Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.133
The Master Said:
"Bhaktas accept all states of conciousness.
They take the waking state to be real also.
They don't think the world to be illusory, like a dream.
They say that the universe is a manifestation of
God's power and glory. God has created all these -
sky, stars, moon, sun, mountains, ocean, men, animals.
They constitute His glory. He is within us, in our hearts.
Again, He is outside. The most advanced devotees say that
He Himself has become all this - the twenty-four cosmic
principles, the universe. and all living beings.
The devotee of God wants to eat sugar, not to become sugar.
This last comment brought forth laughter among the devotees