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Tuesday, December 10th 2019

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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Monday, December 9th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 357

Swami Ishanananda:

One day I prepared the bread and other eatables as usual, and then after dusk I went to Mother's room to read to her the letters from the disciples. A lady disciple wrote very often, her letters being full of various forms of praise of Mother. When I summarized one of the letters for Mother, she said, "Well, at times I think, I am after all a daughter of Ram Chandra Mukherji; and there are many other girls of my age at Jayrambati. What's the difference between them and myself? The disciples come to show their respects to me from somewhere, nobody knows.

"On inquiry I hear that somebody is a judge, while somebody else is a lawyer. Why should they come in this way?" With this, Mother kept quiet. After a while I asked, "Well, do you not always remember your real nature?"

"Can that always be possible?" said Mother. "If that were so, how could all these works be carried on? But even in the midst of work, whenever there is a desire, a little thought wakes up an insight, and the whole play of mahAmayA (Great cosmic power of God) stands revealed."

"Well, Mother," somebody put in, "as for ourselves, we don't have the slightest illumination, try how hard we may."

"It will certainly come," assured Mother. "Why should you worry at all? It will all come in due course."

(to be continued....)

 

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Sunday, December 8th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 356

Swami Ishanananda:

Kedar Maharaj asked (Mother), "Did the Master come this time to ofer a new path for which purpose he achieved a harmony of all religions!"

Mother replied, "It never struck me that he (deliberately) practised all the religions with a view to preaching the idea of the harmony of all religions. He was ever absorbed in divine moods. He used to enjoy the divine play (lilA) from all the points of view by adopting which as the paths of approach, the Christians, Mussulmans, Vaishnavas, and others realize the Truth; and his days and nights passed in these alone - he had no other consciousness.

"But, my son, I tell you  that renunciation is his specialty in this age. Did anyone see before such natural (and total) renunciation ever before? As for the idea of the harmony of religions that you mentioned, that too is excellent. During earlier incarnations, some one of the attitudes was magnified at the cost of the others."

(to be continued....)


 

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Saturday, December 7th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 355

Swami Ishanananda:

The Sandhi-pujA (the worship of DurgA during the junction of the eighth and ninth days of the bright fortnight, which is very auspicious) was due that year a little after evening. At that time many offered handfuls of lotuses at Mother's feet, then she told me, "Bring more flowers; offer them in the names of Rakhal (Swami Brahmananada), Tarak (Swami Shivananda), Jogen {Jogin-Ma), and Golap (Golap-Ma); offer in the names of all my sons whom I may or may not remember."

When I had done so, Mother kept on looking for a long while at the Master with folded hands and then prayed, "May all be blessed here and hereafter."

One morning Kedar Maharaj sat by Mother at Jayrambati and said, "Even those who are well off come to our charitable dispensary for medicine. We opened it for the poor to be sure. Should we give medicines to those others as well?"

Mother said after a little thought, "My son, all people in those parts are poor. So if they come to ask for medicine, knowing the circumstances fully well, you have got to give. Anyone who begs is poor."

(to be continued....)

 

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Friday, December 6th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 354

Swami Ishanananda:

At the time of the DurgA pujA a devotee was coming to Jayrambati with a basketful of lotuses. As soon as he saw me from a distance, he saluted me with raised hands with the basket of flowers in them. Mother noticed this from afar and told me later on, "These flowers can no longer be offered to the Master (they having been indirectly offered to the writer), so throw them away."

Noticing that we used two cloths with white borders, she remarked, "What is this? Why have you put on white-bordered cloths? You are young; so put on cloths with coloured borders. Otherwise the mind will become old. One's mind should always be fresh."

With this she took out two pieces of cloth from the box and gave one to each of us.

(to be continued....)


 

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Thursday, December 5th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 353

Swami Ishanananda:

Mother: "Alas, how I wept and prayed to the Master for all this! And that is how you have now these Maths and other things through his grace. After the Master had passed away, the boys gave up home and gathered in a shelter (at Baranagar) for a few days. Then they left one by one to roam about hither and thither. I was then filled very much with sorrow, and prayed to the Master thus: 'Master, you came, played with these few, and then departed. Should it now all end thus only? Then what was the need of your coming down and courting such misery?

"...'I have seen in Varanasi and Vrindaban many monks who live on alms and move their stay from under one tree to the other. There's no dearth of monks of that kind. I can't bear to see those who leave home with your name on their lips, those who are my sons, knock hither and thither for a few morsels of food. My prayer is that those who leave home with your name, may not be in want of ordinary food and raiment. They will all live together under you and your message, and the people suffering from a thousand woes of the world, will come to them to be solaced by hearing of you. That's why you came. My heart becomes distressed at seeing them wandering about.' After that Naren (Swami Vivekananda) started doing all this."

