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Title: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on October 30, 2012, 09:47:38 PM
Friends,

I felt, i have to open this topic to present the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna as i receive his teachings as along with the teachings of Sri Bhagavan, the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna also has begun to consume me, the sheer simplicity is mind blowing (literally ego blowing!). This is a small effort to collect those teachings that touch the core of my heart :) For discussion, we may use the common discussion thread as usual. thank you.

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on October 30, 2012, 09:49:49 PM
"Surrender everything at the feet of God. What else can you do? Give Him the power of attorney. Let Him do whatever He thinks best. If you rely on a great man, he will never injure you.

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 30, 2012, 09:55:12 PM
The teachings of Sri Ramakrishna have also touched my heart too. His Love for God is so contageous that how could we resist? I always read His words with unexplainable happiness.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 30, 2012, 09:57:39 PM
"If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled."


Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 30, 2012, 10:11:34 PM
"It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 30, 2012, 10:14:56 PM
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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 30, 2012, 11:35:55 PM
Here I want to mark Sri Ramakrishna's view about the reality of the world:

M: "Is the world unreal?"

MASTER: "Why should it be unreal? What you are asking is a matter for philosophical discussion".

"In the beginning, when a man reasons following the Vedantic method of 'Not this, not this', he realizes that Brahman is not the living beings, not the universe, not the twenty-four cosmic principles. All these things become like dreams to him. Then comes the affirmation of what has been denied, and he feels that God Himself has become the universe and all living beings".

"Suppose you are climbing to the roof by the stairs. As long as you are aware of the roof, you are also aware of the stairs. He who is aware of the high is also aware of the low. But after reaching the roof you realize that the stairs are made of the same materials — brick, lime, and brick-dust — as the roof".

"Further, I have given the illustration of the bel-fruit. Both changeability and unchangeability belong to one and the same Reality".

"The ego cannot be done away with. As long as 'I-consciousness' exists, living beings and the universe must also exist. After realizing God, one sees that, it is He Himself Who has become the universe and the living beings. But one cannot realize this by mere reasoning".
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 31, 2012, 12:05:59 AM
"Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through His Grace one realize Him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to Him as I am talking to you."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on October 31, 2012, 12:28:07 AM
"More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him".
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on October 31, 2012, 04:47:41 PM
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O' Mother, make me like sItA,
completely forgetful of everything -
body and limbs, totally unconscious
of hands, feet and sense organs -
Only one thought in her mind,


'Where is rAmA?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on October 31, 2012, 08:02:48 PM

"It is one thing to learn about God from the scriptures, and quite another to see Him. The
scriptures only give hints. Therefore to read a great many scriptures is not necessary. It is
much better to pray to God in solitude".


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: ramana_maharshi on October 31, 2012, 09:01:22 PM
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"It is one thing to learn about God from the scriptures, and quite another to see Him.

Wondering how did ramakrishna guru like many others can come to conclusion that god is human and discover his sex is male?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on October 31, 2012, 09:36:42 PM
Black complexion of the Divine Mother

GOVINDA: "Revered sir, why does the Divine Mother have a black complexion?"

MASTER: "You see Her as black because you are far away from Her. Go near and you will
find Her devoid of all colour. The water of a lake appears black from a distance. Go near
and take the water in your hand, and you will see that it has no colour at all. Similarly, the
sky looks blue from a distance. But look at the atmosphere near you; it has no colour. The
nearer you come to God, the more you will realize that He has neither name nor form. If
you move away from the Divine Mother, you will find Her blue, like the grass-flower. Is
Syama male or female
? A man once saw the image of the Divine Mother wearing a sacred
thread. He said to the worshipper: 'What? You have put the sacred thread on the Mother's
neck!' The worshipper said: 'Brother, I see that you have truly known the Mother. But I
have not yet been able to find out whether She is male or female; that is why I have put the
sacred thread on Her image.'
"That which is Syama is also Brahman. That which has form, again, is without form. That
which has attributes, again, has no attributes. Brahman is Sakti; Sakti is Brahman. They are
not two. These are only two aspects, male and female, of the same Reality, Existence-
Knowledge-Bliss Absolute."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: ramana_maharshi on November 01, 2012, 01:22:13 AM
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The nearer you come to God, the more you will realize that He has neither name nor form.

why mentioned as he in the above quote?

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"It is one thing to learn about God from the scriptures, and quite another to see Him.

why mentioned as him in the above quote?

when rama-krishna guru clearly mentions later that Brahman has No form then why again he mentions as he/she?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 01, 2012, 05:55:31 AM
Prashant,
We need to approach with our heart and not with an analytical mind.When we approach our Mother,do we think that we are approaching a Female?No,we approach with Love.The 'He' or 'She' in these statements refer to God as someone intimate and personal,instead of as something impersonal.God is both,personal and impersonal.Some may like to think of God as Father,some as Mother,some as Master-the key thing is that through such beginnings one will gradually develop intimate relationship which would lead to the Realization-'You are me and I am You' and further on to saying 'Only you,not me' or 'That'.
Words have to be used but we need to grasp them not 'clutch'.
Namaskar.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 01, 2012, 06:03:38 AM

"God will certainly listen to your prayers if you feel restless for Him. Since He has begotten us, surely
we can claim our inheritance from Him. He is our own Father, our own Mother. We can
force our demand on Him".

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 01, 2012, 08:20:08 AM
As long as his self-analysis is not complete man argues with much ado. But he becomes silent when he completes it. When the empty pitcher has been filled with water, when the water inside the pitcher becomes one with the water of the lake outside, no more sound is heard. Sound comes from the pitcher as long as the pitcher is not filled with water.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: ramana_maharshi on November 01, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
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"God will certainly listen to your prayers if you feel restless for Him. Since He has begotten us, surely
we can claim our inheritance from Him. He is our own Father, our own Mother. We can
force our demand on Him".

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Ravi garu,

As ramakrishna guru suggests to feel restless does it mean   god is external human being ?
moreover why should i feel restless and invite trouble to myself instead of simply staying calm?
how can ramakrishna guru can confirm that god(he/she) has begotten us?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 01, 2012, 01:42:41 PM
Dear Prasanth, Sri Ramakrishna's view about God is that He is Personal and Impersonal at the same time, He is within and without, He is Saguna and Nirguna. He is our Father and our Mother. These contradictions in my opinion exist until the ego exists as Lord Ramana has said in Ulladu Narpadu:
 
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If asked, "Which of these three is final Liberation: With form, without form, or with-and-without-form?" I say, Liberation is the extinction of the ego which enquires "With form, without form, or with-and-without-form?"

So from the point of view of Sri Ramakrishna or Sri Ramana there are no contradictions in these statements.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 01, 2012, 01:53:55 PM
Prashant,
If you do not find the teachings helpful or if they confuse you,please ignore them.Stay with whatever appeals to you or what you have found helpful.
Namaskar.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 01, 2012, 01:55:23 PM
Dear Hari,

Very true. That is why Sri Bhagavan composed two invocatory verses for Ulladu Narpadu. The first is for Nirguna Brahman.
The second is for Saguna Brahman.

Both are fine. One is water and another is ice.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 01, 2012, 05:51:14 PM
I want you to remember this. You may impart thousands of instructions to people, but they will not bear fruit except  in proper time. On going to bed, a child said to his mother, 'Mother, please wake me up when I feel the call of nature.' The mother said: 'Don't worry about it, my child. That all will wake you up itself.'

One feels yearning for God at the proper time.



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 01, 2012, 09:47:32 PM



This Pure Atman is unattached, and one cannot see It.
If salt is mixed with water, one cannot see the salt with the eyes.

That which is the Pure Atman is the Great Cause, the Cause of the Cause.
That gross, the subtle, the casual, and the Great Cause. The five elements
are gross. Mind, buddhi, and ego are subtle. Prakriti, the Primal Energy,
is the cause of all these. Brahman, Pure Atman, is the Cause of the cause.

This Pure Atman alone is our real nature. What is jnAna? It is to know
one's own Self and keep the mind in It. It is to know the Pure Atman.
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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 01, 2012, 10:20:27 PM
"There is nothing in mere scholarship. The object of study is to find
means of knowing God and realizing Him. A holy man had a book. When asked what it
contained, he opened it and showed that on all the pages were written the words 'Om
Rama', and nothing else".

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 02, 2012, 12:13:59 AM
One may enter the world after attaining discrimination and dispassion. In the ocean of the world there are six alligators: lust, anger, and so forth. But you need not fear the alligators if you smear your body with turmeric before you go into the water. Discrimination and dispassion are the turmeric. Discrimination is the knowledge of what is real and what is unreal. It is the realization that God alone is the real and eternal Substance and that all else is unreal, transitory, impermanent. And you must cultivate intense zeal for God. You must feel love for Him and be attracted to Him.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 02, 2012, 12:22:17 AM
As without strong determination the farmer cannot bring water to his field, so also without intense yearning a man cannot realize God.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 02, 2012, 12:23:24 AM
It is through God's Grace that you understand that. The doubts of the mind will not disappear without His Grace. Doubts do not disappear without Self-realization.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 02, 2012, 06:48:08 AM
"People think it is they who are great. The water from the roof flows through a spout that is shaped like a lion's head. It looks as if the lion
were bringing the water out through its mouth. But look at the source of the water! A cloud gathers in the sky and rain falls on the roof;
then the water flows through the pipe and at last comes out through the spout."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 02, 2012, 08:34:54 AM
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"A lover of God prays to the Divine Mother:
O Mother, I am very much afraid of selfish actions.
Such actions have desires behind them,
and if I perform them I shall have to reap their fruit.
But it is very difficult to work in a detached spirit.
I shall certainly forget Thee, O Mother,
if I involve myself in selfish actions.
Therefore I have no use for them. May my actions,
O Divine Mother, be fewer every day till I attain Thee.
May I perform, without attachment to the results,
only what actions is absolutely necessary for me.
May I have great love for Thee as I go on with my
few duties. May I not entangle myself in new work
so long as I do not realize Thee. But I shall perform
it if I receive Thy command. Otherwise not'"
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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 02, 2012, 09:54:49 PM
"Your mind is still attracted by 'woman and gold'. What is the use of saying you don't care for it? Go forward. Beyond the forests of sandalwood there are many more things: mines of silver, gold, diamonds, and other precious stones. Having a glimpse of spirituality, don't think you have attained everything."


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 03, 2012, 04:44:00 AM
"Do you know my attitude? As for myself, I eat, drink, and live happily. The rest the Divine Mother knows".

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 11:08:15 AM
It's enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 11:33:05 AM
Man cannot really help the world. God alone does that — He Who has created the sun and the moon, Who has put love for their children in parents' hearts, endowed noble souls with compassion, and holy men and devotees with divine love. The man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself. There is gold buried in your heart, but you are not yet aware of it. It is covered with a thin layer of earth. Once you are aware of it, all these activities of yours will lessen
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 03, 2012, 01:26:06 PM
Dear Hari,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan also said the same thing; You cannot reform this world. Unless you reform yourself, find out your true
nature. Once a man finds out his true nature, he becomes God and as God, if he wants, he can go to reform the world.

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:06:54 PM
Everybody will surely be liberated. But one should follow the instructions of the Guru; if one follows a devious path, one will suffer in trying to retrace one's steps. It takes a long time to achieve liberation. A man may fail to obtain it in this life. Perhaps he will realize God only after many births. Sages like Janaka performed worldly duties. They performed them, bearing God in their minds, as a dancing-girl dances, keeping jars or trays on her head. Haven't you seen how the women in northwest India walk, talking and laughing while carrying waterpitchers on their beads?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 03, 2012, 03:17:32 PM
Dear Hari,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan said: Unless you are going to have liberation, how can you come here, first of all? Trust in guru. If
you take one step towards him, he will take nine steps to reach you!


Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:17:59 PM
Anyone and everyone cannot be a Guru. A huge timber floats on the water and can carry animals as well. But a piece of worthless wood sinks, if a man sits on it, and drowns him. Therefore in every age God incarnates Himself as the Guru, to teach humanity. Satchidananda alone is the Guru. What is knowledge? And what is the nature of this ego? "God alone is the Doer, and none else" – that is knowledge. I am not the doer; I am a mere instrument in His hand. Therefore I say: "O Mother, Thou art the Operator and I am the machine. Thou art the Indweller and I am the house. Thou art the Driver and I am the carriage. I move as Thou movest me. I do as Thou makest me do. I speak as Thou makest me speak. Not I, not I, but Thou, but Thou."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 03, 2012, 03:21:06 PM
Dear Hari,

Yes. Ozhivil Odukkam, the famous work of Kannudaiya Vallalar says: A true Guru can take you, who is blind, in the correct
path. A bogus guru who is himself blind, will not only fall into a pit and also make you fall into the same pit. Tirumoolar in
his Tirumandiram also says the same thing.

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:23:13 PM
Dear Hari,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan said: Unless you are going to have liberation, how can you come here, first of all? Trust in guru. If
you take one step towards him, he will take nine steps to reach you!


Arunachala Siva.

Yes, Sri Subramanian. When True Guru tells you the Truth it may sound different to the way other Guru is telling it but points to the same Truth. Such example is Lord Jesus. He didn't teach about Cosmic principles, reincarnations, different yogas, samadhi, concentration and so on but His teaching is the same as every other True Teacher, just different language and representation, specific to the people of Israel.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:28:10 PM
Satchidananda alone is the Guru. If a man in the form of a Guru awakens spiritual consciousness in you, then know for certain that it is God the Absolute Who has assumed that human form for your sake. The Guru is like a companion who leads you by the hand. After the realization of God, one loses the distinction between the Guru and the disciple. That creates a very difficult situation; there the Guru and the disciple do not see each other. It was for this reason that Janaka said to Sukadeva, "Give Me first My Teacher's fee if you want Me to initiate you into the Knowledge of Brahman." For the distinction between the Teacher and the disciple ceases to exist after the disciple attains to Brahman. The relationship between them remains as long as the disciple does not see God.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 03, 2012, 03:28:39 PM
Dear Hari,

Yes. Jesus also used his powers very very rarely, like Sri Bhagavan. Jesus saved Lazarus from death, and fed the huge
crowd in Sinai with two loaves of bread and two fish.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 03, 2012, 03:31:09 PM
Dear Hari,

What is the fee they collected in those days. Disciple-student will bring a pack of samithu (sticks to burn in the sacrificial fire)
and dharba (for the purpose of oblations.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:36:55 PM
It is Satchidananda that comes to us in the form of the Guru. If a man is initiated by a human Guru, he will not achieve anything if he regards his Guru as a mere man. The Guru should be regarded as the direct manifestation of God. Only then can the disciple have faith in the mantra given by the Guru. Once a man has faith, he achieves all. The sudra Ekalavya learnt archery in the forest before a clay image of Drona; he worshipped the image as the living Drona; that by itself enabled him to attain Mastery in archery.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 03:50:23 PM
There are two classes of devotees. One class has the nature of the kitten. The kitten depends completely on its mother. It accepts whatever its mother does for it. The kitten only cries, "Mew, mew!". It doesn't know what to do or where to go. Sometimes the mother puts the kitten near the hearth, sometimes on the bed. Devotees of this class give God the power of attorney and thus become free of all worry. The Sikhs said to me that God was kind. I said to them: "How is that? He is our Father and our Mother. Shouldn't parents bring up their children after begetting them? Do you mean to say that the neighbours will look after them?" Devotees of this class have an unwavering conviction that God is our Mother and our Father.

There is another class of devotees. They have the nature of the young monkey. The young monkey clings to its mother with might and main. The devotees who behave like the young monkey have a slight idea of being the doer. They feel: "We must go to the sacred places; we must practise japa and austerity; we must perform worship with sixteen articles as prescribed by the sastras. Only then shall we be able to realize God." Such is their attitude.

The aspirants of both classes are devotees of God. The farther you advance, the more you will realize that God alone has become everything. He alone does everything. He alone is the Guru and He alone is the Ishta. He alone gives us knowledge and devotion.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 04:34:40 PM
Only those who have developed raga-bhakti for God may be called His sincere devotees. God becomes responsible for them. If you enter your name in a hospital register, the doctor will not discharge you until you are cured. Those who are held by God have nothing to fear. The son who holds to his father, while walking along the narrow ridge of a paddy-field, may slip if he absent-mindedly lets go his father's hand; but if the father holds the son by the hand, there is no such danger.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Hari on November 03, 2012, 04:36:51 PM
Is there anything that is impossible for faith? And a true devotee has faith in everything: the formless Reality, God with form, Rama, Krishna, and the Divine Mother.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 04, 2012, 01:58:06 PM
             

A man should have such
fiery faith as to be able
to say, 'I have uttered
the name of God; how
can I be a sinner?'
Imagine a man repeating
the name of Hari day and
night and at the same
time saying that he
is a sinner!

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 04, 2012, 08:37:06 PM
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Let me assure you that
a man can realize his inner Self
through sincere prayer.
But to the extent that he has the desire
to enjoy worldly objects,
his vision of Self becomes obstructed.
   




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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 04, 2012, 09:28:30 PM
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There are two kinds of yogis, the 'revealed' and the 'hidden'.
The householder may be a 'hidden' yogi. None recognises him.
The householder should renounce mentally,
not outwardly.



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 05, 2012, 01:28:35 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. That is why Sri Bhagavan said, householder-ship, the grahastasrama is no bar for self realization. e.g  King Janaka; Echammal.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 07, 2012, 07:43:30 PM
'All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.' If by the grace of God a man but once realizes that he is not the doer, then he at once becomes a
Jivanmukta".


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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 08, 2012, 06:43:22 AM
You see, mere study of books avails nothing. One may recite the written part for the drum glibly from memory, but to play the drum is exceedingly difficult.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 08, 2012, 07:03:25 AM
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Where there is knowledge there is
also ignorance. The sage Vasishtha
was endowed with great knowledge
and still he wept at the death of his
sons. Therefore I ask you to go
beyond both knowledge and ignorance.

The thorn of ignorance has pierced the
sole of a man's foot. He needs the thorn
of knowledge to take it out.




The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 09, 2012, 06:14:19 AM
"Chaitanyadeva set out on a pilgrimage to southern India. One day he saw a man reading the Gita. Another man, seated at a distance, was listening and weeping. His eyes were swimming in tears. Chaitanyadeva asked him, 'Do you understand all this?' The man said, 'No, revered sir, I don't understand a word of the text.' 'Then why are you crying?' asked Chaitanya. The devotee said: 'I see Arjuna's chariot before me. I see Lord Krishna and Arjuna seated in front of it, talking. I see this and I weep.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 09, 2012, 06:21:50 AM
One should not reason too much; it is enough if one loves the Lotus Feet of the Mother.Too much reasoning throws the mind into confusion. You get clear water if you drink from the surface of a pool. Put your hand deeper and stir the water, and it becomes muddy.Therefore pray to God for devotion.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 09, 2012, 07:14:58 AM
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Do you know why images of Krishna or Kāli are three
and a half cubits high? Because of distance. Again, on
account of distance the sun appears to be small. But
if you go near it you will find the sun so big that you
won't be able to comprehend it. Why have images of
Krishna and Kāli a dark-blue colour? That too is on
account of distance, like the water of a lake, which
appears green, blue, or black from a distance.
Go near, take the water in the palm of your hand,
and you will find that it has no colour. The sky also
appears blue from a distance. Go near and you will
see that it has no colour at all.
     

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 09, 2012, 06:07:57 PM
Bhakti is the one essential thing. To be sure, God exists in all beings. Who,then, is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God. But this is not possible as long as one
has egotism and vanity. The water of God's grace cannot collect on the high mound of egotism. It runs down. I am a mere machine
.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 09, 2012, 06:13:29 PM
God doesn't easily appear in the heart of a man who feels himself to be his own master.But God can be seen the moment His grace descends.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 09, 2012, 06:15:36 PM
Any name will do-Durga, Krishna, or Siva. Then if, through the chanting of the name, one's attachment to God grows day by day, and joy fills the soul, one has nothing to fear. The delirium will certainly disappear; the grace of God will certainly descend.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 09, 2012, 09:27:11 PM
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You have taken so much trouble to come here.
You must be seeking God. But almost everyone
is satisfied simply by seeing the garden. Only one
or two look for its owner. People enjoy the beauty
of the world; they do not seek its owner.



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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 10, 2012, 07:12:17 AM
If you worship with love even a brick or stone as God, then through His grace you can see Him.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 11, 2012, 06:57:37 AM
If you enter the world without first cultivating love for God, you will be entangled more and more. You will be overwhelmed with its danger, its grief, its sorrows. And the more you think of worldly things, the more you will be attached to them.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 11, 2012, 06:59:11 AM
First rub your hands with oil and then break open the jack-fruit; otherwise they will be smeared with its sticky milk. First secure the oil of divine love, and then set your hands to the duties of the world.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 11, 2012, 07:01:25 AM
one must go into solitude to attain this divine love. To get butter from milk you must let it set into curd in a secluded spot; if it is too much disturbed, milk won't turn into curd. Next, you must put aside all other duties, sit in a quiet spot, and churn the curd. Only then do you get butter.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 11, 2012, 07:03:53 AM
Further, by meditating on God in solitude the mind acquires knowledge, dispassion, and devotion. But the very same mind goes downward if it dwells in the world. In the world there is only one thought: 'woman and gold'.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 11, 2012, 07:05:20 AM
The world is water and the mind milk. If you pour milk into water they become one; you cannot find the pure milk any more. But turn the milk into curd and churn it into butter.Then, when that butter is placed in water, it will float. So, practise spiritual discipline in solitude and obtain the butter of knowledge and love. Even if you keep that butter in the water of the world the two will not mix. The butter will float.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 13, 2012, 06:57:45 AM
How little we know! Can a one-seer pot hold ten seers of milk?

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 14, 2012, 07:05:37 AM
There are three or four varieties of renunciation. Afflicted with miseries at home, one may put on the ochre cloth of a monk; but that renunciation doesn't last long. Again, a man out of work puts on an ochre wearing-cloth and goes off to Benares. After three months he writes home: 'I have a job here. I shall come home in a few days. Don't worry about me.'Again, a man may have everything he wants. He lacks nothing, yet he does not enjoy his possessions. He weeps for God alone. That is real renunciation.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 14, 2012, 08:21:35 PM
One day I was coming from the pine-grove toward the Panchavati. A dog followed me. I stood still for a while near the Panchavati. The thought came to my mind that the Mother might say something to me through that dog.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 14, 2012, 08:42:40 PM
"Cultivate devotion and love of God and so pass your days. What else can you do? When Krishna went away, Yaśoda became insane with grief and visited Radha. Radha was moved by her sorrow and appeared before her as Ādyāśakti. She said, 'My child, ask a boon of Me.' Yaśoda replied: 'Mother, what else shall I ask of You? Bless me that I may serve Krishna alone with my body, mind, and speech; that I may behold His devotees with these eyes; that I may go with these feet to the place where His divine sport is manifested; that I may serve Him and His devotees with these hands; and that I may devote all my sense-organs to His service alone.' "

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 14, 2012, 09:19:55 PM
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No matter how much sAdhanA you practise,
you will not realize the goal as long as you
have desire. But this also is true, that one
can realize the goal in a moment through
the grace of God, through His kindness.
Take the case of a room that has been
dark a thousand years. If somebody
suddenly brings a lamp into it, the
room is lighted in an instant.



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Post by: Ravi.N on November 15, 2012, 06:35:50 AM
It is not possible to acquire renunciation all at once. The time factor must be taken into account. But it is also true that a man should hear about it. When the right time comes, he will say to himself, 'Oh yes, I heard about this.'
You must also remember another thing. By constantly hearing about renunciation one's desire for worldly objects gradually wears away. One should take rice-water in small doses to get rid of the intoxication of liquor. Then one gradually becomes normal.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 16, 2012, 03:42:46 AM
Maya is nothing but 'woman and gold'.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 16, 2012, 03:46:54 AM
God Himself will think about your family if you are intoxicated with Him.



