Sri Ramakrishna And Devotee

on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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SRI RAMAKRISHNA: "God and His glory. This universe is His glory. People see His glory and forget everything. They do not seek God, whose glory is this world. All seek to enjoy 'woman and gold'. But there is too much misery and worry in that. This world is like the whirlpool of the Visalakshi. (A stream near Sri Ramakrishna's birth-place.) Once a boat gets into it there is no hope of its rescue. Again, the world is like a thorny bush: you have hardly freed yourself from one set of thorns before you find yourself entangled in another. Once you enter a labyrinth you find it very difficult to get out. Living in the world, a man becomes scared, as it were."


DEVOTEE: "Then what is the way, sir?"


SRI RAMAKRISHNA: "Prayer and the company of holy men. You cannot get rid of an ailment without the help of a physician. But it is not enough to be in the company of religious people only for a day. You should constantly seek it, for the disease has become chronic. Again, you can't understand the pulse rightly unless you live with a physician. Moving with him constantly, you learn to distinguish between the pulse of phlegm and the pulse of bile."


DEVOTEE: "What is the good of holy company?"


SRI RAMAKRISHNA: "It begets yearning for God. It begets love of God. Nothing whatsoever is achieved in spiritual life without yearning. By constantly living in the company of holy men, the soul becomes restless for God. This yearnihg is like the state of mind of a man who has someone ill in the family. His mind is in a state of perpetual restlessness, thinking how the sick person may be cured. Or again, one should feel a yearning for God like the yearning of a man who has lost his job and is wandering from one office to another in search of work. If he is rejected at a certain place which has no vacancy, he goes there again the next day and inquires, 'Is there any vacancy today?'


"There is another way: earnestly praying to God. God is our very own. We should say to Him: 'O God, what is Thy nature? Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must show Thyself to me; for why else hast Thou created me?' Some Sikh devotees once said to me, 'God is full of compassion.' I said: 'But why should we call Him compassionate? He is our Creator. What is there to be wondered at if He is kind to us? Parents bring up their children. Do you call that an act of kindness? They must act that way.' Therefore we should force our demands on God. He is our Father and Mother, isn't He? It the son demands his patrimony and gives up food and drink in order to enforce his demand, then the parents hand his share over to him three years before the legal time. Or when the child demands some pice from his mother, and says over and over again: 'Mother, give me a couple of pice. I beg you on my knees!' � then the mother, seeing his earnestness, and unable to bear it any more, tosses the money to him.


"There is another benefit from holy company. It helps one cultivate discrimination between the Real and the unreal. God alone is the Real, that is to say, the Eternal Substance, and the world is unreal, that is to say, transitory. As soon as a man finds his mind wandering away to the unreal, he should apply discrimination. The moment an elephant stretches out its trunk to eat a plaintain-tree in a neighbour's garden, it gets a blow from the iron goad of the driver."

Strength

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# The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.


# Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.


# Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery.


# The only test of good things is that they make us strong.


# You must have an iron will if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.

# In future do not pay any heed to what people say either for or against you or me. Work on, be lions; and the Lord will bless you. I shall work incessantly until I die, and even after death I shall work for the good of the world. Truth is infinitely more weighty than untruth; so is goodness. If you possess these, they will make their way by sheer gravity.

 -Swami Vivekananda.

Story

on Monday, June 21, 2010

Once a old man and his 25 year old son were going in train.


The son sat next to window & started looking outwards ; then shouted,"Dad look the trees going behind.."


Dad smiled...


And a young couple siting near looked at the 25 yrs old behaving childishly, with pity..


suddenly he again exclaimed,"Dad look the clouds running with us"


Couple couldn't resist ; said 2 old man,"Why don't you take your son to a good doctor?"


Old man smiled and said, "We did and we are just coming from hospital..


..my son was blind from birth ; just got his eyes today!"


Moral: Don't jump to a conclusion directly.. coz many times what you see,hear and feel is not the TRUTH!

Regularity in spiritual practice


Disciple: The demands of work or illness prevent me from always being regular in my spiritual practice,


Holy Mother: Illness is not within man's control. And if you are really tied down with work, then simply remember God and make salutation to Him.


