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.


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

Today’s Page: 321-322

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.




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)


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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

Today’s Page: 385

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.”


Shri Ramakrushna Kathamrut

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

*Today’s Page: 363-364*
*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.”*


Shri Ramakrushna kathamrut

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

*Today’s Page: 141-142*

*”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.


Shri ramakrushna kathamrut

*Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna from The Gospel*

*Today’s random page— 397- 398*

*Chapter– The Master and His Injured Arm*

MASTER : ” *It is said in the scriptures that only those who have been charitable in their former births get money in this life. But to tell you the truth, this world is God’s maya. And there are many confusing things in this realm of maya. One cannot comprehend them*.

” 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, ‘ Bhishna is not 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 described 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* ‘.

SURENDRA: ( _smiling_) ” If by giving away money in a previous birth one gets wealth in this life, then we should all give away money now. ”

MASTER : ” *Those who have money should give it to the poor and needy.* ( _To Trailokya_) Jaygopal Sen is well-to-do. He should be charitable. That he is not so is to his discredit. There are some who are miserly even though they have money. There is no knowing who will enjoy their money afterwards.

“Jaygopal came here the other day.He drove over here in a carriage. The lamps were broken, the horse seemed to have been returned from the charnel-house, and the coachman looked as if he had just been discharged from the Medical College Hospital. And he brought me two rotten pomegranates! ( _All laugh_)


Shri Ramakrushna Kathamruta

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

*Today’s Page: 743-744*

SRI RAMAKRISHNA was sitting with the devotees in Balaram’s drawing room in Calcutta. M. arrived at three o’clock. Girish, Balaram, the younger Naren, Paltu, Dwija, Purna, Mahendra Mukherji, and many other devotees were there. Shortly Trailokya Sannyal, Jaygopal Sen, and other members of the Brahmo Samaj arrived. Many woman devotees were present also, seated behind a screen. Among them was Mohini’s wife, who had almost gone insane on account of her son’s death. *There were a few other afflicted souls like her who used to visit the Master to obtain peace of mind.*

*Sri Ramakrishna was describing to the devotees the various incidents of his sādhanā and the phases of his spiritual realization.*

MASTER: *”During my sādhanā, when I meditated, I would actually see a person sitting near me with a trident in his hand. He would threaten to strike me with the weapon unless I fixed my mind on the Lotus Feet of God, warning me that it would pierce my breast if my mind strayed from God.*

*”The Divine Mother would put me in such a state that sometimes my mind would come down from the Nitya to the Lila, and sometimes go up from the Lila to the Nitya.*

*”Sometimes, when the mind descended to the Lila, I would meditate day and night on Sita and Rama.* At those times I would constantly behold the forms of Sita and Rama. Ramlala1 (A metal image of the Boy Rama given to Sri Ramakrishna during his sadhana period by a Vaishnava saint.) was my constant companion. *Sometimes I would bathe Him and sometimes feed Him.*

*”Again, I used to be absorbed in the ideal of Radha and Krishna and would constantly see their forms. Or again, I would be absorbed in Gauranga. He is the harmonization of two ideals: the Purusha and the Prakriti. At such times I would always see the form of Gauranga.*

*”Then a change came over me. The mind left the plane of the Lila and ascended to the Nitya.* I found no distinction between the sacred tulsi and the ordinary sajina plant. *I no longer enjoyed seeing the forms of God; I said to myself, ‘They come and go.’ I lifted my mind above them. I removed all the pictures of gods and goddesses from my room and began to meditate on the Primal Purusha, the Indivisible Satchidananda, regarding myself as His handmaid


Shri Ramakrushna Kathamrut

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

*Today’s Page: 627-628*

SUB-JUDGE: “Sir, I am a sinner. How can I say that God dwells in me?”

MASTER: *”That’s the one trouble with you Brahmos. With you it is always sin and sin! That’s the Christian view, isn’t it? Once a man gave me a Bible.A part of it was read to me, and it was full of that one thing—sin and sin! One must have such faith that one can say: ‘I have uttered the name of God; I have repeated the name of Rama or Hari. How can I be a sinner?’ One must have faith in the glory of God’s name.”*

SUB-JUDGE: “Sir, how can one have such faith?”

MASTER: *”Have passionate love for God.* One of your Brahmo songs says:

_O Lord, is it ever possible to know Thee without love,_
_However much one may perform worship and sacrifice?_

*Pray to God in secret and with yearning, that you may have that passionate attachment and devotion to Him. Shed tears for Him. A man sheds a jugful of tears because his wife is sick or because he is losing money or because he is worrying about getting a job. But tell me, who ever weeps for God?’*

TRAlLOKYA: “Sir, where is people’s leisure? They must serve their English masters.”

MASTER: “Well, then *give God the power of attorney. If a man entrusts his affairs to a good person, will the latter do him any harm?* With all the sincerity of your heart resign yourself to God and drive all your worries out of your mind. Do whatever duties He has assigned to you. *The kitten does not have a calculating mind. It only cries, ‘Mew, mew!’ It lies in the kitchen contentedly if the mother cat leaves it there, and only calls the mother, crying, ‘Mew, mew!’ It has the same feeling of contentment when the mother cat puts it on the soft bed of the master of the house. It only cries for its mother.”*

SUB-JUDGE: “Sir, we are householders. How long should we perform our worldly duties?”

MASTER: *”Surely you have duties to perform. You must bring up your children, support your wife, and provide for her in case of your death. If you don’t, then I shall call you unkind.* Sages like Sukadeva had compassion. *He who has no compassion is no man.”*

SUB-JUDGE: “How long should one support one’s children?”

MASTER: “As long as they have not reached their majority. *When the chick becomes a full-grown bird and can look after itself, then the mother bird pecks it and doesn’t allow it to come near her.”* (All laugh.)




This upanishad is from kruShNa yajurveda. Bhagavaan dattaatreya answered saankruti’s curiosity and thus this upanishad is born.

aum saha naavavatu. saha nau bhunaktu. saha viryam karavaavahai. tejasvinaavadheetamastu maa vidviShaavahai. aum shaanti shaanti shaantihi.

(God) protect both of us (guru and disciple). Nourish us together. We both gather power together. Our knowledge be brightened. We never envy each other. Peace, peace and peace. [shaantipaaThaha]

Meaning of avadhootam: ‘a’ signifies akshara – indestructible brahman , ‘va’ signifies vareNyam respected, ‘dhoo’ signifies dhoortam false worldly bondage, ‘ta’ signifies tattvamasyaadi – that is you – feelings. So, a person with all these four qualities is called avadhootam. [1-2]

avadhoota does not believe in worldly social divisions and casts. [3]

S/he has beloved brahman as head, joy as right side, cheerfulness as left side and bliss as center aatman (soul). [4]

Only sacrifice or leaving everything behind brings immortality. [6]

avadhoota is continuously focused on aatman and that is his/her ashvamedha yajna (horse sacrificing fire ceremony). S/he offers all outward/inward energy channels to super consciousness. This is mahaa yajna or mahaa yoga. [7]

Sun extracts all types of chemicals but is not affected by those. Similarly, yogi is not affected by any worldly deeds – right or wrong. S/he remains calm in any condition. [9-10]

I (dattaatreya) do not do any worldly activities. I do not do any dhyaanam or nididhyaasanam (final step of mukti (liberation)). [12-19]

Humans behave as humans because of their habits and attachment. Until past karmas to be experienced by present body are destroyed, one cannot be free from that attachment. [20-21]

When mind is disturbed, intellect becomes unstable. One needs samaadhi in that condition. [23]

avadhoota never does any karma even though his/her body keeps doing prayers, mind keeps meditating. S/he is only an observer of karmas. [29]

Only om (brahman) is the truth and only truth. That is upanishad (teaching). [36]