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    Date: Tue, 03 Aug 1999 18:10:28 -0500 From: Rob Wilhelm To: Divine Life Family Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (133)
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      Date: Tue, 03 Aug 1999 18:10:28 -0500
      From: Rob Wilhelm <rwilhelm@...>
      To: Divine Life Family <rwilhelm@...>
      Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (133)

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

      Namaste!

      DOUBTS CLEARED: Sri M. A. Naidu from South Africa prayed to the Master for the
      clearance of some of his doubts.

      "Why do good people have to suffer in this world, Swamiji?"

      In reply the Master said, "Suffering prepares a man to face adverse conditions
      boldly. It induces endurance and strengthens the will. Pain is a blessing in
      disguise. When God wants to shower His Grace on a devotee, He gives him
      suffering in order to purify his heart, so that it will be fit to receive the
      Divine Grace.

      "You have all heard the story of how Lord Krishna blessed a rich man to become
      richer and cursed a poor devotee that he might lose the cow he had as his only
      possession. When questioned, Krishna replied that the cow was the only
      distraction in the way of the devotee. If it was removed the devotee would turn
      to Him completely. In this manner God gives suffering to those whom He wishes
      to bless. Do you understand now?"

      "Why are there so many religions, Swamiji?" asked Sri Naidu. "Each one says
      that only its own path should be followed and that salvation can be attained
      only through its own religion and not through others. How are we to reach the
      goal with all these conflicts?"

      "Religion does not say so. Only selfish persons, who claim sole monopoly over
      religion, twist and distort the truths for their selfish ends. Neither Buddha
      nor Shankara nor Ramakrishna said that their path alone was correct and no
      other."

      Sri Naidu was very much pleased with the Master's answer.

      The Master added, "Your doubts are cleared now, are they not? Then the next
      thing to do is to sit and do Japa and attain Samadhi."

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      Do not be egoistic. Thank the person who gives you a chance to serve the Lord
      through him. Watch your motives for it is the motive that really counts more
      than the actions themselves. --Swami Chidananda

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