We are always after truth, but never want to get it. We simply want the pleasure to go about and ask.
p.439, CW. Vol.1, 'Krishna' - lecture delivered by Swamiji in California on 1 April, 1900.
The best way to forget the past is not to think of those events again. Better think of Mother if you are to think anything. That way by her grace one may become lost in her thought entirely.
We all struggle ... If we cannot reach the Absolute, we will get somewhere, and it will be better that we are now.
p.233, C.W Vol.4, 'Meditation' Lecture delivered by Swamiji at the Washington Hall, San Francisco on 3 April, 1900.
A true devotee feels that way, for God is his dearest. Whom else should he feel offended or angry with? His claims are on God and none else. He loves none else but God. If he has to quarrel to anyone, he will quarrel with God. Don't give up God. Cling to him - with love or without it. If you have accepted Sri Ramakrishna with all your heart even for a while, you may want to give him up, but he will not give you up. Know this for certain.
p.62, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji's letter from Kankhal Ashrama on 3 April, 1912.
Work on this line at present. Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the Cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.
p.77-8, C.W. Vol.5, Swamiji's letter to Alasinga from U.S.A on 4 April, 1895.
Whatever path the lord has earmarked for you, follow it without any doubt. Your duty, my duty, and everyone's duty is to tread the path of God. There is no other duty.
p.177, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda from Belur Math on 4 April, 1917.
Nothing is gained except by sacrifice.
p.520, C.W, Vol.1, 'Practical Religion: Breathing and Meditation', Lecture delivered by Swamiji in San Francisco in 5 April, 1900.
Every one has the power to judge of good and evil, but he is the hero who undaunted by the waves of Samsara - which is full of errors, delusions, and miseries - with one hand wipes the tears, and with the other, unshaken, shows the path of deliverance.
p.127, C.W, Vol.5, Swamiji's letter to Smt. Sarala Ghosal, Editor of Bharati from Darjeeling on 6 April, 1897.
Call upon Sri Ramakrishna with all your heart. You will surely get peace of mind.
p.81, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji's letter from Almora on 7April, 1914.
Call upon the Master and take refuge in him. Our Master is living and is bound to respond if you pray to him earnestly. For the good of the many, God - the Universal Spirit - incarnated Himself in this age as Sri Ramakrishna. You have nothing to worry about, as you have come under the shelter of Sri Ramakrishna, the Incarnation of the age.
p.64, For Seekers of God, Swami Shivanandaji's words on 8 April, 1929 in Belur Math.
Go on dong your to the best of your ability and knowledge, and never mind the consequences. Leave them all at the feet of the Lord. He is the embodiment of goodness and will do nothing but good. If one sets his mind on God, need he fear going astray? He is the polestar of our life. He is the goal, he is the means, and he is the consequence.
p.45, Spiritual Treasures, Letters of Swami Turiyananda, Swami Turiyananda's letter to Swami Sharvananda (Tejnarayan) from Kankhal on 8 April, 1912.
Don't hurry too much. Go slow. This is a path in which your progress will be stalled if you are impatient. Everything depends on his grace. If he is gracious, then only will you find your mind always fixed on his feet.
p.161, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji's letter from Belur Math on
9 - April, 1919.
SWAMI BRAHMANANDA ATTAINED MAHASAMADHI ON 10 APRIL, 1922
Once in Belur Math, a young monk asked Brahmananda : "Maharj, does Sri Ramakrishna exist even now?" Maharaj answered: "I see you have lost your mind. Having renounced hearth and home, why are we leading such a life? He exists always. Pray to him day and night for his vision. He will dispel all your doubts and will make you understand his true nature."
"Do you see the Master nowadays?" "Yes," replied Maharaj, "I see him whenever he shows himself out of his mercy. Anyone who has his grace can see him. But how many people have that love and longing to see him?"
p.128, God Lived with Them.
Take up every one with sympathy, whether he believes in Shri Ramakrishna or not. If anybody comes to you for vain dispute, politely withdraw yourselves... You must express your sympathy with people of all sects. When these cardinal virtues will be manifested in you, then only you will be able to work with great energy. Otherwise, mere taking the name of the Guru will not do.
p.305, C.W. Vol.1, Swamiji's letter to Shashi (Swami Ramakrishnananda) from U.S.A on 11 April, 1895.
The mantra is one of the names of God. The name and that which is named are one and the same. There is no need of knowing the meaning. It is the name of God -repeat the name with this thought in mind.
p.295. Mahapurush Maharaj as We Saw Him, Mahapurush Maharaj's words to Swami Dharmeshananda in Belur Math on 11 April, 1932
Judge people not. They are all mad. Children are (mad) after their games, the young after the young, the old (are) chewing the cud of their past years; some are mad after gold. Why not some after God? Go crazy over the love of God as you go crazy over Johns and Janes. Who are they?
p.73, C.W. Vol.6, 'Divine Love' Swamiji's lecture delivered in San Francisco on 12 April, 1900.
BALARAM BASU PASSED AWAY ON 13 APRIL, 1890
Balaram Babu would save money from his household budget and use it to serve the monks. His relatives thought he was a miser. I never knew how rich he was! One day, seeing him lying on a narrow bed, I said: "Why don't you find yourself a larger bed? This one is too narrow for you." Do you know what he said? "This earthly body will one day return to the earth. Why should money be spent for my bed when it can be much better spent in service to holy people?" p.149, God Lived with Them, Swami Adbhutananda's reminiscences of Balaram Babu
The masses will always have the person, the higher ones the principle; we want both. But principles are universal, not persons. Therefore stick to the principles he taught, let people think whatever they like of his person... Truce to all quarrels and jealousies and bigotry! These will spoil everything.
p.362, C.W. Vol.6, Swamiji's letter to Sarada (Swami Trigunatitananda) from New York on 14 April, 1896.
Go on bravely. Do not expect success in a day or a year. Always hold on to the highest. Be steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country and you will move the world. Remember it is the person, the life, which is the secret of power - nothing else.
p.108, C.W. Vol.5, Swamiji's letter to Dr. Nanjunda Rao from New York on 14 April, 1896.
Very few people in this world are fortunate enough to get completely favourable conditions. Disease, grief, pain, and anxiety are constant companions in human life. Call on God in whatever circumstances you are; otherwise it is extremely difficult to make any progress in spiritual life.
p.70, Spiritual Treasures, Letter from Swami Turiyananda from Kankhal on 14 June, 1914.
