| Atmano Mokshartham
Jagat Hithaya ca!
How to attain purity living this life? Shall we all go to the forest caves? .... If the mind is not under control, it is no use living in a cave because the same mind will bring disturbances there..... It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us.
CW I 440-41
From the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
A VAISHNAVA DEVOTEE: "Sir, why should one think of God at all?"
MASTER: "If a man really has that knowledge* then he is indeed liberated though living in a body.
"Not all, by any means, believe in God. They simply talk. The worldly-minded have heard from someone that God exists and that everything happens by His will; but it is not their inner belief.
"Do you know what a worldly man's idea of God is like? It is like the children's swearing by God when they quarrel. They have heard the word while listening to their elderly aunts quarrelling.
"Is it possible for all to comprehend God? God has created the good and the bad, the devoted and the impious, the faithful and the sceptical. The wonders that we see all exist in His creation. In one place there is more manifestation of His Power, in another less. The sun's light is better reflected by water than by earth, and still better by a mirror. Again, there are different levels among the devotees of God: superior, mediocre, and inferior. All this has been described in the Gita."
"The inferior devotee says, 'God exists, but He is very far off, up there in heaven.' The mediocre devotee says, 'God exists in all beings as life and consciousness.' The superior devotee says: 'It is God Himself who has become everything; whatever I see is only a form of God. It is He alone who has become maya, the universe, and all living beings. Nothing exists but God.'"
Swami Vivekananda Says
We are always making this mistake in judging others; we are always inclined
to think that our little mental universe is all that is; our ethics, our
morality, our sense of duty, our sense of utility, are the only things that are
worth having. The other day when I was going to Europe, I was passing through
Marseilles, where a bull-fight was being held. All the Englishmen in the
steamer were mad with excitement, abusing and criticising the whole thing.
as cruel. When I reached England, I heard of a party of prize-fighters who had
been to Paris, and were kicked out unceremoniously by the French, who thought
prize-fighting very brutal.
When I hear these things in various countries, I
begin to understand the marvellous saying of Christ: "Judge not that ye be
not judged." The more we learn, the more he find out how ignorant we are,
how multiform and multi-sided is this mind of man. When I was a boy, I used to
criticise the ascetic practices of my countrymen; great preachers in our own
land have criticised them; the greatest man that was ever born, Buddha himself,
criticised them. But all the same, as I am growing older, I feel that I have no
right to judge. Sometimes I wish that, in spite of all their incongruities, I
had one fragment of their power to do and suffer. Often I think that my
judgment and my criticism do not proceed from any dislike of torture, but from
sheer cowardice — because I cannot do it — I dare not do it.
Hints on Practical Spirituality, Volume II, CW