Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna in Eight Aphorisms
Swami Harshananda

Swami Harshananda composed eight sutras embodying the essence of Sri Ramakrishna’s teachings. They are presented herewith. (From the Vedanta Kesari, December 2011) Swami Brahmarupananda has been giving a series of talks on this subject: listen here.

ईश्वरोऽस्त्येवः स एव सत्यम्॥१॥
तं द्रष्टुं ज्ञातुं तेन सह आलापं कर्तुं च साध्यम्॥२॥
ईश्वरदर्शनं साक्षात्कारश्च जीवनस्य लक्ष्यम्॥३॥
तद्दर्शनेन साक्षात्कारेण च सर्वं कृतं सर्वं प्राप्तम्॥४॥
तदर्थं गुरुणा भवितव्यम्॥५॥
कामकाञ्चनत्यागः प्रधानं साधनम्॥६॥
सत्यं च॥७॥
व्याकुलतयैवाऽपि ईश्वरसाक्षात्कारः साध्यः॥८॥

īśvaro’styevaḥ sa eva satyam||1||
taṁ draṣṭuṁ jñātuṁ tena saha ālāpaṁ kartuṁ ca sādhyam||2||
īśvaradarśanaṁ sākṣātkāraśca jīvanasya lakṣyam||3||
taddarśanena sākṣātkāreṇa ca sarvaṁ kṛtaṁ sarvaṁ prāptam||4||
tadarthaṁ guruṇā bhavitavyam||5||
kāmakāñcanatyāgaḥ pradhānaṁ sādhanam||6||
satyaṁ ca||7||
vyākulatayaivā’pi īśvarasākṣātkāraḥ sādhyaḥ||8||

  1. God verily exists. He alone is the Truth.
  2. It is possible to see him, to know him, nay, even to talk with him.
  3. To see him, to realise him, is the goal of life.
  4. By seeing him, by realizing him, everything is achieved, everything is gained.
  5. For this, a guru is necessary.
  6. Renunciation of lust and greed is the main discipline.
  7. And also truth.
  8. God can be realised through intense longing also.