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Monday, April 27th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 198

Sarayubala Devi:

October, 1912: 

Chandra Babu's sister had come, and in the course of conversation she said, "Is Mother's husband alive? I suppose these are all her children and daughters-in-law and so on."

"What!" I cried in amazement, "have you never heard of the Master? The essence of his teaching was the renunciation of a worldly life (literally, of lust and wealth)."

She was embarassed and said, "I thought these were her children."...

Later, I told Mother about Chandra Babu's sister. She said, "Why did you not say, O yes, there's her husband in that room over there and we are all her children."

I answered, "But, Mother, the whole universe is filled with such children!"

Mother laughed. Afterwards she said, "Different people come here with different ideas. Some one perhaps offers a cucumber to the Master and prays earnestly, 'Master, I have given you such and such a thing, now you must do this and that for me', and so on.".

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, April 26th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 197

Sarayubala Devi:

October, 1912: 

Later, I partook of some refreshments with Mother. I had brought some fruits and sweets for her; and when I brought them to her, she asked me to place them before the Master first....Mother took the consecrated food from her own plate and handed it to me little by little. As she did so, my hand touched hers by chance, I said, "Please wash your hand."

Mother took a little water in her palm and said, "That's enough."

{Note: Mother being brahmin and the disciple non-brahmin, caste law forbids any such touch during mealtime. In this case, Mother followed the law nominally, but in many more cases she ignored it wholly - Publisher.)

Nalini-didi came in about this time and took her seat. She was seriously annoyed about something and Mother rebuked her saying, "Women must have patience; it is not seemly that they should be so angry. Women have no other shelter except their parent's arms in childhood and their husband's protection in youth. They are a weak sex, always laying themselves open to criticism. There is nothing to stop men from talking. That is why women have to suffer in silence."....

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, April 25th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 196

Sarayubala Devi:

Another day it was the Akshaya-trityA. The same elderly married lady and her daughter-in-law came in, freshly bathed, and advanced to place some strands of sacred thread and a few fruits in Mother's hands.

Mother said, "Why to me? Please give them to Bhudeb." After a little conversation, she turned to us and said, "On this holy day, I bless you, that your souls may be freed from the bonds of life and death. Life and death are full of pain, may you never suffer them again."

October, 1912: 

I went to see Mother one morning during the DurgA pujA holidays and found her very busy. She asked me to sit down and sent for a disciple who had arrived from Ranchi. The disciple came upstairs with fruits, flowers, gifts of cloth, and a garland of artificial roses made of cloth which looked eactly like real roses in full bloom. He requested Mother to wear the garland around her neck and she did so. Just then Golap-Ma came in and started to scold the disciple because the wiring on which the flowers were strung might hurt Mother.

The disciple was much embarassed, whereupon Mother, always full of compassion, reassured Golap-Ma saying, "No, no, it doesn't hurt me. I put it on over my sAri." The disciple bowed and went downstairs.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Friday, April 24th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 195

Sarayubala Devi:

Just then Bhudeb returned from school with a fever. Mother asked me to make up a bed for him. I did so. Mother had to go to Balaram Bose's house to see Ram Babu's mother, who was down with severe dysentery. She arose early and began to finish her chores, saying, "I must go there; when Maku arrives please ask the school bus to wait for me."...

She went there with Golap-Ma and returned within an hour. In the mean time, someone had come to fetch me, but I waited for Mother's return. She came in and cried, "Here you are, my dear, I returned early on your account. Did you have any refreshments?"

"No, Mother"

"How so, Nalini, why did you not give her something? Did I not ask you to do so?"

"I forgot," said Nalini with a blush. "I forgot, I shall do so forthwith."

"No, let it be," Mother said. "You have no need to do so now. I shall do it. (to me} Why did you not ask for it, dear? This is as good as your own home." She brought me some of the consecrated sweets, which I ate with joy.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, April 23rd 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 194

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

Mother: "When the Master was at Dakshineswar, Rakhal (Swami Brahmananda) and the others were quite young. One day Rakhal was very hungry and told the Master so. Thereupon the Master went to the riverside and began to shout, 'O Gourdasi, do come here, now that my Rakhal is very hungry'.

"In those days, there were no sweets to be had at Dakshineswar. Within a short time a boat appeared on the GangA and soon touched the landing stage. Balaram Babu, Gourdasi and some others got down with a large bowl of rasagollas. The Master called to Rakhal in delight, 'Come, Rakhal, come, they have brought rasagollas, come and eat! Didn't you say you are hungry!'

"Rakhal, however, felt shy and cried, 'Why do you let everyone else know that I am hungry!'

"The Master answered, 'Why? What does that matter? You are hungry, you must eat, what is the harm in saying so?' He was always like that."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

4:17 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 193

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

"Tell me about him (the Master)," I said. "No, not I, ask Mother," she (the old woman) replied.

