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Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The Vedas, Tantras and the Puranas, and all the sacred scriptures of the world have become defiled because they have been constantly repeated by and have come out of human mouths. But the Brahman or the Absolute has never been defiled, for no one as yet has been able to express the Brahman.

Different people call on God by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Shiva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it ‘jal’, others at another place and call it ‘pani’, and still others at a third place and call it ‘water’. The Hindus call it ‘jal’, the Christians ‘water’, and the Muslims ‘pani’. But it is one and the same thing.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa