Divine Life of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Chapter X

  • In The Company Of Devotees – Part II

His disciples were of two kinds: The householders and the young men, some of whom were later to become monks. There were also a small group of women devotees.

  • Householder Devotees
  • Monastic Disciples
  • Women Devotees
  • Sri Ramakrishna and Spiritual Seekers

Householder Devotees

For the householders, Sri Ramakrishna did not prescribe the hard path of total renunciation. He wanted them to discharge their obligations to their families. Their renunciation was to be mental. He inspired them to lead God-centered lives while living as householders. His teachings for householders can be summarised thus:

  1. Keep chanting the God’s name, thinking of his glory.
  2. Do Sadhusanga, Satsang, being with holy people; visit places where there are holy thoughts.
  3. Go to a solitary place once in a while and meditate. Protect and nurture your godly feelings and thoughts.
  4. Constantly deliberate and discriminate about right and wrong, truth and untruth, real and unreal, ‘Nitya’ and ‘Anitya’, ‘Sat’ and ‘Asat’. God alone is true, ‘Nitya’, permanent, real, ‘Sat’, Right.
  5. Discharge your duties as a householder with full responsibility but always keep in mind that none of this belongs to you.

Ram Chandra Dutta, Mano Mohan Mitra, Surendranath Misra, Kedarnath Chatterji, Suresh Chandra Dutta, Girish Chandra Ghosh, Nag Mahashay, Mehendranath Gupta and Balaram Bose were some of His prominent householder devotees.

Sri Ramakrishna also became acquainted with a number of noted men like Devendranath Tagore, Michael Madhusudan, Kritodas Pal, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar and Bankim Chatterji.

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