EXPERIENCES THE SOUL MUST GO THROUGH
Mani S. Irani
Another way I look at it is this: even with all the misery there is, it is so difficult to 'turn away' from the world well-nigh impossible to be disgusted sufficiently to turn to God alone. Just imagine if everything were fine and serene, no illness, no misery, we'd stick to our ignorance like leaches, and such a stagnant way would hardly serve the development of the ever-awakening soul!
I remember someone remarking, "Why if there are spiritual masters in India don't they do something about the backwardness and disease of the country?" Just as though they were a crowd of missionaries, or a society for the prevention of disease and dirt! I replied that although they did a sweeping job it was not on germs, but on our ignorance, and even if they do not completely wipe it out, at least they jolt us enough from our self-satiated complacency of accepting our illusory existence as the only and all.
LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, ed. Jim Mistry, p. 37
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