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Friday, March 6th 2015

3:12 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 146

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 12 June, 1913:

We were at our midday meal on Mother's veranda, who had seated Radhu in a corner and was feeding her. Mother said to Radhu, "Come on, eat this dish of herbs; the Master used to have it. He loved it - herbs, figs, and green bananas. He had a weak stomach. Come drink your milk."

"No please, no more," Radhu said.

"Come now, have a little more," Mother pressed her.

"When the Master was ill, Gangaprasad Sen of Kumartuli was called in. The Kaviraj forbade him to drink any water during the course of the treatment. The Master kept asking everybody, 'Well, my dear, do you think that I shall be able to do without water?'

"They answered, 'Certainly you will.' He asked me, 'Can I manage?' I replied, 'Of course, you can.' He went on, 'Even from the pomegranates you give me, you must wipe away all the water. Can you do it?' I said, 'We shall try our best to do whatever Mother KAli ordains.' At last he strengthened his mind and followed the course of treatment without any water."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Thursday, March 5th 2015

2:55 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 145

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 11th June, 1913:

I and another were at our midday meal on Mother's veranda.

...In the course of our conversation Mother said, "Satya Yoga (Golden Age) commenced with the advent of the Master. Some highly developed souls came with him. Our Naren (Swami Vivekananda) was the greatest rishi (seer) of the saptarshis (seven seers). The Master could have declared that Naren was one among a hundred rishis; but he actually said, 'one among seven'.

"Arjuna came as Jogin (Swami Yogananda). How many of such outstanding spiritual stature come down with an Incarnation? Do you think a great many? One may get loads of sour mangoes but not so many of the fajli species. Numerous ordinary people are born and die. The greatest souls accompany God in order to do His work."

I said, "Swami Vivekananda too said that the Satya Yuga commenced with the advent of the Master."

"It is so indeed," Mother confirmed.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, March 4th 2015

3:16 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 144

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:

Mother's guests left after their meal, accompanied by uncle Varada, who was going to Calcutta. In time they reached the open fields to the north. Mother accompanied them for a short distance and then stood watching, as long as she could see them.

When Suren babu was headmaster of a school at Ballaratanganj, he was pained to learn that the butchers of that locality were in the habit of skinning live cows. One day they actually did so in front of the school. The Hindu and Muslim students, the masters of the school and Suren Babu himself protested strongly against this. The butchers were given a beating and all this led to trouble. The butchers threatened to ill-treat Suren Babu.

At this time two or three boys from the school came to Jayrambati for Mother's blessings. Suren Babu sent a letter with them and they themsleves related the whole story. Mother shuddered when she heard it and referring to Suren Babu cried, "Who will protest against such a deed if not you?" At the Mother's request an encouraging letter was written to Suren Babu and he was urged to do his utmost to put an end to the cruel practice.

To Suren Babu's second letter Mother asked us to write, "If there is any truth in God, then there will be a remedy for this."

A lawsuit ensued from the incident and although the results were not as encouraging as one could hope them to be, gradually the cruel practice was stopped, at least it was no longer done openly.

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Tuesday, March 3rd 2015

2:29 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 143

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:

Suren Babu said, "Then again, Mother, one has to live with various members of a family. Some people take their food as soon as it is ready, even before it is dedicated. I feel distressed at having to offer such food to God."

"These things happen in life, even with us," Mother said. "Somebody may be a little sickly and has to have his food set aside early. When the food arrives, say to yourself that God has given it to you and then take it. There is no harm in that."..

Suren Babu asked, "Mother, I live so far out; is there truth in dreams?"

"Oh yes, dreams about God are true," Mother assured him. "The Master used to forbid people to recount their dreams about him even to him."

Suren Babu continued, "Mother, we do not know what the Master was like, we have never seen him. You are everything to us."

"Do not fear, my son." Mother replied, "the Master will take care of you here and hereafter."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Monday, March 2nd 2015

4:45 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 142

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:

Suren Babu said, "Mother, I cannot meditate properly."

"What does it matter?" Mother consoled him, "It is enough if you keep looking at the Master's picture. When the Master was ill at Cossipore, the boys took turns in watching him. Gopal was with him and he left the Master in order to sit at meditation. So he remained for a long time. Girish Babu arrived and hearing about this said, 'What! He on whom he is meditating lies here suffering, and he goes off to meditate!' He immediately sent for Gopal and the Master asked him to massage his feet, saying, 'Not that I ask you to do so because my feet are aching but because you have many good deeds to your credit.' So just have your eyes fixed on the Master and that will be enough."

Durga Babu said, "Mother, I cannot always decide what rules to follow about taking food."

"There was only one rule to which the Master paid particular attention," Mother answered, "he never ate at funeral feasts. 'That injures one's devotion,' he used to say. Otherwise dedicate your food mentally to him and eat everything."

Durga Babu continued, "Mother, frequently, when I am working at the hospitaI I feel thirsty and am obliged to drink water from the hands of all sorts of people. Does that matter?"

