Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.142
The Master Said:
"To teach others one must have a badge of authority;
otherwise teaching becomes a mockery.
A man who is himself ignorant starts out to teach others -
like the blind leading the blind ! Instead of doing good,
such teaching does harm. After the realization of God
one obtains an inner vision. Only then can one diagnose
a person's spiritual malady and give instruction."
om tat sat
~~~~~~om shanthi om ~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: