“The Guru is the means of realisation (V 323.7)
The Guru must be worshipped as God. He is God, he is nothing less than that. (IV. 224.4)
He who can understand and speak to you of your past and future can be recognised as your Guru. (RS V 323.5)
The real Guru is he who leads you beyond this Mâyâ of endless birth and death… (VI 471.4)
The real Guru is he… who graciously destroys all the griefs and maladies of the soul (VI 471-472)
A real Guru is one who is born from time to time as a repository of spiritual force which he transmits to future generations.. (V 257.3)
…the Guru is the sine qua non of progress in the path of spirituality. (III 4522)
He (the Guru) is the channel through which the spiritual current flows to us, the link which joins us to the whole spiritual world. (VII 86.2)
Why, he (the Guru) is God Himself, nothing less than that! (VII 116.2)
…all Gurus are one and are fragments and radiations of God, the Universal Guru. (VI 234.2).”
“In studying the fundamental ideas about religion that Sri Ramakrishna has left for us, the first that we come across is that God can be seen and talked to, just as we talk to each other. We have to believe this.
Secondly, if we are to reach God, we must establish a relationship with Him, be it that of father or of friend or some other relationship that can root deeply in our nature. And we must work at that relationship with single-minded devotion.
There are, of course, other more abstract concepts of the Godhead, but most people need form and symbol and cannot follow the impersonal path to its logical conclusion.
Sincerity and wholehearted devotion to God are the determining factors in sadhana and in life.
The greatest obstacle in our way to God is the ego. As long as there is the ‘I’, God is far from us. The ‘I’ must be completely merged in the ‘Thou’. We must resign ourselves completely at the feet of the Lord; then only can we realize the Truth.
Believe in any form, in any personality, and establish any type of kinship with him, but surrender completely to him, make him the only thought of your life and actions, become wholly absorbed in Him, and then only will you be blessed.”
– Excerpt from Glimpses of A Great Soul
“…we hear of toleration in religion and all that, but very little of it is there yet in the world; take my experience for that. Ninety-nine per cent do not even think of it.
There is tremendous religious persecution yet in every country in which I have been, and the same old objections are raised against learning anything new. The little toleration that is in the world, the little sympathy that is yet in the world for religious thought, is practically here in the land of the Aryan, and nowhere else. It is here that Indians build temples for Mohammedans and Christians; nowhere else. If you go to other countries and ask Mohammedans or people of other religions to build a temple for you, see how they will help. They will instead try to break down your temple and you too if they can.
The one great lesson, therefore, that the world wants most, that the world has yet to learn from India, is the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy. Well has it been said in the Mahimnah-stotra: “As the different rivers, taking their start from different mountains, running straight or crooked, at last come unto the ocean, so, O Shiva, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead unto Thee.” Though they may take various roads, all are on the ways. Some may run a little crooked, others may run straight, but at last they will all come unto the Lord, the One.”
(CW Vol3. Lectures from Colombo to Almora)
“When I fight, I fight with girded loins — that much I fully understand; and I also understand that man, that hero, that god, who says, “Don’t care, be fearless. O brave one, here I am by your side!” To such a man-god I offer a million salutations. Their presence purifies the world, they are the saviours of the world. And the others who always wail, “Oh, don’t go forward, there is this danger, there is that danger” — those dyspeptics — they always tremble with fear. But through the grace of the Divine Mother my mind is so strong that even the most terrible dyspepsia shall not make me a coward.
To cowards what advice shall I offer? — nothing whatsoever have I to say. But this I desire, that I should find shelter at the feet of those brave souls who dared to do great deeds even though they failed to succeed, of those heroes who never quailed nor shirked, of those fighters who never disobeyed orders through fear or pride. I am the child of the Divine Mother, the source of all power and strength. To me, cringing, fawning, whining, degrading inertia and hell are one and the same thing. O Mother of the Universe, O my Gurudeva, who would constantly say, “This is a hero!” — I pray that I may not have to die a coward. (CW Vol8. CXI)”