Shri Ramakrushna Kathamrut

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

*Today’s Page: 627-628*
*Chapter 32: VISIT TO THE SINTHI BRAMO SAMAJ*

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.)

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