God assumes forms for the sake of His devotees. Through ecstatic love a devotee sees God with form…. One must accept everything: God with form and God without form…. A man reads a little of the Gita, the Bhagavata, or the Vedanta and thinks he has understood everything. Once an ant went to a hill of sugar. One grain of sugar filled its stomach, and it was returning home with another grain in its mouth. On the way it said to itself, ‘Next time I go, I shall bring home the whole hill.
(p, 577, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Thakur’s words to the devotees on 1Oct,1884)
Some people do the best work when led. Not everyone is born to lead. The best leader, however, is one who “leads like the baby”. The baby, though apparently depending on everyone, is the king of the household. At least, to my thinking, that is the secret…. Many feel, but only a few can express. It is the power of expressing one’s love and appreciation and sympathy for others, that enables one person to succeed better in spreading the idea than others…
(p.428-9, Vol.8, Swamiji’s letter to Margo (Sister Nivedita) from Srinagar, Kashmir on 1 Oct,1897.)