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NOTHING IS LOST IN THE ECONOMY OF GOD

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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THE INEVITABLES

EVFRYONE must reap the result of his past
Karma. One must admit the influence of
tendencies inherited from the past births and the
result of the Prarabdha karma.
And one must
remember that pleasure and pain are the
characteristics of the embodied state. In Kavi
Kankan’s Chandi it is written that Kaluvir was sent
to prison and a heavy stone placed on his chest.
Yet Kalu was born as the result of a boon from the
Divine Mother of the Universe. Thus pleasure and
pain are inevitable when one accepts a body.
Again, take the case of Srimanta, who was a great
devotee. Though his mother, Khullana, was very
much devoted to the Divine Mother, there was no
end to his troubles. He was almost beheaded.
There is also the instance of the wood-cutter who
was a great lover of the Divine Mother. She
appeared before him and showed him much grace
and love; but he had to continue his profession of
wood-culling, and earn his livelihood by that
arduous work. Again, while Devaki, Krishna’s
Mother, was in the prison she had a vision of God

Himself endowed with four hands, holding mace,

discus, conch-shell and lotus. But with all that she
could not get out of the prison.

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