Daily Sri Ramakrishna Quote and 116th anniversary of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi
This is our Daily Sri Ramakrishna Quote:
Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.162
The Master Said:
"Anger and lust cannot be destroyed. Turn them toward God.
If you must feel desire and temptation,
then desire to realze God, feel tempted by Him.
Discriminate and turn the passions away
from worldly objects.
When the elephant is about to devour a plaintain-tree
in someone's garden, the mAhut strikes
it with his iron-tipped goad."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
Mahasamadhi of Swamiji
TO THE FOURTH OF JULY
[It is well known that Swami Vivekananda's death (or resurrection, as some of us would prefer to call it!) took place on the 4th of July, 1902. On the 4th of July, 1898, he was travelling with some American disciples in Kashmir, and as part of a domestic agreement for the celebration of the day—the anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence — he prepared the following poem, to be read aloud at the early breakfast. The poem itself fell to the keeping of Dhirâ Mâtâ.]
Behold, the dark clouds melt away,
That gathered thick at night, and hung
So like a gloomy pall above the earth!
Before thy magic touch, the world
Awakes. The birds in chorus sing.
The flowers raise their star-like crowns—
Dew-set, and wave thee welcome fair.
The lakes are opening wide in love
Their hundred thousand lotus-eyes
To welcome thee, with all their depth.
All hail to thee, thou Lord of Light!
A welcome new to thee, today,
O Sun! Today thou sheddest Liberty!
Bethink thee how the world did wait,
And search for thee, through time and clime.
Some gave up home and love of friends,
And went in quest of thee, self-banished,
Through dreary oceans, through primeval forests,
Each step a struggle for their life or death;
Then came the day when work bore fruit,
And worship, love, and sacrifice,
Fulfilled, accepted, and complete.
Then thou, propitious, rose to shed
The light of Freedom on mankind.
Move on, O Lord, in thy resistless path!
Till thy high noon o'erspreads the world.
Till every land reflects thy light,
Till men and women, with uplifted head,
Behold their shackles broken, and
Know, in springing joy, their life renewed!
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: