Two distraught devotees knelt before the Indian saint, Anandamayi Ma, pleading for her divine intervention. “Ma,” they begged, “can’t you stop this? It will produce so much suffering.”

Anandamayi Ma the great Indian saint “joy-permeated mother” in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

It was 1947—the beginning of the partition of India and Pakistan into two separate countries. The two disciples kneeling before Ma were government officials, who foresaw the disruption and pain that would attend the separation.

Anandamayi Ma listened to them thoughtfully, then withdrew into herself for several hours. When she returned to outer awareness, Ma lovingly replied, “Don’t you think that He who created this world knows how to run it?”

World conditions today seem like a continuous stream of disasters, natural and man-made, causing much human suffering. From devastating fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes to mounting racial, religious, and political tensions—it’s easy to feel that God is indifferent to our pain, occupied elsewhere, or even punishing us.

Yet in Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda writes that the great master Babaji and Jesus Christ are in constant communion with each other, sending out redemptive vibrations to uplift the world. Together they have planned the means of spiritual salvation for this age.

“The work of these two fully-illumined masters—one with the body and one without it—is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang evils of materialism,” Yoganandaji writes. It’s comforting to know that higher powers are at work and are focusing directly on the problems that confront us.

In a smaller way, in our own lives we are often faced with problems that lead us to think we must take matters into our own hands. Recently I learned about a situation in which the actions of a friend of mine were upsetting others.

This troubled me, and I asked God for guidance to see if there wasn’t something I ought to do. Should I write a letter? make a phone call? I prayed: “Is there an action item here for me?”….

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