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Friday, May 29th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 230

Sarayubala Devi:

31 July, 1918:

Mother was speaking about Swami Premananda: "I was going upstairs one day, at Cossipore, carrying a large bowl of milk, when I suddenly turned dizzy and fell. I spilled the milk and displaced a bone in my ankle. Naren and Baburam came and lifted me. Later on my foot swelled up.

"When the Master heard about this he said, 'Well then Baburam, what is to become of me? What about my food? Who is going to feed me?' He was living on slops in those days. I made them and went up to his room and fed him myself. I wore a nose-ring in those days. So he pointed to his nose describing a nose-ring with gestures and said, 'Well, Baburam, can't you put her in a basket and carry it upstairs on your head?'

"At this Naren and Baburam nearly died of laughing! He would have such fun with them. In three days my swelling went down and they supported me upstairs, so that I could feed him. Golap or somebody else made the slops during those three days, and Naren fed him. Baburam would say to his mother, 'How much do you love me! You can't love me as much as the Master does!' His mother would answer, 'What's that you say! I am your mother and I don't love you!' So great was his love for them. When Baburam was four years old, he would say, 'I shall never marry. I shall die if I marry.'"

(to be continued....)

 


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Thursday, May 28th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 229
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
31 July, 1918:
 
"Mother was talking about Swami Premananda: "You know, dear, there was nothing left of Baburam's body except the frame." At this point Chandra Babu came upstairs and joined in the conversation. He described how lavishly friends and the Master's devotees had contributed towards the funeral expenses. "Indeed, they have made the best use of their money," Mother said...."God gave them wealth and will increase it."
 
After Chandra Babu had bowed to her and taken his leave, she continued, "You understand, my dear, however great a soul may be, when someone assumes a mortal body, he must bear all bodily sorrows. The only difference is that ordinary people depart in tears but they go laughing, as though death were a game. Alas! Baburam was a mere boy when he came. The Master would joke with them and Naren and Baburam would burst into peals of laughter." 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 27th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 228
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
30 July, 1918:
 
Swami Premananda expired today, I went to see Mother in the evening. 
 
"So you have come, my dear, sit down," she said mournfully. "My Baburam left us today. I have been shedding tears from the morning." She began to weep, "My Baburam was so dear to my heart. All the strength, faith, and reasonableness of the Math had taken shape in my Baburam and lighted up the banks of the GangA. Baburam's mother came from a family without any male heirs, and she inherited her father's property. She had grown a little proud. She herself once said, 'I wore gold jewellery on my arms and at my waist and considered myself better than the rest of the world.' She died leaving four children, one had predeceased her."
 
A little later I saw Mother rest her head at the feet of a large portrait of the Master, hanging on the south wall of the central room and cry pathetically, "You took him, Master!" She sopke in heart-rending tones and I felt close to tears. Meanwhile Golap-Ma was seriously ill.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 26th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 227
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
Maku was complaining, "How is it that I can never remain peacefully in one place?"
 
"What do you mean by peacefully?" Mother asked. "Wherever you are there should be peace. Do you imagine that you will be at peace if you go to your husband? How can that be? He doesn't earn much, how will you manage? Here you live as in your own father's house. Do not people live in their own father's houses? See, this person here is living away from home. Can't you give up anything? Look at her, how calm she looks. She is here, only because I am here. Can't you do the same?"
 
"Let that be, Mother," I protested. "Tell me some more about the Master."
 
"What the books say is not always correct," Mother answered, "Ram's (Ram Chandra Datta's) book does not give a correct version of how the Master worshipped me when he performed the Shodasi pujA." She described the incident and said, "It was not at home, it was at Dakshineswar, in the Master's room, near the circular veranda, where the huge pitcher of Ganges water now stands. Hriday made all the arrangements."
 
Just then Jogin-Ma arrived. Standing near the window she was about to say something, when Mother cried, "Come in here, I don't see you at all these days." Laughing Jogin-Ma came near her. As she passed me her foot touched my body. She apologised with folded hands and I quickly rose and made an obeisance to her, saying, "Why Jogin-Ma, why do you bow to someone who is not worth even the dust off your feet, just because your foot has come into contact with her?"
 
"What do you mean?" Jogin-Ma explained. "The little snake is as much a snake as the big one! You are all devotees!"
 
I looked at Mother's face and saw that compassionate smile of hers! As it was getting late, I bowed to them and took my leave shortly afterwards.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Monday, May 25th 2015

12:10 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 226
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
I asked, "Is it true that Girish Babu has donated a large sum for the Math (at Belur)?"
 
"That's nothing considerable," Mother answered. "Now Suresh (Surendra Nath) Mitra was a regular donor. Still Girish too has contributed something. He also paid all my expenses for a year and a half when I was living at Nilambar's house at Belur. He hasn't donated any large sum to the Math. How could he afford it? Where could he get all that money? In the old days he lived a disreputable life, and acted in theatres in the company of wicked men. But he had great faith, that is why the Master loved him so much. The Master has saved his soul this time. In each incarnation God saves a lost soul; just as Gaur (Sri Chaitanya). He saved Jagai and Madhai. It is always this way.
 