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Post by: Ravi.N on November 16, 2012, 04:58:42 AM
The nature of Brahman cannot be described. About It one remains silent. Who can explain the Infinite in words? However high a bird may soar, there are regions higher still.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 16, 2012, 07:42:18 PM
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The nearer you approach to God,
the less you reason and argue.
When you attain Him, then all sounds,
all reasoning and disputing-come to an end.
Then you go into samADhi-sleep,
into communion with God in silence.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 16, 2012, 07:56:49 PM

No doubt many things like that are
written in those books; but the
authors themselves do not assimilate
what they write. This power of assimilation
comes from associating with holy men.
People listen to instruction only when
it is given by a sādhu who has truly
renounced the world; they are not
much impressed by the writings or
the words of a mere scholar.

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Post by: sanjaya_ganesh on November 16, 2012, 08:03:08 PM
Thanks, Nagaraj garu. What beautiful sayings from Ramakrishna Bhagawan

Sanjay
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Post by: Jewell on November 16, 2012, 11:45:53 PM
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” Dive deep O mind,

dive deep in the ocean of God’s Beauty;

If you descend to the uttermost depths,

There you will find the gem of Love.”


From the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 17, 2012, 09:04:04 AM
After having the vision of God man is overpowered with bliss. He becomes silent. Who will speak? Who will explain?

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 17, 2012, 11:09:19 AM
Reasoning and discrimination vanish after the attainment of God and communion with Him in samadhi. How long does a man reason and discriminate? As long as he is conscious of the manifold, as long as he is aware of the universe, of embodied beings, of 'I' and 'you'. He becomes silent when he is truly aware of Unity.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 17, 2012, 07:25:14 PM
A devotee had brought a basket of jilipi for the Master, which the latter kept by his side.Eating a bit of the sweets, he said to Prankrishna with a smile: "You see, I chant the name of the Divine Mother; so I get all these good things to eat. (Laughter.)

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 17, 2012, 08:18:33 PM
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What need is there of penance if God is worshipped with love? What is the use of penance if God is not worshipped with love? What need is there of penance if God is seen within and without? What is the use of penance if God is not seen within and without? O Brahman! O my child! Cease from practicing further penances. Hasten to Sankara, the Ocean of Heavenly Wisdom; Obtain from Him the love of God, the pure love praised by devotees, which snaps in twain the shackles that bind you to the world.
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Post by: Ravi.N on November 18, 2012, 06:43:36 AM
The Lord said to Prahlada, 'Ask a boon of Me.' 'I have seen You', replied Prahlada. 'That is enough. I don't need anything else.' But the Lord insisted. Thereupon Prahlada said, 'If You must give me a boon, let it be that those who have tortured me may not have to suffer punishment.' The meaning of those words is that it was God who tortured Prahlada in the form of his persecutors, and, if they suffered punishment, it would really be God who suffered.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 19, 2012, 03:44:54 AM









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"No one else is here, and you are my own people.
Let me tell you something. I have come to the final realization that
God is the Whole and I am a part of Him, that God is the Master and
I am His servant. Furthermore, I think every now and then that
He is I and I am He."


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Post by: Hari on November 20, 2012, 02:01:29 AM
Is God With or Without Form?

(To the Goswami) "It is no use just saying that the Lord has a form. It is right that He assumes a human body, as in the case of, say, Sri Krishna. He appears before the devotees in different forms. This is true. But it is also true that He is the formless Akhanda Sachchidananda. The Vedas say that He is both with form and formless, with attributes as well as attributeless.

"Do you know how it is? Sachchidananda is like an infinite ocean. When it becomes cold, ocean water freezes into ice, which floats on the surface in different shapes. In the same way, when the cold of bhakti affects the ocean of Sachchidananda, one sees God with form. For the devotee He is with form. But when the sun of jnana rises, the ice melts; it becomes water as before - water above, water below, water everywhere. That is why they pray in the Srimad Bhagavata, 'Lord, You are with form, and You are also formless. We see you wandering around like a human being, though the Vedas say that You are beyond mind and speech.'

"So one can say that for some devotees He assumes eternal forms. There are places where the ice never melts - it assumes the form of crystal."

Kedar - Sir, in the Srimad Bhagavata Vyasa Deva prayed for God's forgiveness for three misgivings. At one place he says, 'Oh Bhagavan, You are beyond mind and speech. But I am narrating Your lila (worldly play) - that is only Your aspect with form. Pray pardon me.'

Sri Ramakrishna - Yes, God is with form and He is also formless. Furthermore, He is even beyond form and formlessness. There is no limit to Him.
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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 04:18:38 AM
It is God who does all these things. I do not know anything


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 04:24:31 AM
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How many are the boats, O mind,
That float on the ocean of this world!
How many are those that sink!


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 20, 2012, 06:29:14 AM
Sri Ramakrishna said to M., "Dwell in the truth and you will certainly realize God."
M: "You said the other day to Navadvip Goswami:'O God, I want Thee. Please do not delude me with Thy world-bewitching maya. I want to realize Thee.' "
MASTER: "Yes, one should be able to say that from one's innermost soul."


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 08:39:31 AM
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Isn't it better to stay down below than to be high up?
Water accumulates in low land and flows down from a high mound.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 04:00:37 PM
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Have faith and walk on the water. But look here - the
moment you lose faith you will be drowned.'


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 04:03:57 PM
Have faith. Depend on God. Then you will not have to do anything yourself. Mother Kāli will do everything for you.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 04:05:52 PM
"It is God Himself who has become the physicians. Therefore one must believe all of them. But one cannot have faith in them if one thinks of them as mere men.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 20, 2012, 09:44:34 PM
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Where you find peace, there is the end.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 21, 2012, 04:21:02 AM
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All the sins of the body flyaway if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree flyaway, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 21, 2012, 04:59:57 AM
During the period of struggle one should follow the method of discrimination-'Not this, not this'-and direct the whole mind to God. But the state of
perfection is quite different. After reaching God one reaffirms what formerly one denied. To extract butter you must separate it from the buttermilk. Then you discover that butter and buttermilk are intrinsically related to one another. They belong to the same stuff. The butter is not essentially different from the buttermilk, nor the buttermilk essentially different from the butter. After realizing God one knows definitely that it is He who has become everything. In some objects He is manifested more clearly, and in others less clearly
.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 21, 2012, 05:06:59 AM
There reason withers away. God cannot be realized through scholarship. He is beyond the scriptures-the Vedas, Puranas, and Tantras. If I see a man with even one book in his hand, I call him a rajarshi though he is a jnani. But the brahmarshi has no outer sign whatsoever.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 21, 2012, 05:16:06 AM
"Look here. One cannot attain Knowledge unless one is free from egotism. There is a saying: "When shall I be free?When 'I' shall cease to be". 'I' and 'mine'-that is ignorance. 'Thou' and'Thine'-that is Knowledge. A true devotee says: 'O God, Thou alone art the Doer; Thou alone doest all. I am a mere instrument; I do as Thou makest me do. All these-wealth, possessions, nay, the universe Itself-belong to Thee. This house and these relatives are Thine alone, not mine. I am Thy servant; mine is only the right to serve Thee according to Thy bidding.'

"Those who have read a few books cannot get rid of conceit. Once I had a talk with Kalikrishna Tagore about God. At once he said, 'I know all about that.' I said to him: 'Does a man who has visited Delhi brag about it? Does a gentleman go about telling everyone that he is a gentleman?' "


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 21, 2012, 05:18:55 AM
"God is born as man for the purpose of sporting as man. Rama, Krishna, and Chaitanya are examples. By meditating on an incarnation of God one meditates on God Himself."

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 21, 2012, 06:36:56 AM
Let me tell you that the less people know of your spiritual life, the better it will be for you.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 22, 2012, 07:22:16 AM
The cow that picks and chooses its food gives milk only in dribblets, but if she eats all kinds of plants, then her milk flows in torrents.There are some
cows that pick and choose their fodder; hence their milk flows only in dribblets. But cows that don't discriminate so much, and eat whatever they get, give milk in torrents. A superior devotee of God accepts both the Absolute and the Relative; therefore he is able to enjoy the Divine even when his mind comes down from the Absolute. Such a devotee is like the cows that give milk in torrents."


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 22, 2012, 07:43:31 AM
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If you can give a spiritual turn to your tamas, you can realize God with its help.
Force your demands on God. He is by no means a stranger to you.
He is indeed your own


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 23, 2012, 09:55:30 AM
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There is no difference between you
and your son. In one way you yourself
are reborn as your son.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 23, 2012, 10:03:35 AM
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One who knows the Truth knows that it
is He alone who has become father and mother,
child and neighbour, man and animal, good and bad,
holy and unholy, and so forth.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 23, 2012, 10:35:10 AM
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He is the Master, and the universe and
all its living beings belong to Him'
that is Knowledge.

And, 'I am the doer',
'I am the guru', 'I am the father'
that is ignorance.

'This is my house; this is my family;
this is my wealth; these are my relatives'
this also is ignorance."


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 24, 2012, 06:41:07 AM
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God laughs on two occasions. He laughs when the physician says to the patient's mother,
'Don't be afraid, mother; I shall certainly cure your boy.' God laughs, saying to Himself,
'I am going to take his life, and this man says he will save it!'
The physician thinks he is the master, forgetting that God is the Master.
God laughs again when two brothers divide their land with a string, saying to each other,
'This side is mine and that side is your'. He laughs and says to Himself,
'The whole universe belongs to Me, but they say they own this portion or that portion.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2012, 07:49:07 AM
Once a man realizes God through intense dispassion, he is no longer attached to woman. Even if he must lead the life of a householder, he is free from fear of and attachment to woman. Suppose there are two magnets, one big and the other small. Which one will attract  the iron? The big one, of course. God is the big magnet. Compared to Him, woman is a small one. What can 'woman' do?"

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2012, 08:00:21 AM
Live in the world like an unchaste woman. She performs her household duties with great attention, but her mind dwells day and night on her paramour. Perform your duties in the world but keep your mind always fixed on God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2012, 08:20:14 AM
He who has realized God does not look upon a woman with the eye of lust; so he is not afraid of her. He perceives clearly that women are but so many aspects of the Divine Mother. He worships them all as the Mother Herself.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 24, 2012, 08:38:39 AM
"The body does not endure without a trace of lust, anger, and the like.
You should try to reduce them to a minimum."


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2012, 08:46:13 AM
One cannot even believe in the existence of God until one's heart becomes pure.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2012, 09:48:12 AM
Worldly people chant the name of God, but there is no zeal behind it. It is like children's swearing by God, having learnt the word from the quarrels of their aunt.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 24, 2012, 10:30:35 AM
Dear Ravi,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan has said that mindless chanting of God's name, innumerable times is of no use. Even if you say once God's
name it should be from your heart with full love and devotion.

Again, He says "Surrender can never be regarded so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True Surrender is
love of God for the sake of love, and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. In other words, complete effacement of the
ego, is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self Inquiry or through bhakti marga."
(Day by Day, 28.6.1946.

Arunachala Siva. 
 
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on November 25, 2012, 06:32:01 AM
(http://radhamadhavdham.org/sites/default/files/styles/portfolio_slideshow_view/public/Gita-spiritual-knowledge-Krishna_3.jpg)

It isn't necessary to read all of the Gita. One can get the essence of the Gita
by repeating the word ten times. It becomes reversed and is then 'tagi'. The
essence of the book is:
'O man, renounce everything and worship God.'

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 25, 2012, 07:21:39 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

A devotee asked Sri Bhagavan: Then should I leave all my possessions?

Sri Bhagavan replied: The possessor too!

Sri Bhagavan has spoken about internal renunciation, ahath thruRavu, many times. That is why He did not recommend ochre
robes and diksha names.

Arunachala Siva. 
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Post by: Nagaraj on November 26, 2012, 05:03:42 AM
(http://www.naturewalls.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/beautiful_river_wallpaper.jpg)

Be on your guard even now.
It is difficult, no doubt, to check
the torrent in the rainy season.
But a great deal of water has gone out.
If you build the embankment now it will stand.


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 26, 2012, 06:23:51 AM
Truth is one; only It is called by different names. All people are seeking the same Truth; the variance is due to climate, temperament, and name. A lake has many ghats. From one ghat the Hindus take water in jars and call it 'jal'. From another ghat the Mussalmans take water in leather bags and call it 'pani'. From a third the Christians take the same thing and call it 'water'. (All laugh.) Suppose someone says that the thing is not 'jal' but 'pani', or that it is not 'pani' but 'water', or that it is not 'water' but 'jal'. It would indeed be ridiculous. But this very thing is at the root of the friction among sects, their misunderstandings and quarrels. This is why people injure and kill one another, and shed blood, in the name of religion. But this is not good. Everyone is going toward God. They will all realize Him if they have sincerity and longing of heart.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 27, 2012, 07:25:25 AM
The important thing is somehow to cultivate devotion to God and love for Him. What is the use of knowing many things? It is enough to cultivate love of God by following any of the paths. When you have this love, you are sure to attain God. Afterwards, if it is necessary, God will explain everything to you and tell you about the other paths as well. It is enough for you to develop love of God. You have no need of many opinions and discussions. You have come to the orchard to eat mangoes. Enjoy them to your heart's content. You don't need to count the branches and leaves on the trees. It is wise to follow the attitude of Hanuman: 'I do not know the day of the week, the phase of the moon, or the position of the stars; I only contemplate Rama.'

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 27, 2012, 10:31:56 AM
(http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001893075/558363296_AnimalLove_xlarge.jpeg)

To love only the members of the Brahmo Samaj or of one's own family is mAyA; to love one's own countrymen
is mAyA. But to love the people of all countries, to love the members of all religions, is dayA. Such love comes
from love of God, from dayA.


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Post by: Ravi.N on November 28, 2012, 05:35:45 AM
There are certain signs of God-realization. The man in whom longing for God manifests its glories is not far from attaining Him. What are the glories of that longing? They are discrimination, dispassion, compassion for living beings, serving holy men, loving their company, chanting the name and glories of God, telling the truth, and the like. When you see those signs of longing in an aspirant, you can rightly say that for him the vision of God is not far to seek.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 28, 2012, 05:40:56 AM
Always keep your mind fixed on God. In the beginning you must struggle a little; later on you will enjoy your pension.

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 28, 2012, 07:52:17 AM
(http://www.gwww.freecomputerwallpapers.net/thumbs/rays_of_sun-t2.jpg)

God doesn't easily appear in the heart of a man who feels himself to be his own master.
But God can be seen the moment His grace descends. He is the Sun of Knowledge.
One single ray of His has illumined the world with the light of knowledge.
That is how we are able to see one another and acquire varied knowledge.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 28, 2012, 07:55:30 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Mirror.png)

One can see God only if He turns His light toward His own face.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 29, 2012, 06:23:22 AM
You may raise an objection and say: 'We have not seen God. How can we feel attracted to Him as the gopis felt attracted to Krishna?' But it is possible. 'I do not know Him. I have only heard His name, and that has fixed my mind upon Him.'

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Post by: Nagaraj on November 29, 2012, 08:05:49 AM
(http://permanentsolution.co.uk/images/peacock.png)

If a man clings tenaciously to truth he ultimately realizes God.
Without this regard for truth, one gradually loses everything.


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Post by: Nagaraj on November 30, 2012, 06:47:33 AM
At the beginning of religious life a man makes much ado about work, but as his mind dives deeper into God, he becomes less active. Last of all comes the renunciation of work, followed by samAdhi.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 02, 2012, 10:12:28 AM
one should have nishtha, single-minded devotion. It is also described as chaste and unswerving devotion to God. It is like a tree with only one trunk shooting straight up.

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 02, 2012, 03:40:43 PM
As long as a man associates himself with upadhis, so long he sees the manifold, but on attaining Perfect Knowledge he sees only one Consciousness everywhere.

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 02, 2012, 03:45:39 PM
What is the sign of such a devotee?

When you see a man doing great works, you may know
that God's special power is manifested through him.

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 03, 2012, 04:02:25 AM
But it is not possible for you to give up work altogether. Your very nature will lead you to it whether you like it or not. Therefore the scriptures ask you to work in a detached spirit, that is to say, not to crave the work's results. For example, you may perform devotions and worship, and practise austerities, but your aim is not to earn people's recognition or to increase your merit.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 03, 2012, 09:43:47 PM
Dive deep. What will you gain by merely floating on the surface? Renounce everything for a few days, retire into solitude, and call on God with all your soul

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 04, 2012, 07:15:09 AM
As long as a man has not realized God, he thinks he is free. It is God Himself who keeps this error in man. Otherwise sin would have multiplied. Man would not have been afraid of sin, and there would have been no punishment for it.
But do you know the attitude of one who has realized God? He feels: 'I am the machine, and Thou, O Lord, art the Operator. I am the house and Thou art the Indweller. I am the chariot and Thou art the Driver. I move as Thou movest me; I speak as Thou makest me speak.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on December 04, 2012, 05:00:34 PM
The nearer you approach to God, the less you reason and argue. When you attain Him, then all sounds-all reasoning and disputing -come to an end. Then you go into samadhi sleep-into communion with God in silence.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 04, 2012, 05:08:55 PM
Some people indulge in philosophical speculation and think much of themselves. Perhaps they have studied a little Vedanta. But a man cannot be egotistic if he
has true knowledge. In other words, in samadhi man becomes one with God and gets rid of his egotism. True knowledge is impossible without samadhi. In samadhi man becomes one with God. Then he can have no egotism.
Do you know what it is like? Just at noon the sun is directly overhead. If you look around, then, you do not see your shadow. Likewise, you will not find the 'shadow' of ego after attaining Knowledge, samadhi.


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 05, 2012, 04:16:35 AM
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/thumb/msid-11962636,width-300,resizemode-4/Ramakrishna-Paramahamsa-jpg.jpg)

How is it ever possible for one man to liberate another
from the bondage of the world? God alone,
the Creator of this world-bewitching mAyA,
can save men from mAyA.
There is no other refuge but that great teacher,
SatchidAnanda [existance-knowledge-bliss].
How is it ever possible for men who have not
realized God or received His command,
and who are not strengthened with divine strength,
to save others from the prison-house of the world?


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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 05, 2012, 04:40:59 PM
Can one find God in the sacred books? By reading the scriptures one may feel at the most that God exists. But God does not reveal Himself to a man unless he himself dives deep.Only after such a plunge, after the revelation of God through His grace, is one's doubt destroyed. You. may read scriptures by the thousands and recite thousands of texts; but unless you plunge into God with yearning of heart, you will not comprehend Him. By mere scholarship you may fool man, but not God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 05, 2012, 04:44:46 PM
Do you know what that means? People like the author of this book believe that knowledge is impossible without the study of books. They think that first comes the
knowledge of books and then comes the knowledge of God. In order to know God one must read books!


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Post by: eranilkumarsinha on December 05, 2012, 05:03:46 PM
"but unless you plunge into God with yearning of heart, you will not comprehend Him. By mere scholarship you may fool man, but not God."

Dear Sri Ravi,
Pranam,

Sri Bhagwan has also said that if there is yearning in the heart, Realisation will be forced upon you whether you desire it or not.

Thanks very much, sir.

Pranam,
  Anil
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 05, 2012, 06:09:10 PM
Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

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Post by: Subramanian.R on December 05, 2012, 06:20:55 PM
Dear Tusnim,

Sri Bhagavan has said this in Talks No. 256. This yearning for liberation is called Subechha, the first of the 7 Jnana Bhoomkis.

Arunachala Siva. 
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 06, 2012, 06:41:23 AM
'Woman and gold' alone is maya. If maya is once recognized, it feels ashamed of itself and takes to flight. A man put on a tiger skin and tried to frighten another man. But the latter said: 'Ah! I have recognized you! You are our Hare.' At that the man dressed in the skin went away smiling to frighten someone else.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 06, 2012, 12:26:25 PM
However much a bhakta may experience physical joy and sorrow, he always has knowledge and the treasure of divine love. This treasure never leaves him.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 06, 2012, 02:31:33 PM
He is indeed a real man who has harmonized everything. Most people are one-sided. But I find that all opinions point to the One. All views-the Sakta, the Vaishnava, the Vedanta have that One for their centre. He who is formless is, again, endowed with form. It is He who appears in different forms: The attributeless Brahman is my Father. God with attributes is my Mother. Whom shall I blame? Whom shall I praise? The two pans of the scales are equally heavy.

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Post by: Subramanian.R on December 06, 2012, 02:55:50 PM
Dear Ravi,

Excellent. This excellent idea has also been reflected in Manikkavachagar's verse 1 in Kovil Mootha Tirupadigam.


 உடையாள் உன்தன் நடுவிருக்கும் உடையாள் நடுவுள் நீயிருத்தி
அடியேன் நடுவுள் இருவீரும் இருப்பதானால் அடியேன்உன்
அடியார் நடுவுள் இருக்கும் அருளைப்புரி யாய் பொன்னம்பலத்தெம்
முடியா முதலே என்கருத்து முடியும் வண்ணம் முன்னின்றே. 378


Once Sri Bhagavan was asked at to why He was not singing any praise for Uma. Sri Bhagavan said: It is she who is within
me and making me write about Siva!

Arunachala Siva.
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Post by: Nagaraj on December 07, 2012, 04:01:47 AM
M: "Should one throwaway both knowledge and ignorance?"

MASTER: "Yes. That is why one should acquire vijnana. You see, he who is aware of
light is also aware of darkness. He who is aware of happiness is also aware of
suffering. He who is aware of virtue is also aware of vice. He who is aware of good
is also aware of evil. He who is aware of holiness is also aware of unholiness. He who
is aware of 'I' is also aware of 'you'.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 07, 2012, 06:44:37 AM
Once a man went to a certain place to see a theatrical performance, carrying a mat under his arm. Hearing that it would be some time before the
performance began, he spread the mat on the floor and fell asleep. When he woke up it was all over. (All laugh.) Then he returned home with the mat under his arm.


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Post by: Ravi.N on December 08, 2012, 06:50:36 AM
A BRAHMO: "Sir, have you read the Panchadasi?"

MASTER: "At first one should hear books like that and indulge in reasoning. But later on-
"Cherish my precious Mother Syama
Tenderly within, O mind;
May you and I alone behold Her,
Letting no one else intrude".


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Post by: atmavichar100 on December 08, 2012, 08:41:02 AM
Quote
Krishna(atmavichar),
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna was written by M(Sri Mahendranath Gupta) who was an intimate householder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.You may find a good deal of information on M and the way he wrote this great classic as Sri Sri Ramakrishna kathamrita in Bengali, in The Rough Notebook thread.

M,The Apostle and Evangelist is the English translation of Sri Ma Darshan -a set of 16 volumes of M's talks by his devotee and associate,Sri jagabandhu(who later became Swami Nityatmananda).Here is a short note on Swami Nityatmananda:

"SWAMI NITYATMANANDA was a learned sannyasin-bhakta of Sri Ramakrishna. He served the Ramakrishna Maths and Missions at Calcutta, Madras and Deogarh Vidyapeeth.

Since his early youth, he had the privilege of sitting at the feet of M. for several years. During that period, he recorded the talks of M. [Mahendranath Gupta], an intimate house-holder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the renowned writer of the 'Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.'

M. heard these readings from his diary in Bengali and made corrections at places. SRI MA DARSHAN, is a compilation of these diaries, which comprises 16 volumes. This work is the result of twenty years of hard and incessant work and tapasya, on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, in the Himalayas.

Says Swami Shraddhananda, Head Monk of the Vedanta Society of Sacramento U.S.A: "It was my great good fortune to know Swami Nityatmananda even when he was Jagabandhu Babu. How he served the venerable sage day after day! He seemed to be a constant shadow by the side of M." It was during that period that Swami Nityatmananda recorded the talks of M.

Adds Swami Shraddhananda, "One wonders at the unusual capacity of Swami Nityatmananda in recording these day to day conversations of this Vyasadeva of our time - M. - and later developing his notes into his masterly work. One cannot fail to discover the special training he received from M. himself in this direction while he was serving as a teacher in M.'s school and living with him for years."

Swami Nityatmananda was born May 29, 1893. He quit his mortal frame on July 12, 1975"
You may refer to this site:
http://www.kathamrita.org/

Namaskar.
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Thanks for the info regarding the book "M, The Aposltle and Evangelist" , I have downloaded the PDF Version of the same .
Om Peace
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 09, 2012, 07:33:07 AM
A DEVOTEE: "Then what is the way for a householder?"
MASTER: Faith in the guru's words. You should depend on his instruction. Do your duties in the world, holding fast to his words, like a person whirling round and holding fast to a pillar.


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Post by: Subramanian.R on December 09, 2012, 05:30:35 PM
Dear Ravi,

Muruganar has written a verse 735 of Guru Vachaka Kovai, in the same vein.

Those who live in this world, embracing God with their whole heart, are like those (children) who whirl around, holding tigjhtly
to a pillar. Because those who cling to the Suprme Unshakable support do not become victims of the ego, they will not
drown in this world, which is an enchanting sea of delusion.

(tr. David Godman & Ors.)

Arunachala Siva.   
 
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 10, 2012, 06:30:11 AM
Subramanian,
Yes,This is a very homely similie that reflects Truth in such a simple way.Thanks very much.
Namaskar.
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 10, 2012, 06:31:55 AM
There are certain signs of God-realization. The man in whom longing for God manifests its glories is not far from attaining Him. What are the glories of that longing? They are discrimination, dispassion, compassion for living beings, serving holy men, loving their company, chanting the name and glories of God, telling the truth, and the like. When you see those signs of longing in an aspirant, you can rightly say that for him the vision of God
is not far to seek.
The state of a servant's house will tell you unmistakably whether his master has decided to visit it. First, the rubbish and jungle around the house are cleared up. Second, the soot and dirt are removed from the rooms. Third, the courtyard, floors, and other places are swept clean. Finally the master himself sends various things to the house such as a carpet, a hubble-bubble for smoking, and the like. When you see these things arriving, you conclude
that the master will very soon come.


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Post by: Subramanian.R on December 10, 2012, 10:06:59 AM
Dear Ravi,

Nice simile by Sri Ramakrishna. Even if my boss or a rich relative comes to my house, I try to  keep it in clean. Mind is God's
temple (sariram gruham - says Siva Manasa Puja). If God were to come there for His stay, we shall keep it clean and tidy
to suit God.

Arunachala Siva.   
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 14, 2012, 06:48:09 AM
It is good to meditate in the small hours of the morning and at dawn.One should also meditate daily after dusk.

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 14, 2012, 04:47:13 PM
(http://photos.nomadicnotes.com/img/s11/v36/p198243262-4.jpg)

"Once a wicked man beat into unconsciousness a monk who
lived in a monastery. On regaining consciousness he was asked
by his friends, 'Who is feeding you milk?' The monk said, 'He who
beat me is now feeding me.' "


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 17, 2012, 12:04:19 PM
"God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true.
The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs
or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope.
You can also climb up by a bamboo pole."


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 19, 2012, 05:33:35 AM
(http://www.rkmkamarpukur.org/Photo%20Gallery-Ramakrishna%20Math/images/AF_Living%20Room.jpg)

The sum and substance of the whole thing is
to cultivate devotion for God and love Him."


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 19, 2012, 04:19:36 PM
(http://www.gardenofpraise.com/images/nightin4.jpg)
[Florence Nightingale]

If you see anywhere an instance of compassion, *
know that it is due to the grace of God.


[*as in Vidyasagar]

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 19, 2012, 04:22:14 PM
(http://static.desktopnexus.com/thumbnails/760216-bigthumbnail.jpg)

When one has such love and attachment for God, one doesn't feel
the attraction of maya to wife, children, relatives, and friends.
One retains only compassion for them.


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 19, 2012, 04:24:21 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rpHhfmwHHsw/S-c6ROUn3II/AAAAAAAABWI/uGYPW0wlgTE/s1600/mahamaya.jpeg)

Everyone is under the authority of the Divine Mother,
Mahamaya, the Primal Energy.


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Post by: Nagaraj on December 20, 2012, 04:10:25 AM
The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves.
A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as
'I am such an important man' or 'I am so and so'. Level the mound
of 'I' to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.


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Post by: Ravi.N on December 22, 2012, 06:10:22 AM
As the tiger devours other animals, so does the 'tiger of zeal for the Lord' eat up lust, anger, and the other passions. Once this zeal grows in the heart, lust and the other passions disappear

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 22, 2012, 06:12:17 AM
Ignorance lasts as long as one has ego. There can be no liberation so long as the ego remains.

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Post by: atmavichar100 on December 22, 2012, 07:13:55 AM
It is good to meditate in the small hours of the morning and at dawn.One should also meditate daily after dusk.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

The Sansdhya Vandana and Gayatri Japa was prescribed primarily for this purpose .
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 22, 2012, 07:38:02 AM
The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om, and, Om in samadhi.

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Post by: atmavichar100 on December 22, 2012, 07:41:15 AM
The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om, and, Om in samadhi.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Ravi

I just need a Clarification :
I have seen the above quote of Sri Ramakrishna  as "The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om, and, hence Meditate on Om ".

This I saw in one publication explaining the virtues of  Japa "Om" and had quotes from Vedas , Upanishads ,Tirumular as well as Sri Ramakrishna .

Om Peace
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 22, 2012, 07:43:47 AM
Ok This is what the complete saying I found on the  net .

"The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om, and Om in samadhi. It is like the sound of a bell: t-a-m. The yogi, by following in the trail of the sound Om, gradually merges himself in the Supreme Brahman."

-- The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna ²
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Post by: Ravi.N on December 22, 2012, 08:04:29 AM
Explanation of "Aum"
MASTER:(To Mahima) "You explain 'Aum' with reference to 'a', 'u', and 'm' only."
MAHIMA: "'A', 'u', and 'm' mean creation, preservation, and destruction."
MASTER: "But I give the illustration of the sound of a gong: 'tom', t-o-m. It is the merging
of the Lila in the Nitya: the gross, the subtle, and the causal merge in the Great Cause;
waking, dream, and deep sleep merge in Turiya
. The striking of the gong is like the falling
of a heavy weight into a big ocean. Waves begin to rise: the Relative rises from the
Absolute; the causal, subtle, and gross bodies appear out of the Great Cause; from Turiya
emerge the states of deep sleep, dream, and waking. These waves arising from the Great
Ocean merge again in the Great Ocean. From the Absolute to the Relative, and from the
Relative to the Absolute. Therefore I give the illustration of the gong's sound, 'tom'. I have
clearly perceived all these things. It has been revealed to me that there exists an Ocean of
Consciousness without limit. From It come all things of the relative plane, and in It they
merge again
. Millions of Brahmandas rise in that Chidakasa and merge in It again. All this
has been revealed to me; I don't know, much about what your books say
."
MAHIMA:"Those to whom such things were revealed did not write the scriptures. They
were rapt in their own experiences; when would they write? One needs a somewhat
calculating mind to write. Others learnt these things from the seers and wrote the books."

THe Gopel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 22, 2012, 03:52:27 PM
You do not accept God with form. That is all right. The image is not meant for you. For you it is good to deepen your feeling toward your own Ideal. From the
worshippers of the Personal God you should learn their yearning-for instance, Sri Krishna's attraction for Radha. You should learn from the worshippers of the Personal God their love
for their Chosen Ideal. When the believers in the Personal God worship the images of Kali and Durga, with what feeling they cry from the depths of their souls, 'Mother! O Mother!'
How much they love the Deity! You should accept that feeling. You don't have to accept the image
.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: eranilkumarsinha on December 22, 2012, 04:22:37 PM
Quote:
“You do not accept God with form. That is all right. The image is not meant for you. For you it is good to deepen your feeling toward your own Ideal. From the
worshippers of the Personal God you should learn their yearning-for instance, Sri Krishna's attraction for Radha. You should learn from the worshippers of the Personal God their love
for their Chosen Ideal. When the believers in the Personal God worship the images of Kali and Durga, with what feeling they cry from the depths of their souls, 'Mother! O Mother!'
How much they love the Deity! You should accept that feeling. You don't have to accept the image.”

Dear Sri Ravi,

So also Sri Bhagwan taught that if you seek the Self, love the Self, yearn for It, feel for It. How wonderfully Sri Paramhamsa drives home the fundamental prerequisites even to the seekers of the Impersonal Ideal?

Thanks very much, sir.
Pranam,
 Anil



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Post by: Ravi.N on December 23, 2012, 07:14:33 AM
Everyone can attain Knowledge. There are two entities: Jivatma, the individual soul, and Paramatma, the Supreme Soul. Through prayer all individual souls can be united to the Supreme Soul. Every house has a connection for gas, and gas can be obtained from the main storage-tank of the Gas Company. Apply to the Company, and it will arrange for your supply of gas. Then your house will be lighted.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Nagaraj on December 25, 2012, 04:05:26 AM
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There is a sadhu in Hrishikesh who gets up early in the morning and stands near a
great waterfall. He looks at it the whole day and says to God: 'Ah, You have done
well! Well done! How amazing! He doesn't practise any other form of japa or
austerity. At night he returns to his hut.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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Post by: Nagaraj on December 25, 2012, 04:12:34 AM
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What need is there even to bother one's head about whether God is
formless or has a form? It is enough for a man to pray to Him, alone in solitude,
weeping, 'O God, reveal Yourself to me as You are.'

"God is both inside and outside. It is He who dwells inside us. Therefore the
Vedas say, 'Tattvamasi—That thou art.' God is also outside us. He appears manifold
through maya; but in reality He alone exists. Therefore before describing the
various names and forms of God, one should say, 'Om Tat Sat.'


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 25, 2012, 05:00:21 AM
God is born as man for the purpose of sporting as man. Rama, Krishna, and Chaitanya are examples. By meditating on an incarnation of God one meditates on God Himself.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Nagaraj on December 28, 2012, 04:13:01 AM
(http://www.vivekananda.net/Images/rk%20disciples/HouseHolderDisciples/Girish-Ghosh_t.jpg)

"Give God your power of attorney. Let Him do whatever He likes."

(Master to Girish Chandra Ghosh)

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on December 28, 2012, 09:10:37 PM
The first sign of knowledge is a peaceful nature, and the second is absence of egotism.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Nagaraj on December 31, 2012, 12:48:23 PM
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The burning pain that one feels when one is separated from God is not an
ordinary feeling. It is said that the fire of this anguish in Rupa and Sanatana5
scorched the leaves of the tree under which they sat.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on January 09, 2013, 05:33:02 AM
You see, it is very difficult to give up vanity. You may discriminate, saying that the ego is nothing at all; but still it comes, nobody knows from where. A goat's legs jerk for a few moments even after its head has been cut off. Or perhaps you are frightened in a dream; you shake off sleep and are wide awake, but still you feel your heart palpitating. Egotism is exactly like that. You may drive it away, but still it appears from somewhere. Then you look sullen and say: 'What! I have not been shown proper respect!'

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on January 11, 2013, 06:54:25 AM
The mother bird doesn't break the shell until the chick inside the egg is matured. The egg is hatched in the fullness of time. It is necessary to practise some spiritual discipline. The guru no doubt does everything for the disciple; but at the end he makes the disciple work a little himself. When cutting down a big tree, a man cuts almost through the trunk; then he stands aside for a moment, and the tree falls down with a crash.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on January 13, 2013, 08:07:49 AM
The tortoise moves about in the water.  But can you guess where her thoughts are? There on the bank, where her eggs are lying.  Do all your duties in the world, but keep your mind on God

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

 ॐ
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Post by: sanjaya_ganesh on January 13, 2013, 08:49:07 AM
Master said : "A maidservant in the house of a rich man performs all the household duties, but
her thoughts are fixed on her own home in her native village. She brings up her
Master's children as if they were her own. She even speaks of them as 'my Rama'
or 'my Hari'. But in her own mind she knows very well that they do not belong to her
at all."

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on January 25, 2013, 06:49:17 AM
God with form is as real as God without form. Do you know what describing God as being formless only is like? It is like a man's playing only a
monotone on his flute, though it has seven holes. But on the same instrument another man plays different melodies. Likewise, in how many ways the believers in a Personal God enjoy Him! They enjoy Him through many different attitudes: the serene attitude, the attitude of a servant, a friend, a mother, a husband, or a lover
.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on January 26, 2013, 08:32:56 AM
The mango grows and ripens on account of the covering skin. You throwaway the skin when the mango is fully ripe and ready to be eaten. It is possible for a man to attain gradually to the Knowledge of Brahman because of the covering skin of maya. Maya in its aspects of vidya and avidya may be likened to the skin of the mango. Both are necessary.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on January 28, 2013, 08:44:30 AM
I used to pray to Her in this way: 'O Mother! O Blissful One! Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must!' Again, I would say to Her: 'O Lord of the lowly! O Lord of the universe!Surely I am not outside Thy universe. I am bereft of knowledge. I am without discipline. I have no devotion. I know nothing. Thou must be gracious and reveal Thyself to me.'

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on January 30, 2013, 09:35:15 PM
"Mere dry reasoning-I spit on it! I have no use for it! (The Master spits on the ground.)
"Why should I make myself dry through mere reasoning? May I have unalloyed love for the Lotus Feet of God as long as the consciousness of 'I' and 'you' remains with me!

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on February 02, 2013, 07:29:44 AM
After having the vision of God man is overpowered with bliss. He becomes silent. Who will speak? Who will explain?

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on February 07, 2013, 06:39:41 AM
one should look after one's mother as long as she is alive. I used to worship my mother with flowers and sandal-paste. It is the Mother of the Universe who is embodied as our earthly mother.
As long as you look after your own body, you must look after your mother too. Therefore I said to Hazra: 'when you have a cold, you procure black pepper, sugar candy, and salt. As long as you feel you must look after your body, you must look after your mother too.'
But it is quite different when you completely forget your body. Then God Himself assumes your responsibilities. A minor cannot look after himself; therefore a guardian is appointed for him. Chaitanyadeva, like a minor, could not look after himself
.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 07, 2013, 01:08:31 PM
Dear Ravi,

Nice post. There are many similarities between Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Bhagavan. Both looked after their mothers in spite of being
an ascetic (Sri Ramakrishna was a practical ascetic, though married to Mother Saradadevi). I also remember Sravanakumar of the
epic.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 08, 2013, 04:38:09 PM
Master's prayer

To my Divine Mother I prayed only for pure love. I offered flowers at Her Lotus Feet and prayed to Her:

'Mother, here is Thy virtue, here is Thy vice. Take them both and grant me only pure love for Thee. Here is Thy knowledge, here is Thy ignorance. Take them both and grant me only pure love for Thee. Here is Thy purity, here is Thy impurity. Take them both, Mother, and grant me only pure love for Thee. Here is Thy dharma, here is Thy adharma. Take them both, Mother, and grant me only pure love for Thee.'


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 09, 2013, 09:38:59 PM
Spiritual discipline

"What are the spiritual disciplines that give the mind its upward direction? One learns all this by constantly living in holy company.  The rishis of olden times lived either in solitude or in the company of holy persons; therefore they could easily renounce 'woman and gold' and 'fix their minds on God.  They had no fear nor did they mind the criticism of others.

Will-power needed for renunciation

"In order to be able to renounce, one must pray to God for the will power to do so.  One must immediately renounce what one feels to be unreal.  The rishis had this will-power.  Through it they controlled the sense-organs.  If the tortoise once tucks in its limbs, you cannot make it bring them out even by cutting it into four pieces
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on February 10, 2013, 07:29:20 AM
Do you know the nature of devotees? When one devotee meets another, he says, 'Let me speak and you listen; and when you speak I shall listen.'

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Ravi.N on February 11, 2013, 06:59:24 AM
Narendra once asked me, 'What good is there in bowing before the Brahmo Samaj temple?' The sight of the temple recalls to my mind God alone; then God-Consciousness is kindled in my mind. God is present where people talk about Him. One feels there the presence of all the holy places. Places of worship recall God alone to my mind

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Post by: Nagaraj on February 11, 2013, 09:48:00 AM
Be on your guard even now. It is difficult, no doubt,
to check the torrent in the rainy season.
But a great deal of water has gone out.
If you build the embankment now
it will stand.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: silentgreen on February 12, 2013, 10:45:34 AM
People are without spiritual discipline and prayer, without renunciation and dispassion. They learn a few words and immediately start to deliver lectures.
...
First of all invoke the Deity, and then give lectures to your heart's content.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 06:37:22 AM
 "Let me tell you something. You are a learned and intelligent and seriousminded soul. Keshab and you were like the two brothers, Gaur and Nitai. You have had enough of lectures, arguments, quarrels,discussions, and dissensions. Can such things interest you any more? Now gather your whole mind and direct it to God. Plunge deep into God"

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 04:45:20 PM
"One must admit the existence of tendencies inherited from previous births. There is a story about a man who practised the sava-sadhana.l  He worshipped the Divine Mother in a deep forest. First he saw many terrible visions. Finally a tiger attacked and killed him. Another man, happening to pass and seeing the approach of the tiger, had climbed a tree. Afterwards he got down and found all the arrangements for worship at hand. He performed some purifying ceremonies and seated himself on the corpse. No sooner had he done a little japa than the Divine Mother appeared before him and said: 'My child, I am very much pleased with you. Accept a boon from Me.' He bowed low at the Lotus Feet of the Goddess and said: 'May I ask You one question, Mother? I am speechless with amazement at Your action. The other man worked so hard to get the ingredients for Your worship and tried to propitiate You for such a long time, but You didn't condescend to show him Your favour. And I, who don't know anything of worship, who have done nothing, who have neither devotion nor knowledge nor love, and who haven't practised any austerities, am receiving so much of Your grace.' The Divine Mother said with a laugh: 'My child, you don't remember your previous births. For many births you tried to propitiate Me through austerities. As a result of those austerities all these things have come to hand, and you have been blessed with My Vision. Now ask Me your boon.' "

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 04:48:13 PM
Worldly-minded forget their lessons

"The bound creatures, entangled in worldliness, will not come to their senses at all. They suffer so much misery and agony, they face so many dangers, and yet they will not wake up. "The camel loves to eat thorny bushes. The more it eats the thorns, the more the blood gushes from its mouth. Still it must eat thorny plants and will never give them up. The man of worldly nature suffers so much sorrow and affliction, but he forgets it all in a few days and begins his old life over again. Suppose a man has lost his wife or she has turned unfaithful. Lo! He marries again.

"Or take the instance of a mother: her son dies and she suffers bitter grief; but after a few days she forgets all about it. The mother, so overwhelmed with sorrow a few days before, now attends to her toilet and puts on her jewelry. A father becomes bankrupt through the marriage of his daughters, yet he goes on having children year after year. People are ruined by litigation, yet they go to court all the same. There are men who cannot feed the children they have, who cannot clothe them or provide decent shelter for them; yet they have more
children every year.

"Again, the worldly man is like a snake trying to swallow a mole. The snake can neither swallow the mole nor give it up. The bound soul may have realized that there is no substance to the world-that the world is like a hog plum, only stone and skin-but still he cannot give it up and turn his mind to God.

"I once met a relative of Keshab Sen, fifty years old. He was playing cards. As if the time had not yet come for him to think of God!

"There is another characteristic of the bound soul. If you remove him from his worldly surroundings to a spiritual environment, he will pine away. The worm that grows in filth feels very happy there. It thrives in filth. It will die if you put it in a pot of rice."

All remained silent.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 04:56:59 PM
Bondage removed by strong renunciation

VIJAY: "What must the bound soul's condition of mind be in order to achieve liberation?"

MASTER: "He can free himself from attachment to 'woman and gold' if, by the grace of God, he cultivates a spirit of strong renunciation.

What is this strong renunciation?

One who has only a mild spirit of renunciation says,
'Well, all will happen in the course of time; let me now simply repeat the name of God.'

But a man possessed of a strong spirit of renunciation feels restless for God, as the mother feels for her own child. A man of strong renunciation seeks nothing but God. He regards the world as a deep well and feels as if he were going to be drowned in it. He looks on his relatives as venomous snakes; he wants to fly away from them. And he does go away. He never thinks, 'Let me first make some arrangement for my family and then I shall think of God.' He has great inward resolution.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:08:53 PM
Parable of the two farmers

"Let me tell you a story about strong renunciation. At one time there was a drought in a certain part of the country. The farmers began to cut long channels to bring water to their fields. One farmer was stubbornly determined. He took a vow that he would not stop digging until the channel connected his field with the river. He set to work. The time came for his bath, and his wife sent their daughter to him with oil. 'Father,' said the girl, 'it is already late. Rub your body with oil and take your bath.' 'Go away!' thundered the farmer. 'I have too much to do now.' It was past midday, and the farmer was still at work in his field. He didn't even think of his bath. Then his wife came and said: 'Why haven't you taken your bath? The food is getting cold. You overdo everything. You can finish the rest tomorrow or even today after dinner.' The farmer scolded her furiously and ran at her, spade in hand, crying: 'What? Have you no sense? There's no rain. The crops are dying. What will the children eat? You'll all starve to death. I have taken a vow not to think of bath and food today before I bring water to my field.' The wife saw his state of mind and ran away in fear. Through a whole day's back-breaking labour the farmer managed by evening to connect his field with the river. Then he sat down and watched the water flowing into his field with a murmuring sound. His mind was filled with peace and joy. He went home, called his wife, and said to her, 'Now give me some oil and prepare me a smoke.' With serene mind he finished his bath and meal, and retired to bed, where he snored to his heart's content. The determination he showed is an example of strong renunciation.


"Now, there was another farmer who was also digging a channel to bring water to his field. His wife, too, came to the field and said to him: 'It's very late. Come home. It isn't necessary to overdo things.' The farmer didn't protest much, but put aside his spade and said to his wife, 'Well, I'll go home since you ask me to.' (All laugh) That man never succeeded in irrigating his field. This is a case of mild renunciation.

"As without strong determination the farmer cannot bring water to his field, so also without intense yearning a man cannot realize God."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:16:01 PM
Constant practice urged

"Through the discipline of constant practice one is able to give up attachment to 'woman and gold'. That is what the Gita says. By practice one acquires uncommon power of mind. Then one doesn't find it difficult to subdue the sense-organs and to bring anger, lust, and the like under control. Such a man behaves like a tortoise, which, once it has tucked in its limbs, never puts them out. You cannot make the tortoise  put its limbs out again, though you chop it to pieces with an axe."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Friends, i know many of these are already posted before, but i am posting all these for myself !!

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:18:47 PM
Life of worldliness

About nine o'clock in the morning the Master was seated in his room with Rakhal, M., and a few other devotees. It was the day of the new moon. As usual with him on such days, Sri Ramakrishna entered again and again into communion with the Divine Mother. He said to the devotees: "God alone exists, and all else is unreal. The Divine Mother has kept all deluded by Her maya. Look at men. Most of them are entangled in worldliness. They suffer so much, but still they have the same attachment to 'woman and gold'. The camel eats thorny shrubs, and blood gushes from its mouth; still it will eat thorns. While suffering pain at the time of delivery, a woman says, 'Ah! I shall never go to my husband again.' But afterwards she forgets.

"The truth is that no one seeks God. There are people who eat the prickly leaves of the pineapple and not the fruit."

DEVOTEE: "Sir, why has God put us in the world?"

MASTER: "The world is the field of action. Through action one acquires knowledge. The guru instructs the disciple to perform certain works and refrain from others. Again, he advises the pupil to perform action without desiring the result. The impurity of the mind is destroyed through the performance of duty. It is like getting rid of a disease by means of medicine, under the instruction of a competent physician.

