Sri Ramakrishna Quotations and Sayings
- You should renounce mentally. Live the
life of a house holder in a
spirit of detachment.
- You should live in the world in a spirit
- Man cannot see God on account of his ego.
You cannot see the sun when a cloud rises in the sky. But that
doesn't mean there is no sun; the sun is there just the same.
- One can realize God through intense
renunciation. But the soul must be restless for Him, as restless as
one feels for a breath of air when one's head is pressed under
- You acquire the nature of the people whose
company you keep. Therefore even pictures may prove harmful. Again,
a man seeks the company that agrees with his own nature. The
paramahamsas keep near them a few young boys five or six years old.
They allow such boys to be near them. Attaining the state of a
paramahamsa, a man loves the company of boys. Like the paramahamsas,
the boys are not under the control of the gunas—sattva, rajas, or
- One must take up a definite attitude
toward God. Then alone can one realize Him. Rishis like Sanaka
cherished the attitude of santa; Hanuman the attitude of a servant;
the cowherd boys of Vrindavan, like Sridama and Sudama, the attitude
of a friend; Yasoda the attitude of a mother; and Radha the attitude
of a sweetheart.
- Pray to the Divine Mother with a longing
heart. Her vision dries up all
craving for the world and completely destroys all attachment to
'woman and gold'. It happens instantly if you think of Her as your
own mother. She is by no means a godmother. She is your own mother.
With a yearning heart persist in your demands on Her. The child
holds to the skirt of its mother and begs a penny of her to buy a
kite. Perhaps the mother is gossiping with her friends. At first she
refuses to give the penny and says to the child: 'No, you can't have
it. Your daddy has asked me not to give you money. When he comes
home I'll ask him about it. You will get into trouble if you play
with a kite now.' The child begins to cry and will not give up his
demand. Then the mother says to her friends: 'Excuse me a moment.
Let me pacify
this child.' Immediately she unlocks the cash-box with a click and
throws the child a penny.
- When one develops love of God, one likes
to talk only of God. If you love a person, you love to talk and hear
about him. A worldly persn's mouth waters while he talks about his
son. If someone praises his son, he will at once say to the boy, 'Go
and get some water for your uncle to wash his feet.
- A householder, of course, needs money, for
he has a wife and children. He should save up to feed them. They say
that the bird and the sannyasi should not provide for the future.
But the mother bird brings food in her mouth for her chicks; so she
too provides. A householder needs money. He has to support his
- You don't have to renounce everything.
Live in the world the way
the tortoise does. The tortoise roams about in the water but keeps
its eggs on land. Its whole mind is on the eggs.
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