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Sunday, February 25th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 90

Swami Arupananda:

Udbodhan, 8 February, 1912: To Mother: "Did you ever stay at Dakshineswar alone?"

"Sometimes alone, sometimes my mother-in-law would be there. Golap, Gaurdasi and the others would come sometimes. We cooked, lived, ate, all in that tiny room. We cooked for the Master. You see he often suffered from indigestion. He could not stand the rich food given as offerings to the Goddess. We also cooked for the devotees. Latu would be there. He came after a disagreement with Ram Datta. The Master said, 'Here is a nice boy. He will knead your dough for you.' The cooking went on day and night.

"For instance, Ram Datta would arrive and shout as he got down from the carriage, 'I would like to have chApAtis and cholAr dAl today.'

"As soon as I heard him I would start cooking. We used six or eight pounds of flour for chApAtis every day. Rhakal lived there We often prepared khichuri for him. Suren Mitter contributed ten rupees every month for the devotees. The older Gopal did the marketing. There was dance, song, kirtana, meditation and trances night and day. There was a bamboo partiton before us, in which we made holes and stood at them, watching. All that standing brought about my rheumatism."

(to be continued....)


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Saturday, February 24th 2018

12:15 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 89

Swami Arupananda:

1 February, 1912: It was nearly half past nine in the morning when I went to see Mother. As I had not been to see her all day, Mother asked, "Where have you been all day today?"

"I was busy with accounts downstairs," I replied.

"That was just what Prakash told me," she continued. "Can one who has renounced the world find any pleasure in such work? Once there was some confusion about the Master's allowance, and they gave him less. When I asked him to let the treasurer know, he said, 'Fie! Must I calculate?'

"This the Master told me, 'Who takes His name has no want! Why do you worry?' This I heard from his own mouth. His renunciation was a crown of jewels."

Udbodhan, 8 February, 1912: A mat or a rug would be spread on the north side of the floor of the room next to the prayer room. Mother would often sit there in the morning, facing east repeating her mantras mentally. We would often sit with her there when we came to talk with her. She was there today. I asked her, "How long did you live at Dakshineswar?"

"Well, for a fairly long time. I went there first at the age of *sixteen and remained there all along. I sometimes went home, as when Ramlal got married. I would go every two or three years."

*Actually nineteen.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, February 23rd 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 88

Swami Arupananda:

To Mother: "Does God make distinctions in the matter of grace?"

"Certainly, it is all according to one's karma. Once the bonds of karma are sundered, one finds God. That is the last time one is born.".....

"Mother," I argued, "admitted that spiritual exercise, exhaustion of past karma, and proper time - all these are needed if one would have the light of knowledge. But if God is our own, why should He not show Himself out of His grace?"

"Exactly so." Mother replied. "Not that everyone has this penetrating outlook like you; others take up religion as a matter of form. How many really want God?"

"I told you the other day," I added, "that one does not even know one's mother unless one gets love and affection."

"Quite so," Mother said. "How can love grow unless one sees Him? Here we have met - I am your mother and you are my son."

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, February 22nd 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 87

Swami Arupananda:

"Mother, when one speaks of seeing God," I said, "does one mean realizing absolute knowledge? Or is it something else?"

"No, what else can it mean? Do you think one grew two horns?"

"Many of the disciples here mean something else," I said, "they mean actually seeing Him, speaking to Him."

"They keep saying, 'Show us the Father, show us the Father'. He is nobody's father in any such sense. When they spoke of guru, Master, Father, he (the Master) seemed to be pierced with thorns. So many sages have meditated and prayed through the ages without finding Him (God), and these people would find Him without any meditation or prayer! No, I can't do it! Tell me, did he (the Master) ever do it for anybody/"

I asked, "Well, Mother, some people seek Him but never find Him. Whereas others do not seek Him but He gives Himself unto them. Why is it so?"

"God is like a child, you know. He denies some who seek and of Himself gives to some who do not. Perhaps such people had highly evolved souls from their previous lives. That is why they receive His grace."

(to be continued....)

 

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Wednesday, February 21st 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 86

Swami Arupananda:

To Mother: "I have heard that if one takes upon oneself the burden of another's sins," I continued, "one's health breaks down. The body which saves many souls may break down for a single soul."

"Yes, and his powers grow weaker," Mother said. "All the strength gained through prayer and meditation, which could have saved many souls, gets sometimes exhausted for the sake of a single one. The Master used to say, 'My illness is the effect of taking Girish's sins upon myself.' But Girish too is suffering now."

Mother," I said, "I once dreamt of a man with tousled hair. He seemed to be insisting that you do something for him then and there. He had already received his initiation from you, but he was not prepared to do any meditation or say any prayers for himself. You seemed to be saying, 'If I do anything for this man, I shall not live, my body cannot bear it.' I seemed to be expostulating with you, 'Why should you do anything for him? He can do it himself, let him pray and meditate.'...still you seemed to be granting his prayer when my dream ended. Tell me, do one's powers become limited when one takes human form?"

"Yes they do," Mother replied.

