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Ramakrishna Quote: “The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as “I am such an important man” or “I am so and so”. Level the mound of “I” to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.”

The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as “I am such an important man” or “I am so and so”. Level the mound of “I” to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.

— Ramakrishna



Ramakrishna Quote: “If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.”

If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Great men have the nature of a child.”

Great men have the nature of a child.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.”

When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “As the shell, the pith and the kernel of the fruit are all produced form one parent seed of the tree, so from the one Lord is produced the whole of creation, animate and inanimate, spiritual and material.”

As the shell, the pith and the kernel of the fruit are all produced form one parent seed of the tree, so from the one Lord is produced the whole of creation, animate and inanimate, spiritual and material.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you will also have bliss. The Bliss indeed is eternal, only it is covered and obscured by ignorance. The less your attachment is towards the senses, the more will be your love towards God .”

Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you will also have bliss. The Bliss indeed is eternal, only it is covered and obscured by ignorance. The less your attachment is towards the senses, the more will be your love towards God .

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Do yourself what you wish others to do.”

Do yourself what you wish others to do.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna



Ramakrishna Quote: “Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.”

Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Dislodging a green nut from it’s shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.”

Dislodging a green nut from it’s shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.”

To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Many people think they cannot have knowledge or understanding of God without reading books. But hearing is better than reading, and seeing is better than hearing. Hearing about Benares is different from reading about it; but seeing Benares is different from either hearing or reading.”

Many people think they cannot have knowledge or understanding of God without reading books. But hearing is better than reading, and seeing is better than hearing. Hearing about Benares is different from reading about it; but seeing Benares is different from either hearing or reading.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “The fool who repeats again and again: “I am bound, I am bound,” remains in bondage. He who repeats day and night: “I am a sinner, I am a sinner,” becomes a sinner indeed.”

The fool who repeats again and again: “I am bound, I am bound,” remains in bondage. He who repeats day and night: “I am a sinner, I am a sinner,” becomes a sinner indeed.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn’t bear malice toward others.”

You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn’t bear malice toward others.

— Ramakrishna



Ramakrishna Quote: “The compassion that you see in the kindhearted is God’s compassion. He has given it to them to protect the helpless.”

The compassion that you see in the kindhearted is God’s compassion. He has given it to them to protect the helpless.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.”

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “An ocean of bliss may rain down from the heavens, but if you hold up only a thimble, that is all you receive.”

An ocean of bliss may rain down from the heavens, but if you hold up only a thimble, that is all you receive.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Men are like pillow-cases. The colour of one may be red, that of another blue, and that of the third black; but all contain the same cotton within. So it is with man; one is beautiful, another is ugly, a third holy, and a fourth wicked; but the Divine Being dwells in them all.”

Men are like pillow-cases. The colour of one may be red, that of another blue, and that of the third black; but all contain the same cotton within. So it is with man; one is beautiful, another is ugly, a third holy, and a fourth wicked; but the Divine Being dwells in them all.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “God had created the world in play.”

God had created the world in play.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “The vanities of all others may gradually die out, but the vanity of a saint regarding his sainthood is hard indeed to wear away.”

The vanities of all others may gradually die out, but the vanity of a saint regarding his sainthood is hard indeed to wear away.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Who is whose Guru? God alone is the guide and Guru of the universe.”

Who is whose Guru? God alone is the guide and Guru of the universe.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.”

Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Live like a mud-fish: its skin is bright and shiny even though it lives in mud.”

Live like a mud-fish: its skin is bright and shiny even though it lives in mud.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “As for myself, I look upon all women as my Mother. This is a very pure attitude of mind. There is no risk or danger in it. To look upon a woman as one’s sister is also not bad. But the other attitudes are very difficult and dangerous. It is almost impossible to keep to the purity of the ideal.”

As for myself, I look upon all women as my Mother. This is a very pure attitude of mind. There is no risk or danger in it. To look upon a woman as one’s sister is also not bad. But the other attitudes are very difficult and dangerous. It is almost impossible to keep to the purity of the ideal.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Those who wish to attain God and progress in religious devotion, should particularly guard themselves against the snares of lust and wealth. Otherwise they can never attain perfection.”

Those who wish to attain God and progress in religious devotion, should particularly guard themselves against the snares of lust and wealth. Otherwise they can never attain perfection.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions.”

With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “One cannot completely get rid of the six passions: lust, anger, greed, and the like. Therefore one should direct them to God. If you must have desire and greed, then you should desire love of God and be greedy to attain Him.”

One cannot completely get rid of the six passions: lust, anger, greed, and the like. Therefore one should direct them to God. If you must have desire and greed, then you should desire love of God and be greedy to attain Him.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “The ordinary man says in his ignorance, “My religion is the sole religion, my religion is the best.” But when his heart is illuminated by the true knowledge, he knows that beyond all the battles of sects and of sectaries presides the one, indivisible, eternal and omnipresent Benediction.”

The ordinary man says in his ignorance, “My religion is the sole religion, my religion is the best.” But when his heart is illuminated by the true knowledge, he knows that beyond all the battles of sects and of sectaries presides the one, indivisible, eternal and omnipresent Benediction.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Honour both spirit and form, the sentiment within as well as the symbol without.”

Honour both spirit and form, the sentiment within as well as the symbol without.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Respect is heaven, respect is liberation.”

Respect is heaven, respect is liberation.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.”

Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “All will surely realize God. All will be liberated. It may be that some get their meal in the morning, some at noon, and some in the evening; but none will go without food. All, without any exception, will certainly know their real Self.”

All will surely realize God. All will be liberated. It may be that some get their meal in the morning, some at noon, and some in the evening; but none will go without food. All, without any exception, will certainly know their real Self.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “The world is not impermanent if one lives there after knowing God.”

The world is not impermanent if one lives there after knowing God.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.”

The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “As for me, I consider myself as a speck of the dust of the devotee’s feet.”

As for me, I consider myself as a speck of the dust of the devotee’s feet.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “As a toy fruit or a toy elephant reminds one of the real fruit and the living animal, so do the images that are worshipped remind one of the God who is formless and eternal.”

As a toy fruit or a toy elephant reminds one of the real fruit and the living animal, so do the images that are worshipped remind one of the God who is formless and eternal.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.”

One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “God cannot be realizxd if there is the slightest trace of pride.”

God cannot be realizxd if there is the slightest trace of pride.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists, and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and Christians will realize Him too. All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere.”

With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists, and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and Christians will realize Him too. All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere.

— Ramakrishna


Ramakrishna Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramakrishna

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