"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  1. He is born in vain, who having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life.
  2. First gain God, and then gain wealth; but do not try to do the contrary if, after acquiring spirituality, you lead a worldly life you will never lose your peace of mind.
  3. The digit one may be raised to a figure of any value by adding zeros after it; but if that one is omitted, zeros by themselves have no value. Similarly so long as Jiva (individual soul) does not cling to God, who is the One, he has no value, for all the things here get their value from their connection with God.
  4. As a lamp does not burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.
  5. The relation of Brahman to Sakti is that of fire to its burning property.
  6. The snake itself is not affected by the poison in its fangs; but when it bites,the poison kills the creature bitten. Likewise Maya is in the Lord but does not affect Him, while the same Maya deludes the whole world.
  7. It is Maya which reveals Brahman. Without Maya, who could have known Brahman? Without knowing Sakti, the manifested power of God, there is no means of knowing Him.
  8. When attachment for wealth and sex is wiped out from the mind, what else is left in the soul? Only the bliss of Brahman. 

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