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Nagaraj

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« Reply #105 on: November 24, 2012, 06:41:07 AM »


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.'



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #106 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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« Reply #107 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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« Reply #108 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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« Reply #109 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."


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #110 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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« Reply #111 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.

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« Reply #112 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. 
 

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« Reply #113 on: November 25, 2012, 06:32:01 AM »


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

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #114 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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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #115 on: November 26, 2012, 05:03:42 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

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #116 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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« Reply #117 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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« Reply #118 on: November 27, 2012, 10:31:56 AM »


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.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #119 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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