"Why doesn't God free us from the world? Ah, He will free us when the disease is cured. He will liberate us from the world when we are through with the enjoyment of 'woman and gold'. Once a man registers his name in the hospital, he cannot run away. The doctor will not let him go away unless his illness is completely cured."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:25:29 PM



MASTER (to Rakhal's father and the devotees):

"Ah, what a nice character Rakhal has developed!
Look at his face and every now and then you will
notice his lips moving. Inwardly he repeats the
name of God, and so his lips move.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)



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Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:31:06 PM
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Nature of the ever-perfect

"The ever-perfect form a class by themselves. Not all birds have crooked beaks. The ever-perfect are never attached to the world. There is the instance of Prahlada.

"Ordinary people practise spiritual discipline and cultivate devotion to God; but they also become attached to the world and are caught in the glamour of 'woman and gold'. They are like flies, which sit on a flower or a sweetmeat and light on filth as well.

"But the ever-perfect are like bees, which light only on flowers and sip the honey. The ever-perfect drink only the Nectar of Divine Bliss. They are never inclined to worldly pleasures.

"The devotion of the ever-perfect is not like the ordinary devotion that one acquires as a result of strenuous spiritual discipline. Ritualistic devotion consists in repeating the name of God and performing worship in a prescribed manner. It is like crossing a rice-field in a roundabout way along the balk. Again, it is like reaching a near-by village by boat in a roundabout way along a winding river.

"One does not follow the injunctions of ceremonial worship when one develops raga-bhakti, when one loves God as one's own. Then it is like crossing a rice-field after the harvest. You don't have to walk along the balk. You can go straight across the field in any direction.

"When the country is flooded deep with water, one doesn't have to follow the winding river. Then the fields are deep under water. You can row your boat straight to the village.

"Without this intense attachment, this passionate love, one cannot realize God."
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Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:37:10 PM
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"Those whose spiritual consciousness has been awakened never make a false step.
They do not have to reason in order to shun evil. They are so full of love of God that
whatever action they undertake is a good action. They are fully conscious that they
are not the doers of their actions, but mere servants of God. They always feel:
'I am the machine and He is the Operator. I do as He does through me.
I speak as He speaks through me. I move as He moves me.'

"Fully awakened souls are beyond virtue and vice.
They realize that it is God who does everything.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:45:22 PM
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  Thou art my All in All, O Lord!-the Life of my life, the Essence of essence;
In the three worlds I have none else but Thee to call my own.
Thou art my peace, my joy, my hope; Thou my support, my wealth, my glory;
Thou my wisdom and my strength.
Thou art my home, my place of rest; my dearest friend, my next of kin;
My present and my future, Thou; my heaven and my salvation.
Thou art my scriptures, my commandments; Thou art my ever gracious Guru;
Thou the Spring of my boundless bliss.
Thou art the Way, and Thou the Goal; Thou the Adorable One, O Lord!
Thou art the Mother tender-hearted; Thou the chastising Father;
Thou the Creator and Protector; Thou the Helmsman who dost steer
My craft across the sea of life.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 16, 2013, 05:51:01 PM
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Hold not, hold not the chariot's wheels!
Is it the wheels that make it move?
The Mover of its wheels is Krishna,
By whose will the worlds are moved. . . .


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 18, 2013, 09:33:13 AM
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Holding to both God and the world

"People say they will hold to both God and the world.
After drinking an ounce of wine, a man may be pleasantly
intoxicated and also conscious of the world; but can he be
both when he has drunk a great deal more?" After the bliss
of God nothing else tastes good. Then talk about 'woman and
gold' stabs the heart, as it were. (Intoning) 'I cannot enjoy the
talk of worldly people.' When a man becomes mad for God, he
doesn't enjoy money or such things."


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on February 19, 2013, 07:08:43 AM
A man who has realized God shows certain characteristics. He becomes like a child or a madman, or an inert thing or a ghoul. Further, he is firmly convinced that he is the machine and God is its Operator, that God alone is the Doer and all others are His instruments. As some Sikh devotees once said to me, even the leaf moves because of God's will. One should be aware that everything happens by the will of Rama. The weaver said: 'The price of the cloth, by the will of Rama, is one rupee six annas. By the will of Rama the robbery was committed. By the will of Rama the robbers were arrested. By the will of Rama I too was arrested by the police. And at last, by the will of Rama, I was released.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on February 20, 2013, 06:48:50 AM
Both worldliness and liberation depend on God's will. It is God alone who has kept man in the world in a state of ignorance; and man will be free when God, of His own sweet will, calls him to Himself. It is like the mother calling the child at meal-time, when he is out playing. When the time comes for setting a man free, God makes him seek the company of holy men. Further, it is God who makes him restless for spiritual life.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 20, 2013, 04:20:04 PM
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It will be all right if you don't feel any egotism, if you don't have the vain feeling: 'I am giving a
lecture. Listen to me.' What begets egotism? Knowledge or ignorance? It is only the
humble man who attains Knowledge. In a low place rain-water collects.
It runs down from a mound.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 21, 2013, 10:11:39 AM
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What a delirious fever is this that I suffer from!
O Mother, Thy grace is my only cure. . . .

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 21, 2013, 10:32:33 AM
Buttermilk is made from the same substance as butter. One who realizes this knows that butter goes with buttermilk and buttermilk with butter. After separating the butter with great effort-that is to say, after attaining Brahmajnana-you will realize that as long as butter exists, buttermilk also must exist. Wherever there is butter there must be buttermilk as well. As long as one feels that Brahman exists, one must also be aware that the universe, living beings, and the twenty-four cosmic principles exist as well.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 21, 2013, 03:11:31 PM
The milk in the pot hisses and swells as long as
there is heat under it. Take away the heat, and
the milk will quiet down as before.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 21, 2013, 06:21:46 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. Leave the world which causes all thoughts, actions and sins, and stay still in one place with your mind attending only
the Self, then you will the coolness of Bliss.

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on February 23, 2013, 09:34:01 AM
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The whole thing is to love God and taste His sweetness.
He is sweetness and the devotee is its enjoyer. The
devotee drinks the sweet Bliss of God. Further,
God is the lotus and the devotee the bee.
The devotee sips the honey of the lotus.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on March 08, 2013, 06:40:32 AM
MASTER (to Manomohan): "I see Rama in all things. You are all sitting here, but I see only Rama in everyone of you."
MANOMOHAN: "Yes, sir. It is Rama who has become everything. But, as you say, though all water is Narayana, yet some water is fit for drinking, some for washing the hands and face, and some only for cleaning pots and pans."
MASTER: "It is true. But I see that it is God Himself who has become everything-the universe and its living beings."


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on March 09, 2013, 09:28:34 PM
An egotistic person cannot realize God. Do you know what egotism is like? It is like a high mound, where rain-water cannot collect: the water runs off. Water collects in low land.There seeds sprout and grow into trees. Then the trees bear fruit.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on March 13, 2013, 08:23:48 PM
one cannot meditate  unless God wills it. One can meditate when God makes it possible for one to do so.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on March 20, 2013, 07:08:30 AM
"Once I went to a certain place with Mathur Babu. Many pundits came forward to argue with me. And you all know that I am a fool. (All laugh.) The pundits saw that strange mood of mine. When the conversation was over, they said to me: 'Sir, after hearing your words, all that we have studied before, our knowledge and scholarship, has proved to be mere spittle. Now we realize that a man does not lack wisdom if he has the grace of God. The fool becomes wise and the mute eloquent.' Therefore I say that a man does not become a scholar by the mere study of books.
Yes, how true it is! How can a man who has the grace of God lack knowledge? Look at me. I am a fool. I do not know anything. Then who is it that utters these words? The
reservoir of the Knowledge of God is inexhaustible. There are grain-dealers at Kamarpukur. When selling paddy, one man weighs the grain on the scales and another man pushes it to him from a heap. It is the duty of the second man to keep a constant supply of grain on the scales by pushing it from the big heap. It is the same with my words. No sooner are they about to run short than the Divine Mother sends a new supply from Her Inexhaustible storehouse of Knowledge.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on March 26, 2013, 07:14:44 AM
You cannot make a pot without first carefully preparing the clay. The pot will crack if the clay contains particles of sand or stone. That is why the potter first prepares the clay by removing the sand and stones.
If a mirror is covered with dirt, it won't reflect one's face. A man cannot realize his true Self unless his heart is pure. You will find guilelessness wherever God incarnates Himself as man. Nandaghosh, Dasaratha, Vasudeva -all of them were guileless.
The Vedanta says that a man does not even desire to know God unless he has a pure mind. One cannot be guileless and liberal-minded without much tapasya or unless it is one's last birth.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on April 05, 2013, 07:19:01 AM
"When I first met Keshab at Jaygopal's garden house, I remarked, 'He is the only one who has dropped his tail.' At this people laughed. Keshab said to them: 'Don't laugh. There must be some meaning in his words. Let us ask him.' Thereupon I said to Keshab: The tadpole, so long as it has not dropped its tail, lives only in the water. It cannot move about on dry land. But as soon as it drops its tail it hops out on the bank; then it can live both on land and in water. Likewise, as long as a man has not dropped his tail of ignorance, he can live only in the water of the world. But when he drops his tail, that is to say, when he attains the Knowledge of God, then he can roam about as a free soul, or live as a householder if he likes.'

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on April 15, 2013, 11:24:21 AM
(http://www.stephen-knapp.com/images/802SitaRamaLaxman.jpg)

"A lover of God prays to the Divine Mother: 'O Mother, I am very much afraid of selfish actions. Such actions
have desires behind them, and if I perform them I shall have to reap their fruit. But it is very difficult to work
in a detached spirit. I shall certainly forget Thee, O Mother, if I involve myself in selfish actions. Therefore I
have no use for them. May my actions, O Divine Mother, be fewer every day till I attain Thee. May I perform,
without attachment to the results, only what action is absolutely necessary for me. May I have great love for
Thee as I go on with my few duties. May I not entangle myself in new work so long as I do not realize Thee.
But I shall perform it if I receive Thy command. Otherwise not.' "


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on April 27, 2013, 08:26:57 PM
"From a distance a burnt string lying on the ground may look like a real one; but if you come near and blow
at it, it disappears altogether. The anger and egotism of a Jnāni are mere appearances; they are not real."


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on April 28, 2013, 04:39:30 PM
(http://www.vedantastl.org/picture/Sri%20Ramakrishna%27s%20slippers.jpg?pictureId=17171322)
Sri Ramakrishna's slippers, M.'s house


"I used to pray to Her in this way: 'O Mother! O Blissful One! Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must!'
Again, I would say to Her: 'O Lord of the lowly! O Lord of the universe! Surely I am not outside Thy universe.
I am bereft of knowledge. I am without discipline. I have no devotion. I know nothing. Thou must be
gracious and reveal Thyself to me.' "


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on April 28, 2013, 04:49:44 PM
(http://www.stephen-knapp.com/images/953RadhaKrishna.jpg)

Cry to your Mother Syama with a real cry, O mind!
And how can She hold Herself from you?
How can Syama stay away?..


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on May 02, 2013, 06:15:02 PM
"Look here. If a man truly believes that God alone does everything, that He is the Operator and man the machine, then such a man is verily liberated in life. 'Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs.' Do you know what it is like? Vedānta philosophy gives an illustration.  Suppose you are cooking rice in a pot, with potato, egg-plant, and other vegetables. After a while the potatoes, eggplant, rice, and the rest begin to jump about in the pot. They seem to say with pride: 'We are moving! We are jumping!' The children see it and think the potatoes, egg-plant, and rice are alive and so they jump that way. But the elders, who know, explain to the children that the vegetables and the rice are not alive; they jump not of themselves, but because of the fire under the pot; if you remove the burning wood from the hearth, then they will move no more. Likewise the pride of man, that he is the doer, springs from ignorance. Men are powerful because of the power of God. All becomes quiet when that burning wood is taken away. The puppets dance well on the stage when pulled by a wire, but they cannot move when the wire snaps."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on May 05, 2013, 10:46:32 AM
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   "When the heart becomes pure through the practice of spiritual discipline, then one rightly feels that God alone is the Doer. He alone has become mind, life, and intelligence. We are only His instruments. Thou it is that holdest the elephant in the mire; Thou, that helpest the lame man scale the loftiest hill.

"When your heart becomes pure, then you will realize that it is God who makes us perform such rites as the Purascharana.


Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs.

"All doubts disappear after the realization of God. Then the devotee meets the favourable wind. He becomes free from worry. He is like the boatman who, when the favourable wind blows, unfurls the sail, holds the rudder lightly, and enjoys a smoke."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on May 08, 2013, 07:29:13 AM
One day I witnessed a Ramlila performance. I saw the performers to be the actual Sita, Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman, and Bibhishana. Then I worshipped the actors and actresses who played those parts.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on May 09, 2013, 10:25:09 AM
(http://anudinam.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Narada_Prahladha.jpg)

"A man may not know the right path, but if he has bhakti and the desire to know God, then he
attains Him through the force of sheer bhakti. Once a sincere devotee set out on a pilgrimage to the temple of
Jagannath in Puri. He did not know the way; he went west instead of south. He no doubt strayed from the
right path, but he always eagerly asked people the way, and they gave him the right directions, saying, 'This is
not the path; follow that one.' At last the devotee was able to get to Puri and worship the Deity. So you see,
even if you are ignorant, someone will tell you the way if you are earnest."


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on June 01, 2013, 08:28:49 PM
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(http://www.imarvintpa.com/Mapping/Terrain/Plants/Leaves/Leaves01_kpl-b.png)

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निरञ्जनं नित्यमनन्तरूपं भक्तानुकम्पाधृतविग्रहं वै ।
ईशावतारं परमेशमीड्यं तं रामकृष्णं शिरसा नमामि ॥



   nirañjanaṁ nityamanantarūpaṁ bhaktānukampādhṛtavigrahaṁ vai |
īśāvatāraṁ parameśamīḍyaṁ taṁ rāmakṛṣṇaṁ śirasā namāmi ||


Thou who art stainless, eternal and multiformed one,
Who hast assumed a form out of Thy abounding grace to the devotees,
Thou, who art the worshipful Lord of all, manifest as the Divine incarnate,
To Thee Ramakrishna, my full prostration with head touching the ground.


Composed by Swami Abhedananda

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on June 01, 2013, 08:56:09 PM
The Master joked about the delay in serving their meal. One of the scholars quoted a Sanskrit verse about the anxiety created in people's minds by the pangs of hunger. Proceeding to explain the verse he said: "The study of philosophy is indeed edifying, but poetry is more fascinating than philosophy. People listening to good poems think of the study of philosophy-Vedānta, Nyaya, Samkhya, and so forth as dry and insipid. Again, music is more attractive than poetry. Music melts even a heart of stone. But a beautiful woman has an even greater attraction for a man's heart than music. Such a woman, passing by, diverts a man's attention from both poetry and music. But when a man feels the pangs of hunger, everything else  poetry, music and woman appears as of no consequence. Thus, hunger is the most arresting thing."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Jewell on June 02, 2013, 10:45:13 AM
Dear Sri Nagaraj,

How beautiful and cute!!! :)

Indeed,the hunger and longing for God is the most aresting thing. And so sweet..

O Lord, your words, like sweet nectar, refresh the afflicted. Your words, which poets have sung in verses, vanquish the sins of the worldly. Blessed are they who hear of you, and blessed indeed are they who speak of you. How great is their reward!
(http://yoursmiles.org/gsmile/heart/g13033.gif)

Longing is like the rosy dawn.
After the dawn out comes the sun.
Longing is followed by the vision of God.

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“The whole thing is to love God and taste His sweetness. He is sweetness and the devotee is its enjoyer. The devotee drinks the sweet bliss of God."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on June 07, 2013, 05:04:47 PM
(http://www.kamarpukur.info/images/about_ramkrishna.png)

"How little we know! Can a one-seer pot hold ten seers of milk?
If ever a salt doll ventures into the ocean to measure its depth,
it cannot come back and give us the information.
It melts into the water and disappears."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on July 07, 2013, 08:56:01 PM
Sometimes God acts as the magnet and the devotee as the needle. God attracts the devotee to Himself. Again, sometimes the devotee acts as the magnet and God as the needle. Such is the attraction of the devotee that God comes to him, unable to resist his love.

Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on July 09, 2013, 05:11:13 AM
A man does not feel restless for God until all his worldly desires are satisfied.  He does not remember the Mother of the Universe until his share of the enjoyment of 'woman and gold' is completed.  A child absorbed in play does not seek his mother.  But after his play is over, he says, 'Mother! I must go to my mother.

(Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 09:43:19 AM
Does book-learning make one wise? He who has a commission from God never runs short of wisdom. That wisdom comes from God; it is inexhaustible. At Kamarpukur I have seen people measuring grain. It lies in a heap. One man keeps pushing grain from the heap toward another man, who weighs it on a scales. So the man who weighs doesn't run short of grain. It is the same with the preacher who has received a commission from God. As he teaches people, the Divine Mother Herself supplies him with fresh knowledge from behind. That knowledge never comes to an end.
"Can a preacher ever lack knowledge if but once he is favoured with a benign glance from the Divine Mother? Therefore I ask you whether you have received any commission from God."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 09:51:46 AM
Advice to Hazra - Scriptures and sadhana
(To Hazra) "If there is knowledge of one, there is also knowledge of many. What will you achieve by mere study of the scriptures? The scriptures contain a mixture of sand and sugar, as it were. It is extremely difficult to separate the sugar from the sand. Therefore one should learn the essence of the scriptures from the teacher or from a sadhu. Afterwards what does one care for books?
(To the devotees) "Gather all the information and then plunge in. Suppose a pot has dropped in a certain part of a lake. Locate the spot and dive there".
"One should learn the essence of the scriptures from the guru and then practise sadhana. If one rightly follows spiritual discipline, then one directly sees God. The discipline is said to be rightly followed only when one plunges in. What will a man gain by merely reasoning
about the words of the scriptures? Ah, the fools! They reason themselves to death over information about the path. They never take the plunge. What a pity!"

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 09:54:33 AM
(To Hazra) "A perfect soul, even after attaining Knowledge, practises devotions or observes religious ceremonies to set an example to others. I go to the Kali temple and I bow before the holy pictures in my room; therefore others do the same. Further, if a man has become habituated to such ceremonies, he feels restless if he does not observe them.
"One day I saw a sannyasi under the banyan-tree. He had put the salagram on the same carpet with his guru's sandals. He was worshipping them. I said to him, 'If you have attained Knowledge to that extent, then why such formal worship at all?' He replied: 'What
difference does it make? Since I do everything else, why not this too? Sometimes I offer the flowers at the guru's feet and sometimes to God.'
"One cannot renounce work as long as one has a body. As long as there is mud at the bottom of the lake, bubbles will be produced".

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 09:56:54 AM
You may be spending hours poring over books or discussing philosophy, but if you have no inner restlessness for God, you have no knowledge of Him.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 09:58:46 AM
"Can one find God in the sacred books? By reading the scriptures one may feel at the most that God exists. But God does not reveal Himself to a man unless he himself dives deep. Only after such a plunge, after the revelation of God through His grace, is one's doubt
destroyed. You. may read scriptures by the thousands and recite thousands of texts; but unless you plunge into God with yearning of heart, you will not comprehend Him. By mere scholarship you may fool man, but not God.
"Scriptures and books-what can one achieve with these alone? Nothing can be realized without His grace. Strive with a longing heart for His grace. Through His grace you will see Him and He will talk to you."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on July 19, 2013, 10:02:36 AM
What is the goal of books or scriptures? The attainment of God. A man opened a book belonging to a sadhu. He saw the word 'Rama' written on every page.There was nothing else.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
Title: The film - Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on July 31, 2013, 05:19:29 PM
The film - Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna

With English Subtitles. Good one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD1TsRBZnn8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD1TsRBZnn8)

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 10:43:00 AM
(http://www.vivekananda.net/Images/M.jpg)

                     



'Gurudeva-Ma, Kole tule na-o


(Take me in your arms! O Master! O Mother!!)'

4th June 1932, 4th June 1932 MAHENDRANĀTH GUPTA passed away, fully conscious and chanting as above
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 10:49:53 AM
(http://rudrakshayoga.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/upanishads_guru_shishya.jpg?w=640)

The help of a qualified guru is absolutely necessary.
An unwary devotee may lose his foothold and fall into a pit of depravity.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:14:52 AM
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guru is the one who silently unfolds
the disciple's inner life


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:21:25 AM
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service to the guru is the only religion*


*Among the attendants Śashi was the embodiment of service. He did not practise meditation, japa, or any of the other disciplines followed by his brother devotees. He was convinced that service to the guru was the only religion for him. He forgot food and rest and was ever ready at the Master's bedside.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:28:53 AM
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it is necessary to seek the company of holy men,
practise prayer, and listen to the instruction of the guru.
These purify the mind.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:39:17 AM
(http://davidgodman.org/interviews/images/Bhagavan8.jpg)

man cannot untie the knots however he may try.
All the knots of ignorance come undone in the
twinkling of an eye, through the guru's grace.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:47:23 AM
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It is God who, as the guru, makes one know.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 11:54:11 AM
(http://www.forumforhinduawakening.org/userfiles/image/events/Guru_guiding_disciple_2.jpg)

The guru no doubt does everything
for the disciple; but at the end he
makes the disciple work a little himself.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 12:04:30 PM
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110716104736/ramakrishna/images/b/b0/Ramakrishna.png)

He stirred his disciples' hearts more by
a subtle influence than by actions or words.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 12:07:37 PM
(http://mythologystories.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/guru_disciple.jpg?w=500&h=261&crop=1)

He accepted disciples with the full knowledge of
their past tendencies and future possibilities.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 12:12:30 PM
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To those who became his intimate disciples the Master was a friend, companion, and playmate. Even the chores
of religious discipline would be lightened in his presence. The devotees would be so inebriated with pure joy in
his company that they would have no time to ask themselves whether he was an Incarnation, a perfect soul,
or a yogi. His very presence was a great teaching; words were superfluous. In later years his disciples
remarked that while they were with him they would regard him as a comrade, but afterwards would tremble to
think of their frivolities in the presence of such a great person. They had convincing proof that the Master
could, by his mere wish, kindle in their hearts the love of God and give them His vision.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 12:18:58 PM
(http://www.sripadarajamutt.org/images/blessing.jpg)

       










Your doubts will soon disappear. Others, too,
have passed through such a state of mind.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 06:45:05 PM
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"But even behind the mother's love lies her hope that
the children will support her later on. But I love these youngsters because
I see in them Narayana Himself. These are not mere words.


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 06:55:31 PM
(http://www.stephen-knapp.com/Mahaprabhu%20and%20Krishna%20Deity.jpg)

"Cry to the Lord with an intensely yearning heart and you will
certainly see Him. People shed a whole jug of tears for wife and
children. They swim in tears for money. But who weeps for God?
Cry to Him with a real cry."


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 07:08:37 PM
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Nothing whatsoever is achieved in spiritual life without yearning.
By constant living in the company of holy men, the soul becomes
restless for God. This yearning is like the state of mind of a man
who has someone ill in the family. His mind is in a state of
perpetual restlessness, thinking how the sick person may be cured.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 02, 2013, 07:19:13 PM
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God is the Inner Guide! He sees the longing of
our heart and the yearning of our soul.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 06, 2013, 10:17:47 PM
"Nothing exists except the One. That One is the Supreme Brahman. So long as He keeps the 'I' in us, He reveals to us that it is He who, as the Primal Energy, creates, preserves, and destroys the universe.
That which is Brahman is also the Primal Energy. Once a king asked a yogi to impart Knowledge to him in one word. The yogi said, 'All right; you will get Knowledge in one word.' After a while a magician came to the king. The king saw the magician moving two of his fingers rapidly and heard him exclaim, 'Behold, O King! Behold.' The king looked at him amazed when, after a few minutes, he saw the two fingers becoming one. The magician moved that one finger rapidly and said, 'Behold, O King! Behold.' The implication of the story is that Brahman and the Primal Energy at first appear to be two. But after attaining the Knowledge of Brahman one does not see the two. Then there is no differentiation; it is One, without a second -Advaita-non-duality."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 07, 2013, 07:44:49 PM
"Truthfulness in speech is the tapasya of the Kaliyuga"
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 09, 2013, 11:34:03 AM
(http://www.rkmaurangabad.org/albumphotos/5/Shri_Ramakrishna_2700x700.jpg)

You are my very own, my relative; otherwise,
why should you come here so frequently?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 09, 2013, 11:45:33 AM
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'Mother, if I do not find the devotees I'll surely die.
Please bring them to me immediately.'
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 09, 2013, 12:01:34 PM
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(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Uncle_Sam_(pointing_finger).png)

'But it is my desire that a boy with sincere love
for God should always remain with me.
Give me such a boy.'
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 09, 2013, 12:19:29 PM
(http://www.saispoorthi.com/sai_images/jan_05.jpg)

A true devotee has no desire. He does not care for money.
Money comes to him of itself.


