Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Page 344
The Master said:
"The first stage is that of the beginner. He studies and hears.
Second is the stage of the struggling aspirant. He prays to God,
meditates on Him, and sings His name and glories.
The third stage is that of the perfect soul. He has seen God,
realized Him directly and immediately
in his inner consciousness. Last is the stage
of the supremely perfect, like Chaitanya.
Such a devotee establishes a definite relationship with God,
looking on Him as his Son or Beloved."
om tat sat
~~~~~~~om shanthi om~~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: