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Sunday, April 20th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading



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

Page 207

Sarayubala Devi:

January-February, 1914:

A widow had been to see Mother and I asked her about her. Mother replied, "She took her initiation about a month ago. She had already been initiated by some other guru, but such is the vanity of human wishes that she had her initiation again. She would not understand that all gurus are one."

When we were resting after the midday meal, we began to talk about Karmarpukur. Mother said, "When the Master came to Karmarpukur with indigestion, I was only a child-wife. He would get up while it was still rather dark and say to me, 'Prepare such and such dishes for me tomorrow', and we used to cook them for him.

"One day we ran short of a particular kind of spice and Lakshmi's mother said, 'Well then, carry on without it. Since we haven't got it, what else can we do?'

"The Master overheard this conversation and said, 'What do you mean? If there is none in the house, why not get a pice worth? One should never omit things that are necessary. Why, it was for that particular flavoring in your curries that I left the delicious dishes and the thickened milk of Dakshineswar and came here! And now you want to leave out the flavouring!'

"Lakshmi's mother felt ashamed and immediately sent for the spices."...

(to be continued....)

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Saturday, April 19th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 206

Sarayubala Devi:

January-February, 1914:

I went in the morning one day, and took with me a large bunch of flowers I had gathered from our garden. When I gave them to Mother, she was delighted and proceeded to decorate the Master with the flowers. There were some blue flowers. She picked them up and said, "Look at the colouring! Once at Dakshineswar, a girl named Asha picked a beautiful red flower from a bush, which had very dark leaves and wept and kept saying, 'What is this! Why should such a lovely red flower have such dark leaves! Lord, why did you do this!'

"The Master asked her, 'What has come over you now, why do you weep?'

"She was quite unable to explain, but continued to cry until the Master comforted her with many words. But do look at the heavenly blue of these flowers. The Master should never be without flowers."

With this, she gathered handfuls of flowers and offered them to the Master. As she took up the first handful, a flower dropped to her own feet, and she cried, "Lo, it falls to my own feet first!"

"That is all right," said I, for though the Master was greater in her eyes, they were both equal to us.

(to be continued....)

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Friday, April 18th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 205

Sarayubala Devi:

Mother bound us to her by her exquisite love and compassion. It was because she lived there that her house at Baghbazar grew to be a haven of peace and consolation to all those whom the world had pained and injured.

Now I had to take my leave. I went to take the dust off her feet, "Mother, I shall have to go to my father's house very soon."

Mother replied affectionately, "Come back soon, my dear. Write to me."

I had brought a sAri for her. When I was about to leave, she said, "Show me that cloth you brought, my dear, I shall wear it."

(to be continued....)

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Thursday, April 17th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 204

Sarayubala Devi:

Mother went to her paternal home on 26th February and returned to Calcutta just before DurgA pujA in September 1913. Round about that time I went to see her one evening and found a woman crying at her feet for initiation. Mother, however, appeared unwilling and said, "Did I not forbid you earlier? Why have you come? I am unwell, I cannot consent now."

The more she insisted, the more annoyed Mother became, "You think only about yourselves, you care for the mantra only. You get it, but what about the consequences?"

The woman still insisted. Everyone present felt disgusted. At last Mother said, "See me some time later."

The woman said, "Then commission one of your devoted sons."

"Suppose they refuse," said Mother.

"To think," said the woman, "that they will disregard you!"

"They may in such a case."

As her importunities still continued, Mother said, "Well, I shall ask Khoka (Swami Subodhananada), he will initiate you."

Still the woman said, "It would have been better if you yourself agreed; it depends on your mere wish." With this she drew out a ten-rupee note and said, "Kindly accept this and give orders for whatever will be needed," whereupon Mother grew indignant and asked her if she thought she could be tempted with money.

"I am not to be tempted with money. Take it back, will you?" And she left the place. In the end it was settled, at the woman's humble prayer, that she should come for her initiation on the day of Ashtami pujA.

After she left, Mother called me to her and apologized sweetly for neglecting me......

(to be continued....)


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Wednesday, April 16th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 203

Sarayubala Devi:

31 January, 1913:

Mother also told me many things about Gouri-Ma's early life. I learnt that she had to suffer many sorrows and tribulations. We began to talk about Varanasi and she said, "I was very happy there, and to add to it I had my whole huge company along with me!"...

Some four or five women came....They wanted some instruction. Mother said with a smile, "What instruction can you have from me? The Master's words have all come out in print. If you can but follow one of his teachings you get everything."

She talked with them about many petty affairs. When they had left she said to me, "Where is the person to receive any instruction? The recipient must be fit, my dear, else it avails nothing."...

Annapurna's mother came and said, "Mother, I heard you telling me in a dream, 'Eat that food from my plate, and you will be cured.' But I objected, 'The Master forbade me to accept food from anybody's plate.' Now then, Mother, give me some food consecrated by you."

Mother did not agree, but she insisted.

"Would you do just what the Master forbade?" asked Mother.

She replied, "That held good so long as I made a difference between the Master and yourself. Now give me."

At last Mother granted her request.

(to be continued....)

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Tuesday, April 15th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 202

Sarayubala Devi:

31 January, 1913:

The ladies who had come to see Mother were talking on the veranda on the north of the Master's room. There was too much noise. Mother said to me, "Go and tell them, dear, to lower their voices. They might wake Sharat (Swami Saradananda)."

