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Pavahari Baba

by Swami Sivananda

You can correct a man either by punishment or by love with presents. The latter is the most powerful method. But he who adopts this method must be pure. He should do meditation and selfless service with Atma-bhav. Saints practise the second method. Pavahari Baba ran after the thief, who entered his cottage with intent to steal, and, placing a bag of vessels at his feet and prostrating before him, said: "O thief Narayan! I never knew you were in my cottage. Kindly accept this bag of vessels. This is yours. " The thief was instantaneously moved by the extra-ordinary kindness and love of Pavahari Baba. He immediately became his disciple and in course of time became a wonderful saint. This is correction through love and presents. This disciple of Pavahari Baba met Swami Vivekananda in his Himalayan travels and narrated the whole story to him.

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