Swami Vivekananda on Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Rama­kri­shna nev­er spoke a harsh word against any­one. So beau­ti­ful­ly tol­er­ant was he that every sect thought that he belonged to them. He loved every­one. To him all reli­gions were true. He found a place for each one. He was free, but free in love, not in “thun­der.”

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This is the mes­sage of Sri Rama­kri­shna to the mod­ern world. Care not for doc­trines or for dog­mas, for sects or for church­es. All these count for but lit­tle, com­pared with that essence of exis­tence, which is in each one, and called spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. The more this is devel­oped in a man, the more pow­er­ful is he for good. He who has most of it can do most good to his fel­low-men. First, then, acquire that. … Only those who have seen it will under­stand this; but such spir­i­tu­al­i­ty can be giv­en to oth­ers, even though they be uncon­scious of the gift. Only those who have attained to this pow­er are amongst the great teach­ers of mankind. They are the pow­ers of light.

Then be you this! The more of such men any coun­try pro­duces, the high­er is that coun­try raised. That land where no such men exist, is doomed. Noth­ing can save it. There­fore my Master’s mes­sage to the world is, “Be ye all spir­i­tu­al! Get ye first real­i­sa­tion!” And to the young and strong of every coun­try he would cry that the time is come for renun­ci­a­tion. Renounce for the sake of human­i­ty! You have talked of the love of man till the thing is in dan­ger of becom­ing words alone. The time is come to act. The call now is, Do! Leap into the breach and save the world.