"Once the Master even said, 'There is a part of Bhairava in Girish.' What's there in wealth, my dear,? The Master could not bear even to touch money. His hand would twist away. He would say, 'The world itself is unreal. Look here, Ramlal (the Master's nephew) if I believed the world is real I would gild the whole of Karmarpukur with real gold before I go. But I know all that is unreal and God alone is real.'"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Sunday, May 24th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 225
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
I said, "I have read in the Gurudas Barman's book that later they built a thatched house for you and one night the Master was held up there because it was raining and he could not return to his own room."
 
Mother replied, "What do you mean by thatched house? It was an ordinary thatched shed. Sharat's (LilA-Prasanga) book describes it correctly. Master Mahashaya's book (KathAmrita) too is a fine one, and gives the Master's sayings word for word. Such sweet words! I hear there is enough material for four or five more parts. But he is getting old now, will he be able to do it?
 
"He has made a good deal of money from the sale of his books and I am told he has put it all aside. He donated nearly a thousand rupees for my house in Jayrambati, four hundred for the house and four hundred for other expenses, and he sends me ten rupees every month. Sometimes he sends me even more, as much as twenty rupees or twenty-five, when I am here (in Calcutta). When he was employed at the school he used to give me two rupees."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, May 23rd 2015

12:33 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 224
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
Later Mother said, "You have seen the room under the music tower at Dakshineswar? I lived there. It is so low that at first I would knock my head against the doorhead every time I entered. Once I even cut myself. Later I grew accustomed to it and my head lowered of itself as soon as I reached the door. 
 
"The plump ladies from Calcutta would come to see me and stand with their hands on either side of the doorway and say, 'O look, how our holy and blessed one is housed! As though she were living n exile!'"
 
Then looking at Nalini and Maku she remarked, "You girls wouldn't have stayed in that room, not even for a single day!"
 
"Oh no, aunt, you are quite different!" they replied.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Friday, May 22nd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 223
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
I had read about Mother's 'Dacoit father' but wishing to hear the story from her own lips I asked her, "Mother, I read that on one occasion you were on your way to Dakshineswar with Lakshmi-didi and others. You could not keep pace with them and realizing that evening was drawing near, you asked them to go on ahead and were left far behind. Just then you met these 'BAgdi' father and mother of yours."
 
"It is not correct to say that I was quite alone," Mother said, "there were two elderly women with me*. All three of us had fallen behind the others. When I saw the man with silver bangles on his wrists, fuzzy hair and dark complexion, and carrying a long staff, I was terribly scared. In those days dacoits infested those roads."
 
*(According to a more accepted version she was alone when she was actually challenged by the dacoit, though there might have been others with her in the beginning - Publisher.)
 
"The man felt that we were afraid of him and asked, 'Who are you? Which way are you going?' I answered, 'Towards the east.' He replied, 'This is not the way. You must take the other road.' Then noticing that I didn't go ahead he cried, 'Don't be afraid, there is a woman with me, she has fallen behind.'
 
"Then I addressed him as father, and sought his protection. I was not like this in those days, dear. I was strong and could walk three days at a stretch. I had walked around VrindAban and never felt tired."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Thursday, May 21st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 222
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
We were discussing a certain woman and certain physical characteristics which betokened a lack of faith in God.....Mother related a story about a kept woman who had come to the Master and complained that the man had ruined her and stole her jewellery and money. The Master could read people's hearts but still would ask questions. When he heard the woman's words, he said, "Is that so?" But outwardly he always professed great faith. Then he quoted a saying about those physical characteristics we were talking about. Anyway, the miserable woman confessed her sins to him and was absolved.
 
"How can that be, Mother?" Nalini interjected. "She confesses her sins by word of mouth and is immediately forgiven? Is that possible?"
 
"But why not?" Mother replied. "He was a great saint, if one confesses to him, should one not be forgiven? And one thing more, whenever people discuss good and evil, all those who are present have to take a little share of the good or evil."
 
"But why should that be?" Nalini objected.
 
"Now listen to how that is possibe," Mother explained to us. "Suppose someone tells you about his good and evil deeds. Every time you think of that person you must perforce remember his good and evil deeds. In this manner his good and evil deeds must both leave an impression on your mind. What do you say, dear, isn't that right?"
 
Later, when we were talking about the sorrows and unrest of men, she said, "People come to me and say, 'I have no peace in life, I never feel the presence of God, tell me how to find peace,' and so on. Then I look at them and at myself and wonder why they talk in this manner. Is everything about me beyond the common run? I have never known unrest. And as for the presence of God, it's mine for the taking. I have only to sit down, and I see Him!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 20th 2015

12:42 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 221
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 July, 1918:
 
It was half past seven in the evening and I had gone to see Mother. As soon as I had made my obeisance, she said, "Come, dear, sit here. It's very warm today; sit down and cool yourself. Have they reached home, Sumati and the others?"
 
"Yes, Mother, I left after they had arrived."...
 
After some casual talk, Mother said, "People complain about their griefs and sorrows and how they pray to God but find no relief from pain. But grief itself is a gift of God."
 
My own mind was heavy with sorrow that day. Had Mother realized that and deliberately uttered these words? She continued to say, "Tell me, who is there in this world who has not had to bear sorrow? VrindA once said to Krishna, 'Who said you are merciful? As RAma you filled SitA's life with sorrow. In Kamsa's prison your parents weep for you night and day. Yet we call upon you, because he who takes your name has no fear of death.'"...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
 
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