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Having tremendous faith in God

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

1882: M.'s third visit to the Master

The tremendous power of faith:
A DEVOTEE: Sir, is there no help, then, for such a worldly person?

MASTER: Certainly there is. From time to time he should live in the company of holy men, and from time to time go into solitude to meditate on God. Furthermore, he should practise discrimination and pray to God, 'Give me faith and devotion.' Once a person has faith he has achieved everything. There is nothing greater than faith.

(To Kedar) You must have heard about the tremendous power of faith. It is said in the purana that Rama, who was God Himself the embodiment of Absolute Brahman had to build a bridge to cross the sea to Ceylon. But Hanuman, trusting in Rama's name, cleared the sea in one jump and reached the other side. He had no need of a bridge. (All laugh)

Once a man was about to cross the sea. Bibhishana wrote Rama's name on a leaf, tied it in a corner of the man's wearing-cloth, and said to him: 'Don't be afraid. Have faith and walk on the water. But look here the moment you lose faith you will be drowned.' The man was walking easily on the water. Suddenly he had an intense desire to see what was tied in his cloth. He opened it and found only a leaf with the name of Rama written on it. 'What is this?' he thought. 'Just the name of Rama!' As soon as doubt entered his mind he sank under the water.

If a man has faith in God, then even if he has committed the most heinous sins such as killing a cow, a brahmin, or a woman he will certainly be saved through his faith. Let him only say to God, 'O Lord, I Will not repeat such an action', and he need not be afraid of anything.

When he had said this, the Master sang:
If only I can pass away repeating Durga's name,
How canst Thou then, O Blessed One,
Withhold from me deliverance,
Wretched though I may be?
I may have stolen a drink of wine,
or killed a child unborn,
Or slain a woman or a cow,
Or even caused a brahmin's death;
But, though it all be true,
Nothing of this can make me feel the least uneasiness;
For through the power of Thy sweet name
My wretched soul may still aspire
Even to Brahmanhood.


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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