Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Unselfish Work To Attain Spirituality !

Devotee: "Then, sir, we must give up our activities until we realize God?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "No.Why should you? You must engage in such activities as contemplation, singing His praises, and other daily devotions."

Devotee: “But what about our worldly duties — duties associated with our earning money, and so on?”

Sri Ramakrishna: Yes, you can perform them too, but only as much as you need for your livelihood. At the same time, you must pray to God in solitude, with tears in your eyes, that you may be able to perform those duties in an unselfish manner.
You should say to Him: 'O God, make my worldly duties fewer and fewer; otherwise, O Lord, I find that I forget Thee when I am involved in too many activities. I may think I am doing unselfish work, but it turns out to be selfish.' People who carry to excess the giving of alms, or the distributing of food among the poor.

~Gospel Of SriRamaKrishna

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