Saturday, March 13, 2010
my sweetheart meets me in a book
the heart of the devotee is the abode of god.
he dwells, no doubt, in all beings, but he especially manifests himself in the heart of the devotee.
a landlord may at one time or other move about and visit all the parts in his estate, but people say that he is generally found in one drawing room.
the heart of the devotee is the drawing room of god.
-Shree Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, page 133, the gospel of shree ramakrishna, volume 1.
then, on page 139, I find what I have been hunting for, what I have been yearning for, since the last few days:
'To my divine mother,' says the Paramhamsa, ' I pray only for pure love. I offer flowers at her crimson feet and pray to her ,
'Mother, here is thy virtue, here is thy vice. Take them both and give me pure love for thee.
Here is thy Knowledge, here is thy Ignorance. Take them both and give me only pure love for thee.
Here is thy purity, and here is thy impurity. Take them both and give me only pure love for thee.
Here is thy dharma and here is they adharma. Take them both and give me only pure love for thee.'
and then, on page 140, he says to the brahmo devotees,
'Whether you accept Radha and Krishna, or not, please accept their attraction for each other. Try to create the same yearning in your heart for god. Yearning is all you need to realize him.'