Dull periods often come at first, and that is not bad. Because it brings in the heart of a true devotee the zeal for greater endeavours.
p.172, Mahapurush Maharaj as We Saw Him, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter to Swami Ranganathananda (Shankar) from Belur Math on 15 April, 1928.
If we can live in this world as witnesses, then we can enjoy fun and merriment, otherwise not. But it is extremely difficult to remain as witness in everything we do. We identify ourselves with our activities, and as a result experience happiness and misery. May the Divine Mother always keep us closer to her and not allow us to run away and get entangled in the meshes of maya.
p.213, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda to Bashiswar Sen from Varanasi on 15 April, 1920.
The Gerua robe is not for enjoyment. It is the banner of heroic work, not for enjoyment. You must give your body, mind, and speech to "the welfare of the world".
p.283, C.W. Vol.6, Swamiji's letter to Swami Akhandananda, April, 1894.
Slowly and gradually we are to train ourselves. It is no joke - not a question of a day, or years, or maybe of births. Never mind! The pull must go on. Knowingly, voluntarily, the pull must go on. Inch by inch we will gain ground. We will begin to feel and get real possessions, which no one can take, the wealth that nobody can destroy, the joy that no misery can heart any more...
p.249, C.W. Vol.4, 'The Practice of Religion', Lecture delivered by Swamiji at Alameda, California, on 18 April, 1900.
Be resigned to God. Nothing can be accomplished without His grace. Can man realize Him by spiritual practice alone? If He reveals Himself out of compassion, then alone can one realize Him, otherwise not. Who is competent to reach Him?
p.66, For Seekers of God, Swami Shivanandaji's words on 18 April, 1929 in Belur Math.
Doubts in the mind cannot be removed by correspondence or by studying books; one has to make an effort. One should follow the instructions of the scriptures and the guru; thus one develops faith, and from faith comes purity of heart. Only then are all doubts dispelled from the mind.
p.214, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda from Varanasi on 19 April, 1920.
If a devotee is in trouble, his trust in the Lord increases. It does not diminish. The Lord pushes him into an adverse situation so that he may have more love and faith in the Lord.
p.224, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji's letter from Bhuvaneshwar Math on 20 April, 1923.
A single utterance of the Lord's name is as effective as a million repetitions of it, if you do it with a steady, concentrated mind. What is the use of repeating a million times with an absent mind? You must do this wholeheartedly. Then only can you deserve His grace.
p.14, Spiritual Talks, Holy Mother's words at Koalpara on 20 April, 1919.
Study the Ramakrishna literature well. You will then be able to serve him well.
p.150, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji's letter from Belur Math on
21 - April 1919.
By all means one should continue one's sadhana; superficial tasting does not work. Momentary zeal does not bring success - try to make it permanent.
p.216, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda from Varanasi on 24 April, 1920
In a way it is good if you have problems in the world, for the more problems you have, the more you will think of the Lord. Again, the more you think of the Lord, the closer he will draw you towards himself by removing all your obstacles. Know this for certain. The problems you face are only incentives to love God. This is how devotees progress towards God.
p.65, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda's letter from Ramakrishna Adviat Ashrama, Benaras on 23 April, 1913
SWAMI ADBHUTANANDA ATTAINED MAHASAMADHI ON 24 APRIL, 1920
Toward the end of Latu Maharaj's life, a devotee asked him, " Do you feel now that the world is a burden?" He answered: "Look, when you dive deep into the Ganges, though there are thousands of pounds of water above you, you don't feel that weight. Similarly, if you plunge into God's creation yet still hold onto Him, you will not feel its burden. Then the world becomes a place of merriment.
p.436, God Lived with Them.
SWAMI VIJNANANANDA ATTAINED MAHASAMADHI ON 25 APRIL, 1938
A monk asked the Swami, "Do you see the Master even now?" Pointing to the picture of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vijnanananda replied: "The Master is there. He is always near me. Of course I see him, whenever it is necessary. He is guiding me." p.621, God Lived with Them.
One should not think oneself worthless. Know that you are protected by God and that he is your very own - only then will you make progress.
p.46, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda to Swami Nirupamananda (Sridhar) from Kankhal on 25 April, 1912.
Never show temper, or harbour jealousy, or backbite another in secret. It would be the height of cruelty and hard-heartedness to take note of others' shortcomings instead of rectifying one's own.
p.495, C.W. Vol.7, Swamiji's letter to the members of Alambazar Math from Reading on 27 April, 1896.
Go on practicing hard. At first spiritual practices appears to be drudgery - like learning the alphabet. By and by you will have peace...There is nothing to be worried about. Practise for two or three years. Then you will see for yourself.
p.30, Spiritual Talks, Swami Brahmananda's words at Belur Math on 30 April ,1913.
Wherever the Lord keeps you that will be for your good. He knows best. Leave everything to him and don't forget him - that is your duty. It is his responsibility where and in what condition to keep you and what he will make you do. For your part, just see that you may not forget him.
p.47, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda from Kankhal on 29 April, 1912.
It is not an easy thing to realize the unreality of the world. One cannot have that realization without the grace of God. Cry to Him and pray and you will have His grace. He is right inside. You will realize Him the moment He lifts the veil of ignorance. It is grace and grace alone that we need. There is no other way.
p.70, For seekers of God, Swami Shivanandaji's words on 30 April, 1929 in Belur Math.
Starting the Ramakrishna Mission
"Let this association be named after him in whose name, indeed, we have embraced the monastic life, with whom as your Ideal in life you all toil on the field of work from your station in family-life, within twenty years of whose passing away a wonderful diffusion of his holy name and extraordinary life has taken place both in the East and the West. We are the servants of the Lord. Be you all helpers in this cause."
(Talks, p.51, Swamiji in the meeting convened at Balaram Bose's house on 1st May, 1897)
"My child, I bless you from my heart that you live long, attain devotion, and enjoy peace. Peace is the principal thing. One needs peace alone"
(Holy Mother on 1st May 1912, p. 126, The Gospel of the Holy Mother)
"Well, so long as one has a body one must suffer, I never even ask him (Sri Ramakrishna) to do away with my troubles. But surely he can appear and comfort us in our sorrows"
(p.72, In the Company of the Holy Mother, Mother's instruction given on this date)
"The Master said he would come again, after a hundred years. For these hundred years he would remain in the hearts of those who loved him... One must never lose faith...Whoever seeks refuge with the Master finds everything. His renunciation was his glory...His was a complete renunciation"
(p.74-76, In the Company of the Holy Mother)
".the other is Swamiji's first night at Camp Taylor, May 2,1900. I close my eyes and see him standing there in the soft blackness with sparks from the blazing log fire flying through it and a day-old moon above. He was weary after a long lecture season, but relaxed and happy to be there. 'We end life in the forest,' he said, 'as we begin it, but with a world of experience between the two states.' Later after a short talk, when we were about to have the usual meditation, he said, 'You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall meditate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength.' The bliss and power and peace of the meditation that followed could never be described."
