Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna: In this body two persons live: God in the form of an Avatar, and God in the form of a devotee. An Avatar's devotees come with him and go away with him. Rakhal: So you must not go away alone, leaving us behind. Sri Ramakrishna: The religious mendicants appear quite unexpectedly out of the blue. They sing and dance, and again they disappear quite unexpectedly. Hardly anyone recognises their aspiration. Similarly, spiritual Masters appear and disappear without being recognised. (Sri Ramakrishna closes his eyes for a minute.) I tell you all that a life without renunciation is no life at all. Renounce your ignorance. Renounce your knowledge. Renounce what you have and what you are. (Excerpt from a full-length play on Sri Ramakrishna entitled Drink, Drink My Mother's Nectar)

Sarada Devi

Sarada Devi: Now that my Kali — Ramakrishna — is about to pass behind the curtain of Eternity, an excruciating pang is torturing my heart. (She begins to cry bitterly.)

(To everyone's surprise, Sri Ramakrishna raises himself slightly.)

Ramakrishna: Why do you weep so bitterly? I leave your Naren with you.

Sarada Devi: Yes, my Divine Lord, it is true. You are the seed sown in the world soil, and our Naren is the bumper crop which humanity shall reap. Thakur is the inspiration, his Naren is its expression. So humanity will have both inspiration and expression as its peerless possessions. (She bows down to Sri Ramakrishna.) Glory to you, O Thakur. To you we offer our deepest homage. Our hearts feel that what you possess is the Infinite, and that the Infinite is your heart's Eternal Home.

(Sri Ramakrishna leaves the body.)

(Excerpt from Drink, Drink My Mother's Nectar)