Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.161
The Master Said:
"Remember that dayA, compassion, and mAyA, attachment,
are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of
'my-ness' towards one's relatives.
Compassion is the love one feels
for all beings of the world.
It is an attitude of equality. MAyA also comes from God.
Through mAyA, God makes one serve one's relatives.
But one thing should be remembered:
mAyA keeps us in ignorance and entangles
us in the world, whereas dayA
makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: