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Sunday, March 29th 2015

3:08 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 169

Sarayubala Devi:

3 August, 1911:

This morning I took a few necessary things and went to Mother for my initiation. I had found out from Gouri-Ma what I would need and had brought her along with me. When we arrived at Mother's house, we discovered her deep in prayer and worship. She opened her eyes a little later and motioned to us to sit down. When her worship was over, Gouri-Ma spoke to her about my initiation. I had already talked the matter over with Mother....A little later she said to me, "Bring your carpet and sit on my left side."

"Mother," I said, "I have not yet bathed in the GangA."

"That matters little," Mother replied. "I am sure that you have put on fresh clothes?"

I sat near her.. My heart beat heavily. Mother asked everyone to leave the room. Then she said to me, "Tell me what you have received in your dream."

"Shall I write it down or utter it?" I asked.

"Say it," Mother said....

At the itme of my initiation Mother explained the significance of the mantra I had received in my dream. She continued, "Repeat that mantra first." Then she uttered a new mantra and said, "In the end repeat this and meditate over it."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, March 28th 2015

12:12 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 168

Sarayubala Devi:

14 May, 1911:

With Mother's approval I did go once to see Gouri-Ma's school. She received me most affectionately and urged me to come for a couple of hours every day in order to teach the girls.

I replied, "It will be quite a joke to turn teacher with my limited knowledge. Just to please you, I could teach them their alphabet of course."

But Gouri-Ma would not let me go. In the end I had to agree. One day I went straight from Gouri-Ma's Ashrama after school to see Mother. It was summer and I was a little tired that day. I found her in her room surrounded by a crowd of women devotees. As soon as I had bowed to her, she looked at my face and quickly took a fan down from the top of the mosquito curtain and began to fan me. Anxiously she said, "Do take your blouse off at once, let the breeze cool your body."....

The more I cried, "Please let me have the fan, I can fan myself", the more she said in loving tones, "Never mind, dear, never mind. First cool yourself." She would not rest until she had brought me some sweets from the offerings and a glass of water. The school carriage was waiting, so I had to take my departure after interchanging a few words.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Friday, March 27th 2015

3:17 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 167

Sarayubala Devi:

14 May, 1911:

When I went to see Mother today, she cried out, the moment I made my obeisance to her, "So, you have come, my dear. I wondered what had come over you, why you never came. Well, why didn't you?"

"I was not here, Mother," I answered. "I was at my father's place."

Mother inquired after my relations and went on to say, "How warm it is today!" With this, she put a fan in my hands and said, "So you have rushed here after a hasty meal, poor dear. Now lie down near me."

A mat had been placed on the floor for Mother. Noticing that I felt diffident about lying down on her own bed, she said, "It doesn't matter, my dear, do lie down."

In the end, I did lie down, I noticed she was falling into a doze, so I remained silent. Just then two women disciples arrived followed by two sanyAsinis (ladies who had renounced the world), one elderly, the other young. Mother asked without opening her eyes, "Isn't that Gourdasi?"

"How did you know, Mother?" The young woman asked.

"I felt it," Mother answered. After a short while she sat up.

"I have been to Belur Math," the young woman said. "Premananda Swamiji gave us a grand meal. One can't get away without eating when he is there."

Mother noticed that the young woman had no vermillion mark on her forehead and mildly rebuked her for it.

Later Gouri-Ma (or Gourdasi) heard all about me from Mother and invited me to her Ashrama.

"We are training fifty to sixty girls there," she said. "Do you know any needlework?"

I answered, "Well, a little," whereupon she asked me to teach her girls the little I knew.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, March 26th 2015

1:48 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 166

Sarayubala Devi:

13 February, 1911:

Gradually, many ladies, all devotees of Mother, began to arrive. Melting with devotion they all gazed upon Mother's smiling and affectionate face. I had never seen the like of it. 

In a charmed mood, I observed everything, when the summons came for me to return home, for my carriage had arrived. Mother arose immediately and taking a portion of the offerings pressed me to eat, holding it close to my lips. I felt somewhat shy and received it in my hands. 

As I took my leave and prepared to depart, she said, "Go now, my dear, but come again. Will you be able to go downstairs by yourself?, or shall I come with you?" And she moved with me to the steps as she spoke.

"Mother, I can go down by myself." I replied. "Please don't come."

"Very well," she said, "then, come in the morning, one day."

I came back this time with a satisfied heart, wondering at her strange love.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, March 25th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 165

Sarayubala Devi:

13 February, 1911:

Looking at me affectionately, Mother said, "You have come; that must have been the reason why I was feeling so restless at Balaram Babu's house."

I was truly astonished.

