[2nd President and Spiritual Head: the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa]
From Mother Radha's recordings of Swamiji
When I say a thing it mustn't thrill you. Why? Because that is sensual. What I say must give you knowledge, that is good; but it mustn't thrill you. When someone tells you something, it thrills your mind, you smile. My smile is different from your smile. You must be truthful to accept what I am saying. What I am saying mustn't thrill you, it must give you knowledge. There's a big difference.
Sri Ramakrishna has a smile. Every picture of him has a smile. But can you see it? You have to be so observant. That is a 'knowledge smile'. That is called 'a blissful smile'. Others are smiling - that is called 'sensual smile'. From that point of view you can become sattvic [balanced, harmonious, in equilibrium]. Otherwise you won't become sattvic.
Remember that when I am telling you something I must have gone through it myself.
Ordinary deluded people think he takes birth and death. To me it means that all Incarnations [Avatars] never take birth; because their birth is not through father and mother. Ordinary human birth is through father and mother. Yes, the Incarnations are born of a mother, but why they say they do not take birth, is because their birth does not depend on the injection of a male sperm into the female. That is why when Sri Ramakrishna's father was there, in [Bodh] Gaya [main temple pictured above - birthplace of the Buddha], Master's [Sri Ramakrishna's] conception took place here, in Kamarpukur.
Immaculate [conception and] birth doesn't mean virgin birth. The avatars know that they themselves willed it to come about in that manner - not through some body.
The deluded need assistance, they are conceived in the normal way. I don't ask you to accept this but I ask you to inquire into it.
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