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Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa shared Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Youth Forum, Indore's photo. ...

Today is phalaharini kali puja. Praying to the Divine Mother in the form of Maa Sarada Devi to bless us all. Phalaharini Kali Puja today!! A unique event took place on the Phalaharini Kali Puja day on 5th June 1872. Below are a few relevant passages of that event from Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master. A little more than half of the month of Jyeshta had elapsed. It was the new-moon day, the holy occasion for the worship of Phalaharini Kalika Devi. It was the day of a special festival at the Dakshineswar temple. Sri Ramakrishna had made special preparations on that day with a view to worshipping the Mother of the universe. These preparations, however, had not been made in the temple, but, privately, in his own room at his desire. It was 9 pm when all the preparations for the mystery-worship of the Devi were completed. In the meantime, the Master had sent word to the Holy Mother to be present during the worship. She came to the room and the Master started the worship. The articles of worship were purified by the Mantras and all the rites preliminary to the worship were finished. The Master beckoned to the Holy Mother to sit on the wooden seat decorated with the Alimpana. While witnessing the worship, the Holy Mother had already entered into a divine semi-conscious state. Not clearly conscious, therefore, of what she was doing, she, like one charmed with Mantras, sat facing north to the right of the Master, who was seated with his face to the east. According to scriptural injunctions the Master sprinkled the Holy Mother repeatedly with the water purified by Mantras from the pitcher placed before him, then uttered the Mantra in her hearing and then recited the prayer: O Lady, O Mother Tripurasundari who art the controller of all powers, open the door to perfection! Purify her (the Holy Mother’s) body and mind, manifest Thy-self in her and be beneficent. Afterwards the Master performed the Nyasa of the Mantras in the Holy Mother’s person according to the injunctions of the Sastras, and worshipped her with the sixteen articles, as the Devi Herself. He then offered food and put a part of it into her mouth with his own hand. The Holy Mother lost normal consciousness and went into Samadhi. The Master too, uttering Mantras in the semi-conscious state, entered into complete Samadhi. A long time passed. The second quarter of the night was over and the third had far advanced, when the Master, whose delight was only in the Self, showed a little sign of regaining normal consciousness. Returning to the semi-conscious state again, he offered himself to the Devi. He now gave away forever at the lotus feet of the Devi his all—the results of his Sadhanas, his rosary, etc.—along with his self, and saluted her uttering the Mantras: O Thou, the auspiciousness of all auspicious things! O doer of all actions! O refuge! O the three-eyed One! O the fair complexioned spouse of Siva! O Narayani! I bow down to Thee, I bow down to Thee! The worship was at an end. The Master’s Sadhana reached its culmination with the worship of the Ruler of the universe, the Divine Mother in the body of a woman, the embodiment of spiritual knowledge itself. ज्येष्ठ की अमावस्या थी । फाल्हारिणी कालिका की पूजा का पुण्य दिवस । दक्षिणेश्वर के काली मन्दिर में भी इस उपलक्ष्य में महोत्सव था । स्वयं श्रीजगदम्बा की पूजा करने की इच्छा से श्रीरामकृष्ण ने पूजा की सामग्री एकत्र करना आरम्भ किया , परन्तु आज की पूजा की तैयारी मन्दिर में न होकर उन्हीं की इच्छा के अनुसार गुप्त रूप से उनके कमरे में ही हो रही थी । देवी के बैठने के लिए एक सुन्दर पीढ़ा सजाकर रखा गया । धीरे धीरे दिन डूब गया और रात हुई । अमावस्या की कालिमा सर्वत्र फैली हुई थी । आज मन्दिर में देवी की विशेष पूजा रहने के कारण , श्रीरामकृष्ण के लिए पूजा की सभी तैयारी ठीक ठाक करके , हृदय जगदम्बा के मंदिर में चले गए । श्रीराधागोविन्दजी के मन्दिर में रात्रि की पूजा निपटाकर वहाँ का पुजारी श्रीरामकृष्ण की सहायता के लिए आया । पूजा की सब तैयारी होते होते नौ बज गये । पूजा के समय अपने कमरे में उपस्थित रहने के लिए श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी को सन्देशा भेजा , जिससे वे वहाँ आ गईं । सब तैयारी हो चुकी है , यह देखकर श्रीरामकृष्ण पूजा करने बैठ गए । सारी पूजा सामग्री की शुद्धि करके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी से श्रीजगदम्बा के लिए रखे हुए आसन पर बैठने के लिए संकेत किया । श्रीरामकृष्ण के इस कृत्य का थोड़ा बहुत अर्थ पहले ही उनके ध्यान में आ जाने से उन्हें अर्धबाह्य अवस्था प्राप्त हो गयी थी । अतः मैं क्या कर रही हूँ इसका ठीक ठीक ध्यान न रहते हुए ही वे मन्त्रमुग्ध की तरह आसन पर पूर्वाभिमुख हो बैठ गईं ; पास ही रखे हुए कलश में से पानी लेकर श्रीरामकृष्ण ने उनपर यथाविधि सिंचन किया । तदनन्तर मंत्रोच्चारण समाप्त करके वे प्रार्थना मन्त्र कहने लगे -- " हे बाले ! हे सर्वशक्ति-अधीश्वरी माता ! त्रिपुरसुन्दरी ! सिद्धि का द्वार उन्मोचित करो , इसके शरीर-मन को पवित्र करके इसके अन्दर आविर्भूत हो सर्वविध कल्याण करो ! " इसके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी ( माँ सारदा ) का साक्षात् जगदम्बज्ञान से षोडशोपचार पूजन किया और नैवेद्य निवेदित करके उसमें से सब पदार्थों का थोड़ा थोड़ा अंश अपने हाथ से उनके मुख में डाला । यह सब विधि पूर्ण होते होते सारदादेवी को समाधि लग गयी । अर्धबाह्य दशा में मन्त्रोच्चारण करते हुए श्रीरामकृष्ण भी समाधिमग्न हो गये ! देवी और पुजारी दोनों ही एकरूप हो गए । काफी समय बीत गया । रात्रि का द्वितीय प्रहर बीतकर भी बहुत समय हो गया , तब कहीं श्रीरामकृष्ण की समाधि उतरी । पूर्ववत् अर्धबाह्य दशा प्राप्त होने पर उन्होंने देवी को आत्मनिवेदन किया । तदनन्तर अपनी जप की माला , अपनी साधनाओं का फल इत्यादि सब कुछ देवी के पादपद्मों में स्थायी रूप से निवेदित करके पुनः मन्त्रोच्चारण करते हुए वे उन्हें प्रणाम करने लगे : " हे सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये ! हे सर्वकर्मनिष्पन्नकारिणी ! हे शरणदायिनी ! त्रिनयने ! शिवगेहिनी ! गौरी ! हे नारायणी ! तुम्हें प्रणाम है , मैं तुमको प्रणाम करता हूँ ! " पूजा समाप्त हुई । मनुष्यदेहधारिणी श्रीजगदम्बा की पूजा करके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी अलौकिक साधनाओं की परिसमाप्ति की । श्रीरामकृष्णलीलामृत

