Tag Archives: Sri Ramakrishna
Rama Sita Lakshmana

Maya deludes us, making us worldly

Sri Ramakrishna would often caution his devotees about the power of maya. He would say that although the ultimate truth is so near and close to us, yet we are unable to perceive it because of the concealing power of maya. He would quote a beautiful example from Ramayana in this regard. Just a day […]

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Shakti is creative aspect of Brahman

Sri Ramakrishna was an extraordinary exponent of the idea of harmony. All his actions, messages, etc were rooted in the idea of harmony. Through his extraordinary spiritual insights based on his own experiences he brought about a wonderful harmony between Brahman and Shakti. In the traditional Advaita Vedanta the idea of Shakti is never accepted. […]

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Swami Shantatmananda

Swami Shankarananda Memorial Lecture by Swami Shantatmanandaji

Swami Shantatmananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi delivered the Swami Shankarananda Memorial Lecture at the Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata on August 16,2014. The Swami Shankarananda Memorial Lecture was on ‘Sri Ramakrishna’.

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Jars of Dye

Awaken your spiritual powers

Sri Ramakrishna would explain to his devotees how one’s spiritual powers get awakened. He would say that the awakening would generally correspond to one’s own spiritual tendencies. But, in case of special and exceptional aspirants, it is also possible to reach a higher level of spiritual consciousness. He would explain this idea using a beautiful […]

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Obstacles block path to devotion

     Sri Ramakrishna would often explain to his devotees the obstacles in the path of devotion. He would say that there are both gross and subtle obstacles blocking the way of true enlightenment. Normally, sadhakas (practitioners) are aware of the six passions such as lust, anger, greed, jealousy, delusion and avarice*. But there are […]

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True knowledge means silence

Sri Ramakrishna would often explain to his devotees the stages of evolution in the life of a spiritul seeker. He would say that as one progresses in spiritual life the din and bustle of activities start reducing and ultimately leads one to silence. To explain the idea he would refer to a beautiful experience of […]

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Always associate with God

Sri Ramakrishna would again and again caution his devotees about leading a materialistic or worldly life. He would try to inspire them about the joy and beauty of leading a life based on spiritual values. But some of the devotees who were not given to the pursuit of a deep spiritual life would often express […]

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Discrimination helps realize truth

Sri Ramakrishna would explain beautifully as to how to get a glimpse of the Ultimate Truth or Brahman. He would also explain the role of Maya in such a realization. To explain the idea, he would use a beautiful example. “There are ten pots filled with water, and the sun is reflected in them. How […]

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Body is a means to spiritual progress

Sri Ramakrishna would often draw the attention of the devotees to the limitations caused by the body in our struggle for spiritual progress. It is very difficult to get rid of the idea of identification with the body. People in general cannot think beyond the idea of body and mind. But true spiritual progress is […]

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Brahman’s nature remains unaltered

Sri Ramakrishna would often explain to his devotees the true nature of Brahman. He would say that Brahman is beyond vidya (knowledge) and avidya (ignorance). It is beyond maya, the illusion of duality. However, he would say that the world consists of the illusory duality of knowledge and ignorance. Good and evil apply to the […]

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