01 January 2009
Mahima: When the mind has gone up to Him, does one then stay with the family any more?
-- Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, Volume 1, Section XIII, Chapter 4
Sri Ramakrishna: What are you saying? Where will you go if you don’t stay in family? I clearly see that I am in Rama’s Ayodhya wherever I may be. This family life, this worldly life, is Rama’s Ayodhya. Having received spiritual knowledge from his guru Dasharath, Rama said, ‘I will renounce the family life (world).’ Dasharath called Vaishishtha to make Rama change his mind. Vaishishtha saw that Rama was under deep dispassion. He then said, ‘Rama, first reason it out with me; you may renounce the world later. Well, tell me, is this world without God? If that be so, you may renounce it.’ Rama understood that God Himself has become the world, its creatures everything. It is because of His power that one perceives everything as real. Rama became silent then.
“You have to fight against lust, anger and so on in the worldly life; you have to fight against various desires. You have to fight against attachment. If the fight is given from inside the fort, it is convenient: it is better to fight living in the household. Here you get food, the wife helps you in so many ways. In Kaliyuga, life depends on food. It is better to be at one place than to roam about from place to place for food. This is as if fighting from inside the fort of household.
‘‘A person who is jivanmukta (liberated in this very life), may live the family life if he so wills. For a man who has attained jnana, there is nothing like ‘here’ and ‘there’. It is all the same for him. Everything ‘here’ as well as ‘there’ belongs to Him.”