As the string in a necklet of gems, it is Thou in Thy unity who penetratest all the diversity of beings and religions. If, like a gem when it is cut and polished, the (impure) mind is worked against the wheel of the (pure) mind to free it of its flaws, it will take on the light of Thy Grace and shine like a ruby, whose fire is unaffected by any outward object. When once a photographic plate has been exposed to the sun, can it receive impressions afterwards? O benign and dazzling Aruna Hill! Is there anything apart from Thee?
~ Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Eight Stanzas To Sri Arunachala (Sri Arunachala Ashtakam), V. 5