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Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna: February 18, 1883: Master's birthday celebration at Dakshineswar

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

SRI RAMAKRISHNA arrived at Govinda Mukherji's house at Belgharia, near Calcutta. Besides Narendra, Ram, and other devotees, some of Govinda's neighbours were present. The Master first sang and danced with the devotees. After the kirtan they sat down. Many saluted the Master. Now and then he would say, "Bow before God."

"It is God alone", he said, "who has become all this. But in certain places for instance, in a holy man there is a greater manifestation than in others. You may say, there are wicked men also. That is true, even as there are tigers and lions; but one need not hug the 'tiger God'. One should keep away from him and salute him from a distance. Take water, for instance. Some water may be drunk, some may be used for worship, some for bathing, and some only for washing dishes."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

A NEIGHBOUR: "Revered sir, what are the doctrines of Vedanta?"
MASTER: "The Vedantist says, 'I am He.' Brahman is real and the world illusory. Even the 'I' is illusory. Only the Supreme Brahman exists. "But the 'I' cannot be got rid of. Therefore it is good to have the feeling, 'I am the servant of God, His son, His devotee.'

"For the Kaliyuga the path of bhakti is especially good. One can realize God through bhakti too. As long as one is conscious of the body, one is also conscious of objects. Form, taste, smell, sound, and touch these are the objects. It is extremely difficult to get rid of the consciousness of objects. And one cannot realize 'I am He' as long as one is aware of objects.

"The sannyasi is very little conscious of worldly objects. But the householder is always engrossed in them. Therefore it is good for him to feel, 'I am the servant of God.'"

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

NEIGHBOUR: "Sir, we are sinners. What will happen to us?"
MASTER: "All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree fly away, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.

"Again, you find that the water of a reservoir dug in a meadow is evaporated by the heat of the sun. Likewise, the water of the reservoir of sin is dried up by the singing of the name and glories of God.

"You must practise it every day. The other day, at the circus, I saw a horse running at top speed, with an Englishwoman standing on one foot on its back. How much she must have practised to acquire that skill!

"Weep at least once to see God.
"These, then, are the two means: practice and passionate attachment to God, that is to say, restlessness of the soul to see Him."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna began his midday meal with the devotees. It was about one o'clock. A devotee sang in the courtyard below:
Awake, Mother! Awake! How long Thou hast been asleep
In the lotus of the Muladhara!
Fulfil Thy secret function, Mother:
Rise to the thousand-petalled lotus within the head,
Where mighty Siva has His dwelling;
Swiftly pierce the six lotuses
And take away my grief, O Essence of Consciousness!


Hearing the song, Sri Ramakrishna went into samadhi; his whole body became still, and his hand remained touching the plate of food. He could eat no more. After a long time his mind came down partially to the plane of the sense world, and he said, "I want to go downstairs." A devotee led him down very carefully. Still in an abstracted mood, he sat near the singer. The song had ended. The Master said to him very humbly, "Sir, I want to hear the chanting of the Mother's name again."

The musician sang:
Awake, Mother! Awake! How long Thou hast been asleep
In the lotus of the Muladhara! . . .


The Master again went into ecstasy.


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Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna - Chapters:
  1. Feb, 1882: First visit of M to the Master
  2. 1882: Second visit of M to the Master
  3. 1882: Third Visit of M to the Master
  4. 1882: Fourth Visit of M to the Master
  5. Mar 11, 1882: Master in the house of Balaram
  6. 1882: Visit of M at Dakshineswar
  7. Apr 2, 1882: Master's visit to Keshab
  8. Sun, Apr 9, 1882: Master in Prankrishna Mukherji's house
  9. Aug 5, 1882: Master's visit to Vidyasagar
  10. Aug 13, 1882: Conversation in the Temple Garden
  11. Aug 24, 1882: Conversation in Dakshineswar
  12. Oct 16, 1882: Before Durga Puja
  13. Oct 22, 1882: Durga Puja Vijaya
  14. Oct 24, 1882: Visit of M at Dakshineswar
  15. October 27, 1882: Master's boat trip with Keshab
  16. October 28, 1882: Master with brahmo devotees
  17. November 15, 1882: Master at the circus
  18. November 16, 1882: Master at Calcutta
  19. November 19, 1882: Jagaddhatri Puja
  20. November, 1882: Master at Calcutta
  21. December 1882: Master at Dakshineswar
  22. December 1882: Master at Dakshineswar
  23. December 14, 1882: Master and Vijay Goswami
  24. January 01, 1883: Master at Dakshineswar
  25. February 18, 1883: Master's birthday celebration at Dakshineswar

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