(p.369, Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda, Ida Andsell reminiscences about Swamiji)
"What is important is that you never stop trying to do Japam and meditation. You may feel sleepy or otherwise, it doesn't matter. Sri Ramakrishna is that Yogeshwara, Lord of Yoga. He is also the Yogaguru, the teacher of yoga. By his grace, all the obstacles in the path of your yoga will go. Not only that, you will even be able to immerse yourself in meditation and Japam. Never lose heart. Always be optimistic about your success...I sincerely pray that you may do better and better spiritually."
(p.272, Letter for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda in his letter dated 3rd May 1927)
"Why do you complain that you are unfit? You are the Lord's dear children. You may be unfit, and you may have many faults too. But you are under His care. Since you have found shelter under Him, you will in due course be free from all your shortcomings. Be sure of this. Always bear in mind that the purpose of life is to love Him."
(p.287, Letter for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda in his letter dated 3rd May 1932)
"Call on the Master with your whole being, and remain pure. The Master is the father, mother, husband, friend and everything...repeat mentally the mantra of the Master that you have received. You may study or you may do whatever you like, my child, but know it for certain that that the ultimate goal of life is to see God. Keep your eyes always tuned towards Him. The world is after all ephemeral: It lasts just for a few days. The only eternal reality is God. Live a pure life. Purity is the basis of a spiritual life."
(p.204, For Seekers of God, Swami Shivanandaji's instruction to a devotee on 4th May 1929)
"Above all, one needs to practise sadhana. Experience of Vedantic truths is the most important thing, and that depends on Sadhana. The study of the scriptures is only an indirect help."
(p.48, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda dated 5th May 1912 to Swami Yatiswarananda)
"When the cyclone blows, people become perturbed; but at that time one should try to be calm. Likewise, a storm also arises in the mind. At that time if one can hold onto the Lord firmly, the storm can do nothing. Take refuge in Him wholeheartedly. The storm is not eternal. Good thoughts will come again to the mind and you will experience peace. Never give up the Lord who is the embodiment of peace...Never deviate from the path of blessedness. At last all good will attend you." (p.179. Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda dated 5th May 1917) "I pray that your love and faith in the Lord may grow stronger and stronger every day and also that you may always be in good health...You have sacrificed yourselves to serve the Lord through others. The only thing you want in return is knowledge and devotion. Why should you worry? The Lord is looking after you. He is always with you"
(p.142,Letters for Spiritual Seekers, in a letter dated 6-5-1918)
"The Lord is always present in the heart; we must keep our attention on Him. God is the Soul of our souls, the Life of our lives; it is through His grace that we are alive and functioning in this world. Therefore He is truly the first object of our love.
Without knowing this, we undergo endless suffering. When we realize this fact, all of our troubles cease to exist. May the Master always keep this awareness awake in your heart. Then your life will be blessed."
(p.147, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter dated 6th May1916)
"Be very meditative, my dearest. Do not lose your time (and) energy. Live well; prove your life well. Behave yourself most spiritually. Life is short. Now or never. Try to make best use of me - your dear friend. Don't lose opportunity."
(p.181, Swami Trigunatita: His life and works, Swami Trigunatita in a letter dated 6th May 1903 written to Ujjwala)
"... I sincerely pray that you may have devotion, faith and love of God. If I have offered someone at the feet of the Lord, it is my habit to pray that he or she may have love, devotion, and faith. Know this for certain. .. When you pray to Him, pray like a small girl. Pray for love, purity, faith and devotion. He is the embodiment of kindness, love and purity. He loves his devotee. He assumes a human body for the sake of his devotees. Rest assured that you enjoy his love very much" (p.230,
Letters For Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda's letter dated 7 May 1925)
"... all that can be said in religion can be counted on a few fingers. That does not matter; it is the man that results that grows out of it. You take a lump of mist in your hand, and gradually, gradually, it develops into a man. Salvation is nothing in itself, it is only a motive. All those things are nothing, except as motives. It is the man they form, that is everything....After all, this world is a series of pictures, and man-making is the great interest running through. We were all watching the making of men, and that alone."
(p.272, Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji told this to Nivedita on 8 May 1899)
SWAMI NIRANAJANANANDA ATTAINS MAHASAMADHI (09-05-1904)
"He (Niranjan) made no mention of the approaching end, but was like a tearful child clinging to its mother. He insisted that the Holy Mother do everything for him, even feed him, and he wanted only what she had made ready for his meal. When the time came for him to leave her, reluctantly he threw himself at her feet, weeping tears of tender sadness; then silently he went away, knowing that he would never see her again."
(p.166, Apostles of Ramakrishna, A devotee describes his last meeting with Holy Mother.)
Swami Niranjanananda wished to complete the journey of his life alone. Towards the end, he was stricken with cholera. Like a hero he took shelter on the bank of the Ganges and surrendered himself to God. When his attendant offered to serve him, Niranjanananda declined. When the attendant nevertheless insisted, he said, "Don't you want me to die in peace?" Then the attendant reluctantly departed. Swami Niranajanananda, a heroic monk of Sri Ramakrishna, passed away in samadhi on 9 May 1904.
Sri Ramakrishna used to tell of Niranjan: "...Look at Niranjan. He always keeps his accounts clear. He will be able to go whenever he hears the call."
(p.260, God lived with Them)
"Bear it in mind that neither talking, nor learning, nor study, will lead you to realization. You will have to practice and live what you hear and learn. But that is not possible without Brahmacharya and Sadhana....Human birth is a rare privilege. Getting it, if you do not strive after God, you are surely very unfortunate. Your human birth will be in vain....However much you read or hear, nothing will leave a more profound impression on your mind and benefit you so greatly and practically as the company of the holy men. You learn just by watching their daily life...You must also observe their life in detail and model yours by what you see in them."
(p.186-190, Eternal Companion, Swami Brahmananda's instruction to a disciple.)
