Sri Sri Thakur’s Teachings from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Today’s Page: 363-364
Chapter 17: M. AT DAKSHINESWAR (I)
“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.”