Embodiment of truth

Embodiment of truth

By SWAMI SHANTATMANANDA | 30 July, 2017

Sri Ramakrishna was an extraordinary example of someone totally established in truth. His adherence to truth was of a very rare nature something unheard of before. It was not just that he was speaking truth. It is not even that he only acted truthfully. Even in very thought he was truthful to an unbelievable extent. One of his disciples, Swami Yogananda, who was called Yogen in his younger days, used to bring a few pieces of lemon for him from a garden in the vicinity of the Dakshineswar Temple where Sri Ramakrishna spent the major part of his life on earth. The owner of the garden was known to Sri Ramakrishna and he had heartily given permission to a few lemon pieces being plucked for his use. Every day Yogen would go to the garden, pluck a few pieces of lemon and bring it for Sri Ramakrishna. But, one day when Yogen brought the fruit, Sri Ramakrishna could not even touch it. He investigated the matter and found that the ownership of the garden had changed the previous evening. While the previous owner had given permission to Sri Ramakrishna for lemons being plucked on his behalf, he did not have permission from the new owner for plucking lemons. Accepting or taking something from someone without his consent would amount to thieving and would come under the category of untruth. So, although Sri Ramakrishna did not know about the change of ownership, yet because he was so completely established in truth even unknowingly he could not transgress it. That is why at one point of time when he had surrendered completely to the Divine Mother he would offer everything at Her feet. He would say, O Mother, please accept my papa and punya (i.e. sins and virtues) and so on, but he could never offer truth to the Divine Mother because if he would have given up truth he would not have survived in a human body. 

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