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Saturday, July 2nd 2016

3:02 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 250

Sarayubala Devi:

23 August, 1918:

It was raining heavily this afternoon. As the time to go to see Mother drew near, I wondered how I could manage it. It was already getting dark. At Shokaharan's advice, I wrapped his waterproof around me and set out. Gusts of rain swept over my face, and yet I cannot describe the deep joy and impulse which impelled me forward. I entered by the back door, because I felt shy in case the monks saw me like that.

When I arrived before Mother looking like that, she burst into laughter; but when my wet clothes touched her feet as I stooped to bow to her - the cloth over my head was wet - she grew worried and cried, "Why, you are quite wet! Go and change, put on this sAri of Radhu's."

I said, "Feel, Mother, I am not wet anywhere else, I do not need to change."

Mother did so and said, "Why, so it is."

(to be continued....)


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Friday, July 1st 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 249
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
August, 1918:
 
Mother: "After the Master had gone and it was decided that I should come here - I was then at Karmarpukur - many people said, 'How can she go and live in the midst of so many young men!' I knew in my own heart that I was going to live here, yet I asked many people about their opinion, because one should pay heed to social opinion. Many others on the other hand said, 'Of course you must go, they are all your disciples.' 
 
"I heard what everybody had to say. Later I went to an old lady (Prasannamayi) in our village, whose word is much respected because of her piety and wisdom, and she said, 'What? Certainly you must go. They are your disciples and like your sons. What is there to discuss? Of course you will go.'
 
"When the others heard this, many of them gave their consent. So I came. Do you know that for my sake they take care of even a cat from Jayrambati! My mother would grieve, 'I have married my Sarada to such a crazy husband that she can't enjoy ordinary married life or have children and hear them call her mother.'
 
"One day the Master heard her and said, 'Don't grieve over that, Mother, your daughter will have so many children, you will see, that her ears will ache at hearing the cry of "Mother".' He was quite right, whatever he said has come to pass."
 
As it was getting late, I took my leave soon afterwards....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 30th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 248
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
23 August, 1918:
 
When I went to see Mother this evening, they were discussing about a certain woman, one of the devotees. Mother remarked, "She is much too strict with her daughter-in-law. Is it wise? One should hold the reins loosely. The poor girl is young, why should she not enjoy fine clothes and good food? Suppose she really kills herself just as she threatens or leaves the house, what will happen then?"
 
When she saw me she continued, "What does it matter if she puts a little lac on her feet? These poor girls can never see their own husbands - this one's husband has renounced the world. I could at least see the Master, to care for him, to cook his meals, when he wanted me I went near him, and when he didn't I never left the music tower, sometimes for as long as two months. I would bow down to him from a distance.
 
"He would say, 'Her name is Sarada, she is Saraswati (Goddess of Learning) that is why she loves to adorn herself.' He said to Hriday, 'Go and see how much money is in your chest. Have a pair of beautiful armlets made for her.'
 
"He was ill at that time, and yet he had those armlets made at a cost of three hundred rupees, and he would not touch money himself.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, June 29th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 247
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 August, 1918:
 
A BrahmachArin brought news of a certain lady, who had come to see Mother. Mother was already very tired and was lying down. When she received the message, she expressed her annoyance and sat up again. A little later a beautifully dressed lady came and taking her seat at the foot of Mother's bed, bowed her head to Mother's feet. Whereupon Mother said, "There's no need to touch my feet, bow from there." Then she inquired after their welfare.
 
She answered, "You know, Mother, that my husband is ailing."
 
"Yes, I have heard of it, how is he now? What is his complaint and who is treating him?"
 
"It is diabetes, the doctor is looking after him," she answered. "He has water in his abdomen, his feet are swelling a little, the doctors think it is a serious case. But I don't believe them, Mother, you must find a way. Tell me that he will get well again."
 
"What do I know?" Mother said. "The Master is everything. If he makes him well, all will be well. I shall pray to him."
 
"That's all that matters. Can the Master deny you?" With this, she laid her head once more at Mother's feet and wept.
 
Mother comforted her saying, "Pray to the Master, that he may save your husband's life."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, June 28th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 246
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
22 August, 1918:
 
"Even if he (my husband) is content," I answered Mother, "people keep saying why should I remain so long in my sister's house, when I should be looking after my husband and household duties."
 
"You have looked after your household long enough," Mother replied. "Don't mind what people say; that's their way. You will have to go anyway at pujA time in the month of Ashwina (September-October)."
 
"I don't think I have ever cared over much for my household," I said. "My chief anxiety now is that I shall not be able to see you so frequently."
 
"Then there is nothing to worry about," Mother said. "You may as well stay this month."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, June 27th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 245
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
14 August, 1918:
 
I went to see Mother one evening and found that a number of girls from Nivedita school had come to see her. Among them were two girls from South India and Mother was questioning them about their studies. 
 
When she heard that they knew English, she said, '"Now translate this into English - 'I shall now go home.'"
 
