Author Topic: Sri Ramakrishna : Mind Is Like A Needle Covered With Mud, And God Is Magnet  (Read 1207 times)


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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. A fever patient has an excess of the watery element in his system. What can quinine do for him unless that is removed?

"Why shouldn't one realize God while living in the world? But, as I said, one must live in holy company, pray to God, weeping for His grace, and now and then go into solitude. Unless the plants on a foot-path are protected at first by fences, they are destroyed by cattle."



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The needle - magnet simile has also been given by Bhagavan
Ramana in Verse 16 of Sri Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai:

Like magnet attracting iron, you magnetize me and be with me,
O Arunachala!

Sri Sankara says in Sri Sivananada Lahari:  Like the seeds
of Erezhinjal and the tree.  Erezhinjal is a tree, I do not
know the botanical or English name.  When its seeds fall down,
the tree attracts them as magnet and take them back and these
seeds grow into a tree nearby in due course.

Arunachala Siva.