Disciple: What time should one set aside for Japa and meditation?


Holy Mother: To call upon Him at the conjunction of day and night is the most auspicious. Night disappears and day arrives, or day disappears and night arrives-this is the conjunction of day and night. The mind remains pure at these times.

Swami Vivekananda's Message(3)


We want both men and women. There is no distinction of sex in the soul. It won't do merely to call Shri Ramakrishna an Incarnation, you must manifest power. Where are Gour-Ma, Yogin-Ma, and Golap-Ma? Tell them to spread these ideas. We want thousands of men and thousands of women who will spread like wild fire from the Himalayas to Cape Comorin, from the North Pole to the South Pole--all over the world. It is no use indulging in child's play--neither is there time for it. Let those who have come for child's play be off now, while there is time, or they will surely come to grief. We want an organisation. Off with laziness. Spread! Spread! Run like fire to all places. Do not depend upon me. Whether I live or die, go on spreading, yourselves.

A huge spiritual tidal wave is coming--he who is low shall become noble, and he who is ignorant shall become the teacher of great scholars--through HIS grace. Arise! Awake! and stop not till the goal is reached." Life is ever expanding, contraction is death. The self-seeking man who is looking after his personal comforts and leading a lazy life--there is no room for him even in hell. He alone is a child of Shri Ramakrishna who is moved to pity for all creatures and exerts himself for them even at the risk of incurring personal damnation, others are vulgar people. Whoever, at this great spiritual juncture, will stand up with a courageous heart and go on spreading from door to door, from village to village, his message, is alone my brother, and a son of his. This is the test, he who is Ramakrishna's child does not seek his personal good. "They wish to do good to others even when at the point of death.

-Swami Vivekananda.

Phalaharini Kali Puja

on Thursday, June 17, 2010



An event in Dakshineswar Bhavatarini Kali temple


that took place at 9 p.m. on May 25, 1873.


During the years 1862 and 1863, Sri Ramakrishna did his tantric sadhana. He had vision of various Devi’s forms. Although all those forms of Hers were of extraordinary beauty, he said later that they were not worth comparison in that respect with that of Sri Rajarajeswari, otherwise called Shodasi. He said about His vision of Shodasi, “I saw in a vision the beauty of the person of Shodasi which melted, and spread all around illumining the quarters.”


That form of Devi he chose to worship, after a gap of 10 years, in the person of his own wife Sri Sarada Devi.


It was May 25, 1873, on a new-moon day, the holy occasion for the worship of the Phalaharini Kalika Devi. It was 9 p.m. Master had got everything prepared for the mystery-worship of the Devi privately in his room. Holy Mother was sitting on a wooden seat decorated with Alimpana, facing north to the right of the Master, who was seated with his face to the east. Master sprinkled the Holy Mother repeatedly with the water purified by Mantras and recited the prayer:


“ O Lady, O Mother Tripurasundari, who are the controller of all powers, open the door to perfection; purify her ( the Holy Mother’s) body and mind, manifest Thyself in her and be beneficent.”


Then the Master did the Nyasa of the Mantras in the body of Holy Mother and worshipped her with the 16 articles, as the Devi Herself. He then offered food and put a part of it to her mouth with his own hand. The Holy Mother lost normal consciousness and went into Samadhi. The Master too reciting the Mantras in the semi-conscious state, entered into complete Samadhi. Regaining the conscious state, he offered himself to the Devi. He surrendered for ever at the lotus feet of the Devi his all – the results of his Sadhanas, his rosary etc. – along with his self, and saluted her with the Mantras:


“O Thou, auspiciousness of all auspicious things, O doer of all actions, O refuge, O three-eyed One, O Thou fair-complexioned spouse of Siva, O Narayani, I bow down to Thee, I bow down to Thee.”


The Master’s Sadhana reached its culmination with the worship of the Ruler of the universe, the divine Mother in the body of a woman, the Holy Mother and thus he attained perfection in all respects.


