"It is God alone who has planted in man's mind
what the Englishman calls free will.
People who have not realized God would become engaged
in more and more sinful actions
if God had not planted in them the notion of free will.
Sin would have increased if God
had not made the sinner feel that he is responsible."
"If a man has faith in God,
then even if he has comitted the most heinous sins-
such as killing a cow, a brAhmin, or a woman -
he will certainly be saved through his faith.
Let him say to God, 'O Lord,
I will not repeat such an action',
and he need not be afraid of anything."
"Give up all such notions as: 'Shall we be cured of our delirium?',
'What will happen to us?', 'We are sinners!'
One must have this kind of faith:
'What? Once I have uttered the name of RAma,
can I be a sinner any more?'"
"Once someone gave me a book of the Christians.
I asked him to read it to me. It talked of nothing but sin.
The wretch who constantly says, "I am bound, I am bound',
only succeeds in being bound. He who says day and night,
'I am a sinner, I am a sinner' verily becomes a sinner."
"Suicide is a heinous sin, undoubtedly.
A man who kills himself must return again
and again to this world and suffer
its agony. "But I don't call it suicide if a person
leaves his body after having the vision of God.
There is no harm in giving up one's body that way.
After attaining Knowledge some people give up their bodies.
After the gold image has been cast
in the clay mold, you may either preserve
the mold or break it."
"All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the name of
God and sings his glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree
of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands.
As, at the clap of the hands, the birds in the tree fly away,
so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories."
ooooooooooooooo-om sri sri ramakrishna paramahamsadeva om-ooooooooooooooo
A BATH IN THE HOLY RIVER GANGES
March 11, 1883. Bengal, India.
The Master said:
"Suppose a man becomes pure by chanting the holy name of God, but immediately afterwards commits many sins. He has no strength of mind. He doesn't take a vow not to repeat his sins.
A bath in the Ganges undoubtedly absolves one of all sins; but what does that avail? They say that the sins perch on the trees along the banks of the Ganges. No sooner does the man come back from the holy waters than the old sins jump on his shoulders from the trees. The same old sins take possesion of him again. He is hardly out of the water before they fall upon him.
"Therefore I say, chant the name of God, and with it pray to Him that you may have love for Him. Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day"
Here is a 60 second WAV
file recording of a sloka from Soundarya Lahari a prelude to the Telegu song
Vinayakuniwhich implores in all humility "Mother, like the moonshine that falls
both on the deserving palatial terraces and the undeserving shrubs of the forest,
let Your grace pour on me too, however undeserving I am"
Sloka by Shrimati M. S. Subbulakshmi____