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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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Benares (Varanasi, India) -1922

Only an enlightened guru can guide

Devotees would often open their hearts before Sri Ramakrishna and plead their helplessness to get over their ajnana or ignorance. One of the most powerful tools for destroying ignorance that comes in the way of spiritual realization is the study and true comprehension of the message of the scriptures. But ordinary people, especially those who […]

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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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