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The universe is conscious on account of the Consciousness of God. Sometimes I find that this Consciousness wriggles about, as it were, even in small fish. ...

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God has covered all with His maya. He doesn't let us know anything. Maya is 'woman and gold'. He who puts maya aside to see God, can see Him. Once, when I was explaining God's actions to someone, God suddenly showed me the lake at Kamarpukur. I saw a man removing the green scum and drinking the water. The water was clear as crystal. God revealed to me that Satchidananda is covered by the scum of maya. He who puts the green scum aside can drink the water. ...

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What can a man understand of God's activities? The facets of God's creation are infinite. I do not try to understand God's actions at all. I have heard that everything is possible in God's creation, and I always bear that in mind. Therefore I do not give a thought to the world, but meditate on God alone. Once Hanuman was asked, 'What day of the lunar month is it?' Hanuman said: 'I don't know anything about the day of the month, the position of the moon and stars, or any such things. I think of Rāma alone.' ...

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It is enough to believe that all is possible in God's creation. Never allow the thought to cross your mind that your ideas are the only true ones, and that those of others are false. Then God will explain everything. ...

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A guileless man easily realizes God. There are two paths: the path of righteousness and the path of wickedness. One should follow the path of righteousness. ...

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Those who come here will certainly have all their doubts removed. ...

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It is good to meditate in the small hours of the morning and at dawn. One should also meditate daily after dusk. ...

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Can a man ever understand God's ways? I too think of God sometimes as good and sometimes as bad. He has kept us deluded by His great illusion. Sometimes He wakes us up and sometimes He keeps us unconscious. One moment the ignorance disappears, and the next moment it covers our mind. If you throw a brick-bat into a pond covered with moss, you get a glimpse of the water. But a few moments later the moss comes dancing back and covers the water.

One is aware of pleasure and pain, birth and death, disease and grief, as long as one is identified with the body. All these belong to the body alone, and not to the Soul. After the death of the body, perhaps God carries one to a better place. It is like the birth of the child after the pain of delivery. Attaining Self-Knowledge, one looks on pleasure and pain, birth and death, as a dream.

How little we know! Can a one-seer pot hold ten seers of milk? If ever a salt doll ventures into the ocean to measure its depth, it cannot come back and give us the information. It melts into the water and disappears.
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God has different forms, and He sports in different ways. He sports as Isvara, deva, man, and the universe. In every age He descends to earth in human form, as an Incarnation, to teach people love and devotion. There is the instance of Chaitanya. One can taste devotion and love of God only through His Incarnations. Infinite are the ways of God's play, but what I need is love and devotion. I want only the milk. The milk comes through the udder of the cow. The Incarnation is the udder. ...

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A man should reach the Nitya, the Absolute, by following the trail of the Lila, the Relative. It is like reaching the roof by the stairs. After realizing the Absolute, he should climb down to the Relative and live on that plane in the company of devotees, charging his mind with the love of God. This is my final and most mature opinion. ...

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One should pray to God with a longing heart. God certainly listens to prayer if it is sincere. There is no doubt about it. ...

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M: "Yes, sir. You always ask us to plunge into God."

MASTER (joyously): "Yes! That's it. Let me tell you that the realization of Self is possible for all, without any exception."
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Let me assure you that a man can realize his Inner Self through sincere prayer. But to the extent that he has the desire to enjoy worldly objects, his vision of the Self becomes obstructed. ...

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Look at the fish. Meditating on the formless God is like swimming joyfully like these fish, in the Ocean of Bliss and Consciousness. ...

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Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa shared Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Youth Forum, Indore's photo. ...

Swami Suviranandaji is new General Secretary of tween organisation i.e. Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

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Now your only duty is to call on God and pray to Him sincerely: 'O God, I don't want the glories of Thy world-bewitching maya. I want Thee alone!' God dwells in all beings, undoubtedly. That being the case, who may be called His devotee? He who dwells in God, he who has merged his mind and life and innermost soul in God. ...

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NAVADVIP: "But how can we persuade our minds to renounce?"

MASTER: "You are a goswami. It is your duty to officiate as priest in the temple. You cannot renounce the world; otherwise, who would look after the temple and its services? You have to renounce mentally.

It is God Himself who has kept you in the world to set an example to men. You may resolve in your mind a thousand times to renounce the world, but you will not succeed. God has given you such a nature that you must perform your worldly duties.

Krishna said to Arjuna: 'What do you mean, you will not fight? By your mere will you cannot desist from fighting. Your very nature will make you fight.'
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The Divine Mother has revealed to me the essence of the Vedānta. It is that Brahman alone is real and the world illusory. The essence of the Gitā is what you get by repeating the word ten times. The word becomes reversed. It is then 'tagi', which refers to renunciation. The essence of the Gitā is: 'O man, renounce everything and practise spiritual discipline for the realization of God.' ...

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Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God. ...

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