Through Mother-worship Sri Ramakrishna raised, as Vivekananda said, the ‘Brahma-kundalini’ in the modern times. By this Swamiji meant that the great flood of spirituality which the Master brought in his own life, influenced the entire humanity, bringing a general awakening of the Divine in man and woman all over the globe. Ramakrishna’s Mother-worship brought him out of the barriers of the Hindu temples and showed him the living presence of Mother everywhere. At Jadu Mallick’s garden house first he had the vision of Jesus not on the Cross, but as the child on the lap of Mother Mary, though after a few days he had the vision of Christ Himself. In the presence of fallen women of Calcutta, Ramakrishna went into samadhi, seeing the visible presence of Mother in them. Mother-worship, in its practical aspect, was manifested in his life as respect to all women as one’s own mother. “Mother-worship is the last word in spirituality”, he would say.


Today Ramakrishna’s worship of God as Mother, is inspiring millions to steer the same path to Godhead, as the easiest way to Divine life.


We have Vedic literature giving us elaborate rituals and sacrifice to the experience of Divinity.


We have Upanishadic literature giving us the path of reasoning to experience the Self within.


We have devotional literature showing us the lives of various saints adoring their chosen lords with all their heartful love.


Then, why this Tantra discipline of worshipping God as Mother?


It is because, in this modern age, human beings have got less longevity and are more body-centered. In spite of realising God through the ways of Islam, Christianity, Vaishnavism and other Hindu forms of worship, Ramakrishna remained, at bottom, a worshipper and a child of Divine Mother.


Let us see Swamiji’s words in this context.


“The ideal woman in India is the mother, the mother first, and the mother last. The word woman calls up to the mind of the Hindu, motherhood; and God is called Mother. In the West, the woman is wife. The idea of womanhood is concentrated there-as the wife. . . . .In an Indian home, the mother rules. If a mother comes into a Western home, she has to be subordinate to the wife; to the wife belongs the home. A mother always lives in our homes; the wife must be subordinate to her.. . .There she is-the Hindu Mother. The son’s wife comes in as her daughter; just as the mother’s own daughter married and went out, so her son married and brought in another daughter, and she has to fall in line under the government of the queen of queens, of his mother. Even I, who never married, belonging to an Order that never marries, would be disgusted if my wife, supposing I had married, dared to displease my mother. Why? Don’t I worship my mother? Why should not her daughter-in-law? Whom I worship, why not she? Who is she, then, that would try to ride over my head and govern my mother? She has to wait till her woman-hood is fulfilled; and the one thing that fulfils womanhood, that is womanliness in woman, is motherhood. Wait till she becomes a mother; then she will have the same right. That, according to the Hindu mind, is the great mission of woman-to become a mother. But, oh, how different! Oh, how different! My father and mother fasted and prayed, for years and years, so that I would be born. They pray for every child before it is born. Says our great law-giver, Manu, giving the definition of an Aryan,”He is the Aryan, who is born through prayer”. Every child not born through prayer is illegitimate, according to the great law-giver. The child must be prayed for.. . . Why should mother be worshipped? Because she made herself pure. She underwent harsh penances sometimes to keep herself as pure as purity can be. For, mind you, no woman in India thinks of giving up her body to any man; it is her own. The English, as a reform, have introduced at present what they call “Restitution of conjugal rights”, but no Indian would take advantage of it. When a man comes in physical contact with his wife, the circumstances she controls, through what prayers and through what vows! For that which brings forth the child is the holiest symbol of God himself. It is the greatest prayer between man and wife, the prayer that is going to bring into the world another soul fraught with a tremendous power for good or for evil. Is it a joke? Is it a simple nervous satisfaction? Is it a brute enjoyment of the body? Says, the Hindu: no, a thousand times, no! But then, following that, there comes in another idea. The idea we started with was that the ideal is the love for the mother- herself all suffering, all forbearing. The worship that is accorded to the mother has its fountain-head there. She was a saint to bring me into the world; she kept her body pure, her mind pure, her food pure, her clothes pure, her imagination pure, for years, because I would be born. Because she did that she deserves worship.”


Lord says in Bhagavad Gita that for the protection of the virtuous and for the destruction of vicious ones, he takes human forms on earth.


