Know for certain that God with or without form is real

Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna

“You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.”

As quoted in Ramakrishna and His Disciples (1965) by Christopher Isherwood, p. 263

To me this seems the essence of true spirituality.  Each of us has a correct path, as long as we follow that path with faith and dedication.  So, shouldn’t we accept each other’s path?  Shouldn’t we accept that we each have different paths?  People seem to have so much trouble accepting that there are correct answers for other people that are different than what they believe is correct for themselves.  If we can accept each other’s paths, honor each other’s spiritual pursuits, we will all be happier.

I love that Sri Ramakrishna was spreading this particular message in the 1800′s.  I know we have come a long way as humans in understanding this idea.  I hope we grow more in that direction, and thus grow closer as a human race.

Do you have any thoughts about this?  Please share them in the comments.




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