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CHAPTER-III; CONTROL OF THE MIND; PART-III
|Sri Sarada Devi|
17. "All is in the mind — purity, as also impurity, is in the mind."
18. "There is evil in your mind. That is why you can't find peace."
19. "It is a complex always to be suspecting impurities. The more you emphasize your obsession, the more obsessed you become. It is true of all things."
20. "He who has a pure mind sees everything pure."
"On moonlit nights I would look at the moon and pray, 'May my mind be pure as the rays of the moon!' or 'O Lord, there are stains even on the moon, but let my mind be absolutely stainless.'
22. "When I was at Vrindavan, I used to visit Vankubihari (Krishna in a bent pose) and prayed to him, 'Your form is bent, but Your mind is straight — kindly straighten the windings of my mind.'"
23. "Do the Master's work, and along with that practise spiritual disciplines too. Work helps one to keep off idle thoughts. Ifone is without work, such thoughts rush into one's mind."
24. "How can one's mind be healthy if one doesn't work? No one can spend all twenty-four hours in thought and medi tation. So one must engage oneself in work; it keeps the mind cheerful
25. Alluding to X___, Mother said, "Just see how impure her mind has become through idleness."
26. Disciple: "Some say that one achieves nothing through work. One can succeed in spiritual life only through Japa and meditation."
Mother: "How have they known as to what will give success and what will not? Does one achieve everything by practising Japa and meditation for a few days? Nothing whatever is achieved unless Mahamaya clears the path. Didn't you notice the other day that a person's brain became deranged because he forced himself to excessive prayer and meditation? If one's head becomes deranged, one's life becomes useless. The intelligence of a man is very precarious. It is like the thread of a screw. If one thread is loosened, then he goes crazy. Or he becomes entangled in the trap of Mahamaya and thinks himself to be very intelligent. He feels that he is quite all right. But if the screw is tightened in a different direction, one follows the right path and enjoys peace and happiness. One should always recollect God and pray to Him for right understanding. How many are there who can meditate and practise Japa all the time? At first they earnestly practise these disciplines, but their brains become heated in the long run by sitting constantly on their prayer rugs. They become very vain. They also suffer from mental worries by reflecting on different things. It is much better to work than to allow the mind to roam at large. For when the mind gets a free scope to wander, it creates much confusion. My Naren thought of these things and wisely founded institutions where people would do disinterested work."
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I went to see the Holy Mother in the evening. I had been residing at our Baghbazar house at that time and I visited her almost every day. Finding her alone I narrated to her a dream and said, "Mother, one night I saw Sri Ramakrishna in a dream. You had been living then at Jayrambati. I saluted him and asked, 'Where is the Mother?' He said, 'Follow that lane and you will find a thatched cottage. She is seated in the front porch.'" The Holy Mother was on her bed. With great enthusiasm she sat up and said, "You are quite right. Your dream is true." "Is it, then, true?" I said in surprise, "I had the idea that your home at Jayrambati is a brick building. But in the dream I saw the earthen floor, thatched roof, etc., and therefore concluded that it was all illusory."
In the course of conversation regarding austerity for the realization of God, she said, "Golap-Ma and Yogin-Ma devoted a great deal of their time to meditation and the repetition of God's name. Yogin-Ma practised the greatest austerities. At one time she lived only on milk and fruits. Even now she spends much of her time in spiritual practices. The mind of Golap-Ma is hardly affected .by external things. She does not even hesitate to eat cooked vegetables purchased from the market, which a Brahmin widow would never touch. "
It was arranged to have devotional songs on the Goddess Kali sung that evening at the house of the Holy Mother. The monks of the Belur Math would take part in it. The music commenced at half-past eight in the evening. Many of the women devotees sat on the verandah to hear the music. I was rubbing oil on the Mother's feet and could hear the songs from the room. I had heard them many a time before. But that day those songs, coming from the mouth of the devotees, had a novel charm. They were full of power and thrill. My eyes became moist. They were singing now and then those songs which Sri Ramakrishna had himself sung. At such times the Holy Mother would cry out with enthusiasm, "Yes, Sri Ramakrishna would sing this song!" They commenced the song whose first line runs thus: "The bee of my mind has become fascinated with the blue lotus of the Divine Mother's feet!," The Holy Mother could not lie down any more. A few tear-drops trickled down her cheeks. She said, "Come, darling. Let us go to the verandah." After the singing was over, I saluted the Mother and returned home.
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SWAMI TURIYANANDA ABOUT THE HOLY MOTHER
[Swami Turiyananda (Hari) is one of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna regarded him as a yogi. Hari was one among the youngsters who served Sri Ramakrishna during his last illness at Cossipore. When Swami Vivekananda went to the West for the second time, he took Swami Turiyananda with him. When Swamiji went back to India, Turiyananda continued his work first in New York and Boston and later in California. Due to his ill health he returned to India and spent rest of his life in intense spiritual practices.]
"It is a news of great joy that the Holy Mother Calcutta. Numberless people will be relieved of their lives’ afflictions at her feet. Blessed is the Mother’s grace. How great is her fortitude! Not the slightest trace of annoyance about her. Day and night, increasingly people are coming, and she is doing good to them unstintingly.
You have evinced a very good attitude by placing your son at the feet of the Mother for some time. Life becomes blessed when one succeeds in dedicating at her feet one’s all,-wife, wealth, relatives and even oneself. They of themselves fulfill the desires of devotees.
SOURCE: SRI SARADA DEVI, THE GREAT WONDER
BY ADVAITA ASHRAMA, MAYAVATI