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Aphorisms by Ramakrishna

Aphorisms by Ramakrishna

Photo: Ramakrishna in Samadhi
 

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God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.

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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.

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God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshiping God.

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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.

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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.

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If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.

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If you want to go east, don't go west.

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It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.

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Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

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Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached. Ramakrishna

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Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.

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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.

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One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.

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Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.

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The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.

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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.

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The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.

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Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.

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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.

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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.

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Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.

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Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.

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Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.

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When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.

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Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.

(Ramakrishna)
 

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Recommended Reading:


'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'
By Swami Nikhilananda (Translator), Aldous Huxley (Foreword)

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The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna as translated by Swami Nikhilananda offers the reader a penetrating view into the spiritual wisdom of India. On account of his deep mystical experiences and constant absorption in God, Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) is regarded as being of the stature of Krishna, Buddha, and Christ. The Gospel is the record of Sri Ramakrishna's conversations, which are unique in their breadth and depth. Profound spiritual truths are described in simple words and vivid stories, revealing the divinity of man and the spiritual foundation of the universe. This volume is a mine of inspiration, wisdom, theology, and metaphysics. This 1106 page volume contains an introduction (70 pages) by Swami Nikhilananda that narrates the main events of Sri Ramakrishna's life and briefly sketches the people and the doctrines associated with him. Also, includes 26 photographs, a detailed glossary, and an index.

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