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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #60 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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« Reply #61 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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« Reply #62 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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« Reply #63 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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« Reply #64 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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« Reply #65 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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« Reply #66 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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« Reply #67 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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« Reply #68 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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« Reply #69 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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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #70 on: November 14, 2012, 09:19:55 PM »
     
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.



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrisha

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

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« Reply #71 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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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #72 on: November 16, 2012, 03:42:46 AM »
Maya is nothing but 'woman and gold'.


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

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« Reply #73 on: November 16, 2012, 03:46:54 AM »
God Himself will think about your family if you are intoxicated with Him.



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

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« Reply #74 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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