Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Page 190
The Master said:
"Suppose a man becomes pure by chanting the holy name of God,
but immediately afterwards commits many sins. He has no strength of mind.
He doesn't take a vow not to repeat his sins.
A bath in the Ganges undoubtedly absolves one of all sins;
but what does that avail? They say that the sins perch on the trees
along the banks of the Ganges. No sooner does the man come back
from the holy waters than the old sins jump on his shoulders from the trees.
The same old sins take possesion of him again. He is hardly out of the water
before they fall upon him.
Therefore I say, chant the name of God, and with it pray to Him
that you may have love for Him. Pray to God that your attachment
to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts
may become less and less every day"
om tat sat
~~~~~~~om shanthi om~~~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: