' Advice To the Religious Teacher '

202. If you go on preaching without a commission from God, it will all be powerless and none will listen. One must first attain God by devotion or otherwise, and then, if one receives His word one may teach and preach anywhere and everywhere. For thus only one gets power and strength; and then only can one rightly perform the responsible duties of the preacher.

203. One ray of light from my Divine Mother, who is the Goddess of Wisdom, has power to turn the most learned scholar into the veriest worm that crawls upon earth.

- From " Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna " Advaita Ashrama