Dropping Rituals While Evolving Spiritually & Ramakrishna Slaps Rani Rasmani
Dropping Rituals While Evolving Spiritually
Rituals form the basis of a formal worship before they are be shed in the due course of the spiritual evolvement of a seeker. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa enlightens one as to how long should religious rituals be followed in one's spiritual journey as recorded in the “The Gospel of Ramakrihna,” as recorded by M.
On M's first visit to the master, on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's birthday, the master was surround by devotees. Sri Ramakrishna was engaged in guiding the gathered followers regarding the formalities and essentials of religion. The master said, “ On hearing the name of 'Hari' or 'Rama,' once, if one sheds tears or has his hair standing on end, one can be certain that one can give up formalities like 'Sandhya' or other religious rituals.
Only then one is capable of dropping rituals or rather rituals drop off themselves as one evolves in one's spiritual pursuit.
The master further continued that the 'Sandhya' merges in the 'Gayatri mantra' and the Gayatri merges in the 'Om'.
It will then be sufficient that one just repeats the name of God, or just 'Om'. The master further continued that the 'Sandhya' merges in the 'Gayatri mantra' and the Gayatri merges in the 'Om'
Words of masters have a universal appeal and serves as important guidelines for even forth coming spiritual seekers down the age.
The spiritual master stokes the disciple to turn to the truth whenever attention goes wayward.An episode from the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa best illustrates the fact.
It is a well known fact that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was the priest of the Kali temple in Dakshineshwar built by a pious widow Rani Rasmani. Rani Rasmani is also a noted devotee of Sri Ramakrishna.
One day the master, who was utterly devoted to Mother Kali, was engaged in singing a song in the shrine in front of the divine mother. All of a sudden, He turned around and slapped Rani Rasmani. The master had read her thoughts that had strayed away from the Mother to a certain court trial.
The action of the master cannot be banished as ordinary. A possible spiritual interpretation can be arrived at with the deeper look into the happening. Living in the present or in the moment as instructed by masters bring about an integrated attention in the disciple. When the attention is integrated, thought patterns crumble making one stumble into the eternal. Ramakrishna's sudden, shocking slap could be to bring the attention of Rani Rasmani to the moment, to silence, than mere admonition.