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Sunday, December 11th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 31
 
The Holy Mother took full responsibility for her disciples. During her last illness she said, "Even if this body dies, do you think that I shall have inner peace as long as a single soul among those whose responsibility I have taken remains unliberated? Is initiation a mere trifle? What a heavy weight the guru has to carry! How many worries he has to go through!"
 
She often suffered from intense physical pain when people of wicked character touched her feet. She felt as if they were being burnt and had to wash them repeatedly to get rid of the pain.
 
It was the kindness of her mother's heart which impelled her to initiate people and take upon herself their sins. She once said, "I give initiation out of compassion. They do not leave me; they weep. This moves my heart. Otherwise what do I gain? 
 
"I have to take upon myself the sins of those I initiate. I say to mself, 'This body will die some day, but let them be awakened'." 
 
During the last part of her life, when she was physically weak and had to spend a great part of time in bed, she used to keep awake many an hour at night praying and repeating the Lord's name for the welfare of those disciples who neglected their own spiritual disciplines.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, December 10th 2016

6:24 PM

Daily Reading

A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 30

The Holy Mother, like her husband, was Divinity Incarnate. It was the same power which became manifest through the human form of both Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi. In the former the outer manifestation was greater than in the latter. It was this embodiment of the Divine Mother of the Universe that Sri Ramakrishna had worshipped in his room at Dakshineswar.

Though Holy Mother did not practice those austere disciplines about which one reads in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, yet, her spiritual realization was as bottomless as his. And how hard she tried to hide it. Once in a while a zealous disciple would compare her to Sri Ramakrishna.

On one such occasion she said, "Be still. I am more than blessed that he has given me shelter at his feet. I am his hand-maiden. The Master alone is everything. There is none like him."

Holy Mother herself, however, revealed her nature on appropriate occasions. Once she said that as long as she was alive people would not recognize her real nature.

Whether a saintly woman or a manifestation of the Divine Shakti, Holy Mother was to her disciples both guru and mother. She was an extraordinary teacher - one of those rare teachers who not only kindled the spiritual power of the disciples but continue to help them until they attain liberation.

(to be continued....)


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Friday, December 9th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 29
 
In the course of a letter, Swami Premamanda wrote of the 
Holy Mothers' humanity, "Our Mother, an empress among queens, 
has become of her own accord a beggar and does all the menial 
work with her own hands. She is putting up with hardship to 
teach house-holders how to perform their duties."
 
In another letter: "Who indeed has understood Holy Mother? In her there is not the slightest manifestation of power. The Master displayed the power of enlightenment. But in Holy Mother even that is absent. Indeed what a great power she is! We send to her the poison that we cannot swallow. She welcomes all. Such unlimited power!
 
"Such compassion! Even the Master could not act thus, not to speak of us. He used to pick and choose his disciples. And what do we see in the Mother? She gives shelter to all. She swallows all this poison and digests it too."
 
One day a disciple asked her, "Well Mother, do you always remember your real nature?" "How could that be?" she replied. "How then, could I perform all these duties? But even in the midst of my activities, whenever I wish, I can understand by the slightest effort that all this is the mere play of MahAmAyA."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Thursday, December 8th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 28
 
When a householder disciple complained to Holy Mother about her seemingly inordinate attachment to her niece, she made the significant remark, "Everyone says that I am terribly attached to Radhu, but without this attachment I could not have kept my body alive after the Master's death.
 
"Thus it is the Master himself who has made me cling to Radhu - just to preserve ny body. When my mind becomes indifferent to her I shall leave this world."
 
In a unique manner Holy Mother blended in her personality the characteristics of a human being, a divinity, a spiritual perceptor, and a mother. Outwardly she appeared for the most part as a Hindu housewife. At the death of a relative she wept.
 
The next day she said, explaining the reason for her grief, "I live in the world. I must taste the fruit of the tree of the world." Sri Ramakrishna once said that when God becomes a man, he acts exactly like a human being; he feels hunger and thirst, and suffers from disease, grief and fear.
 
How this ordinary humanity concealed Holy Mother's divinity has been well expressed by Swami Premananda, one of the Master's prominent disciples.
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, December 7th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 27
 
Radhu acted as a weight to keep Holy Mother's soaring mind down to earth. Otherwise she could not have carried out her mission to humanity.
 
A good-natured and healthy child, Radhu had developed into a rude, irritable, whimsical, wayward girl of retarded mental growth. Though married, she lived with Holy Mother. Often she abused her, even going to the extent of hurting her physically.
 
Holy Mother said to her bitterly, "You drank the milk of a lioness, but have remained a vixen. I brought you up with such care, but you did not accept any of my precepts. You have imbibed your mother's insane nature."
 
One day Radhu's teasing reached its climax and she said to Holy Mother, "I wish you would die. May your mouth be blighted." "Yes, yes!" Holy Mother replied sharply, "You will not know what will happen to you after my death. I shudder even to think of it. Let me tell you what is in my mind: May you die first - then I shall be able to die peacefully."
 
