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What the Disciples Said About It
What the Disciples Said About It
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In every age God's descent in human form marks the rise of a sweeping spiritual wave. The birth of Sri Ramakrishna was an instance of this phenomenon. Even in his youth he was possessed by a divine madness, earnestly longing for God-vision. Like a Columbus, he embarked on a journey into the uncharted land of spirit. By his superhuman spiritual practices, swooning in the ocean of Mother's love and stunned by the experience of Brahman, he cut the hinges of the heavens and released the fountains of divine bliss. On his chosen monastic disciples he bequeathed this invaluable treasure, setting in motion a machinery to quench the flames of misery raging in the hearts of humankind'. The great master's touch transformed the disciples into the spiritual evangels of modern times. They knew every inch of the way.

What the Disciples Said about It is a prose anthology of their teachings. It sheds light on a wide range of ideas relating to the inner spiritual world of an aspirant after God. No undertaking is more fraught with dangers than the spiritual, and also no other yields a higher reward than the spiritual. Clear guidelines are indispensable in such a venture. In these pages are presented those crucial guides to which every spiritual aspirant ought to be wedded.

Publisher's Note

Spiritual truth is eternal', wrote Christopher Isherwood, 'but it has to be restated and redemonstrated in a human life in order that it may solve the varying problems of each succeeding epoch. In the present age, Sri Ramakrishna's life was just such an example o spiritual truth embodied in a human form for the good of the world.

Men and women- irrespective of caste, creed and nationality and coming from different walk of life, with their modern education, and various attitudes and aspirations-would get illuminating answers and solutions to their spiritual question and problems through their conversations with this almost unlettered saint of India though his words were simple, they were profound and full of deep meaning.

In his lecture 'My Life and Mission', delivered in California, Swami Vivekananda expressed his indebtedness to Sri Ramakrishna, saying: 'Well, there at his feet I conceived these ideas-there with some other young men…. Now all the ideas that I preach are only to echo hi ideas. How Swami Vivekananda preached his Master's ideas, as also the ideas of the ancient scriptures as seen through Sri Ramakrishna's life and teachings, can bee found throughout then nine volumes of the Swami's Complete Works.

Again, the other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna also tried in similar ways to spread their Master's ideas, and their teachings are scattered in various books written by or about them.

The compiler of the present book, Edith Tipple has collected from various English sources the teachings of twelve of Sri Ramakrishna's monastic disciples on important topics related to the development of spiritual life. Though the work does not include the teachings of the entire Master's direct disciples, it is nonetheless a valuable compilation containing many gems of advice for spiritual seekers in general and followers of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda in particular. We believe readers will find it highly illuminating.

CONTENTS

Preface 11
Code to Sources 13
Order to Disciples 17
Absorption 19
Action 21
Adversity 25
Advice 26
Aim 26
Ambition 28
Anger 29
Anxiety 31
Argument 32
Astrology 33
Atheism 33
Attachment 33
Attitude 36
Attraction 39
Austerity 39
Aversion 41
Bible 41
Bliss 42
Body 44
Bondage 48
Book-learning 51
Brahmacharya 52
Brahman 52
Buddha 54
Carefulness 55
Chanting 56
Charity 56
Chastity 57
Children 58
Company of the Holy 59
Compassion 64
Concentration 64
Confession 68
Consciousness 68
Contemplation 69
Contentment 70
Continence 72
Control of mind 74
Craving 80
Creation 82
Criticism 83
Death 84
Dejection 89
Delusion 91
Dependence on God 91
Depression 94
Desire 95
Despair 104
Despondency 105
Detachment 106
Determination 107
Devotee 109
Devotion 113
Disciple 120
Discouragement 121
Discrimination 122
Disease 127
Dispassion 128
Dissatisfaction 131
Distraction 131
Divine Incarnation 132
Doubt 135
Dreams 137
Duty 138
Earnestness 144
Eating 145
Ecstasy 146
Education 146
Ego 146
Emotion 152
Ever-free 152
Evil 153
Evolution 157
Experience 157
Faith 157
Family 166
Fasting 167
Fate 168
Faults 168
Fear 171
Food 175
Forbearance 178
Form 178
Freedom 181
Gifts 184
Goal 184
God 187
Goodwill 198
Gossip 198
Grace 199
Greed 208
Grief 208
Gunas 211
Guru 211
Happiness 222
Hate 226
Health 227
Heaven 228
Holy 228
Holy Ghost 229
Honesty 230
Hope 230
Householder 230
Humility 236
Ideal 237
Ignorance 241
Illness 243
Incarnation 243
Initiation 244
Intensity 246
Ishvarakoti 246
Japa 247
Jealousy 257
Jesus Christ 258
Joy 259
Karma 264
Knowledge 267
Krishna 276
Kundalini 278
Law 279
Laziness 280
Learning 280
Lecture 281
Liberation 282
Light 284
Longing 286
Lord 287
Love 289
Lust 298
Mahamaya 303
Mantra 303
Marriage 307
Maya 308
Meditation 314
Mind 342
Misery 370
Mohammed 372
Monastic Life 372
Morality 378
Mother 379
Music 384
Non-attachment 384
Non-dualism 384
Object 385
Obstruction 385
Pain 388
Passion 389
Patience 392
Peace 394
Perfection 401
Philosophy 401
Pilgrimage 402
Possess 403
Power 403
Pranayama 408
Prayer 409
Purify 425
Purpose 432
Ramakrishna 433
Reality 438
Realization 439
Realized Soul 453
Recollectedness 455
Religions 458
Renunciation 465
Resignation 474
Responsibility 476
Restlessness 477
Ritual 482
Rules of Conduct 483
Sacrifice 484
Sadhu 484
Salvation 485
Samadhi 486
Sannyasin 491
Sarada Devi 492
Science 492
Scriptures 493
Self-analysis 495
Self-confidence 496
Self-control 497
Self-effort 498
Self-surrender 504
Selfish 510
Selfishness 512
Servant 513
Shame 521
Silence 521
Sin 521
Sincerity 526
Singing 530
Sleep 531
Solitude 532
Sorrow 534
Spiritual Discipline 536
Steadfastness 553
Strength 556
Struggle 560
Study 563
Suffering 566
Surrender 569
Talk & Teaching 570
Temptation 573
Tendency 574
Time 576
Tranquility 578
Trouble 579
Truth 580
Types of Men 587
Union 588
Virtue 588
Vision 589
Wealth 595
Will 595
Wisdom 599
Women 600
Work 601
Worry 617
Worship 618
Yearning 626
Stray Counsels 628

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From the Back of the Book

In every age God's descent in human form marks the rise of a sweeping spiritual wave. The birth of Sri Ramakrishna was an instance of this phenomenon. Even in his youth he was possessed by a divine madness, earnestly longing for God-vision. Like a Columbus, he embarked on a journey into the uncharted land of spirit. By his superhuman spiritual practices, swooning in the ocean of Mother's love and stunned by the experience of Brahman, he cut the hinges of the heavens and released the fountains of divine bliss. On his chosen monastic disciples he bequeathed this invaluable treasure, setting in motion a machinery to quench the flames of misery raging in the hearts of humankind'. The great master's touch transformed the disciples into the spiritual evangels of modern times. They knew every inch of the way.

What the Disciples Said about It is a prose anthology of their teachings. It sheds light on a wide range of ideas relating to the inner spiritual world of an aspirant after God. No undertaking is more fraught with dangers than the spiritual, and also no other yields a higher reward than the spiritual. Clear guidelines are indispensable in such a venture. In these pages are presented those crucial guides to which every spiritual aspirant ought to be wedded.

Publisher's Note

Spiritual truth is eternal', wrote Christopher Isherwood, 'but it has to be restated and redemonstrated in a human life in order that it may solve the varying problems of each succeeding epoch. In the present age, Sri Ramakrishna's life was just such an example o spiritual truth embodied in a human form for the good of the world.

Men and women- irrespective of caste, creed and nationality and coming from different walk of life, with their modern education, and various attitudes and aspirations-would get illuminating answers and solutions to their spiritual question and problems through their conversations with this almost unlettered saint of India though his words were simple, they were profound and full of deep meaning.

In his lecture 'My Life and Mission', delivered in California, Swami Vivekananda expressed his indebtedness to Sri Ramakrishna, saying: 'Well, there at his feet I conceived these ideas-there with some other young men…. Now all the ideas that I preach are only to echo hi ideas. How Swami Vivekananda preached his Master's ideas, as also the ideas of the ancient scriptures as seen through Sri Ramakrishna's life and teachings, can bee found throughout then nine volumes of the Swami's Complete Works.

Again, the other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna also tried in similar ways to spread their Master's ideas, and their teachings are scattered in various books written by or about them.

The compiler of the present book, Edith Tipple has collected from various English sources the teachings of twelve of Sri Ramakrishna's monastic disciples on important topics related to the development of spiritual life. Though the work does not include the teachings of the entire Master's direct disciples, it is nonetheless a valuable compilation containing many gems of advice for spiritual seekers in general and followers of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda in particular. We believe readers will find it highly illuminating.

CONTENTS

Preface 11
Code to Sources 13
Order to Disciples 17
Absorption 19
Action 21
Adversity 25
Advice 26
Aim 26
Ambition 28
Anger 29
Anxiety 31
Argument 32
Astrology 33
Atheism 33
Attachment 33
Attitude 36
Attraction 39
Austerity 39
Aversion 41
Bible 41
Bliss 42
Body 44
Bondage 48
Book-learning 51
Brahmacharya 52
Brahman 52
Buddha 54
Carefulness 55
Chanting 56
Charity 56
Chastity 57
Children 58
Company of the Holy 59
Compassion 64
Concentration 64
Confession 68
Consciousness 68
Contemplation 69
Contentment 70
Continence 72
Control of mind 74
Craving 80
Creation 82
Criticism 83
Death 84
Dejection 89
Delusion 91
Dependence on God 91
Depression 94
Desire 95
Despair 104
Despondency 105
Detachment 106
Determination 107
Devotee 109
Devotion 113
Disciple 120
Discouragement 121
Discrimination 122
Disease 127
Dispassion 128
Dissatisfaction 131
Distraction 131
Divine Incarnation 132
Doubt 135
Dreams 137
Duty 138
Earnestness 144
Eating 145
Ecstasy 146
Education 146
Ego 146
Emotion 152
Ever-free 152
Evil 153
Evolution 157
Experience 157
Faith 157
Family 166
Fasting 167
Fate 168
Faults 168
Fear 171
Food 175
Forbearance 178
Form 178
Freedom 181
Gifts 184
Goal 184
God 187
Goodwill 198
Gossip 198
Grace 199
Greed 208
Grief 208
Gunas 211
Guru 211
Happiness 222
Hate 226
Health 227
Heaven 228
Holy 228
Holy Ghost 229
Honesty 230
Hope 230
Householder 230
Humility 236
Ideal 237
Ignorance 241
Illness 243
Incarnation 243
Initiation 244
Intensity 246
Ishvarakoti 246
Japa 247
Jealousy 257
Jesus Christ 258
Joy 259
Karma 264
Knowledge 267
Krishna 276
Kundalini 278
Law 279
Laziness 280
Learning 280
Lecture 281
Liberation 282
Light 284
Longing 286
Lord 287
Love 289
Lust 298
Mahamaya 303
Mantra 303
Marriage 307
Maya 308
Meditation 314
Mind 342
Misery 370
Mohammed 372
Monastic Life 372
Morality 378
Mother 379
Music 384
Non-attachment 384
Non-dualism 384
Object 385
Obstruction 385
Pain 388
Passion 389
Patience 392
Peace 394
Perfection 401
Philosophy 401
Pilgrimage 402
Possess 403
Power 403
Pranayama 408
Prayer 409
Purify 425
Purpose 432
Ramakrishna 433
Reality 438
Realization 439
Realized Soul 453
Recollectedness 455
Religions 458
Renunciation 465
Resignation 474
Responsibility 476
Restlessness 477
Ritual 482
Rules of Conduct 483
Sacrifice 484
Sadhu 484
Salvation 485
Samadhi 486
Sannyasin 491
Sarada Devi 492
Science 492
Scriptures 493
Self-analysis 495
Self-confidence 496
Self-control 497
Self-effort 498
Self-surrender 504
Selfish 510
Selfishness 512
Servant 513
Shame 521
Silence 521
Sin 521
Sincerity 526
Singing 530
Sleep 531
Solitude 532
Sorrow 534
Spiritual Discipline 536
Steadfastness 553
Strength 556
Struggle 560
Study 563
Suffering 566
Surrender 569
Talk & Teaching 570
Temptation 573
Tendency 574
Time 576
Tranquility 578
Trouble 579
Truth 580
Types of Men 587
Union 588
Virtue 588
Vision 589
Wealth 595
Will 595
Wisdom 599
Women 600
Work 601
Worry 617
Worship 618
Yearning 626
Stray Counsels 628
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