How this statement is got fulfilled in the advent of Ramakrishna?


By worshiping his own wife as the Divine Mother, Sri Ramakrishna awakened the divine virtue of ‘motherliness’ in the hearts of all. He thus proved the statement of Devi Mahatmyam, which says that the Lord resides in all creatures in the form of Mother.


“ Ya devi sarva bhuteshu matru rupena samsthitha



Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai namo nama ha.”

Our Holy Mother was meaning this fact only when she said that she is the Mother of all.


In her life she proved that the divine virtue of ‘motherliness’ is possible to be followed by one and all.


Motherliness is not a quality reserved for females to be manifested only when giving birth to children.


A man can be motherly towards his parents.


A man can be motherly towards his brothers and sisters.


A man can be motherly towards his wife.


A man can be motherly towards his children.


A man can be motherly towards his employer.


A man can be motherly towards his fellow citizens.


Thus a man can be motherly towards the whole world community.


This is what Sri Ramakrishna-Ma Sarada Devi demonstrated in their lives.


It was Sri Ramakrishna who awakened this divine quality of Universal Motherhood in the person of Sarada .






As a result what we see in her life?


We see in her life two main things:


Firstly, we see the one single purpose that is to serve Sri Ramakrishna whom she regarded as God Himself and through this service she not only learnt how to divinize all her actions and her entire life, but also how to manifest the divine Motherhood that was hidden within her.


Secondly, her life showed that marriage is a spiritual partnership, a mode of spiritual living, and is not an obstacle to higher realization if it is understood in this light. She showed how to do intense spiritual practice even in the midst of intense activity, how to remember God constantly, how to convert one’s whole life into unbroken worship. Thus, she demonstrated how the apparently contradictory ideals of the wife, nun and mother could be integrated in a woman’s life.

On Friday, the 11th June, 2010, on the occasion of Phalaharini Kali Puja, all our branch centres of Ramakrishna Math and Mission are performing this historical worship of Shodai Puja.


On this auspicious occasion I pray Sri Ramakrishna and Ma Sri Sarada Devi to bestow and bless us all with the divine virtue of Motherliness in all moments of our lives.

by,
nishthatmananda of muzaffarpur

Swami Vivekananda's Message(2)


The fact of our isolation from all the other nations of the world is the cause of our degeneration and its only remedy is getting back into the current of the rest of the world. Motion is the sign of life. America is a grand country. It is a paradise of the poor and women. There is almost no poor in the country, and nowhere else in the world women are so free, so educated, so cultured. They are everything in society.


This is a great lesson. The Sannyasin has not lost a bit of his Sannyasinship, even his mode of living. And in this most hospitable country, every home is open to me. The Lord who guides me in India, would He not guide me here? And He has.


You may not understand why a Sannyasin should be in America, but it was necessary. Because the only claim you have to be recognised by the world is your religion, and good specimens of our religious men are required to be sent abroad to give other nations an idea that India is not dead.


Some representative men must come out of India and go to all the nations of the earth to show at least that you are not savages. You may not feel the necessity of it from your Indian home, but, believe me, much depends upon that for your nation. And a Sannyasin who has no idea of doing good to his fellows is a brute, not a Sannyasin.


I am neither a sightseer nor an idle traveller; but you will see, if you live to see, and bless me all your life.

Bear in mind--the eyes are two in number and so the ears, but the mouth is but one! Indifference, indifference, indifference! " --The doer of good deeds never comes to grief, my dear". Ah! To fear! and whom are we going to fear, brother? Here the missionaries and their ilk have howled themselves into silence--and the whole world will but do likewise.


--Whether people skilled in policy praise or blame, whether the Goddess of Fortune favours or goes her way, whether death befalls today or after hundreds of years--persons of steady mind never swerve from the path of righteousness" (Bhartrihari, Nitishataka )


You need not even mix with the humdrum people, nor beg of them either. The Lord is supplying everything and will do so in future. What fear, my brother?


