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Each person struggles through

live. For some the trials are

overpowering, for others a bored

status quo prevails,and

for a minority mountains are

pounded to dust in

the search for meaning and joy.

Within the invisible depths of

each soul there is a yearning.

A need to know ‘Why?’.

‘Why do we live?’,

‘Why do we experience problems?’,

‘Why are we travellers on the

journey of life?’.

In the search for answers to

their uncertainties many turn to

the God-realised Saint.
    Travellers On The Journey Of Life
    From all walks of life

On a normal day, Pramukh Swami Maharaj meets men from all walks of life... lawyers, celebrities and even fishermen! There are those who have known him for years, and those who for the first time come to meet him in search of guidance...
    Guru’s Sacrifice

I was speaking to some devotees who informed me that ‘Pramukh Swamiji never prays for himself, but only for other people’s problems to be resolved’. So when you had a heart attack, is it correct to say that according to what your devotees believe, you took their pains upon yourself?

Swamishri : [laughs] The body is the home of disease. So of course, it is a cause of pains However, the devotees have a lot of affection and so they pray to God (for Swami’s health to improve). We pray for them; that their troubles are dispelled. It is a mutual affection; we all pray in such ways, for each other.

Christians believe that when Christ was nailed to the cross he tolerated the pain to free mankind of their pain. Isn’t the same sort of sacrifice at work here? The guru must be experiencing some pain.

Swamishri : Naturally, when a devotee experiences pain the guru also feels it. He cares, but everyone has to tolerate their own pains, don’t they?! The guru becomes a partner in sharing their pain; he consoles them, prays for them and helps ease the load off the devotees’ shoulders.

The devotee understands that if ‘the guru experiences pain, then obviously we will get pain too’. This body is such that one will always experience hardships at one time or another. No doubt, the problems are there, but the guru gives us the strength to tolerate the pain and misery. Our scriptures teach us the same principle.

(5 December 1986, Bombay)

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