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SCIENCE CANNOT TOUCH THE CAUSE OF ENERGY OR SPACE
Posted on: 07/07/2012

[This is a continuation of the question and answer session on Guru Purnima.]

7. Recently, scientists say that they have discovered the God-particle, which is the cause for the universe. Does this not eliminate the need for God?

Scientists are investigating the cause for mass of the fundamental particle of matter. This is only the research pertaining to the conversion of energy into matter. The word Universe used by scientists is the materialized phase. Before the production of such Universe, the cosmic energy exists. Therefore, it is related only to the materialization of the particles of matter from the energy. The word Universe in the spiritual knowledge...

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PHILOSOPHIES OF SHANKARA, RAMANUJA AND MADHVA
Posted on: 05/07/2012

[This is a continuation of the question and answer session on Guru Purnima.]

6. The three philosophies of Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhva differ from each other as we see the disputes and arguments among their followers. How to bring unity among these three main philosophies?

The aim of the preacher is not only the exposure of truth but also upliftment of the people from their existing levels. If exposure of truth alone is the aim, there is no difference between these three preachers. The final 100th step is the absolute common goal for all the preachers. When Shankara came, people were standing on the ground and Shankara will not show the 100th step seeing which all the people will be discouraged

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GOD IS THE RIGHT GOAL
Posted on: 04/07/2012

[On the day of Guru Purnima, Shri Swami answered the questions posed by the devotees, which are presented here.] 1. In spite of being the most intelligent among all living beings, why is the human being the most disturbed and without peace and happiness?

A runner is very capable in the process of running. But, he is running in the opposite direction. Will he reach the goal? Therefore, the direction is important, which decides the goal. If the goal is right, which is the right aim in the beginning, the process of running becomes fruitful. If the goal is wrong, the aim and direction become...

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CREATION OF UNIVERSE IS NEITHER REAL NOR APPARENT
Posted on: 13/05/2012

The unimaginable God created this Universe, which is different from God since this is imaginable. There are two schools in philosophy regarding the process of creation. 1) One is the real modification (Parinama) and 2) the other is the apparent modification (Vivarta). In the first type, the cause is really modified into the effect like the modification of milk into curd. In the second type, the cause is apparently modified into effect like the modification of water into wave...

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THE BOUNDARY OF UNIVERSE IS ALWAYS UNIMAGINABLE
Posted on: 10/01/2012

Logic of Shankara Demolished the Theory of ‘Nothingness’ Buddhists became atheists since they applied the theory of relativity of cause and effect in endless way and found that everything is nothing. As a result, even the God, the root cause, also does not exist. Shankara attacked this argument that there should be some real receiver, which receives the knowledge that nothing is real. Such receiver can be only awareness, which alone is the receiver of information. Hence, awareness should...

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CLEAR DIFFERENTIATION OF GOD FROM SOUL
Posted on: 08/01/2012

[Following is a very close discussion of Swami with His devotees clarifying their doubts.]

Shri Lakshman: You say that the awareness is the product of inert energy and also that awareness is non-inert. Where from the characteristic of non-inertness entered the awareness?

Shri Swami: Let Me know your intention. Did you put this question to establish awareness as God like the Advaita philosopher? If so, it is a waste. I have elaborately dealt that awareness is not God and the reasons are that i)it is not all-pervading, ii)it is not the creator of any item of the real world, iii)it is not the controller of any item like a hitting stone, iv)it is not the destroyer of any item of the real world, v)it is generated from inert energy, vi)it has birth...

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UNIMAGINABILITY OF GOD LED TO MULTIPLE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY
Posted on: 04/11/2011

Shankara told that the awareness, which is filtered from all types of thoughts and left over with a single thought that it is awareness, is the absolute God (Nirguna Brahman). All the thoughts can be classified into three types, which are called as Trigunas. Awareness, aware of itself is a thought by itself, which is the inherent characteristic of the awareness and is called as awareness in general. Sattvam is one of the three types of thoughts. The type Sattvam represents all good and divine thoughts. The general awareness (jnanam) is also included in this first category...

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UNIMAGINABLE MEANS BEYOND SPATIAL DIMENSIONS
Posted on: 04/11/2011

The Buddhists took the concept of cause and effect to analyze this creation. The effect is always unreal with respect to the cause. But, when the cause is analyzed, it becomes the effect of some other internal cause. Mud, the cause, is real whereas its effect, the pot, is unreal. When the mud is analyzed, it becomes the effect and the particles become the cause. Hence, the mud, which is real with respect to the pot, becomes unreal with respect to its cause, the particles. If you go deep like this, the particle is the effect and the crystals in it become its cause. The crystal again becomes effect with respect to its cause, the sub-atomic particles...

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THE ANALOGY OF TWO BIRDS ON A TREE
Posted on: 29/10/2011

[Shri Phani Kumar asked “You have interpreted the Vedic analogy of two birds on a tree as God and soul in the context of the human incarnation. But Shri Shankara interprets, the two birds as soul and intelligence. Is there any difference between soul and intelligence?” Shri Swami explained as follows.]

The Mantra in the Veda says that there are two birds on the tree. One bird eats the fruits and the other shines without eating. Shankara took these two birds as the soul and the intelligence. I have taken these two birds as the unimaginable God and imaginable soul existing in the human incarnation. If you carefully analyze, both these versions become one and same. God was called as soul and the intelligence...