These words, which seem almost like a curse, really shows her solicitude for Radhu's welfare. Who but a godly person could have put up with this girl's perverse nature?
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, December 6th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 26
 
One of Holy Mother's nieces played a very important part in her life and in the fulfillment of her earthly mission. This niece was the only daughter of her youngest brother, who at the hour of death had begged Holy Mother to look after his pregnant wife.
 
Radhu was the name of the posthumous child. After the child's birth her mother became mentally unbalanced. A clue to Holy Mother's intimate relationship with Radhu may be found in a vision she had after Sri Ramakrishna's passing away.
 
At that time she had lost all relish for life. Suddenly in a vision, she saw a girl of ten or twelve years old walking about in front of her. Soon Sri Ramakrishna appeared and said, pointing to the girl, "She will be the support for your earthly life. You must live because you will have to help many people in the years to come."
 
Many years later the baby Rahdu was crawling behind her insane mother and crying piteously. As Holy Mother watched them, she said to herself, "The poor child has lost her father, and her mother is stark mad. If I do not look after Radhu, what will happen to her?"
 
She took her little niece into her arms when the Master appeared and said, "This is that girl. Take her for your support. She is the mAyA to keep you tied to the world."
 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, December 5th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 25
 
Holy Mother lived outwardly like a householder. While at Jayrambati she preoccupied herself with household duties, preparing vegetables, cooking, sweeping the house and the courtyard, washing clothes and dishes, kneading dough, worshipping in the shrine, and with infinite patience and compassion looking after the comfort and welfare of her relatives and visiting disciples.
 
Her apparent attachmnet to her relatives puzzled some of the devotees. One day Jogin-Ma, her intimate companion and a spiritiually advanced soul, said to herself, "We have seen how the Master renounced everything. But Mother appears to be completely entangled in worldly life. Day and night she is busy with her brothers, nephews and nieces. "
 
The next day she was meditating by the GangA when Sri Ramakrishna appeared before her in a vision and pointed out the corpse of a newly-born child moving slowly with the current. It was covered with the placenta and smeared with blood. The Master said to her, "Does the corpse make the GangA impure? Look upon her [referring to Holy Mother] in the same way. Never doubt her. Regard her and me as one and the same."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, December 4th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 24
 
Holy Mother allowed no compromise with the exalted ideals of chastity and renunciation. A monk, she said, should be a model of renunciation. She taught them that even if the wooden image of a woman lay prone in the street, a monk should not turm it over and look at it.
 
She used to say, "How can I live without the company of men of renunciation? Can a householder, entangled in worldly desires, be the same as a monk who has renounced everything for God?"
 
She encouraged the monastic members of the Ramakrishna Order to work ceaselessly, and often said, "Without work the mind becomes befouled. Can anyone spend twenty-four hours a day in meditation? It is much better to remain busy than to lead an idle life. The activities of both the Math and Mission must be carried on. Those who cannot adjust themsleves to work, shall have to leave."
 
The householder devotees, like the monks, received full measure of Holy Mother's blessings. They formed the majority pf her disciples and visitors, and she encouraged them to perform their duties in a spirit of detachment, and to practice regular meditation and prayer. She became their sole refuge from the tribulations of the world.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Saturday, December 3rd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 23
 
Sri Ramakrishna said that when the flowers bloom, bees gather around them of their own accord. As Holy Mother's inner life blossomed forth, spiritual seekers felt the irresistable attraction of its fragrance and came to her unasked.
 
They came from all directions - whether she was in Calcutta or her native village, or was visiting different parts of India in the course of her pilgrimages. In the main she divided her time between Calcutta and malaria-ridden Jayrambati, where no physical comforts were available.
 
She became an unfailing source of inspiration to the members of the Ramakrishna Order who devoted their lives to meditation, prayer, and study, or ministered to the needs of the sick, the illiterate, and the victims of epidemics, famines, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and fires.
 
She showered her blessings equally upon contemplatives and active sAdhus, and encouraged them in their respective disciplines. She exhorted the leaders of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission to bind together those who worked under them with the ties of love. The monastic life she held in the highest respect and herself gave ochre robes to many who renounced the world in search of God.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, December 2nd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
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Page 22
 
The Holy Mother said later, "Ah! How much I prayed to the Master! How often I cried to him! That is why you see today all these monasteries established through his grace. Immediately after his passing away, these children renounced the world and found a temporary shelter. But soon after, they began to wander about independently. 
 
"I felt very sad and prayed, 'O Master, you came down to earth, had fun with a few companions, and then went away in a happy mood. Was that the whole purpose of you embodiment? If so, what was the need of assuming a human body and going through all this physical suffering? I have seen many holy men in Varanasi and Vrindaban who live on alms and take shelter under trees. One sees them everywhere. 
 
'I cannot bear the sight of my children, who have renounced everything in your name, going from door to door for a morsel of food. I fervently pray to you that those who give up the world in your name may not lack simple food and clothing. They should live together, meditating on you and your teachings. People afflicted with the sorrows of the world will go to them for peace. 
 
'Isn't this the purpose of your coming? I cannot control myself when I see them drifting about helplessly'."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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