Company of the holy helps in quest

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna and discuss about the struggles in spiritual life. They would also lament about the difficulty in finding real and capable guides or spiritual teachers. Sri Ramakrishna, while agreeing with these observations of the devotees, would explain to them about the nature of realized souls. The nature of spiritual […]

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Time to stop being vainglorious

Sri Ramakrishna would often warn his devotees about the dangers of vainglory. He would caution them that paying too much attention to external beauty without paying attention to inner beauty could be ruinous. He was a keen observer and would imitate and show how people cared so much for displaying their charm and beauty. To […]

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Keep your mind focused

Many devotees would approach Sri Ramakrishna and unburden their hearts to him. They would narrate in great detail their tales of sorrow and suffering. Of course, Sri Ramakrishna knew that the world was full of problems and difficulties and that it was really difficult to steer clear of the obstacles one faced in life. The […]

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God assists those who have faith

Sri Ramakrishna was famous for his concept of religious harmony. He would say Yato Mat Tato Path, i.e. as many faiths, so many paths. His view was that there were numerous approaches to the Ultimate Goal of life and that there were deficiencies and inconsistencies in every path or religious approach. He advised the followers […]

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Tame your desires

For a spiritual life, tame your desires

Sri Ramakrishna would often warn his devotees about succumbing to temptations. He would say, luxury often creeps in imperceptibly into our lives and ruins our spiritual pursuits. He would illustrate this idea through a beautiful story. Once there lived a sadhu who was very austere. He had just two pieces of loincloth. One day he […]

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