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    ramakrishna Quotes

    One should not think, 'My religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.' God can be realized by means of all paths. It is enough to have sincere yearning for God. Infinite are the paths and infinite are the opinions.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: alone  right  opinion  god  path 
     
    Why does God allow evil in the world? To thicken the plot.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: evil  god 
     
    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.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: god  learn 
     
    It is not lust alone that one should be afraid of in the life of the world. There is also anger. Anger arises when obstacles are placed in the way of desire.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: desires  world  anger  alone  lust  afraid 
     
    Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: work  heart  god 
     
    God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: true  god  path 
     
    God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  god 
     
    Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes spiritual, the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits always bends low. Humility is a sign of greatness.
    — Ramakrishna
    The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  heart  lost  ocean  god 
     
    What is the use of merely listening to lectures? The real thing is practice.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: listening  real 
     
    So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly drinks the nectar. So long as a man quarrels and disputes about doctrines and dogmas, he has not tasted the nectar of true faith; when he has tasted it, he becomes quiet and full of peace.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  peace  true  flowers  honey 
     
    Sunlight is one and the same wherever it falls; but only a bright surface like that of water, or of a mirror reflects it fully. So is the light Divine. It falls equally and impartially on all hearts, but the pure and pious hearts of holy men receive and reflect that light well.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  heart  divine  water  holy 
     
    The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: grace 
     
    A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in boat. A spiritual aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: live  world  water  spiritual 
     
    As long as I live, so long do I learn.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: live  learn 
     
    Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it 'jal', others at another place and call it 'pani', and still others at a third place and call it 'water'. The Hindus call it 'jal', the Christians 'water', and the Moslems 'pani'. But it is one and the same thing.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: people  water  god  hindu  christian 
     
    All troubles come to an end when the ego dies
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: ego  die 
     
    The supreme purpose and goal for human life... is to cultivate love.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: human  goal 
     
    The sun can give heat and light to the whole world, but he cannot do so when the clouds shut out his rays. Similarly as long as egotism veils the heart, God cannot shine upon it.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: heart  world  god 
     
    There are three kinds of love;unselfish, mutual, and selfish. The unselfish love is of the highest kind;The lover only minds the welfare of the beloved and does not care for his own sufferings. In mutual love the lover not only wants the happiness of his beloved;but has an eye towards his own happiness also. It is middling. The selfish love is the lowest. It only looks towards its own happiness, no matter whether the beloved suffers weal or woe.
    — Ramakrishna
    All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: true  god 
     
    Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.
    — Ramakrishna
    Sugar and sand may be mixed together, but the ant rejects the sand and goes off with the sugar grain; so pious men lift the good from the bad.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  bad 
     
    If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: world  god 
     
    Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: saying  religious  holy  reading  book 
     
    So long as one does not become simple like a child, one does not get divine illumination. Forget all the worldly knowledge that thou hast acquired and become as a child, and then will thou get the divine wisdom.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: children  child  divine  wisdom 
     
    The winds of God's grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: grace  god 
     
    The breeze of grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: grace 
     
    Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: truth  soul  god 
     
    Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: soul  body  tax 
     
    The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  work 
     
    Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: heart  god  pray 
     
    If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: desires  energy  brain  faith 
     
    Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: men  action  wise 
     
    Once a person has faith, he has achieved everything.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: people  faith 
     
    The tree laden with fruits always bends low. If you wish to be great, be lowly and meek.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: wishes 
     
    Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: comfort  god  pray  wealth 
     
    Have love for everyone, no one is other than you.
    — Ramakrishna
    Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: true  god  wisdom  ignorance 
     
    One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.
    — Ramakrishna
    tags: fear  hatred  shame  spiritual 
     
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