The Lord is at the helm of the affairs of this world. We have all manner of experiences in this world, but they are all for our education. We are the wiser for these experiences. Finally, we learn to depend upon ourselves. When this happens, we are able to treat both the joys and the sorrows of the world with equal indifference. The Lord is teaching you to acquire this attitude.
(p266, Letters for Spiritual seekers, Swami Shivananda’s letter to a devotee dt. 16 September 1926)