Sunday Service: How to Live in the World But Stay Clean

Peter Kowalke at the Singapore Ramakrishna Mission

Week of July 19 – 25, 2015

This week I had the opportunity to spend some time with Amma, an amazing woman from Southern India who many consider to be an incarnation of God because she is so pure with her life and service.

The power of Amma comes from her purity; instead of getting entangled by materialism and chasing new experiences, she focuses on what’s most important and clears away the rest. Slowly, a little more each day, she has moved toward godliness through this constant process of focusing on what matters most and letting go of everything else.

That’s the subject of our spiritual talk today: Purity and how to live in this world and yet stay spiritually clean. This week’s talk comes from Swami Shantatmananda, the spiritual head of the Ramakrishna Mission in Delhi, India.


Peter Kowalke


Swami ShantatmanandaThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

How to Live in the World But Remain Clean

By Swami Shantatmananda

The Bengali saint, Sri Ramakrishna, would again and again caution his devotees about leading a materialistic or worldly life. He would try to inspire them about the joy and beauty of leading a life based on spiritual values.

But some of the devotees who were not given to the pursuit of a deep spiritual life would often express apprehension about getting close to him. They would say that suddenly and without notice he would sting them like a wasp and all their worldly ties would be severed and they would be forced into a life of renunciation. But Sri Ramakrishna would assure them that he never advocated such a path for everyone. He would tell them that there is a way to live in this world where we can certainly have a taste of material comforts, etc.

People living a materialistic life often try to indulge in bhoga or enjoyment which relate to the plane of matter. They wrongly assume that having possessions, riches, et cetera. will automatically lead to joy and happiness.

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Our longer talk about spiritual routine can be found here.

Happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

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