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Ramakrishna Quotes

A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.

Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be.

Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.

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.

God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.

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

If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.

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

If you want to go east, don't go west.

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.

Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached.

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.

More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.

Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.

The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.

The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.

The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.