"The omniscient Lord makes everything favorable for one who has resolved to sacrifice his life for God...The main thing is to have intense longing to attain God, and to engage oneself wholeheartedly in that task. Then success will come automatically...Surrender yourself to the Lord. He will make you do what is good for you. Don't be impatient. He will show you the way. Wherever you are, if you hold onto God, there is nothing to fear...Offer your past, present, and future to Him. Do not plan for yourself. You will see, He will arrange everything for you."
(p.216-7, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter to Swami Sadananda Dt.
10 May 1920) "The more you are able to fill your heart with thoughts of the Lord, the more worldly thoughts and worries will move away. You will not have to make any extra effort to drive them away. One should cultivate the recollectedness of God in one's heart with love and care constantly over a long period; only then will it become permanent. It is necessary that one should always be prayerful. If one supplicates his inner feelings to the Lord again and again, the Lord listens to him. ...One should pray to Him for love, faith and devotion. These are rare things, and once you have them you lack nothing. Then the heart becomes full of bliss, and under all circumstances one experiences perfect peace. One should wait at the door of the Lord with patience, then everything turns out all right. He makes everything favorable. Be at rest surrendering yourself completely to God. There is no higher blessedness than this."
(p.180, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter dated 11 May 1917)
".But, my brother, our ideal of life is to hide, to suppress, and to deny. We are to give up and not to take....The Sannyasin must not have self defence.. " Living in a room covered with black soot - however careful you may be - some spots must stick to your clothes." So, however one may try to be good and holy, so long he is in the world, some part of his nature must gravitate downwards. The way to god is the opposite to that of the world. And to few, very few, are given to have God and mammon at the same time."
(p.466-7., Letters of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated May 1894 to Prof Wright.)
"The eternal, the infinite, the omnipresent, the omniscient is a principle, not a person. You, I , and everyone are but embodiments of that principle, and more of this infinite principle is embodied in a person, the greater is he, and all in the end will be the perfect embodiment of that and thus all will be one as they are now essentially. This is all there is of religion, and the practice is through this feeling of oneness that is love. All old fogy forms are mere old superstitions."
(p.498-9, Letters of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated May 1896 written to Mary Hale)
"The Master is certainly holding us by the hand; otherwise who knows where and when we would have fallen? One should therefore earnestly pray : " Lord, may you hold our hand! Weak as we are, we are in danger of having lapses at every step, but we shall be safe if you hold us by the hand." He is the life of our life dwelling within. Sincere prayer will certainly bring response from him."
( p.74, For Seekers of God- Spiritual Talks of Swami Shivananda, Swami Shivanandaji's instruction to devotees on 13 May 1929) "... No body here understands "my beloved". Religion to these people is reason, and horribly stony at that. I do not care for anybody who cannot love my "Beloved"....they (referring to some) never were much of religious men - i.e. they only wanted to talk and reason, and did not struggle to see the Beloved; and until one does that I do not say that he has any religion. He may have books, forms, doctrines, words, reasons, etc., etc., but not religion; for that begins when the soul feels the necessity, the want, the yearning after the "Beloved", and never before."
(p.22, Letters of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji in a letter dt. 14th May 1894 written to Mrs. G W Hale)
"The Lord is your helper. Don't worry. All troubles will pass away. Be firm and devoted to the Master - there is nothing to be afraid of."
(p.63-4, Spiritual Treasures, Letter of Swami Turiyananda dated 14th May 1913 to Swami Yatiswarananda)
"These blows must come upon us all. They are in the nature of things, yet they are so hard to bear. The force of association makes out of this unreal world a reality; and the longer the company, the more real seems the shadow. But the day comes when the unreal goes to the unreal, and ah, how sad to bear. Yet, that which is real, the Soul, is ever with us, omnipresent. Blessed is the person who has seen the real in this world of vanishing shadows."
(p. 184, Letters of Swami Vivekananda. Swamiji in a letter to Mme. Emma Calve on 15th May 1902)
"This is the world my brother - this illusion of Maya- the Lord alone is true. The forms are evanescent; but the spirit, being in the Lord and of the Lord, is immortal and omnipresent. All that we ever had are round us this minute, for the spirit can neither come nor go, it only changes its plane of manifestation."
(p.500, Letters of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji in a letter to Prof. John Henry Wright on 16th May 1896) "Try to do everything in His name and dedicate to Him whatever work you do. Get up early every morning, spend some time in meditation and pray to Sri Guru Maharaj to enable you to do all the work in the course of the day in a detached way. In the night also, before you retire, meditate upon God and dedicate to Him all that you did in the course of the day"
(p.204-5, Mahapurush Maharaj As We Saw Him, Extracts from the diary of Prince Ravi Varma as on 16th May 1924) "Religion did not consist of pamphlets or books; it consisted of looking into the human heart, and finding there the truths of God and immortality. To be a prophet was all there was of religion....a man who is truly religious rises above the petty quarrels of sects or creed. If a man believes that he is a spirit, a soul, and not a body, then he is said to have religion and not till then."
(P. 491-2, Complete works of Swami Vivekananda V-2,Swamiji's two lectures delivered on May 17 1894)
"Those who are pure always in body, mind and speech, who have strong devotion, who discriminate between the real and the unreal, who persevere in meditation and contemplation - upon them alone the grace of the Lord descends...He on whom His grace descends, in a moment goes beyond all law. For this reason there is no condition in grace. It is as His play or sport. All this creation of the universe is like His play....Only get your mind cling to Him as far as you can. For then only the great magic of this world will break of itself....By self exertion will come true reliance on Him, and that is the goal of human achievement."
(p.58-9, Talks With Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's conversation with Saratchandra Chakravarthy in May 1897)
"Yearning is necessary, but it can not be artificially created. Tenacity is what is required. If a man's restlessness results from sincere love for God, he cannot have a Godless life, even if he fails to realize Him. Millions of births may pass without attaining Him, yet he will persist in calling upon Him steadily and quite unmoved."
(p.172, Eternal Companion, Swami Brahmananda's instruction to a devotee) "We all live in a world of love, and Sri Ramakrishna is presiding over this world. He wanted all of us to be together, and this is why we, his followers, are here. He attracted us by his pure, divine love. He brought this love down to earth, and it is because of this love that we have come together. And our number will keep growing by virtue of this love."
(p.239, Letters For Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda's letter dated 19 May 1925)
"The secret is God's grace. Only His grace can give you liberation. However much you struggle, you will not realize God unless He Himself, by His own grace, grants you your prayers. He owes no obligation to anybody. But that is no guarantee that He will grant you your prayers. But it is a different matter if, as a token of His favour
to you, He makes you embark on spiritual practices. The Lord will flood your heart with His grace.
