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Call on God with faith and devotion

Devotees used to come to Sri Ramakrishna to unburden their minds. Quite often they would tell him that in spite of repeating God’s name so much, they are not progressing much in spiritual life. Sri Ramakrishna, who was endowed with a deep spiritual insight, would easily identify their shortcomings and advise them suitably. He would […]

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One can control the restless mind

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna and unburden to him the contradictory feelings arising in their minds. They would say that the mind constantly swung from one extreme to another, from good to bad, with apparently no control or restraint whatsoever. In fact, this is the exasperation which Arjuna expressed to Sri Krishna: “The […]

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Sri Ramakrishna at Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi

Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Celebrations – 20 Feb 2015

“Some pictures from the Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Celebrations at Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi on 20 Jan 2015. (Photos courtesy – Sudeb Sinha)” From Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Celebrations – 2015, posted by Ramakrishna Mission New Delhi on 2/22/2015 (16 items) Sri Ramakrishna Managalari of Sri Ramakrishna Singing and dancing to Sri Ramakrishna’s bhajans. Singing and dancing to […]

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Sadhana will help realize one’s truth

The Hindu scriptures, again and again, assert the true and supreme nature of humankind. Swami Vivekananda used to give a beautiful definition of the true nature of us. He said, “Each soul is potentially divine and the goal is to manifest this divinity and be free.” Yet, very few among mankind seem to experience this […]

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Guru is always an impartial observer

The devotees would often approach Sri Ramakrishna with their problems of life. They would complain about their inability to perceive the events of life in the right perspective. Sri Ramakrishna could clearly see that they were baffled and totally confused by the trials and tribulations which they faced in life. Being deeply involved and extremely […]

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Reconciling jnana and bhakti is easy

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna to discuss about spiritual matters. One of the topics often discussed was the difference between jnana and bhakti i.e. knowledge and devotion. Devotees would often find it extremely difficult to reconcile these two apparently divergent views of reality. Sri Ramakrishna had a unique way of reconciling both the […]

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Be a lamp unto yourself

Devotees would often visit Sri Ramakrishna to discuss about spiritual life. Sri Ramakrishna would take enormous pains to guide them and explain to them the intricacies of spiritual life. But he would always advise them that the ultimate knowledge comes from within. He used to illustrate this idea using a beautiful incident from daily life. […]

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Intense effort is needed for sadhana

Devotees would often come to Sri Ramakrishna wishing to learn and discuss about scriptures. Sri Ramakrishna would encourage them. But when these devotees complained about not progressing much in their spiritual lives, Sri Ramakrishna would clearly explain to them the reasons for their lack of progress. He would clearly draw a line of distinction between […]

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God alone is real

Different schools of philosophy have expressed different views about God and creation. While the schools owning allegiance to dwaita philosophy clearly perceive God and creation as separate and distinct entities, the schools of advaita treat the world as illusory and accept only Brahman or Unitary Consciousness as the reality. Philosophically, both schools strive their best […]

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Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineshwar

Sadhana requires focus and purpose

Many devotees would come to Sri Ramakrishna and openly confess to him that they are unable to progress in spiritual life because of their impure minds, etc. Sri Ramakrishna would advise them to be patient and hold on steadfastly to the methods of sadhana or spiritual striving advised by their preceptors or gurus. He would […]

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