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Sunday, November 23rd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 43

Swami Arupananda:

In those days [circa 1907], although I earnestly wished to become a sAdhu, I was still living at home. I thought to myself that perhaps some time in the future, by Mother's will, I might stay near her and become a sAdhu....

When I was in Jayrambati, Radhu's mother, Holy Mother's youngest brother's wife, had lost her wits and gone to her own father's house, taking Radhu's jewellery with her. Her father had then taken the jewellery away from her and at this Radhu's mother had grown still more insane. She was now inside the temple of the goddess SimhavAhini crying, "Mother, give me my jewels, give me back my jewels."

It was rather late in the evening. Mother and I were in her room. We were talking when suddenly Mother said, "I must go, my son. She has no one but me. She is crying for her jewellery in SimhavAhini's temple."

At this Mother left the room, though I had not heard anyone crying and indeed the distance was too great. Yet the sound had reached her ears. She went to the temple and brought back the mad woman, who was crying, "Sister-in-law, you have put away my jewels and won't give them back to me."

"if I had them I would throw them away this instant, as though they were crow droppings!" Mother replied.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, November 22nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 42

Swami Arupananda:

The Holy Mother spoke about seeing the Master once more:

"When the Master departed from this life, I felt like going away too.
He appeared before me and said, 'No, you must remain. There is so much yet to be done.' In the end I too understood how much there was to be done. He used to say, 'The people of Calcutta are squirming like worms in the dark. Take care of them.'..."

Someone mentioned Jogin Maharaj [Swami Yogananda] and Mother said, "No one loved me like Jogin. If anyone gave him even so much as eight annas, he would put it away saying, 'Mother shall spend it when she goes on pilgrimage.' He would always remain close to me. The others would laugh at him because he stayed near the ladies.

"Jogin would say to me, 'Mother, when you speak to me, call me JogA'. When he was dying, he said to me, 'Mother, BrahmA, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Master have come to fetch me.'"

In this way Mother spoke of a few people of her own accord. At the end she said to me, "My son, I have never talked with anyone as freely as with you." Later she said, "Come to see me and stay with me when I go to Calcutta."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, November 21st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 41

Swami Arupananda:

"My son," Holy Mother said, "if my blessimgs have the power to give you complete realization, then I bless you with all my heart".....

"How can one love God without seeng Him?" I asked.

"Quite so," Mother replied, "Who can make friends with the wind?"

"When shall I see Him, Mother?" I asked.

"You will, my son," Mother said, "You will see Him when the time comes."....

IN those days the national movement in Bengal was very strong. So I asked, "Mother, will the sorrows and miseries of this country never come to an end?"

"Why, the Master came for that very purpose."

We fell to talking about Holy Mother's own mother.

"When my mother was alive," she said, "if a disciple came on a visit, she would cry, 'My grandson is here!' and show such pleasure and take such care of him. This household was her life-blood. She took such pains to keep everything in order. My mother's name was ShyAmA (the Goddess Kali's own name)." The old lady had died the previous year.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, November 20th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 40

Swami Arupananda:

"Everything was at a standstill at Howrah Railway Station. A little later an Anglo-Indian woman clerk arrived. There was a rush as the Puja holidays had commenced. I couldn't get a ticket and finally had to return home. At home I received a letter telling me of my brother's illness, and had to go there after giving up my trip here."

"We meet only if there is mental harmony," Mother said.

"Mother, " I said quite casually, "if you make yourself responsible for all those whom you initiate, then when we ask anything for ourselves, why do you say, 'I shall tell the Master'? Can't you do anything by yourself?"

I myself had not as yet felt any urge for initiation.

"But I have taken charge of you," Mother replied.

"Give me your blessings, Mother," I said, "so that my heart my become pure and be filled with devotion. Mother, I knew a boy at school - I should be happy if I could give the Master one quarter of the love I gave that boy."

"Is that so, my son?" she said. "Well, I shall tell the Master about it."

"Why do you always say that?" I replied. Are you a being apart from him? It will be enough if you give me your blessings."

(to be continued....)

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Wednesday, November 19th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 39

Swami Arupananda:

While visiting Mother, sometimes a maid would be rubbing oil on her feet for her rheumatism. In the course of our conversation Mother said, "Whenever I think of a particular disciple and yearn after him, he either arrives here or writes to me...."

"Are you the Mother of all?" I asked.

"Yes I am."

"Of these dumb beasts as well?"

"Yes, theirs as well."

"Then why do they suffer like this?"

"They were born to this state."

We were talking in Mother's room one evening, when she said, "Well, you have come here. Why should you have done so if we didn't belong to each other?"

"Then I do belong to you?" I asked.

"So you do. Throughout the ages those who belong together appear together."

A little later she said, "We shall meet again in our subtle forms." I knew that she meant we should be together after death.

