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Monday, September 22nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 363

Swami Ishanananda:

At evening, Mother sat with the vegetables to be dressed. Suddenly, the youngest aunt came to her and said, "It is you who have crippled Radhu by doping her with opium and are thus keeping her under your control. You don't so much as allow my daughter and my grandson to come near me."

"You may as well take away your daughter," said Mother. "There she is. Have I hidden her away?" After a few such exchanges, aunt's anger rose to white-heat. She rushed for a piece of fuel wood for belabouring Mother.

At this Mother screamed out, "Whoever there may be, the mad one is going to kill me."

When I rushed in, the wood was about to fall on Mother's head. I snatched it away and pushed aunt out of the main gate. Then shaking all over in a rage, I warned her not to enter that house again. In that momentary excitement, Mother too could not help uttering these words, "O mad one, what were you about? *That hand of yours will rot away."

* (Sadly enough, the words proved true in aunt's case. She was visited by a fell disease, lost her fingers, and died not long after.)

The sound of her (Mother's) words sent a shudder through her body, and she bit her own tongue with her teeth. She looked at the Master pitifully with folded hands and said, "Master, what is this I have done? Now what is the way out? A curse never escaped my mouth against anybody. That too happens at last! Why then should I be any more here?"

I stood stalk still at the sight of this infinite mercy.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Sunday, September 21st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 362

Swami Ishanananda:

A few days later, the youngest aunt (Radhu's mad mother), impelled by some fancy of hers, searched for her son-in-law in all possible places, even wading into the pond. And then not finding him anywhere, concluded that he had got drowned. Next she imagined that it must all be Mother's work. So she ran to Mother with wet clothes and dropping at her feet wept bitterly saying, "O dear sister-in-law, my son-in-law has got drowned in the Barhujye's pond. What's the way out now?"

This sudden news upset Mother; she called for us all saying, "Hurry here and listen to what the mad one says." She seemed to be greatly worried. We ran in. But Hari said, "Manmatha is playing cards at the grocer's shop; I saw him there."

"Run quick and bring him here," said Mother. We brought him at once. At his sight, aunt became abashed and left the place in anger, cursing Mother all the while.

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Saturday, September 20th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 361

Swami Ishanananda:

About six months ago Radhu was delivered of her child; but she cannot still stand up owing to weakness, she just crawls about. Over and above this, she has become addicted to opium. Just then Mother too was not keeping well; she was having fever now and then. She was trying to cure Radhu of this habit; Radhu always insisted on having her usual dose.

That morning Mother was dressing vegetables, when Radhu came for her opium. Mother understood and said, "How long more like this, Radhu? Why don't you stand up? I am tired of you. I am risking my whole spiritual life for your sake. Can you tell me from where to get money for all this expenditure?"

Such mild rebuke set Radhu's temper ablaze; she picked up a big brinjal from the basket in front and threw it at Mother's back with all force. As soon as it bumped on her back, I saw Mother's back cave in; and the place immediately got swollen.

Mother looked at the Master and said with folded hands, "Master, don't you be offended with her, for she is ignorant." She took the dust off her own feet in hand and placing it on Radhu's head, said, "Radhi, the Master never uttered so much as a word of admonition against this body, and you are giving it such pain! How can you understand to what order I belong? How lightly indeed you dare to think of me, simply because I live with you thus!" Radhu now began to weep.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, September 19th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 360

Swami Ishanananda:

Next day at about ten or eleven o'clock, Mother sat on the terrace at the main gate, while we were in the drawing room. Outside in front, uncle Kali and Varada started a *quarrel which threatened to end in blows. Mother could no longer keep quiet; she approached them.

*(It was about a fence which one brother had erected in a way to obstruct the passage of the other.)

There she sometimes told one, "You ae wrong", and at other times dragged the other by the hand. She seemed to be quite mixed up in the affair. Just then the brothers cooled down a little at our approach, and each went to his own house abusing the other all the time.

Mother also came to her own house all in a rage. But as soon as she sat down, she laughed and said, "Just see what a mAyA is spread by mahAmayA! The wide earth lies stretched there, and this bit too will be left behind. Yet these creatures can't understand this simple fact!"

With this she started laughing heartily, and there seemed to be no end to her hilarity.

(to be continued....)

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Thursday, September 18th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 359

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother: "One has to keep God constantly in the mind and pray, 'Lord, grant me the purest ideas'. How many can make japa and meditate for ever? At first one does something. And then like Nalini one becomes puffed up. Next one loses peace thinking of all the worthless things like stones and trees.

"It is much better to work, than to make the mind lazy and let it loose. The mind creates trouble whenever it is loose. It is after noticing all these that my Naren introduced works without motives."

Alluding to Nalini-didi again, Mother said, "Just see how impure her mind has become through idleness. Of all things, her fear of impurity through touch is ever on the increase. Why has she so much unhappiness? Why has she not been able to see light even after so many knocks?"

