Seek the company of the holy

Sri Ramakrishna would often extol the power of the company of the holy. He would say that holy company is capable of taking one very high in the ladder of spirituality. To illustrate the idea he used to narrate a story from the Puranas. Uma, the mother of the universe incarnated herself as the daughter […]

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Stay focused on purpose of life

Sri Ramakrishna would often caution his devotees about the need to be focused on the real purpose or goal of life. Quite often spiritual aspirants get diverted from the real purpose and indulge in activities thus are not essential, thus wasting time and energy. He used to narrate a parable to drive home the point. […]

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Try to attain the highest knowledge

Sri Ramakrishna would warn his devotees about the power of samskaras. He would say that even a man of realisation can succumb to the overpowering nature of samskaras. To explain this idea he used to narrate an incident from the life of Sri Sankaracharya. Sri Sankara was born in an orthodox Brahmin family and had […]

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Teachers should be an inspiration

Sri Ramakrishna would say that the capacity of a teacher to inspire his students or disciples would depend upon the strength and power of his life. In this connection Sri Ramakrishna would narrate how he had observed an acharya of one of the sects of his time, who had married several times and had several […]

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Plunge into ocean of immortality

Sri Narendra, who later became the world famous Swami Vivekananda, came in contact with Sri Ramakrishna during his search for God. As a teenager he was possessed by the question whether God really existed and if so whether anyone had seen Him. He met several famous people, many of whom enjoyed tremendous respect in society. […]

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