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Sunday, August 31st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 341

Swami Ishanananda:

In this connection I am reminded of another incident. Once venerable Gauri-Ma was on her way to Jayrambati from Koalpara to see Mother. She took me with her (as a guide) and left Koalpara in the afternoon. On reaching the river near Jayrambati, she found that daylight lingered still, and so she hit upon a plan and waited there.

A little after nightfall she reached the main door of Mother's house. Asking me to wait outside, she advanced a little and in imitation of beggars cried out, "May I have a little alms, mother!" At this the youngest aunt (Radhu's mother) came out and enquired, "Who is that?" Gauri-Ma repeated, "May I have a little alms, Mother?"

Aunt was now totally put out at this unusual appearance of a beggar at night. She cried in terror and ran to Mother. At her cry, Mother came out slowly and demanded in a firm voice, "Who is that?" Gauri-Ma kept at her own place and repeated, "May I have a little alms, mother? I am a nightly beggar."

Mother recognized Gauri-Ma's voice in the dark and said, "O, it is you *Gaur-dasi! Come in, come in. When did you arrive?" Then there was much merry-making.

*(The Master and Mother addressed her thus, probably because she had Vaishnava affiliations in the past and worshipped Sri Gauranga, Gaur-dasi meaning a servant-maid of Gaur.)

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Saturday, August 30th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 340

Swami Ishanananda:

We rested at Vishnupur for two days, and then we started early morning in six bullock carts. At Jaypur, eight miles away, we began cooking in a small wayside hut. When the earthen vessel in which the rice was cooked was being taken from the fire, it suddenly gave way, so that the rice and gruel fell on the floor.

We were all at our wit's end. But nothing dismayed. Mother removed the gruel carefully, and placed some of the hot rice on some sAl leaves for the Master, together with the curries, and then taking out the Master's picture from the box, said with folded hands, "Thus you have ordered it today. So please help yourself to some hot food."

We could not help laughing at what Mother was doing. At this she said, "Have I not to fit myself to *circumstances? Now, will you all sit down!"

*(Referring to an instruction of the Master to herself. A second cooking was out of the questiom - time would not allow this.)

As we sat down in a circle, Mother served food on our leaves and she too sat down at one corner for her meal; and she remarked, "The cooking is fine." Soon after finishing our meal, we restarted the carts and reached Koalpara at about 11 o'clock at night.

(to be continued....)


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Friday, August 29th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 339

Swami Ishanananda:

A few months later I was staying at the Belur Math. Radhu was ailing at the 'Udbodhan'. She could not bear any sound. So Mother moved with her to the boarding house of the Sister Nivedita Girl's School.

I used to go there very often to meet Mother. She was very much worried, and said, "Of a truth, where am I to go with her? There is solitude in the country, but there is no medical help worth mentioning."

At noon of the birthday celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, I heard all of a sudden that Mother was leaving for her village. In obedience to Sharat Maharaj's order, I hurried to the 'Udbodhan' at evening, so as to able to accompany Mother.

Going upstairs, I found Mother arranging some coir ropes. As soon as she saw me, she said, "I am going to the village along with this unlimited responsibility (meaning Radhu's care). What about your coming with me? You all are my only hope there."

I saluted her and said, "I shall be always at your bidding. There can be no nay, when it comes to going with you."

Mother said, "That's it, my son. Take care of these ropes and other things and get them all ready packed; I have not been able to arrange anything as yet. I was waiting for you, and taking a turn at getting ready the ropes."

With Mother's help, I finished packing at 11 o'clock at night, and we started very early next morning.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, August 28th 2014

12:05 AM

Daiiy Reading

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

Page 338

Swami Ishanananda:

After gaining a little strength, Mother reached Jayrambati from Koalpara with Sharat Maharaj and others, on the appointed day. All the men and women of the village cam to see Mother. Some said, "Mother, we almost gave up hope that we should see you again."

Mother said, "Yes, I have been though a very serious disease. But then Sharat, Kanjilal, and others came up, and I am saved this time through Mother SimhavAhini's grace. Sharat asks me to go to Calcutta; now if you all agree, I can go there for improving my health a little."

All approved this gladly. Mother started for Calcutta after some seven or eight days.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Wednesday, August 27th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 337

Swami Ishanananda:

Swami Prajnananda passed away at the 'Udbodhan' when Mother was in her sick-bed at Koalpara. Later on Mother came to learn on inquiry that Sudhira, his sister and Head of the Nivedita School, was present at his death-bed at the time, and that she sat there quietly. Hearing this, Mother said, "Alas! it would have been much better if she had cried aloud, for that would have lessened her grief a little. Now take care that she too does not fall ill. Her heart is already defective."

In this connection I remember another incident. I was then with Mother at Jayrambati. One day I sent a load of things from Koalpara through a woman and returned to Jayrambati at about ten o'clock in the morning. The woman took down her load and saluted Mother.

Mother asked, "Well, my dear good woman, why have you not been coming here of late?" Than the aged woman said, "Mother, I have fallen on evil days now. Now I have to knock about at many places for food. The gentlemen at Koalpara cannot get at me easily even if they have to send any load here. A few days ago my young son who earned our bread died."

At this Mother said, "What a sad news, my dear!" Her eyes became wet as she spoke. At the touch of this sympathy from Mother the old woman began wailing piteously. Mother too sat by her, and resting her head on a post of the veranda began wailing along with the woman.

Hearing this, the other ladies of the house came hurriedly there and stood silently at a distance at this touching sight. The emotion cooled down after a while, and the wailing stopped. Then Mother softly asked her young woman attendant to bring some cocoanut oil. When the oil came, she began to pour it over the old woman's dishevelled hair. After the hair had been oiled, Mother tied to the woman's cloth some mudi and gur, and while bidding farewill, said with wet eyes, "Do come again, my dear."

