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30Sivananda Day-to-Day (31)

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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Sep 26, 1999
      Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 01:45:02 -0500 (CDT)
      From: Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam <pkanagar@...>
      To: The Divine Life Family <pkanagar@...>
      Subject: Sivananda Day-to-Day (31)

      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      REFORMING ONESELF: X. had scolded Y. violently for over half an hour,
      charging him with alleged misbehaviour. It was all in the blissful
      presence of the Master, who pacified them both, saying, "Both of you are
      right," which meant, "both of you are wrong!"

      Referring to the violent volcanic nature of X., the Master later said, "It
      will not be possible for him to change his nature. He has been like this
      for the last twenty years and has still not made the least attempt to
      control this evil trait. He cannot remain without quarelling with someone
      or the other even for a few days together.

      "Similarly, Swami Y. cannot attend a single public meeting or deliver one
      lecture without criticising somebody and without incurring the displeasure
      of some persons or parties. He once picked up a bitter quarrel with the
      Arya Samajists. They issued pamphlets criticising his speech; he issued
      pamphlets criticising their statements. Even today he is the very same

      "This X. even today does not feel that it is bad to abuse people and
      quarrel with aspirants. He feels that what he does is right and that
      others are wrong. Then how can he reform himself? The first step towards
      reformation is a sincere awareness of one's short-comings. One should
      introspect deeply, find out all the hidden defects and weaknesses and
      endeavour to remove them."


      "Distance has nothing to do between a Master and disciple. It is nearness
      of the heart that counts. There must be perfect unity between the Guru and
      the Chela (disciple). Then only the disciple will be immensely benefited."
      - Swami Sivananda