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Friday, May 6th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 193
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
18 September, 1912 :
 
"Tell me about him (the Master)," I said. "No, not I, ask Mother," she (the old woman) replied.
 
Mother was lying down with her eyes closed and I could say nothing. A little later, Mother spoke of her own accord, "Whoever prays to him earnestly, sees him. Only the other day one of his disciples (Tej Chandra Mitra) died, He was such a good boy. The Master used to visit their house.
 
"After the Master had gone, this boy, one day, returned home by tram-car and to his consternation discovered that a sum of two hundred rupees, entrusted to him for safekeeping by someone else, had been stolen from his pocket. Deeply distressed, he wandered about beside the GangA, crying, 'Alas, Master, what have you done to me!' He did not even have the means to make good the loss from his own pocket. As he walked by the riverside, he suddenly saw the Master before him, who said, 'Why are you crying? Look it is under that brick there by the river.'
 
"The boy got up quickly and lifting the brick, discovered a bundle of notes. He came back and related the whole story to Sharat (Swami Saradananda), whereupon Sharat cried, 'You are permitted to see him even now, but we do not see him any more!' How can they see him? They are sitting tight on the most vivid memories of him, Those who have not seen him have far greater want now."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, May 5th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 192
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
18 September, 1912 :
 
Mother then climbed to the terrace with others. After a while she came downstairs to see to the offerings for the Master and all of us went into the prayer room....Afterwards we all ate of the consecrated food....
 
Two ladies, followers of Mother, had arrived before this, one was an elderly married woman who had known the Master, the other was her daughter-in-law. As she ate, the old lady said, "Alas! We have not been able to do all the things the Master told us. Had we done so how could we have suffered like this?
Here we are wrapt up in our worldly lives, worrying all the time over unimportant details!"
 
Whereupon Mother said, "At the same time, it is essential that one should work.. It is through work alone that one may break asunder the bonds of karma, only then one is free from desires. One shouldn't be without work even for a single moment."
 
After the meal, Mother rested...I remained with her, together with an old widow who had known the Master. She went on recounting her sorrows at home and added, "Mother, I can count on your pardon for all my ommissions and commissions, but not on theirs."
 
I asked the old woman, "Did you see the Master?" 
 
"Indeed I did. Why, he used to come to our house. In those days Mother used to live in seclusion like a young married woman."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, May 4th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 191
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
18 September, 1912 :
 
Mother said (about Nag Mahashaya), "Such faith in the Master! The clean and the unclean were alike to him!"
 
"During the auspicious Ardhodaya-Yoga," I continued, "Nag Mahashaya had gone home, whereupon his father rebuked him saying, 'What! Instead of bathing in the GangA on this auspicious occasion, you actually come away from the banks of the GangA!'
 
"But at that actual moment of the heavenly combination people noticed water seeping through the floor of the courtyard and flooding the whole place, and Nag Mahashaya pouring handfuls of water on his own head crying, 'Come, Mother GangA, come.' When the neighbours saw this, they too bathed in the water."
 
"Yes, his great faith could bring about the impossible." Mother said. "I once gave him a cloth to wear; but he used to wrap it around his head. His wife too was so good and devoted! She came here during the mango season, some time ago. She is till living."...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 190

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

As I ate from my sAl leaf (the refreshments offered by Mother), I though of the godly Nag Mahashaya and said to Mother, "Mother, whenever I eat of the offerings from a sAl leaf, I remember *Nag Mahashaya."

(*A devotee of the Master who once swallowed the sAl leaf along with the consecrated food - Publisher.)

"O, his was such a deep devotion," Mother remarked. "See how dry and withered this sAl leaf is. Would you think anybody could eat it? Because it had been in contact with food consecrated to the Master, he would eat it devoutly! Such eyes of love he had! Reddish in colour, always shedding tears, and his body worn away by severe asceticism! When he came to see me, he would be so moved that he could hardly climb these stairs. He would tremble like this, and lose control over his footsteps. I have never seen such deep devotion."

I said, "I have read of him that when he gave up his medical practice and spent all his time deep in meditiation about the Master, his father cried one day, 'And what will you do next? Now go about naked and eat frogs!'

"There was a dead frog in the courtyard, whereupon Nag Mahashaya threw off all his clothes and picking it up ate it raw and said to his father, 'See, how I obey both your orders. Please do not trouble yourself any more about my needs, but see to the welfare of your own soul.'"

(to be continued....)


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Monday, May 2nd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 189
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
18 September, 1912 :
 
When Golap-Ma heard Mother's remark (concerning her regret that I had not seen the holy river), she cried, "What does it matter? It will suffice if she just touches your feet."
 
When I repeated Golap-Ma's remark Mother said, "What a thing to say! The GangA!"
 
In this way she always gave herself out as an ordinary person; but I also noticed that when there were no onlookers, she would sometimes assume a divine glory in her compassionate demeanour towards someone.
 
She came into the room and taking her seat on the cot, said, "It's all the more fortrunate that we had a dip in the GangA." I felt that she knew I had come that day with the intention of worshipping her feet.
 
The worship over, I took the dust off her feet and rose. At last Mother took some refreshments and again with deep affection made me sit near her and share half of every morsel she touched. I ate with great joy.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, May 1st 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 188
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
18 September, 1912 :
 
I am so busy with my work in Gouri-Ma's school that I cannot manage to visit Mother as often as I would like to. I had a little time on my hands on RAdhAshtami day and went there. Mother was then getting ready to bathe in the GangA and was rubbing oil on herself in the adjoining room...
 
Seeing me she cried, "Come in, dear, come in. I am glad you have come in the morning. Today is RAdhAshtami, a good day. Sit down dear, while I go for my dip."
 
When I said that I would like to go with her, Mother said, "Come, then."
 
But Golap-Ma would not let me go as it was raining in drops, whereupon Mother supported Golap-Ma's point and said, "Then let it be, dear, I shall be back in no time."
 
So I had to stay behind. I often noticed that like a simple bride, Mother would never press forward her own opinion against other people's. Anyway, the rain stopped as soon as Mother reached the road and the moment she returned and said to me, "It stopped raining as soon as we set out and I remembered with regret that you had wanted to come. It would have been nice if you had; you would have seen the holy river."
 
To tell the truth, however, it was more for the sake of Mother's company than seeing the holy river, that I had wanted to go!....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, April 30th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 187
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
June, 1912 :
 
Bhudeb had built a chariot on which the Master would ride and everything was being made ready for this....
 
We fell to talking about Gouri-Ma. Mother said, "Gourdasi takes great care of the girls at her Ashrama. If anyone is ill, she does all her personal services herself. She has never had to do these things in life; but the Master is making her do them this way, this being her final incarnation."
 
Now the Master mounted his chariot in the adjoining room. Mother sat on a cot, her eyes fixed on him, giving expression to her intense delight. Later Bhudeb and the other disciples carried the Master and his chariot downstairs, and pulled the chariot along the road and by the riverside. They brought it in after dusk.
 
Now the ladies commenced to pull it in the room upstairs. Then Mother, Radhu, Nalini-didi, and I pulled too. Mother talked gaily about the chariot to whoever came in. At last the ladies each took her share of the offerings and departed....When the chariot was being pulled along the lane in front, Mother had remarked, "Not that all can go to see JagannAtha at Puri. Those who have seen the Master here will be equally benefited."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, April 29th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 186
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
June, 1912 :
 
At seven in the morning today, I went to Gouri-Ma's school....At four I went to Mother's house with her. Mother was making the evening offerings. When she had finished, first Gouri-Ma and then I bowed to her. Gouri-Ma called her aside and after a little private conversation, sent for me. I had brought a garad (silk sAri) for Mother, which I placed at her feet and bowing to her said, "Wear it now, Mother."
 
Mother laughed and said, "Certainly I shall wear it."
 
Gouri-Ma began to praise me in an affectionate manner and Mother joined her....
 
A disciple had brought some full-blooming rose and hibiscus, a thick garland of jasmine, fruits and sweets. He placed these at Mother's feet and began to worship her. It was a beautiful sight. Mother sat motionless and smiling, the garland around her neck and the roses and hibiscus at her blessed feet.
 
When he had finished worshipping her, the disciple asked her to taste everything he had brought, so that he could take back some of his offerings as consecrated food. Hearing this, Gouri-Ma laughed and said, "Well, Mother, this time you must reckon with a determined follower and you will have to take something."
 
Mother laughingly protested, "No, no, not so much. I really couldn't eat so much," and tasting a little of the fruits and sweets, placed them in the disciple's hands. With elation he touched his forehead with each of the things, and bowing to Mother took his leave. Then Mother removed the garland from her own neck and placed it round Gouri-Ma's.....
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, April 28th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 185
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
15 June, 1912 :
 
One evening two good-looking young married women were talking to Mother privately in the north veranda. As soon as I discovered Mother I presented myself before her. I heard Mother saying, "Tell the Master your heart's desire and pray to him. Let him know of the pain in your hearts and he will place in your lap that which you want."
 
I knew immediately that the two young ladies were praying to Mother for children. They were embarassed when they saw me and I even more so.....
 
A few months later I met them again at Mother's house and this time I noticed that they were both pregnant.
 
Gouri-Ma had come. When I pressed her to tell us something about the Master, she said, "I had come to the Master long before the others. The others came later. I saw Naren and *Kali when they were children."
 
As it was getting late, there was no time for much conversation. Gouri-Ma bowed to Mother and went away.
 
*(Actually Narendra Nath (Swami Vivekananda born in 1863) met the Master earlier than Gouri-Ma (born 1857) though Kali (Swami Abhedananda) came a little later. They were not much younger than her. - Publisher)
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, April 27th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 184
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
15 June, 1912 :
 
On another occasion I went and found Mother resting after her noon-day meal. At her wish, I lay down near her and commenced to fan her, when she suddenly began to talk to herself, "Well, my dear, here you all are, but where is he (the Master)?"
 
Hearing this I said, "I never had the good fortune of seeing him in this life and he alone knows if I shall ever see him in some other life. Nevertheless, it is my great good fortune, Mother, that I have been permitted to see you."
 
"Quite so," said Mother approvingly....
 
I was rather foolish in those days and did not realize that many people could have secrets to talk over with Mother. Of course, there was no reason why I should know, because it was only a short time since I had begun to visit her. As it was, if I did not see Mother in her own room, I would look around for her and find her wherever she might be.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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