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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #120 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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« Reply #121 on: November 28, 2012, 07:52:17 AM »


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.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #122 on: November 28, 2012, 07:55:30 AM »


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

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #123 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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« Reply #124 on: November 29, 2012, 08:05:49 AM »


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


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #125 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.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #126 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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« Reply #127 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.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #128 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.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #129 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.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #130 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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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #131 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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« Reply #132 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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« Reply #133 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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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #134 on: December 05, 2012, 04:16:35 AM »


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?


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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