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UNIMAGINABLE GOD REPRESENTED BY INVISIBLE ENERGY
Posted on: 20/06/2011

The gross matter is visible and imaginable. The subtle energy is invisible and imaginable. The common point in matter and energy is that both are imaginable. Both matter and energy form the two parts of imaginable creation. Even science says that matter is a form of energy and both are inter-convertible. But, now, due to development of sophisticated instruments by science, even the energy becomes visible through instruments. But, since the energy is invisible to the naked eye, you can still maintain the difference between the matter and energy...

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ANALYSIS OF AWARENESS
Posted on: 09/06/2011

The light energy is quantized and its fundamental bits are called as photons. A photon exists with certain frequency but the frequency is variable. The light energy is a part of cosmic energy and therefore, you should not say that the entire cosmic energy is light energy. Similarly, awareness is quantized into bits, called as the individual souls. Even though the light energy occupies a part of the cosmic space, it is continuous within its limited boundaries. But, the awareness is not like that...

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DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN INVISIBLE AND UNIMAGINABLE
Posted on: 26/04/2011

The absolute reality is always without spatial dimensions and the relative reality is always with spatial dimensions. The creator is the absolute reality and the creation is the relative reality. The relative reality is always imaginable since it has spatial dimensions. The creation contains both visible and invisible items. The visible items have macro-spatial dimensions. The invisible items have micro-spatial dimensions and hence, the eye cannot catch them. Therefore, a stone is visible and the atom present in it is invisible. Only the absolute reality is unimaginable...

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GOD ENTERS BOTH SOUL AND BODY OF INCARNATION
Posted on: 20/04/2011

The word ‘Atman’ means both the soul representing energy as well as the body representing the matter. The soul or energy creates the imaginary world, maintains and dissolves it. The soul has full control on the imaginary world and can do anything. Similarly, God creates, maintains and destroys this world. God is omnipotent since He can do anything in this world. All these are good aspects of comparison. But, there are defective aspects of limitations. The soul is converted into imaginary world whereas, the unimaginable God is not converted and hence...

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SCIENCE IS NEUTRAL ABOUT GOD
Posted on: 16/04/2011

Science goes up to the space only, which is very subtle form of energy. Due to bending of space around the boundaries of object, space cannot be treated as nothing since nothing can bend. The topmost scientist, Einstein, treats the space as geometrical entity and not absolutely existing item. He treats space as relatively existing based on the existence of two materialistic items, since space is the distance between two materialistic items. If the matter disappears, space also disappears according to him. If all the matter is converted into energy...

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LIMITED SIMILARITY BETWEEN GOD AND THE SOUL
Posted on: 10/04/2011

When similes are selected for the unimaginable God, the concepts of comparison should be always limited and not to be fully extended in all other aspects. This principle exists even if you give a simile to an imaginable item taking another imaginable item. For example, if you compare the face of somebody to moon, the aspect of simile should be confined to the pleasantness only. You should not extend the aspect of similarity to other points and say that the face contains black spots...

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UNIMAGINABLE GOD ENTERS IMAGINABLE CREATION FOR DEVOTEES
Posted on: 03/04/2011

[Mr. Anil asked, “You said that God is beyond creation and at the same time. You also say that God is in a human body, which is in this creation. Is it not a contradiction?” Shri Swami’s explanation is given below.]

Unless the contradiction arises and you are unable to solve it through your analysis, you cannot call it as unimaginable action. Unless you recognize the unimaginable action, you cannot accept that God is unimaginable, who is the source of the unimaginable actions. For the establishment of unimaginable actions, there should be pre-established...

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DREAM IS AN ANALOGY FOR CREATION
Posted on: 16/02/2011

In spite of hectic efforts of atheists, the devotion of devotees did not decrease even by a trace from the beginning of this creation. The percentage of devotees also did not decrease and the very little percentage of atheists also did not increase even by a trace. Do you think that the reason for this standard devotion is the reality of devotion to God? No no. The real reason for this is the unimaginable power of the link between devotion and the materialistic benefits. People believe that due to the devotion, the worldly life is protected...

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IMAGINABLE AWARENESS DIFFERENT FROM UNIMAGINABLE GOD
Posted on: 19/01/2011

When the light rays fall on the object and get reflected, the image of the object falls on the retina of the eye and this image is transferred to the brain. The brain receives the image of the object. The process of receiving the image of the object by the brain is said to be awareness of the object. All the materials like rays of light, object, image of object, materials transferring the image like neurons, materials composing the brain, etc. are either inert matter or inert energy only. The process of transfer of the image...

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COSMIC ENERGY CREATED WORLD BY GOD'S WILL
Posted on: 18/01/2011

The entire creation other than the unimaginable God is manifestation of the imaginable cosmic energy, which was created by the unimaginable God. This process of creation of imaginable cosmic energy by unimaginable God is unimaginable because any link between unimaginable and imaginable is always unimaginable. The space is invisible cosmic energy and the fire is visible cosmic energy. Matter is another manifested form of cosmic energy existing in gaseous state, liquid state and solid state. Space (aakaasha), fire (agni), gas (vayu), liquid (jalam) and solid (pruthivi) are the five elements...

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UNDERSTANDING SHANKARA'S PHILOSPHY IN THE CONTEXT OF HIS TIME
Posted on: 17/01/2011

When sages told Rama that He is God, Rama denied it and declared Himself as an ordinary human being. Rama knows that He is God but He denied it since He acted in the role of an ordinary human being to preach the ideal behavior of a human being to humanity. His aim is that every human being should not declare that it is God. But, you may doubt about the philosophy of Shankara, which says that every human being is God. The reason for such concept of Shankara...

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