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Monday, July 25th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 273
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
30 September, 1918:
 
Dr. Kanjilal came with his wife (to celebrate MahAshtami).....
Everybody from Balaram Babu's house also came to worship Mother. I went in last of all. As I finished my worship and was about to wrap my cloth around her, Mother said, "I shall wear this. One has to wear a new cloth today, anyway."
 
With this she put it on and tears came to my eyes. It was an ordinary piece of cloth, others had given her far more costly ones. I was her poor daughter. Her great affection for me made me feel humble. Mother was saying, "Look, dear, what a lovely border."
 
A young woman dressed in the SannyAsin's ochre cloth, worshipped Mother and placed two rupees at her feet. Mother said, "What is this? Why should you too offer money, you who have taken to the sannyAsin's ochre and carry rudrAksha beads!"
 
Then she asked the girl, "Where did you take your vows?"
 
"I have not taken any vows," the girl answered. 
 
"So you have assumed this dress without taking any vows or receiving any communion?" Mother said, "You have not done well. This dress is noble in itself, even I feel like folding my hands together and bowing to the ground. One should never do such a thing, one should first have some realization. Everyone will come to bow down at your feet, and you must first earn the merit to receive that adoration."
 
"I would like to receive initiation from your own hands," the young woman said.
 
"How can that be?" Mother said.
 
Still the girl continued to plead with her. Golap-Ma too gave a little support and I noticed Mother relenting to some extent. She said, "Well, we shall see."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, July 24th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 272
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
30 September, 1918:
 
Today was MahAshtami. Mother had asked me to come and I had arrived in the morning with my sister. We came and saw that some women disciples had brought flowers. They worshipped Mother's feet and went to bathe in the GangA. Mother asked me, "I hope you will stay? It is MahAshtami today."
 
"Yes I shall stay," I answered.
 
A little later the revered Sharat Maharaj came to make his obeisance to Mother and I went into the adjoining room. Mother sat on the cot, with her feet on the floor. Many other disciples also came and bowed to her.
 
Later I went to bathe in the GangA with Maku and the others. Mother bathed at home today, because she only went every other day now owing to her rheumatism. On our return, I saw crowds of women worshipping Mother. Many of them had brought sAris for her.
 
After worshipping her they wrapped these sAris around her, just as they wrap sAris around the Goddess at Kalighat. Mother, in her turn, looked at each piece and laid it down. From time to time she would say, "That is a fine piece of cloth!"
 
A BrahmachArin came with the news that the male disciples would now like to come and pay their respects. It was a lovely sight. They came bearing flowers, blooming lotuses and bel leaves; each worshipped her in turn and stood aside. A long time passed in this manner.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, July 23rd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 271
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
28 September, 1918:
 
Mother said, "You know, some boys came to Jayrambati wanting to be initiated. But I wouldn't agree. Then they besought me, 'In that case, give us a little dust off your feet, so that we may wear it in amulet.' So great were their faith and reverence"....
 
Kaviraj Shyamadas came to see Radhu and Mother asked me to call her....A little later Rashbihari Maharaj ushered in the physician. When he had finished examining her, Mother asked Radhu to bow to his feet. She did so. After he had left, some of those present inquired whether he was a brahmin. Mother replied, "No, he is a Vaidya."
 
"Then why did you ask her to bow to him?"
 
"Certainly, she should do so," Mother said. "Such a learned man is equal to a brahmin, to whom else should she bow if not to him? Don't you think so, my dear?"....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, July 22nd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 270

Sarayubala Devi:

28 September, 1918:

Today I went there in the morning. Mother was cutting fruit; on seeing me she cried, "Come, my child, come. This is the day of Invocation (of the goddess DurgA)." - This I had quite forgotten - "Do sort out these flowers for the Master and arrange them and put aside these trays of fruit."

I did as she said. Afterwards Mother went into the adjoining room, in order to prepare herself for her bath. She brought a pot of hair oil and a comb and seated herself near my lap. As I hesitated to touch her head, she cried out like a little girl, "Go on, comb my hair." 

I proceeded to obey her, when Radhu came back from her bath and said, "I would like to have some flattened rice with curd." Mother mixed some flattened rice with curd as she sat there, and touching a little to her own lips, gave the dish to Radhu. I had finished combing out her hair and was now applying oil to it.

(to be continued....)

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Thursday, July 21st 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 269
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
20 September, 1918:
 
I went to see Mother again, today. As soon as she saw me, she said, "Sit down,dear...They have been talking about (Swami) Bhaskarananda (of Varanasi). I too went to see him at Varanasi. There was a large number of ladies with me. It was just after the departure of the Master and I was very sad. That was also the first time I visted Vrindaban. When we reached Bhaskarananda's place, we discovered him seated, unperturbed, stark naked...as he did summer and winter alike."
 
Later, Mother said, "Come, read from the Master's book, Sarala is back at her boarding house, she reads to us as a rule."
 
In the course of the reading we discussed meditation and spiritual experience. Mother said, "Golap and Jogen here have prayed and meditated much; it is good to talk about these things. If they listen to one another's experiences, these girls here may be impressed."
 
When we began to talk of spiritual experience, Mother would not speak freely and appeared unwilling to discuss these matters before everybody.
 
Nalini said, "Aunt, I have heard of people who have communion with the Divine, who see and touch the Lord; then why do I not receive anything? Even after living so long in your company, what have I received?"
 
"Why should they not find grace?" Mother replied. "Such devotion and faith they have! One must have faith and devotion to find these things. Do you possess them?"
 
