Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

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* ONLY two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge : those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over - crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.

* You can not conceive, think of, perceive GOD, otherwise than as a person, so long as you are a person with ego of your own.

* Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.

* Man's ego itself is MAYA. It is the veil that shuts the light. Verily, with the death of " I " all trouble ceases. If by the grace of lord a man once gains the knowledge that he is not the doer, then he assuredly becomes freed in this very life and transcends all fear.

* More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.

* TRAVEL in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing [no true religion] anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.

* THE goal can never be reached unless a man makes his mind strong and firmly resolves that he must realize God in this very birth, nay, in this very moment.

* GOD cannot be seen so long as there is the slightest taint of desire. Therefore have your minor desires satisfied, and renounce the major ones through right reasoning and discrimination.

* BONDAGE is of the mind ; freedom too is of the mind. If you say "I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me" free you shall be.

* AT a certain stage in the path of devotion, the devotee finds satisfaction in God with form, and at another stage, in God without it.

* WHEN one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.

* THROUGH selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.

* UNALLOYED love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.

* THROUGH love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.

* GOD is our inner controller; He will certainly listen to our prayer if it is sincere.

* SUPPOSE a man becomes pure by chanting the holy name of God, but immediately afterwards commits many sins. He has no strength of mind. He doesn't take a vow not to repeat his sins.

* PRAY to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.

* GIVE up every thing to Him, resign yourself to Him and there will no trouble for you. Then you will come to know that every thing is done by His will.

* GOD is the master, the devotee is the servant. God is the beloved the devotee is the lover.

* THE magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.

* BE not a traitor in your thoughts. Be sincere; act according to your thoughts; and you shall surely succeed. Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard.

* WHAT are you to do when you are placed in the world? Give up everything to Him, resign yourself to Him, and there will be no more trouble for you. Then you will come to know that everything is done by His will.

* GOD is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.

* If a man has faith in God, then even if he has committed the most heinous sins - such as killing a cow, a Brahmin, or a woman -he will certainly be saved through his FAITH. Let him say to God, 'O Lord, I will not repeat such an action', and he need not be afraid of anything.

* God can be realized through all paths. All RELIGIONS are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.

* But you must remember, unless one is guileless and broad-minded, one cannot have such FAITH. Bony people, the hollow-eyed, the cross-eyed - people with physical traits like those cannot easily acquire faith. What can a man do if there are evil omens on all sides?

* THE physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians. Like wise, there are teachers who give only instruction, but do not stop to see whether their teachings have produced good or bad effect.

* Therefore I say, 'Even though my guru frequents a grog-shop, still to me he is the embodiment of Eternal Bliss.' All want to be the guru, but very few indeed want to be a disciple.