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Thursday, July 24th 2014

12:05 AM

Daily Reading



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

Page 303

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Udbodhan, Calcutta:

In 1918 Golap-Ma fell seriously ill. It was then that I heard Mother praying to the Master, "O Master, make her well, I can't live here without Golap and Jogen. How can I stay here without them?"

Then she said to us, "Jogen and Golap know all the stages of my life. Golap has no inhibitions, no conceit. And look at Jogen. In those days she would fall into such deep meditation that if a fly settled inside her eye, she was not aware of it. Those who pray for them are blessed indeed."....

(to be continued....)


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Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 302

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Udbodhan, Calcutta:

A few days later Mother, Jogin-Ma, and the others were resting after evening prayers. Mother was dozing off when she said, "So Purna is dead, Jogen?" Jogin-Ma was astonished. "Who told you so, Mother?" she asked. "I was asleep and thought I heard someone say so," said Mother.

Jogin-Ma then said, "Yes, he died in the evening. They did not inform you." That evening Mother spoke only of Purna Babu and grieved for him.

When the Master was ill at Dakshineswar, Mother had cared for him. Later the disciples brought him over to Calcutta for treatment. At this time one day Golap-Ma had casually remarked to Jogin-Ma, "I think the Master is displeased with Mother, and so he has gone away to Calcutta."

When Mother heard this from Jogin-Ma, she took a carriage to Calcutta and going to the Master wept and said, "Is it true that you came away here because you are displeased with me?"

The Master said, "Who said so?"

"Golap."

The Master was angry. "What! She dares to say such things and make you weep? Does she not know who you are? Where is she? Let her come." Then Mother grew calm again and retruned to Dakshineswar. Later when Golap-Ma came near the Master, he rebuked her severely, "What did you say to make her weep! Don't you know who she is? Go immediately and beg for forgiveness."

Golap-Ma immediately walked all the way to Dakshineswar and wept before Mother, "The Master is angry with me. I did not realize what I was saying."

Mother said nothing but laughed and patted her three times on the back crying, "O Golap! O Golap! O Golap!" and Golap-Ma was immediately comforted. She herself told me this story....

(to be continued....)


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Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 301

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Udbodhan, Calcutta:

Mother was sitting in her room another evening. The Master's disciple, Purna Babu was very ill, there was no hope. His mother had arrived. As soon as she saw her, Mother cried, "There she is, pestering me every day to make him well! I know he won't live; still I have to say he will recover, only to confort them."...

To the old lady she said, "What can I do, my dear? Ask the Master, he will make him well."

"You can do it if you like, Mother."

"No, I can only let him know."

"The Master told them he would not live if he married," later she said to us. "She wouldn't listen to him but married the boy off for fear of his becoming a sannyAsin."

(to be continued....)



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Monday, July 21st 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 300

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Udbodhan, Calcutta: It is the JaggadhAtri pujA day. Devotees have been arriving since morning. They are celebrating the pujA at Jogin-Ma's house also. She came in the morning and left immediately after inviting Mother.

A disciple came and bowed to her saying, "Mother, your humble son will be gratified if you graciously visit his home."

Mother answered, "Very well, I shall try to go in the evening. Please come then, I shall go if possible."

We went to Jogin-Ma's place with Mother at noon and paid our respects to the goddess. Mother had taken no food all day because of the pujA at her own (village) home. When everything was over at about four in the afternoon, Mother partook of the consecrated food and rested for a while.

The disciple then came to fetch her. Mother said, "He was so eager that I should go, I must pay them a visit." The house was not far off. As soon as Mother stepped down from the carriage, they washed her feet and preserved the water...It was a small broken-down house. We bowed to the image and went inside. An old lady began to talk to her, "Mother, please bless my son. He is so eager to celebrate this pujA, but he has no proper house or anything. He has managed somehow all by himself."

"He has done it all very nicely indeed." Mother answered. "Now that the Mother of the World has come to your home, you son will have his house and everything else. Your son is a good man and very devout."...

After we had returned, Nalini began to complain, "What a house, Mother; there was hardly any room to sit. However did they manage to celebrate the pujA in such a house!"

"What more could they do?" Mother corrected her. "They are poor, but they have brought the Mother to their house. He is a brahmin and devout. The Mother of the World in her mercy has set foot in his home."....

(to be continued....)



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Sunday, July 20th 2014

12:05 AM

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

Page 299

Pravrajika Bharatiprana:

Varanasi, 1912:

Another evening when we went to see her, she began to speak of Devabrata Maharaj (Swami Prajnananda) and Sachin (Swami Chinmayananda)*, who had to go away all of a sudden.
(*They were suspected of anti-Government activities before renouncing the world. Sister Sudhira was Devabrata's younger sister.)

"Alas, Devabrata went away today," Mother said regretfully. "The Government had promised to give help about the land next to the Sevashrama; but they objected to their presence. So Rakhal (Swami Brahmananda) asked them to leave. They are innocent as you know, but still they are dogged like this. The poor dears did not even eat before they left."

Sister Sudhira replied, "Borther and Sachin ate at our place, Mother, before leaving."

"Oh, they did?" Mother cried. "I am so glad. I was upset about it."

"Wherever brother goes they are after him," Sister Sudhira complained. "That's why he says, "Look, here are my in-laws! I must go and meet them?"

"Yes, indeed, the nationalistic movement ended some time ago, but still they pursue him," Mother said....

(to be continued....)


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Saturday, July 19th 2014

12:05 AM

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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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Friday, July 18th 2014

12:05 AM

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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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Thursday, July 17th 2014

12:05 AM

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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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Wednesday, July 16th 2014

12:05 AM

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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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Tuesday, July 15th 2014

12:05 AM

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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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