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May I take theliberty to ask you whether you have realized Brahman?
The queries you have asked are quite common to all sincere aspirants in the spiritual path.
Suppose I tell you that a certain “X” is a realized soul, how can you verify my statement
and how far will you be benefited by him?
Realized souls are not rare. Ordinary ignorant-minded persons cannot easily recognize
them. Only a few persons who are pure and are embodiments of all virtuous qualities can
understand realized souls and they only will be benefited by their company.
There is no use of running hither and thither in search of realized men. Even if Lord
Krishna remains with you, He cannot do anything for you, unless you are fit to receive Him.
Realize this point well and purify yourself by Nishkama Karma Yoga, charity, concentration,
meditation, Japa, Brahmacharya and control of senses.
Testing a Guru is highly difficult. Don’t use your intellect here. Have faith. The real
aspirant is quite free from such questions and doubts. You will be miraculously helped if you
believe in my words.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda