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Can he not read the thoughts of the student before the student has time to
utter them, before the student can bring out his questions, as Sri Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa did? Can one who has such powers, even of thought-reading, be regarded
as a Master?
Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not always automatic processes. Unless the Master
directs his attention towards someone, he need not necessarily be aware of the seeker’s mentality
and doubts. Imagine a seer or a Perfect Master who is ever aware of what everybody thinks! A
Siddha does see and hear everything in Samadhi. This everything comes then to mean the Self or
Atman or Supreme Consciousness where the individual thoughts and words cease to exist as
Powers like thought-reading do not necessarily connote perfection; and perfection cannot
be vetoed by the absence of these powers. A Perfect Master can acquire these powers if he so
wills; but you cannot force him to.
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