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CHAPTER-III; CONTROL OF THE MIND- [PART-II]
9. "Can anyone altogether destroy lust? A little of it remains as long as one has the body. But it can be subdued, as a snake can be subdued by charmed dust.
10. Disciple: "However I may try to remove evil thoughts, I do not succeed."
Mother: "This is the result of what you have done in your past life. Can one get rid of it by force? Cultivate good company, try to be good, and in time you will succeed. Pray to the Master. I, too, am here."
11. "It is the nature of water to flow downwards, but the sun's rays lift it up towards the sky. Likewise it is the very nature of the mind to go to lower things, to objects of enjoyment, but the grace of God can make the mind go towards higher objects.
12. Disciple: "I have been practising religious disciplines. I do not relax my efforts in that direction. But it appears that the impurities of mind are not growing less. "
Mother: "You have rolled different threads on a reel — red, black and white. While unrolling you will see them all exactly in the same way."
13. Disciple: "How many insignificant desires crop up in our minds! How can we get rid of them?"
Mother: "In your case these are no real desires. They are nothing. They are mere fancies that appear and disappear in yourmind. The more they come and go, the better for you. ... So long as the ego exists, desires also undoubtedly remain. But those desires will not injure you."
14. "Don't puzzle the mind with too many inquiries. One finds it difficult to put one single thing into practice, but dares invite distraction by filling the mind with too many things."
15. "The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure. A man, first of all, must make his own mind guilty and then alone he can see another man's guilt. Does anything ever happen to another if you enumerate his faults? It only injures you."
16. "Whenever people discuss good or evil, all those who are present have totake a little share of the good or evil. ... Suppose someone tells you about his good and evil deeds. Every time you think of that person you must perforce remember his good and evil deeds. In this manner his good and evil deeds both must leave some impression upon your mind.
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After a while I found her on the roof drying
her hair. She invited me to come near her and said, "Take off the cloth
from your head and dry your hair, otherwise it may affect your health."
Golap-Ma came to the roof and requested the Mother to make an offering of food
in the shrine room. The Mother came down from the roof. I also followed her
after a while to the shrine room. Like a bashful young bride, she was saying to
Sri Ramakrishna in a soft voice, "Come now; your meal is ready." Then
she came to the image of Gopala and said, "O my Gopala, come for your
meal." I was just behind her. Suddenly she looked at me and said with a
smile, "I am inviting them all to their noonday meal." With these
words, the Holy Mother entered the room where the food was offered. Her earnestness
and devotion made me feel that the Deities, as it were, listened to her words
and followed her to the offering room. I was pinned to the ground with wonder!
We had plenty of flowers at our Ballygunj home. The Holy Mother was always pleased with flowers. One day I gathered a large quantity of them and came to see her. I found her just ready for the worship. I arranged the flowers, and she sat on the carpet before the image. I forgot to keep aside some flowers for worshipping the feet of the Holy Mother. So I was sorry to think that it would not be possible for me to worship her that day. But I soon found out that she had anticipated my secret desire. She herself had separated some flowers on the tray. After the worship was over, she said to me, "Now, my dear child, I have kept those flowers in the tray for you. Bring them here." Just then a devotee came to see the Mother with a large quantity of fruits. She was very pleased to see him. She put a mark of sandal paste on his forehead and stroked him by touching the chin. I had never seen her express her affection for any man devotee in such a manner. Next she asked me to hand over a few flowers to him. He accepted them. I found his whole body trembling with devotional fervour. With great joy he offered those flowers at her feet and left after accepting the Prasada. She sat on the cot and invited me very tenderly to come to her. I worshipped her feet. With great love, she placed her hand on my head and kissed me. I was deeply touched by her blessings.
|Sri Sarada Devi|
After the offering was over, we all sat together for our meal. Then the Mother asked me to rest for a while. A man came with a basket of fruits. The fruits were meant for offering. He asked the monks what he should do with the basket. They told him to throw it out in the lane. The Mother got up and went to the porch. She looked at the lane and said to me, "Look there. They have asked him to throw away such a nice basket! It does not matter for them in the least. They are all monks and totally unattached. But we cannot allow such a waste. We could have utilized the basket at least for keeping the peelings of the vegetables." She asked someone to fetch the basket and wash it. The basket was kept for some future use. I learnt a lesson from her words. But we are so slow to learn.
After some time a beggar came to the house and shouted for some alms. The monks felt annoyed and said rudely, "Go away now. Don't disturb us." At these words the Holy Mother said, "Did you hear their remarks? They have driven away the poor man. They could not shake off their idleness and give something to the beggar. He only wanted a handful of rice. And they could not take the trouble to do this bit of work. Is it proper to deprive a man of what is his due? Even to the cow we owe these peelings of the vegetables. We should hold these near her mouth."
