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Be focused to attain your goals

Sri Ramakrishna would often advise his devotees about the need to be extremely alert and awake in spiritual life. He would say that there is no place for laxity in spiritual life. He would often find that many devotees come to him once in a while and try to participate in the satsangs, but whatever […]

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Good karma helps spiritual striving

Devotees would often confess to Sri Ramakrishna their inability to get over their un-spiritual nature in spite of their best efforts. Sri Ramakrishna would sympathize with them and assure them that it’s possible to turn over a new leaf. He would also give them a prescription for remedy. To explain the power of samskaras, he […]

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Cultivate the right attitude

Devotees would often express to Sri Ramakrishna the woes of a householder’s life. They would lament that they faced innumerable problems and difficulties. They felt bewildered and helpless by the confusions and contradictions created by multiplicity. Sri Ramakrishna would listen to them patiently and explain how to steer clear of these difficulties. To illustrate this […]

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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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Patience pays at appropriate time

Many devotees would come to Sri Ramakrishna and show extreme impatience regarding their spiritual progress. They would often complain about the difficulties and also about the slow pace at which things are happening. They would ask again and again why they are not able to overcome their shortcomings and that too quickly, in spite of […]

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Parrot In A Cage

Be persistent and march ahead in life

The devotees would often approach Sri Ramakrishna and plead about the inability to get over their negative tendencies. In spite of all their efforts in practicing spiritual disciplines like prayer, japa, meditation, etc, they would say that they find it impossible to get rid of their desires and tendencies towards enjoyment, etc. Sri Ramakrishna would […]

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