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« on: Nov 04, 2009 05:02 pm »

Ramkrishna has said - get the friendship of GOD first. Rest will come of his own.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 06, 2009 12:14 am »

Thank you, Prabhatsina.

I feel rather stupid now, because I'm relatively unfamiliar with Ramakrishna, save that He (I believe it's right to use the capital H to denote reverence in this case) was a saint?

Could you direct me to some form of materials where I may learn more about Him?

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 06, 2009 12:33 pm »

Ramkrishna has said - get the friendship of GOD first. Rest will come of his own.

Thank you prabhat for sharing this. I would be interested in learning more of what Ramkrishna has to say, please share some more of his thoughts and teachings with us.

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 09, 2009 04:58 pm »

Hi !
PY met Master Mahasaya, the writer of Gospel of Ramkrishna and his devotee, a full chapter description in AOAY.
It is a joy to read the gospel of Ramkrishna. I read it regularly. Try to get the full gospel of Ramkrishna, must be available in some book store with spritual book. Look for location of Ram Krishna Math in your area.
I found something on net.
http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/6445456?extension=pdf&skip_interstitial=true

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
(Abridged Edition)
1. Master and Disciple
When, hearing the name of Hari or Rama once, you shed tears
and your hair stands on end, then you may know for certain that
you do not have to perform such devotions as the sandhya any
more. Only then will you have the right to renounce rituals; or
rather, rituals will drop away of themselves. Then it will be
enough if you repeat only the name of Rama or Hari, or even
simply Om.
To know God is knowledge, and not to know Him, ignorance.
God with form is just as true as God without form. But hold fast
to your own conviction.
Who are you to teach others? He who is the Lord of the
Universe will teach everyone. If they need teaching, then He
will be the Teacher. He is our inner Guide.
Repeat God's name and sing His glories, and now and then visit
God's devotees and holy men.
To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning,
unless one practices meditation in solitude.
There are three ways of meditating: think of God while doing
your duties, or meditate on Him in a secluded corner of your
house, or contemplate Him in a wood.
Do all your duties, but keep your mind on God.
By meditating on God in solitude, the mind acquires
knowledge, dispassion, and devotion.
God dwells in all beings. But you may be quite intimate only
with good people; you must keep away from the evil-minded.
God undoubtedly dwells in the hearts of all - holy and unholy,
righteous and unrighteous; but a man should not have dealings
with the unholy, the wicked, the impure.
A man living in a society should make a show of anger to
protect himself from evil-minded people. But he should not
harm anybody in anticipation of harm likely to be done to him.
From time to time, a worldly person should live in the company
of holy men, and also go into solitude to meditate on God.
Furthermore, he should practise discrimination and pray to God
for faith and devotion.
2. Visit to Vidyasagar
Though work for the good of others belongs to rajas, yet this
rajas has sattva for its basis and is not harmful.
Compassion, love of God, and renunciation are the glories of
true knowledge.
Everyone should try to do good to the world.
In samadhi, one attains the Knowledge of Brahman - one
realizes Brahman. In that state, reasoning stops altogether and
man becomes mute.
Those who cannot give up attachment to worldly things and
who find no means to shake off the feeling of 'I', should rather
cherish the idea, 'I am God's servant; I am His devotee'. One
can also realize God by following the path of devotion.
Reality, which is nirguna without attributes, is also saguna with
attributes.
The way of love is as good as the way of knowledge. All paths
ultimately lead to the same Truth. But as long as God keeps the
feeling of ego in us, it is easier to follow the path of love.
As the All-pervading Spirit, God exists in all beings, even in an
ant. But the manifestations of His power are different in
different beings.
Renounce everything and seek God alone. Whether a man is a
monk or a householder, he has to shake off all attachment from
his mind.
Even after the attainment of knowledge, this 'I-consciousness'
comes up, nobody knows from where. All our suffering is due
to this 'I'.
But when, O Rama, I have the knowledge of Truth, then I
realize that Thou art I, and I am Thou.
'I' and 'mine' - these constitute ignorance.
The attitude born of knowledge is: 'O God, Thou art the Master,
and all these things belong to Thee. House, family, children,
