0992.Encounters With Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Process of Becoming:

The following philosophy is applicable to any time; the message given by Master at the end of the song by Mahima is wonderful
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Shri Ramakrishna was with M and he asked him

What do you think of Narendra? He is utterly guileless. Just now he is faced with many difficult family problems and so his spiritual progress is a little checked; but it will not be so for long.'

Narendra was arguing on the verandah with a Vedantist.

Master asked Mahima to sing; Mahima recited a few more hymns and at last one to Siva, by Sankaracharya, that compared the world to a deep well and a wilderness. Mahima was a householder.

The hymn:
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Oh Great God! Oh Thou Auspicious One, with the moon shining in Thy crest!
Slayer of Madana! Wielder of the trident! Unmoving One! Lord of the Himalayas!
Oh Consort of Durga, Lord of all creatures! Thou who scatterest the distress of the fearful!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.
Oh Beloved of Parvati's heart! Oh Thou moon-crested Deity!
Master of every being! Lord of hosts! Oh Thou, the Lord of Parvati!
Oh Vamadeva, Self-existent One! Oh Rudra, Wielder of the bow!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.

Oh blue-throated God! Siva, whose ensign is the bull! Oh Five-faced One!
Lord of the worlds, who wearest snakes upon Thy wrists! Oh Thou Auspicious one!
Oh Siva! Oh Pasupati! Oh Thou, the Lord of Parvati!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest Of this miserable world.
Oh Lord of the Universe! Oh Siva Sankara! Oh God of Gods!
Thou who dost bear the river Ganges in Thy matted locks!
Thou, the Master of Pramatha and Nandika! Oh Hara, Lord of the world!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.
Oh King of Kasi, Lord of the cremation ground of Manikarnika!
Oh mighty Hero, Thou the Destroyer of Daksha's6 sacrifice! Oh All pervasive one!
Oh Lord of hosts! Omniscient One, who art the sole Indweller in every heart! Oh Lord!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable
world.
Oh Great God! Compassionate One! Oh Benign Deity!
Oh Byomakesa! 7 Blue-throated One! Oh Lord of hosts!
Thy body is smeared with ashes! Thou art garlanded with human skulls!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.

Oh Thou who dwellest on Mount Kailas! Thou whose carrier is thebull!
Oh Conqueror of death! Oh Three-eyed One! Lord of the three worlds!
Beloved of Narayana! Conqueror of lust! Thou, Sakti's Lord!
Rescue me, helpless, as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.
Lord of the Universe! Refuge of the whole world! Oh Thou of infinite forms!
Soul of the Universe! Oh Thou in whom repose the infinite virtues of the world!
Oh Thou adored by all! Compassionate One! Oh Friend of the poor!
Rescue me, helpless, as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.
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MASTER (to Mahima) : 'Why do you call the world a deep well or a trackless
forest? An aspirant may think so in the beginning; but how can he be frightened by
the world if he holds fast to God?

This very world is a mansion of mirth;

Here I can eat, here drink and make merry.

'Why should you be frightened?

Hold fast to God.

What if the world is like a forest of thorns? Put on shoes and walk on the thorns.

Whom should you fear?

You won't have to play again the part of the 'thief' in the game of hide-and-seek, once you touch the granny'.

'King Janaka used to fence with two swords—the one of Knowledge and the other
of action. Nothing can frighten an expert player


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