Reminiscences of Sargachhi
The Vedanta Kesari|March 2020
Reminiscences of Sargachhi
Swami Premeshananda (1884 – 1967) was a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. For over two decades he lived at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, West Bengal. Under his inspiration countless people led a life of spirituality and service, and many young men and women entered into monastic life. His conversations – translated from Bengali and presented below – were noted by his attendant who is now Srimat Swami Suhitananda, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order.
SWAMI SUHITANANDA

23.11.60

Maharaj: However much you may engage in spiritual practices like meditation, Japa, and reflection on God, unless you once a day still the mind and free it from all thoughts, it is impossible to get rid of lust and anger.

Sharat Maharaj was a person of refinement; he did not have an iota of the defect. How wonderful were his dealings! Often he used to say, ‘First be a gentleman, and then be a sadhu.’ If someone comes here to be a sadhu, we must consider these things: 1) appearance, 2) education, 3) behavior, 4) parents, and 5) upbringing, i.e., the environment in which he grew up.

25.11.60

Maharaj: God is like a collective body and the living beings are His individual cells. Each cell has to undergo the states of asti, jayate, nashyati, ‘existence, birth, and death.’

Question: How do the worshippers of God with form explain how God can be omnipresent?

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