(to be continued....)

 

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Wednesday, December 4th 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 352

Swami Ishanananda:

In the month of ShrAvana (July-August), Mother came to Jayrambati with Radhu. About fifteen to twenty of us then belonged to her household. Mother herself looked after the personal convenience of each one of us. In the course of a talk, Mother said to me one day, "My son, what a thing Kedar uttered the other day! I thought he had a very liberal mind. It was absolutely unbecoming of him to say like that.

"Understanding the state of his mind, I left quite a barnful of paddy for the Ashrama. But later on he refused to take it - he realized his mistake and begged pardon of me."

With this she related the whole incident of that day. "That morning, when he came to pay his respects to me, he complained, 'Mother, these boys were formally very obedient to me; but now they have become wiser and they refuse to follow me off and on. And if they go to Sharat Maharaj, yourself, and others, you all keep them back with you with love and in comfort, and they get good food as well. If you don't grant quarters and send them back with some persuasion, they will obey me.'

"I replied, 'How so? How you talk now? Love indeed is the basic thing with us. It is through love alone that his (Master's) organization has taken shape. And I am their Mother. How could you then dare to talk to me criticising my children about their food and clothes?'"

(to be continued....)

 

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Tuesday, December 3rd 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 351

Swami Ishanananda:

The sister-in-law of Navasan said (to Mother), "All your sons are equal to you. But when one consults you about marriage, you advise marriage; and when one wants to renounce the world, you instruct him accordingly, lauding renunciation. Is it not rather proper for you to lead all along the path that is best for all?"

Mother replied, "Will a man with strong desire obey me even if I tell him not to run after it? And should I not help him a little who has, through his good merit, understood all this as a mere play of mAyA and has known Him to be the only Reality? Is there any end to miseries in this life?"

After some dispute among themselves, Nalini-didi (niece of Mother) asked Mother, "Aunt, will you please tell us what kind of false allegation is good!" Mother replied, "To talk of degrees of a false allegation!" 

At the end of a little discussion on the same line, she said, "Well, an allegation about riches is good in a way. If somebody says to a man, 'You are rich.', he may outwardly show humility or dislike, but he feels very happy inside."

After this she added, "Let alone all this. Will you now tell me, what one should ask from God?"

Nalini-didi replied, "Why aunt, knowledge, devotion, and all that makes man happy in life - all these have to be prayed for."

Mother said, "To put it in one word, one should pray for desirelessness. For desire is the root of all evil, the cause of rebirth, and it is a hindrance in the path of liberation."

(to be continued....)

 

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Monday, December 2nd 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading

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

Page 350

Swami Ishanananda:

One day many letters came from the disciples. I read them to Mother at evening. Hearing these, she remarked, "Do you see how different are the boys and how variously they express their desires? Some say, 'How dilligently I have been praying and making japa, and still there is no result.' 

"Some have written about their troubles in life and their want, disease, sorrow, etc. I can no longer bear all this. I pray to the Master, 'Master, you yourself take care of them here and hereafter.' As a Mother what else can I say? How few want him in earnest! Where is that hankering?

"There is such a show of devotion and sincerity, but a few things of enjoyment quietens that hankering, and they say, 'How merciful He is!' When they ask, 'How is Radhu?' - that inquiry about Radhu comes first just to soften my mind. But when I close my eyes finally, nobody will even look at Radhu."

(to be continued....)



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Sunday, December 1st 2019

12:05 AM

Daily Reading


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

Page 349

Swami Ishanananda:

One day the talk turned to the evil tendencies of persons who serve the saints, and Mother remarked, "Well, there's such a thing as a guilt committed in the course of service. And that occurs when a person acquires some power over the person served after long attendance; then he wants to move his master about like a doll. He dictates at every turn - whether rising, sitting, eating, or doing anything whatsoever. 

"The idea of service is then lost. Why should those come to such a state who forget their own bodily comfort and serve a saint with the idea that their happiness and sorrow consist in his happiness and sorrow? And you talk of backsliding? Many great saints have an aura of magnificience about them. Some come to serve them under its influence and get stuck to it, and there they sink. Tell me how few take up service in the true spirit."

The she narrated a parable, "Well, they say that when the moon is reflected in the water of a pond, the little fish there jump and run about in great glee under the idea that it is one of themselves. But when the moon sets, they are just what they were. A depression follows their frolicking, and they understand nothing." 

"Kedar Maharaj says," I put in, "that one should not stay near one's guru for long; for he says that at the sight of the common wordly daelings of the guru the disciple often loses much of his love and respect."

Mother said with a laugh, "In that case how will my work be carried on? Off with such great ideas of divinity; think of me as a human being, and go on doing the works just as at present following my direction and using your intelligence. You have no fear whatsoever."

(to be continued....)

 

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