--
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 10, 2013, 04:47:39 PM
Solitude and holy company
MASTER: "It is extremely difficult to practise spiritual discipline and at the same time lead a householder's life. There are many handicaps: disease, grief, poverty, misunderstanding with one's wife, and disobedient, stupid, and stubborn children. I don't have to give you a list of them.
"But still there is a way out. One should pray to God, going now and then into solitude, and make efforts to realize Him."

NEIGHBOUR: "Must one leave home then?"
MASTER: "No, not altogether. Whenever you have leisure, go into solitude for a day or two. At that time don't have any relations with the outside world and don't hold any conversation with worldly people on worldly affairs. You must live either in solitude or in the company of holy men."
NEIGHBOUR: "How can one recognize a holy man?"
MASTER: "He who has surrendered his body, mind, and innermost self to God is surely a holy man. He who has renounced 'woman and gold' is surely a holy man. He is a holy man who does not regard woman with the eyes of a worldly person. He never forgets to look upon a woman as his mother, and to offer her his worship if he happens to be near her. The holy man constantly thinks of God and does not indulge in any talk except about spiritual things. Furthermore, he serves all beings, knowing that God resides in everybody's heart. These, in general, are the signs of a holy man."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 10, 2013, 04:55:18 PM
Sri Ravi,

When ever i read Masters words such as He who has surrendered his body, mind, 'woman and gold' and innermost self to God etc... i only remember Girish Ghosh. Who can bargain better than him, having given away his power of attorney to Whom? The Supreme Self! This perhaps is one of the most profound instance i have ever come across!

How shrewd he has been! :)

--
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 12, 2013, 07:15:00 AM
ISHAN: "What is this maya?"
MASTER: "Whatever you see, think, or hear is maya."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 14, 2013, 08:38:10 AM
I have observed that a man acquires one kind of knowledge about God through reasoning and another kind through meditation; but he acquires a third kind of Knowledge about God when God reveals Himself to him, His devotee. If God Himself reveals to His devotee the nature of Divine Incarnation-how He plays in human form-, then the devotee doesn't have to, reason about the problem or need an explanation. Do you know what it is like? Suppose a man is in a dark room. He goes on rubbing a match against a match-box and all of a sudden light comes. Likewise, if God gives us this flash of divine light, all our doubts are destroyed.Can one ever know God by mere reasoning?

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 17, 2013, 09:46:02 AM
Master:"One can meditate even with eyes open. One can meditate even while talking. Take the case of a man with toothache.
TUTOR OF THE TAGORES: "Yes, sir. I know that very well." (All laugh.)
Master (smiling): "Yes, even when his teeth ache he does all his duties,but his mind is on the pain. Likewise one can meditate with eyes open and while talking to others as well."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 21, 2013, 08:44:22 AM
The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om. A man is firmly established in spiritual life when he goes into samadhi on uttering 'Om' only once.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 23, 2013, 11:06:49 AM
(http://www.stephen-knapp.com/images/LCJ2.jpg)

 












"O Mother," he said, "worship has left me, and japa also.
Please see, Mother, that I do not become an inert thing.
Let my attitude toward God be that of the servant toward
the master. O Mother, let me talk about Thee and chant
Thy holy name. I want to sing Thy glories. Give me a little
strength of body that I may move about, that I may go to
places where Thy devotees live, and sing Thy name."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 23, 2013, 11:36:05 AM
(http://mgdas.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/bhimajr03.preview.jpg)

"Go away! It is you who are making all this fuss. Let me go in."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 24, 2013, 10:11:17 AM
(http://www.srimadbhagavatam.org/images/bimages/9.21rantideva.jpg)

It is true that no one starves at the temple of
Annapurna in Benares; but some must
wait for food till evening.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 24, 2013, 10:15:52 AM
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  "The ways of God are inscrutable indeed. Bhishma lay on his bed of arrows. The Pandava brothers visited him in Krishna's company. Presently Bhishma burst into tears. The Pandavas said to Krishna: 'Krishna, how amazing this is! Our grandsire Bhishma is one of the eight Vasus. Another man as wise as he is not to be found. Yet even he is bewildered by maya and weeps at death.' 'But', said Krishna, 'Bhishma isn't weeping on that account. You may ask him about it.' When asked, Bhishma said: 'O Krishna, I am unable to understand anything of the ways of God; God Himself is the constant companion of the Pandavas, and still they have no end of trouble. That is why I  weep. When I reflect on this, I realize that one cannot understand anything of God's ways.'

"God has revealed to me that only the Paramatman, whom the Vedas describe as the Pure Soul, is as immutable as Mount Sumeru, unattached, and beyond pain and pleasure. There is much confusion in this world of His maya. One can by no means say that 'this' will come after 'that' or 'this' will produce 'that'."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 24, 2013, 10:41:36 AM
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Will-power needed for renunciation

"In order to be able to renounce, one must pray to God for the will power to do so. One must immediately renounce what one feels to be unreal. The rishis had this will-power. Through it they controlled the sense organs. If the tortoise once tucks in its limbs, you cannot make it bring them out even by cutting it into four pieces.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 26, 2013, 12:07:07 PM







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As eternal Lawgiver, She makes and unmakes laws;
it is by Her imperious will that karma yields its fruit.
She ensnares men with illusion and again releases
them from bondage with a look of Her benign eyes.
She is the supreme Mistress of the cosmic play, and
all objects, animate and inanimate, dance by Her will.
Even those who realize the Absolute in nirvikalpa Samādhi
are under Her jurisdiction as long as they still live on
the relative plane.

 






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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2013, 09:57:44 PM
"A man cannot get rid of body- consciousness as long as he is attached to worldly things and loves 'woman and gold'. As he becomes less and less attached to worldly things, he approaches nearer and nearer to the Knowledge of Self. He also becomes less and less conscious of his body. He attains Self-Knowledge when his worldly attachment totally disappears. Then he realizes that body and soul are two separate things. It is very difficult to separate with a knife the kernel of a coconut from the shell before the milk inside has dried up. When the milk dries up, the kernel rattles inside the shell. At that
time it loosens itself from the shell. Then the fruit is called a dry coconut.
Signs of God-vision
"The sign of a man's having realized God is that he has become like a dry coconut. He has become utterly free from the consciousness that he is the body. He does not feel happy or unhappy with the happiness or unhappiness of the body. He does not seek the comforts of the body. He roams about in the world as a jivanmukta, one liberated in life. 'The devotee of Kali is a jivanmukta , full of Eternal Bliss.'
"When you find that the very mention of God's name brings tears to your eyes and makes your hair stand on end, then you will know that you have freed yourself from attachment to 'woman and gold' and attained God. If the matches are dry, you get a spark by striking only one of them. But if they are damp, you don't get a spark even if you strike fifty. You only waste matches. Similarly, if your mind is soaked in the pleasure of worldly things, in 'woman and gold', then God-Consciousness will not be kindled in you. You may try a thousand times, but all your efforts will be futile. But no sooner does attachment to worldly pleasure dry up than the spark of God flashes forth."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2013, 10:30:30 PM
Paths of knowledge and devotion
A NEIGHBOUR: "Revered sir, what are the doctrines of Vedanta?"
MASTER: "The Vedantist says, 'I am He.' Brahman is real and the world illusory. Even the 'I' is illusory. Only the Supreme Brahman exists.
"But the 'I' cannot be got rid of. Therefore it is good to have the feeling, 'I am the servant of God, His son, His devotee.'
"For the Kaliyuga the path of bhakti is especially good. One can realize God through bhakti too. As long as one is conscious of the body, one is also conscious of objects. Form, taste, smell, sound, and touch—these are the objects. It is extremely difficult to get rid of the consciousness of objects. And one cannot realize 'I am He' as long as one is aware of objects.
"The sannyasi is very little conscious of worldly objects. But the householder is always engrossed in them. Therefore it is good for him to feel, 'I am the servant of God.'"

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 30, 2013, 05:54:13 PM
There is only one Guru, and that is Satchidananda. He alone is the Teacher.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 30, 2013, 06:42:09 PM
He is indeed a real man who has harmonized everything. Most people are one-sided. But I find that all opinions point to the One. All views-the Sakta, the Vaishnava, the Vedanta have that One for their centre. He who is formless is, again, endowed with form. It is He
who appears in different forms.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on August 31, 2013, 11:01:44 AM
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"You practised so many austerities, but people expect to
realize God in a moment! Can a man build a wall
simply by moving his finger around his home?"
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 31, 2013, 10:26:33 PM
"The Lord said to Prahlada, 'Ask a boon of Me.' 'I have seen You', replied Prahlada. 'That is enough. I don't need anything else.' But the Lord insisted. Thereupon Prahlada said, 'If You must give me a boon, let it be that those who have tortured me may not have to suffer punishment.' The meaning of those words is that it was God who tortured Prahlada in the form of his persecutors, and, if they suffered punishment, it would really be God who suffered.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on August 31, 2013, 10:28:40 PM
No one is a stranger. It is Hari alone who dwells in all beings. Nothing exists without Him.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 01, 2013, 11:14:12 AM
Dear Ravi,

Yes. All beings are ornaments.  The gold is Vishnu. (See also Arunachala Ashtakam Verses 4 and 5)

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 12:15:51 PM
Disciple: “Mother, you have hundreds of children, and I am only one of
them. But to me you are my only mother. Bless me so that I may be a worthy
child of yours.”

Mother: “Well my child, surely the Master will look after you. It is for your
good that he has brought you here. Always think of the Master as your own.
Think of me as your own mother and depend on us in all matters.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 12:19:58 PM
A college student used to visit Mother’s place quite frequently. One day while taking leave of her he suddenly said, `Mother I am no good for this place, I am unfit to come to you. I am saying goodbye forever. He quickly left the house.

Mother ran after him, caught his shirt, and pulling him toward her she put her hands on his shoulders. Looking at him eye  to eye she said in a firm voice, “Whenever any disturbing thought comes to your mind, think of me. Don’t worry!” With those words she let him go. While going home the boy repeated Mother’s words over and over again: “Think of me; think of me; think of me.” He couldn’t forget those two beautiful compassionate eyes of the Mother. Constantly he thought of those eyes of the Mother and those words, “Think of me.”*
 
*He became a monk later on and led a very exemplary life. He narrated this incident to a brother monk who is presently a senior member of the Ramakrishna Order.

--
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 12:29:42 PM
(http://contemplative-vedanta.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Mother001s.313120218_std.jpg)

“I can’t contain myself when one draws
near me and calls me Mother."

Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 12:33:04 PM
Devotee: “Man cannot do anything by his individual effort. God is doing
everything through him.”

Mother: “Yes, that is true. But is one conscious of this always? Blinded by
egoism, people think themselves to be independent agents in regard to
action. They do not depend on God. He protects one who relies on Him.”
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 12:36:32 PM
(http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/228/holymother.jpg)

“Whatever you yearn for, that you will get”

Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 03, 2013, 06:24:04 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NrQbidXgG8A/ULNNrCpVSwI/AAAAAAAAEMs/Tbxvb6Ea4JU/s1600/Sri+Saradadevi-10.JPG)

“In time the mind itself becomes the Guru. To pray to God and meditate
on Him for two minutes with full concentration is better than doing so for
long hours without it.”

Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 10:34:37 AM
(http://www.natures-blessings.org/images/MotherEarth.jpg)

“One must be patient like the earth. What iniquities are being
perpetrated on her! Yet she quietly endures them all.
Man, too, should be like that”

Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 10:39:19 AM
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Devotee: “Mother, I am overtaken by fear on seeing
how even high spiritual persons meet with a fall.”

Mother: “If you are constantly in touch with objects of enjoyment,
you are likely to succumb to their influence.”
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 10:41:00 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6UNXdHNe4a8/UNFrXzY24gI/AAAAAAAAALI/k08UgFS-gTs/s1600/The+Great+Renunciation.jpg)

To a disciple who had been busy with accounts the whole day. Mother
said, “Can anyone who has renounced the world relish these things? Once
there was a mistake in the accounts relating to the salary of the Master. I
asked him to talk to the manager of the Temple about it. But he said, ‘What
a shame! Shall I bother myself about accounts?’Once he said to me, ‘He
who utters the Name of God never suffers from any misery. Why do you
worry?’These are his very words. Renunciation was his ornament.”


Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 10:50:58 AM
(http://images.liveinthephilippines.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/money-tree.jpg)

   
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“Money always taints the mind. ... Such is the fascination of money that
if you involve yourself too much in it, you will feel attracted to it. You may
think that you are above money and that you will never feel any attraction
for it, as you have once renounced it. You may further think that at any
moment you may leave it behind. No, my child, never harbour this thought
in your mind. Through a tiny little loop-hole it will enter into your mind and
then strangle you gradually quite undetected. You will never know it. ... Sri
Ramakrishna could never bear the touch of money. ... Always remember his
words. Money is at the root of all the disasters you see in the world. Money
may lure one’s mind into other temptations: Beware!”


Mother
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 05, 2013, 11:13:59 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IhmZT8IFKrE/UehoiDMRvmI/AAAAAAAAAJc/fjqJRObD-6M/s320/lineage+2.jpg)

"It is just for this love of the devotees that God contracts Himself
into a human form and descends on earth to play His lila."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 07, 2013, 05:58:50 PM
BHAVANATH (humbly): "I feel disturbed if I have a misunderstanding with someone. I feel that in that case I am not able to love all"
MASTER: "Try at the outset to talk to him and establish a friendly relationship with him. If you fail in spite of your efforts, then don't give it another thought. Take refuge in God.Meditate on Him. There is no use in giving up God and feeling depressed from thinking about others."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 08, 2013, 10:25:12 AM
(https://sphotos-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p480x480/993369_10151824700510132_889286759_n.jpg)

If you are in bad company, then you will talk and think like your companions.
On the other hand, when you are in the company of devotees, 
you will think and talk only of God.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 08, 2013, 09:27:51 PM
ego of a devotee' begets no pride; it does not create ignorance. On the contrary it helps one realize God. This ego is no more like the ordinary ego than hinche is like ordinary greens. One generally becomes indisposed by eating greens; but hinche removes excessive bile; it does one good. Sugar candy is not like ordinary sweets. Sweets are generally harmful, but sugar candy removes acidity
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 09, 2013, 07:28:47 PM
(http://www.satrakshita.be/images/samadhi_sm.jpg)

"You were angry with me, weren't you? Do you know why I made you angry?
There was a reason. Only then would the medicine work. The surgeon first brings an
abscess to a head. Only then does he apply a herb so that it may burst and dry up."


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 09, 2013, 07:35:38 PM
(http://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/files/photos/1358287834Lion.jpg)

RĀKHĀL : "The mind is a mad elephant."

MASTER: "Therefore the lion, the carrier of the Divine Mother, keeps it under control."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on September 09, 2013, 08:33:49 PM
(http://www.humicin.eu/images/leaf.png)
Our only duty is to seek the Master of the
garden and speak to Him. The only
purpose of life is to realize God.
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 14, 2013, 07:11:57 AM
One acquires love and devotion quickly by calling on God as Mother.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 17, 2013, 06:52:10 AM
In the samadhi that comes at the end of reasoning and discrimination, no such thing as 'I' exists. But it is extremely difficult to attain it; 'I-consciousness' lingers so persistently. That is why a man is born again and again in this world.

The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2013, 07:14:01 AM
Jnana and bhakti are one and the same thing. The difference is like this: one man says 'water', and another, 'a block of ice'.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on November 24, 2013, 09:11:51 AM
If you asked me which form of God you should meditate upon, I should say: Fix your attention on that form which appeals to you most; but know for certain that all forms are the forms of one God alone.Never harbour malice toward anyone. Siva, Kali, and Hari are but different forms of that One. He is blessed indeed who has known all as one. Outwardly he appears as Siva's devotee,but in his heart he worships Kali, the Blissful Mother, and with his tongue he chants aloud Lord Hari's name.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 25, 2013, 07:08:41 AM
God can be realized by true faith alone. And the realization is hastened if you believe everything about God. The cow that picks and chooses its food gives milk only in dribblets, but if she eats all kinds of plants, then her milk flows in torrents.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 08, 2014, 05:55:26 PM
The truth is that God alone is real and all else unreal. Men, universe, house, and children-all these are like the magic of the magician. The magician strikes his wand and says: 'come delusion! Come confusion!' Then he says to the audience, 'Open the lid of the pot; see the birds fly into the sky.' But the magician alone is real and his magic unreal. The unreal exists for a second and then vanishes.
"Siva was seated in Kailas. His companion Nandi was near Him. Suddenly a terrific noise arose. 'Revered Sir,' asked Nandi, 'what does that mean?' Siva said: 'Ravana is born. That is its meaning.' A few moments later another terrific noise was heard. 'Now what is this noise?' Nandi asked. Siva said with a smile, 'Now Ravana is dead. Birth and death are like magic: you see the magic for a second and then it disappears. God alone is real and all else unreal. Water alone is real; its bubbles appear and disappear. They disappear into the very water from which they rise.

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Post by: Jewell on March 08, 2014, 09:13:24 PM
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     The Master sang:

Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God's Beauty;
If you descend to the uttermost depths,
There you will find the gem of Love.

Go seek, O mind, go seek Vrindavan in your heart,
Where with His loving devotees
Sri Krishna sports eternally.

Light up, O mind, light up true wisdom's shining lamp,
And let it burn with steady flame
Unceasingly within your heart.

Who is it that steers your boat across the solid earth?
It is your guru, says Kubir;
Meditate on his holy feet.

From The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on March 13, 2014, 05:56:53 AM
Suppose you draw a line on the surface of water with a bamboo stick. The water appears to be divided into two parts; but the line doesn't remain for any length of time. The 'servant I'or the 'devotee I' or the 'child I' is only a line drawn with the ego and is not real.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 13, 2014, 05:59:51 AM
One can attain the Knowledge of Brahman, too, by following the path of bhakti. God is all-powerful. He may give His devotee Brahmajnana also, if He so wills. But the devotee generally doesn't seek the Knowledge of the Absolute. He would rather have the consciousness that God is the Master and he the servant, or that God is the Divine Mother and he the child.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 23, 2014, 03:26:56 PM
What is knowledge? And what is the nature of this ego? 'God alone is the Doer, and none else' - that is knowledge. I am not the doer; I am a mere instrument in His hand. Therefore I say: 'O Mother, Thou art the Operator and I am the machine. Thou art the Indweller and I am the house. Thou art the Driver and I am the carriage. I move as Thou movest me. I do as Thou makest me do. I speak as Thou makest me speak. Not I, not I, but Thou, but Thou.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 24, 2014, 06:51:30 PM
Well, what suits your taste-God with form or the formless Reality? But to tell you the truth, He who is formless is also endowed with form. To His bhaktas He reveals Himself as having a form. It is like a great ocean, an infinite expanse of water, without any trace of shore. Here and there some of the water has been frozen. Intense cold has turned it into ice. Just so, under the cooling influence, so to speak, of the bhakta's love, the Infinite appears to take a form. Again, the ice melts when the sun rises; it becomes water as before. Just so, one who follows the path of knowledge -the path of discrimination-does not see the form of God any more. To him everything is formless. The ice melts into formless water with the rise of the Sun of Knowledge. But mark this: form and formlessness belong to one and the same Reality.

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Post by: Nagaraj on March 31, 2014, 05:37:02 PM
Master's exhortation to a devotee to go forward

Kedar believed in certain queer practices of a religious sect to which he had once belonged. He held the Master's big toe in his hand, believing that in this way the Master's spiritual power would be transmitted to him. As Sri Ramakrishna regained partial consciousness, he said, "Mother, what can he do to me by holding my toe?" Kedar sat humbly with folded hands. Still in an ecstatic mood, the Master said to Kedar: "Your mind is still attracted by 'woman and gold'. What is the use of saying you don't care for it? Go forward. Beyond the forest of sandal-wood there are many more things: mines of silver, gold, diamonds, and other precious stones. Having a glimpse of spirituality, don't think you have attained everything." The Master was again in an ecstatic mood. He said to the Divine Mother, "Mother, take him away." At these words Kedar's throat dried up. In a frightened tone he said to Ram, "What is the Master saying?"

At the sight of Rākhāl, Sri Ramakrishna was again overpowered with a spiritual mood. He said to his beloved disciple: "I have been here many days; When did you come?"

Was the Master hinting that he was an Incarnation of God, and Rākhāl his divine companion, a member of the inner circle of devotees?
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on April 04, 2014, 05:23:34 AM
Let me ask you one thing. Are vanity and egotism the result of knowledge or of ignorance? Egotism is of the nature of tamas; it is begotten by ignorance. On account of the barrier of ego one does not see God. 'All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.' It is futile to be egotistic. Neither body nor wealth will last. Once a drunkard was looking at the image of Durga. At the sight of Her decorations, he said, 'Well, Mother! However You may fix Yourself up, after two or three days they will drag You out and throw You into the Ganges.' (All laugh.)
So I say to you all, you may be a judge or anybody else, but it is all for two days only.Therefore you should give up vanity and pride.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 04, 2014, 05:30:19 AM
The characteristics of sattva, rajas, and tamas are very different. Egotism sleep, gluttony, lust, anger, and the like, are the traits of' people with tamas. Men with rajas entangle themselves in many activities. Such a man has clothes all spick and span. His house is immaculately clean. A portrait of the Queen hangs on a wall in his drawing-room. When he worships God he wears a silk cloth. He has a string of rudraksha beads around his neck, and in between the beads he puts a few gold ones. When someone comes to visit the worship hall in his house, he himself acts as guide. After showing the hall, he says to the visitor: 'Please come this way, sir. There are other things too-the floor of white marble and the natmandir with its exquisite carvings.' When he gives in charity he makes a show of it. But a man endowed with sattva is quiet and peaceful. So far as dress is concerned, anything will do. He earns only enough money to give his stomach the simplest of food; he never flatters men to get money. His house is out of repair. He never worries about his children's clothing. He does not hanker for name and fame. His worship, charity, and meditation are all done in secret; people do not know, about them at all. He meditates inside his mosquito curtain. People think he doesn't sleep well at night and for that reason sleeps late in the morning. Sattva is the last step of the stairs; next is the roof. As soon as sattva is acquired there is no further delay in attaining God. One step forward and God is realized.

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Post by: Nagaraj on April 05, 2014, 08:41:42 AM
"What is there in the worldly life? What an inordinate attachment people
have for it. See how out of one so many come out, and how one's attention
and energies are all dissipated. Is it possible for a person placed under such
conditions to attain to spiritual greatness? Have you not seen crabs? The
mother crab peeps out of her hole again and again, and then goes down. It
struggles hard repeatedly to free itself, but fails. And why? Because of her
attraction for her numerous progeny living in the hole. This attraction drags
her into the hole in spite of all her efforts. Such is the case of those who are
immersed in worldly life."


Mother Sarada Devi

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Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Nagaraj on April 05, 2014, 08:46:10 AM
?People find opportunities according to their fate and Karma. ... The fact
is, if one?s time to go beyond the world is ripe, one will break all bonds and
come; nobody will check him. Lack of money, awaiting somebody?s
approval, fear of having to go back, these are nothing.?


