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Gospel of Shri Ramakrushna

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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Chapter 9: ADVICE TO BRAHMOS

“They are indeed bound souls who constantly dwell with ‘woman and gold’ and do not think of God even for a moment. How can you expect noble deeds of them? They are like mangoes pecked by a crow, which may not be offered to the Deity in the temple, and which even men hesitate to eat.

“Bound souls, worldly people, are like silk-worms. The worms can cut through their cocoons if they want, but having woven the cocoons themselves, they are too much attached to them to leave them. And so they die there.

“Free souls are not under the control of ‘woman and gold’. There are some silk-worms that cut through the cocoon they have made with such great care. But they are few and far between.

“It is maya that deludes. Only a few become spiritually awakened and are not deluded by the spell of maya. They do not come under the control of ‘woman and gold’.

“There are two classes of perfect souls: those who attain perfection through spiritual practice, and those who attain it through the grace of God. Some farmers irrigate their fields with great labour. Only then can they grow crops. But there are some who do not have to irrigate at all; their fields are flooded by rain. They don’t have to go to the trouble of drawing water. One must practise spiritual discipline laboriously, in order to avoid the clutches of maya. Those who attain liberation through the grace of God do not have to labour. But they are few indeed.

“Then there is the class of the ever-perfect. They are born in each life with their spiritual consciousness already awakened. Think of a spring whose outlet is obstructed. While looking after various things in the garden, the plumber accidentally clears it and the water gushes out. Yet people are amazed to see the first manifestations of an ever-perfect soul’s zeal for God. They say, ‘Where was all this devotion and renunciation and love?'”

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Gospel of Shri Ramakrushna

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Today’s Page: 173-174
Chapter 7: THE MASTER AND VIJAY GOSWAMI

“If the devotee but once feels this attachment and ecstatic love for God, this mature devotion and longing, then he sees God in both His aspects, with form and without form.”

VIJAY: “How can one see God?”

MASTER: “One cannot see God without purity of heart. Through attachment to ‘woman and gold’ the mind has become stained-covered with dirt, as it were. A magnet cannot attract a needle if the needle is covered with mud. Wash away the mud and the magnet will draw it. Likewise, the dirt of the mind can be washed away with the tears of our eyes. This stain is removed if one sheds tears of repentance and says, ‘O God, I shall never again do such a thing.’ Thereupon God, who is like the magnet, draws to Himself the mind, which is like the needle. Then the devotee goes into samadhi and obtains the vision of God.

“You may try thousands of times, but nothing can be achieved without God’s grace. One cannot see God without His grace. Is it an easy thing to receive the grace of God? One must altogether renounce egotism; one cannot see God as long as one feels, ‘I am the doer.’ Suppose, in a family, a man has taken charge of the store-room; then if someone asks the master, ‘Sir, will you yourself kindly give me something from the store-room?’, the master says to him: ‘There is already someone in the store-room. What can I do there?’

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

“The police sergeant goes his rounds in the dark of night with a lanterns (6 A reference to the lantern carried by the night-watch, which has dark glass on three sides.) in his hand. No one sees his face; but with the help of that light the sergeant sees everybody’s face, and others, too, can see one another. If you want to see the sergeant, however, you must pray to him: ‘Sir, please turn the light on your own face. Let me see you.’ In the same way one must pray to God: ‘O Lord, be gracious and turn the light of knowledge on Thyself, that I may see Thy face.’

“A house without light indicates poverty. So one must light the lamp of Knowledge in one’s heart. As it is said in a song:

Lighting the lamp of Knowledge in the chamber of your heart,
Behold the face of the Mother, Brahman’s Embodiment.”

As Vijay had brought medicine with him, the Master asked a devotee to give him some water. He was indeed a fountain of infinite compassion. He had arranged for Vijay’s boat fare, since the latter was too poor to pay it. Vijay, Balaram, M., and the other devotees left for Calcutta in a country boat.

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Gospel of shri ramakrushna

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

*Today’s Page: 645*
*Chapter 33: WITH VARIOUS DEVOTEES*

DEVOTEE: “Sir, we hear that you go into samadhi and experience ecstasy. Please explain why and how you get into that mood.”

