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Friday, September 21st 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 298

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Varanasi, 1912:

One day we went to Mother's house and saw a woman sitting near her with a daughter of about ten or eleven years. The woman was very poor...She said, "...I am in great distress, Mother. If you can just ask them (the monks of the Ramakrishna Mission) to do something for me."

"I can only suggest to them," Mother replied. "They beg for money, you know, my dear. Who can keep count of the people they help? Must they not spend as they think best?"

Mother gave her a rupee and a cloth and said, "Have your meal here today."

Mother was on the terrace and cooking was being done below. The woman said, "My daughter remarks that the cooking is giving out a fine smell."

Mother said, "Now, hear that! Should one speak like that? It all has to be offered to the Master."

When prasAda was being served, Mother gave direction for giving them plentifully....

When they had departed, Mother said, "Quite a number of people of this kind come to me and say, 'Please ask your boys to help me.' How can I ask them to do anything? Should they not act as they think best? Methinks, my dear, all the poor everywhere have collected here (in Varanasi). How can they cope with it all?...How hard they work! It all depends on the Master's will, my dear. He knows what things he does and how."

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, September 20th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 297

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Varanasi, 1912:

One afternoon Mother picked us up at three to go and see the home for old women. As soon as descended from the carriage on arrival, a young married woman came and took Mother upstairs. All the old ladies placed flowers at Mother's feet and bowed to her.

"What is this?" Mother cried. "These are all (holy women) living in retirement at Varanasi, why should they bow to me?"

"Why, so they should, Mother," the young woman said. "You are supporting them."

"There are VishwanAtha and AnnapurnA to do that, my child. I suppose you look after these old ladies?"

"Yes, Mother, as the Lord wills."

"That's good. To care for these homeless old ladies is to care for the Lord. What a fine work these boys (of the Ramakrishna Mission) have built up!" Mother asked after each of the inmates, and inspected their rooms before we came back.

One evening after returning from Sarnath, we went to Mother's house and found her lying down with Radhu at her side. When the latter had listened to our description of Sarnath, she cried, "Let us go and see it, Mother."

"How can I go, my dear?" Mother said. "Have I any feet to carry me sightseeing? I can't even go to see VishwanAtha. I feel like going too, when I see these people going; but my feet are useless. How can I go? Now I can do nothing. When my feet were strong I walked all the way from our village to Dakshineswar. I was a great walker in those days. When we went to Vrindaban after the departure of the Master, I went everywhere on foot."

(to be continued....)

 

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Wednesday, September 19th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 296

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Varanasi, 1912:

We spent a number od days at Varanasi living in a separate rented house. One evening as Sister Sudhira and I sat near Mother, she said, "Whoever has called upon the Master once, has nothing more to fear. If one calls upon him repeatedly he has compassion, and so a devoted attachment comes into being. 

"This love for love's sake should be hidden from all eyes. The Gopis of BrajadhAm [Vrindaban) experienced it, they knew nothing but Krishna. Nilakantha sang, 'One must guard with care this jewel of Love,'" and Mother herself sang the song in such a sweet voice that it still rings in my ears.

At the end of the song, Mother said, "How beautiful are Nilakantha's songs. The Master loved them. When he was at Dakshineswar, Nilakantha would sometimes come to him and sing. We were so happy in those days. All sorts of people would come to him. A regular joy-fair seemed to have opened at Dakshineswar."...

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, September 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 295

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Long after this, I went to see Mother again, accompanied by a doctor's wife. I was afraid she would not recognize me as Sister Sudhira was not with us. We went to the Master's room and found that Mother had left her seat after finishing her pujA. 

As soon as she saw me, she said, "Well, my daughter, so you have come? You have not been here for a long time. I have been worrying about you. Where are you staying now?"

Then after I had bowed to her, she touched my head and blessed me and asked after Sister Sudhira. I told her she had returned to Calcutta and I came with her. My heart was filled with happiness that Mother had recognized me.

Varanasi, 1912: Wishing to be near Mother during the Christmas holidays, Sister Sudhira took some of us to Varanasi. When we went to see Mother, she spoke of various things and then asked after Jogin-Ma, adding, "It is so sad that she could not come with us. She was very ill. The Master and Mother (KAli) have spared her. I was so anxious about her."

(to be continued....)

 

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Monday, September 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 294

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

The year Sister Nivedita breathed her last, Sister Sudhira too fell seriously ill. Mother was so anxious about her, saying, "O Master, must Sudhira go? She has still so much to do!"

"Could you get me news of Sudhira?" she would ask some friend. "Alas, she is so ill." When the friend agreed, she would send water blessed by the Master, pomegranates, and so on, saying, "Give these to her and bring me news of her. I offer tulasi leaves to the Master on her account."

After Sister Sudhira's recovery, we went to Mother's house, she, Sister Christine, and I. As we took our seat after bowing to her, she asked Sister Sudhira, "Have you recovered, my daughter?" Sister Sudhira said that she was quite well but still careful about her health.

"I was so worried about you," Mother said. "Anyway, now you are well again, by the mercy of the Master. Now that Nivedita was gone and you were ill, I kept wondering who would run the school, if you should go too."

Then looking at Sister Christine, she continued, "Alas, the two of them were always together, now it will be so sad for her all by herself. We miss her badly, my child, you must be feeling her loss still more deeply. What a great soul! So many people now weep for her," and Mother wept too. Later, she asked Sister Christine many questions about the school.

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, September 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 293

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

One day Sister Nivedita said to me, "Holy Mother is coming to our school today. You must all rejoice." Mother's carriage arrived at four in the afternoon, instead of in the morning. Radhu, Golap-Ma, and some others accompanied her. As she stepped down from the carriage Sister Nivedita prostrated herself before her and then placed seats for them.

She gave me flowers to place at Mother's feet. The girls all made offerings of flowers and Sister Nivedita introduced each one of them. Mother asked the girls to sing. They sang and recited a poem. Sweets were brought in, which received her benediction and were then distibuted among us.

Sister Nivedita took her round the rooms and showed her the girls' handiwork. Mother was delighted and praised everything.

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, September 15th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 292

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Some time later, after Mother had returned from the village, Sister Sudhira and I went to see her. Sister Sudhira said, "Why, Mother, you have grown dark and thin."

"There are open fields in our village, so we get dark. And we had to work hard too," Mother explained.

Sister Nivedita came and bowed to Mother and took her seat. Mother enquired after her welfare and then presented her with a little fan that she herself had made with wool, saying, "I made this for you."

Sister Nivedita was overjoyed, holding it to her head, to her bosom, crying, "How lovely! How beautiful!" She showed it to us, "Look what a lovely thing Mother has made for me." Mother said, "She how happy she is with such a simple gift! What simple faith! She is like a goddess incarnate! How devoted she is to Naren and how she loves this country!"

Sister Nivedita was telling Mother about her intended visit to Darjeeling. When Radhu came in, Mother cried, "Now bow to your elder sisters, Radhu."

"No, no, why should she do that?" Sister Sudhira protested. "Why not?" said Mother, "you are her elder sisters."

A BrahmachArin came in and asked Mother if the disciples could now come to pay their respects. "Ask them to come in," said Mother and she pulled a wrapper round her person and sat down to receive them.....

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, September 14th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 291

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

After Mother's bath, Sister Sudhira remarked that we must leave now. "Must you go now?" Mother cried. "Receive of the prasAda here and go in the afternoon."

Jogin-Ma was going home and came to make her obeisance. Mother placed her hand upon Jogin-Ma's head, blessed her and said, "It's very late, couldn't you eat here? It will mean so much trouble going home and cooking."

"No Mother, my mother is there and she will have everything ready," Jogin-Ma answered. "I shall go just now and prepare the food."

"Then go now, don't delay," Mother said. "The sun is very hot and you have quite a long way to go."....

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, September 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 290

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

On Akshaya TritiyA day two of my companions were initiated by Mother. Fortune did not favour me that day as I was out of town. A few days later I went to Mother's house in the afternoon, along with Sister Sudhira. Mother was to have left for her village, but had not gone as yet. She explained that her younger sister-in-law was not keeping well, she always improved in the village. And Radhu was to be married. For these reasons, Mother would have to go very soon.

As we were leaving, Mother asked us to come again. Jogin-Ma spoke to her about my initiation and she said, "Come tomorrow morning."

When I arrived next morning she had finished her pujA and was getting ready for a dip in the GangA. As soon as she saw me she said, "Come my child, I shall go for my dip after initiating you."

After she had given me my mantra she said, "Place those flowers at my feet." I was wondering what to say when I offered the flowers. Mother put them in my hands saying, "Say, 'I give you all I have,' and place them at my feet."

When I had done so, she pointed to the Master's picture and said, "He will be everything to you. Call upon him and you will find all."

(to be continued....)


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Wednesday, September 12th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 289

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

During our vacation, I went there again with Sister Sudhira...A young married woman had embroidered a picture of the child Krishna; she presented it to Mother, as she bowed to her. 

"Did you make it yourself, my daughter?" Mother asked. 

"Yes, Mother." 

"Why, it is very nice indeed. What a lovely expression on the face!"

Mother showed the picture round, saying, "Isn't it nice?"

"Yes, indeed," we all agreed. Mother touched her own forehead with it and put it away. Later when she showed the picture to Golap-Ma, the latter said, "Yes, it is very well done, only the left arm is a little thicker than the right."

We all laughed. Mother also laughed and said, "Now Golap must always pick a fault! Her tastes are different. She has seen and learnt so much that she is very particular. Her handiwork is excellent and she knows so many kinds of work. All the Master's things are made by her. She makes mosquito cutains, pillows, pillow-cases, and everything for the disciples as well. She never has an idle moment."

(to be continued....)

 

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