Mother Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on April 12, 2014, 05:44:36 PM
A disciple asked his teacher, 'Sir, please tell me how I can see God.' 'Come with me,' said the guru, 'and I shall show you.' He took the disciple to a lake, and both of them got into the water. Suddenly the teacher pressed the disciple's head under the water. After a few moments he released him and the disciple raised his head and stood up. The guru asked him, 'How did you feel?' The disciple said, 'Oh! I thought I should die; I was panting for breath.' The teacher said, 'When you feel like that for God, then you will know you haven't long to wait for His vision.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 13, 2014, 08:50:50 AM
The point is, to love God even as the mother loves her child, the chaste wife her husband, and the worldly man his wealth. Add together these three forces of love, these three powers of attraction, and give it all to God. Then you will certainly see Him.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 10, 2014, 08:49:37 AM
The Nitya and the Lila are the two aspects of the Reality. God, plays in the world as man for the sake of His devotees. They can love God only if they see Him in a human form; only then can they show their affection for Him as their Brother, Sister, Father, Mother, or Child.It is just for this love of the devotees that God contracts Himself into a human form and descends on earth to play His lila.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 10, 2014, 08:52:51 AM
God has form and, again, He has none. Do you know how it is? Brahman, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, is like a shoreless ocean. In the ocean visible blocks of ice are formed here and there by intense cold. Similarly, under the cooling influence, so to speak, of the bhakti of Its worshippers, the Infinite transforms Itself into the finite and appears before the worshipper as God with form. That is to say, God reveals Himself to His bhaktas as an embodied Person. Again, as, on the rising of the sun, the ice in the ocean melts away, so, on the awakening of Jnana, the embodied God melts back into the infinite and formless Brahman.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 10, 2014, 08:56:03 AM
As long as a man analyses with the mind, he cannot reach the Absolute. As long as you reason with your mind, you have no way of getting rid of the universe and the objects of the senses-form, taste, smell, touch, and sound. When reasoning stops, you attain the Knowledge of Brahman. Atman cannot be realized through this mind; Atman is realized through Atman alone. Pure Mind, Pure Buddhi, Pure Atman-all these are one and the same.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 10, 2014, 09:00:25 AM
I am your true mother, a mother not by virtue of being your guru's wife, nor by way of empty talk, but truly the mother.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on May 21, 2014, 08:39:23 AM
God cannot be realized without childlike faith. The mother says to her child, pointing to a boy, 'He is your elder brother.' And the child at once believes that the boy is one hundred per cent his brother. Again, the mother says that a bogey man lives in a certain room, and the child believes one hundred per cent that the bogy man lives in the room. God bestows His grace on the devotee who has this faith of a child. God cannot be realized by the mind steeped in worldliness.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 22, 2014, 07:53:48 AM
The inferior devotee says, 'God exists, but He is very far off, up there in heaven.' The mediocre devotee says, 'God exists in all beings as life and consciousness.' The superior devotee says: 'It is God Himself who has become everything; whatever I see is only a form of God. It is He alone who has become maya, the universe, and all living beings. Nothing exists but God.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 24, 2014, 06:54:25 AM
God very much relishes the bhakti of the poor and the lowly, just as the cow relishes fodder mixed with oil-cake. King Duryodhana showed Krishna the splendour of his wealth and riches, but Krishna accepted the hospitality of the poor Vidura. God is fond of His devotees. He runs after the devotee as the cow after the calf.

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 13, 2014, 06:53:52 AM
Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then, through His grace one realizes Him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 13, 2014, 07:05:53 AM
Remember that daya, compassion, and maya, attachment, are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of 'my-ness' toward one's relatives. It is the love one feels for one's parents, one's brother, one's sister, one's wife and children. Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world. It is an attitude of equality. If you see anywhere an instance of compassion, as in Vidyasagar, know that it is due to the grace of God. Through compassion one serves all beings. Maya also comes from God. Through maya God makes one serve one's relatives. But one thing should be remembered: maya keeps us in ignorance and entangles us in the world, whereas daya makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds.

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 15, 2014, 08:21:41 AM
It is God who manifests Himself, in one aspect, as the scriptures; therefore one should worship the sacred books, such as the Vedas, the Puranas, and the Tantras. In another aspect He has become the devotee. The heart of the devotee is God's drawing-room. One can easily find one's master in the drawing-room. Therefore, by worshipping His devotee, one worships God Himself.

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 23, 2014, 06:58:11 AM
What need is there even to bother one's head about whether God is formless or has a form? It is enough for a man to pray to Him, alone in solitude, weeping, 'O God, reveal Yourself to me as You are.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 27, 2014, 04:29:59 PM
There are three or four varieties of renunciation. Afflicted with miseries at home, one may put on the ochre cloth of a monk; but that renunciation doesn't last long. Again, a man out of work puts on an ochre wearing-cloth and goes off to Benares. After three months he writes home: 'I have a job here. I shall come home in a few days. Don't worry about me.'Again, a man may have everything he wants. He lacks nothing, yet he does not enjoy his possessions. He weeps for God alone. That is real renunciation.

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Post by: Ravi.N on July 27, 2014, 04:36:23 PM
Two things are necessary for the realization of God; faith and self-surrender. Man is ignorant by nature. Errors are natural to him. Can a one-seer pot hold four seers of milk?Whatever path you may follow, you must pray to God with a restless heart. He is the Ruler of the soul within. He will surely listen to your prayer if it is sincere. Whether you follow the ideal of the Personal God or that of the Impersonal Truth, you will realize God alone, provided you are restless for Him. A cake with icing tastes sweet whether you eat it straight or side-wise.

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 02, 2014, 04:50:23 PM
Let me tell you a story. In a forest there lived a holy man who had many disciples. One day he taught them to see God in all beings and, knowing this, to bow low before them all.A disciple went to the forest to gather wood for the sacrificial fire. Suddenly he heard an outcry: 'Get out of the way! A mad elephant is coming!' All but the disciple of the holy man took to their heels. He reasoned that the elephant was also God in another form. Then why should he run away from it? He stood still, bowed before the animal, and began to sing its praises. The mahut of the elephant was shouting: 'Run away! Run away!' But the disciple didn't move. The animal seized him with its trunk, cast him to one side, and went on its way. Hurt and bruised, the disciple lay unconscious on the ground. Hearing what had happened, his teacher and his brother disciples came to him and carried him to the hermitage. With the help of some medicine he soon regained consciousness. Someone asked him, 'You knew the elephant was coming - why didn't you leave the place?' 'But', he said, 'our teacher has told us that God Himself has taken all these forms, of animals as well as men. Therefore, thinking it was only the elephant God that was coming, I didn't run away.' At this the teacher said: 'Yes, my child, it is true that the elephant God was coming;but the mahut God forbade you to stay there. Since all are manifestations of God, why didn't you trust the mahut's words? You should have heeded the words of the mahut God.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 02, 2014, 05:01:35 PM
It is God alone who has planted in man's mind what the 'Englishman' calls free will.People who have not realized God would become engaged in more and more sinful actions if God had not planted in them the notion of free will. Sin would have increased if God had not made the sinner feel that he alone was responsible for his sin.
Those who have realized God are aware that free will is a mere appearance. In reality man is the machine and God its Operator, man is the carriage and God its Driver
.

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 03, 2014, 08:11:01 AM
When one is intoxicated with prema, one sees God in all beings. The gopis saw Krishna in everything; to them the whole world was filled with Krishna. They said that they themselves were Krishna. They were then in a God-intoxicated state. Looking at the trees, they said, 'These are hermits absorbed in meditation on Krishna.' Looking at the grass they said, 'The hair of the earth is standing on end at the touch of Krishna.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 03, 2014, 05:30:00 PM
Even water, which has a natural tendency to flow downwards, is drawn up to the sky by the sun's rays. In the same way, God's grace lifts up the mind which has got a tendency to run after sense objects.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 03, 2014, 06:50:02 PM
During the stage of sadhana one should describe God by all His attributes. One day Hazra said to Narendra: 'God is Infinity. Infinite is His, splendour. Do you think He will accept your offerings of sweets and bananas or listen to your music? This is a mistaken notion of yours.' Narendra at once sank ten fathoms. So I said to Hazra, 'you villain! Where will these youngsters be if you talk to them like that?' How can a man live if he gives up devotion?No doubt God has infinite splendour; yet He is under the control of His devotees. A rich man's gate-keeper comes to the parlour where his master is seated with his friends. He stands on one side of the room. In his hand he has something covered with a cloth. He is very hesitant. The master asks him, 'Well, gate-keeper, what have you in your hand?' Very hesitantly the servant takes out a custard-apple from under the cover, places it in front of his master, and says, 'Sir, it is my desire that you should eat this.' The Master is impressed by his servant's devotion with great love he takes the fruit in his hand and says: 'Ah! This is a very nice custard-apple. Where did you pick it? You must have taken a great deal of trouble to get it.'
God is under the control of His devotees. King Duryodhana was very attentive to Krishna and said to Him, 'Please have your meal here.' But the Lord went to Vidura's hut. He is very fond of His devotees. He ate Vidura's simple rice and greens as if they were celestial food.


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Post by: Nagaraj on August 05, 2014, 10:14:45 AM
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"I said to Keshab Sen that he would not be able to realize God without renouncing the ego. He said, 'Sir, in that case I should not be able to keep my organization together.' Thereupon I said to him: 'I am asking you to give up the "unripe ego", the "wicked ego". But there is no harm in the "ripe ego", the "child ego", the "servant ego", the "ego of Knowledge".'

"The worldly man's ego, the 'ignorant ego', the 'unripe ego', is like a thick stick. It divides, as it were, the water of the Ocean of Satchidananda. But the 'servant ego', the 'child ego', the 'ego of Knowledge', is like a line on the water. One clearly sees that there is only one expanse of water. The dividing line makes it appear that the water has two parts, but one clearly sees that in reality there is only one expanse of water.
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 13, 2014, 07:00:37 AM
How long do small girls play with their dolls? As long as they are not married and do not live with their husbands. After marriage they put the dolls away in a box. What further need is there of worshipping the image after the vision of God?

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 16, 2014, 06:33:13 AM
The upshot of the whole thing is that, no matter what path you follow, yoga is impossible unless the mind becomes quiet.

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Post by: Nagaraj on August 20, 2014, 09:41:53 AM
"But how can you love someone unless you know him? (Pointing to M, with a smile) How can you love him unless you know him? (To M.) Since a pure-souled person has asked for pure bhakti, it must have some meaning."

Quote from Bhagavan :

"Unless intellectually known, how to practice it? Learn it
intellectually first, then do not stop with that. Practise it."


Genuine bhakti:

"One does not seek bhakti of one's own accord without inborn tendencies. This is the characteristic of prema-bhakti. There is another kind of bhakti, called jnāna-bhakti, which is love of God based on reasoning."


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Post by: Ravi.N on August 22, 2014, 08:24:33 AM
Whenever the mind goes after anything other than God, consider that as transient and surrender the mind at the sacred feet of the Lord.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 23, 2014, 06:22:48 AM
As long as a man feels that God is 'there', he is ignorant. But he attains Knowledge when he feels that God is 'here'.
A man wanted a smoke. He went to a neighbour's house to light his charcoal. It was the dead of night and the household was asleep. After he had knocked a great deal, someone came down to open the door. At sight of the man he asked, 'Hello! What's the matter?' The man replied: 'Can't you guess? You know how fond I am of smoking. I have come here to light my charcoal.' The neighbour said: 'Ha! Ha! You are a fine man indeed! You took the trouble to come and do all this knocking at the door! Why, you have a lighted lantern in your hand!'
What a man seeks is very near him. Still he wanders about from place to place.


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Post by: Ravi.N on August 23, 2014, 01:15:36 PM
Disciple: "Those who are obtaining your blessings are fortunate indeed. What will happen to people in the future?"
Mother: "What do you mean? Why won't they too succeed? God exists everywhere and at all times. The Master is always there. They will succeed through his grace. Are not people realizing God in other countries?"

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 23, 2014, 01:18:25 PM
All teachers are one. The same power of God works through them all.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 23, 2014, 01:25:16 PM
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. Mother looked at the lane and said, "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 it at least for keeping the vegetable peelings." She asked someone to fetch the basket and wash it. It was kept for some future use.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Post by: Ravi.N on August 28, 2014, 08:27:40 AM
God Himself has provided different forms of worship. He who is the Lord of the Universe has arranged all these forms to suit different men in different stages of knowledge.
The mother cooks different dishes to suit the stomachs of her different children. Suppose she has five children. If there is a fish to cook, she prepares various dishes from it - pilau,pickled fish, fried fish, and so on - to suit their different tastes and powers of digestion.


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Post by: Ravi.N on August 29, 2014, 07:48:41 AM
A man cannot get rid of body-consciousness as long as he is attached to worldly things and loves 'woman and gold'. As he becomes less and less attached to worldly things, he approaches nearer and nearer to the Knowledge of Self. He also becomes less and less conscious of his body. He attains Self-Knowledge when his worldly attachment totally disappears. Then he realizes that body and soul are two separate things. It is very difficult to separate with a knife the kernel of a coconut from the shell before the milk inside has dried up. When the milk dries up, the kernel rattles inside the shell. At that time it loosens itself from the shell. Then the fruit is called a dry coconut.
The sign of a man having realized God is that he has become like a dry coconut. He has become utterly free from the consciousness that he is the body. He does not feel happy or unhappy with the happiness or unhappiness of the body. He does not seek the comforts of the body. He roams about in the world as a jivanmukta, one liberated in life. 'The devotee of Kali is a jivanmukta , full of Eternal Bliss.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on August 30, 2014, 07:58:17 AM
When you find that the very mention of God's name brings tears to your eyes and makes your hair stand on end, then you will know that you have freed yourself from attachment to 'woman and gold' and attained God. If the matches are dry, you get a spark by striking only one of them. But if they are damp, you don't get a spark even if you strike fifty. You only waste matches. Similarly, if your mind is soaked in the pleasure of worldly things, in 'woman and gold', then God-Consciousness will not be kindled in you. You may try a thousand times, but all your efforts will be futile. But no sooner does attachment to worldly pleasure dry up than the spark of God flashes forth.

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 30, 2014, 01:50:20 PM
TRAILOKYA: What is the way to dry up the craving for worldly pleasure?
MASTER: Pray to the Divine Mother with a longing heart. Her vision dries up all craving for the world and completely destroys all attachment to 'woman and gold'. It happens instantly if you think of Her as your own mother. She is by no means a godmother. She is your own mother. With a yearning heart persist in your demands on Her. The child holds to the skirt of its mother and begs a penny of her to buy a kite. Perhaps the mother is gossiping with her friends. At first she refuses to give the penny and says to the child: 'No, you can't have it. Your daddy has asked me not to give you money. When he comes home I'll ask him about it. You will get into trouble if you play with a kite now.' The child begins to cry and will not give up his demand. Then the mother says to her friends: 'Excuse me a moment. Let me pacify this child.' Immediately she unlocks the cash-box with a click and throws the child a penny.
You too must force your demand on the Divine Mother. She will come to you without fail.


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 01, 2014, 07:21:57 AM
NEIGHTBOUR: "Sir, is it ever possible to realize God while leading the life of a householder?"

MASTER: Certainly. But as I said just now, one must live in holy company and pray unceasingly. One should weep for God. When the impurities of the mind are thus washed away, one realizes God.The mind is like a needle covered with mud, and God is like a magnet. The needle cannot be united with the magnet unless it is free from mud. Tears wash away the mud, which is nothing but lust, anger, greed, and other evil tendencies, and the inclination to worldly enjoyments as well. As soon as the mud is washed away, the magnet attracts the needle, that is to say, man realizes God. Only the pure in heart see God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 01, 2014, 07:24:21 AM
Once a man realizes God through intense dispassion, he is no longer attached to woman. Even if he must lead the life of a householder, he is free from fear of and attachment to woman. Suppose there are two magnets, one big and the other small. Which one will attract the iron? The big one, of course. God is the big magnet. Compared to Him, woman is a small one. What can 'woman' do?

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 01, 2014, 07:26:00 AM
A DEVOTEE: Sir, shall we hate women then?
MASTER: He who has realized God does not look upon a woman with the eye of lust; so he is not afraid of her. He perceives clearly that women are but so many aspects of the Divine Mother. He worships them all as the Mother Herself.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 03, 2014, 07:33:42 AM
Pain and pleasure are inevitable in a body. He who has realized God dedicates his mind and life, his body and soul, to God. When Rama and Lakshmana went to take their bath in Pampa Lake, they thrust their bows into the ground. Coming out of the water, Lakshmana took out his bow and found its tip stained with blood. Rama said to him: 'Look, brother! Look. Perhaps we have hurt some creature." Lakshmana dug in the earth and found a big bullfrog. It was dying. Rama said to the frog in a sorrowful voice: 'Why didn't you croak? We should have tried to save you. You croak lustily enough when you are in the jaws of a snake.' The frog said: 'O Lord, when I am attacked by a snake I croak, saying: "O Rama, save me! O Rama, save me!" This time I found that it was Rama who was killing me; so I kept still.'"

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 06, 2014, 09:22:36 AM
Unless the mind becomes steady there cannot be yoga. It is the wind of worldliness that always disturbs the mind, which may be likened to a candle flame. If that flame doesn't move at all, then one is said to have attained yoga.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 06, 2014, 10:27:49 AM
When the devotee develops raga-bhakti, passionate love of God, he realizes Him. But one loses vaidhi-bhakti, formal devotion, as easily as one gains it. This is formal devotion: so much japa, so much meditation, so much sacrifice and homa, so many articles of worship, and the recitation of so many mantras, before the Deity. Such devotion comes in a moment and goes in a moment. Many people say: 'Well, friend, we have lived on havishya for so many days! How many times we have worshipped the Deity at our home! And what have we achieved?' But there is no falling away from raga-bhakti.who gets this passionate love for God? Those who have performed many meritorious deeds in their past births, or those who are eternally perfect. Think of a dilapidated house, for instance: while clearing away the undergrowth and rubbish one suddenly discovers a fountain fitted with a pipe. It has been covered with earth and bricks, but as soon as they are removed the water shoots up.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 06, 2014, 03:25:29 PM
Why should I make myself dry through mere reasoning? May I have unalloyed love for the Lotus Feet of God as long as the consciousness of 'I' and 'you' remains with me!
(To Govinda) "Sometimes I say, 'Thou art verily I, and I am verily Thou.' Again I feel, 'Thou art Thou.' Then I do not find any trace of 'I'. It is Sakti alone that becomes flesh as God Incarnate. According to one school of thought, Rama and Krishna are but two waves in the Ocean of Absolute Bliss and Consciousness.


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 07, 2014, 07:25:21 PM
There are innumerable pathways leading to the Ocean of Immortality. The essential thing is to reach the Ocean. It doesn't matter which path you follow. Imagine that there is a reservoir containing the Elixir of Immortality. You will be immortal if a few drops of the Elixir somehow get into your mouth. You may get into the reservoir either by jumping into it, or by being pushed into it from behind, or by slowly walking down the steps. The effect is one and the same. You will become immortal by tasting a drop of that Elixir.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 08, 2014, 07:43:03 PM
Sometimes God becomes the magnet and the devotee the needle, and sometimes the devotee becomes the magnet and God the needle. The devotee attracts God to him. God is the Beloved of His devotee and is under his control.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 09, 2014, 06:14:06 AM
Better than reading is hearing, and better than hearing is seeing. One understands the scriptures better by hearing them from the lips of the guru or of a holy man. Then one doesn't have to think about their non-essential part.

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Post by: Nagaraj on September 10, 2014, 04:09:15 PM
The whole world is a dream; even this (the waking state) is a dream ...
What you dreamt last night does not exist now.

~Mother Sarada Devi
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 11, 2014, 08:51:01 AM
After receiving instruction from His teacher, Rama said that He would renounce the world. Dasaratha sent the sage Vasishtha to Rama to dissuade Him. Vasishtha found Him filled with intense renunciation. He said to Rama: 'First of all, reason with me, Rama; then You may leave the world. May I ask You if this world is outside God? If that is so, then You may give it up.' Rama found that it is God alone who has become the universe and all its living beings. Everything in the world appears real on account of God's reality behind it.Thereupon Rama became silent.

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Post by: Nagaraj on September 11, 2014, 11:40:52 AM
"Once a Vedantic monk came here.  He used to dance at the sight of a cloud.  He would go into an ecstasy of joy over a rain-storm.  He would get very angry if, anyone went near him when he meditated.  One day I came to him while he was meditating, and that made him very cross.  He discriminated constantly, 'Brahman alone is real and the world is illusory.' Since the appearance of diversity is due to maya, he walked about with a prism from a chandelier in his hand.  One sees different colours through the prism; in reality there is no such thing as colour.  Likewise, nothing exists, in reality, except Brahman.  But there is an appearance of the manifold because of maya, egoism.  He would not look at an object more than once, lest he should be deluded by maya and attachment.  He would discriminate, while taking his bath, at the sight of birds flying in the.  sky.  He knew grammar.  He stayed here for three days.  One day he heard the sound of a flute near the embankment and said that a man who had realized Brahman would go into samādhi at such a sound."
Title: Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
Post by: Ravi.N on September 12, 2014, 07:03:31 AM
Once an impersonator dressed himself as a world-renouncing monk. Pleased with the correctness of his disguise, some rich people offered him a rupee. He did not accept the money but went away shaking his head. Afterwards he removed his disguise and appeared in his usual dress. Then he said to the rich people, 'Please give me the rupee.' They replied:'Why, you went away refusing our present. Why do you ask for it now?' The man said: 'But then I was in the role of a holy man. I could not accept money.' Likewise, when God becomes man He behaves exactly like a man.

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Post by: Nagaraj on September 12, 2014, 01:01:09 PM
MASTER (to Hazra): "Yes, all one's confusion comes to an end if one only realizes that it is God who manifests Himself as the atheist and the believer, the good and the bad, the real and the unreal; that it is He who is present in waking and in sleep; and that He is beyond all these.

"There was a farmer to whom an only son was born when he was rather advanced in age.  As the child grew up, his parents became very fond of him.  One day the farmer was out working in the fields, when a neighbour told him that his son was dangerously ill-indeed, at the point of death.  Returning home he found the boy dead.  His wife wept bitterly, but his own eyes remained dry.  Sadly the wife said to her ncighbours, 'Such a son has passed away, and he hasn't even one tear to shed!' After a long while the farmer said to his wife: 'Do you know why I am not crying? Last night I dreamt I had become a king, and the father of seven princes.  These princes were beautiful as well as virtuous.  They grew in stature and acquired wisdom and knowledge in the various arts.  Suddenly I woke up.  Now I have been wondering whether I should weep for those seven children or this one boy.' To the jnanis the waking state is no more real than the dream state.
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Post by: Ravi.N on September 13, 2014, 09:58:20 AM
Truthfulness in speech is the tapasya of the Kaliyuga. It is difficult to practise other austerities in this cycle. By adhering to truth one attains God.Tulsidas said:'Truthfulness, obedience to God, and the regarding of others' wives as one's mother, are the greatest virtues. If one does not realize God by practising them, then Tulsi is a liar.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 15, 2014, 08:26:00 AM
Once some blind men chanced to come near an animal that someone told them was an elephant. They were asked what the elephant was like. The blind men began to feel its body. One of them said the elephant was like a pillar; he had touched only its leg. Another said it was like a winnowing-fan; he had touched only its ear. In this way the others, having touched its tail or belly, gave their different versions of the elephant. Just so, a man who has seen only one aspect of God limits God to that alone. It is his conviction that God cannot be anything else.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 16, 2014, 07:13:09 AM
The less people know about your thoughts of God, the better for You.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 16, 2014, 07:23:01 AM
It is not that God can be realized by this work and not by that. The vision of God depends on His grace. Still a man must work a little with longing for God in his heart. If he has longing he will receive the grace of God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 17, 2014, 08:10:22 AM
Who can comprehend everything about God? It is not given to man to know any aspect of God, great or small. And what need is there to know everything about God? It is enough if we only realize Him. And we see God Himself if we but see His Incarnation. Suppose a person goes to the Ganges and touches its water. He will then say, 'Yes, I have seen and touched the Ganges.' To say this it is not necessary for him to touch the whole length of the river from Hardwar to Gangasagar. (Laughter.)
If I touch your feet, surely that is the same as touching you. (Laughter.) If a person goes to the ocean and touches but a little of its water, he has surely touched the ocean itself. Fire, as an element, exists in all things, but in wood it is present to a greater degree.

GIRISH (smiling): "I am looking for fire. Naturally I want to go to a place where I can get it."
MASTER (smiling): "Yes, fire, as an element, is present more in wood than in any other object. If you seek God, then seek Him in man; He manifests Himself more in man than in any other thing. If you see a man endowed with ecstatic love, overflowing with prema, mad after God, intoxicated with His love, then know for certain that God has incarnated Himself through that man.
(To M.) "There is no doubt that God exists in all things; but the manifestations of His Power are different in different beings. The greatest manifestation of His Power is through an Incarnation. Again, in some Incarnation there is a complete manifestation of God's Power. It is the Sakti, the Power of God, that is born as an Incarnation."


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 18, 2014, 08:17:29 PM
Everyone can attain Knowledge. There are two entities: Jivatma, the individual soul, and Paramatma, the Supreme Soul. Through prayer all individual souls can be united to the Supreme Soul. Every house has a connection for gas, and gas can be obtained from the main storage-tank of the Gas Company. Apply to the Company, and it will arrange for your supply of gas. Then your house will be lighted.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 18, 2014, 08:20:23 PM
The Reality is one and the same. The difference is only in name. He who is Brahman is verily Atman, and again, He is the Bhagavan. He is Brahman to the followers of the path of knowledge, Paramatman to the yogis, and Bhagavan to the lovers of God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 19, 2014, 06:20:25 AM
There are certain signs of God-realization. The man in whom longing for God manifests its glories is not far from attaining Him. What are the glories of that longing? They are discrimination, dispassion, compassion for living beings, serving holy men, loving their company, chanting the name and glories of God, telling the truth, and the like. When you see those signs of longing in an aspirant, you can rightly say that for him the vision of God is not far to seek.
The state of a servant's house will tell you unmistakably whether his master has decided to visit it. First, the rubbish and jungle around the house are cleared up. Second, the soot and dirt are removed from the rooms. Third, the courtyard, floors, and other places are swept clean. Finally the master himself sends various things to the house such as a carpet, a hubble-bubble for smoking, and the like. When you see these things arriving, you conclude that the master will very soon come.


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2014, 09:20:31 AM
Three words-'master', 'teacher', and 'father'-prick me like thorns. I am the son of God, His eternal child. How can I be a 'father'? God alone is the Master and I am His instrument. He is the Operator and I am the machine.
If somebody addresses me as guru, I say to him: 'Go away, you fool! How can I be a teacher?' There is no teacher except Satchidananda. There is no refuge except Him. He alone is the Ferryman to take one across the ocean of the world
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Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2014, 03:38:45 PM
The universe and its created beings, and the twenty-four cosmic principles, all exist because God exists. Nothing remains if God is eliminated. The number increases if you put many zeros after the figure one; but the zeros don't have any value if the one is not there.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 21, 2014, 04:23:33 PM
There are signs by which you can know whether a man has truly seen God. One of these is joy; there is no hesitancy in him. He is like the ocean: the waves and sounds are on the surface; below are profound depths. The man who has seen God behaves sometimes like a madman; sometimes like a ghoul, without any feeling of purity or impurity; sometimes like an inert thing, remaining speechless because he sees God within and without; sometimes like a child, without any attachment, wandering about unconcernedly with his cloth under his arm. Again, in the mood of a child, he acts in different ways: sometimes like a boy, indulging in frivolity; sometimes like a young man, working and teaching with the strength of a lion.

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 05, 2014, 05:23:35 PM
A disciple asked his teacher, 'Sir, please tell me how I can see God.' 'Come with me,' said the guru, 'and I shall show you.' He took the disciple to a lake, and both of them got into the water. Suddenly the teacher pressed the disciple's head under the water. After a few moments he released him and the disciple raised his head and stood up. The guru asked him, 'How did you feel?' The disciple said, 'Oh! I thought I should die; I was panting for breath.' The teacher said, 'When you feel like that for God, then you will know you haven't long to wait for His vision.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 05, 2014, 05:24:51 PM
All, without exception, perform work. Even to chant the name and glories of God is work, as is the meditation of the non-dualist on 'I am He'. Breathing is also an activity. There is no way of renouncing work altogether. So do your work, but surrender the result to God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 08, 2014, 07:27:45 AM
BRAHMO: Is spiritual knowledge impossible without a guru?
MASTER: Satchidananda alone is the Guru. If a man in the form of a guru awakens spiritual consciousness in you, then know for certain that it is God the Absolute who has assumed that human form for your sake. The guru is like a companion who leads you by the hand. After the realization of God, one loses the distinction between the guru and the disciple. 'That creates a very difficult situation; there the guru and the disciple do not see each other.' It was for this reason that Janaka said to Sukadeva, 'Give me first my teacher's fee if you want me to initiate you into the Knowledge of Brahman.' For the distinction between the teacher and the disciple ceases to exist after the disciple attains to Brahman.The relationship between them remains as long as the disciple does not see God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 14, 2014, 07:16:05 AM
Remember that daya, compassion, and maya, attachment, are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of 'my-ness' toward one's relatives. It is the love one feels for one's parents, one's brother, one's sister, one's wife and children. Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world. It is an attitude of equality. If you see anywhere an instance of compassion, as in Vidyasagar, know that it is due to the grace of God.Through compassion one serves all beings. Maya also comes from God. Through maya God makes one serve one's relatives. But one thing should be remembered: maya keeps us in ignorance and entangles us in the world, whereas daya makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 22, 2014, 07:00:15 PM
What is the use of merely reciting the written parts for the drum? It is very difficult to put them into practice on the instrument. What can be accomplished by a mere lecture? It is austerity that is necessary. By that alone can one comprehend.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 04, 2014, 06:35:37 AM
The Reality is one and the same. The difference is only in name. He who is Brahman is verily Atman, and again, He is the Bhagavan. He is Brahman to the followers of the path of knowledge, Paramatman to the yogis, and Bhagavan to the lovers of God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 10, 2014, 09:07:44 PM
Satchidananda Himself is the Guru. At the end of the savasadhana, just when the vision of the Ishta is about to take place, the guru appears before the aspirant and says to him, 'Behold! There is your Ishta.' Saying this, the guru merges in the Ishta. He who is the guru is also the Ishta. The guru is the thread that leads to God. Women perform a ritualistic worship known as the 'Ananta-vrata', the object of worship being the Infinite. But actually the Deity worshipped is Vishnu. In Him are the 'infinite' forms of God.
(To Ram and the other devotees) "If you asked me which form of God you should meditate upon, I should say: Fix your attention on that form which appeals to you most; but know for certain that all forms are the forms of one God alone.
Never harbour malice toward anyone. Siva, Kali, and Hari are but different forms of that One. He is blessed indeed who has known all as one. Outwardly he appears as Siva's devotee, But in his heart he worships Kali, the Blissful Mother, And with his tongue he chants aloud Lord Hari's name.


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Post by: Ravi.N on December 13, 2014, 12:21:36 PM
One offers a price for an article according to one's capital. A rich man said to his servant:'Take this diamond to the market and let me know how different people price it. Take it, first of all, to the egg-plant seller.' The servant took the diamond to the egg-plant seller. He examined it, turning it over in the palm of his hand, and said, 'Brother, I can give nine seers of egg-plants for it.' 'Friend,' said the servant, 'a little more-say, ten seers.' The egg-plant seller replied: 'No, I have already quoted above the market price. You may give it to me if that price suits you.' The servant laughed. He went back to his master and said: 'Sir, he would give me only nine seers of egg-plants and not one more. He said he had offered more than the market price.' The master smiled and said: 'Now take it to the cloth-dealer. The other man deals only in egg-plants. What does he know about a diamond? The cloth-dealer has a little more capital. Let us see how much he offers for it.' The servant went to the cloth-dealer and said: 'Will you buy this? How much will you pay for it?' The merchant said: 'Yes, it is a good thing. I can make a nice ornament out of it. I will give you nine hundred rupees for it.' 'Brother,' said the servant, 'offer a little more and I will sell it to you. Give me at least a thousand rupees.' The cloth-dealer said: 'Friend, don't press me for more. I have offered more than the market price. I cannot give a rupee more. Suit yourself.' Laughing the servant returned to his master and said: 'He won't give a rupee more than nine hundred. He too said he had quoted above the market price.' The master said with a laugh: 'Now take it to a jeweller. Let us see what he has to say.' The servant went to a jeweller. The jeweller glanced at the diamond and said at once, 'I will give you one hundred thousand rupees for it.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 20, 2014, 01:46:41 PM
I visited the museum once. I was shown fossils. A whole animal has become stone! Just see what an effect has been produced by company! Likewise, by constantly living in the company of a holy man one verily becomes holy.

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Post by: Ravi.N on February 08, 2015, 05:47:10 AM
It is Satchidananda that comes to us in the form of the guru. If a man is initiated by a human guru, he will not achieve anything if he regards his guru as a mere man. The guru should be regarded as the direct manifestation of God. Only then can the disciple have faith in the mantra given by the guru. Once a man has faith he, achieves all.
The sudra Ekalavya learnt archery in the forest before a clay image of Drona; He worshipped the image as the living Drona; that by itself enabled him to attain mastery in archery.


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Post by: Nagaraj on February 18, 2015, 11:00:02 AM
Master's humility

"Do you know my attitude? As for myself, I eat, drink, and live happily.
The rest the Divine Mother knows. Indeed, there are three words that
prick my flesh: 'guru', 'master', and 'father'.

"There is only one Guru, and that is Satchidananda. He alone is the Teacher.
My attitude toward God is that of a child toward its mother. One can get
human gurus by the million. All want to be teachers. But who cares to be a disciple?

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 18, 2015, 11:02:08 AM
Difficulty of preaching

"It is extremely difficult to teach others. A man can teach only if God reveals Himself to him and gives the command. Narada, Sukadeva, and sages like them had such a command from God, and Sankara had it too. Unless you have a command from God, who will listen to your words?"

"God does reveal Himself to man and speak. Only then may one receive His command. How forceful are the words of such a teacher! They can move mountains. But mere lectures? People will listen to them for a few days and then forget them. They will never act upon mere words.

"To teach others, one must have a badge of authority; otherwise teaching becomes a mockery. A man who is himself ignorant starts out to teach others-like the blind leading the blind! Instead of doing good, such teaching does harm. After the realization of God one obtains an inner vision. Only then can one diagnose a person's spiritual malady and give instruction.

"Without the commission from God, a man becomes vain. He says to himself, 'I am teaching people.' This vanity comes from ignorance, for only an ignorant person feels that he is the doer. A man verily becomes liberated in life if he feels: 'God is the Doer. He alone is doing everything. I am doing nothing.' Man's sufferings and worries spring only from his persistent thought that he is the doer.

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Post by: Ravi.N on February 20, 2015, 06:25:22 AM
You may say that there are many errors and superstitions in another religion. I should reply: Suppose there are. Every religion has errors. Everyone thinks that his watch alone gives the correct time. It is enough to have yearning for God. It is enough to love Him and feel attracted to Him: Don't you know that God is the Inner Guide? He sees the longing of our heart and the yearning of our soul. Suppose a man has several sons. The older boys address him distinctly as 'Baba' or 'Papa', but the babies can at best call him 'Ba' or 'Pa'. Now, will the father be angry with those who address him in this indistinct way? The father knows that they too are calling him, only they cannot pronounce his name well. All children are the same to the father. Likewise, the devotees call on God alone, though by different names. They call on one Person only. God is one, but His names are many.

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 20, 2015, 12:45:38 PM
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स्थापकाय च धर्मस्य सर्व धर्म स्वरूपिणे ।
अवतार वरिष्टाय रामकृष्णाय ते नम: ॥

To the One who came to establish Dharma, one who is the personification of all faiths and religions,
One who is the greatest embodiment of the Divine, to that Ramakrishna I offer my salutations


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Post by: Ravi.N on February 21, 2015, 09:08:47 AM
The whole thing is to love God and taste His sweetness. He is sweetness and the devotee is its enjoyer. The devotee drinks the sweet Bliss of God. Further, God is the lotus and the devotee the bee. The devotee sips the honey of the lotus.
As a devotee cannot live without God, so also God cannot live without His devotee. Then the devotee becomes the sweetness, and God its enjoyer. The devotee becomes the lotus, and God the bee. It is the Godhead that has become these two in order to enjoy Its own Bliss. That is the significance of the episode of Radha and Krishna.


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Post by: Ravi.N on February 26, 2015, 07:44:09 AM
All our suffering is due to this 'I'. The cow cries, 'Hamba!', which means 'I'. That is why it suffers so much. It is yoked to the plough and made to work in rain and sun. Then it may be killed by the butcher. From its hide shoes are made, and also drums, which are mercilessly, beaten. (Laughter.) Still it does not escape suffering. At last strings are made out of its entrails for the bows used in carding cotton. Then it no longer says, 'Hamba! Hamba!', 'I! I!' but 'Tuhu! Tuhu!', 'Thou! Thou!' Only then are its troubles over.
 O Lord, I am the servant; Thou art the Master. I am the child; Thou art the Mother.
"Once Rama asked Hanuman, 'How do you look on Me?' And Hanuman replied: 'O Rama, as long as I have the feeling of "I", I see that Thou art the whole and I am a part; Thou art the Master and I am Thy servant. But when, O Rama, I have the knowledge of Truth, then I realize that Thou art I and I am Thou.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on March 09, 2015, 09:37:46 PM
Steps of bhakti
First of all one acquires bhakti. Bhakti is single-minded devotion to God, like the devotion a wife feels for her husband. It is very difficult to have unalloyed devotion to God. Through such devotion one's mind and soul merge in Him.Then comes bhava, intense love. Through bhava a man becomes speechless. His nerve currents are stilled. Kumbhaka comes by itself. It is like the case of a man whose breath and speech stop when he fires a gun.But prema, ecstatic love, is an extremely rare thing. Chaitanya had that love. When one has prema one forgets all outer things. One forgets the world. One even forgets one's own body, which is so dear to a man.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 21, 2015, 07:13:13 AM
The universe and its created beings, and the twenty-four cosmic principles, all exist because God exists. Nothing remains if God is eliminated. The number increases if you put many zeros after the figure one; but the zeros don't have any value if the one is not there.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 22, 2015, 09:19:43 AM
After a man has attained samadhi all his actions drop away. All devotional activities, such as worship, japa, and the like, as well as all worldly duties, cease to exist for such a person. At the beginning there is much ado about work. As a man makes progress toward God, the outer display of his work becomes less and less-so much so that he cannot even sing the name and glories of God. (To Shivanath) As long as you were not here at the meeting, people talked a great deal about you and discussed your virtues. But no sooner did you arrive here than all that stopped. Now the very sight of you makes everyone happy. People now simply say, 'Ah! Here is Shivanath Babu.' All other talk about you has stopped.

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Post by: Ravi.N on March 31, 2015, 08:53:12 AM
'All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.' As long as a trace of 'I-consciousness' remains, one is conscious of difference. Nobody knows what remains after the 'I' disappears. Nobody can express it in words. That which is remains. After the 'I' disappears one cannot say that a part manifests through this man and the rest through another.
Satchidananda is the ocean. The pot of 'I' is immersed in it. As long as the pot exists, the water seems to be divided into two parts: one part inside the pot and the other part outside it. But when the pot is broken there is only one stretch of water. One cannot even say that. Who would say that?"

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 02, 2015, 08:00:29 PM
I realize that wherever I live I am always in the Ayodhya of Rama. This whole world is Rama's Ayodhya.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 03, 2015, 08:16:48 AM
Two things are necessary for the realization of God; faith and self-surrender. Man is ignorant by nature. Errors are natural to him. Can a one-seer pot hold four seers of milk? Whatever path you may follow, you must pray to God with a restless heart. He is the Ruler of the soul within. He will surely listen to your prayer if it is sincere. Whether you follow the ideal of the Personal God or that of the Impersonal Truth, you will realize God alone, provided you are restless for Him. A cake with icing tastes sweet whether you eat it straight or sidewise.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 03, 2015, 10:01:29 AM
Chaitanya experienced three states of mind. First, the conscious state, when his mind dwelt on the gross and the subtle. Second, the semi-conscious state, when his mind entered the causal body and was absorbed in the bliss of divine intoxication. Third, the inmost state, when his mind was merged in the Great Cause.
This agrees very well with the five koshas, or 'sheaths', described in the Vedanta. The gross body corresponds to the annamayakosha and the pranamayakosha, the subtle body to the manomayakosha and the vijnanamayakosha, and the causal body to the anandamayakosha. The Mahakarana, the Great Cause, is beyond the five sheaths. When Chaitanya's mind merged in That, he would go into samadhi. This is called the nirvikalpa or jada samadhi.
While conscious of the outer world, Chaitanya sang the name of God; while in the state of partial consciousness, he danced with the devotees; and while in the inmost state of consciousness, he remained absorbed in samadhi.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 03, 2015, 10:10:36 AM
MASTER:(To Mahima) :You explain 'Aum' with reference to 'a', 'u', and 'm' only.
MAHIMA: 'A', 'u', and 'm' mean creation, preservation, and destruction.
MASTER: But I give the illustration of the sound of a gong: 'tom', t-o-m. It is the merging of the Lila in the Nitya: the gross, the subtle, and the causal merge in the Great Cause; waking, dream, and deep sleep merge in Turiya. The striking of the gong is like the falling of a heavy weight into a big ocean. Waves begin to rise: the Relative rises from the Absolute; the causal, subtle, and gross bodies appear out of the Great Cause; from Turiya emerge the states of deep sleep, dream, and waking. These waves arising from the Great Ocean merge again in the Great Ocean. From the Absolute to the Relative, and from the Relative to the Absolute. Therefore I give the illustration of the gong's sound, 'tom'. I have clearly perceived all these things. It has been revealed to me that there exists an Ocean of Consciousness without limit. From It come all things of the relative plane, and in It they merge again. Millions of Brahmandas rise in that Chidakasa and merge in It again. All this has been revealed to me; I don't know, much about what your books say.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 03, 2015, 10:16:09 AM
The body consisting of the five gross elements is called the gross body. The subtle body is made up of the mind, the ego, the discriminating faculty, and the mind-stuff. There is also a causal body, by means of which one enjoys the Bliss of God and holds communion with Him. The Tantra calls it the Bhagavati Tanu, the Divine Body. Beyond all these is the Maha-karana, the Great Cause. That cannot be expressed by words.
What is the use of merely listening to words? Do something! What will you achieve by merely repeating the word 'siddhi'? Will that intoxicate you? You will not be intoxicated even if you make a paste of siddhi and rub it all over your body. You must eat some of it. How can a man recognize yarns of different counts, such as number forty and number forty-one, unless he is in the trade? Those who trade in yarn do not find it at all difficult to describe a thread of a particular count. Therefore I say, practice a little spiritual discipline; then you will know all these-the gross, the subtle, the causal, and the Great Cause. While praying to God, ask only for love for His Lotus Feet.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 03, 2015, 10:21:33 AM
That which is the Pure Atman is the Great Cause, the cause of the cause. The gross, the subtle, the causal, and the Great Cause. The five elements are gross. Mind, buddhi, and ego are subtle. Prakriti, the Primal Energy, is the cause of all these. Brahman, Pure Atman, is the Cause of the cause.This Pure Atman alone is our real nature. What is jnana? It is to know one's own Self and keep the mind in It. It is to know the Pure Atman.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 04, 2015, 07:19:46 PM
A man must practise some spiritual discipline in order to be able to lead a detached life in the world. It is necessary for him to spend some time in solitude-be it a year, six months, three months, or even one month. In that solitude he should fix his mind on God and pray with a longing heart for love of God. He should also say to himself: 'There is nobody in this world who is my own. Those whom I call my own are here only for two days. God alone is my own. He alone is my all in all. Alas, how shall I realize Him?'
One can live in the world after acquiring love of God. It is like breaking the jack-fruit after rubbing your hands with oil; the sticky juice of the fruit will not smear them. The world is like water and the mind like milk. If you put milk in water it will mix with the water. But first keep the milk in a quiet place and let it turn into curd. Then from the curd extract butter. That butter you may keep in water; it will not mix with the water, but will float on it.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 06, 2015, 08:35:09 PM
By taking off, one by one, the sheaths of a banana tree, one obtains the pith. The sheaths are one thing, and the pith is another. The sheaths are not the pith, and the pith is not the sheaths. But in the end one realizes that the pith cannot exist apart from the sheaths, and the sheaths cannot exist apart from the pith; they are part and parcel of one and the same banana tree. Likewise, it is God who has become the twenty-four cosmic principles; it is He who has become man.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 07, 2015, 08:14:13 AM
Maya is nothing but the egotism of the embodied soul. This egotism has covered everything like a veil. 'All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.' If by the grace of God a man but once realizes that he is not the doer, then he at once becomes a Jivanmukta. Though living in the body, he is liberated. He has nothing else to fear.
This maya, that is to say, the ego, is like a cloud. The sun cannot be seen on account of a thin patch of cloud; when that disappears one sees the sun. If by the grace of the guru one's ego vanishes, then one sees God.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 11, 2015, 10:41:01 AM
A man can see God if he unites in himself the force of these three attractions: the attraction of worldly possessions for the worldly man, the husband's attraction for the chaste wife, and the child's attraction for its mother. If you can unite these three forms of love and give it all to God, then you can see Him at once.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 20, 2015, 08:14:44 AM
The more you rid yourself of upadhis, the nearer you will feel the presence of God. Rainwater never collects on a high mound; it collects only in low land. Similarly, the water of God's grace cannot remain on the high mound of egotism. Before God one should feel lowly and poor.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 02, 2015, 08:56:07 AM
If a devotee prays to God with real longing, God cannot help revealing Himself to him.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 09, 2015, 09:53:03 AM
Abhyasayoga, the yoga of practice. You should practise calling on God every day. It is not possible to succeed in one day; through daily prayer you will come to long for God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 17, 2015, 08:26:08 AM
Those who are held by God have nothing to fear.The son who holds to his father, while walking along the narrow ridge of a paddy-field,may slip if he absent-mindedly lets go his father's hand; but if the father holds the son by the hand, there is no such danger.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 18, 2015, 07:03:30 AM
The nearer you come to God, the more you feel peace. Peace, peace, peace-supreme peace! The nearer you come to the Ganges, the more you feel its coolness. You will feel completely soothed when you plunge into the river.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 18, 2015, 07:05:43 AM
God is realized as soon as the mind becomes free from attachment. Whatever appears in the Pure Mind is the voice of God. That which is Pure Mind is also Pure Buddhi; that,again, is Pure Atman, because there is nothing pure but God.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 30, 2015, 10:57:03 AM
Through earnest prayer one receives the grace of God and realizes Him.

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Post by: Ravi.N on June 24, 2015, 09:31:47 AM
He alone is clever who sees that God is real and all else is illusory. What need have I of other information? Hanuman once remarked: 'I don't know anything about the phase of the moon or the position of the stars. I only contemplate Rama.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 02, 2015, 10:13:51 AM
Everyone can attain Knowledge. There are two entities: Jivatma, the individual soul, and Paramatma, the Supreme Soul. Through prayer all individual souls can be united to the Supreme Soul. Every house has a connection for gas, and gas can be obtained from the main storage-tank of the Gas Company. Apply to the Company, and it will arrange for your supply of gas. Then your house will be lighted.

