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Is not a realized soul selfish as he has sought his emancipation only? Also, if all renounce, what will be the result?

The question is based on a wrong hypothesis. If all the women are barren, if all turn out
to be doctors or lawyers or dacoits, what would become of the world? Only a few with an
accumulated wealth of spiritual Samskaras can have Vairagya and renunciation.
The saint purifies the whole world. He is not selfish. Sankara, Ramanuja and others
worked for the entire mankind. Even he who lives in seclusion or leads an ‘Incognito’ life,
influences the world with his thought-currents. Even a novice in the spiritual path does great
good to the world by his pure thoughts. These things, the ways and actions of saints and saintly
people, cannot be understood by an impure mind.

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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