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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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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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