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Ramakrishna, Indian Leader ( February 18, 1836 - August 16, 1886 )

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God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.~Ramakrishna


God Important Climb

The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.~Ramakrishna


Medical Medicine Class

Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.~Ramakrishna


Love Discrimination

If you want to go east, don't go west.~Ramakrishna


Wisdom Want You

The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.~Ramakrishna


World Source Scent

God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.~Ramakrishna


Good God Man

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.~Ramakrishna


Truth God Realize

When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.~Ramakrishna


Flower Gardening Come

To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.~Ramakrishna


Work Fear God

Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.~Ramakrishna


Travel Earth Nothing

When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.~Ramakrishna


Love Wife Children

More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.~Ramakrishna


God May Name

When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.~Ramakrishna


Good Vision Good And Bad

Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.~Ramakrishna


God Sun Vision

A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.~Ramakrishna


God Man Free

Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.~Ramakrishna


Truth God Soul

If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.~Ramakrishna


Faith Brain Energy

Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.~Ramakrishna


Love Work Time

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.~Ramakrishna


Religion Practice Easy

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.~Ramakrishna


Good Religion Reading

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.~Ramakrishna


Knowledge Self Yourself

If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.~Ramakrishna


Love God World

Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached.~Ramakrishna


God May Names

Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.~Ramakrishna


Love Work God

God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.~Ramakrishna


God Men Why

Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.~Ramakrishna


Soul Body Tax

I began studying ribosomes as a postdoctoral fellow in Peter Moore's laboratory in 1978.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Studying Laboratory Began

I had an excellent math and physics teacher in high school named T.C. Patel, and in the university, I had truly dedicated professors in both physics and mathematics who gave me a sound foundation with which to pursue graduate studies.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Teacher School Mathematics

I think it's important to give young people the freedom to follow their ideas and pursue their interests.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Freedom People Important

There is no room for political, personal or religious ideologies in science.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Science Political Personal

If I were to take an undergraduate chemistry exam, I would probably fail.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Chemistry Fail Exam

Science is curiosity, testing and experimenting.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Science Curiosity Testing

It takes a certain amount of courage to tackle very hard problems in science, I now realise. You don't know what the timescale of your work will be: decades or only a few years.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Work Courage Science

I am very grateful for the dedicated work and intellectual contributions of generations of talented postdocs, students and research assistants without whom none of the work from my laboratory would have been possible.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Work Grateful I Am

Scientists are not movie stars or politicians who will feel insulted if they are not showered with accolades. Scientists are not interested in accolades.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Stars Feel Not Interested

I think we are intrinsically prone to being irrational and superstitious. A lot of it comes from our fear of the unknown and the fear of a lack of control over our fate.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Fear Fate Control

We are all human beings, and our nationality is simply an accident of birth.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Human Birth Human Beings

If you go to a second-rate place, and you are first-rate, it is very difficult to do first-rate work because you do not get that critical feedback you need for first-rate work on a daily basis.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Work Daily Feedback

It's not about where you were born or where you come from that makes you a good scientist. What you need are good teachers, co-students, facilities.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Good You Born

It's for scientists to lay out the data and lay out what they think, and then it's for the public to make up its own mind. We don't live in a priesthood where some small group imposes its views on other people - that's not the way that science works, and it's not the way a democratic society should work.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Work Science Small

There is no magical formula for winning a Nobel Prize.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Winning Magical Prize

I am still the same person doing the same science. Why are people so impressed when some academy in Sweden gives an award?~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Science I Am People

I knew the ribosome was going to be the focus of Nobel prizes. It stands at the crossroads of biology, between the gene and what comes out of the gene. But I had convinced myself I was not going to be a winner.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Myself Focus Biology

I remember reading a 'Scientific American' article about the use of new physical techniques - including neutron scattering - as a method for unravelling the structure of the ribosome. I was fascinated.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


American Reading Remember

Science today is a highly collaborative exercise, and to convert it into a contest, as the Nobel does, is a bad way to look at science.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Science Today Look

I was born in 1952 in Chidambaram, an ancient temple town in Tamil Nadu best known for its temple of Nataraja, the lord of dance.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Best Dance Born

My mother, R. Rajalakshmi, taught at Annamalai University in Chidambaram, and during the day, I was well cared for by aunts and grandparents in the usual way of an extended Indian family.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Mother Family Day

Unusually for an Indian man of his generation, my father, being aware of my mother's intellectual abilities, encouraged her to go abroad by herself to obtain a Ph.D.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Mother Father Man

My childhood and adolescence were filled with visiting scientists from both India and abroad, many of whom would stay with us. A life of science struck me as being both interesting and particularly international in its character.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Life Science Character

During the decade following the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA, the problem of translation - namely, how genetic information is used to synthesize proteins - was a central topic in molecular biology.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Problem Discovery Biology

The success in the determination of the high-resolution structures of ribosomal subunits and eventually the whole ribosome was the culmination of decades of effort.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Success Determination

I started working on ribosomes when I was a post doc, in 1978, when it would have been impossible, really, to solve it. But, it was just a fundamental problem in biology.~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Impossible Problem Biology