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Karma is likened to the wheel. It has to work out; because the force that set it in motion
has to be spent. It is a cycle of action and reaction. Just as the arrow once discharged from the
bow cannot be withdrawn, even if the hunter feels that he has aimed at a wrong target, Prarabdha
Karma, the fruit of those Karmas performed in previous births that have come up for experience
in this present birth, cannot be annulled.
How then does God help His devotee? The all-merciful God does help His devotee by
strengthening his will-power, his power of endurance, to bear the Karma-Phala with a cheerful
countenance. The devotee is certainly not left to the mercy of his Purva Karma; he is beautifully
clothed in the protective shield of His grace. Just as in the worst winter and violent storm, you
remain unaffected in your own house and in your warm clothing, the devotee (though to the
onlookers he is poor, sick or suffering) does not feel that he is suffering at all and is ever happy
and blissful in His remembrance.
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