Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna ::
A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.
It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious. One must practice the virtues taught in such books in order to acquire love of God.
If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you
As a wet-nurse in a wealthy family brings up her master�s child, loving it as if it were her own, yet knowing well that she has no claim upon it, so you also think that you are but trustee and guardians of your children whose real father is the Lord himself.
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
Because of the screen of Maya (illusion) that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one�s heart.
Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached.
Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.
After installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering God ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
As long as you are a person with an ego of your own, cannot conceive, think of or perceive God other than as a person.
God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.
Good and evil cannot bind him who has realized the oneness of Nature and his own self with Brahman.