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Saturday, February 13th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 109
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:
 
I said to Mother: "What a number of temples were razed to the ground by Mohammedan vandalism, and what a number of images were disfigured with their noses or ears broken off."
 
"Govindji of Vrindaban hid himself at Jaipur out of their fear," Mother added. "The priests then kept fasting at the temple door till they heard the divine voice, 'The image is gone, but not I. Carve out a new image and I shall be present in it again.'"
 
"At the SomanAtha temple in Gujurat, they used to bathe the image of Shiva with water from Gangotri carried every day on human heads," I said. "But Sultan Mahmud broke the image to pieces and carried away the door made of sandal wood. Why does it happen like that?"
 
"God takes to His heels at the approach of vandals," said Mother. "Yet why should it be so? He is almighty and can have His own way. But no, that's a sort of play. He delights in."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, February 12th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 108
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:
 
I asked Mother, "Mother, are you not supposed to go to Puri for the Car Festival?"
 
"Should one go into such a crowd?" Mother asked in reply. "One might get cholera or something. Lakshmikanta, the pilgrim guide, said that there were no rooms to be had. Even the tiny rooms were fetching ten rupees. He advised us to go in winter."
 
"Which deity does JagannAtha represent?" I asked.
 
"In a dream I saw him as the image of Shiva," Mother said.
 
"Then you did not see JagannAtha's image?" I asked.
 
"No, only that of Shiva, the stone symbol of Shiva....It must be a very holy place. Why should so many people go there unless there is something? The goddess VimalA is there, who is worshipped on the MahAshtami night. She is DurgA to be sure. So why should not Shiva be there too?"
 
I said, "Some people say that it was originally a Buddhist temple, the image being that of Buddha. Later when ShankarAchArya got rid of the Buddhists, the image was changed into an image of Shiva. Still later, with the spread of Vashnavism, Shiva became JagannAtha who is Vishnu."
 
"I don't know all that," Mother said, "but I saw the image of Shiva."...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, February 11th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 107
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:
 
We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.
 
Mother: "Desire is the source of all. What has one to care for if one has no desire? Look at me who am among all these things, and still I have no desire - not a bit!"
 
"As to that," I said, 'how can you have any desire, Mother? But what a lot of desires rise in our minds! How will these be removed?"
 
"These desires that you have are no desires at all, they are nothing," Mother replied. "They come and go as mere fancies. The more they push out, the better."
 
I said, "Yesterday, I thought, 'Unless God saves me, how can I go on fighting with the mind indefintely? If one desire goes, another crops up.'"
 
"Desire will continue as a matter of course, so long as you have your 'I',"  Mother explained. "But these desires will not harm you; God will protect you. Anyone who depends on Him - he who has taken refuge with Him after leaving away everything, he who wants to be good - if He should not protect him, it will be a guilt for Him alone. One must have faith in Him. Let Him make us sink or swim. But one must continue doing good alone, and that too just as He grants the power."
 
"Do I have that faith?" I asked....."How can there be any way out, unless He saves me?..."
 
"What fear need you have, my son?" Mother said. "Don't be afraid. You are not going to have a worldly life with wife, children, and all that. So why should you fear?"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, February 10th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 106
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:
 
We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.
 
Mother: "Can anyone pray and meditate all round the clock? About the Master? - He was different. Besides, Mathur provided his little dish of fish or ghee. It is because you work that there is enough food, or you would have to beg from door to door! You would only make yourselves ill; and who is there to give genrously to monks nowadays? No, do not listen to such people (who disapprove of welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts). Carry on as the Master directs you. The Math will continue this way. Those who cannot fall in line, may go away."
 
"Mani Mallick had been to see monks in North India; and the Master asked him, 'Well, what do you think of them?' He answered, 'I saw them but...' 
 
'But what?' 
 
'They all ask for money.' 
 
The Master said, 'How much money? Perhaps a pice or so to buy tobacco or gAnjA, that's all. You need your cupfulls of milk and ghee and other things and he wants only a pice or two for his tobacco and gAnjA. Is that too much? Must you alone enjoy things and they not even get a piceworth of tobacco?'"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, February 9th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 105
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:
 
Mother: "A Vaishnava monk once came to the Panchavati. In the beginning he had no attachments; but alas, in the end he began to store away things like a mouse - utensils, pitchers, grain, and everything. The Master, observing this one day, said, 'There now, this will be the end of him!' Meaning he was getting attached to things. The Master recommended renunciation and advised him to go away from that place. Finally he escaped."
 
A disciple had come to bow at the Mother's feet. After he had left, she said, "I learnt my lesson when I showed tenderness to Harish. Now I no longer show any affection towards anyone."
 
Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:
 
We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.
 
I said, "Mother, some people disapprove of our welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts. They ask if the Master did these things and why we impose these duties on the novices who come to the monastery, filled with yearning. They say that if one must act, one should only pray, meditate, and sing devotional songs. All other duties fill the mind with desires and turn one away from God."
 
"Pay no heed to them," Mother replied. "If you do not work, how can you fill your days?"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, February 8th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 104
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:
 
Mother: "Whoever seeks refuge with the Master finds everything. His renunciation was his glory.  ...I remember one day he came for some spices to my room in the music tower after his midday meal, for the pouch of spices in his room was empty. I gave him a handful to chew and wrapped a little up in a piece of paper and said, 'Keep this.'
 
"He left the room but instead of going to his own room, he went straight southward to the riverside; he could not find his way, he had his vision blurred as it were. He cried out, 'Should I get drowned, Mother?' I was beside myself with anxiety. The river was in full tide. I never went out of my room in the day-time and there was no one in sight, whom could I send after him? At last one of the temple brahmins happened to come that way, and I sent him to call Hriday. Hriday was taking his food, but he ran to the riverside without caring to wash his hands, and so he brought the Master in. He very nearly fell into the river."
 
"Why did he go that way?" I asked.
 
"Because I had given him some spices to keep." she explained. "A holy man may never put by anything. That was why he could not see his way. His was a complete renunciation."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, February 7th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 103
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:
 
Mother: "'Why waste words?' The Master used to say, 'You have come into the garden to eat mangoes, well, eat them and go. What does it matter to you how many branches and leaves there are?'"
 
"But, Mother, what will all this amount to, unless one sees some visble manifestation?..." I asked.
 
"Yes, you are right." Mother said after a little pause. "One must feel something. Yet one must never lose faith."
 
"The other day," I added, "Sharat Maharaj (Swami Saradananda) said, 
as also Swami Vivekananda had said, 'Imagine that there is a heap of 
gold in the next room. A thief in this room has somehow come to know of it, but as there is a wall between, he cannot get hold of the gold. Do you think the thief will have any sleep? All the time he will be wondering how he can seize the gold. In the same way, once a man knows for sure that there is a God, do you think that he can ever lead a worldly life?'"
 
"Quite so," Mother answered.
 
"Whatever you may say, Mother," I went on, "to give up the world and have dispassion is the most important thing. Shall we not find fulfilment?"
 
"You will, my son," Mother assured.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 

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Saturday, February 6th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 102
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:
 
"People have grown clever these days," Mother continued, "they have his pictures! This Master MahAshaaya now, he is not an ordinary man! He has taken down whatever the Master uttered..."
 
"Master MahAshaya said this about the KathAmrita", I said, "that it would take ten or twelve volumes to publish everything. But will he have time to do it?"
 
"Yes, he is getting old," Mother said, "he might die before he finishes the book."
 
"Did you tell me at Jayrambati about the Master's coming among the white people or some such thing?" I asked.
 
"No, I only said that many devotees of him will come from anong the white people." she replied. "Do you notice, for instance, how many Christians are coming now? The Master said he would come again, after a hunderd years. For these hundred years he would remain in the hearts of those who loved him...
 
"I told him I could not come again. Lakshmi said she would not come again, not even if she were chopped into shreds like tobacco leaves! The Master laughed and said, 'How can you help coming? Our roots are twined together, like the kolmi plant; pull at a stem and the whole clump will come forward.'"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, February 5th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 101
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am: 
 
"Mother, the Master often spoke of some people as his own, what did that mean?" I asked Mother.
 
"The Master said they were his eternal companions," Mother replied. "It is as when a king travels abroad, his people travel with him. When I go to Jayrambati, should not my companions go with me? So people who belong together, accompany one another through the ages. The Master used to say, 'Those who are close to my heart share my sorrows.' He would point to his young followers and say, 'They share my joys, griefs and pains.' They come when He comes. He brought Naren from among the seven rishis (seers) - but not the whole of him. 
 
"He saw Shambhu Mallick behind Mother KAli, when he was in meditation in the KAli temple at Dakshineswar. He saw Balaram just as he was. At the very first meeting he said, 'I saw him just like this - a turban on the head, and of fair complexion.' And Surendra Mitra. 'These three are my (divinely appointed) supplier of needs,' he said."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 4th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 100

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 1 May, 1912 (Full Moon Day of VaishAkha):

"Would you like to come back again, for the sake of those who love you?" I asked Mother.

"To be born is to suffer," Mother replied. "Enough, no more, I would not like to come again."...

There were letters from Mother's brothers with prayers for financial help and news of quarrels and disagreements. "Give them plenty of money," I suggested. "Tell the Master. Let them enjoy themselves to their fill and then they will have no more attachments."

"That will never happen," Mother said. "They will never become detached, however much one may give them. People who are worldy-minded cannot become detached. They are always complaining about their troubles. Kali is always wanting money. Now Prasanna has begun to imitate him. Varada never wants money. He says, 'Where will sister get this money from?'"

"Neither does your crazy sister-in-law ask for money," I added.

"On the contrary, if one gives her money, she throws it away."

"Why were you born there?" I asked.

"Why? My parents were very good people," Mother explained. "Father was devoted to RAma. Mother was most kind-hearted. She would feed people, take care of them, and she had a simple heart. Father was very fond of tobacco and would call to all those who passed before the house, make them sit down, and ask them to have a smoke. He would get the things ready himself."...

(to be continued....)

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