Saturday, August 8, 2009

Faith dissolves superiority complex

Sri Ramakrishna: "After I had experienced samadhi, my mind craved intensely to hear only about God. I would always search for places where they were reciting or explaining the sacred books, such as the Bhagavata, the Mahabharata, and the Adhyatma Ramayana. I used to go to Krishnakishore to hear him read the Adhyatma Ramayana.

"What tremendous faith Krishnakishore had! Once, while at Vrindavan, he felt thirsty and went to a well. Near it he saw a man standing. On being asked to draw a little water for him, the man said: 'I belong to a low caste, sir. You are a brahmin. How can I draw water for you?' Krishnakishore said: Take the name of Siva. By repeating His holy name you will make yourself pure.' The low-caste man did as he was told, and Krishnakishore, orthodox brahmin that he was, drank that water. What tremendous faith!

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

(Truly, faith had already dissolved the caste barrier and superiority complex of Krishnakishore. This incident also helped the man, who drew water for him, dissolve the inferiority complex and induced faith in God.)

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