Heard that somewhere before?

Belur Math

I’ve been planning next year’s trip to India and am delighted to be visiting Kolkata for the first time. One of the things I’m keen to see is the Belur Math headquarters of the Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda organisation over in Howrah. I’ve always had a soft spot for its combination of spirituality and social service aligned with respect for different takes on divinity. There’s a generosity of spirit there that transcends the religious divide.

Browsing through the latest Vedanta Magazine from the UK branch I had a distinct sense of déja-vu with this rather Christian-sounding quote from Swami Ramakrishnananda:


That man who can throw himself at the feet of the Lord and say, “All this is Thine, This body, mind, and soul all belong to Thee; of myself I am utterly helpless; do Thou take me,” the Lord takes that man and makes his hands, his feet, his eyes and ears, His instruments. He speaks through his mouth; He works through his hands; He walks with his feet; and the man becomes a living representative of God. This is salvation.

Just a little bit familiar to anyone Sunday-schooled in a Christian culture with discipleship forming us to serve as the hands and feet of God in the world 🙂

Feast of Julian


How much you love me!
You loved me so much
before you died for me,
that you wanted to die for me.
And now you have died for me,
and willingly suffered what you could.
And now all your bitter pain
and all your hard labour
is turned into everlasting joy and bliss
for me and for you.
How could it now be
that I would pray to you
for anything pleasing to you
which you would not gladly grant me?
For your delight is in my holiness
and in my endless joy and bliss in you.

– Julian of Norwich, Showings, 24