Manual From the Outside In: From Satisfaction Search to Finding Faith

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There is a good deal of difference between dreaming and the brag of the nineteenth century.

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The whole world is full of God and not of sin. Let us help one another, let us love one another. And of these the most insidious is the love of fame! I have never spoken of revenge, I have always spoken of strength. Do we dream of revenging ourselves on this drop of sea-spray?

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But it is a great thing to a mosquito! Americans think too much of money. They give it preference over anything else.

Your people have much to learn. When your nation is as old as ours, you will be wiser. It may be that I shall find it good to get outside of my body—to cast it off like a disused garment. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere, until the world shall know that it is one with God.

All that I am, all that the world itself will some day be, is owing to my Master, Shri Ramakrishna, who incarnated and experienced and taught this wonderful unity which underlies everything, having discovered it alike in Hinduism, in Islam, and in Christianity. One must follow the path for which one is best suited; but in this age special stress should be laid on Karma-Yoga.

Religion is not a thing of imagination but of direct perception. He who has seen even a single spirit is greater than many a book-learned Pandit. Once Swamiji was praising someone very much; at this, one sitting near by said to him, "But he does not believe in you. He is doing good work, and so he is worthy of praise. The downfall of a religious sect begins from the day that the worship of the rich enters into it. There is no sin nor virtue: there is only ignorance. By realisation of non-duality this ignorance is dispelled.

Religious movements come in groups. Each one of them tries to rear itself above the rest. But as a rule only one of them really grows in strength, and this, in the long run, swallows up all the contemporary movements. Sattva Guna means goodness; Rajas means lust and passions, and Tamas darkness, stupor, avarice, malice, and its concomitants. All healthy social changes are the manifestations of the spiritual forces working within, and if these are strong and well adjusted, society will arrange itself accordingly.

Each individual has to work out his own salvation; there is no other way, and so also with nations.

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Again, the great institutions of every nation are the conditions of its very existence and cannot be transformed by the mould of any other race. Until higher institutions have been evolved, any attempt to break the old ones will be disastrous. Growth is always gradual.

It is very easy to point out the defects of institutions, all being more or less imperfect, but he is the real benefactor of humanity who helps the individual to overcome his imperfections under whatever institutions he may live. The individuals being raised, the nation and its institutions are bound to rise. Bad customs and laws are ignored by the virtuous, and unwritten but mightier laws of love, sympathy, and integrity take their place. Happy is the nation which can rise to the necessity of but few law books, and needs no longer to bother its head about this or that institution.

Good men rise beyond all laws, and will help their fellows to rise under whatever conditions they live.

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The salvation of India, therefore, depends on the strength of the individual, and the realisation by each man of the divinity within. We are always letting sentiment usurp the place of duty and flatter ourselves that we are acting in response to true love. We must get beyond emotionalism if we want the power to renounce. Emotion belongs to the animals. They are creatures of emotion entirely. It is not sacrifice of a high order to die for one's young. The animals do that, and just as readily as any human mother ever did.

It is no sign of real love to do that; it is merely blind emotion. We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on. Say to your soul in regard to vanities, weakness, etc. This does not befit thee.

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Never loved a husband the wife for the wife's sake or the wife the husband for the husband's sake. It is God in the wife the husband loves, and God in the husband the wife loves. It is God in every one that draws us to the one we love, God in everything and in everybody that makes us love. God is the only love. Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it is when I call you man. If I do not find bliss in the life of the Spirit, shall, I seek satisfaction in the life of the senses?

If I cannot' get nectar; shall I fall back upon ditch water? Pure water!

Everyone makes shipwreck on the rock of would-be Guruism, except those souls that were born to be Gurus. The term "social progress" has as much meaning as "hot ice" or "dark light". There is no such thing, ultimately , as "social progress"! If a thing be unreal, it is not. What is unreal does not exist. Strange things are natural phenomena. I know them to be matters of science. Then they are not occult to me.

I do not believe in occult societies. They do no good, and can never do good. There are four general types of men—the rational, the emotional, the mystical, and the worker.

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For each of these we must provide suitable forms of worship. There comes the rational man, who says, "I care not for this form of worship. Give me the philosophical, the rational—that I can appreciate. There comes the worker. He says, "I care not for the worship of the philosopher.