Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.169
The Master Said:
"Each upAdhi [limitation imposed through ignorance] changes
man's nature. If he wears a fine black-bordered cloth,
you will at once find him humming
Nadhu Babu's love-songs.
Then playing-cards and a walking-stick follow.
If even a sickly man puts on high boots,
he begins to whistle and climb the stairs
like an Englishman, jumping from one step to another.
If a man but holds a pen in in his hand,
he scribbles on any paper he can get hold of -
such is the power of the pen!"
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: