Saturday, November 3, 2007

After Attained The God !

" .....When the dry branch of a coconut palm drops to the ground,it leaves only a mark on the trunk indicating that once therewas a branch at that place. In like manner, he who has attained God keeps only a semblance of anger and lust.He becomes like a child. A child has no attachment to thethree gunas - sattva, rajas, and tamas. He becomes as quickly detached from a thing as he becomes attached to it..... "

~Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Bhakthi !

A Pandit : Thew Theosophists say that there are 'Mahatmas’. They also say that there
are different planes and spheres like astral planes, Devayanic plane, solar sphere, lunar
sphere etc., and that man's subtle body can go to all these places. They say many other
things such things .Sir what is your opinion on Theosophy?

Sri Ramakrishna : Bhakthi alone is supreme-Bhakthi? or devotion to God. Do they care for Bhakthi? If they do, that is well. It is well if they have God-realization for their aim and goal. But remember, to be engrossed in such trivial things as solar sphere, lunar sphere, astral sphere etc., is not genuine search after God.
One has to do Sadhanas (spiritual practices) in order to get devotion to His lotus feet; one has to weep for Him with the intense longing of the heart. The mind should be gathered up from the different objects and concentrated exclusively on Him. He is not in the Vedas or Vedanta of in any other scripture. Nothing will be achieved unless one's heart yearns for Him. One has to pray to Him with intense devotion and practice Sadhanas. God cannot be realized so easily.
Sadhanas are necessary.

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."

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Advice For Householders !

Devotee— We are householders. Kindly advise us.

Sri Ramakrishna — keep one of your hands at His lotus feet and attend to your worldly work with the other.

Devotee— Sir, is this world illusory?

Sri Ramakrishna — It is illusory until you know God. The man forgets Him and utters, ‘Mine, mine.’ Bound by maya, deluded by ‘woman and gold,’ he goes down and down. The man has lost his consciousness while entangled in maya. He cannot run out of it even when there is a way.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Leave Everything To God !

I am a fool, I know nothing. Then who speaks all this? I say, ‘Mother, I am a machine, You are the machine man; I am the house, You are the dweller; I am the chariot, You are the charioteer; I do what You make me do; I speak what You make me speak; I move the way You make me move.’ ‘Not I, not I. You, only You.’ She is ever victorious. I am merely an instrument.

When Srimati was carrying a pitcher with a thousand holes and not a drop of water was flowing out of it, everybody began to praise her saying that such a sati (faithful wife, pure woman) is rare to come across. Then Srimati said, ‘Why do you praise me? Instead you say: Victory to Krishna, victory to Krishna! I am merely His maidservant.’

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ambition of human life

"Is it possible to understand God's action and His motive? He creates, He preserves, and He destroys. Can we ever understand why He destroys? I say to the Divine Mother: "O Mother, I do not need to understand. Please give me love for Thy Lotus Feet."

The aim of human life is to attain bhakti. As for other things, the Mother knows best. I have come to the garden to eat mangoes. What is the use of my calculating the number of trees, branches, and leaves? I only eat the mangoes; I don't need to know the number of trees and leaves.

single minded to be needed !

.....The Avadhuta, who was a great Yogi, saw a bridal procession passing with much pomp through a meadow, with beating of drums and blowing of trumpets. Hard by the road through which the procession was passing he saw a hunter so deeply absorbed in aiming at a bird, that he was perfectly inattentive to the procession, casting not even a side glance at it. The Avadhuta, saluting the hunter, said, “Sir, you are my Guru. When I sit in meditation, may my mind be concentrated upon the object of meditation as yours has been upon that bird!”

Monday, October 29, 2007

Spiritual inspiration comes from God !

.....Both worldliness and liberation depend on God's will. It is God alone who has kept man in the world in a state of ignorance; and man will be free when God, of His own sweet will, calls him to Himself. It is like the mother calling the child at meal-time, when he is out playing. When the time comes for setting a man free, God makes him seek the company of holy men. Further, it is God who makes him restless for spiritual life.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Way to attain the God !

"Knowledge and love -- both are paths leading to God. Sometimes it happens that, discriminating between the Real and the unreal, a man loses his faith in the existence of God. But a devotee who sincerely yearns for God does not give up his meditation even though he is invaded by atheistic ideas. A man whose father and grandfather have been farmers continue his farming even though he doesn't get any crop in a year of drought."