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Wednesday, September 17th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 358

Swami Ishanananda:

That day the conversation dragged on till late at night. I said, "Mother, Kedar Maharaj says, 'Engage yourselves dilligently in these works, and then everything will come of its own accord'."

"You will work as a matter of course," Mother said approvingly. "The mind keeps well, when engaged in work. And yet japa, meditation, prayer also are specially needed. You must at least sit down once in the morning and again in the evening. That acts as a rudder to a boat. When one sits in meditation at evening, one gets a chance to think of what one has done - good or bad - during the whole day. Next one should compare the state of one's mind in the preceeding day and the present.

"Then one should meditate on one's chosen deity as one goes on making japa. In meditation the face of the chosen deity of course comes first; but one should meditate on the whole figure, starting from the feet upward. Unless you meditate in the mornings and evenings along with work, how can you know what you are actually doing?"

"Some, again, say," added I, "that work is of no avail; one can achieve one's end only through constant meditation."

"How did they know, what will be fruitful and what not?" asked Mother. "Does one get everything only by meditating for a few days? Nothing will be of any avail unless mahAmayA clears the way. Did you notice the other day, how one person trying hard at meditation, got his brain upset? If the head becomes unbalanced, then what remains?

"It is just like a screw being tight or loose. If a thread is too loose one becomes either mad or falls into the trap of mahA-mayA, and then considering oneself to be wise, one feels, 'I am all right.' Again, if the screw is tightened a bit the opposite way, then one is set on the right path and one gets peace and happiness."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Tuesday, September 16th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 357

Swami Ishanananda:

One day I prepared the bread and other eatables as usual, and then after dusk I went to Mother's room to read to her the letters from the disciples. A lady disciple wrote very often, her letters being full of various forms of praise of Mother. When I summarized one of the letters for Mother, she said, "Well, at times I think, I am after all a daughter of Ram Chandra Mukherji; and there are many other girls of my age at Jayrambati. What's the difference between them and myself? The disciples come to show their respects to me from somewhere, nobody knows.

"On inquiry I hear that somebody is a judge, while somebody else is a lawyer. Why should they come in this way?" With this, Mother kept quiet. After a while I asked, "Well, do you not always remember your real nature?"

"Can that always be possible?" said Mother. "If that were so, how could all these works be carried on? But even in the midst of work, whenever there is a desire, a little thought wakes up an insight, and the whole play of mahAmayA (Great cosmic power of God) stands revealed."

"Well, Mother," somebody put in, "as for ourselves, we don't have the slightest illumination, try how hard we may."

"It will certainly come," assured Mother. "Why should you worry at all? It will all come in due course."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, September 15th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 356

Swami Ishanananda:

Kedar Maharaj asked (Mother), "Did the Master come this time to ofer a new path for which purpose he achieved a harmony of all religions!"

Mother replied, "It never struck me that he (deliberately) practised all the religions with a view to preaching the idea of the harmony of all religions. He was ever absorbed in divine moods. He used to enjoy the divine play (lilA) from all the points of view by adopting which as the paths of approach, the Christians, Mussulmans, Vaishnavas, and others realize the Truth; and his days and nights passed in these alone - he had no other consciousness.

"But, my son, I tell you that renunciation is his specialty in this age. Did anyone see before such natural (and total) renunciation ever before? As for the idea of the harmony of religions that you mentioned, that too is excellent. During earlier incarnations, some one of the attitudes was magnified at the cost of the others."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Sunday, September 14th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 355

Swami Ishanananda:

The Sandhi-pujA (the worship of DurgA during the junction of the eighth and ninth days of the bright fortnight, which is very auspicious) was due that year a little after evening. At that time many offered handfuls of lotuses at Mother's feet, then she told me, "Bring more flowers; offer them in the names of Rakhal (Swami Brahmananada), Tarak (Swami Shivananda), Jogen {Jogin-Ma), and Golap (Golap-Ma); offer in the names of all my sons whom I may or may not remember."

When I had done so, Mother kept on looking for a long while at the Master with folded hands and then prayed, "May all be blessed here and hereafter."

One morning Kedar Maharaj sat by Mother at Jayrambati and said, "Even those who are well off come to our charitable dispensary for medicine. We opened it for the poor to be sure. Should we give medicines to those others as well?"

Mother said after a little thought, "My son, all people in those parts are poor. So if they come to ask for medicine, knowing the circumstances fully well, you have got to give. Anyone who begs is poor."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Saturday, September 13th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 354

Swami Ishanananda:

At the time of the DurgA pujA a devotee was coming to Jayrambati with a basketful of lotuses. As soon as he saw me from a distance, he saluted me with raised hands with the basket of flowers in them. Mother noticed this from afar and told me later on, "These flowers can no longer be offered to the Master (they having been indirectly offered to the writer), so throw them away."

Noticing that we used two cloths with white borders, she remarked, "What is this? Why have you put on white-bordered cloths? You are young; so put on cloths with coloured borders. Otherwise the mind will become old. One's mind should always be fresh."

With this she took out two pieces of cloth from the box and gave one to each of us.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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