Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.125
The Master Said:
"First of all invoke the Deity, and then give lectures
to your heart's content. First of all dive deep.
Plunge to the bottom and gather up the gems.
Then you may do other things. But nobody wants to plunge.
People are without spiritual discipline and prayer,
without renunciation and dispassion.
They learn a few words and immediately start to deliver lectures.
It is difficult to teach others. Only if a man gets a command
from God, after realizing Him, is he entitled to teach."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: