Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Woman and Gold"

Woman and Gold

The term “Woman and Gold”, which has been used throughout in a collective sense, occurs again and again in the teaching of Sri Ramakrishna to designate the cheif impediment to spiritual progress. This Favorite expression of Master “kaminikanchan” has often been misconstrued. By it he only meant “lust and greed”, baneful influence of which retard the aspirants spiritual growth. He used the word “Kamini” or “woman” in a concrete term for the sex instinct when addressing his man devotees. He advised woman, on the other  hand to shun “man”. “Kanchan” or “Gold” symbolizes greed, which is the other obstacle to the spiritual life.

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