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  • jodyrrr
    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.
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 11, 2005
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      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 meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, jasonjamesmorgan
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      >
      > Hello,
      >
      > www.ramakrishna.org
      >
      > 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
      > spirit."
      > - 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
      > earth."
      > - Christopher Isherwood
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > GREAT THINKERS OF THE EAST AND WEST
      > ON
      > 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
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