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FEIGNING MADNESS TOO IS RISKY!

A CERTAIN person, deeply involved in debt,
feigned madness to escape the consequences of his
liabilities. Physicians failed to cure his disease, and
the more he was treated for his ailments the greater
became his madness. At last a wise physician found
out the truth, and, taking the feigning mad man
aside, rebuked him saying: “My friend, what are
you doing? Beware lest in feigning madness you
become really mad. Already you have developed
some genuine signs of insanity.” This sensible
advice awoke the man from his folly, and he left
off acting the part of a mad man.
By constantly acting a thing, one actually becomes
that.

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SHE IS SO WELL OFF!

PEOPLE with little occult power gain such things
as name and fame. Many of them want to follow
the profession of a guru, gain people’s recognition,
and make disciples and devotees. Men say of such
a guru: “Ah, lie is having a wonderful time. How
many people visit him! He has many disciples and
followers. His house is overflowing with furniture
and other things, People give him presents. He has
such power that he can feed many people if he so
desires.”
The profession of a teacher is like that of a
prostitute. It is the selling of oneself for the trifle
of money, honor, and creature comforts. For
such insignificant things it is not good to prostitute
the body, mind and soul, the means by which one
can attain God. A man said about a certain woman:
“Ah! She is having a grand time now. She is so well
off! She has rented a room and furnished it with a
couch, a mat, pillows, and many other things. And
how many people she controls! They are always
visiting her.” In other words, the woman has now
become a prostitute. Therefore her happiness is
unbounded! Formerly she was a maid-servant in a

gentleman’s house; now she is a prostitute. She has
ruined herself for a mere trifle.

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AS ONE THINKS, SO ONE RECEIVES

A MAGICIAN was showing his tricks before a
king. Now and then he exclaimed: “Come
confusion! Come delusion! O King, give me
money! Give me clothes!” Suddenly his tongue
turned upward and clove to the roof of his mouth.
He experienced kumbhaka. He could utter neither
word nor sound, and became motionless. People
thought he was dead. They built a vault of bricks
and buried him there in that posture. After a
thousand years someone dug into the vault. Inside
it people found a man seated in samadhi. They
took him for a holy man and worshipped him.
When they shook him his tongue was loosened and
regained its normal position. The magician became
conscious of the outer world and cried, as he had a
thousand years before: “Come confusion! Come
delusion! O King, give me money! Give me
clothes!”
God is the Kalpataru, the wish-fulfilling tree. You
will certainly get whatever you ask of him. But you
must pray standing near the Kalpataru. Only then
will your prayer be fulfilled. But you must
remember another thing. God knows our inner
feeling. A man gets the fulfilment of the desire he
cherishes while practising sadhana. As one thinks,
so one receives.

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FOR MAN PROPOSES AND GOD DISPOSES

THE Master (to Pratab Chandra Mazumdar *):
“You are an educated and intelligent man, and
you are a deep thinker too. Keshab and yourself
were like the two brothers, Gour and Nitai. You
have had enough of this world—enough of
lectures, controversies, schisms, and the rest. Do
you still care for them? Now it is high time for you
to collect your scattered mind and turn it towards
God. Plunge into the ocean of Divinity.”
Mazumdar: “Yes, revered sir, that 1 ought to do;
there is no doubt about it. But all this I do simply
to preserve Keshab’s name and reputation.”
Sri Ramakrishna (smiling): “Let me tell you a story.
A man built a house on a hill. It was only a mud
hut, but he had built it with great labour. A few
days after, there came a violent storm and the hut
began to rock. The man became very anxious to
save it and prayed to the god of winds:’O god of the winds, please don’t wreck the house!
But the god of the winds paid no heed to his
prayers. The house was about to crash. Then he
thought of a trick. He remembered that Hanuman
was the son of the god of the winds. At once he
cried out with great earnestness: ‘O revered sir,
please don’t pull down the house. It belongs to
Hamiman. I beseech you to protect it.’ But still the
house continued to shake violently. Nobody
seemed to listen to his prayer. He repeated many
times, ‘Oh, this house belongs to Hanuman!’ But
the fury of the winds did not abate. Then he
remembered that Harm man was the devoted
servant of Rama, whose younger brother was
Lakshmana. Desperately the man cried, saying
aloud, ‘Oh, this house belongs to Lakshmana!’ But
that also failed to help matters. So the man cried
out as a last resort: ‘This is Rama’s house. Don’t
break it down, O god of winds!
I beseech you most humbly.’ But this proved futile,
and the house began to crash down. Whereupon
the man who had to save his own life, rushed out
of it with a curse: ‘Let it go! This is devil’s own
house!'”

You may now be anxious to preserve Keshab’s
name: but console yourself with the thought, it was
after all owing to God’s Will that the religious
movement connected with his name was set on
foot, and that if the movement has had its day, it is
also due to that same Divine Will. Therefore dive
deep into the sea of Immortality.”

*
A celebrated Brahmo Samaj leader

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