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God is our inner guide

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

February 1882: M.'s second visit to the Master

God is the real teacher and our inner guide:
M: Sir, suppose one believes in God with form. Certainly He is not the clay image!
MASTER (interrupting): But why clay? It is an image of Spirit.

M. could not quite understand the significance of this "image of Spirit".
But, sir, he said to the Master, one should explain to those who worship the clay image that it is not God, and that, while worshipping it, they should have God in view and not the clay image. One should not worship clay.

MASTER (sharply): That's the one hobby of you Calcutta people giving lectures and bringing others to the light! Nobody ever stops to consider how to get the light himself. Who are you to teach others? He who is the Lord of the Universe will teach everyone. He alone teaches us, who has created this universe; who has made the sun and moon, men and beasts, and all other beings; who has provided means for their sustenance; who has given children parents and endowed them with love to bring them up. The Lord has done so many things will He not show people the way to worship Him? If they need teaching, then He will be the Teacher. He is our Inner Guide.

Suppose there is an error in worshipping the clay image; doesn't God know that through it He alone is being invoked? He will he pleased with that very worship. Why should you get a headache over it? You had better try for knowledge and devotion yourself.


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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