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Thursday, October 2nd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 373

Swami Ishanananda:

One day I came to Mother after evening when I had finished all my outdoor duties. Mother said, "This afternoon that boy brought to me a police officer of high rank (naming him at the same time). The man seemed to be of a very discourteous nature. He came twirling his moustaches, saluted me and then wanted to have the dust off my feet.

"I felt shy and could not at all allow him to do so. He seemed to be restless, and yet the boy went on praising him to me within the officer's hearing. As for myself, I was very much worried, thinking how to show him our welcome. At last I prepared some hAlwA (butter, semolina and sugar cooked together) and sent it to the outer apartment."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, October 1st 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 372

Swami Ishanananda:

A few incidents come to my mind showing how the disciples used to vex Mother.

Mother was then at Jayrambati. Returning from Shyambazar, a little after dark, I found Mother lying on a mat on the veranda. As soon as I reached there, she said with evident distress, "You are all there to be sure; but you have often to be out on business. A man, somewhat advanced in age, came today.

"At his very sight I went in and sat on my cot. He saluted me from outside, of course; but then he became very eager to have the dust off my feet. The more I felt shy and said, 'No no', the more pressing he became, till at last he took the dust almost by force.

"From that time on, I am suffering from an unbearable burning sensatiom in the feet and a pain in the stomach. I washed the feet three or four times, but the pain still persists. If you were near by, you could have understood my hint and prevented him. The strictness that they observe with regard to the devotees at Calcutta cannot be altogether done away with. What a variety of persons come! You are too young to understand all that."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 30th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 371

Swami Ishanananda:

One day 'Mini' the dearest cat of Radhu, lay huddled at a corner of the courtyard. Yamini-didi stood by it fondling it with her foot. Soon she touched its head as well with the foot. At this Mother cried, "O Dear, what are you doing? The head is the seat of the guru; should one ever place one's foot on the head? Salute her."

Yamini-didi apologized. "I never knew such a thing, Mother. I only learnt it today."

A few devotees came from Calcutta in the morning who looked very smart and had an abundance of clothes. They brought fruits and many other things for Mother. At evening Mother was muttering to herself, "How they worry me! I can stand it no longer. Sometimes one of my sons comes and my whole household seems to be full of bliss; all the necessary things - vegetables and other stuff seem to come naturally from somewhere, and I have nothing to worry about.

"They are satisfied witrh whatever dishes they are served with; they eat silently, fold up their leaves and rise. Ah, even a word from them makes one's heart glad! And look at this now, I seem to be on thorns from the morning on. They have brought a heap of fruits, half of which are a rotten mass, and I am at a loss where to throw them away.

"They have cleanly washed clothes, but they say, 'We forgot to bring the towels.' Where am I to get towels? But somehow I managed this at that time. Now I am worried about what curries to cook at night. And it comes to my ears that they have no strings to put up their mosquito curtains; and so Hari is running about for the strings. Now, Master, take care of your own house, I am played out. One one side there is Radhi and on the other all these!"

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, September 29th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 370

Swami Ishanananda:

The talk turned one day to the residence of our sick monks in the houses of devotees. Mother said, "Why should a monk live in a householder's place just because he is sick?" There are monasteries and Ashramas for him. A sannyAsin should not so much as look at the wooden image of a woman lying on the road by upturning it with his foot.

"And it is extremely bad for a monk to possess money. There's nothing impossible for the round pieces to do - even to the extent of endangering life. A holy man lived at Puri near the sea. He had some money. Getting scent of this, two of his disciples could not contain themselves any longer; they murdered the man and took away his money."

One day Mother was preparing herself for her bath at about nine or ten o'clock in the morning, when somebody engaged in sweeping the courtyard, finished her work and threw away the broom to one corner.

Noticing this, Mother cried, "How strange, my dear! The work is finished, and you throw it away carelessly! It takes almost the same time to keep it slowly and carefully as to throw it away. Should you despise a thing just because it is insignificant? 'Him that you save, saves you in turn.' Won't you need it again? Besides, the thing too forms a great part of our household. From that point of view it deserves some consideration. You must give each one his due share of honour. Even a broom must be shown some honour. The smallest work must be done with reverence."

(to be continued....)

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Sunday, September 28th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 369

Swami Ishanananda:

Somebody used a hard word against the youngest aunt one day at Jayrambati, when Mother said, "How you behave. my dear? Should anyone ever utter a thing that hurts another's feeling? An unpleasant truth, though true, must not be uttered. For that grows into a habit. And once a man casts all consideration for others to the winds, he stops at nothing.

"The Master would say, 'If you have to ask a lame man how he became lame, then you have to speak thus: How did your leg come to such a condition'.."

It was winter and Mother's health was very bad. Still she would get up early at three o'clock as usual, and after washing her face etc. she would sit for a while on her bed with the quilt wrapped all around; then she would be down again.

Then it was our time to enter her room and sit quietly there in meditation in the dark. Mother would then advise at times, "Do make japa on the name of such a deity, in such a way, at this hour." And so on.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, September 27th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 368

Swami Ishanananda:

One day Mother said, "You may say that you have done so much of japa or so much of work; but nothing will avail. Nobdody can achieve anything unless mahA-mAyA clears the way. O, my children take refuge, just take refuge. Then alone she will clear the way out of her mercy."