Sumati had sent two woolen caps for an infant nephew (Khude) of Mother's. I gave them to her, and the simple little gifts pleased her exceedingly. She sat down on her cot and said to me, "Come dear, sit here, near me."

I sat beside her and she said affectionately, "I feel that I have seen you many times before this, as though I have known you for a long time."

I said, "Why Mother, I came only once and then for five minutes only."

Mother began to laugh and said many a good word about the love and faith of my sister and myself....

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, March 24th 2015

3:36 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 164 

Sarayubala Devi:

We sat down. Mother came back soon after, with her hands loaded with consecrated sweets for us and said, "Please give some to my *daughter-in-law (Sumati) and take some yourself." Sumati had to go back to school soon, so we made our obeisance to Mother and departed soon. Mother said, "Do come again." I had seen her for five minutes only. That was not enough, I came home unsatisfied.

*The Holy Mother established this kind of close relationship with her children - Publisher

13 February, 1911:

Holy Mother was at Balaram Babu's house that day. I waited for a short while at her Baghbazar house before she returned. As I raised my head after my obeisance she asked smilingly, "With whom have you come?"

"With a nephew," I answered.

"Are you keeping well?" Mother asked. "Is my daughter-in-law (Sumati) well? You haven't been here so long. I was wondering if you were sick."

I was amazed. She had seen me on that single occasion and for five minutes only; yet she had remembered me. Tears of joy came to my eyes.


(to be continued....)


 

 

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Monday, March 23rd 2015

12:25 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 163 - Chapter II

Sarayubala Devi:

First meeting:

On Friday morning Shokaharan came to our Pataldanga house and said, "We are going to pay our respects to Mother tomorrow. Please be ready." I would see the Mother tomorrow! I could not sleep all night. It was the year 1911, and we had been living in Calcutta for fourteen or fifteen years. Did Holy Mother have compassion on me, then, after all these years?

The next afternoon I picked up (my sister) Sumati from the Brahmo Girl's School and went to pay my respects to Mother. I have no words to express the yearning and eagerness with which I went. When we arrived there I saw Mother standing at the doorway of her prayer room, in the house at Baghbazar. One foot was on the threshold and the other on the doormat beyond. Her head was bare, her left hand was raised and rested on the door, her right hand hung down, half her body too was uncovered and she looked ahead with fixed eyes. As we took the dust off her feet, she asked who I was. Sumati replied, "My elder sister." She had already been there a few times. Then Mother looked at me and said, "Look, dear, I am in such a fix! My brother's wife, my neice, Radhu - everybody is down with fever. I have no idea who is going to look after them, or sit beside them. But sit down, my child, while I go and wash these clothes."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, March 22nd 2015

2:27 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 162

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room):

Mother: "The mind is restless, so in the beginning one should control one's breath for short periods and try to meditate, It helps to calm the mind. But one must not overdo this, it heats the head. Realization of God, or meditation, all these depend upon the mind. Concentrate and everything will come to pass. Men are always forgetful of God. That is why whenever there is a need, God comes in human form and shows the way to piety. This time he (Shri Ramakrishna) has shown us the meaning of renunciation. He has said that he will remain with his children for a hundred years."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Saturday, March 21st 2015

3:14 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 161

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room):

Mother was seated on her cot and I was reading out her letters. Krishnalal Maharaj (Swami Dhirananda) was also present. Someone had written, "I cannot calm my mind and concentrate," and so on. Mother became agitated at these words and said. "It can be done if one repeats the name fifteen or twenty thousand times each day. I have actually seen it happen, Krishnalal. Let him do that first and talk afterwards, if it fails. One must put one's mind to it. But no, no one will do that. They will only complain, 'Why does nothing come of it?'"

A disciple had come in to bow at her feet and was questioning her about meditation and japa. Mother replied, "Repetition of the name, paying heed to the number, keeping count on one's hands, all this is only to bring concentration. The mind tends to wander, it may perchance be bound by these things. When after repeating the name one sees God and is lost in meditation, there is no longer any need for japa. If one can meditate, that's everything."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, March 20th 2015

8:33 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 160

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room) 30 September, 1918:

"Those who receive your blessing now are fortunate indeed," I said to Mother. "What will happen to those who will come later?"

"What do you mean?" she asked. "Shall they not receive it? God is everywhere, all the time. There is the Master, by his mercy everything will be done. Is it not so in other countries?"

I said, "One's mind is filled with yearning, only if one receives love. Do you really love us?"

"Do I not love you?" she replied. "Who does the least service for me, I love him. And you have done so much. At home whenever I lay my hands on anything I remember you. Indeed I love you very much. But I cannot always be with you on account of my health. Neither would it be right. I often think of the little band of you who are here. But as for those who are far away, I say to the Master on their behalf, 'Master, take care of them, I cannot always remember them."

(to be continued....)

 


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