(p.163-4, Letters For Spiritual Seekers, in a letter dated 20-5-1920)
"...give my greetings to everybody and tell them that though I am not physically present there, yet my spirit is where the name of our Lord is sung. because you see, the Atman is omnipresent."
(p.403, Vol.8, Complete works of swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter to swami Brahmananda dt. 20th May 1897)
"... Duty has no end, and the world is extremely selfish. Be of good cheer. 'Never a worker of good came to grief'."
(p.415, Vol.6, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter to Nivedita dt. 20th May 1898)
"Even while engaged in great activities you make time to talk about God, and you devote your leisure hours to his contemplation. All time belongs to the Lord - what to speak of noon and evening? One's entire life belongs to Him. Besides, one should have faith that if one takes refuge in God wholeheartedly even for a moment, one's life will be pure and blessed and all imperfections will disappear."
(p.149, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter to Bihari babu dt. 20 May 1916)
"Days pass through happiness and misery, good and bad. But if the day goes by without worshipping God, it is a great waste...Surrendering yourself to God, try to be at rest. He is doing everything. Man is deluded and thinks he is the doer; consequently he becomes bound...It is common to have ups and downs in the mind...But he who continues his spiritual practices under both good and bad conditions and does not neglect his sadhana, gradually his mental fluctuations go away and one blissful current flows in his mind. Then the mind is constantly engaged in the recollectedness of God, and joy and sorrow cannot perturb him anymore. He continues his sadhana under all circumstances and experiences great joy within. By God's grace, when a person attains this state, he becomes blessed."
(p.151-2, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter dated 21 May 1916)
"Often and often, we see that the very best of men even are troubled and visited with tribulations in this world; it may inexplicable; but it is also the experience of my life that the heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of goodness and love; and so long as we do not reach that basis, we are troubled; but having once reached that zone of calmness, let winds howl and tempests rage. The house which is built on a rock of ages cannot shake...May the blows that you have received draw you closer to that Being who is the only one to be loved here and hereafter, so that you may realize Him in everything past, present, and future, and find everything present or lost in Him and Him alone. Amen"
(p.296-7, Vol.8, Complete works of swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter written to Haridas Viharidas Desai dt. 22nd May 1893)
"Don't be too impatient. By His grace, the mind will slowly merge at His feet. The old habits of the mind will slowly die out, and you will always feel pure joy in the mind. Everything depends on the Lord's grace. Always pray for His grace. There is no other way. May the Lord bestow His grace on you!"
(p.174, Letters For Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivananda's letter dt.22nd May 1921)
"The 23rd of May, 1909, is a red letter day in the annals of the premises No.1, Udbodhan Lane, Baghbazar, Calcutta; for on that day the Holy Mother set her sacred foot there....The Mother was overjoyed to see the house and blessed Swami Saradananda heartily."
(p.230, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi)
".Because it is during these moments of visitations when the heart is wrung by hands which never stop for the father's cries or the mother's wail, when under the load of sorrow, dejection, and despair the world seems to be cut off from under our feet, and when the whole horizon seems to be nothing but an impenetrable sheet of misery and utter despair - that the internal eyes open, light flashes all of a sudden, the dream vanishes, and intuitively we come face with the grandest mystery in nature - Existence."
(p.344, V-354, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji wrote this to D R Balaji Rao on 23rd May 1893)
"One cannot completely get rid of the six passions: lust, anger, greed, and the like. Therefore one should direct them to God. If you must have desire and greed, then you should desire love of God and be greedy to attain Him. If you must be conceited and egoistic, then feel conceited and egoistic thinking that you are the servant of God, the child of God. A man cannot see God unless he gives his whole mind to Him....God can be seen. By practicing spiritual discipline one sees God, through His grace."
(p.428, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Master's advice to an actor on May 24, 1884)
"Always resign yourself to the Lord. Always remember that we are but puppets in the Lord's hands. Remain pure always. Please be careful not to become impure even in thought, as also in speech and action; always try to do good to others as far as in you lies." (p.246, V-6, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated 24 May 1893 written to Smt Indumati Mitra)
"Do your worldly duties with a part of your mind and direct most of it to God. A sadhu should think of God with three quarters of his mind and with one quarter should do his other duties. He should be very alert about spiritual things. The snake is very sensitive in its tail. Its whole body reacts when it is hurt there. Similarly, the whole life of a sadhu is affected when his spirituality is touched."
(p.440, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Dt. 25 May 1884)
"A monk must be beyond all attachments. Golden chains are as much of a bond as iron chains. A monk must have no attachments"
(p.61, In the Company of the Holy Mother)
A Brahmo Devotee : How can one realize God?
Sri Ramakrishna : "By directing your love to Him and constantly realizing that God alone is real and the world illusory."
(p.220, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
"...Our yellow garb is the robe of death on the field of battle. Death for the cause is our goal, not success....Black and thick are the folds of sinister fate. But I am the master. I raise my hand, and lo, they vanish! All this is nonsense. And fear? I am the Fear of fear, the Terror of terror, I am the fearless secondless One, I am the ruler of destiny, the Wiper-out of fact."
(p.522, V.8, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated 26th May 1900 Written to Nivedita)
"Pulling you free from worldly tribulations the Lord has placed you at His holy feet. Is this not a rare fortune...This is the time for such practices. One must do them at a young age. And you shall do so, of course."
(Holy Mother to Sw. Shantananda, p.218, The Gospel of the Holy Mother)
"If people feel sincere longing, they will find that all paths lead to God. But one should have nishtha, single-minded devotion. It is also described as chaste and unswerving devotion to God...The devotion of the wife to her husband is also an instance of unswerving love. She feeds her brothers-in-law as well, and looks after their comforts, but she has a special relationship with her husband. Likewise, one may have that single-minded devotion to one's own religion; but one should not on
(p.222-3, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Master's advice on May 27 1883)
"Nothing please me so much as to know that you are treading on and on in the path of religion you have once begun and that you are following your Ideal as best as you can. May Mother bless you all and keep you close to Her embrace."
(p.246, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter dated 27th May 1903)
"Great things can be done by great sacrifices only. No selfishness, no name, no fame, yours or mine, nor my Master's even! Work, work the idea, the plan, my boys, my brave, noble, good souls - to the wheel, to the wheel put your shoulders! Stop not to look for name, or fame, or any such nonsense. Throw self overboard and work...The Lord's blessings on you all - as I believe it is already...Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury. The spirit, my boys, the spirit; the love, my children, the love; the faith, the belief; and fear not! The greatest sin is fear."