And in this connection she related an incident in the life of the Master at Karmarpukur: "Once in summer at Karmarpukur, a heavy shower had filled up the fields, and water overflowed from the ponds. The Master was wading through the water when proceeding by the side of the sweeper colony.

"As the cat-fishes came out of the ponds, the people around began to beat and catch them. One of the fishes kept swimming near about the Master's feet. So he said, 'Don't you kill this one. See how it seeks my protection and plays round. It will be so good if one of you would carry it to Halder's pond.'

"Then he himself took it up and released it in the pond. Returning home he said, 'Ah, if anyone seeks protection in this way, one is saved'.."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, September 26th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 367

Swami Ishanananda:

As the disease lingered and weakened Mother's body, she could not keep sitting for long. But I noticed that she continued her japa even while lying down thus, and when I had to wake her up for something or other, she responded at the first call. When I asked, "Were you not asleep?" she would reply, "How can I help it, my son? The boys all come and solicit me earnestly for initiation. They get it and depart. But they don't make their japa regularly - why regularly, some do nothing at all. But since I have taken up their responsibility, have I not to look after their welfare?

"That's why I make japa; and I pray to the Master, 'Master, give them enlightenment, grant them liberation. This world is full of great misery, may they not have to come again.'..."

As she spoke thus, she would sit up and continue with reference to them, "They take the mantra with so much sincerity; but why do they not practice at all? Not that it is very hard. If one but sticks to a little practice, how much joy comes to one! Ah! with what joy and for how long Jogen (Jogin-Ma) and myself used to make japa at Vrindaban! Flies sat on our lips and eyes and made sores; but we had no consciousness."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, September 25th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 366

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother still went on, "Whether one calls on God or not, one is already half free if one does not marry. And one will rush ahead with great speed once one's mind turns to God. Those only who had a burden of great sins (in the past life) marry and start a worldly life. They can't rise from the state even if their mind wants to return to God; for they are tied hands and feet."

Mother is now having a slight fever almost every day. And she is becoming very weak. Sharat Maharaj is trying hard to take her soon to Calcutta. But he is now absent in Varanasi in connection with a special day. When somebody suggested at that time that she should go to Calcutta, she said, "There can be no talk of my going to Calcutta unless Sharat be there. To whom am I to go? Suppose when I am there, Sharat says some day, 'Mother, I am going out for a few days', then I should tell him, 'Wait a little, my son, let me first get out of here, and then only should you move.' Who else but Sharat can bear my burden?"

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, September 24th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 365

Swami Ishanananda:

A young man named Mansa came to Mother with a great desire for initiation and the ochre robe (of renunciation). Mother granted his prayer gladly. With great elation he sat at evening in uncle Kali's drawing room and sang these two songs: "There's nothing else in this world; Mother ShyAmA is the only reality." "Throwing you in the crucible of my mind, O ShyAmA, I shall make a mental image of yours today."

Mother liked these very much. And Radhu, Maku, Nalini, one or two of the aunts, and some other women heard the songs sitting by her. One of the aunts remarked, "Sister-in-law (i.e. Mother) has turned that boy into a monk."

"Really so," joined in Maku, "What a way of doing things our aunt has! She is turning such fine boys into monks! Their parents brought them up at great sacrifice, and are now depending on them. They expect much of them. All that is now dashed to the ground. Now he will either go to Hrishikesh and live on alms or clean human excreta in the service of the sick (in the Ramakrishna Mission).

"To marry and lead a householder's life is also a meritorious path in this world to be sure. If you go on making monks like this, mahA-mAyA will get angry with you. If they want to be monks, let them be so by themselves. Why should you be an instrument in this, aunt?"

Mother then replied, "Maku, they are children of Light. They live on this earth pure as flowers. Can you tell me of anything happier than this? You have yourself seen the happiness that this world promises. You have experienced what happiness in a married life means. Don't you still feel ashamed to return to your husband again and again? What have you learnt by staying here with me all these days? Why this infatuation, this animal instinct? What happiness are you deriving?

"If you go to your husband again, I shall drive you away. Can't you imagine a holy living even in a dream? Can't you even now live as brother and sister? You want simply to live a pig's life. My very bone is getting scorched with the blast of your worldly life."

All hung down their heads in shame.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 364

Swami Ishanananda:

Some months ago, Mr Narayana Iyengar of Bangalore had come on leave to stay for a few days at Koalpara. Noticing that Mother had to spend a lot, he gave her some monetary help. When leaving the place, he said to her, "Mother, whenever there is any want of money, kindly write to me without hesitation."

The expenses at Jayrambati are now very high. Reverend Sharat Maharaj has intimated that he is obliged to be late in remitting money, as it takes time to get it together. Hearing this letter, Mother remarked, "That shows that Sharat has not much money in hand. Else why should he write like that? Narayan uttered those words the other day. But my dear, how can I beg money of him? Master, shall I not be able to follow your last instruction?

"Radhi, I am risking everything for your sake. The Master said, 'see that you don't spread out your hand to anyone even for a pice; you will never be in need of ordinary food or raiment. If you ever beg a single pice of anybody, then you will sell your head to him for ever. And yet living on charity is much better than living under somebody else's roof. The devotees may keep you at their own houses at various places with love and honour; still you must not destroy your own house at Kamarpukur.'..."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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