Sayings by Sri Ramakrishna – Chapter 13 YEARNING FOR GOD

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[Be mad for God – ^Nature of true yearning – Sole condition of God-reaksation]


615. If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.

616. Some men shed streams of tears because sons are not born to them, others eat away their hearts in sorrow because they cannot get riches. But alas ! how many are there who sorrow and weep for not having seen the Lord ! Very few indeed! Verily, he who seeks the Lord, who weeps for Him, attains Him.

617. He who yearns after God cannot bestow any thought on such trifles as food and drink.

618. He who feels thirsty does not discard the water of the river merely because it is muddy, nor does he begin to dig a well to find clear water. So he who feels real spiritual thirst does not discard the religion near at hand, be it Hinduism or any other, nor does he create a new religion for himself. A really thirsty man has no time for such deliberations.


619. Let your heart pant for Him as a miser longs for gold.

620. As the drowning man pants hard for breath, so must ones heart yearn for the Lord before one

can find Him.

621. Do you know what kind of Love is required for gaining the Lord ? just as a dog with a bruised head runs restlesssly, so must one become distressed for His sake.

622. O heart, call on to your almighty Mother sincerely and you will see how She quickly comes running to you. When one calls on God with heart and soul, He cannot remain unmoved.

623. Do you know how intense our love of God should be ? The love that a devoted wife possesses for her beloved husband, the attachment that a miser feels for his hoarded -wealth, and the clinging desire that the worldly-minded foster for the things of the world – when the intensity of your heart s longing for the Lord is equal to the sum of these three, then you will attain Him.

624. Jesus Christ was one day walking along the seashore when a devotee approached him and asked him, Lord, how can one attain God ?” Jesus directly walked into the sea with the enquirer and immersed him in the water. After a short time he released him, and raising him by the arm, asked him, ‘ How did you feel ?” The devotee replied, ” I felt as though my last moment had come – the condition was desperate.” Upon this Jesus said, ” You shall see the Father when your heart wants for Him as it

has wanted for a breath of air just now.1

1 This story is not in the Bible and there is nothing in the Bible coming near it. It might be in an apocrypha’, and Sri Ramakrishna might have heard it from somebody acquainted with it.

625. ‘ I must attain God in this very life ; yea, in three days I must find Him; nay, with a single utterance of His name I will draw Him to me’ – with such violent Love the devotee can attract the Lord and realise Him quickly. But devotees who are lukewarm in their Love take ages to find Him, indeed, if they find Him at all.

626. Why this attitude of an idler, that if realisation is not possible in this birth, it will come in the next? There should not be such sluggishness in devotion. The goal can never be reached unless a man makes his mind strong, and firmly resolves that he must realise God in this very birth, nay, this very moment. In the countryside, when cultivators go to purchase bullocks, they first touch the tails of the animals. Some of the bullocks do not make any response to this. Rather, they relax all their limbs and lie down on the ground. At once the cultivators understand them to be worthless. There are some others that jump about and behave violently the moment their tails are touched ; and the peasants can immediately know that they will be very useful. Their choice is then made from among this active type. Slothfulness is not at all desirable. Gather strength, firm faith, and say that you must realise God this very moment. Then only can you succeed.


627. What means should we adopt in order to get free from the clutches of Maya ? He who yearns to be free from its clutches is shown the way by God Himself. Only ceaseless yearning is needed.

628. A devotee asked the Master, ” By what means can He be seen ? and the Master” replied: ” Can you weep for Him with intense longing? Men weep jugful of tears for children, wife, money, etc.; but who weeps for God ? So long as a child is engrossed in play with its toys, the mother engages herself in cooking and other household works. But when the little one finds no more satisfaction in toys, throws them aside and loudly cries for its mother, she can no longer remain in the kitchen. She drops down the rice pot, perhaps, from the hearth, and runs in hot haste to the child and takes it up in arms.

629. He finds God quickest, whose concentration and yearning are strongest.

630. In this age of Kali three days’ ardent yearning to see God is enough for a man to obtain Divine grace.

631. Uncle moon is the uncle of all children. So also God is everyone s. AH have got the right to call on the Lord. Whoever calls on Him becomes blessed by realising Him. If you call on Him, you too can realise Him.

632. Verily, I tell you, he who wants Him finds Him. Go and verify it in your own life. Try for three days, try with genuine zeal, and you are sure to succeed.

633. Pray to the Divine Mother, begging Her to give you unswerving Love and adamantine faith.

634. Where does the strength of an aspirant lie? He is a child of God, and tears are his greatest strength. As a mother fulfils the desires of a child who weeps and importunes her, so does the Lord grant to His weeping child whatever he is crying for.

635. A certain man once said to the Master: ” I am now fifty-five years old. I have been engaged in the search for the Lord for fourteen years, have followed the advice of my teachers, had been to all the sacred places of pilgrimage, and have seen many a holy man; but I have gained nothing. Hearing this the Master replied: ” I assure you, he who yearns for Him shall find Him. Look at me and take heart.

636. The child said, ” Mother dear, wake me up when I shall be hungry.” The mother replied, ” Darling hunger itself will awaken you.”

637. As a child beseeches its mother for toys and pice, weeping and teasing her, so he who weeps inwardly, intensely longing to see Him, like an innocent child, and knowing Him to be his nearest and dearest, is rewarded at last with the vision Divine. God can no longer remain hidden from such an earnest and importunate seeker.

638. In Yatras depicting the life of Krishna, the play commences with the beating of drums and the loud singing of O Krishna, come ! Come, O dear! But the person who plays the part of Krishna pays no heed to the noise and goes on complacently chatting and smoking in the green-room behind the stage. But as soon as the noise ceases, and the pious sage Narada, overflowing with love, enters the stage with sweet and soft music and summons

Krishna to appear, Krishna finds that he can no longer remain indifferent. Hurriedly he then enters stage. As long as the spiritual aspirant calls on the Lord with mere lip-prayers – ‘Come, O Lord ‘ – the Lord will not appear. When the Lord comes, the heart of the devotee melts into divine emotion, and all loud utterances cease for ever. The Lord cannot tarry when His devotee calls on Him from the depth of his heart overflowing with profound Love.

Knowing Him Who is the origin and dissolution of the universe – the source of all virtue, the destroyer of all sins, the master of all good qualities, the immortal, and the abode of the universe – as seated in one s own self. He is perceived as different from, and transcending, the tree of Samsara as well as time and form.

May we realise Him – the transcendent and adorable master of the universe – Who is the supreme Lord over all the lords, the supreme God above all the gods, and the supreme Ruler over all the rulers.

He has nothing to achieve for Himself, nor has He any organ of action. No one is seen equal or superior to Him. His great power alone is described in the Vedas to be of Various kinds, and His knowledge and strength and action are described as inherent in Him.

No one in the world is His master, nor has anybody any control over Him. There is no sign by which He can be inferred. He is the cause of all, and the ruler of individual souls. He has no parent, nor is there any one who is His lord.

The Upanishads

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