A reader from India asked a question which deserves to be highlighted as a separate blog post. The question was: “Many times people on their way to temples meet with accidents and die. What is the point of praying to Deities if they cannot protect their own devotees ? We also hear of stories where people claim that their beloved Deity saved them. How do we know if it was the Deity who intervened. Why does the Diety intervene in one case and not in another?”
In religious history, the spiritual essence often gets cloaked by an impenetrable layer of superstition and mythology. Fantastic tales of miracles abound, elaborate rituals are superstitiously observed to propitiate mysterious circling spirits, and considerable regard is accorded to holy days, holy food, holy places and holy clothes. It requires inner discernment to free the mind from the cultural baggage which has been passed down through the ages. This is a compilation of answers given by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on some of the issues which tend to burden our thinking.