THERE is a story about a man who practised
Sava-sadhana*.He worshipped the Divine
Mother in a deep forest. First he “saw many terrible visions.
Finally a tiger attacked and killed him. Another
man, happening to pass by and seeing the
approach of the tiger, had climbed a tree.
Afterwards he got down and found all the
arrangements for worship at hand. He performed
some purifying ceremonies and seated himself on
the corpse. No sooner had he done a little Japa
than the Divine Mother appeared before him and
said: “My child, I am very much pleased with you.
Accept a boon from Me”. He bowed low at the
Lotus Feet of the Goddess and said: “May I ask
you one question, Mother? I am speechless with
amazement at your action. The other man worked
so hard to get the ingredients for Your worshipand tried to propitiate You for such a long time,
but You did not condescend to show him Your
favour. And I, who don’t know anything of
worship, who have done nothing, who have
neither devotion nor knowledge nor love, and who
haven’t practised any austerities, am receiving so
much of Your grace?” The Divine Mother said
with a smile, “My child you don’t remember your
previous births. For many births you tried to
propitiate Me through austerities.
As a result of those austerities all these things have
come to hand, and you have been blessed with My
vision. Now ask me your boon.”
One must admit the existence of tendencies
inherited from previous births.

*A religious practice prescribed by the Tantras, in which the aspirant
uses a Suva, or corpse, as his seat for meditation.

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