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Some Sayings of Ramakrishna

What you wish others to do, do yourself.

There is no difference between pure knowledge and pure love.

The teachings of all the wise men of the world are essentially one and the same.

Remain always strong and steadfast in thy own faith, but eschew all bigotry and intolerance.

When does a man get his salvation?
When his egoism dies.

Be not like the frog in the well. The frog in the well knows nothing bigger and grander than its well. So are all bigots; they do not see anything better than their own creeds.

A truly religious man should think that other religions also are paths leading to truth. We should always maintain an attitude of respect towards other religions.

Common men talk bagfuls of religion, but act not a grain of it, while the wise man speaks little, but his whole life is a religion acted out.

It is easy to utter "do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si" by mouth, but not so easy to sing or play them on any instrument. So it is easy to talk religion, but it is difficult to act religion.

Vanity is like a heap of rubbish or ashes on which the water, as soon as it falls, dries away. Prayers and contemplations produce no effect upon the heart puffed up with vanity.

A lover and a knower of God were once passing through a forest. On their way they saw a tiger at a distance. The knower of God said, "There is no reason why we should flee; the Almighty God will certainly—protect us." At this the lover said, "No, brother, come let us run away. Why should we trouble the Lord for what can be accomplished by our own exertions."

As it is very difficult to gather together the mustard-seeds that escape out of a torn package, and are scattered in all directions; so when the human mind runs in diverse directions and is occupied with many things in the world, it is not a very easy affair to collect and concentrate it.

There are three kinds of love, selfish, mutual, and unselfish. The selfish love is the lowest. It only looks towards its own happiness, no matter whether the beloved suffers weal or woe. In mutual love the lover not only wants the happiness of his or her beloved, but has an eye towards his or her own happiness also. The unselfish love is of the highest kind. The lover only minds the welfare of the beloved.

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Ramakrishna

  • Born on February 18th, 1836 in Kamarpukur, India and died on August 16th, 1886.
  • Birth name was Gadadhar Chattopadhyay.
  • Was a famous mystic of 19th-century India.
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