(p.34-5, V.5, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated 28th May 1894 written to Alasinga)
"Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the sphere! Let the whole world stand against us! Death means only a change of garment. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards...Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune. You have cried to all the gods in the world. Has misery ceased? The masses in India cry to sixty million gods, and still die like dogs. Where are these gods? The gods come too help only when you have succeeded. So what is the use? Die game...This bending the knee to superstitions, this selling yourself to your own mind does not befit you, my soul. You are infinite, deathless, birth less. Because you are infinite spirit, it does not befit you to be a slave.Arise! Awake!
Stand up and fight! Die if you must. There is none to help you. You are all the world. Who can help you?"
(p.461, V-1, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's lecture on 'The Gita II', delivered in San Francisco, on May 28, 1900)
"Have you realized that you are the spirit? When you say, "I do," what is meant by that - this lump of flesh called the body or the spirit, the infinite, ever blessed, effulgent, immortal? You may be the greatest philosopher, but as long as you have the idea that you are the body, you are no better than the little worm crawling under your foot! No excuse for you! So much the worse for you that you know all the philosophies and at the same time think you are the body! Body - gods, that is what you are! Is that religion? Religion is the realization of the spirit as spirit. What are we doing now? Just the opposite, realizing spirit as matter."
(p.468-9, V-1, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's lecture on 'The Gita III', delivered in San Francisco, on May 29, 1900)
"Another truth I have realized is that the altruistic service only is religion, the rest, such as ceremonial observances, are madness - even it is wrong to hanker after one's own salvation. Liberation is only for him who gives up everything for others, whereas others who tax their brains day and night harping on "my salvation", "my salvation", wander about with their true well-being ruined, both present and prospective; and this I have seen many a time with my own eyes."
(p.395, V-6, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter to Pramadadas Mitra dated 30th May1897)
"She (Rani Rasmani) had the installation of the Divine Mother performed with great pomp in this new temple on Thursday, May 31 A.D. 1855, the day of the Snanayatra. It is said that on that occasion the temple was continuously filled day and night with the noise and bustle of feast and festivities... There flowed a current of bliss in the temple on that day on account of the performance of the Yatra, the singing of the glory of Kali, the reading of the Bhagavata and of the Ramayana, and so on. There was no cessation of that current of bliss even during the night. The Master used to say, 'Going around the temple, one felt that the Rani had brought the silver mountain and placed it there.'
(p.138, Sri Ramakrishna The Great Master Vol.1)
"Thinking"I am body," I become identified with the body. Then why should I not be the atman if I think" I am the Atman, I am the Atman'? The cause of our suffering is the acceptance of untruth as truth. If we could know the truth as truth, then all of our misery would go away and happiness would come to us. To experience the Truth, one needs long practice with infinite patience. Patience and renunciation are the main supports. If one has steadfast devotion, everything becomes easy by God's grace."
(p.218, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyananda's letter to Sw. Atulananda dated 31 May 1920)
"You must first purify your mind by keeping company with holy men and devotees and receiving instructions from your Guru. Next you must undertake hard spiritual discipline. Only then will you feel a yearning for God."
p.42, Spiritual Talks, Swami Brahmanandaji's instruction to a devotee at Belur Math on this date.
There is no condition for meditation. All that it requires is solitude. It must be practised not for an hour or for a day. The more you practice, the more benefited you will be. Go wherever you choose. If you find a place with good scenery, immediately sit for meditation. Seek Him and Him alone. Give up lust and greed. First practice renunciation I the mind, drawing away the mind from earthly things. p.209, Eternal Companion, Swami Brahmanandaji's instruction on 1June, 1913.
The grace of the Lord is always there; it is never absent. When the mind is purified, one experiences and tastes fully that divine grace. Self-knowledge is ever existent; it has no past or future.
p.152-3, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter to Swami Prajnananda on 1 June, 1916 from Almora.
Sri Ramakrishna had been invited to visit the homes of his devotees Balaram, Adhar, and Ram in Calcutta. Devotional music had been arranged by Adhar and Ram. The Mater was accompanied in the carriage by Rakhal, M. and others. As they drove along, Sri Ramakrishna said to the devotees :" You see, sin flies away when love of God flows in a man's heart, even as the water of the reservoir dug in a meadow dries up under the heat of the sun. But one cannot love God if one feels attracted to worldly things.
p. Saturday, June 2, 1883, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
"...If Mother wishes, in a moment she can dissolve everything and create everything anew. She not only can - she has done it and is still doing it...This is not the fancy of a madman; this is the truth. Everything belongs to God. He is the ocean of mercy and beyond aa 'whys.' He is the wish fulfilling tree and our past, present, and future. Why should we accept anything but him as ours?...Let us pray : May our minds be fully absorbed in God. If we forget Him, may He not forget us. May He endow us with discrimination and dispassion."
p.93-4, Spiritual Treasures,Swami Turiyananda's letter dated 3rd June 1915
M. PASSED AWAY ON 4 JUNE, 1932
On June 4 , 1932, M. left his body in full consciousness. He breathed his last saying this prayer, 'Mother - Gurudeva - take me up in thy arms.'
p.206, They lived with God.
YOGIN-MA PASSED AWAY ON 4 JUNE, 1924
On Wednesday, June 4, 1924, at 10:25 P.M., when all the activities of the monastery were over, Yogin-ma passed away at Udbodhan house, next to the room where Holy Mother had lived. Swami Saradananda sat near her head at the time of her death and repeated Sri Ramakrishna's name, while a monk recited from the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Yogin-ma's body was then cremated on the bank of the Ganga according to the Hindu custom, with the chanting of Vedic mantras. p.154, They lived with God.
A devotee: "Sir, where shall I meditate on God when I perform my daily worship?" Master: "Why, the heart is a splendid place. Meditate on God there." p.?, Monday, June 4, 1883, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
"You will succeed through practice. Don't give up your practice of Japa, even if your mind doesn't become steady. Do your spiritual practice ardently. Repeating his name will make your mind steadfast like the flame of a lamp protected from wind." p.219, The Gospel of Holy Mother, Mother's instruction to a disciple at Koalpara on 4 June, 1919.
