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Monday, July 6th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 268
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "A girl named Haridasi arrived at Karmarpukur on her way to Navadvip and remained there. She was deeply attached to me and she had such faith! She gathered the dust from the Master's birthplace and treasured it. She would say, 'Why, this is Navadvip where the Lord GaurAnga came. What is the use of going to any other Navadvip? Such deep faith she had.
 
"After the Master had gone, a holy man from Orissa came and stayed at Karmarpukur. I would give him rice, pulses, and whatever else he needed and would ask him morning and evening, 'Holy Father, how are you now?'
 
"I had a great deal of trouble in building that one little hut for him. Every day the sky would be overcast with clouds and the rain would be on the point of pouring down. I would then fold my hands together and pray, 'Hold, Master, now! After his hut is ready, pour down as much rain as you like!'
 
"The villagers too helped with pieces of timber and other necessary things. Every day the rain seemed imminent. However, the hut was completed in this manner, but the holy man died in his hut only a few days later."....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, July 5th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 267
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "My father-in-law was a strict brahmin of strong character. He never accepted anything from anybody. It was forbidden to accept any gifts brought to the house. But if anyone brought anything secretly, my mother-in-law somethimes cooked it, offered it to the household deity (Raghuvira) and distributed it among the family. But if the husband came to hear of it, he was furious. He had fervent faith in God and was devoted to the goddess ShitalA who was ever by his side. He used to get up at dawn and gather flowers.
 
"One day he had gone to the Lahas' garden when a little girl of about nine came to him saying, 'Come this way, father, these branches are loaded wth flowers! Let me hold them down while you pick the flowers.' He replied, 'Who are you, my child, out here so early?' 'Why it is I, from the Haldar's house.'
 
"Because he was like that, God Himself was born into his house; He came and all his companions followed him - Naren, Rakhal, Balaram, Bhavanath, Manomohan - how many shall I count!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, July 4th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 266
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "I have come across all sorts of people in this life. Trailokya (son of Mathurnath Biswas and grandson of Rasmani) used to give me seven rupees every month. After the Master had gone, the cashier in the office at Dakshineswar and some others contrived to stop the payment. Many relatives too thought nothing of me but an ordinary woman and sided with them.
 
"Naren pleaded with them not to stop the allowance; but in spite of everything, they did so. But by the Master's blessing, you see, I have never been in need of money! Dimu and the others have been forgotten; but I have never yet been in want. And why should I be? The Master used to say to me, 'Whoever thinks upon the Lord, never knows want.'
 
"After the Master had gone, there was some dispute about who should have his good clothes. Such things should really belong to his disciples who would take care of them. In the end the disciples themselves packed the things away in a box and left it in Balaram Babu's parlour. But who can understand the will of God! One of the servants opened the box and stole many of the things, sold them and so on. The parlour was not the proper place of such things, they should have been stored away inside the house. What remained of his personal things is now at Belur Math."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, July 3rd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 265
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
It was past eight in the evening. A mat had been spread on the floor beside Mother's bed and she was preparing to lie down. As soon as I arrived, she cried, "Come and sit near me, my child. Sarala, do give her some refreshments. She has rushed here after a hard day's work."
 
I protested, but she turned a deaf ear, saying, 'One must take care on one's health, my dear. Look at Sumati, just three children have turned her into an old woman." Then she mentioned her 'hives' and said, "Whatever is the meaning of this? People have hives and get well again; but if I get anything it seems unwilling to leave me. The Master used to say all the diseases and sorrows of the people who came to see and touch him, found refuge in his body. I suppose it is the same with me.
 
"When the Master was ill, some disciples arrived with offerings for the goddess at Dakshineswar. When they heard that the Master was at Cossipore, they came there and made the offerings before his portrait, instead.
 
"The Master kept saying, 'It is very wrong to give me things intended for the Mother of the World.' I grew nervous, wondering what would happen now, with him so ill! Why did they do it! ...But later in the night he said to me, 'Don't worry, you will see, I shall be worshipped in every home later on, people will follow this one.'
 
"He had never referred to himself as 'I' before this, always using such terms as 'this case' or 'this one', pointing to his own body. That was the first time I heard him speaking thus."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, July 2nd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 264
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
4 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "I was very happy at Belur too, such a peaceful place, with an atmosphere of meditation. That's why Naren had always wished to have a place there. As for the four *cottahs of land, on which this house (i.e. Udbodhan at Baghbazar, Calcutta) was built, this was a gift from Kedar Das."
 
*(2,880 square feet - actually the plot measured 2,340 square feet - Publisher)
 
Another day Mother was sitting in the north veranda, and a young man, who led an ordinary householder's life, was talking to her. He laid his head at the Mother's feet and said, "Mother, I have suffered much in the world, but you are my perceptor and my deity, I know nothing more. I have committed so many evil deeds that I dare not confess them even to you. Yet your compassion has always saved me."
 
Mother lovingly stroked his head and consoled him saying, "To a mother, a son is always a son."
 
"Yes I know, Mother", he answered, "but because I have received such compassion from you, may I never imagine that it is something easily to be obtained."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, July 1st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 263
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
4 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "The strange things that have happened in my life! Golap and Jogen and some others know a great deal about them. If I wish such and such a thing to happen or even to taste of such and such a dish, somehow or other God fulfills my wishes. Ah, my dear, those were wonderful days at Dakshineswar. The Master would sing kirtana songs and I would stand gazing for hours behind the matting partition round my room and saluting him with folded hands.
 
