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Cultivating inner strength

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

1882: M.'s fourth visit to the Master

When peasants buy bullocks they select the ones with mettle:
As they were returning to the Master's room, Sri Ramakrishna said to M.: When peasants go to market to buy bullocks for their ploughs, they can easily tell the good from the bad by touching their tails. On being touched there, some meekly lie down on the ground. The peasants recognize that these are without mettle and so reject them. They select only those bullocks that frisk about and show spirit when their tails are touched. Narendra is like a bullock of this latter class. He is full of spirit within.

The Master smiled as he said this, and continued: There are some people who have no grit whatever. They are like flattened rice soaked in milk soft and mushy. No inner strength!


Why God?
  1. Getting overwhelmed with the sorrows of the world
  2. Goal of human life is to love God
  3. God alone is real, all else is illusory
Nature of God:
  1. God is with and without form
  2. God is our inner guide
  3. Communion with God is full of bliss
  4. God is our very own
  5. God creates both good and bad
  6. God gives the results of our actions
  7. God is like a magnet which attracts a pure mind
  8. In every age God incarnates Himself to teach humanity
Nature of Guru:
  1. Satchidananda alone is the guru
Nature of Man:
  1. Four classes of men
  2. Nature of the ever-free
Path to God:
  1. Repeating God's name and singing His glories
  2. Keeping holy company
  3. Going into solitude and meditating on God
  4. Discriminating between the Real and the unreal
  5. Remembering God while performing worldly duties
  6. Crying to God with an intensely yearning heart
  7. Keeping away from the evil-minded
  8. Having tremendous faith in God
  9. Cultivating inner strength
  10. Earnestly praying to God
  11. Purifying the mind of impurities
  12. Following the instructions of the Guru
Things to avoid:
  1. Sin begets its own result
  2. One should avoid anger
Signs of Spiritual Progress:
  1. Hearing the name of God you shed tears
  2. Feeling that God alone is the doer and I am a mere instrument
Religion:
  1. With deep yearning God may be realised by any path

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Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
Simplify Life,
And make the Nature thrive,
Plant Trees,
And make our planet Green.

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