BIRTH OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA (1836)
All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree fly away, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God’s name and glories.
(p.181-2, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Thakur’s words to devotees on 18 Feb, 1883 at Govinda Mukherji’s house at Belgharia.)