MASTER: “Sri Radha used to experience mahabhava. If any of her companions wanted to touch her while she was in that state, another of them would say: ‘Please do not touch that body, the playground of Sri Krishna. Krishna is now sporting in her body.’ *It is not possible to experience bhava or mahabhava without the realization of God. When a fish comes up from a great depth, you see a movement on the surface of the water; and if it is a big one there is much splashing about. That is why a devotee ‘laughs and weeps and dances and sings in the ecstasy of God’.*

“One cannot remain in bhava very long. People take a man to be crazy if he sits before a mirror and looks at his face all the time.”

DEVOTEE: “Sir, we hear that you see God. If you do, please show Him to us.”

MASTER: “Everything depends on God’s will. What can a man do? While chanting God’s name, sometimes tears flow and at other times the eyes remain dry. While meditating on God, some days I feel a great deal of inner awakening, and some days I feel nothing.

*”A man must work. Only then can he see God.* One day, in an exalted mood, I had a vision of the Haldarpukur. I saw a low-caste villager drawing water after pushing aside the green scum. Now and then he took up the water in the palm of his hand and examined it. In that vision it was revealed to me that the water cannot be seen without pushing aside the green scum that covers it; that is to say, *one cannot develop love of God or obtain His vision without work. Work means meditation, japa, and the like. The chanting of God’s name and glories is work too.* You may also include charity, sacrifice, and so on.

*”If you want butter, you must let the milk turn to curd. It must be left in a quiet place. When the milk becomes curd, you must work hard to churn it. Only then can you get butter from the milk.”*

MAHIMACHARAN: “That is true, sir. Work is certainly necessary. One must labour hard. Only then does one succeed. There is so much to read! The scriptures are endless.”

MASTER (to Mahimacharan): “How much of the scriptures can you read? *What will you gain by mere reasoning?* Try to realize God before anything else. *Have faith in the guru’s words, and work. If you have no guru, then pray to God with a longing heart. He will let you know what He is like.*

“What will you learn of God from books? As long as you are at a distance from the market-place you hear only an indistinct roar. But it is quite different when you are actually there. Then you hear and see everything distinctly. You hear people saying: ‘Here are your potatoes. Take them and give me the money.’

“From a distance you hear only the rumbling noise of the ocean. Go near it and you will see many boats sailing about, birds flying, and waves rolling

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aatmapoojopanishad – Chirag Patel July 04, 2017

aatmapoojopanishad – Chirag Patel July 04, 2017

Thinking continuously about soul (aatmaa) is God’s meditation (dhyaana).

Ending of all karma is God’s invocation (aavaahana).

Eternal knowledge is God’s seat (aasana).

Being eager about soul always is washing God’s holy lotus feet (paadya).

Keeping soul in mind is washing God’s holy lotus hands (arghya).

Constant light of soul is offering water to God to drink (aachamana).

Attaining the best is bathing God (snaana).

Stopping sense of whole visible world is offering incense to God (gandha).

Special vision or understanding is offering rice to God (akshata).

Light of consciousness is offering flower to God (pushpa).

Union of soul with the sun is offering lamp to God (deepaka).

Union with full moon’s elixir is offering food to God (naivedya).

Soul’s uniform mobility is circumambulation of God (pradakshiNaa).

Soul’s being one with super consciousness (brahman) is bowing to God (naman).

Maintaining silence is God’s praise (stuti).

Always be content or satisfied is God’s departure (visarjana).

The above steps are path to moksha or liberation of eternal birth-death cycles.

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Maa and her command

Swami Shantananda, an attendant of Holy Mother, narrated how, long after her passing away, he received a command from Holy Mother that reassured him of her living presence. He said that during her lifetime the Mother had once told him how to receive her command:

If there is any crisis in your life, remember me. Isolate yourself from others for a few days and practise japa and meditation intensely. Pray whole heartedly and ask me, “Mother, what shall I do?” During that period, eat less and keep your body and mind pure. Try to maintain silence and speak only if it is absolutely necessary. Don’t let other people know what you are doing. Continue your prayer and sadhana in this way with a one-pointed mind. Never lose patience. If you see that you are not receiving my command, still you should not give up hope. If you find that no response is coming, then know for certain that your mind has not risen high enough to receive my command. You will definitely receive my command if you call on me with wholehearted faith and devotion.