Finding myself alone in the room with Mother, I asked her about prayer, meditation, and realization. She replied, "Look upon the Master and myself as non-different and meditate on the vision that you get at any time and pray accordingly. Worship ends with absorption in meditation. Start here (the heart) and end here (the head). Mantras and rites are nothing, my dear; all that matters is faith. You will find your guru and your God in the Master. He is everything."

We began to talk about Gouri-Ma and Durga Devi. Mother praised them and said, "You see, my dear, many people seek God only after disappointment in other spheres. But he, who from childhood can place at the Master's feet a heart as pure as a flower, is blessed indeed! That girl is like an untouched flower. See, how Gourdasi has trained her. Her brothers tried their hardest to get her married. Gourdasi took her and stayed in hiding here and there. In the end, she took her to Puri and there made her exchange garlands with the Lord JagannAtha and thus turned her into a sanyaAsini! Such a good and virtuous girl and well-educated as well! I understand she will be sitting for some examination in Sanskrit too!"

(to be continued....)

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Monday, April 14th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 201

Sarayubala Devi:

31 January, 1913:

Mother returned from Varanasi on 17 January. When I went there in the morning, she had almost completed her pujA. PujA over, she arose and said, "So you have come, my dear, I was afraid I wouldn't see you, I am going to my village home in a few days."

I had brought some sweets I had made, and Mother said, "I was getting anxious because I didn't have enough for the Master today, but he seems to have procured his own sweets and home-made at that!"....

The morning advanced. Radhu had her breakfast and was ready to go to the missionary school in front of the house, when Golap-Ma said to Mother, "Radhu is growing up, there's no sense in sending her to school any longer." She then asked Radhu to stay at home and Radhu began to cry.

"What do you mean by grown up?" Mother protested. "No, let her go. To be able to read and write and do some handiwork will be so much to her advantage. We have married her into a family in the village; if she knows these things it will benefit not only herself but others as well."

"What do you say, dear?" She asked, turning to me.

In the end Radhu went to school.

(to be continued....)

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Sunday, April 13th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 200

Sarayubala Devi:

October, 1912:

They (the mendicant women visitors) argued with her for some time and then gave up. Then they asked, "Where is your home?"

"Karmarpukur, in the Hooghly district."

"Give us your present address. We shall come now and then."

Mother asked someone to write down the address for them.

At Mother's direction I had given the boy a portion of the sweets they had brought. When they had departed, Mother said, "Why do women argue? Even the wisest of men have not found God through argument! Is God a subject for argument?"

My carriage arrived a little later and Mother cried, "Here's the rub; they are announcing the arrival of the carriage from Pataldanga. Why so early? Saying this she quickly arose and went to make the evening offerings. Later, she brought some of the sweets, a little consecrated water in a vessel, two betel leaves and called me aside.

Her tender attentions brought tears to me eyes. I wondered when I would see her again, as she would be leaving for Varanasi when the pujAs were over. She said affectionately, "Come again."....

(to be continued....)







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Saturday, April 12th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 199

Sarayubala Devi:

October, 1912:

Mother turned on her side and I too was dozing off, when I suddenly woke and found the Mother fanning us. She left the bed a little later, and I saw that a number of ladies were waiting in an adjoining room. Among them were two who wore the mendicant's safron. With them they had a little boy....

One of them said to Mother, "I would like to ask you something."

"Say it," Mother replied.

"Is there any truth in the worship of images? My guru says, 'There's nothing in the worship of images, worship the sun and fire'."

Mother replied, "Since your own guru has said this, you should not ask me; you should have faith in what he says."

She answered, "No, you shouldn't avoid this question, you must tell me your opinion."

Mother was unwilling but on being pressed, she finally said, "If your guru had been omniscient - now see what you have forced me to say - he would never have said such a thing. People have worshipped images from time immemorial and attained liberation; do you mean to say, that does not mean anything?

"Our Master had no such narrow dogmatic views. God is everywhere. But this you must believe, holy men are born to guide others and each one talks in a different way. There are many ways, and so what each one says is true. Take, for instance, the different kinds of birds - white, black, red - sitting on the same tree and singing differently. Though the sounds fall on the ear in varying tones, we call them by the common term chirping; we never say that one of the sounds alone is the chirping and the others are not."

(to be continued....)


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Friday, April 11th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 198

Sarayubala Devi:

October, 1912:

Chandra Babu's sister had come, and in the course of conversation she said, "Is Mother's husband alive? I suppose these are all her children and daughters-in-law and so on."

"What!" I cried in amazement, "have you never heard of the Master? The essence of his teaching was the renunciation of a worldly life (literally, of lust and wealth)."

She was embarassed and said, "I thought these were her children."...

Later, I told Mother about Chandra Babu's sister. She said, "Why did you not say, O yes, there's her husband in that room over there and we are all her children."

I answered, "But, Mother, the whole universe is filled with such children!"

Mother laughed. Afterwards she said, "Different people come here with different ideas. Some one perhaps offers a cucumber to the Master and prays earnestly, 'Master, I have given you such and such a thing, now you must do this and that for me', and so on.".

(to be continued....)


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