Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. P.349
The Master said:
"Flatterers think that the rich man will loosen
his purse-strings for them. But it is very difficult
to get anything from him.
Once a jackal saw a bullock and would not give up his company.
The bullock roamed about and the jackal followed him.
The jackal thought: 'There hang the bullock's t e s t i c l e s.
Some time or other they will drop to the ground and I shall eat them.'
When the bullock slept on the ground, the jackal lay down too,
and when the bullock moved about, the jackal followed him.
Many days passed in this way, but the bullock's t e s t i c l e s still clung to his body.
The jackal went away disappointed.
That also happens to flatterers."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: