"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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 

41. All women are parts of the Divine Mother, and therefore they should be looked upon as mothers by all.

42. Be not a traitor to your thoughts. Be sincere; act according to your thoughts; and you shall surely succeed. Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard.

43. As one and the same water is called by different names by different people, some calling it ‘water’, some ‘Vari’, some ‘Aqua’ and some ‘Pani’, so the one Sachchidananda, Existence-Intelligence-Bliss Absolute,-is invoked by some as God, by some as Allah, by some as Hari and by others as Brahman.

44. In a potter’s shop there are vessels of different shapes and forms- pots,jars,dishes,plates,etc., but all are made of the same clay. So God is one, but He is worshipped in different ages and climes under different names and aspects.

45. Many are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever form you worship Him, through that you will realize Him.

46. One can ascend to the top of a house by means of a ladder or a bamboo or a staircase or a rope; so too, diverse are the ways of approaching God and each religion in the world shows one of the ways.

47. God is one, but His aspects are many. As the master of a house is father to one, brother to another and husband to a third, and is called by different names by different persons, so the one God is described in various ways according to the particular aspect in which He appears to particular worshippers.

48. As a mother,in nursing her sick children, gives rice and curry to one, sago and arrowroot to another, and bread and butter to a third, so the Lord has laid out for different men different paths suitable to their natures.

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