Sri Ramakrishna Sayings and Quotes
- If you please God, everyone will be
pleased. It is God alone that exists in the heart of the holy man.
- Pray to God with a longing heart. He will
surely listen to your prayer if it is sincere.
- People of small intellect seek occult
powers—powers to cure disease, win a lawsuit, walk on water, and
such things. But the genuine devotees of God don't want anything
except His Lotus Feet.
- 'I' and 'mine'—that is ignorance. True
knowledge makes one feel: 'O God, You alone do everything. You alone
are my own. And to You alone belong houses, buildings, family,
relatives, friends, the whole world. All is Yours.' But ignorance
makes one feel: 'I am doing everything. I am the doer. House,
buildings, family, children, friends, and property are all mine.'
- What you do day and night comes out
through your mouth. A man belches what he eats. If he eats radish,
he belches radish; if he eats green coconut, he belches green
coconut. Day and night you live in
the midst of 'woman and gold'; so your mouth utters words about that
alone. By constantly thinking of worldly things a man becomes
calculating and deceitful. On the other hand, he becomes guileless
by thinking of God.
- The sign of a man's having realized God is
that he has become like a dry coconut. He has become utterly free
from the consciousness that he is the body. He does not feel happy
or unhappy with the happiness or unhappiness of the body. He does
not seek the comforts of the body. He roams about in the world as a
jivanmukta, one liberated in life.
- Prema means such love for God that it
makes a man forget the world and also his body, which is so dear to
- It is good to help those who yearn for
God. Thus one makes good use of one's money.
- By being guileless one can speedily
realize God. There are several kinds of people who do not attain
divine knowledge. First, a man with a
perverse mind; he is not guileless. Second, one who is very
fastidious about outer purity. Third, a doubting person.
- A little spiritual discipline is
necessary. Through the practice of
discipline one gradually obtains divine joy. Suppose a jar with
money inside is hidden deep under the earth and someone wants to
possess it. In that case he must take the trouble of digging for it.
As he digs, he perspires. After much digging the spade strikes the
metal jar. He feels a thrill at the sound. The more sound the spade
makes, striking against the jar, the more joy he feels.
- To attain God a man must have certain
favourable conditions: the company of holy men, discrimination, and
the blessings of a real teacher. Perhaps his elder brother takes the
responsibility for the family; perhaps his wife has spiritual
qualities and is very virtuous; perhaps he is not married at all or
entangled in worldly life. He succeeds when conditions like these
Sri Ramakrishna Quotes