Mother was lying down with her eyes closed and I could say nothing. A little later, Mother spoke of her own accord, "Whoever prays to him earnestly, sees him. Only the other day one of his disciples (Tej Chandra Mitra) died, He was such a good boy. The Master used to visit their house.

"After the Master had gone, this boy, one day, returned home by tram-car and to his consternation discovered that a sum of two hundred rupees, entrusted to him for safekeeping by someone else, had been stolen from his pocket. Deeply distressed, he wandered about beside the GangA, crying, 'Alas, Master, what have you done to me!' He did not even have the means to make good the loss from his own pocket. As he walked by the riverside, he suddenly saw the Master before him, who said, 'Why are you crying? Look it is under that brick there by the river.'

"The boy got up quickly and lifting the brick, discovered a bundle of notes. He came back and related the whole story to Sharat (Swami Saradananda), whereupon Sharat cried, 'You are permitted to see him even now, but we do not see him any more!' How can they see him? They are sitting tight on the most vivid memories of him, Those who have not seen him have far greater want now."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, April 21st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 192

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

Mother then climbed to the terrace with others. After a while she came downstairs to see to the offerings for the Master and all of us went into the prayer room....Afterwards we all ate of the consecrated food....

Two ladies, followers of Mother, had arrived before this, one was an elderly married woman who had known the Master, the other was her daughter-in-law. As she ate, the old lady said, "Alas! We have not been able to do all the things the Master told us. Had we done so how could we have suffered like this?
Here we are wrapt up in our worldly lives, worrying all the time over unimportant details!"

Whereupon Mother said, "At the same time, it is essential that one should work.. It is through work alone that one may break asunder the bonds of karma, only then one is free from desires. One shouldn't be without work even for a single moment."

After the meal, Mother rested...I remained with her, together with an old widow who had known the Master. She went on recounting her sorrows at home and added, "Mother, I can count on your pardon for all my ommissions and commissions, but not on theirs."

I asked the old woman, "Did you see the Master?" 

"Indeed I did. Why, he used to come to our house. In those days Mother used to live in seclusion like a young married woman."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, April 20th 2015

4:28 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 191

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

Mother said (about Nag Mahashaya), "Such faith in the Master! The clean and the unclean were alike to him!"

"During the auspicious Ardhodaya-Yoga," I continued, "Nag Mahashaya had gone home, whereupon his father rebuked him saying, 'What! Instead of bathing in the GangA on this auspicious occasion, you actually come away from the banks of the GangA!'

"But at that actual moment of the heavenly combination people noticed water seeping through the floor of the courtyard and flooding the whole place, and Nag Mahashaya pouring handfuls of water on his own head crying, 'Come, Mother GangA, come.' When the neighbours saw this, they too bathed in the water."

"Yes, his great faith could bring about the impossible." Mother said. "I once gave him a cloth to wear; but he used to wrap it around his head. His wife too was so good and devoted! She came here during the mango season, some time ago. She is till living."...

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, April 19th 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 190

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

As I ate from my sAl leaf (the refreshments offered by Mother), I though of the godly Nag Mahashaya and said to Mother, "Mother, whenever I eat of the offerings from a sAl leaf, I remember *Nag Mahashaya."

(*A devotee of the Master who once swallowed the sAl leaf along with the consecrated food - Publisher.)

"O, his was such a deep devotion," Mother remarked. "See how dry and withered this sAl leaf is. Would you think anybody could eat it? Because it had been in contact with food consecrated to the Master, he would eat it devoutly! Such eyes of love he had! Reddish in colour, always shedding tears, and his body worn away by severe asceticism! When he came to see me, he would be so moved that he could hardly climb these stairs. He would tremble like this, and lose control over his footsteps. I have never seen such deep devotion."

I said, "I have read of him that when he gave up his medical practice and spent all his time deep in meditiation about the Master, his father cried one day, 'And what will you do next? Now go about naked and eat frogs!'

"There was a dead frog in the courtyard, whereupon Nag Mahashaya threw off all his clothes and picking it up ate it raw and said to his father, 'See, how I obey both your orders. Please do not trouble yourself any more about my needs, but see to the welfare of your own soul.'"

(to be continued....)

 


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Saturday, April 18th 2015

2:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 189

Sarayubala Devi:

18 September, 1912 :

When Golap-Ma heard Mother's remark (concerning her regret that I had not seen the holy river), she cried, "What does it matter? It will suffice if she just touches your feet."

When I repeated Golap-Ma's remark Mother said, "What a thing to say! The GangA!"

In this way she always gave herself out as an ordinary person; but I also noticed that when there were no onlookers, she would sometimes assume a divine glory in her compassionate demeanour towards someone.

She came into the room and taking her seat on the cot, said, "It's all the more fortrunate that we had a dip in the GangA." I felt that she knew I had come that day with the intention of worshipping her feet.

The worship over, I took the dust off her feet and rose. At last Mother took some refreshments and again with deep affection made me sit near her and share half of every morsel she touched. I ate with great joy.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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