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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #270 on: August 23, 2013, 11:06:49 AM »


 












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

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« Reply #271 on: August 23, 2013, 11:36:05 AM »


"Go away! It is you who are making all this fuss. Let me go in."
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #272 on: August 24, 2013, 10:11:17 AM »


It is true that no one starves at the temple of
Annapurna in Benares; but some must
wait for food till evening.
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #273 on: August 24, 2013, 10:15:52 AM »


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

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #274 on: August 24, 2013, 10:41:36 AM »


   











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

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« Reply #275 on: August 26, 2013, 12:07:07 PM »









 


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.

 






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

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« Reply #276 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."

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« Reply #277 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.'"

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #278 on: August 30, 2013, 05:54:13 PM »
There is only one Guru, and that is Satchidananda. He alone is the Teacher.

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« Reply #279 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.


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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #280 on: August 31, 2013, 11:01:44 AM »


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

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« Reply #281 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.

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« Reply #282 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.

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #283 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.

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #284 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.
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta