Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

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Quotes of Sri Ramakrishna

“Dive deep! Dive deep, my mind!
Into the Ocean of Divine Bliss”

- Sri Ramakrishna

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 “Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.”

- Sri Ramakrishna

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

- Sri Ramakrishna

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 “Do you know what I see? I see Him as all. Men and other creatures appear to me only as hollow forms, moving their heads and hands and feet, but within is the Lord Himself.”

- Sri Ramakrishna

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 “You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Friends, similarly you cannot see God because of your ignorance, but say not that there is no God. “

- Sri Ramakrishna

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” There are pearls in the deep sea, but one must hazard all to find them. If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them. Dive again and again. You are sure to be rewarded in the end. So is it with the finding of the Lord in this world. If your first attempt proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in your efforts. You are sure to realise Him at last. “

- Sri Ramakrishna

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 “Is it possible to understand God’s action and His motive? He creates, He preserves, and He destroys. Can we ever understand why He destroys? I say to the Divine Mother: “O Mother, I do not need to understand. Please give me love for Thy Lotus Feet.”. The aim of human life is to attain bhakti. As for other things, the Mother knows best. I have come to the garden to eat mangoes. What is the use of my calculating the number of trees, branches, and leaves? I only eat the mangoes; I don’t need to know the number of trees and leaves. “

- Sri Ramakrishna

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” Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it ‘jal’, others at another place and call it ‘pani’, and still others at a third place and call it ‘water’. The Hindus call it ‘jal’, the Christians ‘water’, and the Moslems ‘pani’. But it is one and the same thing. ”

- Sri Ramakrishna

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Quotes from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna taken with permission from Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York