Frasi di Ramakrishna

Ramakrishna photo
7   9

Ramakrishna

Data di nascita: 18. Febbraio 1836
Data di morte: 16. Agosto 1886
Altri nomi: Šrí Rámakršna

Gadadhar Chattopadhyay , conosciuto come Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa è stato un mistico indiano.

Ramakrishna è stato un importante mistico, nonché un guru, famoso per aver intrapreso i vari percorsi mistici delle principali religioni del mondo. I suoi insegnamenti enfatizzano la realizzazione spirituale come più alto obiettivo della vita, lo sviluppare amore e devozione per Dio, l'unicità dell'esistenza, l'armonia e la sostanziale unità delle religioni.

I discepoli di Ramakrishna, tra cui Swami Vivekananda, hanno dato vita ad un ordine inter-religioso, la Ramakrishna Mission, con lo scopo di diffondere l'idea di unicità del Divino e la validità di qualsiasi cammino religioso.

„Dio risiede in tutti gli uomini, ma essi non sono tutti in Lui e da ciò provengono le loro sofferenze.“

—  Ramakrishna

Origine: Da Sri Ramakrishna – Detti; citato in ramakrishna-math.org http://www.ramakrishna-math.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=33%3Asri-ramakrishna&id=44%3Adetti-di-sri-ramakrishna&Itemid=72.

„In this state of mind it is not proper for him to say: "I am He". When a man does all sorts of worldly things, he should not say, "I am Brahman".“

—  Ramakrishna

As quoted in Ramakrishna : Prophet of New India (1948) by Swami Nikhilananda, p. 77
Contesto: In the Kaliyuga, man, being totally dependent on food for life, cannot altogether shake off the idea that he is the body. In this state of mind it is not proper for him to say: "I am He". When a man does all sorts of worldly things, he should not say, "I am Brahman". Those who cannot give up attachment to worldly things, and who find no means to shake off the feeling of "I", should rather cherish the idea, "I am God's servant; I am His devotee."

„The inferior devotee says, "God is out there."“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 909
Contesto: There are three kinds of devotees: superior, mediocre, and inferior. The inferior devotee says, "God is out there." According to him God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says: "God is the Antaryami, the Inner Guide. God dwells in everyone's heart." The mediocre devotee sees God in the heart. But the superior devotee sees that God alone has become everything; He alone has become the twenty-four cosmic principles. He finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God.

„You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn't bear malice toward others.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 514
Contesto: A man can reach the roof of a house by stone stairs or a ladder or a rope-ladder or a rope or even by a bamboo pole. But he cannot reach the roof if he sets foot now on one and now on another. He should firmly follow one path. Likewise, in order to realize God a man must follow one path with all his strength. But you must regard other views as so many paths leading to God. You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn't bear malice toward others.

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„God is one, but He is worshipped in different ages and climes under different names and aspects.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 458
Contesto: In a potter's shop there are vessels of different shapes and forms — pots, jars, dishes, plates, etc., — but all are made of the same clay. So God is one, but He is worshipped in different ages and climes under different names and aspects.

„God is directly perceived by the mind, but not by this ordinary mind.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 68
Contesto: God is directly perceived by the mind, but not by this ordinary mind. It is the pure mind that perceives God, and at that time this ordinary mind does not function. A mind that has the slightest trace of attachment to the world cannot be called pure. When all the impurities of the mind are removed, you may call that mind Pure Mind or Pure Ātman.

„You must know that there are different tastes. There are also different powers of digestion.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 486
Contesto: You must know that there are different tastes. There are also different powers of digestion. God has made different religions and creeds to suit different aspirants. By no means all are fit for the Knowledge of Brahman. Therefore the worship of God with form has been provided. The mother brings home a fish for her children. She curries part of the fish, part she fries, and with another part she makes pilau. By no means all can digest the pilau. So she makes fish soup for those who have weak stomachs. Further, some want pickled or fried fish. There are different temperaments. There are differences in the capacity to comprehend.