The new-moon night of 5th June, 1872, was the auspicious time for the worship of Kali in her aspect as Phalaharini (destroyer of the effects of past deeds). In Sri Ramakrishna's mind grew the desire of worshipping that night the Mother of the Universe as Shodashi...The Master had asked the Mother to be present at the worship. She entered the room and looked on intently as the worship proceeded...The Master beckoned the Mother to the decorated seat and worshipped her duly with the usual sixteen kinds of offering. He then offered himself to the Deity; and then laying himself, the fruits of all his disciplines, and his rosary at the feet of the Goddess, he uttered the salutation. p.49-50, Holy Mother Sarada Devi.
If you want to be a Sannyasin, you must give up altogether the habit of planning for your self. You must depend on Him fully; you must completely surrender yourself to Him. It will not do to keep anything at your own disposal. Body, mind, heart, soul -everything should be given away to Him - to be done with, as He likes. If the body needs looking after, he will do it. p.316, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda
The first great thing to accomplish is to establish a character...Do not fret because the world looks with suspicion at every new attempt, even though it be in the path of spirituality...Religion is its own end. That religion which is only a means to worldly well being is not religion, whatever else it may be;...Truth, purity, and unselfishness - wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the Sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition. Above all beware of compromises...You have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to other' "fads" through the greed of getting supporters. Your Atman is the support of the universe - whose support do you stand in need of? Wait with patience and love and strength; if helpers are not ready now, they will come in time.
p.278-9, V.4, "On Professor Max Muller", Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji writes in an article written to Brahmavadin on 6 June 1896
There is no refuge other than God, because he alone is true and eternal. Everything else is impermanent - it exists this moment and disappears the next. It is therefore meaningless to depend on impermanent objects; furthermore, this inevitably causes misery.
p.153-4, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter on 7 June, 1916 from Almora.
My ideal can be out into a few words and that is : to preach unto mankind their
divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life____ Bold words and
bolder deeds are what we want. Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep? Let us call and call till the sleeping gods awake, till the god within answers to the call. What more is in life? What greater work? The details come to me as I go. I never make plans. Plans grow and work themselves. I only say, awake, awake!
p.501, V.7, Complete Work so f Swami Vivekananda,, Swamiji's letter to Miss Noble (Sister Nivedita) from London on 7 June,1896
A devotee: Mother , I cannot concentrate my mind in meditation at all.
Mother: It does not matter much. It will be enough if you look at the picture of the Master.
p.164, The Gospel of the Holy Mother, Mother's instruction to a devotee on 8th June, 1913 at Jairambati in Her Old House.
Call on Sri Ramakrishna with all your heart. He is your soul, your Spirit. He is the life of your life. Treat him as your nearest and dearest. That will give you real peace of mind. Our Lord is very kind, full of love.
p.246, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter on 8 June, 1926.
Pray to God with your whole heart. Say with great sincerity, 'Oh Lord, remove my narrowness.' If you call on him with your whole heart, he will remove all your imperfections. And read the descriptions in the Gita of the glories of God. They can be found in the ninth and tenth chapters; read these two chapters. But if you simply read them, nothing will be gained. You must meditate on them. Then only will you assimilate them.
Try to have the company of that Sat, or Eternal Existence (Brahman) who is within you. One should pray deeply and sincerely from one's heart. Always be prayerful. The lord will protect you. Have no fear. At present do your duty perfectly; again, when the Lord puts you to some other work, heartily submit to his will. Practice seeing God's will and power in all actions. By doing so you will be free from all worries.
p.48-49, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter to Swami Nirupamananda on 10 June, 1912 from Kankhal
The whole world will some day go to pieces, but the Lord will always remain the same - not only he, but also his devotees. Know this for certain. Their gross bodies will perish, but they will continue in their subtle forms. In other words, they do not care for nirvana.
p.164,Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter on 10 June, 1920.
Satya Yuga has begun since the birth of the Master. Many luminaries have accompanied him. Jewels among men come along with the Incarnation for the sake of His mission.
p.167, The Gospel of the Holy Mother, Jayrambati, 11 June,1913.
One should learn how to be united with God; and through practice, when it becomes one's second nature, one attains the goal. Then one perceives the presence of the Lord within and without, and consequently the changing circumstances of the world cannot perturb one anymore. It is not that disturbing elements do not arise, they do; but they come and go away without having any effect.
p.154-5, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter to Swami Prajnananda on 12 June, 1916 from Almora.
If one takes shelter with God and prays to Him with great longing, God will surely listen; He will certainly make everything favourable. p.793, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
If you want to preach, you must also give something. Preaching is not merely lecturing to a class or explaining a book. You have to give them something. Therefore you must accumulate spiritually beforehand... And never pride yourself on your having gained control over the passions. If you do, they will at once raise their heads. Ever pray to him, 'O lord, save me from them.' p.92, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda.
Every day the body is moving slowly towards destruction - none can stop it. But he
mind continues eternally. Body after body will come and go, but the mind will persist
and take up bodies again and again until one attains complete illumination.
Therefore, the main task is to make an effort to purify the mind.
p70-71, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter on 14 June, 1914 from
The sum and substance of the whole matter is that a man must love God, must be restless for him. It doesn't matter whether you believe that god incarnates Himself as man. But you will realize Him if you have that yearning. Then He Himself will let you know what He is like. If you must be mad, why should you be mad for the things of the world? If you must be mad, be mad for God alone. p.449, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
Lay the burden of your mind before Sri Ramakrishna. Tell him your sorrows with your tears. You will find that He will fill up your arms with the desired objects. p.11, The Gospel of the Holy Mother, Her advice to some devotees on 15 June, 1912 at Udbodhan.
Work, work, work - I care for nothing else. Work, work, work, even unto death! Those that are weak must make themselves great workers, great heroes - never mind money, it will drop from the heavens. If in the attempt to carry morsels of food to starving mouths, name and possession and all be doomed even - thrice blessed art thou! It is the heart, the heart that conquers, not the brain. Books and learning, Yoga and meditation and illumination - all are but dust compared with love. It is love that gives you the supernatural powers, love that gives you Bhakti, love that gives illumination, and love , again, that leads to emancipation. This indeed is worship, worship of the Lord in the human tabernacle....This is but the beginning, and unless we spread over the whole of India, nay, the whole earth, in that way, where lies the greatness of our Lord!
p.400-1, V.6, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter dated 15 June, 1897 from Almora to Swami Akhandananda.
It is not good merely working. Work is drudgery if there is no spiritual feeling behind it.
p.93, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda.
An important and yet easy way of concentrating the mind is this: Sit before Sri Ramakrishna's picture, keep your eyes fixed on him, and start repeating his name. While you do so, have the firm belief that Sri Ramakrishna is looking at you, that he is listening to you repeating his name, and that the only purpose of his sitting there is to help you. Do this and you will see your mind becoming calm. You will find your trust in him growing, and you will also have peace of mind.
p.196, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Belur Math on
16 - June,1922.
