Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
19 Aug, 2014
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You must welcome both summer and winter, for they are both essential for the process of living. The alternation of seasons toughens and sweetens us. Birth and death are both natural events. We cannot discover the reason for either birth or death. They simply happen. Hence we must learn to welcome the field of natural ups and downs (Prakrithika). The second is the field of social equanimity: We often try to blame some person or some incident for the injury or loss we suffer but the real reason is our own karma (action). When the background of the event is known, the impact can be lessened or even negated. Hence you must welcome with equal-mindedness fame and blame, respect and ridicule, profit and loss, and such other responses and reactions from the society in which one has to grow and struggle.

- Divine Discourse, Sep 7, 1985.

Sathya Sai Baba
Fortune is as much a challenge to one's equanimity as misfortune. - Baba