Tag Archives: Sri Ramakrishna

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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Guru Purnima at Ramakrishna Mission Delhi

Guru Purnima 2014 Celebrations – A Report

Guru Purnima was celebrated this year on 12th July, 2014 at the Ramakrishna Mission. A special puja of Sri Ramakrishna was performed. A Homa (havan) was also performed as part of the program. Swami Shantatmanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi spoke briefly about Guru and Guru Purnima. All the devotees, volunteers and others accompanied in the […]

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Swami Vivekananda on his mission

Swami Vivekananda on his mission

One day at Balaram’s house in Calcutta, when Swami Yogananda, a brother disciple, said that the Master (Sri Ramakrishna) had emphasized bhakti alone for spiritual seekers and that philanthropic activities, organizations, homes of service for the public good, and patriotic work were the Swami’s own peculiar ideas, the result of his Western education and travel […]

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Road to truth is through Sadhana

Sri Ramakrishna would often caution his devotees about the pitfalls in their attempts to understand the Truth. He would say that people are often blinded by limitations such as past samskaras, etc., and fail to perceive the Truth. To illustrate this idea he used to narrate a beautiful story. Once, a group of blind men […]

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Swami Ranganathananda

Sri Ramakrishna as Guru by Swami Ranganathananda

The Guru-power was manifested to its highest degree in Sri Ramakrishna. The Yoga-Sutras say: Sah ptirvesam api guruh, kalena anavacchedat, ‘God is the Guru of all ancient gurus, because He is not subject to time.’ To Sri Ramakrishna the word ‘guru’ applied in its fullest sense. Although he never had the consciousness of being a […]

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Be attentive and fix your mind on God

Sri Ramakrishna would often explain to the devotees, in his own simple and inevitable style, how to fix their mind on God. He would explain this in various ways using instances from daily life as illustrations. He was born in Kamarpukur, a village in rural Bengal. He had a keen power of observation. He would […]

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Pray to God for pure devotion

Sri Ramakrishna would often caution his devotees about the absence of purity of purpose in devotion. While devotion with a motive is not bad in itself, it will not take one far in the path of spiritual journey. In this connection he used to narrate an interesting story. A man used to call himself a […]

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Swami Nikhilananda

Sri Ramakrishna and India By Swami Nikhilananda

[From the speech delivered at the celebration of Sri Ramakrishna's Birthday, New Delhi, 20 March 1949, published in the Prabuddha Bharata, May 1949.] Romain Rolland has described Sri Ramakrishna as the fulfilment of the spiritual aspirations of two hundred millions of Hindus for the past two thousand years. He has said, further, that Sri Ramakrishna, […]

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Vairagya helps in spiritual life

Sri Ramakrishna would say that to progress in spiritual life one should be constantly alert and ever willing to learn. If one is keen and humble, it is possible to learn from ever so many teachers. To illustrate the idea he would narrate incidents from the life of a proverbial Avadhuta who is supposed to […]

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