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Swami Golokananda Quotes And Teachings

Quotes and Teachings of Swami Golokananda – is a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order in India

Life itself is selfless giving.

There is a mango tree in our courtyard that presents us with delicious fruit every year. It is a marvel to watch it in spring, its boughs weighed down with honeyed blossom and tiny green fruit. It spreads its cool shade in the courtyard and dances to our delight in the breeze.

But to us the ripe juicy fruit is what the tree means and we are apt to forget that every part of the tree is equally important to its system and has its function and value.

The fruit nourishes many of the animal kingdom, the leaves breathe for all living beings. The bees and the birds and the many insects crawling on its rough bark, bear witness to the multifarious purposes of the tree.

Which part of the mango tree can be considered nonessential to the tree? Is there any part that can be separated from the basic essence of the tree? No, because the essence dwells in every part of the mango tree. It is in the fruit, it is in the flower, it is in the leaf and the trunk. It exists everywhere, as the form and the body, as its true being or essence. Thus the tree dwells in every part and controls each part from within. It manifests itself as the vital principle of each part to retain and develop its identity. This is true of all living phenomena in nature including human beings.

We possess the senses of action and perception, the mind and the intellect and all external and internal organs of the body. In spite of their varied functions, they are all coordinated into the main function of keeping the living being happy.

This being, that is made happy, is not different from its parts, which work hard to create happiness for it. Thus the doer and enjoyer can be understood as one and the same.

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