Today, Feb 18, is the birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Master: "Hanuman said, 'I don't know the position of the stars or the phase of the moon. I only think of Rama.' "
"Rama and Lakshmana visited the Pampa lake. Lakshmana saw a crow very eager for water. Again and again it went to the edge of the water but would not drink. Lakshmana asked Rama about it. Rama said, "Brother, this crow is a great devotee of God. Day and night it repeats the name of Rama. Its throat is parched with thirst, but still it won't drink for fear of missing a repetition of Rama's name." (Courtesy: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna November 9, 1884)
Source: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (November 9, 1884)
"If you meditate on an ideal you will acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will acquire the nature of God. A salt doll went into the ocean to measure its depth. It became one with the ocean.
What is the goal of books or scriptures? The attainment of God.
A man opened a book belonging to a sadhu. He saw the word 'Rama' written on every page. There was nothing else.
"If a man loves God, even the slightest thing kindles spiritual feeling in him. Then, repeating the name of Rama but once, he gets the fruit of ten million sandhyas.”