Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.166
The Master Said:
"It is woman that creates the need for gold.
For woman, one man becomes the slave of another,
and so loses his freedom.
Then he cannot act as he likes.
"The priests in the temple of Govindaji
at Jaipur were celibates at first,
and at that time they had fiery natures.
Once the King of Jaipur sent for them,
but they didn't obey him.
They said to the messenger, 'Ask the king to come to see us.'
After consultation, the king and his ministers
arranged marriages for them. From then on the king
didn't have to send for them. They would come to him
of themselves and say: 'Your Majesty, we have come
with our blessings. Here are the sacred flowers
of the temple. Deign to accept them'.
They came to the palace, for now they always wanted money
for one thing or another: the building of a house,
the rice-taking ceremony of their babies,
or the rituals connected with the beginning
of their children's education."
om tat sat
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: