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The Message of Sri Ramakrishna

A jnani cannot injure any body. He becomes like a child. The anger and egotism of a jnani are mere appearances; they are not real.
"There are two types of paramahamsas: the jnani and the premi. (Lover of God.) The jnani is self-centred; he feels that it is enough to have Knowledge for his own self. The premi, like Sukadeva, after attaining his own realization, teaches men. Some eat mangoes and wipe off the traces from their mouths; but some share their mangoes with others. Spades and baskets are needed to dig a well. After the digging is over, some throw the spades and baskets into the well. But others put them away; for a neighbour may use them. Sukadeva and a few others kept the spades and baskets for the benefit of others. (To Girish) You should do the same."
Excerpt from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Swami Nikhilananda Pub 1944) Vol 2: At the Star Theater(II): Sunday, December 14, 1884
"A frog had a rupee, which he kept in his hole. One day an elephant was going over the hole, and the frog, coming out in a fit of anger, raised his foot, as if to kick the elephant, and said, 'How dare you walk over my head?' Such is the pride that money begets!
Excerpt from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Swami Nikhilananda Pub 1944) Vol 1: The Master and Vijay Goswami: Thursday, December 14, 1882
"A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything."
"After installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering God ever burning."
As long as a man remains ignorant, that is to say, as long as he has not realized God, so long will he be born. But after attaining Knowledge, he will not have to come back to this earth or go to any other plane of existence.
from "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna"
"As long as you are a person with an ego of your own, cannot conceive, think of or perceive God other than as a person."
"At a certain stage in the path of devotion, the devotee finds satisfaction in God with form, and at another stage, in God without it."
"Be not a traitor in your thoughts. Be sincere; act according to your thoughts; and you shall surely succeed. Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard."
"Because of the screen of Maya that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one's heart."
"Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be."
"But you must remember, unless one is guileless and broad-minded, one cannot have such faith."
"Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house."
"Give up every thing to Him, resign yourself to Him and there will no trouble for you. Then you will come to know that every thing is done by His will."
"When the sword has been turned into gold, by the touch of Philosophers stone it continues, no doubt, to have the appearance of the sword, but it can do not harm to any. Our ego (Ahamkara), similarly, if made pure by realising god, can do no harm to any one."
"Egotism is like a cloud that keeps God hidden from our sight. If by the mercy of the Guru egotism vanishes god is seen in his full glory."
"Mukti can be attained only by him who has forgotten self."
"If one acquires the conviction that, everything is done by God's will then one becomes only an instrument in the hands of God, one is free even in this life. "Thou dost they work, O Lord, but people say 'I do it'."
"So long as these passions are directed towards the world and its objects they are enemies, but when they are directed towards the Deity they become the best friends of man, for they taken him to god. The desire for things worldly must be changed into longing for God; the anger which you feel towards your fellow creatures must be directed towards God, for not manifesting himself to you, and so on with all the other passions. The passions need not, and cannot be eradicated but they can be educated and turned into a different channel."
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