Ramakrishna Quotes

  • A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in boat. A spiritual aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.

     

  • The supreme purpose and goal for human life… is to cultivate love.

  • God laughs on two occasions. He laughs when the physician says to the patient’s mother, ‘Don’t be afraid, mother; I shall certainly cure your boy.’ God laughs, saying to Himself, ‘I am going to take his life, and this man says he will save it!’ The physician thinks he is the master, forgetting that God is the Master. God laughs again when two brothers divide their land with a string, saying to each other, ‘This side is mine and that side is yours.’ He laughs and says to Himself, ‘The whole universe belongs to Me, but they say they own this portion or that portion.’

  • 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.

  • Why does God allow evil in the world? To thicken the plot.

  • 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.

  • God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.

  • One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.

  • As long as I live, so long do I learn.

  • All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one.

  • It is true that God is even in the tiger, but we must not go and face the animal. So it is true that God dwells even in the most wicked, but it is not meet that we should associate with the wicked.

  • Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God.

  • It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.

  • Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation.
    So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance.
    But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.

  • One should not think, ‘My religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.’ God can be realized by means of all paths. It is enough to have sincere yearning for God. Infinite are the paths and infinite are the opinions.

  • An ocean of bliss may rain down from the heavens, but if you hold up only a thimble, that is all you receive

  • The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.

  • Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.

  • The breeze of grace is always blowing on you. You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward.

  • Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart.

  • The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.

  • It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.

  • If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.

  • If you meditate on your ideal, you will acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will acquire the nature of God.

  • Sunlight is one and the same wherever it falls; but only a bright surface like that of water, or of a mirror reflects it fully. So is the light Divine. It falls equally and impartially on all hearts, but the pure and pious hearts of holy men receive and reflect that light well.