4/26/2000 12:00:00 AM
The Hard Fact of Life
A Satsangi student called Mitul was still pained by his father's death due to cancer 1½ months back. Mitul expressed his anguish by saying that his dad was a dedicated devotee and had been doing bhajan of God, never had he taken any bribes or done any wrong to anyone. And yet why did he have to suffer and die painfully?
Swamishri consoled the broken-hearted Mitul, "It's natural to feel the pain of your father's death, but that was how he was destined to die. Tell me why do even the holy Sadhus have to suffer pain? Why did Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj have to suffer pain? To show us that the human body is prone to disease and one must thus bear it.
"But there must be some reason for his painful death?" Mitul asked sobbingly.
Swamishri replied, "His sins may have not been of this birth but of previous births. We have taken infinite births! So one suffers the sins from past lives in this birth and because he was a devotee he had to be made pure. So God made him suffer in this birth and freed him from his sins and thus redeemed him. There are many ways a person dies, like death in an aircraft accident, or of a disease…So your dad was destined to die in that way but his work is over here. He has gone to God's abode and now he is happier than what he was here."