I could read from the face of the old woman the consolation she had derived from Mother's kindness.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, August 26th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 336

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother was seriously ill at Koalpara (March-April 1918). ... Getting the news, Sharat Maharaj came with Dr. Kanjilal and others and went straight to Mother's bed. ...He said, "Here we are all, Mother. Now do please come round."

Mother replied, "Yes, my son, I shall be all right with a little medicine from Kanjilal." ...

Sharat Maharaj said one day to her, "Mother, we are not going to leave you behind this time: I shall take you along with us to Calcutta."

Mother did not object but said, "But I shall have to go to Jayrambati at least once to restart under better stars."

Sharat Maharaj agreed and set about finding an auspicious day for going to Jayrambati.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, August 25th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 335

Swami Ishanananda:

Long after, Mother explained this ecstasy of hers to me at the 'Udbodhan' (her Calcutta house) during her last illness. On that day, at noon, her fever was going up as usual. I sat by her bed, fanning her and stroking her forehead with my cool hand.

Mother said, while patting me affectionately, "I can well understand that it will pain you very much if this body passes away."

"Why should you talk like that, Mother," I protested. "As the medicines are not very effective, why don't you pray to the Master a little for the body? Then you can get wholly cured."

At this Mother smiled a little and said, "I had so high a temperature at Koalpara that I had to lie on the bed unconscious of any physical propriety. But after the return of consciousness, whenever I tried to remember the Master for the sake of the body, I had visions of him. With my strength gone, I was one day sitting on the veranda; Nalini and the others were busy sewing something, and the sun was burning all around. I had a vision as though the Master came in through the main gate, sat on the cool verenda, and then lay down. At this I hastened to spread the skirt of my sAri for him, when I felt strange.

"Kedar's mother and others began a row, and so I told them, "That's nothing; my head reeled when I tried to pass the thread thorugh the needle.' Do you think that I don't pray for the body to the Master now and then for your sake? But when I try to remember him now for the sake of the body, I never get a vision of him. Methinks it is not his wish that the body should last. I leave Sharat behind."

After my return to Koalpara, I heard the same version from Kedar Babu's mother. So Mother had told her too. ....

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, August 24th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 334

Swami Ishanananda:

One day at about 11 o'clock in the morning I went to the Jagadamba Ashrama to find some stir among the ladies there. Kedar Babu's mother said in a hushed tone, "Mother is in a state of divine ecstasy - she uttered only the word 'Master' and lost outer consciousness."

The women began to sprinkle water on her head and face. When she came round after a while, Nalini-Didi (a niece of Mother) asked, "How did it come about?" Mother replied, "It was nothing; only I felt dizzy when trying to pass the thread through the needle."

No one pursued the topic any further.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, August 23rd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 333

Swami Ishanananda:

From Calcutta Mother once wrote to Kedar Babu, "If you can put up a cottage for me at Koalpara, than I can stay at your place now and then when I am in the country."

After receiving this letter, we constructed for her a cottage with our own hands. That is the house now called Jagadamba Ashrama. Her first stay there was for about one fortnight. After some days the date for her second visit (from Jayrambati) was settled finally. We arranged for a palanquin. But it began to rain heavily that day from early morning. News came that the river (Amodar, bordering Jayrambati) was in spate. Still Kedar Babu said, "You must be present there with the planquin at the right time just as she wanted, and then act as she desires."

Reaching the river, we found that it was not fordable. Rajen Maharaj swam across to bring a small boat from the other side, on which we crossed the river with the palanquin to reach Jayrambati at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

Uncle Kali (Mother's brother) rebuked us saying, "How could you think of coming here in this rain to take away my sister? Mother only smiled at this. Brother Rajen said, "Do we boast of any power to take Mother or serve her? We promised to bring the palanquin today, and that's why we are here."

Mother smiled again and said, "You can make good your word and can't I? I alone shall go by the palanquin; you take me there; the others can follow later."

That put us all off and we said, "How can that be so Mother? Nobody can stir outdoors in this heavy rain, and should we bring about an illness on you by making you wet on the way?"

Then uncle Kali and Mother made a hearty laugh. We returned to the Ashrama with the empty palanquin.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Friday, August 22nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 332

Swami Ishanananda:

Finding Kedar Babu a little inattentive, Mother said, "O Kedar, are you following me? She is yoga-mAyA." Kedar Babu said, "No, Mother, I did not quite follow. Please tell me over again."

Mother repeated, "When after the passing away of the Master, nothing in this world had any attraction for me, the mind felt vacant and I prayed, 'What need have I to continue in this world?'

"Then I saw suddenly a girl of about ten years of age moving about in front of me dressed in red clothes. The Master pointed to her and said, 'Stay on with this as your prop. Numberless boys will come to you hereafter.'

"Next moment he disappeared, and I didn't see the girl either any more. Long after, I was sitting here just at this place. My youngest sister-in-law was then stark mad. She was going that side with a bundle of rags under her arm and Radhu was crawling on all fours behind her. The sight sent a dart through my heart; I ran to take up Radhu in my arms. Methought, who will indeed look after her if it isn't I? She has no father, and the mother is that mad one there.

"Just as I lifted up the child with these thoughts, I saw the Master in front. He said, 'This is that girl. Lean on her for your stay in the world. She is yoga-mAyA.'

"Now, my son, what do I understand of all this? She was quite nice in her early life. Now she has many ailments, and she has been married too. I am afraid now, lest this daughter of a mad woman should herself turn mad. Have I after all brought up a lunatic?"

(to be continued....)


 

 

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