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One attains God when one has developed intense dispassion. One’s heart and soul must yearn for Him. God will certainly grant His vision if you call on Him with real longing.

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Will my days just pass in vain, O Lord?
Day and night my eyes are on the path of hope.

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As is one’s meditation, so is his heart moved by love.
As one feels, so does he gain. The root of all is faith.
If the mind can dip into the reservoir of nectar that is Mother Kali’s feet,
Then worship and oblations, sacrifices and rituals are of no avail.

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What is not possible when one has faith in God? He who has genuine faith believes in God with form and the Formless One – Rama, Krishna, and Bhagavati (Mother of the Universe) – in all of them.

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'You and Yours' comes from spiritual knowledge; the feeling of 'I and mine' is ignorance. Oh Lord, You are the doer, I am a non-doer - this is Knowledge. Oh Lord, all belongs to You - body, mind, home, family, the universe and its living beings - they are all Yours, nothing belongs to me. This feeling is Knowledge

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You have, no doubt, the power of His spark within yourself.

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The Master said: "Everything that exists is God." The pupil understood it literally, but not in the true spirit. While he was passing through a street, he met with an elephant.
The driver (mahout) shouted aloud from his high place,
"Move away, move away!"
The pupil argued in his mind, "Why should I move away? I am God, so is the elephant also God. What fear has God of Himself?" Thinking thus he did not move.
At last the elephant took him up by his trunk, and dashed him aside. He was severely hurt, and going back to his Master, he related the whole adventure.
The Master said, "All right, you are God. The elephant is God also, but God in the shape of the elephant-driver was warning you also from above. Why did you not pay heed to his warnings?"

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This is the surest way to handicap oneself, this burdening of one’s mind with the fear of failure and thought of one’s failings. That fear is not true. The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature.

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When will you lie down happily between your wives, Purity and Defilement? When you see no difference between these two, then shall you see the Divine Mother Kali.

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One must establish a relationship with God to attain Him – either the attitude of a hero, or of a female lover of the Lord, or of a handmaid, or of a child.

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Heinous sins - the sins of many births - and accumulated ignorance all disappear in the twinkling of an eye, through the grace of God. When light enters a room that has been kept dark a thousand years, does it remove the thousand years' darkness little by little, or instantly? Of course, at the mere touch of light all the darkness disappears".

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All doubts vanish when one sees God. It is one thing to hear about God and quite another thing to have His vision. Through hearing alone, one cannot have one hundred percent faith. However, by having a direct vision of God, one is wholly convinced.

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Bhakthi purifies the heart, elevates the feelings and universalizes the vision. It also brings down the Grace of God.

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It is God alone who has become everything. The world does not exist apart from God. He who sees the Lord in one limited area only is a man of ‘partial wisdom’. He believes that God does not exist beyond that particular thing.

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I asked the Mother for pure love and devotion. I said to the Mother, ‘Here is Your righteousness, here is Your unrighteousness. Take them and grant me pure love and devotion. Here is Your purity and also Your impurity, only grant me pure love. Mother, here is Your vice and here is your virtue, only grant me pure love and devotion.

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It is He who makes us do everything. He indeed is the Doer; man is only an instrument. But this, too, is true: one has to reap the fruit of one’s actions. If you do an evil deed, you will bear the result. But he who has attained God, who has gained the Lord’s vision, can commit no sin.

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Surrender everything at His feet and give Him the general power of attorney. Let Him do what He considers best for you. If you place your responsibility on a great man, he will never do you any harm. Of course, spiritual practice is needed.

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However much one may have studied books, it is all futile unless one has love and devotion for God, unless one has the desire to realize Him. A mere pundit without discrimination and non-attachment has his attention fixed on ‘lust and greed’. The knowledge which leads one to the realization of God is real knowledge. All else is futile.

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How long must one perform sandhya and other rituals? As long as the hair on the body does not stand on end and the eyes do not fill with tears while repeating the name of God. Both these states are the signs of God realization; they indicate pure love and devotion. Having realized God, one goes beyond virtue and vice. The nearer you approach God, the more He lessens your work.

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O Compassionate One, who but You is my friend?
Who else remains a friend in happiness and sorrow; who else can assuage the pain of my misdeeds?
This sea of the world is full of peril; who but You can take me safely across?
Whose grace but Yours can calm the raging storm of my passions?
Who but You pours out the water of peace to extinguish the burning torment of my soul?
And when all others have forsaken me, who but You embraces me in my dying hour?

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O King of kings, reveal Yourself to me.
At Your feet I dedicate my soul and my life,
Seared by the fire of this world,
And a heart stained with wrongful acts.
O compassionate Lord, entangled in maya, I live as one who is dead.
Revive me by Your life-giving glance.

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God alone is the Substance; all else is meaningless.

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There is something beyond knowledge of the Absolute. After jnana, comes vijnana. He who is aware of knowledge is also aware of ignorance. He who has knowledge also has ignorance. If a thorn pricks your foot, you have to use another thorn to take out the first. Having done that, you throw both thorns away. That is why vijnana is necessary.

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Though I am not loath to grant liberation, pure love I hesitate to give.
Whoever wins pure love surpasses all, is adored by all; Such a one triumphs over the three worlds.

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Sometimes He (the Master) would ask a disciple if he wanted to marry and earn money. If he replied that "he would not marry but would have to enter, service for - earning money, it would not satisfy the Master who was a tremendous lover of freedom. He would say: "If you do not marry, why then be the slave of someone all your life? Give your whole heart to God and worship Him., Being born in the world this should be man's highest ambition. But if that is, not possible, then marry. But make the realisation of God your highest goal, and maintain your life ever honestly." Such were Sri Ramakrishna's views.

SWAMI SARADANANDA

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I salute Sri Ramakrishna, the blissful Self, by reverentially approaching whom the wise get rid of attachment, become pure in mind, and realize Brahman, so difficult to attain.

SRI RAMAKRISHNA BHAGAVATAM

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