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Monday, December 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Holy Mother's character, as revealed in this book, shows a rare blending of humanity and dignity. A divine simplicity pervades her dealings with her relatives, neighbours, disciples, and even with Sri Ramakrishna whom she regarded as God Incarnate.

Saradamani Devi, called Sarada for short, and later known and revered in India and abroad as Holy Mother, was born on December 22, 1853, in the little village of Jayrambati in the district of Bankura in West Bengal.

Her parents, Ramachandra, Mukhopadhyaya and Shyamasundari, were orthodox brahmins devoted to the traditional relgiious and social customs.

Generous and utterly simple, Ramachandra maintained his family with the produce of his ancestral land, supplementing what it brought him with a small income from his priestly duties.

Shyamasundari was a hard-working woman. Innocent of the crooked ways of the world.

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Sunday, December 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 382

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother was gradually becoming so cross with them (on account of her illness), that Nalini-didi dared not approach her. Revered Sharat Maharaj tried to reason with her thus, "It will be hard for them to depart, leaving you in such a state of health. They will go when you recover a little."

"It would have been better if they were sent away," said Mother. "But see to it that they don't come to me any more; I dislike to see even the shadow of them."

One noon, while Radhu was asleep in the adjoining room, her little son crawled to Mother's bed and tried to climb to her chest. Noticing this, Mother said to the child, "I have totally rid myself of all attachment for you all. Go, go! You can bind me no more."

And to me she said, "Take that child up and leave him that side, I like this no longer."

I took up the boy in my arms and left him with his grandmother. Mother passed away a few days later.

SAYINGS OF THE HOLY MOTHER

I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Whenever you are in dtsress, just say to yourself "I have a mother".

Many are known to do great works under the stress of some strong emotion. But one's true nature is known from the manner in which one does one's insignificant daily task.

To realize God and to be absorbed uninteruptedly in His consciousness, is the aim.

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Saturday, December 15th 2018

12:05 AM

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

Page 381

Swami Ishanananda:

One day a letter from Jayrambati informed us that a man had been caught red-handed in those parts while committing a robbery. As soon as Mother heard this she cried, "O dear, so you see! I knew that he had not got over his habit of robbery. Was it for nothing, my son, that I showed him so much affection and gave him so many things? It was thus that I kept him under control.

"He behaved like a little worm when near me. I had to live with so many girls and with all their ornaments. As for all of you, there was no certainty of anyone's stay there. One has to keep the evil ones at a distance, no matter how one does it."

Mother's illness was on the increase, The fever went up to 102 or 103 degrees; but she was restless owing to a burning sensation over the hands and feet. Her constant demand now was, "Take me to the banks of the GangA, I shall feel cooler there." Revered Sharat Maharaj tried hard for this. But the doctors did not advise any such exertion at this stage.

One day she said to me, "You take Radhu and all the others to Jayrambati." I wondered, what this could mean. Radhu was the apple of her eyes, and Mother could not be away from her for even a moment; and now she wanted them to be sent away to Jayrambati when she herself was in such a condition!

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Friday, December 14th 2018

12:05 AM

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

Page 380

Swami Ishanananda:

Sharat Maharaj, Ramlal-dada, and others now came to the upper room, when Ramlal-dada and Lakshmi-didi approved Mother's proposal whole-heartedly, and Sharat Maharaj too expressed delight at hearing this.

After Lakshmi-didi and Ramlal-dada had left, Mother called me to stay, "Look here, I was then so much lost in the talk with Lakshmi, that I forgot to give her a piece of cloth and some money. You go to Entally with Krshnalal (Swami Dhirananda) to see the celebration there and hand over the money and cloth to Lakshmi. They adorn the Master excellently at Entally."

And she brought out a piece of cloth and two rupees. The she told me, "Lakshmi used to imitate the kirtana singers in front of the Master, with all their music, dance, and gestures and postures.

"But the Master warned me, 'That's so natural for her. But don't you throw your modesty overboard in trying to imitate her'..."

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Thursday, December 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 379

Swami Ishanananda:

"Then will the deities Raghuvira and ShitalA stay in the temple that will be built for the Master?" asked Lakshmi-didi.

"Can that ever be so?" Mother argued. "They are your tutelary deities; the girls and elderly ladies of your families will worship them on special occasions. That hardly fits in (with the altered conditions). They will build a separate temple of brick and mortar for Raghuvira; there will be a narrow side path, along which your women will move.

"As for yourself, Ramlal, and Shibu, whenever you go there, you will have your food and residence under the temple management, along with the other devotees. There can be no difficulty about you."

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Wednesday, December 12th 2018

12:05 AM

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

Page 378

Swami Ishanananda:

During that period, Ramlal-dada, Lakshmi-didi, and Ramlal-dada's daughter came one day to Mother from Dakshineswar while on their way to the celebration at Entally. Ramlal-dada saluted Mother and then went down to Sharat Maharaj. At the request of Mother and all the others, Lakshmi-didi sang a kirtana-song in a hushed tone, imitating at the same time with her mouth the sound of the khOl (mridanga which usually accompanies such kirtana). 

