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Monday, November 19th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 356

Swami Ishanananda:

Kedar Maharaj asked (Mother), "Did the Master come this time to ofer a new path for which purpose he achieved a harmony of all religions!"

Mother replied, "It never struck me that he (deliberately) practised all the religions with a view to preaching the idea of the harmony of all religions. He was ever absorbed in divine moods. He used to enjoy the divine play (lilA) from all the points of view by adopting which as the paths of approach, the Christians, Mussulmans, Vaishnavas, and others realize the Truth; and his days and nights passed in these alone - he had no other consciousness.

"But, my son, I tell you  that renunciation is his specialty in this age. Did anyone see before such natural (and total) renunciation ever before? As for the idea of the harmony of religions that you mentioned, that too is excellent. During earlier incarnations, some one of the attitudes was magnified at the cost of the others."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, November 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 355

Swami Ishanananda:

The Sandhi-pujA (the worship of DurgA during the junction of the eighth and ninth days of the bright fortnight, which is very auspicious) was due that year a little after evening. At that time many offered handfuls of lotuses at Mother's feet, then she told me, "Bring more flowers; offer them in the names of Rakhal (Swami Brahmananada), Tarak (Swami Shivananda), Jogen {Jogin-Ma), and Golap (Golap-Ma); offer in the names of all my sons whom I may or may not remember."

When I had done so, Mother kept on looking for a long while at the Master with folded hands and then prayed, "May all be blessed here and hereafter."

One morning Kedar Maharaj sat by Mother at Jayrambati and said, "Even those who are well off come to our charitable dispensary for medicine. We opened it for the poor to be sure. Should we give medicines to those others as well?"

Mother said after a little thought, "My son, all people in those parts are poor. So if they come to ask for medicine, knowing the circumstances fully well, you have got to give. Anyone who begs is poor."

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, November 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 354

Swami Ishanananda:

At the time of the DurgA pujA a devotee was coming to Jayrambati with a basketful of lotuses. As soon as he saw me from a distance, he saluted me with raised hands with the basket of flowers in them. Mother noticed this from afar and told me later on, "These flowers can no longer be offered to the Master (they having been indirectly offered to the writer), so throw them away."

Noticing that we used two cloths with white borders, she remarked, "What is this? Why have you put on white-bordered cloths? You are young; so put on cloths with coloured borders. Otherwise the mind will become old. One's mind should always be fresh."

With this she took out two pieces of cloth from the box and gave one to each of us.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, November 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 353

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother: "Alas, how I wept and prayed to the Master for all this! And that is how you have now these Maths and other things through his grace. After the Master had passed away, the boys gave up home and gathered in a shelter (at Baranagar) for a few days. Then they left one by one to roam about hither and thither. I was then filled very much with sorrow, and prayed to the Master thus: 'Master, you came, played with these few, and then departed. Should it now all end thus only? Then what was the need of your coming down and courting such misery?

"...'I have seen in Varanasi and Vrindaban many monks who live on alms and move their stay from under one tree to the other. There's no dearth of monks of that kind. I can't bear to see those who leave home with your name on their lips, those who are my sons, knock hither and thither for a few morsels of food. My prayer is that those who leave home with your name, may not be in want of ordinary food and raiment. They will all live together under you and your message, and the people suffering from a thousand woes of the world, will come to them to be solaced by hearing of you. That's why you came. My heart becomes distressed at seeing them wandering about.' After that Naren (Swami Vivekananda) started doing all this."

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, November 15th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 352

Swami Ishanananda:

In the month of ShrAvana (July-August), Mother came to Jayrambati with Radhu. About fifteen to twenty of us then belonged to her household. Mother herself looked after the personal convenience of each one of us. In the course of a talk, Mother said to me one day, "My son, what a thing Kedar uttered the other day! I thought he had a very liberal mind. It was absolutely unbecoming of him to say like that.

"Understanding the state of his mind, I left quite a barnful of paddy for the Ashrama. But later on he refused to take it - he realized his mistake and begged pardon of me."

With this she related the whole incident of that day. "That morning, when he came to pay his respects to me, he complained, 'Mother, these boys were formally very obedient to me; but now they have become wiser and they refuse to follow me off and on. And if they go to Sharat Maharaj, yourself, and others, you all keep them back with you with love and in comfort, and they get good food as well. If you don't grant quarters and send them back with some persuasion, they will obey me.'

"I replied, 'How so? How you talk now? Love indeed is the basic thing with us. It is through love alone that his (Master's) organization has taken shape. And I am their Mother. How could you then dare to talk to me criticising my children about their food and clothes?'"

(to be continued....)


 

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Wednesday, November 14th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 351

Swami Ishanananda:

The sister-in-law of Navasan said (to Mother), "All your sons are equal to you. But when one consults you about marriage, you advise marriage; and when one wants to renounce the world, you instruct him accordingly, lauding renunciation. Is it not rather proper for you to lead all along the path that is best for all?"

Mother replied, "Will a man with strong desire obey me even if I tell him not to run after it? And should I not help him a little who has, through his good merit, understood all this as a mere play of mAyA and has known Him to be the only Reality? Is there any end to miseries in this life?"

After some dispute among themselves, Nalini-didi (niece of Mother) asked Mother, "Aunt, will you please tell us what kind of false allegation is good!" Mother replied, "To talk of degrees of a false allegation!" 

At the end of a little discussion on the same line, she said, "Well, an allegation about riches is good in a way. If somebody says to a man, 'You are rich.', he may outwardly show humility or dislike, but he feels very happy inside."

After this she added, "Let alone all this. Will you now tell me, what one should ask from God?"

Nalini-didi replied, "Why aunt, knowledge, devotion, and all that makes man happy in life - all these have to be prayed for."

Mother said, "To put it in one word, one should pray for desirelessness. For desire is the root of all evil, the cause of rebirth, and it is a hindrance in the path of liberation."

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, November 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 350

Swami Ishanananda:

One day many letters came from the disciples. I read them to Mother at evening. Hearing these, she remarked, "Do you see how different are the boys and how variously they express their desires? Some say, 'How dilligently I have been praying and making japa, and still there is no result.' 

"Some have written about their troubles in life and their want, disease, sorrow, etc. I can no longer bear all this. I pray to the Master, 'Master, you yourself take care of them here and hereafter.' As a Mother what else can I say? How few want him in earnest! Where is that hankering?

"There is such a show of devotion and sincerity, but a few things of enjoyment quietens that hankering, and they say, 'How merciful He is!' When they ask, 'How is Radhu?' - that inquiry about Radhu comes first just to soften my mind. But when I close my eyes finally, nobody will even look at Radhu."

(to be continued....)


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Monday, November 12th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 349

Swami Ishanananda:

One day the talk turned to the evil tendencies of persons who serve the saints, and Mother remarked, "Well, there's such a thing as a guilt committed in the course of service. And that occurs when a person acquires some power over the person served after long attendance; then he wants to move his master about like a doll. He dictates at every turn - whether rising, sitting, eating, or doing anything whatsoever. 

"The idea of service is then lost. Why should those come to such a state who forget their own bodily comfort and serve a saint with the idea that their happiness and sorrow consist in his happiness and sorrow? And you talk of backsliding? Many great saints have an aura of magnificience about them. Some come to serve them under its influence and get stuck to it, and there they sink. Tell me how few take up service in the true spirit."

The she narrated a parable, "Well, they say that when the moon is reflected in the water of a pond, the little fish there jump and run about in great glee under the idea that it is one of themselves. But when the moon sets, they are just what they were. A depression follows their frolicking, and they understand nothing." 

"Kedar Maharaj says," I put in, "that one should not stay near one's guru for long; for he says that at the sight of the common wordly daelings of the guru the disciple often loses much of his love and respect."

Mother said with a laugh, "In that case how will my work be carried on? Off with such great ideas of divinity; think of me as a human being, and go on doing the works just as at present following my direction and using your intelligence. You have no fear whatsoever."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, November 11th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 348

Swami Ishanananda:

In course of a talk one evening, Mother said, "I can no longer find fault in anyone, my son. Each has to get the results of the actions he earned for this life. A pin at least must prick where a wound from a sword was due. They spoke to me of the faults of Ashu. Where were they all then? How dilligently he served me. I had to boil paddy at my brother's house then.

"My sisters-in-law were then very young girls. He would start work with me from the morning without caring for heat or cold, and would take down the huge vessels of paddy from the fire, with soot sticking all over his body. Many now come as devotees. But whom had I then? Can we forget all that? But nobody is really to blame. Formerly people's faults appeared to my eyes also.

"Then with tears I prayed to the Master, 'Master, I can no longer bear finding fault.' Then only this defect left me. Even if you commit so much as a little fault after doing a thousand good to somebody, he will at once be offended. People only look for faults. One should look for the merits as well."

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, November 10th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 347

Swami Ishanananda:

On another occasion, a boy came to Mother as soon as he was released from police custody. He arrived at evening and prayed for initiation. In those days the police kept a strict watch on the Ashrama, and so the Head asked him to go away. When Mother got this news, she said, "Alas, under what trouble and with how much eagerness the boy must have come! If you can arrange to keep him in somebody's house for the night, then I shall initiate him early next morning and ask him to depart."

According to this hint, I kept him elsewhere. Early next morning I was proceeding to Radhu's house with Mother, when the boy met her on the way after his bath. Mother asked me to fetch a little water from a nearby pond, which I brought in a glass. Then she seemed to be searching for something, and I asked, "Shall I get a seat?"

Mother replied, "No, you need not go again. Just spread some hay on the ground so that we may sit." When I had done so, they sat on that hay separately, and Mother asked me to move away a little and then initiated the boy.

(to be continued....)


 

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