mother's eyes as she stood by the front door when we left....

On our way we came to Vishnapur. There Master MahAshaya and Prabodh Babu went to Lalbandh to see Mrinmayi Devi, the goddess made of earth. Lalit Babu and I waited in the railway carriage. Master MahAshaya sent Prabodh Babu to call me to see the Goddess, but I had no desire to go, because I had just seen Chinmayi Devi, the living goddess.

We then went to Belur Math and took part in the festivities. Later I returned home.

(to be continued....)

 

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Monday, January 15th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 50

Swami Arupananda:

Some of the disciples had fasted on the occasion of Shiva-Chaturdashi. Next day at noon, when they asked for the Mother's PrasAdha, she sent Radhu with some food on a sAl leaf. This they shared among themselves. I had some as well.

Later I went to Mother and said, "Mother, everybody is having your prasAdha, why did you not give me any all the time I was here?"

"You didn't ask for any, my son," she said. "How could I suggest it?" So great was her humility.

The next day, Lalit Babu set out in a palanquin to fetch Radhu's jewellery. He pretended to be a high police official from Calcutta. Mother sent Mahendra Babu with him, in case Lalit Babu, who was a very young man, lost his temper and insulted the old brahmin if he refused to hand over the ornaments. They returned with the old man and the ornaments while it was still daylight.

At 2:00 a.m. word came from inside the house that Mother could not sleep and was feeling dizzy. We immediately went indoors. 

(to be continued....)


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Sunday, January 14th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 49

Swami Arupananda:

In the afternoon, Mahendra Babu and Prabodh Babu arrived. I was not as yet acquainted with the former. As soon as Mahendra Babu saw the Master's house, tears filled his eyes. Their cart stopped at the door.

"What is your name?" I asked. "I am the schoolmaster,"  he replied. I knew him at once as the author of the KathAmrita, the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, which I had already read.

Mahendra Babu had brought sweets for the Mother. He and Prabodh Babu soon left for Jayrambati.

I was still thinking of going to the festival at the Math as soon as possible. A little before dusk Lalit Babu arrived in a lawyer's hat, Indian long coat, and trousers. I was at dinner just then.....As evening set in, Shashi said, "You had better accompany Lalit Babu and go the Math with him later. How can you go alone? You don't know the way and you haven't enough money."

I agreed to this and left for Jayrambati again with Lalit Babu.

As soon as we arrived, I went indoors, calling, "Mother, I have come." She was delighted and said, "That's fine. Now you can go with these people."

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, January 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 48

Swami Arupananda:

Since I had brought no extra clothes with me, Mother had given me something to wear. "Take these clothes with you," she now said. "Have you any money? You will need it for fares and so on. Take some money too."

"There is no need for that, Mother," I replied. "I have some money."

"Write to me when you get there," she said. "I couldn't even give my son a good meal. I couldn't get anyone to catch fish," she said sadly. All this was due to the trouble over Radhu's mother and Nalini.

I bowed at Mother's feet and set out with tears in my eyes. She came with us a long way and then stood gazing after us as long as she could see us. I was so upset that I could not check my tears all the way to Karmarpukur. When we arrived there, Shashi introduced me to Aunt. I was deeply moved when I saw Mother's picture in her room.

She seemed the very image of motherhood, immersed in meditiation for the good of the world. I slept in Mother's room at night, Aunt providing the bedding. Next day was ShivarAtri. We went to see the image of Burho-Shiva of Karmarpukur.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, January 12th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 47

Swami Arupananda:

Because I was eager to participate in the Master's birthday celebrations at the Belur Math, it had been arranged that that I should leave the day before ShivarAtri. I had already told mother about this. When I went to pay my respects to her after the midday meal, prior to my departure, she said to me, "Shashi will go with you." Shashi being a woman I became thoughtful.

Thereupon Mother said, "Why, she is our own Shashi. She lived with me at Dakshineswar." Then she said to Shashi, "Let him stay in our own room at Kamarpukur. Ask Ramlal's aunt." At the time there was no one else at the Master's house.

"Spend a couple of days at Karmarpukur on your way to Belur Math," Mother said to me. "One should see the Master's birthplace." I had no intention of going there; I had gone only to see Mother.

In my eagerness to visit Mother I had rushed out of my house without remembering to bring any extra clothes or an umbrella with me. When I recollected this after I had come a short way, I did not go back, for fear of some hindrance.

(to be continued....)

 

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