Sri Ramakrishna Quotes and Sayings
- God cannot be realized by a mind that is
hypocritical, calculating, or argumentative. One must have faith and
sincerity. Hypocrisy will not
do. To the sincere, God is very near; but He is far, far away from
- The one essential thing is bhakti, loving
devotion to God. Do the
Theosophists seek bhakti? They are good if they do. If Theosophy
makes the realization of God the goal of life, then it is good. One
cannot seek God if one constantly busies oneself with the mahatmas
and the lunar, solar, and stellar planes. A man should practise
sadhana and pray to God with a longing heart for love of His Lotus
Feet. He should direct his mind to God alone, withdrawing it from
objects of the world."
- What will you achieve by mere reasoning?
Be restless for God and learn to love Him. Reason, mere intellectual
knowledge, is like a man who can go only as far as the outer court
of the house. But bhakti (devotion) is like a woman who goes into the inner
- A Jnani (self-realized soul) loves to talk
only about God. He feels pained if one talks about worldly things.
But a worldly man belongs to a different class. He always has the
turban of ignorance on his head. He always comes back to worldly
- If you meditate on an ideal you will
acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will
acquire the nature of God. A salt doll went into the ocean to
measure its depth. It became one with the ocean.
- When you find that the very mention of
God's name brings tears to your eyes and makes your hair stand on
end, then you will know that you have freed yourself from attachment
to 'woman and gold' and attained God. If the matches are dry, you
get a spark by striking only one of them. But if they are damp, you
don't get a spark even if you strike fifty. You only waste matches.
Similarly, if your mind is soaked in
the pleasure of worldly things, in 'woman and gold', then
God-Consciousness will not be kindled in you. You may try a thousand
times, but all your efforts will be futile. But no sooner does
attachment to worldly pleasure dry up than the spark of God flashes
- Some may say about the devotees: 'Day and
night these people speak about God. They are crazy; they have lost
their heads. But how clever we are! How we enjoy pleasureŚmoney,
honour, the senses!' The crow, too thinks he is a clever bird; but
the first thing he does when he wakes up in the early morning is to
fill his stomach with nothing but others' filth. Haven't you noticed
how he struts about? Very clever indeed!.
- There are two types of paramahamsas: the
jnani and the premi. 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.
- Add your tears to your yearning. And if
you can renounce everything through discrimination and dispassion,
then you will be able to see God. That yearning brings about
God-intoxication, whether you follow the path of knowledge or the
path of devotion.
- You may learn a great deal from books; but
it is all futile if you have no love for God and no desire to
realize Him. A mere pundit, without discrimination and renunciation,
has his attention fixed on 'woman and gold'.
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