Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.133
The Master Said:
"Bhaktas accept all states of conciousness.
They take the waking state to be real also.
They don't think the world to be illusory, like a dream.
They say that the universe is a manifestation of
God's power and glory. God has created all these -
sky, stars, moon, sun, mountains, ocean, men, animals.
They constitute His glory. He is within us, in our hearts.
Again, He is outside. The most advanced devotees say that
He Himself has become all this - the twenty-four cosmic
principles, the universe. and all living beings.
The devotee of God wants to eat sugar, not to become sugar.
This last comment brought forth laughter among the devotees
om tat sat
~~~~~~om shanthi om ~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: