Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reading from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna P. 94

Another day the Master was seated on the small couch in his room, with his usual beaming countenance. M. arrived with Kalikrishna, who did not know where his friend M. was taking him. He had only been told : "If you want to see a grog-shop, then come with me. You will see a huge jar of wine there." M. related this to Sri Ramakrishna, who laughed about it. The Master said: "The bliss of worship and communion with God is the true wine, the wine of ecstatic love. The goal of human life is to love God. Bhakti is the one essential thing. To know God through jnana and reasoning is extremely difficult."

The Master sang:

"Who is there that can understand what Mother Kali is?
Even the six darsanas are powerless to reveal Her..."

The Master said, again: "The one goal of life is to cultivate love for God, the love that the milkmaids, the milkmen, and the cowherd boys of Vrindavan felt for Krishna. When Krishna went away to Mathura, the cowherds roamed about weeping bitterly because of their separation from Him."

Saying this the Master sang, with eyes turned upward:

"Just now I saw a youthful cowherd
With a young calf in his arms;
There he stood, by one hand holding
The branch of a young tree.
"Where are You, Brother Kanai?" he cried;
But "Kanai" scarcely could he utter;
"Ka" was as much as he could say.
He cried, "Where are You, Brother?"
And his eyes were filled with tears."

When M. heard this song of the Master's, laden with love, his eyes were moist with tears. 


  1. A quote comes to mind you might recognize it,"rare is such a soul who swims in Ecstatic Bliss on the high tides of Heavenly Love." Thank you for cultivating Love for the Divine and inspiring me through your music and poems in countless ways over the past two years to immerse myself in spiritual growth. I will be eternally grateful to you for helping me find my True Self. Namaste'

  2. "The bliss of worship and communion with God is the true wine, the wine of ecstatic love. The goal of human life is to love God." --Beautiful

  3. Beautiful. Bhakti is most certainly the way for these times. Have you had the chance to attend Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree yet? It's a pretty amazing experience of communal devotion.
    With Love and Blessings,
    Hari Bol!

  4. P.S. You may enjoy this (poetry of bliss)

  5. Beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    It reminds me of the song Volume.