Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.179
The Master Said:
"By practice one acquires uncommon power of mind.
Then one doesn't find it difficult to subdue the sense-organs
and to bring anger, lust and the like under control.
Such a man behaves like a tortoise, which, once it has tucked
in its limbs, never puts them out.
You cannot make the tortoise put its limbs out again,
though you chop it to pieces with an axe."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: