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Friday, January 30th 2015

2:27 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 111

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:

Mother said to me: "One has to suffer the consequences of one's deeds. But if one prays to God, one may escape with the mere prick of a pin when one had really a gaping wound in store. Japa, austerities, etc. greatly modify one's destiny...."

"Then karma is the chief motivating force behind the world," I interjected. "So why should one believe in God? The Buddhists, for instance, believe in karma, but not in God."

"Then do you mean to say that KAli, DurgA, Krishna, and others do not exist?" Mother protested.

"Is it then a fact that japa, austerities, etc. can change one's fate?" I asked.

"Why should they not?" Mother replied. "It is good after all to do a good thing. For good brings good, and bad bad."....

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Thursday, January 29th 2015

2:02 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 110

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:

"Mother, can the results of karma be wiped away?" I inquired. "The scriptures declare that these become infructuous when knowledge dawns. And yet one has to suffer the results of karma that have started working themselves out in the present body."

"All happiness and misery are the result of karma," said Mother. "Even the Master had to suffer such results. His elder brother was drinking water when in a delirium; but the Master snatched away the glass when he had drunk a little. This irritated the brother and he said, 'You did not allow me to drink; you too will have to suffer like this; you too will have a pain in the throat.' 'Brother', pleaded the Master, 'I have done no harm to you. You are ill, and too much water will aggravate the ailment. That's why I did so. Why then do you curse me?' 'I don't know, my brother, why these words slipped out of my mouth', said the elder with tears in his eyes. 'Now these can never be false.'

"When the Master fell ill, he told me, 'It's his curse that has created this sore in my throat. In any case this will save you all from much suffering, which I have courted thus.' 'If such be your lot,' I argued, 'how can ordinary people carry on in life?' "He was a saintly man;' the Master explained, 'so his words were all true. Not that all people's words are so effective."

(to be continued....)


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Wednesday, January 28th 2015

2:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 109

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:

I said to Mother: "What a number of temples were razed to the ground by Mohammedan vandalism, and what a number of images were disfigured with their noses or ears broken off."

"Govindji of Vrindaban hid himself at Jaipur out of their fear," Mother added. "The priests then kept fasting at the temple door till they heard the divine voice, 'The image is gone, but not I. Carve out a new image and I shall be present in it again.'"

"At the SomanAtha temple in Gujurat, they used to bathe the image of Shiva with water from Gangotri carried every day on human heads," I said. "But Sultan Mahmud broke the image to pieces and carried away the door made of sandal wood. Why does it happen like that?"

"God takes to His heels at the approach of vandals," said Mother. "Yet why should it be so? He is almighty and can have His own way. But no, that's a sort of play. He delights in."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Tuesday, January 27th 2015

3:09 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 108

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 7 July, 1912:

I asked Mother, "Mother, are you not supposed to go to Puri for the Car Festival?"

"Should one go into such a crowd?" Mother asked in reply. "One might get cholera or something. Lakshmikanta, the pilgrim guide, said that there were no rooms to be had. Even the tiny rooms were fetching ten rupees. He advised us to go in winter."

"Which deity does JagannAtha represent?" I asked.

"In a dream I saw him as the image of Shiva," Mother said.

"Then you did not see JagannAtha's image?" I asked.

"No, only that of Shiva, the stone symbol of Shiva....It must be a very holy place. Why should so many people go there unless there is something? The goddess VimalA is there, who is worshipped on the MahAshtami night. She is DurgA to be sure. So why should not Shiva be there too?"

I said, "Some people say that it was originally a Buddhist temple, the image being that of Buddha. Later when ShankarAchArya got rid of the Buddhists, the image was changed into an image of Shiva. Still later, with the spread of Vashnavism, Shiva became JagannAtha who is Vishnu."

"I don't know all that," Mother said, "but I saw the image of Shiva."...

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, January 26th 2015

3:07 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 107

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:

We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.

Mother: "Desire is the source of all. What has one to care for if one has no desire? Look at me who am among all these things, and still I have no desire - not a bit!"

"As to that," I said, 'how can you have any desire, Mother? But what a lot of desires rise in our minds! How will these be removed?"

"These desires that you have are no desires at all, they are nothing," Mother replied. "They come and go as mere fancies. The more they push out, the better."

I said, "Yesterday, I thought, 'Unless God saves me, how can I go on fighting with the mind indefintely? If one desire goes, another crops up.'"

"Desire will continue as a matter of course, so long as you have your 'I'," Mother explained. "But these desires will not harm you; God will protect you. Anyone who depends on Him - he who has taken refuge with Him after leaving away everything, he who wants to be good - if He should not protect him, it will be a guilt for Him alone. One must have faith in Him. Let Him make us sink or swim. But one must continue doing good alone, and that too just as He grants the power."

"Do I have that faith?" I asked....."How can there be any way out, unless He saves me?..."

"What fear need you have, my son?" Mother said. "Don't be afraid. You are not going to have a worldly life with wife, children, and all that. So why should you fear?"

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Sunday, January 25th 2015

3:43 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 106

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:

We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.

Mother: "Can anyone pray and meditate all round the clock? About the Master? - He was different. Besides, Mathur provided his little dish of fish or ghee. It is because you work that there is enough food, or you would have to beg from door to door! You would only make yourselves ill; and who is there to give genrously to monks nowadays? No, do not listen to such people (who disapprove of welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts). Carry on as the Master directs you. The Math will continue this way. Those who cannot fall in line, may go away."

"Mani Mallick had been to see monks in North India; and the Master asked him, 'Well, what do you think of them?' He answered, 'I saw them but...'

'But what?'

'They all ask for money.'

The Master said, 'How much money? Perhaps a pice or so to buy tobacco or gAnjA, that's all. You need your cupfulls of milk and ghee and other things and he wants only a pice or two for his tobacco and gAnjA. Is that too much? Must you alone enjoy things and they not even get a piceworth of tobacco?'"

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, January 24th 2015

3:26 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 105

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:

Mother: "A Vaishnava monk once came to the Panchavati. In the beginning he had no attachments; but alas, in the end he began to store away things like a mouse - utensils, pitchers, grain, and everything. The Master, observing this one day, said, 'There now, this will be the end of him!' Meaning he was getting attached to things. The Master recommended renunciation and advised him to go away from that place. Finally he escaped."

A disciple had come to bow at the Mother's feet. After he had left, she said, "I learnt my lesson when I showed tenderness to Harish. Now I no longer show any affection towards anyone."

Udbodhan, 25 June, 1912:

We were sitting near Mother's cot in the room next to the prayer room.

I said, "Mother, some people disapprove of our welfare centres, hospital work, sale of books, and looking after accounts. They ask if the Master did these things and why we impose these duties on the novices who come to the monastery, filled with yearning. They say that if one must act, one should only pray, meditate, and sing devotional songs. All other duties fill the mind with desires and turn one away from God."

"Pay no heed to them," Mother replied. "If you do not work, how can you fill your days?"

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Friday, January 23rd 2015

2:57 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 104

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:

Mother: "Whoever seeks refuge with the Master finds everything. His renunciation was his glory. ...I remember one day he came for some spices to my room in the music tower after his midday meal, for the pouch of spices in his room was empty. I gave him a handful to chew and wrapped a little up in a piece of paper and said, 'Keep this.'

"He left the room but instead of going to his own room, he went straight southward to the riverside; he could not find his way, he had his vision blurred as it were. He cried out, 'Should I get drowned, Mother?' I was beside myself with anxiety. The river was in full tide. I never went out of my room in the day-time and there was no one in sight, whom could I send after him? At last one of the temple brahmins happened to come that way, and I sent him to call Hriday. Hriday was taking his food, but he ran to the riverside without caring to wash his hands, and so he brought the Master in. He very nearly fell into the river."

"Why did he go that way?" I asked.

"Because I had given him some spices to keep." she explained. "A holy man may never put by anything. That was why he could not see his way. His was a complete renunciation."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Thursday, January 22nd 2015

3:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 103

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:

Mother: "'Why waste words?' The Master used to say, 'You have come into the garden to eat mangoes, well, eat them and go. What does it matter to you how many branches and leaves there are?'"

"But, Mother, what will all this amount to, unless one sees some visble manifestation?..." I asked.

"Yes, you are right." Mother said after a little pause. "One must feel something. Yet one must never lose faith."

"The other day," I added, "Sharat Maharaj (Swami Saradananda) said,
as also Swami Vivekananda had said, 'Imagine that there is a heap of
gold in the next room. A thief in this room has somehow come to know of it, but as there is a wall between, he cannot get hold of the gold. Do you think the thief will have any sleep? All the time he will be wondering how he can seize the gold. In the same way, once a man knows for sure that there is a God, do you think that he can ever lead a worldly life?'"

"Quite so," Mother answered.

"Whatever you may say, Mother," I went on, "to give up the world and have dispassion is the most important thing. Shall we not find fulfilment?"

"You will, my son," Mother assured.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, January 21st 2015

2:35 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 102

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 2 May, 1912, 7 am:

"People have grown clever these days," Mother continued, "they have his pictures! This Master MahAshaaya now, he is not an ordinary man! He has taken down whatever the Master uttered..."

"Master MahAshaya said this about the KathAmrita", I said, "that it would take ten or twelve volumes to publish everything. But will he have time to do it?"

"Yes, he is getting old," Mother said, "he might die before he finishes the book."

"Did you tell me at Jayrambati about the Master's coming among the white people or some such thing?" I asked.

"No, I only said that many devotees of him will come from anong the white people." she replied. "Do you notice, for instance, how many Christians are coming now? The Master said he would come again, after a hunderd years. For these hundred years he would remain in the hearts of those who loved him...

"I told him I could not come again. Lakshmi said she would not come again, not even if she were chopped into shreds like tobacco leaves! The Master laughed and said, 'How can you help coming? Our roots are twined together, like the kolmi plant; pull at a stem and the whole clump will come forward.'"

(to be continued....)

 

 

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