Quotes of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa



An ecstatic lover of God enjoys Him in different ways. Sometimes he says, ‘O God, You are the lotus and I am the bee, or You are the Ocean of Satchidananda and I am the fish.’ At other times the lover of God says, 'I am your dancing-girl.' He dances and sings before Him. He thinks of himself as the friend of God and sometimes as His handmaiden. He looks on God sometimes as a child, as did Yashoda, and sometimes as husband or sweetheart, as did the ‘gopis.’

Man's ego itself is Maya. It is the veil that shuts the light.

A poor devotee points to the sky and says, ‘God is up there.’ An average devotee says, ‘God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master.’ The best devotee says, ‘God alone is and everything I perceive is a form of God.’

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa