Talks of Holy Mother 28: Recorded by Jitendra Mohan Chowdhury

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28: Recorded by Jitendra Mohan Chowdhury

In Jayrambati certain devotees asked the Mother, “When we travel by railway train or steamer, how should we do Japa?” The Mother replied,

“You should do it mentally.” She said further, ‘Son, gradually your hands and lips will cease to work and your mind only will repeat the name. The mind will eventually turn into your Guru.”

Once in Varanasi the Holy Mother’s birthday was being celebrated. On that day Swami Keshavananda’s mother was shedding tears on remembering the death of one of her relations. At this the Mother said, “For shame! To weep on this day! It is a day of joy.”

On the Rathayatra day at Koalpara, one of my Gurubhais told the Mother, “Mother, my mind is very restless. I can’t make it steady by any means.” In reply the Mother said, “As a storm blows away clouds, so does His holy name disperse the cloud of worldliness.”

On that day I confided to the Mother my mental weaknesses. She said in reply, “Do you think one can get rid of lust altogether? It will be there in some form or other as long as the body lasts. But then, I tell you, it will be reduced to a state comparable to a charmed snake.”

The Mother once said, “Why fear? Always remember, there is one person behind you.” She further said, “So long as this body (meaning her body) lasts, pass your days in joy.”

Once during a conversation the Mother said, “Except for grass and bamboo, everybody will have to come here.” Its implication, as I have understood, is that only those who have no substance in them will be excluded, otherwise everybody else will accept the ideas of Sri Ramakrishna. The Mother communicated similar ideas to Swami Keshavananda and Swami Vidyananda also.

A woman devotee asked the Mother, “Mother, many persons perform the worship of Siva. Can we also perform this worship?” In reply the Mother said, “The worship of Durga, Kali, and others can be done with the Mantra I have given you. But if anyone so wishes, he can learn the specific worships and perform them. You needn’t do them; they would be a burden for you.”

Regarding offerings to be made to Sri Ramakrishna, somebody once said to the Holy Mother, “Mother, I know nothing of the Mantras prescribed for making offerings.” At this, the Mother said, “There is no need for so much formality in worship. Everything can be done with the Ishta Mantra.”

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