We all struggle … If we cannot reach the Absolute, we will get somewhere, and it will be better than we are now.
(p.233, C.W Vol.4, ‘Meditation’ Lecture delivered by Swamiji at the Washington Hall, San Francisco on 3 April, 1900.)
A true devotee feels that way, for God is his dearest. Whom else should he feel offended or angry with? His claims are on God and none else. He loves none else but God. If he has to quarrel to anyone, he will quarrel with God. Don’t give up God. Cling to him – with love or without it. If you have accepted Sri Ramakrishna with all your heart even for a while, you may want to give him up, but he will not give you up. Know this for certain.
(p.62, Letters for Spiritual Seekers, Swami Shivanandaji’s letter from Kankhal Ashrama on 3 April, 1912.)