29th May 2003
Why did Ramkrishna choose to see Kali as
"Mother" when he was certainly aware that on the Advaita Vedantic
level he and the Divine Mother were one and the same?
What then is the difference between a "Ramkrishna"
worshipping Kali and an ordinary person, banging the bells and chanting by rote?
That is the question, isn't it?
In an ordinary devotee, there is a "devotee" concerned
with form (how worshipping is to be done, the proper manner, with the proper
wherewithals), with time, when it is to be done, how long etc etc.
And invariably with an objective in mind.
Something to be obtained, achieved, attained through the act of
Whether that is a Million dollars, or enlightenment, or seeking
protection from a particular insecurity, a particular fear, there is an agenda
in the worship.
In the case of a "Ramkrishna", there is no agenda.
There is an apperception, that worshipping is taking place by Kali
for Kali, through the body-mind complex labeled "Ramkrishna".
Hence you would have noted, Ramakrishna never bothered with the form
For days, he would not worship and then for days, he would be lost
to the world in the ecstasy of the worship.
It is thus, seen that after apperception, whatever gets
done through the body-mind complex, in which apperception has taken place, it
can only be in the nature of a holy worship, no matter what the particular form
of "doing" gets to be enacted.