"Tell me, Aunt," Nalini continued, "I have heard that you can see into people's hearts, can you really? Can you say what is in my mind now?"
 
Mother smiled, but Nalini was insistent, Then Mother said, "They speak through faith." Then she went on, "Who am I? The Master is everything." She folded her hands and said, "Pray to the Master that I may lose all thought of self."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, July 20th 2016

1:09 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 268
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "A girl named Haridasi arrived at Karmarpukur on her way to Navadvip and remained there. She was deeply attached to me and she had such faith! She gathered the dust from the Master's birthplace and treasured it. She would say, 'Why, this is Navadvip where the Lord GaurAnga came. What is the use of going to any other Navadvip? Such deep faith she had.
 
"After the Master had gone, a holy man from Orissa came and stayed at Karmarpukur. I would give him rice, pulses, and whatever else he needed and would ask him morning and evening, 'Holy Father, how are you now?'
 
"I had a great deal of trouble in building that one little hut for him. Every day the sky would be overcast with clouds and the rain would be on the point of pouring down. I would then fold my hands together and pray, 'Hold, Master, now! After his hut is ready, pour down as much rain as you like!'
 
"The villagers too helped with pieces of timber and other necessary things. Every day the rain seemed imminent. However, the hut was completed in this manner, but the holy man died in his hut only a few days later."....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 19th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 267
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "My father-in-law was a strict brahmin of strong character. He never accepted anything from anybody. It was forbidden to accept any gifts brought to the house. But if anyone brought anything secretly, my mother-in-law somethimes cooked it, offered it to the household deity (Raghuvira) and distributed it among the family. But if the husband came to hear of it, he was furious. He had fervent faith in God and was devoted to the goddess ShitalA who was ever by his side. He used to get up at dawn and gather flowers.
 
"One day he had gone to the Lahas' garden when a little girl of about nine came to him saying, 'Come this way, father, these branches are loaded wth flowers! Let me hold them down while you pick the flowers.' He replied, 'Who are you, my child, out here so early?' 'Why it is I, from the Haldar's house.'
 
"Because he was like that, God Himself was born into his house; He came and all his companions followed him - Naren, Rakhal, Balaram, Bhavanath, Manomohan - how many shall I count!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, July 18th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 266
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "I have come across all sorts of people in this life. Trailokya (son of Mathurnath Biswas and grandson of Rasmani) used to give me seven rupees every month. After the Master had gone, the cashier in the office at Dakshineswar and some others contrived to stop the payment. Many relatives too thought nothing of me but an ordinary woman and sided with them.
 
"Naren pleaded with them not to stop the allowance; but in spite of everything, they did so. But by the Master's blessing, you see, I have never been in need of money! Dimu and the others have been forgotten; but I have never yet been in want. And why should I be? The Master used to say to me, 'Whoever thinks upon the Lord, never knows want.'
 
"After the Master had gone, there was some dispute about who should have his good clothes. Such things should really belong to his disciples who would take care of them. In the end the disciples themselves packed the things away in a box and left it in Balaram Babu's parlour. But who can understand the will of God! One of the servants opened the box and stole many of the things, sold them and so on. The parlour was not the proper place of such things, they should have been stored away inside the house. What remained of his personal things is now at Belur Math."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, July 17th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 265
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
19 September, 1918:
 
It was past eight in the evening. A mat had been spread on the floor beside Mother's bed and she was preparing to lie down. As soon as I arrived, she cried, "Come and sit near me, my child. Sarala, do give her some refreshments. She has rushed here after a hard day's work."
 
I protested, but she turned a deaf ear, saying, 'One must take care on one's health, my dear. Look at Sumati, just three children have turned her into an old woman." Then she mentioned her 'hives' and said, "Whatever is the meaning of this? People have hives and get well again; but if I get anything it seems unwilling to leave me. The Master used to say all the diseases and sorrows of the people who came to see and touch him, found refuge in his body. I suppose it is the same with me.
 
"When the Master was ill, some disciples arrived with offerings for the goddess at Dakshineswar. When they heard that the Master was at Cossipore, they came there and made the offerings before his portrait, instead.
 
"The Master kept saying, 'It is very wrong to give me things intended for the Mother of the World.' I grew nervous, wondering what would happen now, with him so ill! Why did they do it! ...But later in the night he said to me, 'Don't worry, you will see, I shall be worshipped in every home later on, people will follow this one.'
 
"He had never referred to himself as 'I' before this, always using such terms as 'this case' or 'this one', pointing to his own body. That was the first time I heard him speaking thus."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, July 16th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 264
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
4 September, 1918:
 
Mother: "I was very happy at Belur too, such a peaceful place, with an atmosphere of meditation. That's why Naren had always wished to have a place there. As for the four *cottahs of land, on which this house (i.e. Udbodhan at Baghbazar, Calcutta) was built, this was a gift from Kedar Das."
 
*(2,880 square feet - actually the plot measured 2,340 square feet - Publisher)
 
Another day Mother was sitting in the north veranda, and a young man, who led an ordinary householder's life, was talking to her. He laid his head at the Mother's feet and said, "Mother, I have suffered much in the world, but you are my perceptor and my deity, I know nothing more. I have committed so many evil deeds that I dare not confess them even to you. Yet your compassion has always saved me."
 
Mother lovingly stroked his head and consoled him saying, "To a mother, a son is always a son."
 
"Yes I know, Mother", he answered, "but because I have received such compassion from you, may I never imagine that it is something easily to be obtained."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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