When I was serving my Guru, Swami Chidananda, successor of Swami Sivananda, and people came with various problems or issues for his advice, I often thought it was very clear what he should tell them. Often he would not be direct in this way, but give them support in their path. I realized that he was wise enough to understand that people need to find their own way, and our “higher” perspective may not be what they need. The most loving thing we can do is to give encouragement and support when it’s clear they must make the mistakes necessary, follow their own parabdha karma, and from that, learn and grow spiritually. I also know there are things I had to go through and learn from for my own spiritual unfolding. It is only in hindsight that we may see a greater, more expanded perspective gained. Love is wisdom.

Swami Bodhichitananda Saraswati


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