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The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Today’s Page: 321-322
Chapter 15: LAST VISIT TO KESHAB

While talking, Sri Ramakrishna regained the normal consciousness of the world. With a smile on his face he conversed with Keshab. The roomful of men watched them eagerly, and listened to their words. Everybody was amazed to find that neither Keshab nor the Master inquired about each other’s health. They talked only of God.

MASTER (to Keshab): “Why do the members of the Brahmo Samaj dwell so much on God’s glories? Is there any great need of repeating such things as ‘O God, Thou hast created the moon, the sun, and the stars’? Most people are filled with admiration for the garden only. How few care to see its owner! Who is greater, the garden or its owner?

“After a few drinks at a tavern, do I care to know how many gallons of wine are stored there? One bottle is enough for me.

“When I met Narendra, I never asked him ‘Who is your father? How many houses does he own?’

“Shall I tell you the truth? Man loves his own riches, and so he thinks that God loves His, too. He thinks that God will be pleased if we glorify His riches. Once Sambhu said to me, ‘Please bless me, that I may die leaving my riches at the Lotus Feet of God.’ I answered: ‘These are riches only to you. What riches can you offer God? To Him these are mere dust and straw.’

“Once a thief broke into the temple of Vishnu and robbed the image of its jewels. Mathur Babu and I went to the temple to see what was the matter. Addressing the image, Mathur said bitterly: ‘What a shame, Lord! You are so worthless! The thief took all the ornaments from Your body, and You couldn’t do a thing about it.’ Thereupon I said to Mathur: ‘Shame on you! How improper your words are! To God, the jewels you talk so much about are only lumps of clay. Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune, is His Consort. Do you mean to say that He should spend sleepless nights because a thief has taken your few rupees? You mustn’t say such things.’

“Can one ever bring God under control through wealth? He can be tamed only through love. What does He want? Certainly not wealth! He wants from His devotees love, devotion, feeling, discrimination, and renunciation.

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MAA & HER CHILD SWAMIJI!!!

MAA & HER CHILD SWAMIJI!!!

Towards the close of his life Swamiji was in poor health. When he was living at the Math, the Holy Mother one day came to see him in the company of Yogin-Ma and the members of Balaram Bose’s family. Swamiji talked with the Mother on the first floor of the monastery and then went downstairs to see her off. The hired boat, in the meantime, got struck in the mud for the tide was on the ebb. The Mother as well as the other members of her party boarded while Swamiji, wearing only a vest and with his dhoti tucked up tightly, along with a few other Swamis and Brahmacharins pushed the boat into the water. (Swami Nirlepananda: Sancayan (Bengali) (Calcutta: Swamijir Smrti Karuna Prakasani, B.S, 1374). Pp. 143-44) This was the last time Swamiji saw the Holy Mother.

Swamiji breathed his last on 4 July 1902 at the age of thirty-nine years, five months, and twenty-four days. Gloom and a sense of desolation fell upon the monastery. The members of the Order were struck dumb at the thought of their irreparable loss. We do not know for certain what was the reaction of the Holy Mother who was then living at Jayrambati. But it can be conjectured that she wept bitterly, as she did at the death of Swamis Yogananda and Premananda. It took quite some days for the Mother to get over the shock. In her letter dated 31 August 1902, addressed to Swami Vimalananda, a disciple of Swamiji, the Mother wrote, ‘How can I express the bitter sorrow I am experiencing at the bereavement of Sri Sri Swamiji Maharaj!’ There is also on record another letter dated 17 September 1902, written to Swami Ramakrishnananda, wherein she consoled him saying, ‘Please do not worry for Swamiji anymore.’

