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Wednesday, December 17th 2014

12:39 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 67

Swami Arupananda:

Continuing the story about Lord RAma and the royal treasury:

"When the people heard that all their needs would be supplied,
they came and explained their needs. The treasury was laid open. Everyone lived in happiness. But such was the dispensation of RAma that soon the roof of the royal palace showed cracks and water seeped through. Masons were sent for to repair the crack. But there were none to be found. Where was any labourer to be found?

"The subjects also came and complained that because there were no masons or workmen, their houses and buildings were falling to pieces. Then, seeing no other way, SitA said to RAma, 'We cannot suffer in the wet like this! Let everything be as it was. Then we can get workmen again. Everybody cannot be happy at the same time.'

'So be it,' answered RAma. In the twinking of an eye everything was as it used to be. One could get workmen again. 'Lord, it is true that this life is only a game of yours!' said SitA.

"No one is miserable for ever, no one in all his incarnations. One reaps as one sows, it is all linked in cause and effect."

"Then is everything the fruit of karma?" I asked Mother. "What else, if not karma?" she replied.....


(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, December 16th 2014

12:09 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 66

Swami Arupananda:

I asked Mother, "Is it necessary to keep count on the fingers when doing japa? May I not do it in the mind alone?"

"The Lord has given the fingers," she answered, "make the best use of them by saying His mantra on them."

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 25 September, 1910: In the morning Mother and I were talking. "If there is a God," I said, "why is there so much misery in this world? Does He not see? Or hasn't He the power to remove these evils?"

"The creation itself is full of griefs," said Mother. "How can one understand joy if there be no sorrow? And how can everyone be happy at the same time? There is a story that once SitA said to RAma, 'Why do you not remove everybody's miseries? Make everyone in your kingdom - all your subjects - happy. You can do it if you like.' RAma answered, 'Can everyone be happy at the sane time?' 'Well, they can, if you so desire. Why not satisfy all their needs from the royal treasury?'

'Just as you wish.'

"Then RAma called Lakshmana and said, 'Go and tell everyone in my kingdom that all their needs will be supplied from my treasury.'........

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, December 15th 2014

9:10 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 65

Swami Arupananda:

Another morning when Mother was sitting in her veranda making betel leaves, I said, "A time will come, Mother, when people will worship you."

Mother laughed and said, "What! people will say, 'Our Mother had rheumatism and limped when she walked.'"

"Well, you may say what you like," I answered.

"But that illness is a blessing in a way," Mother said. "That is why when the Master fell ill at Cossipore, he used to say, 'Those who came for their own gain have left me saying, "Why, if he is the incarnation of God, how can he be sick? It is all an illusion!" Whereas those who love me break their hearts when they see me suffering like this.'"

"Once I was ill and in a delerium," Mother continued, "Kusum ran to Golap, 'Come and see, Mother is in a delirium.' She always talks like that,' Golap replied. 'No, no, it is really delirium, do come and look.' 'No, it is nothing'. In the end Kusum called Ashu and then they saw that it was really delirium."

Udbodhan: The day before I was initiated, I went to Mother and said, "Mother, I would like to receive your initiation."

"Have you not been initiated as yet?" she asked.

When I replied in the negative, she continued, "I thought you had!"

After my initiation she said, "May the Lord's name and prayers make you pure in mind and body."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, December 14th 2014

9:54 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 64

Swami Arupananda:

Mother and I talked about the hardships of a monk's life. She said, "The boys at the Math have a hard life, there is not enough food or anything else. I do not like it. It was because of this hard life that Jogin (Swami Yogananda) fell ill and died."

We were talking in the evening. I said, "Mother, life's fulfilment comes whenever God wills it, it doesn't wait for anything."

"Yes," Mother answered. "But no mango is as sweet as those that ripen in May. Many have tried to grow fruits out of season. See how mangoes and jack-fruits grow even in September. But are they as sweet as the fruits in season? So it is when one seeks God. A man meditates and prays during this life, the mood is perhaps a little intensified in his next incarnation, and still more in the next and so on."

Then speaking of the sudden intervention of God, she said, "God is like a child. He gives to those who don't seek, and withholds from those who do - just as He fancies."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, December 13th 2014

11:33 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 63

Swami Arupananda:

Mother said: "When I went to see Lord JagannAtha at Puri, I wept with joy at the sight of so many people come to see the Lord. I thought how good it was that so many should find salvation. In the end, however, I realized that only one or two would find it, those who had mastered desire. When I told Jogen (Jogin-Ma) about this, she too agreed with me."

Another morning as I sat in the Mother's veranda eating puffed rice, I asked her, "Mother, should one take the sannyAsin's vows if one stays at the Math?"

Mother answered, "One should." I said, "But one is likely to be filled with vanity if one does so." She replied, "Yes, one gets vain and expects veneration from everybody. It is much better to remain as I am (pointing to her white cloth). Gaur Shiromani of Vrindaban took sannyAsa (the monastic vow) in old age, when his desires had lost their intensity. It is very difficult for a monk to get rid of vanity, my son, the vanity of good looks, talent, and learning."

She urged me to prepare myself for renunciation. "Go home this time and tell your brothers that you are not going to take a job. Tell them that since your mother is no longer there, you cannot lead a life of slavishness. Such a life is not for you. Ask them to be happy in the worldly life."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, December 12th 2014

12:27 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 62

Swami Arupananda:

We had a grand feast at midday. Prabodh Babu had to attend his office, so he left for Calcutta afterwards. I had to stay behind as I was not well.

5 January, 1910: As we talked, Mother said, "Now tell me, who has ever been able to bind God to himself? YashodA did, the shepherd boys and girls of Vrindaban did, but only because he yielded Himself up to them.

"So long as men have desire they pass from one incarnation to another. If one desires so much as to eat a little sandesh, one has to come back in order to do so.....The desire is the germ, but like the banyan tree the little seed grows into the huge tree. One is bound to be born again and again so long as desire remains. It is like taking the soul out of one sheath and putting it in another. One or two rare individuals become free of desire. But even if one dies with unfulfiled desires, so long as one has done good deeds in one's previous incarnation, one does not quite lose one's soul...."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, December 11th 2014

12:17 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 61

Swami Arupananda:

Mother said to me: "Don't marry, don't enter the world. What do you lose if you don't marry? You are free wherever you may be."

"Mother," I said, "I am afraid." She replied, "No, you need have no fear. It is as the Master wills."

2 January, 1910: Today is Mother's birthday. The preceding day Prabodh Babu had given Mother's brothers five rupees for offerings to the Master. "Well, you mustn't make a grand affair of it," Mother said to me. "I shall put on a new sAri; and some sweets and other things will be prepared and offered to the Master. I shall have a share of them - that is all."

When the pujA was over, Mother sat on the cot by the door in her own room, her feet hanging down. She was wearing a new sAri. Prabodh Babu went in and placed flowers at her feet. I was standing on the veranda outside the door.

"Well. aren't you going to offer any?" Mother said to me. "Here take these flowers." I took the flowers and placed them at her feet.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, December 10th 2014

9:57 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 60

Swami Arupananda:

Mother said, "He who has wealth, let him give it away. He who has not, let him pray."

We talked of devotion through love and Mother said, "Did the shepherd boys of Vrindaban find Krishna through prayer? No. They said to him, 'Come, eat. Take what we have.' And so they found him."

How can one's heart really yearn for Him," I added, "unless His love is vouchsafed to one?"

"It all comes through His mercy," Mother said.

Jayrambati, 31 December, 1909: It was eight or nine in the morning. Mother was in her room. I was sitting near her and talking with her.

"Mother," I said, "I come so close to you, yet why do I not recognize you as my own mother?"

She answered, "If you did not belong to me, why did you come here so often?.....I am your own mother. In time you will realize that."

A little later, speaking of my owm parents and brothers I remarked, "My parents brought me up, but now they have departed this life. I do not even know where they are. Mother, bless them that they may find the true way."

Mother replied, "Does everyone want Him?"

(to be continued....)


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Tuesday, December 9th 2014

3:22 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 59

Swami Arupananda:

My conversation with Holy Mother turned to creation, and I asked, "Were these infinite numbers of creatures - big and small - created at the same time?"

Mother replied, "Did God create one by one like a doll-maker who paints with his brush the eyes, mouths, noses etc. of his dolls gradually? No, He has a power: with His 'Yes' everything in the world comes out, and not one thing after another."...

I now asked the Mother about japa and the like.

"Japa and austerities untie the knots of past misdeeds," she said. "But the Lord cannot be attained without love and devotion. Do you know what japa and the like are really meant for? They remove the influences of the senses."

We fell to talking of Lalit Chatterji, who had been lying seriously ill for some months. The Mother was very fond of him and was filled with anxiety about him. She said. "Lalit used to give me a great deal of money and take me for drives in his carriage. He spends large sums in the service of the Master at Dakshineswar and Raghuvira at Karmarpukur. My Lalit has a heart of gold. Very many people who possess wealth are miserly."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Monday, December 8th 2014

1:06 PM

Daily Reading

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

Page 58

Swami Arupananda:

I said to Mother, "One may actually see God."

"Only Naren (Swami Vivekananda) did," Mother replied. "The Master holds the key to salvation. What more can you do? Pray and meditate and call upon his name."

Laughingly she continued, "And what is there in calling upon his name either? He is always one's own."...

Jayrambati, 19th December, 1909: We were talking in Mother's room about Vedanta. "Nothing exists but name and form," I said. "Master cannot be proved to exist." My idea was that the Master, Holy Mother, and others were equally unreal.

Mother at once grasped the trend of my talk and said, "Naren once said, 'A knowledge that denies the lotus feet of the guru is as bad as ignorance. How can knowledge have any basis for itself if it denied the lotus feet of the guru?' Give up such dry intellectualism. Who can know Him? Even Shuka, VyAsa, and Shiva were at best like big ants (carrying back only larger grains from the mountain of sugar that the Lord is)."

"Mother," I said, "I have a hankering for knowledge, and can understand a little. How can this inquisitiveness stop?"

"It doesn't stop before the dawn of full enlightenment," Mother replied.


(to be continued....)

 

 

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