All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. You valiant one, put forth your manly efforts; wretched people under the grip of lust and gold deserve to be looked upon with indifference. Now I have got a firm footing in this country, and therefore need no assistance. But my one prayer to you all is that you should apply to the service of the Lord that active impulse of manliness which your eagerness to help me through brotherly love has brought out in you.


Take care and work on.


-Swami Vivekananda.

Two classes of devotees

on Wednesday, June 16, 2010


There are two classes of devotees. One class has the nature of the kitten. The kitten depends completely on its mother. It accepts whatever its mother does for it. The kitten only cries, 'Mew, mew!' It doesn't know what to do or where to go. Sometimes the mother puts the kitten near the hearth, sometimes on the bed.


Devotees of this class give God the power of attorney and thus become free of all worry. The Sikhs said to me that God was kind. I said to them: 'How is that? He is our Father and our Mother. Shouldn't parents bring up their children after begetting them? Do you mean to say that the neighbours will look after them?' Devotees of this class have an unwavering conviction that God is our Mother and our Father.


"There is another class of devotees. They have the nature of the young monkey. The young monkey clings to its mother with might and main. The devotees who behave like the young monkey have a slight idea of being the doer. They feel: 'We must go to the sacred places; we must practise japa and austerity; we must perform worship with sixteen articles as prescribed by the sastras. Only then shall we be able to realize God.' Such is their attitude.


"The aspirants of both classes are devotees of God. The farther you advance, the more you will realize that God alone has become everything. He alone does everything. He alone is the Guru and He alone is the Ishta. He alone gives us knowledge and devotion.

-Sri Ramakrishna.

Swami Vivekananda's Message(1)


Listen to an old story. A lazy tramp sauntering along the road saw an old man sitting at the door of his house and stopped to inquire of him the whereabouts of a certain place. "How far is such and such a village?" he asked. The old man remained silent. The man repeated his query several times. Still there was no answer. Disgusted at this, the traveller turned to go away. The old man then stood up and said, "The village of__ is only a mile from here." "What!" said the tramp, "Why did you not speak when I asked you before?" "Because then", said the old man, "you seemed so halting and careless about proceeding, but now you are starting off in good earnest, and you have a right to an answer."


Will you remember this story, my son? Go to work, the rest will come: "Whosoever not trusting in anything else but Me, rests on Me, I supply him with everything he needs" (Gita, IX.22). This is no dream.


. . . The work should be in the line of preaching and serving, at the present time. Choose a place of meeting where you can assemble every week holding a service and reading the Upanishads with the commentaries, and so slowly go on learning and working. Everything will come to you if you put your shoulders to the wheel. .


Every nation must save itself; we must not depend upon funds from America for the revival of Hinduism, for that is a delusion. To have a centre is a great thing; try to secure such a place in a large town like Madras, and go on radiating a living force in all directions. Begin slowly. Start with a few lay missionaries; gradually others will come who will devote their whole lives to the work. Do not try to be a ruler. He is the best ruler who can serve well. Be true unto death. The work we want--we do not seek wealth, name or fame. . . . Be brave. . . . Endeavour to interest the people of Madras in collecting funds for the purpose, and then make a beginning. . . .


Be perfectly unselfish, and you will be sure to succeed. . . . Without losing the independence in work, show all regards to your superiors. Work in harmony.


. . . My children must be ready to jump into fire, if needed, to accomplish their work. Now work, work, work! We will stop and compare notes later on. Have patience, perseverance, and purity.


Give your message, teach what you have to teach, and there stop. The Lord knows the rest. . . .

Look not at me, look to yourselves. I am happy to have been the occasion of rousing an enthusiasm. Take advantage of it, float along with it, and everything will come right. Love never fails, my son; today or tomorrow or ages after, truth will conquer. Love shall win the victory. Do you love your fellow men? Where should you go to seek for God--are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganga? Believe in the omnipotent power of love. Who cares for these tinsel puffs of name? I never keep watch of what the newspapers are saying. Have you love?--You are omnipotent. Are you perfectly unselfish? If so, you are irresistible. It is character that pays everywhere. It is the Lord who protects His children in the depths of the sea. Your country requires heroes; be heroes! God bless you!

-Swami Vivekananda.

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