Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.165
The Master Said:
"A man can free himself from attachment
to 'woman and gold' if, by the grace of God,
he cultivates a spirit of strong renunciation.
What is this strong renunciation?
One who has only a mild spirit of renunciation says,
'Well, all will happen in the course of time;
let me now simply repeat the name of God'.
But a man possessed of a strong spirit
of renunciation feels restless for God,
as the mother feels for her own child.
A man of strong renunciation seeks nothing but God.
He regards the world as a deep well
and feels as if he were going to be drowned in it.
He looks on his relatives as venomous snakes;
he wants to fly away from them. And he goes away.
He never thinks, 'Let me first make some arrangement
for my family and then I shall think of God'.
He has great inward resolution."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: