Thursday, June 12, 2014

Two ways of God-realization words of Sri Paramahansa Ramakrishna

Sri Paramahansa Ramakrishna
Two ways of God-realization 
 words of Sri Paramahansa Ramakrishna

Ramakrishna: "There are two ways. One is the path of discrimination, the other is that of love.
Discrimination means to know the distinction between the Real and the unreal. God alone is the real and permanent Substance; all else is illusory and  impermanent. The magician alone is real; his magic is illusory. This is

"Discrimination and renunciation. Discrimination means to know the distinction between the Real and the  unreal. Renunciation means to have dispassion for the things of the world. One cannot acquire them all of a  sudden. They must be practised every day. One should renounce 'woman and gold' mentally at first. Then, by the will of God, one can renounce it both mentally and outwardly. It is impossible to ask the people of Calcutta to renounce all for the sake of God. One has to tell them to renounce mentally.

NEIGHBOUR: "What is discrimination?"

Ramakrishna: "Discrimination is the reasoning by which one knows that God alone is real and all else is unreal. Real means eternal, and unreal means impermanent. He who has acquired discrimination knows that God is the only Substance and all else is non-existent. With the awakening of this spirit of discrimination a man wants to know God. On the contrary, if a man loves the unreal-such things as creature comforts, name, fame and wealth, then he doesn't want to know God, who is of the very nature of Reality. Through discrimination between the Real and the unreal one seeks to know God.