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Magician and his magic – Story by Sri Ramakrishna

Magician and his magic is a popular story by Sri Ramakrishna.

Shiva was seated in Kailas. His companion Nandi was near Him. Suddenly a terrific noise arose.

‘Revered Sir,’ asked Nandi, ‘what does that mean?’

Shiva said: ‘Ravana is born. That is its meaning.’

A few moments later another terrific noise was heard.

'Now what is this noise?’ Nandi asked.

Shiva said with a smile, ‘Now Ravana is dead.’

Birth and death are like magic: you see the magic for a second and then it disappears. God alone is real and all else unreal. Water alone is real; its bubbles appear and disappear. They disappear into the very water from which they rise.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa