Ramakrishna Quotes

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. 
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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. 
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God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God. 
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If a man prays to Thee with a yearning heart, he can reach Thee, through Thy grace, by any path.
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Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal, and you will also have bliss.
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Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached. 
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The waves belong to the water. Does the water belong to the waves?
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The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth. 
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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.
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Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.
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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.
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Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.
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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.
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Knowledge leads to unity, but Ignorance to diversity.
So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.
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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.
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If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you. 
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Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
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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. 
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If you want to go east, don't go west. 
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The sun can give heat and light to the whole world, but he cannot do so when the clouds shut out his rays. Similarly as long as egotism veils the heart, God cannot shine upon it.
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Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth. 
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The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself. 
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As long as I live, so long do I learn.
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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? O man, because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
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When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low. 
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Water and a bubble on it are one and the same. The bubble has its birth in the water, floats on it, and is ultimately resolved into it. 
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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. 
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Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house. 
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Ramakrishna Biography

Born: February 18, 1836
Died: August 16, 1886

Ramkrishna Paramhamsa was a Indian mystic philosopher. He and his disciple Swami Vivekananda were very influential during and after his time.

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