„In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity.“

—  Ramakrishna

Saying 6; this is a variant of widely used teaching anecdotes of India involving blind men and an elephant.
Râmakrishna : His Life and Sayings (1898)
Contesto: Four blind men went to see an elephant. One touched the leg of the elephant, and said, "The elephant is like a pillar." The second touched the trunk, and said, "The elephant is like a thick stick or club." The third touched the belly, and said, "The elephant is like a big jar." The fourth touched the ears, and said, "The elephant is like a winnowing basket." Thus they began to dispute amongst themselves as to the figure of the elephant. A passer-by seeing them thus quarrelling, said, "What is it that you are disputing about?" They told him everything, and asked him to arbitrate. That man said, "None of you has seen the elephant. The elephant is not like a pillar, its legs are like pillars. It is not like a big water-vessel, its belly is like a water-vessel. It is not like a winnowing basket, its ears are like winnowing baskets. It is not like a thick stick or club, but its proboscis is like that. The elephant is the combination of all these." In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity.... Different creeds are but different paths to reach the Almighty.

„Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart.“

—  Ramakrishna

As quoted in Ramakrishna : Prophet of New India (1948) by Swami Nikhilananda, p. 80
Contesto: Man cannot really help the world. God alone does that — He who has created the sun and the moon, who has put love for their children in parents' hearts, endowed noble souls with compassion, and holy men and devotees with divine love. The man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself. There is gold buried in your heart, but you are not yet aware of it. It is covered with a thin layer of earth. Once you are aware of it, all these activities of yours will lessen. … Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then, through His grace, one realizes Him in course of time. God can be seen, one can talk to Him, as I am talking to you.

„The waves belong to the water. Does the water belong to the waves?“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 248
Contesto: It is not good for ordinary people to say, "I am He." The waves belong to the water. Does the water belong to the waves?
The upshot of the whole thing is that, no matter what path you follow, yoga is impossible unless the mind becomes quiet. The mind of a yogi is under his control; he is not under the control of his mind.

„Attend to all your duties but keep your mind fixed on God.“

—  Ramakrishna

As quoted in Ramakrishna and His Disciples (1965) by Christopher Isherwood, p. 265
Contesto: Chant the name of God and sing his glories unceasingly; and keep holy company. Now and then one should visit holy men and devotees of God. If a man lives in the world and busies himself day and night with worldly duties and responsibilities, he cannot give his mind to God. So it's important to go into solitude from time to time, and think about God. When the plant is young, it should be fenced on all sides. Unless there's a fence around it, goats and cattle may eat it up.
When you meditate, go into the solitude of a forest, or a quiet corner, and enter into the chamber of your heart. And always keep your power of discrimination awake. God alone is real, that is to say, eternal; everything else is unreal, because it will pass away. As you discriminate in this manner, let your mind give up its attachment to the fleeting objects of this world. … Attend to all your duties but keep your mind fixed on God. Wife, son, father, mother — live with all of them and serve them, as if they were your very own. But know in your heart of hearts that they are not your own.

„All these names and forms are illusory, like a dream. What Brahman is cannot be described.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 132
Contesto: He who is called Brahman by the jnanis is known as Atman by the yogis and as Bhagavan by the bhaktas. The same brahmin is called priest, when worshipping in the temple, and cook, when preparing a meal in the kitchen. The jnani, following the path of knowledge, always reason about the Reality saying, "not this, not this." Brahman is neither "this" nor "that"; It is neither the universe nor its living beings. Reasoning in this way, the mind becomes steady. Finally it disappears and the aspirant goes into samadhi. This is the Knowledge of Brahman. It is the unwavering conviction of the jnani that Brahman alone is real and the world is illusory. All these names and forms are illusory, like a dream. What Brahman is cannot be described. One cannot even say that Brahman is a Person. This is the opinion of the jnanis, the followers of Vedanta. But the bhaktas accept all the states of consciousness. They take the waking state to be real also. They don't think the world to be illusory, like a dream. They say that the universe is a manifestation of the God's power and glory. God has created all these — sky, stars, moon, sun, mountains, ocean, men, animals. They constitute His glory. He is within us, in our hearts. Again, He is outside. The most advanced devotees say that He Himself has become all this — the 24 cosmic principles, the universe, and all living beings. The devotee of God wants to eat sugar, and not become sugar. (All laugh.) Do you know how a lover of God feels? His attitude is: "O God, Thou art the Master, and I am Thy servant. Thou art the Mother, and I Thy child." Or again: "Thou art my Father and Mother. Thou art the Whole, and I am a part." He does not like to say, "I am Brahman." They yogi seeks to realize the Paramatman, the Supreme Soul. His ideal is the union of the embodied soul and the Supreme Soul. He withdraws his mind from sense objects and tries to concentrate on the Paramatman. Therefore, during the first stage of his spiritual discipline, he retires into solitude and with undivided attention practices meditation in a fixed posture.
But the reality is one and the same; the difference is only in name. He who is Brahman is verily Atman, and again, He is the Bhagavan. He is Brahman to the followers of the path of knowledge, Paramatman to the yogis, and Bhagavan to the lovers of God.

