The General Manager of Atofina, a local company that manufactures plastic, Mr. Serge Lorek, and his Deputy General Manager, Mr. Freddie Kwek, came to see Swamishri.
Mr. Lorek asked Swamishri, "You provide guidance to parents about their problems with children, but how is that possible when you have no experience of family problems?"
Swamishri: It is God who gives guidance. After listening to their problems, I remember Him, pray to Him and then reply. It is understandable that I do not have any experience in these matters because I became a sadhu at a young age, but God has experience of the whole world and of all souls. So, I remember God and reply, and people are satisfied.
Freddie Kwek: How can someone who believes in God maintain his faith and devotion to Him in the face of financial and other problems?
Swamishri: Life is full of problems, therefore one experiences happiness and misery in an alternating cycle. But one should believe that happiness and misery is due to God's wish. Whenever you face difficulties remember God. Whatever He does is for your own benefit. God never does wrong to anyone. But because one's desires are wrong, He doesn't fulfil them or puts one through difficulties. But believe it to be God's wish, and that whatever misery one experiences is for one's own good. Whatever He gives and does not give is all for one's benefit. So, by believing God to be the doer, one's faith in Him will remain intact."