A fast look at the life of Ramakrishna – February 16, 1836, to August 16, 1886
Gadadhar Chatterjee was born in a remote village named Kāmārpukur in West Bengal. It was an area of rice-fields, banyans, palms, a few lakes, and a nearby mango orchard. A road passed through the village to the great temple of Jagannāth at Puri traveled by workers, farmers, holy men, and pilgrims.
As a child, Gadadhar Chatterjee loved listening to stories from Hindu mythology and the epics. Afterward, he could recite them from memory. This brought great joy to the villagers. He also enjoyed painting and molding images of the gods and goddesses. Mathematics was his greatest dislike. Continue reading “The Life of Sri Ramakrishna”
Eden was an epic event. Whether you believe it to be allegorical, psychological, anthropological, developmental, or a doctrine of absolute literal truth, I believe at least some of the following will still apply.
One point we can glean from this story of the fall, or separation as some like to call it, is that when we grasped to be like God [or our Higher Power] by knowing the difference between good and evil, we not only separated ourselves from God, but we also separated from each other and even our own selves. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Separation or Fall”
Lakshmi was one of Ramana Maharshi’s most devoted and enlightened devotees. What makes this story so special and interesting is that Lakshmi was no regular devotee. She was a cow. Continue reading “Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi”
Thoughts on Facing Problems and Fears
What is the best way to face our problems and fears? We are told many ways not to face them. Do not dramatize them, as that makes them bigger. Fighting them also makes them worse. If you push them down, swallow them, or run from them that makes them bigger too. Continue reading “Facing Problems and Fears”
In John 14:20 Jesus said, “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” John 14:20
Have you ever tried to visualize this or draw a picture? It seems we often hear or read this one and quickly move on to the next verse. Yet it what it says is much more profound than most people realize. If you take the time to think about it, it may get a bit confusing, but I have found that putting thing such as this into visuals make them simpler, easier to grasp, and even fun. Continue reading “I Am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in You”