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