The conversation turned to the birthplace of the Master, the proposed temple there, and other relevant matters. "When that temple comes up, will it be under our keeping?" asked Lakshmi-didi. "Their (Ramlal-dada's and Shibu-dada's) children will perform the worship and other rites and they will stay there, I hope."

"How can that be?" Mother objected. "These are monks and devotees. What do they care for caste? So many people will be coming from various countries - Europeans, Anericans and foreigners - who will stay there and partake of prasAda. We have to deal with all kinds of devotees, whereas you belong to the world. You have your society, the marriage of your sons and daughters, and other social obligations. How can you live with them?"

After a little more talk on the same line, Mother added, "They will build for you separate houses just like the present ones, but roofed with corrugated iron sheets (and not thatched, as at present), near the barn of the Yugis (of Karmarpukur) or somewhere to the west, where they will secure some land for you."

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Tuesday, December 11th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 377

Swami Ishanananda:

At about twelve o'clock at noon we reached the house of Sureshwar Babu at Vishnupur. He had died a few months ago. Referring to him Mother said, "Alas, whenever I came here, my Suresh used to keep standing there all along with folded hands. He would not even step on to the veranda. How great was his devotion!"

Spending the whole day there, we started the next day for Calcutta after midday meal. We travelled third class and reached the 'Udbodhan' at ten at night. Taken aback at the condition of Mother's body, Jogin-Ma and Golap-Ma cried, "What a Mother you have brought! She is dark like a ghost. You have brought here only a bundle of bones and skin!  We could never guess that Mother's health was so bad." 

From the next day Sharat Maharaj made all the necessary arrangements for Mother's treatment. When Mother had recovered a little under the treatment of Kaviraj Shyamadas Vachaspati, some women devotees came to see her one evening. *One of them had a showiness about her with her dress and ornaments, and she was a little restless. Addressing them Mother said, "Mark you. my dear, modesty is the greatest ornament of a woman. A flower best serves its purpose when it is offered to a deity; else it may as well wither away on the plant.

"But it pains me greatly when the dandies take up flowers either in a bunch or singly, smell them with their nose a little, and say, 'How sweet the smell!' And, O dear, the next moment they may throw these down on the floor, or walk away crushing them under the shoes."

*(Later on we heard that the woman's husband had deserted her and was untraceable.)

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Monday, December 10th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 376

Swami Ishanananda:

We reached Koalpara duly. That evening Radhu and the other women of the party started for Vishnupur. At five o'clock next morning I reached the Jagadamba Ashrama to find Mother wrapping up the picture of the Master in a piece of cloth after finishing her worship with some flowers and sweets. She deposited the picture in her box, addressing the Master at the same time thus: "Get ready now, it is time to start."

Noticing me, she went on, "So you are here. Why are you so late? The sun will be hot. Take this flower as a blessing for the start." 

With this she took up a flower with which she had worshipped the Master, touching her head with it and handed it over to me. Then she took leave of all and got into the palanquin.

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Sunday, December 9th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 375

Swami Ishanananda:

As soon as revered Sharat Maharaj returned to Calcutta from Varanasi, he sent messengers to Jayrambati for escorting Mother to Calcutta. On the appointed day all started for Calcutta with Mother. Kishori Maharaj and H. Maharaj saluted Mother last of all. Mother gave them a piece of cloth and a wrapper saying, "Preserve these", and she blessed them, laying her hands on their heads. 

Then she left with tears in her eyes. I accompanied the palanquin on a cycle. We halted on the way at Shilhore at the temple of ShAntinAtha Shiva, where Mother pruchased some sweets, had them offered to Shiva, and then she distributed the prasAda among all present there. We too had our shares, and Mother carried a little of it tied in her folds to Radhu.

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Saturday, December 8th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 374

Swami Ishanananda:

One day at the 'Udbodhan' Mother had just left her seat after finishing her worship, when a devotee came to see her with some flowers. At the sight of this unfamiliar person, Mother wrapped herself fully with a piece of cloth like a bashful newly married bride and sat on her bedstead with her feet hanging down.

The devotee offered the flowers at her feet, saluted her, and then settled down to a long process of ceremonial gesticulation and control of breath. All members of the house were variously engaged, so that nobody was near at hand. And Mother perspired all over, sitting helplessly in that way.

Noticing the devotee worshipping Mother, and considering this like any other daily affair, Golap-Ma also had passed by to attand to some other duty. But when returning that way after a long while, she saw the man in the very same posture, and understood the whole affair. She dragged him up, holding him by the hand and crying in her naturally loud voice, "Is this an image of wood that you should infuse consciousness into it with all your gesticulations and breath-controlling? Don't you have any sense that Mother is perspiring and feeling discomfortable?"

Once a devotee struck Mother's big toe with his head when prostrating himself before her. Feeling hurt, Mother cried, "Uh!" And the others standing by asked him, "What do you mean by this?" The devotee explained, "Striking my head on Mother's foot, I leave a pain behind. Mother will remember me as long as the pain lasts." Mother related the last two incidents to us quite a number of times with evident mirth.

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