Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.155
The Master Said:
"Householders are like silk-worms. They can come out
of the cocoon of their worldly life if they wish.
But they can't bear to; for they themselves have
built the cocoon with great love and care.
So they die there. Or they are like the fish in a trap
They can come out of it by the way they entered,
but they sport inside the trap with other fish
and hear the sweet sound of the murmuring water
and forget everything else. They don't even make
an effort to free themselves from the trap.
The lisping of children is the murmur of the water,
and the other fish are relatives and friends.
Only one or two make good their escape by running away.
They are the liberated souls."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: