Swami Vivekananda, a Yogi of the highest order, a Sanyasi, Mystic, or simply put, an intense form of life who just went on to motivate and bless the lives to reach their ultimate destination. Words really fall short to describe the aura of Swamiji. He is the hope if there is any. Swamiji is an experience which is beyond our senses and he is much more than what we have learned and perceived. Vivekananda, the bliss of Wisdom is a phenomenon that this World has witnessed and the very thought of him will make me howl in joy. Salutes to him.
When we say Swami Vivekananda, there is always a mention of his Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Sri Ramakrishna was a sheer enigma and an enchanting Guru who can never and ever be captured in these mere words and I am not exaggerating at all. Naren going through the obstacles of life, finding no answers to his questions, suffering a restless state happens to hear the name of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa by Principal Hastie in one of his classes. Hastie referring this priest of Dakshineshwar as an epitome of spiritual ecstasy, Naren made no delay and rushed to Dakhineshwar to meet the saint.
When Naren Met Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna being a realized person understood the very purpose of Naren’s life and it took him no time to realize the spiritual potential of this lad. Ramakrishna crying with joy said to Naren that – You made me wait for long. Finally, you are here.
Naren and Ramakrishna were two different poles altogether. It was an intellect vs rationality, educated vs uneducated, wealthy vs poor, logic Vs heart and no God Vs God. Naren went on to ask bountiful of questions before accepting Ramakrishna as his Guru. The latter part of the story is definitely worth checking but we restrict ourselves to this interesting part of the conversation that happened between Swamy Vivekananda and Paramahamsa Ramakrishna in today’s read.
Conversation between Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna
1. Time is a Running Deer
Vivekananda Questions – I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramakrishna Answers – Activity gets you busy. Productivity makes you free.
2. Life’s Complexity
Vivekananda Questions – Why has life become complicated now?
Ramakrishna Answers – Stop analyzing life, it gets complicated. Just live it.
3. Slipping Happiness
Vivekananda Questions – Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramakrishna Answers – Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
4. Good V/s Bad
Vivekananda Questions – Why do good people always suffer?
Ramakrishna Answers – Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer.With that experience, their life becomes better, not bitter.
5. Importance of an Experience
Vivekananda Questions – You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramakrishna Answers – Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons.
6. A Confused Path
Vivekananda Questions – Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Ramakrishna Answers – If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. The heart provides the way.
7. Pain of Failures
Vivekananda Questions – Does failure hurt?
Ramakrishna Answers – Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
8. Not-so-motivating instances
Vivekananda Questions – In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Ramakrishna Answers – Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
9. Mindset of People
Vivekananda Questions – What surprises you about people?
Ramakrishna Answers – When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”
10. Life Results
Vivekananda Questions – How can I get the best out of life?
Ramakrishna Answers – Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
11. Prayers Unanswered
Vivekananda Questions – One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Ramakrishna Answers – There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
This is one of the gem conversations that happened between the two greats. Hope you found this motivating and interesting.