Ramakrishna was born in a poor Brahmin Vaishnava family in rural Bengal. He became a priest of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali, which had the influence of the main strands of Bengali bhakti tradition.
Sri Ramkrisna Paramhansh Quotes
The most widely known amongst his first spiritual teachers was an ascetic woman, called Bhairavi Brahmani, who was skilled in Tantra and Vaishnava bhakti. Later an Advaita Vedantin ascetic taught him non-dual meditation, and according to Ramakrishna, he experienced nirvikalpa samadhi under his guidance. Ramakrishna also practised other religions, notably Islam and Christianity, and said that all religions lead to the same God . read more
Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.
Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say ‘I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me’ free you shall be.
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.