Thursday, May 17, 2007

Can one understand God?

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This short story is a part of - Short Stories by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Men often think they have understood Brahman fully. Once an ant went to a hill of sugar. One grain filled its stomach. Taking another grain in its mouth it started homeward. On its way it thought, 'Next time I shall carry home the whole hill.' That is the way shallow minds think. They don't know that Brahman is beyond one's words and thought. However great a man may be, how much can he know of Brahman? Sukadeva and sages like him may have been big ants; but even they could carry at the utmost eight or ten grains of sugar!

This one is great story for the spiritual seekers. Another similar story narrated by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsha is, one that comes to mind on this subject is.

When a person visit is mango farm. Why should he worry about --- How many mangoes are there? How many mango trees are there in farm? How many leaves are there in farm? If he is there to satisfy his hunger, he should first eat the mangoes and fill satisfied and relax. Perhaps after that he might get curious about the other things.

These stories are related to the spiritual grace for devotees or seekers. People often go to spiritual guru's, or a sacred place (pilgrimage). There first they should do is imbibe the grace as much as they can and then worry about other things.

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