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, February 20th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 85

Swami Arupananda:

Mother said: "Just before Jogin died, he prayed for nirvAna. Girish Babu said, 'Listen, Jogin, do not accept nirvAna. The Master manifests himself in all creation. The moon and the sun are his eyes. Do not ask for such big things. Think of the Master as he used to be, and go to him thinking those thoughts.'"

Udbodhan (Mother's room), 16 January, 1912: I said, "Mother, when Chaitanya Deva blessed the girl Narayani saying, 'Narayani, may you grow devoted to Sri Krishna,' immediately the three or four year old girl rolled in the dust crying Krishn's name. I have read a story that after NArada had received salvation, he saw an ant and for some reason was filled with compassion for it. He blessed the ant, saying, 'Be free, be free.' Immediately the ant was transformed from ant to bird, beast, and through stages finally to man. He was born again and again as man, gradually his thoughts turned to God, and through meditation he earned his own salvation. All this transmigration NArada saw, as though in the twinking of an eye. It may come to pass, any time, by the mercy of great souls."

"So it might," Mother replied.

(to be continued....)


 

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Monday, February 19th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 84

Swami Arupananda:

Jayrambati, 26 May, 1911: Mother rested for a few days at Calcutta after her visit to Rameshwaram and then went back to Jayrambati where she reached on the 19th of May. We were sitting in Mother's veranda in the old house talking. It was evening. Mother was asking after a particular disciple.

"What did he say?"

"He said his heart has been yearning for you for the past three or four months."

"What do mean? A monk must be beyond all attachmnets. Golden chains are as much of a bond as iron chains. A monk must have no attachments.....I do not like a man to be about me all the time.....I have to live with the other women of my family. Ashu was always hovering upstairs, grinding sandal paste and so forth. I rebuked him."

I asked, "Will all the monks who follow the path of Vedanta attain nirvAna?"

"Surely. After conquering by stages all attachments and desires they will attain nirvAna and merge into God. The body means the existance of desire, otherwise it would not have existed. It all ends when one no longer has any desires.....

"Hazra once said to the Master, 'Why do you worry yourself about Naren and the others? They look after themselves, they are there. Put your thoughts towards God. Why should you have any attachments?' At this the Master turned away from all attachments and put his mind in God. His beard and hair stood on end. Jyst imagine the kind of man he was!...The whole body became stiff. Then, Ramlal prayed, 'Do come back to your usual state. Do become what you used to be.' Such continuous prayer brought back his bodily consciousness. Through compassion he kept his mind on a lower plane."


(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, February 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 83

Swami Arupananda:

I said to Mother: "Sharat Maharaj said, 'Only those with noble minds can live alone, while those with guilty minds get worse if they stay alone.'"

"What is there to fear?" Mother added. "The Master will take care of him. Do not many monks live alone?"

"Even Hriday Mukherji left the Master at the end," I said.

"Can one always enjoy good things?" Mother answered.

"I have heard that he sometimes ill-treated the Master and abused him," I said.

"He took such good care of him, why should he not abuse him?" Mother protested. "Those who cherish one, always do so."

"Now this disciple too has cherished you, and in the end he behaves like this!" I said rather tauntingly.

"One must have discipline, or else how can one be good," Mother said coolly.


(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, February 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 82

Swami Arupananda:

Mother was discussing a certain devotee who did not wish to visit the Belur Math:

"They may laugh at him there; that is why he doesn't want to go to the Math...He should go to Puri for a few days with Rakhal. Where can he go all by himself? Who will provide his food?"

"What is there to worry about food?" I said. "He can beg. But he should go to the Math if only to obey Maharaj and other senior monks."

"Yes he should;" Mother said, "but he doesn't want to work. How can one's mind be healthy if one doesn't work? No one can spend all twenty-four hours in thought and meditation. So one must engage oneself in work, it keeps the mind cheerful."....

The next day,...Mother inquired after the same disciple. "Has he gone?"

"Yes, he is staying at Kanjilal's house today and maybe tomorrow as well. Sharat Maharaj said, 'If he goes in pride and vanity, he will sink lower day by day. But if he goes in shame, then if the Master so wishes, he may yet be reclaimed.'"

"What does it matter," Mother said. "He is a man and not a girl....Everyone can break down something, but how many can build it up? Everyone can revile and jeer at him, but how many can reclaim him? All men have weaknesses."

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, February 16th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 81

Swami Arupananda:

Mother: "The household in the garden house at Cossipore was quite expensive. Three separate menus were prepared; one for the Master, one for Naren and the others, and one for the rest of the household. They used to raise subscriptions; that was why one person went away."

Udbodhan (Prayer Room), 14th April, 1911:

I went upstairs with flowers which arrived daily for the pujA. As it was getting late Mother had said, "Bring them up as soon as they come." She used to get the things ready and perform the pujA herself.

She beckoned to me to go near. She was seated on a cot and inquired after a certain disciple. She asked, "Is he downstairs?"

"Yes," I said.

"What does he do? Reading?"

"Yes, sometimes, perhaps."

"Isn't he going to the Belur Math, then?"

"No, he has no desire to go."

"You must persuade him."

"I have done so many times. You speak to him, Mother, so that he may at least go and spend a few days there."

"I too have spoken to him many times, my son," Mother said, "but even then he pays no heed."

(to be continued....)

 

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