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Friday, August 28th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 323
 
Swami Ishanananda:
 
It had been arranged that, when on her way to Calcutta, Mother would install the Master at the Koalpara Ashrama. With her own hands she placed the Master's picture and her own in position and she performed a special worship. And then she got the homa and other rites performed by Kishori Maharaj (later Swami Parameshwarananda). 
 
At noon she went with Kedar babu's mother to his house for a little walk on foot. When returning from there, she was met on the way by Prakash Maharaj, who requested her to get into a palanquin. She complied with evident reluctance. After her return to the Ashrama, she took him severely to task, and said, "This is our village life. Koalpara is sort of parlour for me. These boys are my own. I want to live and move freely about here. 
 
"Coming from Calcutta, I feel myself free from all restrictions. You keep me confined there in a cage as it were. I feel always under check. Now if even here I am able to take each step at your bidding, well I can't do that. You may write to Sharat."
 
At this Prakash Maharaj begged for pardon and said, "Sharat Maharaj asked me to attend to your needs carefully on the way, and I was under the impression that it was owing to my negligence that you had to walk there. But Mother, you are free to act as you please."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, August 27th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 322
 
Swami Ishanananda:
 
On another occasion, when Mother was at Koalpara, revered Swami Maharaj (Swami Saradananda) sent Rashbihari Maharaj (later Swami Arupananda) to her with some mangoes. Soon after his arrival he came to salute Mother. After inquiring generally about his health and welfare, Mother asked, "Well, my dear, what's the news of the War (World War 1914-18)? what a terrible loss of life! What a machine for killing people they have devised!
 
"What a lot of gadgets and machines nowadays - telegraphy and all that! Look, for instance, how Rashbihari left Calcutta yesterday and reached here today. How we toiled and trudged on in those days to reach Dakshineswar!"
 
Encouraged by this, Prabodh Babu (Headmaster of the High School at Badanganj) began an enconium of Western education and science and lastly he said, "The British Government has increased the general welfare in our country."
 
Mother had been nodding assent all along, but now she said, "But, my son, although these advantages are there, the want of food and clothing has increased very much in our country. It was not so acute in olden times."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, August 26th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 321
 
Swami Ishanananda:
 
But the day that brought the news that the wife and sister of Deven Babu of village Yuthavihara, both named *Sindhubala had been marched under arrest to the police station by the police of Bankura, in connection with a political case, though one of them was in an advanced state of pregnancy, all were struck dumb at seeing Mother red with anger.
 
*(The police wanted one of the Sindhubala's, but failing to identify the real one, preferred to arrest both).
 
At first she cried, "You really say so!" and her whole frame shook. And then she added, "Is that an order from the Company (i.e. Government) or an overdoing of it all by the police officer? Well, we never heard of such inhuman treatment towards innocent women during the time of Queen Victoria. If this be an order from the Company, then its days are numbered. Was there no man present who could give some slaps and snatch away the girls?"
 
A little later, however, when the news of their release came, Mother became a little reassured and said, "Had I not got that news, I couldn't sleep this night."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, August 25th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 320

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother: "After his (Naren's) return from foreign lands, he said, 'By your grace, Mother, I didn't have to cross the ocean by jumping (referring to Hanuman) in this age, but went to those parts in their own ships. And there, too, I noticed the glory of the Master. What a great number of good people have heard about him from me with astonished eagerness and have accepted this idea!' "

Then she added, "They too are my children - don't you agree?"

In this connection a few more incidents come to my mind. Once during the DurgA pujA, Mother asked me to purchase some clothes for her brother's children. I brought in only the (coarse) country-made stuff. The women of the family rejected most of these and wished to have finer clothes. I became excited and exclaimed, "That will be foreign fabric. To think that one can purchase these!"

Mother was sitting at a corner and listening to everything. She said with a smile, "My boy, they (the foreigners) too are my children. I have to carry on with all. Can I afford to be partial? Bring for them the clothes just as they want."

Later on I noticed that whenever Mother had to get any foreign article for anyone, she asked somebody else to do the marketing. It was against her nature to hurt anyone's feelings.

(to be continued....)


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Monday, August 24th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 319
 
Swami Ishanananda:
 
Mother will return to Calcutta after the JagaddhAtri pujA (November 1911). In those days the Ashrama at Koalpara was full of talk about the Swadeshi movement (a political movement, along with boycott of British goods, aimed at annulling the 1905 partition of Bengal), and the inmates paid more attention to the looms and spinning wheels than to meditation, japa, pujA, and study.
 
Hearing that Mother would be going away, Kedar Nath Datta (later Swami Keshavananda) went to meet her at Jayrambati. Mother told him, "Listen, my boys, as you have created a centre for the Master and a resting place for ourselves, I shall install the Master there this time when I pass that way. 
 
"Make arrangements for everything. You will perform pujA, and evening services, and make food offerings etc. regularly. What will you gain by the Swadeshi agitation alone? The Master is the basis of all that we are. He is the ideal. You will never take a false step if you hold on to him under all circumstances."
 
Kedar Babu said, "But Swamiji (Swami Vivekananda) asked us quite often to work for the country. What a lot of work would have been done if he were still alive!"
 