The sun’s rays fall equally on the peasant’s cottage and on the prince’s palace. But a black surface absorbs more heat than any other surface, while a smooth-surfaced mirror reflects the light more brilliantly than any other surface. Likewise, though the Mother’s love and power fell equally on all, sinners and saints alike, Swami Vivekananda absorbed most and radiated best the Holy Mother’s love and power. She was indeed his only mother on earth and through eternity.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AND HIS ‘ONLY MOTHER’ – Swami Prabhananda. Prabuddha Bharata (January 1984, p. 19-20)

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The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Today’s Page: 385
Chapter 7: THE MASTER AND HIS INJURED ARM

Several devotees arrived from Shibpur. Since they had come from a great distance the Master could not disappoint them. He told them some of the essentials of spiritual life.

MASTER: “God alone is real, and all else illusory. The garden and its owner. God and His splendour. But people look at the garden only. How few seek out the owner!”

A DEVOTEE: “Sir, what is the way?”

MASTER: “Discrimination between the Real and the unreal. One should always discriminate to the effect that God alone is real and the world unreal. And one should pray with sincere longing.”

DEVOTEE: “But, sir, where is our leisure for these things?”

MASTER: “Those who have the time must meditate and worship. But those who cannot possibly do so must bow down whole-heartedly to God twice a day. He abides in the hearts of all; He knows that worldly people have many things to do. What else is possible for them? You don’t have time to pray to God; therefore give Him the power of attorney. But all is in vain unless you attain God and see Him.”

ANOTHER DEVOTEE: “Sir, to see you is the same as to see God.”

MASTER: “Don’t ever say that again. The waves belong to the Ganga, not the Ganga to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as ‘I am such an important man’ or ‘I am so and so’. Level the mound of ‘I’ to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.”

DEVOTEE: “Why has God put us in the world?”

MASTER: “To perpetuate His creation. It is His will, His maya. He has deluded man with ‘woman and gold’.”

DEVOTEE: “Why has He deluded us? Why has He so willed?”

MASTER: “If but once He should give man a taste of divine joy, then man would not care to lead a worldly life. The creation would come to an end.

“The grain-dealer stores rice in huge bags in his warehouse. Near them he puts some puffed rice in a tray. This is to keep the rats away. The puffed rice tastes sweet to the rats and they nibble at it all night; they do not seek the rice itself. But just think! One seer of rice yields fourteen seers of puffed rice. How infinitely superior is the joy of God to the pleasure of ‘woman and gold’! To one who thinks of the beauty of God, the beauty of even Rambha and Tilottama*1 (1 Two celestial dancing-girls of exquisite beauty) *appears as but the ashes of a funeral pyre.”

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Shri Ramakrushna Kathamrut

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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*Chapter 17: M. AT DAKSHINESWAR (I)*

“Ramprasad achieved perfection through singing. *One obtains the vision of God if one sings with yearning heart.”*

M: “Grief and distress of mind disappear if one has these experiences but once.”

MASTER: “That is true. *Distress of mind disappears for ever. I shall tell you a few things about yoga. But you see, the mother bird doesn’t break the shell until the chick inside the egg is matured. The egg is hatched in the fullness of time. It is necessary to practise some spiritual discipline. The guru no doubt does everything for the disciple; but at the end he makes the disciple work a little himself. When cutting down a big tree, a man cuts almost through the trunk; then he stands aside for a moment, and the tree falls down with a crash.*

“The farmer brings water to his field through a canal from the river. He stands aside when only a little digging remains to be done to connect the field with the water. Then the earth becomes soaked and falls of itself, and the water of the river pours into the canal in torrents.

*”A man is able to see God as soon as he gets rid of ego and other limitations. He sees God as soon as he is free from such feelings as ‘I am a scholar’, ‘I am the son of such and such a person’, ‘I am wealthy’, ‘I am honourable’, and so forth.*

*”‘God alone is real and all else unreal; the world is illusory’ – that is discrimination. One cannot assimilate spiritual instruction without discrimination.*

*”Through the practice of spiritual discipline one attains perfection, by the grace of God. But one must also labour a little. Then one sees God and enjoys bliss.* If a man hears that a jar filled with gold is buried at a certain place, he rushes there and begins to dig. He sweats as he goes on digging. After much digging he feels the spade strike something. Then he throws away the spade and looks for the jar. At the sight of the jar he dances for joy. Then he takes up the jar and pours out the gold coins. He takes them into his hand, counts them, and feels the ecstasy of joy. *Vision-touch-enjoyment. Isn’t it so?*”

M: “Yes, sir.”

The Master was silent a moment and then went on.

MASTER: *”Those who are my own will come here even if I scold them. Look at Narendra’s nature! At first he used to abuse my Mother Kali very much. One day I said to him sharply, ‘Rascal! Don’t come here any more.’ He slowly left the room and prepared a smoke. He who is one’s own will not be angry even if scolded.* What do you say?”

M: “That is true, sir.”

MASTER: *”Narendra is perfect from his very birth. He is devoted to the ideal of the formless God.”*

M. (smiling): “Whenever he comes here he brings along great excitement.”

Sri Ramakrishna smiled and said, *”Yes, excitement indeed.”*

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Shri Ramakrushna kathamrut

Sri Sri Thakur’s Teaching from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

*Today’s Page: 141-142*
*Chapter 50: THE MASTER AND KESHAB*

*”It is extremely difficult to teach others. A man can teach only if God reveals Himself to him and gives the command.* Narada, Sukadeva, and sages like them had such a command from God, and Sankara had it too. *Unless you have a command from God, who will listen to your words?*

*”Don’t you know how easily the people of Calcutta get excited? The milk in the kettle puffs up and boils as long as the fire burns underneath. Take away the fuel and all becomes quiet. The people of Calcutta love sensations. You may see them digging a well at a certain place. They say they want water. But if they strike a stone they give up that place; they begin at another place. And there, perchance, they find sand; they give up the second place too. Next they begin at a third. And so it goes. *But it won’t do if a man only imagines that he has God’s command.*

*”God does reveal Himself to man and speak. Only then may one receive His command. How forceful are the words of such a teacher! They can move mountains. But mere lectures? People will listen to them for a few days and then forget them. They will never act upon mere words.*

“At Kamarpukur there is a small lake called the Haldarpukur. Certain people used to befoul its banks every day. Others who came there in the morning to bathe would abuse the offenders loudly. But next morning they would find the same thing. The nuisance didn’t stop. (All laugh.) The villagers finally informed the authorities about it. A constable was sent, who put up a notice on the bank which read: ‘Commit no nuisance.’ This stopped the miscreants at once. (All laugh.)

*”To teach others, one must have a badge of authority; otherwise teaching becomes a mockery. A man who is himself ignorant starts out to teach others-like the blind leading the blind! Instead of doing good, such teaching does harm.* After the realization of God one obtains an inner vision. Only then can one diagnose a person’s spiritual malady and give instruction.

*”Without the commission from God, a man becomes vain. He says to himself, ‘I am teaching people.’ This vanity comes from ignorance, for only an ignorant person feels that he is the doer.* A man verily becomes liberated in life if he feels: ‘God is the Doer. He alone is doing everything. I am doing nothing.’ *Man’s sufferings and worries spring only from his persistent thought that he is the doer.*

*”You people speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realize God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power, then you can do good to others; otherwise not.”*

A BRAHMO DEVOTEE: “Then, sir, we must give up our activities until we realize God?”

MASTER: “No. Why should you? *You must engage in such activities as contemplation, singing His praises, and other daily devotions.”*

BRAHMO: “But what about our worldly duties-duties associated with our earning money, and so on?”

MASTER: *”Yes, you can perform them too, but only as much as you need for your livelihood.* At the same time, you must pray to God in solitude, with tears in your eyes, that you may be able to perform those duties in an unselfish manner. *You should say to Him: ‘O God, make my worldly duties fewer and fewer; otherwise, O Lord, I find that I forget Thee when I am involved in too many activities. I may think I am doing unselfish work, but it turns out to be selfish.’* People who carry to excess the giving of alms, or the distributing of food among the poor, fall victims to the desire of acquiring name and fame.