Ramakrishna

Born: February 18, 1836

Die: August 16, 1886

Quotes of Ramakrishna

Ramakrishna

Different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God.

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If you meditate on your ideal, you will acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will acquire the nature of God.

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

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It is not lust alone that one should be afraid of in the life of the world. There is also anger. Anger arises when obstacles are placed in the way of desire.

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One cannot completely get rid of the six passions: lust, anger, greed, and the like. Therefore one should direct them to God. If you must have desire and greed, then you should desire love of God and be...

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So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly...

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Try to cultivate love of God. You are born as a human being only to attain divine love.

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A man develops a subtle power as a result of the strict observance of celibacy for twelve years. Then he can understand and grasp very subtle things which otherwise elude his intellect. Through that understanding...

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As for myself, I look upon all women as my Mother. This is a very pure attitude of mind. There is no risk or danger in it. To look upon a woman as one's sister is also not bad. But the other attitudes...

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The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that 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.

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What is the use of merely listening to lectures? The real thing is practice.

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Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes spiritual, the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits...

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The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.

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Finish the few duties you have at hand, and then you will have peace.

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Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.

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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...

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

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

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.

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Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.

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

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

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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The world is impermanent. [All things change. Knowing this helps you see the end of any difficulty and thereby have hope.]

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If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them.

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The breeze of grace is always blowing on you. You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward.

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Dwell, O mind, within yourself; Enter no other's home. If you but seek there, you will find All you are searching for. God, the true Philosopher's Stone, Who answers every prayer, Lies hidden deep within...

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If you spent one-tenth of the time you devoted to distractions like chasing women or making money to spiritual practice, you would be enlightened in a few years.

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We laugh at the efforts of the musk deer to find the source of the scent which comes from itself and despair at our efforts to find the peace which is our essence.

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With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists, and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and Christians will realize...

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The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.

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Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.

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As the snake is separate from its slough, even so is the Spirit separate from the body.

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The breeze of grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze.

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The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.

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One day, it was suddenly revealed to me that everything is pure spirit.

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God has revealed to me that only the Paramatman, whom the Vedas describe as the Pure Soul, is as immutable as Mount Sumeru, unattached, and beyond pain and pleasure. There is much confusion in this world...

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One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.

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Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who,...

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What Brahman is cannot be described. All things in the world — the Vedas, the Puranas, the Tantras, the six systems of philosophy — have been defiled, like food that has been touched by the tongue,...

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You speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realise God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power you...

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One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.

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All troubles come to an end when the ego dies

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It is on account of the ego that one is not able to see God. In front of the door of God's mansion lies the stump of ego. One cannot enter the mansion without jumping over the stump.

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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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Whoever wants God intensely, finds Him. Go and verify it in your own life.

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The way of love is as true as the way of knowledge. All paths ultimately lead to the same Truth. But as long as God keeps the feeling of ego in us, it is easier to follow the path of love.

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An ocean of bliss may rain down from the heavens, but if you hold up only a thimble, that is all you receive

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Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.

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Those whose spiritual awareness has been awakened never make a false move. They don't have to avoid evil. They are so replete with love that whatever they do is a good action. They are fully conscious...

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Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.

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The goal of life is not the earning of money, but the service of God.p.114

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The winds of God's grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.

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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.

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

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I have now come to a stage of realization in which I see that God is walking in every human form and manifesting Himself alike through the sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious. Therefore when...

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Bhakti is the one essential thing. To be sure, God exists in all beings. Who, then is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God. But this is not possible as long as one has egotism and vanity. The water...

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God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous.

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If you feel proud, let it be in the thought that you are the servant of God, the son of God. Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their...

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Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it 'jal', others...

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You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance,...

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As long as I live, so long do I learn.

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