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Thursday, November 2nd 2017

12:05 AM

Daily Reading





A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother" 


(available at all Vedanta Centres)





Page 358





Swami Ishanananda:





That day the conversation dragged on till late at night. I said, "Mother, Kedar Maharaj says, 'Engage yourselves dilligently in these works, and then everything will come of its own accord'."





"You will work as a matter of course," Mother said approvingly. "The mind keeps well, when engaged in work. And yet japa, meditation, prayer also are specially needed. You must at least sit down once in the morning and again in the evening. That acts as a rudder to a boat. When one sits in meditation at evening, one gets a chance to think of what one has done - good or bad - during the whole day. Next one should compare the state of one's mind in the preceeding day and the present.





"Then one should meditate on one's chosen deity as one goes on making japa. In meditation the face of the chosen deity of course comes first; but one should meditate on the whole figure, starting from the feet upward. Unless you meditate in the mornings and evenings along with work, how can you know what you are actually doing?"





"Some, again, say," added I, "that work is of no avail; one can achieve one's end only through constant meditation."





"How did they know, what will be fruitful and what not?" asked Mother. "Does one get everything only by meditating for a few days? Nothing will be of any avail unless mahAmayA clears the way. Did you notice the other day, how one person trying hard at meditation, got his brain upset? If the head becomes unbalanced, then what remains?





"It is just like a screw being tight or loose. If a thread is too loose one becomes either mad or falls into the trap of mahA-mayA, and then considering oneself to be wise, one feels, 'I am all right.' Again, if the screw is tightened a bit the opposite way, then one is set on the right path and one gets peace and happiness."





(to be continued....)









 



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