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Call on God with faith and devotion

Devotees used to come to Sri Ramakrishna to unburden their minds. Quite often they would tell him that in spite of repeating God’s name so much, they are not progressing much in spiritual life. Sri Ramakrishna, who was endowed with a deep spiritual insight, would easily identify their shortcomings and advise them suitably. He would […]

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One can control the restless mind

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna and unburden to him the contradictory feelings arising in their minds. They would say that the mind constantly swung from one extreme to another, from good to bad, with apparently no control or restraint whatsoever. In fact, this is the exasperation which Arjuna expressed to Sri Krishna: “The […]

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Sadhana will help realize one’s truth

The Hindu scriptures, again and again, assert the true and supreme nature of humankind. Swami Vivekananda used to give a beautiful definition of the true nature of us. He said, “Each soul is potentially divine and the goal is to manifest this divinity and be free.” Yet, very few among mankind seem to experience this […]

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Guru is always an impartial observer

The devotees would often approach Sri Ramakrishna with their problems of life. They would complain about their inability to perceive the events of life in the right perspective. Sri Ramakrishna could clearly see that they were baffled and totally confused by the trials and tribulations which they faced in life. Being deeply involved and extremely […]

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Reconciling jnana and bhakti is easy

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna to discuss about spiritual matters. One of the topics often discussed was the difference between jnana and bhakti i.e. knowledge and devotion. Devotees would often find it extremely difficult to reconcile these two apparently divergent views of reality. Sri Ramakrishna had a unique way of reconciling both the […]

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