attendants, friends, are Thine'.
One should constantly remember death. Nothing will survive
death. We are born into this world to perform certain duties.
One must have faith and love. If a man has faith in God, then he
need not be afraid though he may have committed sin - nay, the
vilest sin.
Faith and devotion. One realizes God easily through devotion.
He is grasped through ecstasy of love.
The man who works for others, without any selfish motive,
really does good to himself.
3. Advice to Householders
Unless the mind becomes steady there cannot be yoga. It is the
wind of worldliness that always disturbs the mind.
Perform your duties in an unselfish spirit. Always try to
perform your duties without desiring any result.
You may try to increase your income, but in an honest way.
The goal of life is not the earning of money, but the service of
God. Money is not harmful if it is devoted to the service of
God.
One doesn't have to do one's duties after attaining God, nor
does one feel like doing them then.
God cannot be seen with these physical eyes. In the course of
spiritual discipline one gets a 'love body', endowed with 'love
eyes', 'love ears', and so on. One sees God with those 'love
eyes'. One hears the voice of God with those 'love ears'.
One sees God alone everywhere when one loves Him with great
intensity.
The doubts of the mind will not disappear without His grace.
Doubts do not disappear without Self-realization.
Bhakti, love of God, is the essence of all spiritual discipline.
Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination
naturally.
There are no doubt six alligators (passions) - lust, anger,
avarice, delusion, pride and envy within you, in the 'soul's
fathomless depths'. But protect yourself with the turmeric of
discrimination and renunciation, and they won't touch you.
It is difficult to teach others. Only if a man gets a command
from God, after realizing Him, is he entitled to teach.
God cannot be realized without discrimination and
renunciation.
The wife that hampers her husband's spiritual life is an ungodly
wife.
If a man has sincere love for God, then all come under his
control - the king, wicked persons, and his wife.
There is no hope of salvation for the worldly-minded. But he
has nothing to fear if he remains in the world after realizing
God.
It is wise to think of God with form at the beginning.
One undoubtedly finds inspiration in a holy place.
4. The Master and Keshab
He is Brahman to the followers of the path of knowledge,
Paramatman to the yogis, and Bhagavan to the lovers of God.
When we think of It as inactive, that is to say, not engaged in
the acts of creation, preservation, and destruction, then we call
It Brahman. But when It engages in these activities, then we
call It Kali or Sakti.
Do your duty with one hand and with the other hold to God.
After the duty is over, you will hold to God with both hands.
Bondage and liberation are of the mind alone.
If you are in bad company, then you will talk and think like
your companions. On the other hand, when you are in the
company of devotees, you will think and talk only of God.
Bondage is of the mind, and freedom is also of the mind.
If a man repeats God's name, his body, mind, and everything
become pure.
Say but once, 'O Lord, I have undoubtedly done wicked things,
but I won't repeat them'. And have faith in His name.
If one lives in the world, one must go into solitude now and
then.
It is extremely difficult to teach others. A man can teach only if
God reveals Himself to him and gives the command.
But mere lectures? People will listen to them for a few days and
then forget them. They will never act upon mere words.
To teach others, one must have a badge of authority; otherwise
teaching becomes a mockery.
After realizing God, one obtains an inner vision. Only then can
one diagnose a person's spiritual malady and give instruction.
A man verily becomes liberated in life if he feels: 'God is the
Doer. He alone is doing everything. I am doing nothing'. Man's
sufferings and worries spring only from his persistent thought
that he is the doer.
It is not good to become involved in many activities. That
makes one forget God. Work is only a means to the realization
of God.
Karma yoga is very hard indeed. In the Kaliyuga, it is
extremely difficult to perform the rites enjoined in the
scriptures. In the Kaliyuga, the best way is bhaktiyoga, the path
of devotion - singing the praises of the Lord, and prayer.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 09, 2009 05:02 pm »

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 10, 2009 10:56 am »

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 11, 2009 09:55 am »

Namaste, prabhatsinha.

I thank you very much for finding this for me. In the future I will attempt to find "The Gospel of Ramakrishna" in my usual spiritual bookshop.

Jai Guru!

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