"Those were days of bliss. Day and night people would come and there was talk of God. Alas, a boy named Vishnu killed himself, lest he be drawn into a worldly life. One of the disciples asked, 'He killed himself, is not that a sin?' He replied, 'He gave up his body for the sake of God, how can that be a sin? There's no sin, but don't say this to everybody, they might misunderstand you' - but now they have printed all this in books too."
 
"The mind is like a mad elephant, my child," Mother continued, "It rushes with the wind. That's why one must distnguish between good and evil, and work hard for the sake of God. My mind was in such a state in those days that if I heard someone playing the flute at night at Dakshineswar, my spirit would be filled with a deep yearning. I thought it was the Lord Himself playing the flute and I would immediately fall into a trance."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, June 30th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 262
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
4 September, 1918:
 
"How kind was his (the Master's) behaviour to me!" Mother continued. "He never spoke a single word that could hurt me....One day at Dakshineswar I carried his food to his room and thinking it was Lakshmi, he said. 'Shut the door as you go out,' addressing me familiarly as tui (thou), - I replied, 'All right'. Hearing my voice, he was startled and cried, 'Oh, it's you! I didn't realize it was you, I thought it was Lakshmi. I hope you didn't mind.' I answered, 'What does it matter?'
 
"He never showed any disrespect towards me, he was always considerate of my welfare. He used to say, 'One should keep oneself occupied. Women should never be idle. If one is idle, all sorts of worthless and evil thoughts rise in the mind.'
 
"One day he brought me some strands of jute and said, 'Twist these into hangers for me, please, I want to keep sweets and luchis for the boys, in them.' I made the hangers for him and used the rough fibres as stuffing for a pillow. I would place a crisp mat over a layer of sacking and sleep with the jute pillow under my head. I slept no worse than I do now with these fine mattresses and pillows. There is no difference...."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Monday, June 29th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 261
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
4 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "If only she (Nalini) get up at three in the morning and sit and meditate on my veranda on the north, she is bound to find peace. But she will never do it, and she talks of restlessness. What's this restlessness of hers? I never knew what it is to be restless in those days. Now I get so because of them.
 
"In an evil moment did my youngest sister-in-law come to our family, and I assumed charge of her daughter (Radhu); my troubles started forthwith. Let them all go away. I don't want anyone of them. What strange girls are these! They will never take a single advice. Odd that women should be so perverse."
 
Golap-Ma added, "And look at the way she (Radhu) dresses up, imagining that is the way to make her husband love her!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 28th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 260

Sarayubala Devi:

4 September, 1918:

Mother: "As you pray and meditate you will find the Master actually speaking to you, fulfilling all your desires immediately and your mind will be filled with such deep peace. What a mind I had then! One day as I meditated, the maid, Vrinda, dropped a metal vessel before me and the sound seemed to crash into my heart."

Mother had then actually burst into tears as I heard once again, "As you meditate," she went on, "you will realize that He who is in me, is in you too and in the humblest of men - only then humility will be born in your mind."

Again referring to the relative (Nalini) who had just retired, she continued, "In Jayrambati, some low-caste people (doms) once rolled rings (birhas) with fibres to form seats for round-bottomed vessels and came to leave them at the house. I said, 'Leave them there please' and they did so very carefully. But she (Nalini) immediately began to grumble that they had touched our things which should now be thrown away, and she abused them roundly, 'Have you forgotten that you are doms that you dare to leave the birhas here?'

"The poor things were scared, but I reassured them, 'No, no, nothing will happen to you, you need not be afraid,' and I gave them money to buy puffed rice. That is the kind of mind she has!"

(to be continued....)

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Saturday, June 27th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 259

Sarayubala Devi:

4 September, 1918:

With this, Mother laughed again and looking at me said, "See how the Master makes game of me! See what a maternal family I am landed with! Such evil company I have to keep! One (the youngest sister-in-law) is quite mad and another (Nalini) on the borderline! And just look at that other one (Radhu)! What a creature I have reared, with not one drop of sense in her! I just see her leaning on the veranda railings, waiting for her husband to come home. She is probably afraid he might slip in over there where all the music and singing is going on. She watches over him day and night. What infatuation! I never thought she would have so much passion!"

The relative (Nalini) arose with a morose expression and went to bed.

"One must be fortunate to be vouchsafed this life," Mother continued, "Pray to God with all your might. One has to work; can anything be achieved without work? Even in the midst of household duties, one must make time for prayer. 

"If I may refer to my own case, when I was at Dakshineswar, I would get up at three in the morning and sit down to prayers. I was not aware of the outside world. One moonlit night I was praying beside the stairs of my music tower, when there was stillness all around. I did not hear when the Master passed by me to the wooded place northward (as he did every night).

"On other occasions I heard his slippers. I was deep in meditation. In those days I looked different. I wore jewellery and had a red bordered sAri, the end of which had slipped from my shoulder and was fluttering in the breeze, I did not realize anything. The boy Jogin (Swami Yogananada) was with the Master with his water pot and saw me like that. What days I have lived! On moonlit nights I would fold my hands and gaze at the moon saying, 'Make my heart as pure as your moonbeams'".

(to be continued....)

 

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