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Post by: Ravi.N on October 20, 2015, 07:50:05 AM
Even water, which has a natural tendency to flow downwards, is drawn up to the sky by the sun's rays. In the same way, God's grace lifts up the mind which has got a tendency to run after sense objects.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 03, 2015, 07:11:39 AM
You see, in big grain stores the merchants keep rice in great heaps that touch the ceiling.Beside them there are heaps of lentils. To protect the grain from the mice, the merchants leave trays of puffed rice and sweetened rice near it. The mice like the smell and the sweet taste of these and so stay around the trays. They don't find the big heaps of grain. Similarly, men aredeluded by 'woman and gold'; they do not know where God is.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 07, 2015, 07:37:40 AM
That which is Brahman is verily Sakti. I address That, again, as the Mother. I call It Brahman when It is inactive, and Sakti when It creates, preserves, and destroys. It is like water, sometimes still and sometimes covered with waves.

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Post by: Ravi.N on November 14, 2015, 06:56:18 AM
Without giving up worldliness a man cannot awaken his spiritual consciousness, nor can he realize God. He cannot but be a hypocrite as long as he has even a trace of worldly desire. God cannot be realized without guilelessness.Cherish love within your heart; abandon cunning and deceit: Through service, worship,selflessness, does Rama's blessed vision come.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 11, 2015, 06:32:58 AM
The Incarnations of God belong to the class of the Isvarakotis. They roam about in the open spaces. They are never imprisoned in the world, never entangled by it. Their ego is not the 'thick ego' of worldly people. The ego, the 'I-consciousness', of worldly people is like four walls and a roof: the man inside them cannot see anything outside. The ego of the Incarnations and other Isvarakotis is a 'thin ego': through it they have an uninterrupted vision of God. Take the case of a man who stands by a wall on both sides of which there are meadows stretching to infinity. If there is a hole in the wall, through it he can see everything on the other side. If the hole is a big one, he can even pass through it. The ego of the Incarnations and other Isvarakotis is like the wall with a hole. Though they remain on this side of the wall, still they can see the endless meadow on the other side. That is to say, though they have a human body, they are always united with God. Again, if they will, they can pass through the big hole to the other side and remain in samadhi. And if the hole is big enough, they can go through it and come back again. That is to say, though established in samadhi, they can again descend to the worldly plane.

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Post by: Ravi.N on January 17, 2016, 04:49:40 PM
I used to pray to Her in this way: 'O Mother! O Blissful One! Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must!' Again, I would say to Her: 'O Lord of the lowly! O Lord of the universe! Surely I am not outside Thy universe. I am bereft of knowledge. I am without discipline. I have no devotion. I know nothing. Thou must be gracious and reveal Thyself to me.

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Post by: Ravi.N on January 18, 2016, 08:34:01 AM
One should not reason too much; it is enough if one loves the Lotus Feet of the Mother.Too much reasoning throws the mind into confusion. You get clear water if you drink from the surface of a pool. Put your hand deeper and stir the water, and it becomes muddy.Therefore pray to God for devotion.

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Post by: Ravi.N on January 22, 2016, 06:08:27 AM
Bondage is of the mind, and freedom is also of the mind. A man is free if he constantly thinks: 'I am a free soul. How can I be bound, whether I live in the world or in the forest? I am a child of God, the King of Kings. Who can bind me?' If bitten by a snake, a man may get rid of its venom by saying emphatically, 'There is no poison in me.' In the same way, by repeating with grit and determination, 'I am not bound, I am free', one really  becomes free.

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Post by: Ravi.N on January 22, 2016, 05:25:56 PM
Master:That alone is knowledge through which one is able to know God. All else is futile. Well, what is your idea about God?"

SHRISH: "Sir, I feel that there is an All-knowing Person. We get an indication of His Knowledge by looking at His creation. Let me give an illustration. God has made devices to keep fish and other aquatic animals alive in cold regions. As water grows colder, it gradually shrinks. But the amazing thing is that, just before turning into ice, the water becomes light and expands. In the freezing cold, fish can easily live in the water of a lake: the surface of the lake may be frozen, but the water below is all liquid. If a very cool breeze blows, it is obstructed by the ice. The water below remains warm."

MASTER: "That God exists may be known by looking at the universe. But it is one thing to hear of God, another thing to see God, and still another thing to talk to God. Some have heard of milk, some have seen it, and some, again, have tasted it. You feel happy when you see milk; you are nourished and strengthened when you drink it. You will get peace of mind only when you have seen God. You will enjoy bliss and gain strength only when you have talked to Him."

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Post by: Ravi.N on January 25, 2016, 10:03:49 AM
O Mother, Thou art the Operator and I am the machine. Thou art the Indweller and I am the house. Thou art the Driver and I am the carriage. I move as Thou movest me. I do as Thou makest me do. I speak as Thou makest me speak. Not I, not I, but Thou, but Thou.

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Post by: Ravi.N on February 06, 2016, 03:37:35 PM
God's name destroys sin
NEIGHBOUR: Sir, we are sinners. What will happen to us?
MASTER: All the sins of the body flyaway if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree flyaway, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.
Again, you find that the water of a reservoir dug in a meadow is evaporated by the heat of the sun. Likewise, the water of the reservoir of sin is dried up by the singing of the name and glories of God.
You must practise it every day. The other day, at the circus, I saw a horse running at top speed, with an Englishwoman standing on one foot on its back. How much she must have practised to acquire that skill!
Weep at least once to see God.
These, then, are the two means: practice and passionate attachment to God, that is to say, restlessness of the soul to see Him.


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Post by: Ravi.N on February 08, 2016, 09:39:42 AM
Satchidananda alone is the Guru. If a man in the form of a guru awakens spiritual consciousness in you, then know for certain that it is God the Absolute who has assumed that human form for your sake. The guru is like a companion who leads you by the hand. After the realization of God, one loses the distinction between the guru and the disciple. That creates a very difficult situation; there the guru and the disciple do not see each other. It was for this reason that Janaka said to Sukadeva, 'Give me first my teacher's fee if you want me to initiate you into the Knowledge of Brahman.' For the distinction between the teacher and the disciple ceases to exist after the disciple attains to Brahman.The relationship between them remains as long as the disciple does not see God.

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 10, 2016, 06:40:24 PM
Go beyond knowledge and ignorance

"Lakshmana said, 'O Rāma, even a sage like Vasishthadeva was overcome with grief on account of the death of his sons!' 'Brother,' replied Rāma, 'whoever has knowledge has ignorance also. Whoever is conscious of light is also conscious of darkness. Therefore go beyond knowledge and ignorance.' One attains that state through an intimate knowledge of God. This knowledge is called vijnāna .

"When a thorn enters the sole of your foot you have to get another thorn. You then remove the first thorn with the help of the second Afterwards you throwaway both. Likewise, after removing the thorn of ignorance with the help of the thorn of knowledge, you should throwaway the thorns of both knowledge and ignorance.

"There are signs of Perfect Knowledge. One is that reasoning comes to an end. As I have just said, the butter sizzles and crackles as long as it is not thoroughly boiled."

Doctor: "But can one retain Perfect Knowledge permanently? You say that all is God. Then why have you taken up this profession of a paramahamsa? And why do these people attend on you? Why don't you keep silent?"

MASTER (smiling): "Water is water whether it is still or moves or breaks into waves.

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Post by: Ravi.N on February 15, 2016, 08:02:36 AM
With the realization of Satchidananda one goes into samadhi. Then duties drop away. Suppose I have been talking about the ostad and he arrives. What need is there of talking about him then? How long does the bee buzz around? So long as it isn't sitting on a flower. But it will not do for the sadhaka to renounce duties. He should perform his duties,such as worship, japa, meditation, prayer, and pilgrimage.

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Post by: Nagaraj on February 18, 2016, 06:33:50 PM
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(18 February 1836 - 16 August 1886)

A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as 'I am such an important man' or 'I am so and so'. Level the mound of 'I' to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion

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Post by: Ravi.N on February 25, 2016, 06:17:54 AM
Parable of the calf
The misfortune that befalls a man on account of his egotism can be realized if you only think of the condition of the calf. The calf says, 'Hamma! Hamma!' that is, 'I! I!' And just look at its misfortune! At times it is yoked to the plough and made to work in the field from sunup to sundown, rain or shine. Again, it may be slaughtered by the butcher. In that case the flesh is eaten and the skin tanned into hide. From the hide shoes are made. People put on these shoes and walk on the rough ground. Still that is not the end of its misfortunes. Drums are made from its skin and mercilessly beaten with sticks. At last its entrails are made into strings for the bow used in carding cotton. When used by the carder the string gives the sound 'Tuhu! Tuhu!', 'Thou! Thou!'-that is, 'It is Thou, O Lord! It is Thou!' It no longer says, 'Hamma! Hamma!', 'I! I!' Only then does the calf's trouble come to an end, and it is liberated. It doesn't return to the world of action.
Likewise, when the embodied soul says: 'O God, I am not the doer; Thou art the Doer. I am the machine and Thou art its Operator', only then does its suffering of worldly life come to an end; only then does it obtain liberation. It no longer has to be reborn in this world of action.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 04, 2016, 08:00:29 AM
A holy man had a book. When asked what it contained, he opened it and showed that on all the pages were written the words 'Om Rama', and nothing else.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 21, 2016, 08:37:33 PM
You know that story of the man who asked his guru how God could be realized. The guru said to him: 'Come with me. I shall show you how one can realize God.' Saying this, he took the disciple to a lake and held his head under the water. After a short time he released the disciple and asked him, 'How did you feel?' 'I was dying for a breath of air!' said the disciple.
When the soul longs and yearns for God like that, then you will know that you do not have long to wait for His vision. The rosy colour on the eastern horizon shows that the sun will soon rise.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 25, 2016, 10:57:09 PM
"The feeling of 'I ' and 'mine' is ignorance. People say that Rani Rasmani built the Kali temple; but nobody says it was the work of God. They say that such and such a person established the Brahmo Samaj; but nobody says it was founded through the will of God. This feeling, 'I am the doer', is ignorance. On the contrary, the idea, 'O God, Thou art the Doer and I am only an instrument; Thou art the Operator and I am the machine', is Knowledge. After attaining Knowledge a man says: 'O God, nothing belongs to me-neither this house of worship nor this Kali temple nor this Brahmo Samaj. These are all Thine. Wife, son, and family do not belong to me. They are all Thine.'

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 26, 2016, 08:00:41 AM
'I' and 'mine'-that is ignorance. By discriminating you will realize that what you call 'I' is really nothing but Atman. Reason it out. Are you the body or the flesh or something else?At the end you will know that you are none of these. You are free from attributes. Then you will realize that you have never been the doer of any action, that you have been free from virtue and faults alike, that you are beyond righteousness and unrighteousness.
From ignorance a man says, 'This is gold and this is brass.' But a man of Knowledge says, 'It is all gold.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 29, 2016, 08:23:15 AM
MASTER: How did you like what I said about renunciation a little while ago?
M: Very much, sir.
MASTER: Tell me, what is the meaning of renunciation?
M: Renunciation does not mean simply dispassion for the world. It means dispassion for the world and also longing for God.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 29, 2016, 08:39:50 AM
The aspirant does not attain the Knowledge of Brahman as long as he is conscious of his ego. The ego comes under one's control after one has obtained the Knowledge of Brahman and seen God. Otherwise the ego cannot be controlled. It is difficult to catch one's own shadow. But when the sun is overhead, the shadow is within a few inches of the body.

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Post by: Ravi.N on April 29, 2016, 08:42:16 AM
A Devotee: What is the vision of God like?
Master: Haven't you seen a theatrical performance? The people are engaged in conversation, when suddenly the curtain goes up. Then the entire mind of the audience is directed to the play. The people don't look at other things any longer. Samadhi is to go within oneself like that. When the curtain is rung down, people look around again. Just so, when the, curtain of maya falls, the mind becomes externalized.


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Post by: Ravi.N on April 30, 2016, 08:35:12 AM
M. (humbly): "How, sir, may we fix our minds on God?"
MASTER: "Repeat God's name and sing His glories, and keep holy company; and now and then visit God's devotees and holy men. The mind cannot dwell on God if it is immersed day and night in worldliness, in worldly duties and responsibilities; it is most necessary to go into solitude now and then and think of God. To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning, unless one practises meditation in solitude. When a tree is young it should be fenced all around; otherwise it may be destroyed by cattle.
To meditate, you should withdraw within yourself or retire to a secluded corner or to the forest. And you should always discriminate between the Real and the unreal. God alone is real, the Eternal Substance; all else is unreal, that is, impermanent. By discriminating thus, one should shake off impermanent objects from the mind.


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Post by: Ravi.N on May 01, 2016, 08:46:15 AM
Once Vyasadeva was about to cross the Jamuna. The gopis also were there. They wanted to go to the other side of the river to sell curd, milk, and cream. But there was no ferry at that time. They were all worried about how to cross the river, when Vyasa said to them, 'I am very hungry.' The milkmaids fed him with milk and cream. He finished almost all their food. Then Vyasa said to the river, 'O Jamuna, if I have not eaten anything, then your waters will part and we shall walk through.' It so happened. The river parted and a pathway was formed between the waters. Following that path, the gopis and Vyasa crossed the river. Vyasa had said, 'If I have not eaten anything'. That means, the real man is Pure Atman. Atman is unattached and beyond Prakriti. It has neither hunger nor thirst; It knows neither birth nor death; It does not age, nor does It die. It is immutable as Mount Sumeru.

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Post by: Ravi.N on May 14, 2016, 10:31:27 AM
Consciousness. When a man merges his buddhi, his intelligence, in Bodha, Consciousness, then he attains the Knowledge of Brahman; he becomes buddha, enlightened.Nangta used to say that the mind merges in the buddhi, and the buddhi in Bodha,Consciousness.

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Post by: Nagaraj on June 13, 2016, 08:26:25 AM
"Try to find out what this  'I' is. Is this 'I' the bones or flesh or blood or intestines? Seeking the 'I', you discover 'Thou'. In other words, nothing exists inside you but the power of God. There is no 'I', but only 'He'. (To Pasupati) You have so much wealth, but you have no egotism. It is not possible to rid oneself altogether of the ego; so, as long as it is there, let the rascal remain as the servant of God. (All laugh.) The ego that makes a man feel he is a devotee of God or a son of God or a servant of God is good. But the ego that makes a man attached to 'woman and gold' is the 'unripe ego'. That ego is to be renounced."

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Post by: Nagaraj on July 07, 2016, 11:39:04 PM
The Five Commandments of Sri Ramakrishna
From the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, picked By Swami Dayatmananda

M. (humbly): "Yes, sir. How, sir, may we fix our minds on God?"
Master:

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Post by: Ravi.N on August 07, 2016, 08:03:13 PM
Paths of knowledge and devotion
A NEIGHBOUR:"Revered sir, what are the doctrines of Vedanta?"
MASTER: The Vedantist says, 'I am He.' Brahman is real and the world illusory. Even the 'I'is illusory. Only the Supreme Brahman exists.But the 'I' cannot be got rid of. Therefore it is good to have the feeling, 'I am the servant of God, His son, His devotee.'
For the Kaliyuga the path of bhakti is especially good. One can realize God through bhakti too. As long as one is conscious of the body, one is also conscious of objects. Form, taste, smell, sound, and touch-these are the objects. It is extremely difficult to get rid of the consciousness of objects. And one cannot realize 'I am He' as long as one is aware of objects.The sannyasi is very little conscious of worldly objects. But the householder is always engrossed in them. Therefore it is good for him to feel, 'I am the servant of God.'


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 08, 2016, 10:48:03 PM
Parable of the false ascetic
"One night a fisherman went into a garden and cast his net into the lake in order to steal some fish. The owner heard him and surrounded him with his servants. They brought lighted torches and began to search for him. In the mean time the fisherman smeared his body with ashes and sat under a tree, pretending to be a holy man. The owner and his men searched a great deal but could not find the thief. All they saw was a holy man covered with ashes, meditating under a tree. The next day the news spread in the neighbourhood that a great sage was staying in the garden. People gathered there and saluted him with offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets. Many also offered silver and copper coins. 'How strange!' thought the fisherman. 'I am not a genuine holy man, and still people show such devotion to me. I shall certainly realize God if I become a true sadhu. There is no doubt about it.'
"If a mere pretense of religious life can bring such spiritual awakening, you can imagine the effect of real sadhana. In that state you will surely realize what is real and what is unreal. God alone is real, and the world is illusory.
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Post by: Ravi.N on September 09, 2016, 10:56:34 PM
MASTER (to the elder Gopal and the other devotees): As long as a man feels that God is 'there',he is ignorant. But he attains Knowledge when he feels that God is 'here'.
A man wanted a smoke. He went to a neighbour's house to light his charcoal. It was the dead of night and the household was asleep. After he had knocked a great deal, someone came down to open the door. At sight of the man he asked, 'Hello! What's the matter?' The man replied: 'Can't you guess? You know how fond I am of smoking. I have come here to light my charcoal.' The neighbour said: 'Ha! Ha! You are a fine man indeed! You took the trouble to come and do all this knocking at the door! Why, you have a lighted lantern in your hand!' (All laugh.)
What a man seeks is very near him. Still he wanders about from place to place.


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Post by: Ravi.N on September 11, 2016, 11:45:40 PM
Different paths to suit different tastes
Master:(To the pundit) :Please don't say anything to Mani Mallick. You must know that there are different tastes. There are also different powers of digestion. God has made different religions and creeds to suit different aspirants. By no means all are fit for the Knowledge of Brahman. Therefore the worship of God with form has been provided.
The mother brings home a fish for her children. She curries part of the fish, part she fries, and with another part she makes pilau. By no means all can digest the pilau. So she makes fish soup for those who have weak stomachs. Further, some want pickled or fried fish. There are different temperaments. There are differences in the capacity to comprehend
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Post by: Ravi.N on September 13, 2016, 12:03:44 AM
A man cannot get rid of body-consciousness as long as he is attached to worldly things and loves 'woman and gold'. As he becomes less and less attached to worldly things, he approaches nearer and nearer to the Knowledge of Self. He also becomes less and less conscious of his body. He attains Self-Knowledge when his worldly attachment totally disappears. Then he realizes that body and soul are two separate things. It is very difficult to separate with a knife the kernel of a coconut from the shell before the milk inside has dried up. When the milk dries up, the kernel rattles inside the shell. At that time it loosens itself from the shell. Then the fruit is called a dry coconut.
Signs of God-vision
The sign of a man's having realized God is that he has become like a dry coconut. He has become utterly free from the consciousness that he is the body. He does not feel happy or unhappy with the happiness or unhappiness of the body. He does not seek the comforts of the body. He roams about in the world as a jivanmukta, one liberated in life.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 13, 2016, 11:09:17 PM
MASTER: "A little spiritual discipline is necessaryin order to know what lies within."
M: "Is it necessary to practise discipline all through life?"
MASTER: "No. But one must be up and doing in the beginning. After that one need not work hard. The helmsman stands up and clutches the rudder firmly as long as the boat is passing through waves, storms, high wind, or around the curves of a river; but he relaxes after steering through them. As soon as the boat passes the curves and the helmsman feels a favourable wind, he sits comfortably and just touches the rudder. Next he prepares to unfurl the sail and gets ready for a smoke. Likewise, the aspirant enjoys peace and calm after passing the waves and storms of 'woman and gold'.
"Woman and gold" is the obstruction to yoga
"Some are born with the characteristics of the yogi; but they too should be careful. It is 'woman and gold' alone that is the obstacle; it makes them deviate from the path of yoga and drags them into worldliness. Perhaps they have some desire for enjoyment. After fulfilling their desire, they again direct their minds to God and thus recover their former state of mind, fit for the practise of yoga.

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Post by: Ravi.N on September 14, 2016, 08:01:43 PM
How long should one reason about the texts of the scriptures? So long as one does not have direct realization of God. How long does the bee buzz about? As long as it is not sitting on a flower. No sooner does it light on a flower and begin to sip honey than it keeps quiet.

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Post by: Ravi.N on December 11, 2017, 07:22:49 PM
With the realization of Satchidananda one goes into samadhi. Then duties drop away. Suppose I have been talking about the ostad and he arrives. What need is there of talking about him then? How long does the bee buzz around? So long as it isn't sitting on a flower. But it will not do for the sadhaka to renounce duties. He should perform his duties, such as worship, japa, meditation, prayer, and pilgrimage.
If you see someone engaged in reasoning even after he has realized God, you may liken him to a bee, which also buzzes a little even while sipping honey from a flower
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Post by: Jewell on March 08, 2018, 03:39:22 AM
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Do you know what I see? I see Him as all.
Men and other creatures appear to me only as hollow forms,
moving their heads and hands and feet,
but within is the Lord Himself.
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Post by: atmavichar100 on April 07, 2019, 10:05:49 AM
I never accepted then what he (Sri Ramakrishna) said. But, as time passed on, more and more did I understand from experience that what the Master said was right and what I had thought was wrong.
As soon as I went to Dakshineswar, the Master gave me those books, which he forbade others to read. Among other books, a copy of the Ashtavakra Samhita was in his room. When the Master found anyone reading that book, he would forbid him and would give him instead such books as ?Mukti and How to Attain It?, the Bhagavad Gita, or some Purana. But, scarcely had I gone to him, when he took out that book and asked me to read it. Or, he would ask me to read some part of the Adhyatma Ramayana, which is full of non-dualistic ideas. I would reply, sometimes bluntly: ?What is the use of reading this book? It is a sin even to think: ?I am God?. The book teaches this blasphemy. It should be burnt". The Master would smile and say: ?Do I ask you to read it for yourself? I ask you to read a little to me. Please do it. In that case, you will not have to think that you are God?. So I had to read a little for him at his request.
The magic touch of the Master [one] day immediately brought a wonderful change over my mind. I was astounded to find that really there was nothing in the Universe but God! I saw it quite clearly, but kept silent to see whether the impression would last; but it did not abate in the course of the day. I returned home, but there too, everything I saw appeared to be Brahman. I sat down to take my meal, but found that everything - the food, the plate, the person, who served, and even myself - was nothing but That. I ate a morsel or two and sat still. I was startled by my mother's words: ?Why do you sit still? Finish your meal", and then began to eat again. But all the while, whether eating or lying down, or going to college, I had the same experience and felt myself always in a sort of trance. While walking in the streets, I noticed cabs plying, but I did not feel inclined to move out of the way. I felt that the cabs and myself were of one stuff. There was no sensation in my limbs, which seemed to be becoming paralysed. I did not relish eating, and felt as if somebody else were eating. Sometimes I lay down during a meal; after a few minutes I got up and again began to eat. The result would be that on some days I would take too much, but it did no harm. My mother became alarmed and said that there must be something wrong with me. She was afraid that I might not live long. When there was a slight change in this state, the world began to appear dream-like. While walking in Cornwallis Square, I would strike my head against the iron railings to see if they were real or only a dream. This state of things continued for some days. When I became normal again, I realized that I must have had a glimpse of the Advaita state. Then it struck me that the words of the scriptures were not false. Thenceforth I could not deny the conclusions of the Advaita philosophy.
Swami Vivekananda
(?Swami Vivekananda on Himself?, Advaita Ashrama, 2006, ?Discipleship?)
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Post by: atmavichar100 on June 29, 2019, 04:40:55 PM
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Post by: atmavichar100 on July 04, 2019, 04:01:27 PM
You may say that you have done so much of Japa or so much of work; but nothing will avail. Nobody can achieve anything unless Mahamaya clears the way. Oh, my children, take refuge, just take refuge. Then alone she will clear the way out of her mercy.

Once in summer at Kamarpukur, a heavy shower had filled up the fields, and water overflowed from the ponds. The Master was wading through water when proceeding by the side of the sweeper colony. As the cat-fish came out of the ponds, the people around began to beat and catch them. One of the fish kept swimming near about the Master's feet. So he said, 'Don't you kill this one. See how it seeks my protection and plays round. It will be so good if one of you carries it to the Haldar's pond.' Then he himself took it up and released it in the pond. Returning home he said, 'Ah, if anyone seeks protection in this way, one is saved.' "

- Holy mother, Sri Sarada Devi.