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CHAPTER-IV: MEDITATION AND JAPA; PART-III
21. Once a devotee forgot how to count the repetitions of the Mantra on his fingers. Mother said, "What does it matter? The purpose of all this is to direct the mind towards God."
22. "Repeating the Name of God a fixed number of times, telling the rosary or counting on fingers, is calculated to direct the mind to God. The natural tendency of the mind is to run this way and that way. Through these means it is attracted to God. While repeating the name of God, if one sees His form and becomes absorbed in Him, one's Japa stops. One gets everything when one succeeds in meditation."
23. "While performing Japa, take the Name of God with utmost love, sincerity, and self-surrender. Before commencing your meditation daily, first think of your utter helplessness in this world and then slowly begin the practice of Sadhana as directed by your Guru."
24. "One should meditate on one's chosen Deity as one goes on making Japa. Inmeditation the face of the chosen Deity of course comes first; but one should meditate on the whole figure, starting from the feet upward."
25. Disciple: "Why is it that our mind is not absorbed in God when we repeat His Name?"
Mother: "It will come about in due course. Even if the mind is not concentrated, do not give up the repetition of the holy Word. You do your duty. While repeating the Name, the mind will get fixed of itself on the ideal, like a candle flame in a place protected from the wind. It is the wind alone that makes the flame flicker. In the same way, our fancies and desires make our mind restless."
26. Disciple: "Mother, why is it that the mind does not become steady? When I try to think of God, I find the mind drawn towards other objects."
Mother: "It is wrong if the mind is drawn towards secular objects. By 'secular objects' is meant money, family, etc. But it is natural to think of the work in which one is engaged. If meditation is not possible, do Japa. Realization will come through Japa. If the meditative mood comes, well and good, but by no means do it by force."
27. Disciple: "Is it of any use to be merely repeating His Name without intense devotion?"
Mother: "Whether you jump into water or are pushed into it, your cloth will get drenched. Is it not so? Meditate every day, as your mind is yet immature. Constant meditation will make the mind one-pointed. Discriminate always between the real and the unreal. Whenever you find your mind drawn to any object, think of its transitoriness, and thus try to withdraw the mind back to the thought of God. A man was angling. A bridal party was going along the road with music. But the angler's eye remained fixed on the float. The mind of a spiritual aspirant should be steadfast like that."
28. "The mind is by nature restless. Therefore, at the outset, to make the mind steady, one may practise meditation by regulating the breathing a little. That helps to steady the mind. But one must not overdo it. That heats the brain. You may talk of the vision of God, or of meditation, but remember, the mind is everything. One gets everything when the mind becomes steady."
29. "If the mind becomes quiet of itself, then what is the need of Pranayama?"
30. Disciple: "Mother, I cannot concentrate my mind in meditation at all,"
Mother: "It does not matter much. ... Look at the picture of Sri Ramakrishna,
and that will be enough."
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Swami Saradananda was one of the chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a personal attendant of the Holy Mother. He also built a house in Kolkata whenever she came from her village Jayarambati to stay at Kolkata.
Swami Saradananda’s book on ‘Mother-worship in India’ has been dedicated to the Holy Mother with the memorable and significant words: ‘By whose gracious look the author has been able to realize the revelation of Motherhood in female form-to the lotus feet of her, this work is dedicated in all humility and devotion.’
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Once the Swami was questioned by a disciple as to how it was that the Holy Mother took only two or three minutes to initiate a disciple, while he took about half an hour. To this the Swami replied that the very touch or the will of the Holy Mother was sufficient assurance that the disciple had surrendered to, and had been accepted by, the Master, whereas in his case some time must be spent in meditation before he received that assurance.
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|Sri Sarada Devi with Sister Nivedita|
A friend: ‘I have lived so long in the company of the Holy Mother and you all, but how is it that I cannot understand the Mother in the least?’
Swami Saradananda: ‘What can we understand of the Mother! This, however, I can say that I have never seen such a great mind, and I do not hope to see. It is not within our capacity to comprehend the extent of Mothers glory and power. I have never seen in anyone such attachment, nor have I seen such detachment. She was so deeply attached to Radhu. But when her last day came she said: “Please send her away.” I said, “Mother you are telling that Radhu should be sent away. But what will happen when you will like to see her again?” Mother replied, “No, I have not the slighted attraction for her any more.”
While talking about the Holy Mother in such a strain Swami Saradananda became absorbed in her thought and began to hum a song, the purport of which is as follows:
Amazed to witness your antics, I am musing as to whether I should laugh or weep. In the strange fair of the world you make and unmake things all day long even as children do. I have lived long by your side and followed you. Let me now acknowledge my defeat-I could not understand you.
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A devotee: ‘Maharaj, by seeing his divine state of being I can well have faith that Sri Ramakrishna was God Himself. But how is it that I cannot understand that Mother (Sri Sarada Devi) is the Divine Mother Herself?’
Swami Saradananda: If at all you succeeded in believing the Sri Ramakrishna is God Himself, whence the does this doubt arise at all?
Devotee: ‘Somehow this doubt does not leave me.’
Swami Saradananda: ‘Then you have not been able to correctly comprehend Sri Ramakrishna as the incarnation of God.’
Devotee (humbly): ‘Excuse me Maharaj, I have that faith in Sri Ramakrishna.’
Swami Saradananda (firmly): ‘Do you the mean to say that God married the daughter of a cow-dung-cake gathering women?”
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SOURCE: SRI SARADA DEVI, THE GREAT WONDER