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

Ramakrishna Paramahansa on the Sense of Doership

(Selections from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) What is knowledge? And what is the nature of this ego? 'God alone is the Doer, and none else' - that is knowledge. I am not the doer; I am a mere instrument in His hand. Therefore I say: 'O Mother, Thou art the Operator and I am … Continue reading Ramakrishna Paramahansa on the Sense of Doership

Ramana Maharshi on Sense of Doership, Karma and Karma Yoga

The present difficulty is that the man thinks that he is the doer. But it is a mistake. It is the Higher Power which does everything and the man is only a tool. If he accepts that position he is free from troubles; otherwise he courts them. Take for instance, the figure in a gopuram … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Sense of Doership, Karma and Karma Yoga