Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.164
The Master Said:
"Suicide is a heinous sin, undoubtedly.
A man who kills himself must return again
and again to this world and suffer
its agony. "But I don't call it suicide if a person
leaves his body after having the vision of God.
There is no harm in giving up one's body that way.
After attaining Knowledge some people give up their bodies.
After the gold image has been cast
in the clay mold, you may either preserve
the mold or break it."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: