Finding wisdom for our everyday lives in the words of one of India's greatest saints
(more about Sri Ramakrishna)

God in the Wicked and the Good

It is true that God is even in the tiger, but we must not go and face the animal. So it is true that God dwells even in the most wicked, but it is not proper that we should associate with the wicked.

The manifestation of the Divinity must be understood to be in greater degree in those who are honored, respected, and obeyed by a large following, than in those who have gained no such influence.


Notes:

These are actually two sayings; I put them together as a nice counterpoint.

Sri Ramakrishna seems to be pointing to the idea the Buddhists call "The Two Truths." From the Godly perspective ("Absolute Truth"), all people are the same. But from our perspective ("Conditioned Truth"), distinctions must be made, for our own good.

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