Hardly had he finished when Mother cried, "O Dear, if Naren (Swami Vivekananda) were there, would the Company (i.e. Government) let him alone? They would have locked him in jail. I couldn't have borne that. Naren was like a naked sword."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, August 23rd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 318
 
A Devotee:
 
In 1917, at Jayrambati in the month of Jaistha I asked Mother, "Mother, if I pray to the Master silently, will he listen? And should I say anything to the Master without letting you know first?"
 
Mother grew somewhat agitated on hearing this and said, "If he be true, certainly he will hear you."
 
This time I set out for Jayrambati, I worshipped Mother's Blessed feet and said, "If I cannot get a bullock cart in the daytime, Mother, I shall walk from Kotalpur in Vishnupur."
 
Mother replied, "Why torture your body, my son? You will get a cart."
 
She was right. I did get a cart. That was the last time I saw Mother in human form.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, August 22nd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 317
 
A Devotee:
 
In 1917, I went with a friend to see Mother again at 'Udbodhan', during the DurgA pujA holidays. We took two sAris for her and placing them at her feet, bowed ourselves. She blessed us and said, "Why do you bring me sAris, my sons? You are so poor yourselves."
 
We were a little hurt and said, "Mother, your rich sons bring you fine sAris. Yous poor sons have brought these coarse cloths. Please accept them and fulfil their heart's desire."
 
Immediately Mother said, "My sons, these are costly silks to me!" and she put out her hands and took the sAris....
 
In 1917, I had written to Mother from Ranchi, just before the Master's festival, asking for her benedictions. She wrote in reply, "I cannot put into words how happy your letter has made me. You are the children of the Master, he will befriend you on all these auspicious occasions. Have no fear."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Friday, August 21st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 316
 
A Devotee:
 
24 December, 1915:
 
"In the course of our conversation I said, 'Mother, there is so much misery everywhere on account of this war; people suffer so much, food and clothes have grown so dear!' 
 
'And still men have no sense!' Mother replied. 
 
'Mother, will this war do us any good?' I asked. 
 
'Whenever the Master comes, it is like this,' Mother answered. 'There is yet much more to come'..." All this my wife reported to me.
 
When I went to pay my respects to Mother the same evening, she referred to my visit to Jayrambati in the rain and dark during the JanmAsti holiday and scolded me again saying, "One must not be so rash."
 
"No, Mother, it will not happen again," I assured her.
 
Mother must have thought I meant I would not visit Jayrambati again and cried out, "No, no, you must come again. My son, if so much as a thorn pricks one of you, a sword enters my heart!" Looking at my wife, she continued, "See that he does not do it again, my daughter."...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, August 21st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 315
 
A Devotee:
 
24 December, 1915:
 
I took my family to see Mother at the 'Udbodhan'. My wife carried some sweets with her. The revered Golap-Ma was about to put them aside in order to offer them to the Master some other time, but Mother stopped her saying, "No, no, give my daughter-in-law's offerings to the Master just now, it will do her good."
 
Next morning my wife saw Mother again and on returning home in the evening, said to me, "Mother was so good to me today! Enough to give me happiness to last all my life. At nine or ten in the morning Mother sent for three-pice worth of puffed rice and fried peas and sat on the floor putting a few into her mouth from time to time, and giving me a handful at times saying, 'Eat, my daughter'.
 
"I have eaten many good things in my life but never enjoyed anything as much as that puffed rice with Mother today. At noon she asked me to rub her feet and put her bed clothes out in the sun. These little services that she accepted from me have made me feel blessed! I talked to her, too, this way: I asked, 'Mother, may I give cooked rice offerings to the Master?' She replied, 'Yes, my dear, do so. He loved vegetable dishes with bitter things.' 'Can I give him fish?' I asked. 'Yes, give him fish, offer them with the set prayers', she said, and then asked me, 'Does my son take fish?' 'Yes, he does,' I answered. 'Of course, he must take fish, and plenty of it,' Mother said."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, August 20th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 314
 
A Devotee:
 
Sister Sudhira, who had been the Principal of the Nivedita School, was staying at Jayrambati at that time. Mother called me during the day and said, "Sudhira would like to go to Vishnapur with you. Please be very careful. Keep her cart between two of yours. You are my own people, my sons."
 
"Certainly we shall take great care of her," I assured her. "We shall escort her just as you say."
 
As we sat down to dinner that night Mother remained near us, talking to us.
 
The next day we went to see her at about two in the afternoon. She was sitting on the floor, in disarray. There had been fearful floods in the Damodar that year. Mother asked, "My son, are the people in great distress?"
 
I told her what I had heard or read in the papers. She listened with attention and then said compassionately, "My son, work to remove the sufferings of the world."
 
As I took my leave praying in my heart to be vouched the capacity to serve her in the cosmos, I heard her whisper, "Money, money, money, all the time!"
 
I shuddered to hear her speak of money. She must have noticed my deep embarassment and explained, "No, my son, money is useful. Don't you see how Kali (a younger brother of Mother's) hankers after money all the time?"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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