The supreme purpose and goal for human life... is to cultivate love.— Ramakrishna
The most authentic Ramakrishna quotes that will transform you to a better person
God can be realized through all paths.
All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one.
One should not think, 'My religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.' God can be realized by means of all paths. It is enough to have sincere yearning for God. Infinite are the paths and infinite are the opinions.
The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.
The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.
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Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation.
So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.
One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.
Sunlight is one and the same wherever it falls;
but only a bright surface like that of water, or of a mirror reflects it fully. So is the light Divine. It falls equally and impartially on all hearts, but the pure and pious hearts of holy men receive and reflect that light well.
Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good.
The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward.
Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.
The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
It's enough to have faith in one aspect of God.
You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be.
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart.
The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.
The winds of God's grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.
Sugar and sand may be mixed together, but the ant rejects the sand and goes off with the sugar grain; so pious men lift the good from the bad.
Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
The breeze of grace is always blowing on you.
You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward.
The tree laden with fruits always bends low. If you wish to be great, be lowly and meek.
Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
The young bamboo can be easily bent, but the full grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God, but the untrained heart of the old escapes the hold whenever it is so drawn.
Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.
You should love everyone because God dwells in all beings.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it.
The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.
The breeze of grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze.
When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal;
and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.
Bhakti is the one essential thing. To be sure, God exists in all beings. Who, then is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God. But this is not possible as long as one has egotism and vanity. The water of God's grace cannot collect on the high mound of egotism. It runs down.
So long as one does not become simple like a child, one does not get divine illumination. Forget all the worldly knowledge that thou hast acquired and become as a child, and then will thou get the divine wisdom.
If you spent one-tenth of the time you devoted to distractions like chasing women or making money to spiritual practice, you would be enlightened in a few years.
Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart.
Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.
The truth is that you cannot attain God if you have even a trace of desire.
Subtle is the way of dharma. If you are trying to thread a needle, you will not succeed if the thread has even a slight fiber sticking out.
When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.
One day, it was suddenly revealed to me that everything is pure spirit.
When an unbaked pot is broken, the potter can use the mud to make a new one;
but when a baked one is broken, he cannot do the same any longer. So when a person dies in a state of ignorance, he is born again; but when he becomes well baked in the fire of true knowledge and dies a perfect man, he is not born again.
Try to cultivate love of God. You are born as a human being only to attain divine love.
Those whose spiritual awareness has been awakened never make a false move.
They don't have to avoid evil. They are so replete with love that whatever they do is a good action. They are fully conscious that they are not the doer of their actions, but only servants of God.
Man suffers through lack of faith in God.
A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.
If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them.
The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
The way of love is as true as the way of knowledge.
All paths ultimately lead to the same Truth. But as long as God keeps the feeling of ego in us, it is easier to follow the path of love.
The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe.
Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.