3rd Residential Devotees’ Retreat

During his second visit to Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Mahendranath Gupta, recorder of Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, had the following conversation with the Master:
How to see God
M: “Is it possible to see God?”
MASTER: “Yes, certainly. Living in solitude now and then, repeating God’s name and singing His glories, and discriminating between the Real and the unreal – these are the means to employ to see Him.”
Longing and yearning
M: “Under what conditions does one see God?”
MASTER: “Cry to the Lord with an intensely yearning heart and you will certainly see Him. People shed a whole jug of tears for wife and children. They swim in tears for money. But who weeps for God? Cry to Him with a real cry.”
The Master sang:
“Cry to your Mother Syama , with a real cry, O mind!
And how can She hold Herself from you?
How can Syama stay away?
How can your Mother Kali hold Herself away?
O mind, if you are in earnest, bring Her an offering
Of bel-leaves and hibiscus flowers;
Lay at Her feet your offering
And with it mingle the fragrant sandal-paste of Love.”
Continuing, he said: “Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
To sensitize devotees about the need for serious spiritual practices we have started Residential Devotees Retreat once a month at the serene noise free Math Campus of Viveknagar having an ambience of Tapovanam. The scanned images of the Rules & Regulation and the detailed Programme for three Sessions of the 3rd Retreat will give an idea about the spiritual exercise. So far the devotees have highly appreciated the activity as a beneficial one.

Photos of 3rd Residential Devotees’ Retreat

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