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It is rumoured in certain quarters that friendship with Sadhus and Sannyasins can do and undo the well-being of a person....

If a person hurts the feelings of some Godrealized
saint, then it is said that the saint may curse and thus herald a bundle of miseries
for him. How far is this true?
The company of Sadhus and Sannyasins is always covetable provided they are of sterling
character. If this singular qualification is traceable in them, they are worthy of adoration and
respect. They can never be a source of trouble to anyone.
Contact with Sadhus and Sannyasins of true worth can never mar the progress or the
personal interests of people. The Sadhus help people to mould themselves on right ethical
principles. Their blessings are an invaluable asset to the latter. Satsang with Sadhus and
Sannyasins overhauls the vicious Samskaras that the worldly-minded people are naturally prone
to.
A God-realized saint never curses others even though he is provoked to the extreme, but
simply prays to the Almighty - not to protect him from dangers or save him from dishonour - but
to bestow Jnana, light, purity and illumination on his opponents. He never hurts others even
though he is hurt. He simply forgives and forgets. He remains oblivious of any wrong done to
him. A true God-realized saint finds his own beloved Deity in the thief, the debauchee, the
rogue, the murderer, the assailant, the ant, the dog, the Pariah, the Brahmin, the tree, the stone,
the scorpion, in fact, in the entire living and non-living creation. He is at-one with all. When
such is the case, when he sees his own Self everywhere, whom can he curse?
Remember that a Sadhu or a Sannyasin is not God-realized if he, curses others for any
reason. It is true that the curse of any pious man, not necessarily a Sadhu or a Sannyasin, readily
acts on the person towards whom it is directed under pressure of mental hurt or physical harm.
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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