One of the girls said to the other, "You do it." Finally the older girl did it....
 
Mother laughed with pleasure at her answer and asked them if they could sing. When they replied in the affirmative, she requested them to sing a South Indian song. They sang and Mother was delighted....
 
22 August, 1918:
 
I went to see Mother late this evening. She was lying on a mat on the floor beside her cot. I prostrated myself and after talking of various matters, asked her, "I have been staying here for quite a while, Mother, do you think I should go to our Kalighat house now?"
 
"Stay a little longer," Mother replied. "Once you go back there, you will not be able to come so often. If you are absent for a single day, I keep wondering why you have not come. For instance, you were not here yesterday and I wondered if you were ill. If you had not come today I would have sent the cook to find out what had happened. But if your husband is unwell, or if you think he wants you to go, then of course you must go."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Sunday, June 26th 2016

1:52 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 244
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
14 August, 1918:
 
Mother: "I stayed at Koilwar in Arrah district for two months because it was reputed to be healthy. Golap, Baburam's mother, Balaram's wife, and others were with me. There were herds of deer roaming in the countryside, roaming about in V formation. In a moment they would take to flight, like a bird on the wing.
 
"I have never seen such speed. The Master used to say, 'Musk grows around the deer's navel, and the deer rushes about in all directions, unaware of the source of the perfume. So the Lord dwells in the bodies of men; but they rush about in vain, not knowing that he is in them.'
 
"God alone is real, all else is false. What do you think, my dear."...
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, June 25th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 243
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
14 August, 1918:
 
I told Mother about a dream I had. I dreamed that I was going somewhere with my husband. On the way we saw a river so wide that we could not see its shores. As we went along under the trees to get nearer the river, a golden climbing plant wove itself round my arm in such a manner that I could not untwist it. I came to the edge of the river, trying to undo the tendril and saw a dark boy who brought over a ferry boat from the other bank.
 
He said, "Cut away the plant and I shall take you across." I cut away almost all of it but there was one little bit I could not get rid of. In the meantime my husband seemed to have gone away and I could see him no more. At last I said, "I can't get rid of this little piece, but you must take me across."
 
With this I stepped on to the boat which left the bank at once and I awoke from my dream.
 
"That was the Divine Mother who rowed you across in the boy's form," Mother explained. "Husband, son, and your own earthly body - everything is an illusion. Until one is free from these bondages of mAyA, one cannot get across the river. Even the fondness for the body - thinking oneself as the body - must be ultimately got rid of. What is this body, my dear, but three pounds of ashes, that one should be so proud of it?...Why should we love this body? Call Mother! Govinda! Govinda! RAdhe ShyAm! On God - call on Him. Glory to the Divine RAdhe ShyAm! Guru! Guru! GangA, GangA - the divine water."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, June 24th 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 242
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
14 August, 1918:
 
Mother: "The temple doors were closed, it was one o'clock. He (the Master) clapped his hands repeating the names of the deities and had the door opened. I was saying to my maid, 'O Jadu's mother, what shall I do?' Somehow he heard me and realising my anxiety called out, 'Now don't worry, my dear,we have had our dinner.'
 
"Later on, when he told Rakhal about the ghosts (in Beni Pal's garden), he cried, 'How awful! It is just as well that you did not say anything then, otherwise my teeth would be chattering with fear! Hearing you tell the story even now, I feel afraid,'"
 
Mother laughed in her own way as she related the story.
 
"Mother, the ghosts were fools!" I said. "Instead of praying for salvation, why did they beg the Master to go away?"
 
"Surely they have found salvation after seeing the Master," Mother replied.
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Thursday, June 23rd 2016

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 241
 
Sarayubala Devi:
 
14 August, 1918:
 
After a while Mother said, "This is a very bad year for the Math. My Baburam, Debabrata, and Sachin, all are gone." A few days before Debebrata Maharaj (Swami Pajnananda) passed away, Swami Brahmananda had seen a spirit at Udbodhan house. When I asked Mother about this, she cried, "Softly, they might get scared. The Master often saw such things. Once he went to Beni Pal's garden, together with Rakhal and was walking about in the garden when a spirit arrived and cried, 'Why have you come here, we are in agony. We can't stand your very breath, go away from here, go away.'
 
"How could they stand his holy atomsphere, his spiritual radiance! He laughed and came away without saying anything and immediately after dinner asked for a hackney carriage. He was supposed to remain there for the night and his hosts objected saying, 'Now, where can we find a hackney carriage at this time of night?'
 
"The Master replied, 'Yes, you will get one. They went and fetched one and he returned the same night. When I heard the sound of carriage wheels so late at night, I listened intently and heard the Master talking to Rakhal. I grew dreadfully worried wondering what I could give him, if he had not had his dinner. Other nights I always had something put away, a little hominy or something, because one never knew when he would suddenly demand food. That night I had kept nothing, as I was not expecting him."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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