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Wednesday, March 29th 2017

12:05 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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Tuesday, March 28th 2017

12:05 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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Monday, March 27th 2017

12:05 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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Sunday, March 26th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 136
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Jayrambati, 14th March, 1913:
 
Prabodh Babu asked, "Mother, the Master loved renunciation, but where is our spirit of renunciation?"
 
"It will grow by degrees," Mother replied. "A little in this life, more in the next. The shell alone changes, the soul remains the same...He (the Master) used to say, 'If I wished, I could cover with gold the whole of Karmarpukur; I had only to ask Shejo Babu (Mathurnath Biswas) to do so. But what's the use? Such things are ephemeral.'
 
"Of some people he would say that this was their final incarnation. He used to say, 'See now, he has no desire for anything. This is his last life.'"
 
They (the visitors) bowed at Mother's feet and took leave.
 
At dusk we sat on Mother's veranda, talking...
 
I said, "Some people once said to Swami Vivekananda, 'What right has a shudra (a non-brahmin) to take the sannyAsin's vows?'..
 
Swamiji replied, 'A KAyastha is a kshatriya by caste and he has the right to take the vows.'"
 
Later Mother said, "I do not understand all that, but this I know that Naren came down from among the seven rishis (seers) and that the Master's disciples are sannyAsins who have gained knowledge. A man of knowledge can become a sannyAsin. Take Gaurdasi for instance; women may not become sannyAsinis. But is she a woman? She is like a man. How many man are there like her? See how she has arranged for the school, the carriage, the horses. The Master used to say, 'If a woman becomes a sannyAsini, she no longer remains a woman.' She becomes a man. To Gauradsi He would say, *'I shall pour the water, you knead the clay.'"
(*That is, I shall supply the inspiratiom, you give shape to it.)
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Saturday, March 25th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 135
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Jayrambati, February, 1913
 
One day uncle Prasanna came to Mother and said, "Sister, I hear that you appeared to someone in a dream and gave him initiation and assured him that he would find redemption from the bonds of life and death. You have nursed us in your lap, shall we remain like this for ever?"
 
"Everything will be as the Master wishes," Mother replied. "And look here, Shri Krishna played with the shepherd boys, laughed and walked with them, ate of food they had touched; but did they know who he was?"
 
Another day after our meal was over, some of the disciples were about to cleanse the dishes, when Mother prevented them saying, "No, no, leave them. You are beings whom even the gods treasure." ....
 
Jayrambati, 14th March, 1913:
 
Doctor Lalit Babu of Shyamabazar and Prabodh Babu had arrived. They came at about four in the afternoon to pay their respects to Mother and talked with her....Speaking of the rules about taking food, Mother said, "...Whatever you eat you must first dedicate to God; you should not take any other kind of food. The quality of your blood depends on the quality of the food you take. If you take consecrated food your blood and your mind will be purified, you will find strength. If your mind is pure, your faith and love will be pure." 
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Friday, March 24th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 134
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Jayrambati, 25 February, 1913
 
We reached Jayrambati and sat down for an evening meal. One of us cried, "Did you notice, Mother, how inconsiderate these people (the Mother's brothers) are? You were coming, but they sent no one to the riverside to meet you!"
 
Referring to this, Mother said to her eldest brother, "Why did you not send someone to the riverside to meet us?....You sent nobody, neither did you go yourself!"
 
"I did not send anybody for fear of KAli," uncle Prasanna explained. "In case he says, 'There he goes, all set to influence sister!' Do you think I do not realize what you are! I know everything but dare not do anything. God has given me that power this time. Bless me that throughout my future lives I may find you as in this life. I want nothing more."
 
Mother said, "What! Catch me coming into your family again! This is quite enough. RAma once prayed that he should never be born again in Kaushalya's womb! To be born in your family again!! Father was devoted to RAma and always helped others, mother had such a kind heart; that was why I was born here!"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
 
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Thursday, March 23rd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 133
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 11 February, 1913
 
One of the monks at the Math had sent a young boy to Mother for initiation. Mother listened to all the details concerning him and then said, "You have your own hereditary Vaishnava gurus, take your initiation from them." Whatever may be the reason, Mother did not inititae him...
 
On her return from Varanasi, Mother stayed for a very short while in Calcutta and then left for Jayrambati. She arrived at the Koalpara Math on 25th February. She was given the room adjoining the shrine. I took out a tiny banyan seed and said to her, "Look, Mother, it is even smaller than the seeds of the red herb. From this will spring a giant tree! How strange!"
 
"Indeed it will," Mother replied. "see what a tiny seed is the name of God. From it in time come deep trances, devotion, love and such spiritual consummation."
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 132
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
Udbodhan, 11 February, 1913
 
I said, "Mother, Swami Vivekananda gave initiation to many people and you are still doing so. It is like sending away beggars with a gift of a couple of rupees and then forgetting all about them."
 
"So many are the aspirants; how many can one really remember?" Mother replied. "When one lights a fire do not the moths swarm around it? This is the same."
 
"They take their initiation, but what do they get out of it?" I asked. "To our outward eyes they still appear to be the same as they were before."
 
"Power flows through the mantra, from the guru to the disciple and from the disciple to the guru," Mother explained. "That is why when one gives the mantra and takes the sins of the initiated upon oneself, one's health fails. It is very hard to be a guru, one has to to take the responsibilty for the disciple's sins....If the disciple commits a sin, the guru must atone for it. And if the disciple is good, the guru also stands to gain. Some progress rapidly, some slowly, according to each one's accumulated tendencies. That is why Rakhal does not like to give initiation. He says, 'Mother, as soon as one gives the mantra to somebody, one falls ill! I shudder at the very idea of giving initiation to anybody.'"
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Tuesday, March 21st 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

 
 
A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
 
Page 131
 
Swami Arupananda:
 
16 December, 1912:
 
I raised the topics of visions and asked her, "Mother, people have visions. Are they subjective or can they be actually seen with one's own eyes?"
 
"They are all subjective," Mother replied, "but I once saw something with my own eyes - at Karmarpukur - a little girl of ten or twelve like Radhu, dressed in saffron, her hair all rough and dry, and with a string of rudrAksha (beads) around her neck. Wherever I went she was with me, sometimes in front, sometimes behind. Then at Belur at Nilambar Babu's house. I performed the panchatapa (sitting in japa from sun to sunset with four fires around and the sun above), and so did Jogen (Yogin-Ma). Afterwards the girl disappeared and I never saw her again,"....
 
(to be continued....)
 
 
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Monday, March 20th 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 130

Swami Arupananda:

11 December, 1912:

Mother: "in these miserable times one may find God only through steadfast truth. The Master used to say, 'He who clings to truth, lies in the lap of God.' When I was at Dakshineswar during the Master's illness I used every day to boil his milk until it thickened. And if I gave him a whole seer, I would say that it was half a seer, I always made it less. One day the Master found me out and said, 'What is this! You must always cling to truth. See how I have been taking too much milk and have made myself ill!' As soon as the idea entered his head he really had indigestion."...

In the end I said, "Mother, I do not really care much for these questions that I ask or the things I say. My thoughts are differently inclined. I should like to know that though I address you as Mother, are you indeed my mother?"

Mother replied, "Who else? Indeed I am your own mother."

"Although you may say so," I demurred, "I cannot grasp it fully. There is something that makes me naturally recognize the mother that bore me; but can I recognize you in the same way?"

"That's true enough, my son," Mother replied; and the next moment she added, "He is one's father and mother, my child, He takes the form of one's father and mother."

(to be continued....)

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