Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, who was born on this day - February 18, 1836 - represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. His whole life was an uninterrupted contemplation of God. He reached a depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. Seekers of God of all religions feel irresistibly drawn to Ramakrishna's life and teachings. Who better than this mystic can explain the concept of God?
Sri Ramakrishna said, "Because of the screen of Maya (illusion) that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one's heart. After installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering God ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not."
To read more such nuggets of wisdom from the saint, read this collection of quotations about the true nature and infinite forms of the Absolute and how to approach the Ultimate Reality - told by Sri Ramakrishna in his own inimitable way. Read Full Article