Daily Sri Ramakrishna Quote and Swami Vivekananda'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~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years:
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.]