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291. Q: Why do not worldly men give up everything to find God?

A: Can an actor coming on the stage throw off his mask at once? Let worldly men play out their part, and in time they will throw off their false appearance.

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897.The Lord, being pleased with Prahlada's* prayers and hymns, asked him what boon he desired.

He replied, "Lord, forgive those who oppressed me; in punishing them Thou wilt be punishing Thyself, for verily Thou abides in everything."

* - From ' Upanishads '

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' Body Transient '

546. The body is transient and unimportant. Why then is it so much looked after ? The virtuous cannot but take care of the body, the temple of the soul in which God has manifested Himself or which has been blessed by God's advent.

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389. The true devotee says, "Lord, I am the Yantra (machine), Thou art the Yantri (engineer); I am the room, Thou art the tenant; I am the chariot, Thou art the charioter; I speak just as Thou makest me speak; I act as Thou makest me act; I behave as Thou makest me behave."

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385. Why does a Bhakta forsake everything for the sake of God ?

The insect flies from darkness as soon as it sees the light; the ant loses its life in the syrup, but never leaves it. So the Bhakta cleaves unto God for ever, and leaves all else.

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' Advice To the Religious Teacher '

202. If you go on preaching without a commission from God, it will all be powerless and none will listen. One must first attain God by devotion or otherwise, and then, if one receives His word one may teach and preach anywhere and everywhere. For thus only one gets power and strength; and then only can one rightly perform the responsible duties of the preacher.

203. One ray of light from my Divine Mother, who is the Goddess of Wisdom, has power to turn the most learned scholar into the veriest worm that crawls upon earth.

- From " Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna " Advaita Ashrama

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' Advice To the Religious Teacher '

201. Do you, O preacher, carry the badge of authority? As the humblest subject wearing the badge of the King is heard with respect and awe, and can quell a riot by showing his badge, so must you first, O preacher, obtain order and inspiration from God Himself. So long as you have not this, you may preach all your life, but it will all be mere waste of breath.

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' Analysis Shows Ego a Non-Entity '

79. Even when we are blinded by the fulfillment of every worldly desire there may rise in us the question, "Who am I who enjoy all this?"
This may be the moment in which begins a revelation of the secret.

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275. If you desire to live in the world unattached, you should first practice devotion in solitude for some time —a year, six months, a month, or at least twelve days. During this period of retirement, you should constantly meditate upon God and pray to Him for Divine love. You should think that there is nothing in the world which you may call your own

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God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.

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Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

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If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.

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Swami Turiyananda was very frank and truthful. But his candour in pointing out a person's defects often proved painful. One day he came across this verse of the Bhagavata: "Realizing the universe as one in the aspect of Purusha and prakriti, never praise or blame the action of others". Then he read the commentary on that verse: "If accidentally the teeth bite the tongue, hurt and cut it, do people take a piece of stone and break the teeth? No, because the teeth belong to the same person to whom the tongue belongs. Since the one Lord who is in me also resides in others, it is improper to find fault with them." This teaching made a deep impression on Swami Turiyananda; thereafter, he became gentler in correcting those in his charge.

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When divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.

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431. Mere possession of wealth does not make a man rich. The sign of a rich man's house is that a light burns in each room. The poor cannot afford the oil, therefore they do not arrange for many lights.
This temple of the body should not be kept in darkness; the lamp of knowledge must be lighted in it. "Lighting the lamp of knowledge in your room, look upon the face of the Mother Divine." Everyone can attain to knowledge. There is the individualized self and there is the higher Self. Every individual is connected with the higher Self. There is a gas connection in every house, and gas can be had from the Gas Company. Only one has to apply to the proper quarters, and the supply will be arranged. Then you will have gas-light in your room (Laughter)

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Religion is Realization

430. Q. Where is God? How can we reach Him?

A. There are pearls in the sea; but you must dive again and again, until you find them. So God is in the world, but you will have to persevere, to see Him.

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Samskaras

429. How strong is the influence of Samskara (past impression or tendency)!
In a certain place there were seated some Sannyasins, when a young woman chanced to pass by. All continued as before to meditate upon God, except one person, who looked on her with a glance of his eyes. This man, who was attracted by female beauty, had formerly been a house-holder, and the father of three children when he became a Sannyasin.

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426. Many come to me , and some, I have observed, are anxious to listen to my words. But there are others who seem restless in my presence. They say to their friends in whispers, " Let us go! Let us go ! Won't you come? Well, if you mean to stay, we had better go to the boat and wait there for you!" Therefore I say that time is an important factor in all matters.
Spiritual awakening is very much a question of time. The teacher is a mere help.

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Spiritual Awakening a Question of Time

425. So long as the mind is unsteady and fickle, it availeth nothing, even though a man has got a good Guru and the company of holy men.

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256. As an unchaste woman, busily engaged in household affairs, is all the while thinking of her secret lover, so do you, O man of the world, perform your round of worldly duties, but let your heart be fixed always on God.

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255. As the street minstrel with one hand plays the guitar and with the other strikes a drum, while at the same time he sings a song, so, do you, O world-bound soul, perform all your worldly duties with your hands, never forgetting to repeat and glorify the name of the Lord with all your heart.

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254. The alligator loves to swim on the surface of the water, but is obliged to remain beneath for fear of the hunter. Yet, whenever he finds an opportunity, he rises with a deep whizzing noise, and swims happily on the watery expanse. O man, entangled in the meshes of the world, you too are anxious to swim on the surface of the Ocean of Bliss, but are prevented by the importunate demands of your family! Yet be of good cheer! Whenever you find any leisure, call eagerly upon your God, pray to Him earnestly, and tell Him all your sorrows. In due time, He will surely emancipate you, and enable you to swim happily upon the Ocean of Bliss.

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Jnana and Bhakti

400. The Knowledge of God may be likened to a man, while the Love of God is like a woman. Knowledge has entry only to the outer rooms of God, and none can enter into His mysteries save only a lover, for none but a woman has access to the inner chambers.

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Jnana and Bhakti

398. The Knowledge and Love of God are ultimately one. There is no difference between pure Knowledge and pure Love.

399. Pure Knowledge and pure Love are both one and the same. Pure Knowledge leads to the same goal which is reached by pure Devotion.(Bhakti)

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All waters are brooded over by Nârâyana, but every kind of water is not fit for drink. Similarly, though it is true that the Almighty dwells in every place, yet every place is not fit to be visited by man. As one kind of water may be used for washing our feet, another may serve the purpose of ablution, and others may be drunk, and others again may not be touched at all; so there are different kinds of places. We may approach some, we can enter into the inside of others, others we must avoid, even at a distance.

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716. Souls are said to be of four different classes: (1) the bound, (2) those aspiring to freedom, (3) the freed, and (4) those who are eternally free. When fish are caught in a net some try to make good their escape. These may be compared to the aspirants after Truth. Those that succeed in getting out of the net are the freed souls. Some are too careful to fall a victim to the tactics of the fisherman. These are the eternally free. But there are some that fall into the net without realizing their fatal situation. These swim within, settling down in the sediment at the bottom and thinking themselves quiet safe. Such are those worldly-minded men who, though immersed in the illusion of the pursuit of pleasure, feel themselves to be quiet at home. To liberated souls and aspirants after Truth, this life seems like a dark and noisome well.

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