QUESTIONER: "Sir, how can one escape Prarabdha? The effect of action performed in previous births?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "No doubt a man experiences a little of the effect; but much of it is cancelled by the power of God's name. A man was born blind of an eye.

This was his punishment for a certain misdeed he had committed in his past birth, and the punishment was to remain with him for six more births. He, however, took a bath in the Ganges, which gives one liberation.

This meritorious action could not cure his blindness, but it saved him from his future births." (193)