SOURCE: The Gospel of Sri Sarada Devi
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Swami Premananda is one of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna particulary praised the young man's purity, saying that, when he was in a high spiritual mood, Baburam was one of the only few he could bear to have touch him.
|Sri Sarada Devi|
Who has understood the Holy Mother? Who can understand her? You have heard about Sita, Savitri, Vishnupriya and Radhrani. The Holy Mother occupies a far higher place. Not even the slightest trace of divine powers was noticeable in her. Sri Ramakrishna, however, had vidy powers. Many were the occasions when we witnessed his trances and ecstasies. But in the Holy Mother even the Vidya-powers were conceded. What a supreme power that! Victory undo the Mother! Victory undo the Mother! Victory undo the Mother! Don’t you see how many people are rushing on! The poison which we cannot digest, we just pass on to the Mother. And she gives refuge to everyone. Infinite is her power! Unbounded her mercy! Victory undo the Mother!
What to speak of us-we have not found even Sri Ramakrishna doing this. Even he used to accept people after a lot of testing and screening. And what do you find here, in the case of the Mother? Astonishing! Amazing! She is giving refuge to all and digesting the sins of all. Mother! Mother! Victory undo the Mother!
The exalted Empress has of her own accord appeared as the indigent women. She sweeps floors, scores vessels, husks paddy and even removes the leaving of devotees after food. She has been undergoing great hardships at Jayrambati in order to teach the householders their duties. Infinite patience, unbounded mercy and above all the negation of even the slightest race of egotism.
SOURCE:SRI SARADA DEVI, THE GREAT WONDER by Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati
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I went to Baghbazar one evening and heard the Holy Mother saying, "New devotees should be given the privilege of service in the shrine room. Their new zeal makes them serve the Lord carefully. The others are tired of service. Service, in the real sense of the word, is not a joke. One should be extremely careful about making His service perfectly flawless. But the truth is, God knows our foolishness and therefore He forgives us." One woman devotee was near her. I do not know if these words were directed towards her. The Mother was asking her to be careful in picking the right kind of flowers and in making sandal paste for the purpose of worship, as also in not touching any part of the body, cloth or hair while working in the shrine. "One must work in the shrine room with great attention," said she, "Offerings and the rest should be made the proper time."
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It was half-past eight in the evening when I came to the place of the Holy Mother. She was absorbed in meditation in the porch to the north of the shrine room. We waited for a while in another room. The Mother came there and said with a smile, "I am glad to see you, my child."
Devotee: I have brought my sister with me, Mother. Is Aratrika (A form of evening worship in which the most important item is the waving of light and incense before the image) over?
Mother: No. You may witness it now. I shall join you presently.
The evening service soon commenced. Many ladies sat in the shrine room and began to pray. After the worship was over, we prostrated before the image and came to the adjacent room to meet the Holy Mother.' While we were at her place we were unwilling to lose sight of her even for a moment.
A few minutes later, the Mother came to the room. An old lady was learning a devotional song from another. The Mother said. "I am afraid she may not be able to teach the song correctly. Ah, what a great singer the Master was! His voice was so sweet. While singing he would be one with his song. His voice is still ringing in my ears. When I remember it, other voices appear so flat. But Naren also had a melodious voice. Before leaving this city he came to see me and sang a few songs. While taking leave of me he said, 'Mother, if I can return as a man in the true sense of the term. I shall see you again; otherwise good-bye!' what do you mean, my child?' I cried. 'Well,' he replied, 'I shall soon come back through your grace.' Girish Babu also' had a sweet voice."
Radhu came to the room and requested the Mother to lie down by her. She said, "You go and lie on the bed. These devotees have come from a distance. I should like to sit with them for a while." Radhu still insisted. I said, "Let us also go to your bedroom. You may lie there on your bed." The Mother asked us to follow her. The Mother lay on her bed and began to talk to us about various things. I was fanning her. She said after a few minutes, "It is now cool. Please do not take any more trouble." I rubbed her feet. An old lady was explaining to another about the six centres as described in Yoga. Golap-Ma forbade her to do so. But still she continued. The Mother heard her words and said to me with a smile, "Sri Ramakrishna with his own hands drew for me the picture of Kundalini and the six Yogic centres." I asked her if she still had the picture with her. The Mother replied, "No, my child. I had then no idea of the devotees coming to us. I have lost the paper."
It was eleven o'clock at night. We prostrated before her and took leave of her. The Mother sat on her bed and blessed us. She called me aside and said, "Spiritual progress becomes easier if husband and wife agree in their views regarding spiritual practices."
SOURCE: The Gospel of Sri Sarada Devi