A Conversation with Guru

My teacher narrated this insightful narrative mentioned below during Teacher’s Day. It teaches us how to live life in a simple yet meaningful. This conversation occurred between Swami Vivekanand and his Guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa.

Swami Vivekananda:– I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But Productivity gets you free.

Swami Vivekananda:- Why has life become Complicated now?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Stop Analyzing life…. It makes it complicated…just live by it.

Swami Vivekananda:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?

Ramakrishna Parmahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Swami Vivekananda:- Why do good people always suffer?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without Friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trails, but don’t suffer and with that experience, life becomes better, not bitter.

Swami Vivekananda:- You mean to say that such experience is useful?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Yes, In every term. Experience is a hard teacher. She takes the test first, then teaches the lesson later.

Swami Vivekananda:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes Provide Sight. The heart provides the way.

Swami Vivekananda:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

Swami Vivekananda:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessings, not what you are missing.

Swami Vivekananda:- What Surprises you about people?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “Why me”? When they prosper they never ask, “Why me”?

 Swami Vivekananda:- How can I get the best of out of this life?

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- Face your past without Regret. Handle your present with Confidence. Prepare for future without Fear.

Swami Vivekananda:- One last question, sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a Mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is Wonderful if you know how to live.

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