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Tuesday, October 23rd 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 329

Swami Ishanananda:

With these words, she (Mother) got up for performing worship. A little before evening she started for Jayrambati in a palanquin. The person selected from Koalpara for managing the store at Jayrambati during one of our JagaddhAtri pujAs fell ill; so I had to take up the work and start for Jayrambati a day earlier. 

When there, Mother said to me, "That's all right, you can do as well. Have a look at everything today, and come to the store early next morning after bath. Do the works a little carefully, maintaining due form, and then it will be all right."

Since society was very strict in those parts in the observance of caste rules, Mother uttered the last sentences by way of warning.

During the JagaddhAtri pujA day, Mother came to the store and took her seat. And as anyone came for anything, I issued it out from the store after showing it to her. When the pujA was over, Mother bathed and went to the place of worship with her sisters-in-law for offering flowers. After offering three handfulls of flowers, she sat silently at a corner for some time with her hands folded and the end of the sAri around her shoulder (as a sign of profound respect).

So the pujA ended peacefully. At noon many villagers, both men and women, had prasAda. At Mother's house the pujA used to be perfromed for three days. As I had fever on the second day, Mother managed the store herself.

(to be continued....)

 

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Monday, October 22nd 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 328

Swami Ishanananda:

A few days later we retruned to Koalpara with Kedar Babu's mother, who also had been to Rameswaram with Mother. At the time of departure Mother gave a few rupees to Kedar Babu and said, "Purchase some paddy for the JagaddhAtri worship and get it husked into rice."

Mother once returned to the village in Falguna (February - March). In the course of a talk, Kedar Babu said to her (at Koalpara), "Mother, all your children are learned, while only we few among them are ignorant. Sharat Maharaj is spreading words and ideas of the Master by writing books. Your other boys are delivering lectures and doing other works."

At this Mother said, "How you talk now? As to learning, the Master had almost no education. All that matters is to have the mind fixed in the Lord. Much will be achieved through you in these parts.

"The Master came this time to save all - rich or poor, educated or uneducated. The (southern) Malaya breeze (i.e. Divine Grace) is blowing strong enough, anyone who will hoist his sail a little - one who will seek refuge - will be fully satisfied. All trees will turn into sandalwood (Referring to the belief that the Malaya breeze turns all wood into sandal) - all trees and plants that have a little hardwood - except grass and bamboo.

"Why should you have to worry, since you are my own? But the turth of it is that, a learned monk is like the tusk of an elephant gilded all over."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, October 21st 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 327

Swami Ishanananda:

One or two days before the birthday of Sri Krishna, I expressed my desire to Mother to be initiated on that day. Overhearing this, Golap-Ma cried in her natural loud voice, "Such a small boy (I was then thirteen years old), he will forget his mantra in two days, and yet he must have his initiation even now! How thoughtless of Kedar! Mother belongs to your part of the country. When she goes there, you can have your initiation some day in future after riper thoughts."

With this she left the place. Then Mother said, "See, how Golap talks. Can anyone forget what one learns in boyhood? Let him do whatever he can from now on, and for the future I am there to be sure!"

On the birthday of Shri Krishna, Mother initiated me after the pujA of the Master, and noticing that I had made my japa just as she had instructed, she said, "That's it! Why shouldn't one remember this much? Certainly one will. I shall show you eveything else in future as the need arises."

Next she stroked my head and chest with words of blessing, and then leaving her seat she said, "Come with me". I saluted and followed her to the adjacent room, where she took two sweets from a vessel hanging from the ceiling, bit off a piece from one of them, and handing over the rest to me said, "Eat". Noticing that I felt shy and stood there with the sweets in hand, she said, "Don't feel shy, one has to eat some prasAda after initiation". And she offered me a glass of water.

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, October 20th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 326

Swami Ishanananda:

"How nice it was that Shashi (Swami Ramakrishnananda) made me worship at Rameswaram with 108 bel leaves made of gold," Mother related. "When the Raja of Ramnad heard that I had gone there, he ordered his Dewan to show us his palace, treasury, and all that there was to see, and to present me then and there anything I took a fancy to. What could I ask for? Failing to make any choice, I said at last, 'What want have I, my son, Shashi has arranged for all that we may need'.

"And then on the second thought that they might be disappointed, I said, 'Very well, Radhu may take something if she needs'. To Radhu I said, 'Look here, you can take anything if you have a need'. Then we looked at the jewels and diamonds, my heart beat quick, and I prayed earnestly to the Master, 'Kindly see that Radhu covets nothing'.

"As for Radhu, she said, 'There's nothing that I would care to take from there, I don't want any of these. I have lost the pencil I use for writing; purchase a pencil for me'.

"That relieved me of all anxiety. I walked out at ease and purchased from a shop outside a pencil worth two pice."

After these talks, Mother got up to make offerings to the Master, and we also went downstairs.

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, October 19th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 325

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother had returned from Rameswaram to Calcutta (April 1911). We three went to 'Udbodhan' to pay our respects to her. When we sat down after saluting her, she said, "Learning that you would come, I kept two photographs of Rameswaram for your Ashrama. Take them when you go back; worship them there."

