Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Page 206
The Master Said:
"They are indeed bound souls who constantly dwell with 'woman and gold'
and do not think of God even for a moment. How can you expect noble deeds
of them? They are like mangoes pecked by a crow, which may not be offered
to the Deity in the temple, and which even men hesitate to eat.
Bound souls, worldly people are like silk-worms. The worms can cut through
their cocoons if they want, but having woven the cocoons themselves,
they are too much attached to leave them. And so they die there."
om tat sat
~~~~~~~om shanthi om~~~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: