Re: One cannot hide the truth from Self, the Self is truth.
- Going to Ramakrishna.org for an objective appraisal
of his life is like going to whitehouse.gov for an
objective look at G.W. Bush.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jasonjamesmorgan
> Today, Sri Ramakrishna is revered by millions of people of all faiths
> the world over. Some look upon him as a great teacher, some as a
> saint, and some as a divine incarnation. Great thinkers of the East
> and West find in his teachings the ring of universal truth and pay
> tribute to him. We present below excerpts from some of their tributes
> to Sri Ramakrishna.
> "The time was ripe for one to be born, who in one body would have the
> brilliant intellect of Sankara and the wonderfully expansive,
> infinite heart of Chaitanya; one who would see in every sect the same
> spirit working, the same God; one who would see God in every being,
> one whose heart would weep for the poor, for the weak, for the
> outcast, for the downtrodden, for every one in this world, inside
> India or outside India; and at the same time whose grand brilliant
> intellect would conceive of such noble thoughts as would harmonize
> all conflicting sects, not only in India but outside of India, and
> bring a marvelous harmony, the universal religion of head and heart
> into existence. Such a man was born, and I had the good fortune to
> sit at his feet for years. Let me now only mention the great Sri
> Ramakrishna, the fulfillment of the Indian sages, the sage for the
> time... For the first time I found a man who dared to say that he saw
> God, that religion was a reality to be felt, to be sensed in an
> infinitely more intense way than we can sense the world. I began to
> go to that man, day after day, and I actually saw that religion could
> be given. One touch, one glance, can change a whole life. I learnt
> from my Master that the religions of the world are not contradictory
> or antagonistic. They are but various phases of one eternal
> religion... The first part of my Master's life was spent in acquiring
> spirituality, and the remaining years in distributing it... His life
> is a searchlight of infinite power thrown upon the whole mass of
> Indian religious thought. He was the living commentary to the Vedas
> and to their aim. He had lived in one life the whole cycle of the
> national religious existence in India."
> - Swami Vivekananda
> "In a recent and unique example, in the life of Ramakrishna
> Paramahamsa we see a colossal spiritual capacity first driving
> straight to the divine realization, taking, as it were, the Kingdom
> of Heaven by violence, and then seizing upon one Yoga method after
> another and extracting the substance out of it with an incredible
> rapidity, always to return to the heart of the whole matter, the
> realization and possession of God by the power of love, by the
> extension of inborn spirituality into various experience and by the
> spontaneous play of an intuitive knowledge. Such an example cannot be
> generalized. Its object also was special and temporal, to exemplify
> in the great and decisive experience of a Master-soul the truth, now
> most necessary to humanity, towards which a world long divided into
> jarring sects and schools is with difficulty laboring, that all sects
> are forms and fragments of a single integral truth and all
> disciplines labor in their different ways towards one supreme
> experience... Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is the epitome of the whole.
> His was the great super-conscious life which alone can witness to the
> infinitude of the current that bears us all oceanwards. He is the
> proof of the Power behind us, and the future before us."
> -Sri Aurobindo
> "Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of godliness. His sayings are
> not those of a mere learned man but they are pages from the Book of
> Life. They are revelations of his own experiences. They therefore
> leave on the reader an impression which he cannot resist. In this age
> of skepticism Ramakrishna presents an example of a bright and living
> faith which gives solace to thousands of men and women who would
> otherwise have remained without spiritual light. Ramakrishna's life
> was an object-lesson in Ahimsa. His love knew no limits, geographical
> or otherwise. May his divine love be an inspiration to all."
> - Mahatma Gandhi
> "The man whose image I here evoke was the consummation of two
> thousand years of the spiritual life of three hundred million people.
> Although he has been dead forty years, his soul animates modern
> India. He was no hero of action like Gandhi, no genius in art or
> thought like Gandhi or Tagore. He was a little village Brahmin of
> Bengal whose outer life was set in a limited frame without striking
> incident, outside the social and political activity of the time. But
> his inner life embraced the whole multiplicity of men and Gods. It
> was a part of the very source of Energy, the Divine Shakti, of whom
> Vidyapati, the old poet of Mithila, and Ramprasad of Bengal sing."
> - Romain Rolland
> To the Paramahamsa Ramakrishna Deva
> "Diverse courses of worship
> from varied springs of fulfillment
> have mingled in your meditation.
> The manifold revelation of the joy of the Infinite
> has given form to a shrine of unity in your life
> where from far and near arrive salutations
> to which I join my own."
> - Rabindranath Tagore
> "The fervent love of God, nay, the sense of complete absorption in
> Godhead, has nowhere found a stronger and more eloquent expression
> than in the utterances of Ramakrishna. They show the exalted nature
> of his faith. How deep he has seen into the mysteries of knowledge
> and love of God we see from his sayings... These utterances of
> Ramakrishna reveal to us not only his own thoughts, but the faith and
> hope of millions of human beings.. .This constant sense of the
> presence of God is indeed the common ground on which we may hope that
> in time not too distant, the great temple of the future will be
> erected, in which the Hindus and non-Hindus may join hands and hearts
> in worshipping the same Supreme Spirit -- who is not far from every
> one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being."
> - Max Muller
> "Sri Ramakrishna made his appearance and delivered his message at the
> time and the place at which he and his message were needed. This
> message could hardly have been delivered by anyone who had not been
> brought up in the Hindu religious tradition. Sri Ramakrishna was born
> in Bengal in 1836. He was born into a world that in his lifetime was,
> for the first time, being united on a literally worldwide scale.
> Today we are still living in this transitional chapter of the world's
> history, but it is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a
> Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending, if it is not to
> end in the self-destruction of the human race. In the present age,
> the world has been united on the material plane by Western
> technology. But this Western skill has not only 'annihilated
> distance'; it has armed the peoples of the world with weapons of
> devastating power at a time when they have been brought to point
> blank range of each other without yet having learnt to know and love
> each other. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the
> only way of salvation for mankind is an Indian way. Sri Ramakrishna's
> message was unique in being expressed in action. Religion is not just
> a matter for study, it is something that has to be experienced and to
> be lived, and this is the field in which Sri Ramakrishna manifested
> his uniqueness... His religious activity and experience were, in
> fact, comprehensive to a degree that had perhaps never before been
> attained by any other religious genius, in India or elsewhere."
> - Arnold Toynbee
> "Sri Ramakrishna was completely beyond the average run of men. He
> appears rather to belong to the tradition of the great rishis of
> India, who have come from time to time to turn our attention to the
> higher things of life and of the spirit."
> - Jawaharlal Nehru
> (About The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) "Never have the casual and
> unstudied utterances of a great religious teacher been set down with
> so minute a fidelity. To Western readers, it is true, this fidelity
> and this wealth of detail are sometimes a trifle disconcerting; for
> the social, religious and intellectual frames of reference within
> which Sri Ramakrishna did his thinking and expressed his feelings
> were entirely Indian. But after the first few surprises and
> bewilderments, we begin to find something peculiarly stimulating and
> instructive about the very strangeness and, to our eyes, the
> eccentricity of the man revealed to us in "M's" narrative. What a
> scholastic philosopher would call the "accidents" of Ramakrishna's
> life were intensely Hindu and therefore, so far as we in the West are
> concerned, unfamiliar and hard to understand -- its "essence,"
> however, was intensely mystical and therefore universal. To read
> through these conversations in which mystical doctrine alternates
> with an unfamiliar kind of humour, and where discussions of the
> oddest aspects of Hindu mythology give place to the most profound and
> subtle utterances about the nature of Ultimate Reality is in itself a
> liberal education in humility, tolerance and suspense of judgement.
> We must be grateful to the translator for his excellent version of a
> book so curious and delightful as a biographical document, so
> precious, at the same time, for what it teaches us of the life of the
> - Aldous Huxley
> "This is the story of a phenomenon. I will begin by calling him
> simply that rather than 'holy man,' 'mystic,' 'saint,' or 'avatar;'
> all emotive words with mixed associations which may attract some
> readers, repel others. A phenomenon is often something extraordinary
> and mysterious. Ramakrishna was extraordinary and mysterious; most of
> all to those who were best fitted to understand him. A phenomenon is
> always a fact, an object of experience. That is how I shall try to
> approach Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna's life, being comparatively recent
> history, is well documented. In this respect, it has the advantage
> over the lives of other earlier phenomena of a like nature. I
> believe, or am at least strongly inclined to believe, that he was
> what his disciples declared that he was: an incarnation of God upon
> - Christopher Isherwood
> GREAT THINKERS OF THE EAST AND WEST
> SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
> "My homage and respect to the very revered memory of Swami
> Vivekananda . . . . after having gone through [his works], the love
> that I had for my country became a thousandfold."
> -- Mahatma Gandhi
> "His whole life and teaching inspired my generation . . . . he
> brought his great spirituality to bear upon his patriotism and thus
> his message was not confined to India only, but was for the whole
> world. I pay my homage to his memory."
> -- Jawaharlal Nehru
> "The thought of this warrior prophet of India left a deep mark upon
> the United States . . . . I cannot touch these sayings of his . . .
> without giving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And
> what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning
> words they issued from the lips of the hero!"
> -- Romain Rolland
> "[Vivekananda is] one of the very greatest historical figures that
> India has ever produced. When one sees the full range of his mind,
> one is astounded."
> -- Christopher Isherwood
> "The man [Vivekananda] is simply a wonder for oratorical power . . .
> the Swami is an honor to humanity."
> -- William James
> "At this exposition [the Parliament of Religions], the Swami charmed
> audiences with his magical oratory, and left an indelible mark on
> America's spiritual development."
> -- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (from "Abroad
> in America: Visitors to the New Nation")
> "It was the voice of the ancient rishis of the Vedas, speaking sweet
> words of love and toleration."
> -- The Brooklyn Standard