Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.156
The Master Said:
"A householder has his duties to discharge,
his debts to pay: his debt to the gods,
his debt to his ancestors, his debt to the rishis,
and his debt to his wife and children.
If a wife is chaste, then her husband should support her;
he should also bring up their children until they are of age.
Only a monk must not save; the bird and the monk do not provide
for the morrow. But even a bird provides when it has young.
It brings food in its bill for the chicks."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: