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Nagaraj

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« Reply #225 on: May 02, 2013, 06:15:02 PM »
"Look here. If a man truly believes that God alone does everything, that He is the Operator and man the machine, then such a man is verily liberated in life. 'Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs.' Do you know what it is like? Vedānta philosophy gives an illustration.  Suppose you are cooking rice in a pot, with potato, egg-plant, and other vegetables. After a while the potatoes, eggplant, rice, and the rest begin to jump about in the pot. They seem to say with pride: 'We are moving! We are jumping!' The children see it and think the potatoes, egg-plant, and rice are alive and so they jump that way. But the elders, who know, explain to the children that the vegetables and the rice are not alive; they jump not of themselves, but because of the fire under the pot; if you remove the burning wood from the hearth, then they will move no more. Likewise the pride of man, that he is the doer, springs from ignorance. Men are powerful because of the power of God. All becomes quiet when that burning wood is taken away. The puppets dance well on the stage when pulled by a wire, but they cannot move when the wire snaps."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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

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« Reply #226 on: May 05, 2013, 10:46:32 AM »


   "When the heart becomes pure through the practice of spiritual discipline, then one rightly feels that God alone is the Doer. He alone has become mind, life, and intelligence. We are only His instruments. Thou it is that holdest the elephant in the mire; Thou, that helpest the lame man scale the loftiest hill.

"When your heart becomes pure, then you will realize that it is God who makes us perform such rites as the Purascharana.


Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs.

"All doubts disappear after the realization of God. Then the devotee meets the favourable wind. He becomes free from worry. He is like the boatman who, when the favourable wind blows, unfurls the sail, holds the rudder lightly, and enjoys a smoke."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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

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« Reply #227 on: May 08, 2013, 07:29:13 AM »
One day I witnessed a Ramlila performance. I saw the performers to be the actual Sita, Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman, and Bibhishana. Then I worshipped the actors and actresses who played those parts.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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« Reply #228 on: May 09, 2013, 10:25:09 AM »


"A man may not know the right path, but if he has bhakti and the desire to know God, then he
attains Him through the force of sheer bhakti. Once a sincere devotee set out on a pilgrimage to the temple of
Jagannath in Puri. He did not know the way; he went west instead of south. He no doubt strayed from the
right path, but he always eagerly asked people the way, and they gave him the right directions, saying, 'This is
not the path; follow that one.' At last the devotee was able to get to Puri and worship the Deity. So you see,
even if you are ignorant, someone will tell you the way if you are earnest."


(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #229 on: June 01, 2013, 08:28:49 PM »




निरञ्जनं नित्यमनन्तरूपं भक्तानुकम्पाधृतविग्रहं वै ।
ईशावतारं परमेशमीड्यं तं रामकृष्णं शिरसा नमामि ॥



   nirañjanaṁ nityamanantarūpaṁ bhaktānukampādhṛtavigrahaṁ vai |
īśāvatāraṁ parameśamīḍyaṁ taṁ rāmakṛṣṇaṁ śirasā namāmi ||


Thou who art stainless, eternal and multiformed one,
Who hast assumed a form out of Thy abounding grace to the devotees,
Thou, who art the worshipful Lord of all, manifest as the Divine incarnate,
To Thee Ramakrishna, my full prostration with head touching the ground.


Composed by Swami Abhedananda

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« Reply #230 on: June 01, 2013, 08:56:09 PM »
The Master joked about the delay in serving their meal. One of the scholars quoted a Sanskrit verse about the anxiety created in people's minds by the pangs of hunger. Proceeding to explain the verse he said: "The study of philosophy is indeed edifying, but poetry is more fascinating than philosophy. People listening to good poems think of the study of philosophy-Vedānta, Nyaya, Samkhya, and so forth as dry and insipid. Again, music is more attractive than poetry. Music melts even a heart of stone. But a beautiful woman has an even greater attraction for a man's heart than music. Such a woman, passing by, diverts a man's attention from both poetry and music. But when a man feels the pangs of hunger, everything else  poetry, music and woman appears as of no consequence. Thus, hunger is the most arresting thing."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)

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

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« Reply #231 on: June 02, 2013, 10:45:13 AM »
Dear Sri Nagaraj,

How beautiful and cute!!! :)

Indeed,the hunger and longing for God is the most aresting thing. And so sweet..

O Lord, your words, like sweet nectar, refresh the afflicted. Your words, which poets have sung in verses, vanquish the sins of the worldly. Blessed are they who hear of you, and blessed indeed are they who speak of you. How great is their reward!

