YOU HAVE NOT yet understood the wonderful significance of Mother's life - none of you. But gradually you will know. Without Shakti (Power) there is no regeneration for the world. Why is it that our country is the weakest and the most backward of all countries? Because Shakti is held in dishonour there. Mother has been born to revive that wonderful Shakti in India; and making her the nucleus, once more will Gargis and Maiteryis be born into the world. Dear brother, you understand little now, but by degrees you will come to know it all.
To me, Mother's grace is a hundred thousand times more valuable than Father's. Mother's grace, Mother's blessings are all paramount to me…please pardon me, I am a little bigoted here, as regards Mother. If but Mother orders, her demons can work anything. - Swami Vivekananda
Work and Purity of Mind - Maa Sarada
One must do some work. Through work alone one can remove the bondage of work, not by avoiding work. Total detachment comes later on. One should not be without work even for a moment.
(To a person who carelessly threw away the broom after sweeping the courtyard) "What is this? You have thrown away the broom with such disrespect when the work is done. It takes only the same length of time to put it gently in a corner as it does to throw it aside. One should not trifle with a thing, though it may be very insignificant. Will you not again need that broom? One should perform even an insignificant work with respect.
Holy Mother: "One must bear with everything, because all our facilities are determined by actions. Again, actions can be cancelled by actions."
Disciple : "Can action ever cancel action?"
Holy Mother: "Why not? If you do a good action, that will counteract your past evil action. Past sins can be counteracted by meditation, japa and spiritual thought."
How many are there who can meditate and practice japa all the time? At first they earnestly practice these disciplines, but their brains become heated in the long run by sitting constantly on their prayer rugs. They become very vain. They also suffer from mental worries by reflecting on different things. It is much better to work than to allow the mind to roam at large. For when the mind gets a free scope to wander, it creates much confusion. My Naren (Swami Vivekananda) thought of these things and wisely founded institutions where people would do disinterested work.
No doubt, you must do your duties. It keeps one's mind in good condition. But it is also very necessary to practice japa, meditation and prayer. One must practice these disciplines at least in the morning and the evening. Such practice is like the rudder of a boat.
The householders have no need of external renunciation. They will spontaneously get the internal renunciation. But some people need external renunciation.
Why should you be afraid? Surrender yourself to Sri Ramakrishna and always remember that he stands behind you.
It is true that He is doing everything, but very few feel like that. Being maddened with pride, people think that they are doing everything and do not depend upon Him. God protects that person from all dangers who depends upon him.
Such is the fascination of money that if your involve yourself too much in it, you will feel attracted to it. You may think that you are above money and that you will never feel any attraction for it as you have once renounced it. No, my child, never harbor this thought in your mind. Through a tiny little loophole it will enter into your mind then strangle you gradually quite undetected.
The rich should serve God and his devotees with money and the poor should worship God by repeating his name.
The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure. A person, first of all must make his or her own mind guilty and then alone they can see another's guilt. Does anything ever happen to another if you enumerate their faults? It only injures you. This has been my attitude. Hence I cannot see anybody's faults. If someone does a trifle for me, I try to remember that person even for that. To see the faults of others! One should never do it. Forgiveness is indeed tapasya—spiritual austerity.
One should not hurt others even by words. One must not speak even an unpleasant truth unnecessarily. By indulging in rude words one's nature becomes rude. One's sensitivity is lost if one has no control over one's speech. Sri Ramakrishna used to say, "One should not ask a lame person how he became lame."
Let me tell you one thing. If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.
One must be patient like the earth. What inequities are being perpetrated on her! Yet she quietly endures them all. People, too, should be like that.
(Advice given to a young widow): Don't be familiar with anybody. Don't take much part in the social functions of the family. Say, "O mind, always keep to yourself. Don't be inquisitive about others." Gradually increase the period of meditation and prayer, and read the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.
(To the mother of a monk) "It is a rare good fortune to be the mother of a monk. People cannot give up attachment even to a brass pot. Is it an easy thing to renounce the world?
The main theme of my life is to take the message of Sanatana Dharma to every home and pave the way for launching, in a big way, the man-making programme preached and envisaged by great seers like Swami Vivekananda. - Mananeeya Eknathji
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