Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.125
The Master Said:
"There is no use in merely making a noise if you want
to establish the Deity in the shrine of your heart,
if you want to realize God. First of all purify the mind.
In the pure heart God takes His seat. One cannot bring
the holy image into the temple if the droppings of bats
are all around. The eleven bats are our eleven organs:
five of action, five of perception, and the mind."
om tat sat
~~~~~~ om shanthi om~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: