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Re: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #285 on: March 19, 2013, 06:32:21 AM »
MASTER: "The gopis worshipped Katyayani in order to be united with Sri Krishna.
Everyone is under the authority of the Divine Mother, Mahamaya, the Primal Energy. Even
the Incarnations of God accept the help of maya to fulfil their mission on earth. Therefore
they worship the Primal Energy. Don't you see how bitterly Rama wept for Sita? 'Brahman
weeps, ensnared in the meshes of maya.'
"Vishnu incarnated Himself as a sow in order to kill the demon Hiranyaksha. After killing
the demon, the sow remained quite happy with her young ones. Forgetting her real nature,
she was suckling them very contentedly. The gods in heaven could not persuade Vishnu to
relinquish His sow's body and return to the celestial regions. He was absorbed in the
happiness of His beast form. After consulting among themselves, the gods sent Siva to the
sow. Siva asked the sow, 'Why have you forgotten yourself?' Vishnu replied through the
sow's body, 'Why, I am quite happy here.' Thereupon with a stroke of his trident Siva
destroyed the sow's body, and Vishnu went back to heaven."


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Re: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #286 on: March 20, 2013, 06:41:30 AM »
Ramchandra Dutta
From Adhar's house Sri Ramakrishna went to Ram's house. Ramchandra Dutta, one of the
chief householder disciples of the Master, lived in Calcutta. He had been one of the first to
announce the Master as an Incarnation of God. The Master had visited his house a number
of times and unstintingly praised the devotion and generosity of this beloved disciple. A
few of the Master's disciples made Ram's house virtually their own dwelling-place.
Ram had arranged a special festival to celebrate the Master's visit. The small courtyard was
nicely decorated. A kathak, seated on a raised platform, was reciting from the Bhagavata
when the Master arrived. Ram greeted him respectfully and seated him near the reader. The
disciple was extremely happy. The kathak was in the midst of the story of King
Harischandra.
Story of Harischandra
The great King Harischandra of the Purana was the embodiment of generosity. No one ever
went away from him empty-handed. Now, the sage Viswamitra, wanting to test the extent
of the king's charity, extracted from him a promise to grant any boon that he might ask.
Then the sage asked for the gift of the sea-girt world, of which Harischandra was king.
Without the slightest hesitation the king gave away his kingdom. Then Viswamitra
demanded the auxiliary fee, which alone makes charity valid and meritorious. The kathak
continued his recitation:
Viswamitra said to the king: "O King, you have given away the entire world, which was
your kingdom. It now belongs to me; you cannot claim any place here. But you may live in
Benares, which belongs to Siva. I shall lead you there with your wife Saibya, and
Rohitasva, your son. There you can procure the auxiliary fee that you owe me." The royal
family, accompanied by the sage, reached Benares and visited the temple of Siva.
At the very mention of Siva, the Master went into spiritual mood and repeated the holy
name several times indistinctly
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