[2nd President and Spiritual Head: the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa]
[now a Centre of the international Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission]
Selected from Mother Radha's recordings of Swamiji.
He who has discrimination can be brought to the level of Mother Sita. When captured she did not move from Sri Lanka. She surrendered to God and prayed to Rama. In self-forgetfulness comes God's grace. God and His grace cannot be separated. You have a body through God's grace.
Either take God's name knowingly or not. He is so compassionate that He will liberate you. Sri Ramakrishna said, 'Through God's grace you must try to realise God.'
If you give your body to the pleasure of the senses, it will be a long cut [journey]. Otherwise it is a short cut. In pain you must see Him. Either you surrender [power of attorney as described by Sri Ramakrishna] completely to God and know that He does everything, or you praise Him [follow the path of devotion or bhakti]. In misery take it as God's grace so that you remember God Himself - He who is your inner nature. Do this, and that is what you will manifest outside.
Light the fire of desire for God. Protect yourself by seeing God in everything. A sannyasi [Hindu Monk, or sannyasini (Hindu nun), renunciate, holy person, sadhu] does not cling to the world nor does he renounce the world. He realises that everything is Brahman [the one indivisible universal consciousness].
Whatever the scriptures say, it shows us God's will. If the scriptures say, "Don't do something," it points out the 'ego's will' [and the path to error].
You do the work and He will reveal Himself in His own time. Remember you are only His instrument. You must do dharma [righteous living and deeds]. Then when God sees this, He showers His grace. Sometimes you will not be aware of it. If you have ego, you are not aware of it. If you have sattvic [more subtle or balanced] ego you will be aware.
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