"What else can you do?" Mother said. "One has to do these things when at work. Remember the Master as you drink. There is no harm. Those who have to work cannot afford to be particular."

(to be continued....)


 

 

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Sunday, March 1st 2015

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 141

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, (Mother's old home) 8 June, 1913:

Shri Surendranath Bhowmick and Dr. Durgapada Ghosh have arrived. They will be leaving this afternoon. They came after their morning bath to pay their respects to Mother, who placed her hand on their heads and blessed them and asked them to be seated. After a few words Suren Babu asked Mother, "Mother, whenever I worship the Master I am faced with a problem. Supposing someone believes that his chosen deity and the Master are one and the same, then after worshipping his chosen goddess it sounds rather awkward to concude the pujA by addressing the deity in the feminine."

Mother smiled and replied, "Well, my son, he is the Godhead and one's chosen deity; he is all the gods and all their sacred word symbols, in him one can worship all the gods and goddesses. It does not matter how you address him!...."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Saturday, February 28th 2015

5:17 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 140

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 8 May, 1913:

Radhu had been unwell and her crazy mother was scolding away. Addressing Mother she said, "You have been giving my daughter medicines to kill her." Beginning with this she went on to say whatever came to her lips, till at last uncle Varada was summoned and he berated her. Mother had reached the limit of her patience and she too rebuked her. "I shall put an end to you today. If I do so, no one on earth can save you. And I shall not be committing a sin but a good deed."

Later she said to me, "I was married to such a husband who never so much as spoke to me slightingly. Once at Dakshineswar I carried some food to his room. Thinking it was Lakshmi and not I, he said to me as I was coming away, 'Close the door as thou goest,' using the familiar second singular (i.e. thou) as is the custom (in Bengali) when addressing juniors or inferiors. I answered, 'Yes, I am doing so.'

"He was embarrassed when he recognized my voice and said, 'Oh, it is you! I thought it was Lakshmi. Please do not mind my addressing you that way.' Even the next day he came before my room and said, 'Look, my dear, I could not sleep last night, wondering how I could speak so rudely to you.' And now we see how this creature abuses me day and night!...."

(to be continued....)

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Friday, February 27th 2015

4:23 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 139

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 28th March, 1913:

Mother said to Nalini, "Lakshmi's mother and I would cook at Karmarpukur. One day the Master and Hriday were eating together. Lakshmi's mother was an excellent cook. The Master tasted something she had prepared and cried, 'Oh Hridu, the person who cooked this is a specialist!' Then he ate of something that I had cooked and said, 'And this one is a quack.'...To which Hriday replied, 'True, but your quack will be at hand all the time....You have only to call her, whereas the specialist's fees are very high and she is not always available. People always call in the quack first, the quack is always one's friend.'

The Master said, 'Quite right, she is always there.'

"One day at Dakshineswar the Master asked me to cook something nice for Naren. I prepared Moog dAl and chApatis. After the meal, he asked Naren, 'Well, how did you like it?'

Naren replied, 'Quite nice, just like invalid's food.' Then the Master said to me, 'What was that you cooked for him? Make ChAnA dAl (peas) and thicker chApatis.' In the end I did so. Naren ate it and was highly pleased."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Thursday, February 26th 2015

12:30 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 138

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 28th March, 1913:

We were having our evening meal. Mother had prepared a dish of potatoes and some other vegetables. She brought it to us saying, "See what this tastes like." I tasted a little and said, "Just like invalid's food, cool and bland. Who cooked it? Mother replied, "I did."

"With your own hands?"

"yes."

"well," I said, "it is nothing special. People from our parts would not care for it."

"try just the gravy," Mother said.

"Aunt, you never use red pepper," Nalini commented. "How can he eat it?"

"Now, don't listen to him," Mother said to her. "When you taste it yourself you will like it."

I continued, "For some days I have been making inquiries about which dishes you have cooked and trying them out. But they all taste the same."

"Very well," Mother said, "one day I shall cook as they do in your parts, so there! One has to put more red peppers, isn't that it?"

"But not too much," I warned her. "Anyway, the taste need not be bad even if there is not enough red pepper." Whereupon Mother said to Nalini, "Get some peas (gram) tommorrow, I shall cook. I used to be quite a good cook, now I am getting out of practice."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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Wednesday, February 25th 2015

2:44 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 137

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 28th March, 1913:

We were at our midday meal. The Mother's crazy sister-in-law had placed a seat and a glass of water for a child on her own veranda. Every time she filled the glass with water, a cat came and drank from it. Aunt was furious and cried out that she would kill the wretched cat! Mother was near by and she said, "No, no, dont hinder a thirsty creature. Besides, he has already touched that water."

The crazy aunt shouted, "Don't waste your pity over a cat. How much pity have you for human beings? Why don't you have pity on men?"

Mother became serious and said, "The person I don't pity is miserable indeed! I don't know on whom I have no pity - even to the meanest creature."

(to be continued....)

 

 

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