Longing is like the rosy dawn.
After the dawn out comes the sun.
Longing is followed by the vision of God.


“The whole thing is to love God and taste His sweetness. He is sweetness and the devotee is its enjoyer. The devotee drinks the sweet bliss of God."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #232 on: June 07, 2013, 05:04:47 PM »


"How little we know! Can a one-seer pot hold ten seers of milk?
If ever a salt doll ventures into the ocean to measure its depth,
it cannot come back and give us the information.
It melts into the water and disappears."
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #233 on: July 07, 2013, 08:56:01 PM »
Sometimes God acts as the magnet and the devotee as the needle. God attracts the devotee to Himself. Again, sometimes the devotee acts as the magnet and God as the needle. Such is the attraction of the devotee that God comes to him, unable to resist his love.

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

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« Reply #234 on: July 09, 2013, 05:11:13 AM »
A man does not feel restless for God until all his worldly desires are satisfied.  He does not remember the Mother of the Universe until his share of the enjoyment of 'woman and gold' is completed.  A child absorbed in play does not seek his mother.  But after his play is over, he says, 'Mother! I must go to my mother.

(Sri Ramakrishna)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #235 on: July 19, 2013, 09:43:19 AM »
Does book-learning make one wise? He who has a commission from God never runs short of wisdom. That wisdom comes from God; it is inexhaustible. At Kamarpukur I have seen people measuring grain. It lies in a heap. One man keeps pushing grain from the heap toward another man, who weighs it on a scales. So the man who weighs doesn't run short of grain. It is the same with the preacher who has received a commission from God. As he teaches people, the Divine Mother Herself supplies him with fresh knowledge from behind. That knowledge never comes to an end.
"Can a preacher ever lack knowledge if but once he is favoured with a benign glance from the Divine Mother? Therefore I ask you whether you have received any commission from God."

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« Reply #236 on: July 19, 2013, 09:51:46 AM »
Advice to Hazra - Scriptures and sadhana
(To Hazra) "If there is knowledge of one, there is also knowledge of many. What will you achieve by mere study of the scriptures? The scriptures contain a mixture of sand and sugar, as it were. It is extremely difficult to separate the sugar from the sand. Therefore one should learn the essence of the scriptures from the teacher or from a sadhu. Afterwards what does one care for books?
(To the devotees) "Gather all the information and then plunge in. Suppose a pot has dropped in a certain part of a lake. Locate the spot and dive there".
"One should learn the essence of the scriptures from the guru and then practise sadhana. If one rightly follows spiritual discipline, then one directly sees God. The discipline is said to be rightly followed only when one plunges in. What will a man gain by merely reasoning
about the words of the scriptures? Ah, the fools! They reason themselves to death over information about the path. They never take the plunge. What a pity!"

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« Reply #237 on: July 19, 2013, 09:54:33 AM »
(To Hazra) "A perfect soul, even after attaining Knowledge, practises devotions or observes religious ceremonies to set an example to others. I go to the Kali temple and I bow before the holy pictures in my room; therefore others do the same. Further, if a man has become habituated to such ceremonies, he feels restless if he does not observe them.
"One day I saw a sannyasi under the banyan-tree. He had put the salagram on the same carpet with his guru's sandals. He was worshipping them. I said to him, 'If you have attained Knowledge to that extent, then why such formal worship at all?' He replied: 'What
difference does it make? Since I do everything else, why not this too? Sometimes I offer the flowers at the guru's feet and sometimes to God.'
"One cannot renounce work as long as one has a body. As long as there is mud at the bottom of the lake, bubbles will be produced".

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« Reply #238 on: July 19, 2013, 09:56:54 AM »
You may be spending hours poring over books or discussing philosophy, but if you have no inner restlessness for God, you have no knowledge of Him.

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« Reply #239 on: July 19, 2013, 09:58:46 AM »
"Can one find God in the sacred books? By reading the scriptures one may feel at the most that God exists. But God does not reveal Himself to a man unless he himself dives deep. Only after such a plunge, after the revelation of God through His grace, is one's doubt
destroyed. You. may read scriptures by the thousands and recite thousands of texts; but unless you plunge into God with yearning of heart, you will not comprehend Him. By mere scholarship you may fool man, but not God.
"Scriptures and books-what can one achieve with these alone? Nothing can be realized without His grace. Strive with a longing heart for His grace. Through His grace you will see Him and He will talk to you."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna