Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Compassion and Attachment

"Remember that daya (compassion), and maya (attachment), are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of 'my-ness' toward one's relatives. It is the love one feels for one's parents, one's brother, one's sister, one's wife and children. Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world. It is an attitude of equality. … Continue reading Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Compassion and Attachment

Ramakrishna Paramahansa on God and Worldly Duties

MASTER: "Perform your duties in an unselfish spirit. The work that Vidyasagar is engaged in is very good. Always try to perform your duties without desiring any result." M: "Yes, sir. But may I know if one can realize God while performing one's duties? Can 'Rama' and 'desire' coexist? The other day I read in … Continue reading Ramakrishna Paramahansa on God and Worldly Duties

Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Philanthropy

"God can be realized when a man acquires sattva. Householders engage in philanthropic work, such as charity, mostly with a motive. That is not good. But actions without motives are good. Yet it is very difficult to leave motives out of one's actions. "When you realize God, will you pray to Him, 'O God, please … Continue reading Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Philanthropy

The Ultimate Liberal Called Ramakrishna Paramahansa

"The feeling of 'I ' and 'mine' is ignorance. People say that Rani Rasmani built the Kāli temple; but nobody says it was the work of God. They say that such and such a person established the Brahmo Samaj; but nobody says it was founded through the will of God. This feeling, 'I am the … Continue reading The Ultimate Liberal Called Ramakrishna Paramahansa

Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Work, Charity, and Love of God

BRAHMO: "But what about our worldly duties-duties associated with our earning money, and so on?" Ramakrishna Paramahansa: "Yes, you can perform them too, but only as much as you need for your livelihood. At the same time, you must pray to God in solitude, with tears in your eyes, that you may be able to … Continue reading Ramakrishna Paramahansa on Work, Charity, and Love of God