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I am a stranger whom you would never have dreamt of coming across, but please do not detest me for being a woman. I am only too eager to taste the happiness of spiritual life....

Please, Swamiji, have some consideration even for a woman and tell me
whether I am to be blessed with such happiness in my future, and if so, when that will be.
It is said that one must have a proper Guru and I do not know where to hunt for one
who would satisfy my appetite soon. Can you help me?
Did you yourself have a Guru and who was he? Tell me all about him, please, if I
am not being too bold in asking this. Is he, or was he, a Satguru?
May I know whether you can be called a Guru or a Satguru?
I am extremely pleased to note that you are too eager to taste the happiness of spiritual
life. You have good spiritual Samskaras. Protect them. You can realize that spiritual happiness
through regular practices.
I do not detest anybody. I revere a woman as my own Self. Woman is a manifestation of
Sakti. I adore her as Durga or Mother Kali. Though ladies are styled as Abalas (those without
strength), they are dynamic forces on this earth. Religion is maintained through them alone. The
devotional element is ingrained in Hindu ladies. They have innate devotion. If they determine,
they can realize God very quickly.
Don’t you like to become a Mira? If your mind is really turned towards God-realization,
if you are sincere and earnest in your spiritual practices, you will attain the spiritual bliss in a
short time. Cheer yourself up. Be bold. Stand up. Assert. Recognize. Realize. Taste the
spiritual happiness.
You can find your Guru at your door if you really want him. Sincere aspirants are rare.
Yes, I have my Guru. Space will not permit here to tell all about him. I am neither a Guru nor a
Satguru. I take great delight in serving others. Surely I shall serve you and share with you
whatever I have. I shall clear your doubts, put you in the spiritual path.
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

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