Thursday, May 17, 2007

God is our very own - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa - Sri Ramakrishna ...
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa - Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore (Photo credit: Chetan Hegde M)
This short story is a part of - Short Stories by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

"There is another way: earnestly praying to God. God is our very own. We should say to Him: 'O God, what is Thy nature? Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must show Thyself to me; for why else hast Thou created me?' Some Sikh devotees once said to me, 'God is full of compassion.' I said: 'But why should we call Him compassionate? He is our Creator. What is there to be wondered at if He is kind to us? Parents bring up their children. Do you call that an act of kindness? They must act that way.' Therefore we should force our demands on God. He is our Father and Mother, isn't He? It the son demands his patrimony and gives up food and drink in order to enforce his demand, then the parents hand his share over to him three years before the legal time. Or when the child demands some pice from his mother, and says over and over again: 'Mother, give me a couple of pice. I beg you on my knees!' — then the mother, seeing his earnestness, and unable to bear it any more, tosses the money to him.

This Sri Ramakrishna advice to seek beloved God's or Goddesses love and grace. Recently I was reading a book about life of Meher Baba, Avatar of the age. There is interesting incident that happened. One devotee asked for Meher Baba's blessings to realize God. Meher Baba warned him not to ask for his blessings for the same as it would be really difficult to  bear for him. But instead ask for His love.

However the devotee was persistent. Despite three to four warnings of Meher Baba to ask for His love and not blessings, he pestered Baba for the His blessings. Finally Baba said he had his blessings.

This devotee was well to do with wealth and happy family. Soon his fortune changed. He became extremely poor. He was in dire straits, with no house to live and not even being able to feed his small family. He passed few years in extreme difficulties. Tired he decided to commit suicide.

As he was walking with the desire for suicide in his mind. He saw Eruch Jessawala, Eruch was surprised to see him in tattered clothes. He listened to his condition and took him to Meher Baba who was near by. Meher Baba told him that he had warned him. Then Meher Baba gave him love. Soon the man's condition improved. He was wealthy again with a comfortable business and huge and comfortable home.

Saint Kabir have said

सहज मिले सो दूध है, मांगी मिले वो पानी;
कहे कबीर वो रक्त है, जामें ऐंचातानी

means what Guru gives without giving is milk, what Guru gives after you ask is water. And if you get something by pestering Guru it is blood. 

Enjoy a very nice video from youtube, the video clip has nice music with chants. Quotes attributed to Shri Ramakrihsna Paramahamsha and pictures of Him and close devotees like  Swami Vivekananda, Ma Sardadevi, Master Mahashaya (author of Gospel of Ramakrishna), Swami Bramananda, Swami Sardananda, Swami Turiyananada, Swami Nirjananda, Panchvati (where Ramakrishna performed intense Sadhna (spiritual practice), Swami Sardananda (author of life of Ramakrishna), NagMahashaya (A saintly house holder devotee of Sri Ramakrishna), Swami Bramananda (mind born son of Sri Ramakrishna).

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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