|Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar
18 February 1836
Kamarpukur, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in West Bengal, India)
|Died||16 August 1886
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
|Founder of||Ramakrishna Order|
|Philosophy||Advaita Vedanta, Bhakti, Tantra|
|Notable disciple(s)||Swami Vivekananda and others|
|Quotation||He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realise God in this very life.|
The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.
One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.
Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be.
Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.
More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.
God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.
Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached.
Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.
Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.
Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.
If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.
Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.
Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.