„He who is called Brahman by the jnanis is known as Atman by the yogis and as Bhagavan by the bhaktas.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 132
Contesto: He who is called Brahman by the jnanis is known as Atman by the yogis and as Bhagavan by the bhaktas. The same brahmin is called priest, when worshipping in the temple, and cook, when preparing a meal in the kitchen. The jnani, following the path of knowledge, always reason about the Reality saying, "not this, not this." Brahman is neither "this" nor "that"; It is neither the universe nor its living beings. Reasoning in this way, the mind becomes steady. Finally it disappears and the aspirant goes into samadhi. This is the Knowledge of Brahman. It is the unwavering conviction of the jnani that Brahman alone is real and the world is illusory. All these names and forms are illusory, like a dream. What Brahman is cannot be described. One cannot even say that Brahman is a Person. This is the opinion of the jnanis, the followers of Vedanta. But the bhaktas accept all the states of consciousness. They take the waking state to be real also. They don't think the world to be illusory, like a dream. They say that the universe is a manifestation of the God's power and glory. God has created all these — sky, stars, moon, sun, mountains, ocean, men, animals. They constitute His glory. He is within us, in our hearts. Again, He is outside. The most advanced devotees say that He Himself has become all this — the 24 cosmic principles, the universe, and all living beings. The devotee of God wants to eat sugar, and not become sugar. (All laugh.) Do you know how a lover of God feels? His attitude is: "O God, Thou art the Master, and I am Thy servant. Thou art the Mother, and I Thy child." Or again: "Thou art my Father and Mother. Thou art the Whole, and I am a part." He does not like to say, "I am Brahman." They yogi seeks to realize the Paramatman, the Supreme Soul. His ideal is the union of the embodied soul and the Supreme Soul. He withdraws his mind from sense objects and tries to concentrate on the Paramatman. Therefore, during the first stage of his spiritual discipline, he retires into solitude and with undivided attention practices meditation in a fixed posture.
But the reality is one and the same; the difference is only in name. He who is Brahman is verily Atman, and again, He is the Bhagavan. He is Brahman to the followers of the path of knowledge, Paramatman to the yogis, and Bhagavan to the lovers of God.

„Lovers of God do not belong to any caste.“

—  Ramakrishna

p. 155
Contesto: Lovers of God do not belong to any caste. … A brāhmin without this love is no longer a brāhmin. And a pariah with the love of God is no longer a pariah. Through bhakti an untouchable becomes pure and elevated.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Autori simili

Bernadetta Soubirous photo
Bernadetta Soubirous20
religiosa e mistica francese
Teresa di Lisieux photo
Teresa di Lisieux230
religiosa e mistica francese
George Sand photo
George Sand6
scrittrice e drammaturga francese
Gemma Galgani photo
Gemma Galgani6
santa italiana
Vivekananda photo
Vivekananda24
mistico indiano
Lahiri Mahasaya photo
Lahiri Mahasaya5
filosofo e guru indiano
Serafino di Sarov photo
Serafino di Sarov10
monaco, santo e mistico russo
Toro Seduto photo
Toro Seduto8
condottiero nativo americano
Andrew Jackson photo
Andrew Jackson2
7º presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America
Anniversari di oggi
Fëdor Dostoevskij photo
Fëdor Dostoevskij235
scrittore e filosofo russo 1821 - 1881
Gianluigi Buffon photo
Gianluigi Buffon71
calciatore italiano 1978
Dino Buzzati photo
Dino Buzzati66
scrittore italiano 1906 - 1972
William Butler Yeats photo
William Butler Yeats18
poeta, drammaturgo e scrittore irlandese 1865 - 1939
Altri 81 anniversari oggi
Autori simili
Bernadetta Soubirous photo
Bernadetta Soubirous20
religiosa e mistica francese
Teresa di Lisieux photo
Teresa di Lisieux230
religiosa e mistica francese
George Sand photo
George Sand6
scrittrice e drammaturga francese
Gemma Galgani photo
Gemma Galgani6
santa italiana
Vivekananda photo
Vivekananda24
mistico indiano