"You installed the Master there and asked us to worship him as the embodiment of all the gods and godesses," Kedar Babu said, "and here you offer these others? How many have we to worship?"...

Mother then said, "Very well, get these mounted well, and hang them on the walls of the shrine room."

(to be continued....)

 

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Thursday, October 18th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 324

Swami Ishanananda:

According to Prakash Maharaj's wishes, it was decided that we would get their food ready for delivery to them before six o'clock at evening. But we could not get it cooked in time in spite of ourselves, and this made him angry.

Brother Rajen suggested, "Well, you can start with them at the fixed time, and we can catch you up on the way with all the things on our heads, no matter what the distance is."

Mother overheard all this talk and said to Prakash Maharaj, "Why do you lose temper over these matters and fulminate? This is our village life; can things be done here to the minute as in Calcutta? You have seen how the boys have been straining themselves from the morning. Whatever you may say, there shall be no moving out of this place before dinner."

As a result, it was only at eight o'clock at night that they started for Vishnapur in eight bullock carts after finishing their meals at the Ashrama.

(to be continued....)


 

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Wednesday, October 17th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 323

Swami Ishanananda:

It had been arranged that, when on her way to Calcutta, Mother would install the Master at the Koalpara Ashrama. With her own hands she placed the Master's picture and her own in position and she performed a special worship. And then she got the homa and other rites performed by Kishori Maharaj (later Swami Parameshwarananda). 

At noon she went with Kedar babu's mother to his house for a little walk on foot. When returning from there, she was met on the way by Prakash Maharaj, who requested her to get into a palanquin. She complied with evident reluctance. After her return to the Ashrama, she took him severely to task, and said, "This is our village life. Koalpara is sort of parlour for me. These boys are my own. I want to live and move freely about here. 

"Coming from Calcutta, I feel myself free from all restrictions. You keep me confined there in a cage as it were. I feel always under check. Now if even here I am able to take each step at your bidding, well I can't do that. You may write to Sharat."

At this Prakash Maharaj begged for pardon and said, "Sharat Maharaj asked me to attend to your needs carefully on the way, and I was under the impression that it was owing to my negligence that you had to walk there. But Mother, you are free to act as you please."

(to be continued....)


 

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Monday, October 15th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 322

Swami Ishanananda:

On another occasion, when Mother was at Koalpara, revered Swami Maharaj (Swami Saradananda) sent Rashbihari Maharaj (later Swami Arupananda) to her with some mangoes. Soon after his arrival he came to salute Mother. After inquiring generally about his health and welfare, Mother asked, "Well, my dear, what's the news of the War (World War 1914-18)? what a terrible loss of life! What a machine for killing people they have devised!

"What a lot of gadgets and machines nowadays - telegraphy and all that! Look, for instance, how Rashbihari left Calcutta yesterday and reached here today. How we toiled and trudged on in those days to reach Dakshineswar!"

Encouraged by this, Prabodh Babu (Headmaster of the High School at Badanganj) began an enconium of Western education and science and lastly he said, "The British Government has increased the general welfare in our country."

Mother had been nodding assent all along, but now she said, "But, my son, although these advantages are there, the want of food and clothing has increased very much in our country. It was not so acute in olden times."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, October 14th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 321

Swami Ishanananda:

But the day that brought the news that the wife and sister of Deven Babu of village Yuthavihara, both named *Sindhubala had been marched under arrest to the police station by the police of Bankura, in connection with a political case, though one of them was in an advanced state of pregnancy, all were struck dumb at seeing Mother red with anger.

*(The police wanted one of the Sindhubala's, but failing to identify the real one, preferred to arrest both).

At first she cried, "You really say so!" and her whole frame shook. And then she added, "Is that an order from the Company (i.e. Government) or an overdoing of it all by the police officer? Well, we never heard of such inhuman treatment towards innocent women during the time of Queen Victoria. If this be an order from the Company, then its days are numbered. Was there no man present who could give some slaps and snatch away the girls?"

A little later, however, when the news of their release came, Mother became a little reassured and said, "Had I not got that news, I couldn't sleep this night."

(to be continued....)

 

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Saturday, October 13th 2018

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 320

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother: "After his (Naren's) return from foreign lands, he said, 'By your grace, Mother, I didn't have to cross the ocean by jumping (referring to Hanuman) in this age, but went to those parts in their own ships. And there, too, I noticed the glory of the Master. What a great number of good people have heard about him from me with astonished eagerness and have accepted this idea!' "

Then she added, "They too are my children - don't you agree?"

In this connection a few more incidents come to my mind. Once during the DurgA pujA, Mother asked me to purchase some clothes for her brother's children. I brought in only the (coarse) country-made stuff. The women of the family rejected most of these and wished to have finer clothes. I became excited and exclaimed, "That will be foreign fabric. To think that one can purchase these!"

Mother was sitting at a corner and listening to everything. She said with a smile, "My boy, they (the foreigners) too are my children. I have to carry on with all. Can I afford to be partial? Bring for them the clothes just as they want."

Later on I noticed that whenever Mother had to get any foreign article for anyone, she asked somebody else to do the marketing. It was against her nature to hurt anyone's feelings.

(to be continued....)



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