Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.137
The Master Said:
"The mind will take the colour you dye it with.
It is like white clothes just returned from the laundry.
If you dip them in red dye, they will be red.
If you dip them in blue or green, they will be blue or green.
They will take only the colour you dip them in,
whatever it may be. Haven't you noticed that,
if you read a little English, you at once begin to utter
English words: "foot *** it mit"? Then you put on boots
and whistle a tune, and so on.
It all goes together. Or, if a scholar studies Sanscrit,
he will at once rattle off Sanscrit verses.
If you are in bad company, then you will talk and think
like your companions. On the other hand, when you are
in the company of devotees, you will think and talk only of God."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: