One who speaks out at the proper time is a true friend. There is no use for sympathy at the wrong time.
To someone who asked if there is any truth in image worship. Mother said, ‘From time out of mind, innumerable people have worshipped images and thus attained spiritual knowledge. Can you deny this fact? Brahman exists everywhere. Prophets and Incarnations are born to show benighted humanity their way. They give different instructions to suit different temperaments. There are many ways to realize truth. So all these instructions have their relative value. For instance, many birds are perched on the branches of a tree. They are of different colors: white, black, red, yellow, and so on. Their sounds, too, are different. But when they sing we say that the sounds are made by the birds. We do not designate one particular sound only as the sound of the birds, and refuse to acknowledge the other sounds as such.’
Holy Mother Sarada Devi – Wife Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa