Friday, November 2, 2007

Why We Should Think God !

Devotee: "Sir, why should one think of God at all?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "If a man really has that knowledge (the knowledge that God exists within and without and everywhere. In that case, thinking of God is superfluous), then he is indeed liberated though living in a body.

"Not all, by any means, believe in God. They simply talk. The worldly-minded have heard from someone that God exists and that everything happens by His will; but it is not their inner belief.

Shallow faith of the worldly minded "Do you know what a worldly man's idea of God is like? It is like the children's swearing by God when they quarrel. They have heard the word while listening to their elderly aunts quarrelling.

Various classes of devotees "Is it possible for all to comprehend God? God has created the good and the bad, the devoted and the impious, the faithful and the skeptical. The wonders that we see all exist in His creation. In one place there is more manifestation of His Power, in another less. The sun's light is better reflected by water than by earth, and still better by a mirror. Again, there are different levels among the devotees of God: superior, mediocre, and inferior. All this has been described in the Gita."

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