Ramakrishna worshipped Kali, the principle of God responsible for creation and destruction (involution and evolution), as the Divine Mother. By this time he was also soaking up all genuine spiritual disciplines. He became an ascetic, withdrew into the forest, and studied Tantra, Yoga as well as Islamic and Christian philosophy. Because of his profound understanding of all major religions and philosophies, which was not based on reading books, Ramakrishna perceived that all religions are teaching the same principles when judged solely by their underlying essence. All religions had the same Goal.
Ramakrishna saw God in everything and everyone. He became one with pure Awareness, pure Consciousness, or pure Beingness. Sarada Devi herself became known as the "Holy Mother".
Sayings of Ramakrishna:
God (Brahman) alone is real; the world is illusory.
God alone is real, the Eternal Substance; all else is unreal, that is, impermanent.
When asked about a story concerning a farmer, Ramakrishna said:
The farmer was a Jnani; therefore he realized that the waking state is as unreal as the dream state.
There is only one eternal substance, and that is God (Atman - God's spirit in man).
For the Bhakta, God assumes forms. But for the Jnani, God is formless.
Thus God has form and, again, is formless. Because the mind cannot be fixed, all of a sudden, on the formless aspect of God, it is wise to think of God with form during the primary stages.
That which is Brahman is also Kali, the Mother of Primal Energy.
It is God who manifests Himself as the atheist and the believer; the good and the bad; the real and the unreal; that it is He who is present in waking and in sleep.
And... He is beyond all these.
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