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