"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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sayings of Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 

17. Utter the word Gita, in quick succesion, a number of times- Gi-ta-gi-ta-gi-tagi. It is then virtually pronounced as ‘Tagi’, ‘Tagi’, which means one who has renounced the world for the sake of God. Thus, in one word, Gita teaches, “Renounce, ye world-bound men! Renounce everything, and fix the mind on the Lord.”

18. To him who is free, hundreds of people come from all sides anxious to be taught. When a rose blossoms, bees come from all sides uninvited.

19. The holy teachings that come from the mouths of godly men seem to be uttered by those men themselves, while in reality they proceed from God.

20. The soul that has tasted the sweetness of Divine bliss finds no happiness in the vulgar pleasures of the world.

21. The spiritually-minded belong to a caste of their own, beyond all social conventions.

22. A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in the boat. An aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.

23. The magnetic needle always points to the North, and hence it is that the sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.

24. Forgiveness is the true nature of the ascetic.

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