Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.161
The Master Said:
"God cannot be realized without purity of heart.
One receives the grace of God by subduing the passions -
lust, anger, and greed. Then one sees God.
I tried many things in order to conquer lust.
"When I was ten or eleven years old and lived at KAmArpukur,
I first experienced samAdhi. As I was passing through a
paddy-field, I saw something and was overwhelmed.
There are certain characteristics of God-vision.
One sees light, feels joy, and experiences
the upsurge of a great current in one's chest,
like the bursting of a rocket."
Om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: