*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_)