A little casual reading of the scriptures and a little meditation are not enough to realize the Lord. You must yearn to see Him. The heart must pant and pine for Him....If there is sincere longing for God, everything becomes favourable. p.93-4, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda
Love of God is the one essential thing. A true lover of God has nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. He is aware that the Divine Mother knows everything. The cat handles the mouse one way, but its own kitten a very different way. p.252, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God. p.255, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
The guru is realized as the Chosen Deity; in other words, the Chosen Deity is perceived in the guru. As power, both are the same - this becomes revealed to one through spiritual disciplines.
p.199, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter on 18 June, 1919 from Varanasi.
The mind naturally dwells on one's daily activities. If you don't succeed in meditation, practise Japa. Japa leads to perfection. One attains perfection through Japa.
p.213, The Gospel of the Holy Mother, Mother's instruction on 19 June, 1912 to a disciple at Udbodhan.
Good is near Truth, but is not yet Truth. After learning not to be disturbed by evil, we have to learn not to be made happy by good. We must find that we are beyond both evil and good; we must study their adjustment and see that they are both necessary.. Really good and evil are one and are in our own mind. When the mind is self-poised, neither good nor bad affects it. Be perfectly free; then neither can affect it, and we enjoy freedom and bliss. Evil is the iron chain, good is the gold one; both are chains. Be free, and know once for all that there is no chain for you. Lay hold of the golden chain to loosen the hold of the iron one, then throw both away.. In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions, and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.. The lord is the only Giver. All the men in the world are only shopkeepers. get his cheque, and it must be honoured everywhere. p.3-5, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks
The devotees who come here may be divided into two groups. One group says, 'O God, give me liberation.' Another group, belonging to the inner circle, doesn't talk that way. They are satisfied if they can know two things: first, who I am; second, who they are and what their relationship to me is. p.459, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
The impossible becomes possible by his grace. Sri Ramakrishna is an Incarnation of the age, its teacher, God incarnate. He is the Self of all. Think that he is present in your heart. This will fill your heart with consciousness.
p.225, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Belur Math on
21 - June, 1923
Man is trying hard to make himself happy. But nothing succeeds unless He wills it. Freedom can be realized in two ways, by identifying oneself with Him and by living in eternal self-surrender to Him. There can be no freedom of will away from Him. p.96, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda.
All beings from Brahma down to a clump of grass will attain to liberation-in-life in course of time, and our duty lies in helping all to reach that state. This help is called religion; the rest is irreligion. This help is work; the rest is evil-doing - I see nothing else.
p.311, V.6, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji's letter to Swami Ramakrishnananda
This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others. The rest are more dead than alive.
p.363, V.4, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda,written from Chicago to H.H the Maharaja of Mysore on June23, 1894.
Be brave and be sincere; then follow any path with devotion, and you must reach the Whole. Once lay hold of one link of the chain, and the whole chain must come by degrees. Water the roots of the tree and the whole tree is watered; getting the Lord, we get all.
p.6, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks.
Let nothing stand between God and your love for Him. Love Him, love Him, love Him; and let the world say what it will.
p.9, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda , Inspired Talks
Let me tell you that the realization of Self is possible for all, without any exception. p.256, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
The world for me, not I for the world. Good and evil are our slaves, not we theirs. It is the nature of the brute to remain where he is ; it is the nature of man to seek good and avoid evil; it is the nature of God to seek neither, but just to be eternally blissful. Let us be God. Make the heart like an ocean, go beyond all the trifles of the world, be mad with joy even at evil; see the world as a picture and then enjoy its beauty, knowing that nothing affects you. Children finding glass beads in a mud puddle, that is the good of the world. Look at it with calm complacency; see good and evil as the same -- both are merely 'God's play'; enjoy all. p.13, I V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks
Those who give themselves up to the Lord do more for the world than all the so-called workers. One man who has purified himself thoroughly accomplishes more than a regiment of preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power. p.16, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks
God was born in this age as Ramakrishna. Come and take refuge in him. Repeat his name again and again. Study his life, and continually speak of his greatness. He manifested himself in a special way in Swami Vivekananda. Study his character and his works. And do as best as you can the work that he liked. This will do you much good. Given these conditions, you will have no reason to worry about your salvation. p.227, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Belur Mathm on 26 June, 1923.
Get freedom, even at the cost of life.
p.18, , V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda , Inspired Talks
Take my word; nowhere do the scriptures advocate a stupefied state, a cessation of all activities, and mechanical withdrawing of the hands and feet from work. In the state of ignorance, people work with the idea that it is their work. When one attains knowledge and devotion, one gets rid of that egoistic idea. The devotee works for the Lord. The jnani, even while working, knows that he is not he doer and is at perfect rest.
p.221, Spiritual Treasures, Swami Turiyanandaji's letter on 27 June, 1920 from Varanasi.
Pray hard. Pray like a child. Go to a quiet place and keep crying for the Master. Don't let others know of it. Do it secretly. Cry, cry hard. The Master will grant you a vision. p.92, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Almora on 27 June, 1915.
What are instructions? Repeat the name of Sri Ramakrishna. That name uplifts the fallen. Meditate on his holy form, worship him, read books about him, sing songs dedicated to him, talk about his holy life with his devotees and love and serve all living beings.
p.196, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Belur Math,28 June, 1922.
If your freedom hurts others, you are not free there. You must not hurt others. p.20, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks,
Our God is only a verbal affair. A little meditation, a little Japa this is a poor sort of life. The heart must burst hungering for Him. An intense anguish must fill it and life should seem to go out without Him - only then it will be right. p.101, Spiritual Talks, Swami Turiyananda.
God is the Kalpataru, the Wish-fulfilling Tree. You will certainly get whatever you ask of Him. But you must pray standing near the Kalpataru. Only then will your prayer be fulfilled. A man gets the fulfillment of the desire he cherishes while practicing sadhana. As one thinks, so one receives. p..481,The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Do not say, 'You are bad'; say only, 'You are good , but be better.' p.22, V.7, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Inspired Talks
When you worship with love, you do not have to make it elaborate. Finish your worship and then recite some hymns, sing some songs, and repeat the Lord's name as much as you can. Follow this procedure. Your life will be blessed. p.152, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Mahapurush Maharaj's letter from Belur Math on 30 June, 1910