"Mother," I said, "I wanted to come to you last October and even spent a whole night at Howrah station, right up to eleven next morning, but couldn't get a ticket. There was a strike in connection with the national movement and the clerks hadn't come to work."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Tuesday, November 18th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 38

Swami Arupananda:

"People say that the Master was the true and perfect Godhead. What do you say?" I asked the Holy Mother.

"Yes, to me he was such."

"Well," I said, "every husband is so to his own wife. I didn't ask in that sense."

"Yes, he was so in every way," Mother answered.

I thought to myself that if the Master was such, Holy Mother must be the Mother of the world - Sita cannot be separated from RAma, Nor RAdhA from Krishna. I had come to see her in the first place with this faith.

"Then why do I see you like this rolling out dough like any ordinary woman?" I inquired. "What is the meaning of it all? Is it all am illusion?"

"So it is," the Mother said, "Or why should I be here like this?.....The gods play in human guise. Sri Krishna was a milkman's son. RAma was Dasharatha's."

"Do you remember your real state?" I asked.

"Yes, sometimes I do. Then I say to myself, what am I doing? What am I doing? All on a sudden this house, these children come back to my mind and I forget."

I would go and sit near Mother almost every evening. Radhu, Mother's niece, would be sleeping beside her. A lamp winked on the little stand in the room.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Monday, November 17th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 37

Jayrambati, 1 February 1907, 8:30 AM

Swami Arupananda:

Mother listened to all this and said to me, when I had finished
eating, "Why don't you have a bath? You have walked a long way."
She gave me betel to chew.

After the midday offerings, she sent for me and with her own hands gave me food before anyone else. She served the rice and other dishes on sAl leaves. I sat on her own veranda and ate. "Be sure to eat your fill, my son", she said. Afterwards she gave me betel.

When I came again in the afternoon between three and four, I saw her sitting on the floor in the corner of the veranda before her room, her feet stretched out, kneading dough. Beside her was a small coal fire on which the afternoon refreshments were to be made.

"Did you want anything?" Mother asked when she saw me. "I should like to have a few words with you", I replied. "What about? Do sit down." She placed a carpet seat for me.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, November 16th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 36

Jayrambati, 1 February 1907, 8:30 AM

Swami Arupananda:

Uncle Varada came and told me that Holy Mother wished to see me. I went inside and found her waiting for me at the door. "Where did you come from?" she asked as soon as I had bowed to her.

I told her the name of my district. "So you devote your time nowadays to the Master's work?" Mother asked. I could not answer. She spoke as though we had known each other for a long time. I still remember her affectionate glances.

"Are you a kAyastha?" she asked, though I had wrapped up my whole body because of the cold. "Yes," I answered. "How many brothers have you?"

"There are four of us."

"Sit down and have some refreshments." With these words she placed a carpet for me on the veranda and brought me a small dish containing a portion of last night's offerings of luchis and molasses.

I had walked from Tarakeswar the day before and had reached Deshra, to the north of Jayrambati, in the evening. A boy from Deshra was with me. I had met him at the railway station at Haripal and spent the night with him.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, November 15th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 35

On Tuesday, July 21, 1920, at half past one in the morning she breathed heavily several times and entered into a deep samAdhi from which she never returned to the consciousness of the physical world. Peaceful sleep settled over her body, ravaged by long illness, which now suddenly relaxed and gave off a celestial light. Many of her disciples were deceived by this light and thought for a time that she was still with them.

The body, decorated with garlands and flowers, was taken to Belur Math, across the GangA, and cremated on a pyre of sandalwood. Now a white temple stands on the spot, in loving memory of her immaculate life.

Another white temple has been erected over her birthplace at Jayrambati, from the top of which flies a flag emblazoned with the single word "Ma", recalling to her devotees, from far and near, her words of reassurance:

"I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Whenever you are in distress, only speak this to yourself, 'I have a mother'."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, November 14th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 34

A growing detachment was noticed in Holy Mother's words and demeanour. One day she said to a disciple, "I am feeling very weak. I realize that the Master's work that was to be done through this body has come to an end. Now my mind longs for him alone; I do not relish enything else.

"You know how dearly I love Radhu, how much I have done for her comfort and welfare. Now I feel quite differently. I become annoyed when she comes near me. Why should she drag my mind down? All these years the Master kept me preoccupied with Radhu for the purpose of his work; would it have been possible, otherwise, for me to live after his death?"

Jogin-Ma begged her to think a little about Radhu. Holy Mother replied firmly, gazing as if into the great beyond, "I have snapped the bond of mAyA; no more of it."

Her last words to Radhu were: "I have cut off all my ties to you. What can you do to me? Do you think I am a mere human being?"

Her final message to a bewildered, afflicted, and hate-worn world, she gave five days before her death. To a weeping woman devotee she said, "Let me tell you something. If you want peace of mind do not look into others' faults. Rather look into your own.

"Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child. The whole world is your own."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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