Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 10 Feb 2005




Swami! What is the reason for all this misery, depression and tensions?

How to remove them? None can explain clearly except Yourself.

The devotees who are very close to you are really blessed since

They are serving you closely, we are far from you and so unfortunate.

I feel that I am not doing your service properly and so slipping from you.



Oh! Wife of Surya! And mother of Datta! How you are also attacked by

Darkness and ignorance? You are staying with both these two in your home

Surya means Sun and darkness should not enter and Datta is the Divine preacher

Therefore ignorance should not enter your brain, it is surprising!

Perhaps, the close association develops the opposite nature intensively.

Just below the lamp-stand darkness exists though the light spreads everywhere.

Devotees who are far from the human form of Lord are very fortunate

Since they concentrate intensively on the Lord as the form of knowledge.

Devotees who are very close to the Lord are constantly observing His Body

His human body follows all the rules of nature and therefore constantly

Gives the impression that the Lord is a human being only and not divine.

The human body takes food, drinks and gives the impression of human being

Thus, the close devotees are constantly attacked by illusion or Maya.

They have to put up a continuous effort to throw out this Maya.

The devotees who are far are not affected, as they need not have this strain.

The close devotees are polluted by this continuous attack of illusion

They start neglecting the Lord and sometimes-even insult the Lord.

This is said in the Gita “Avajananti Maam” and thus they loose the Lord.

Once, Radha came to Dwaraka from all along the Brindavanam

Rukmini gave a cup of hot milk to Radha and she also took the same

Then, both went to see the Lord who was sleeping in His bedroom

They found the Lord red in colour by the attack of some hot thing

Both were shocked and asked the Lord for the reason of that

The Lord told that since He was in the heart of Radha and since

Radha took the hot milk; He was heated and became red in colour

Then Rukmini asked that she was also drinking the same hot milk everyday

But she never found the Lord effected like that on any day

She asked the Lord whether it meant that He was not in her heart

She also added that she was always closely associated with the Lord

The Lord replied that He was not in the heart of Rukmini and the reason was

That close association itself, the Lord further said that the close association

Will decrease the attention and thus the concentration gets slowly diluted

Hearing this, Radha immediately left Dwaraka and went to Brindavanam

Because she feared that the Lord may quit her heart if she was in Dwaraka

Of course! What I told is a general rule and one or two exceptions exist

Adisesha was closely associated with the Lord as His constant bed

Yet, when he was born as Lakshmana He attended the Lord always

And he did not eat or sleep and stood continuously for fourteen years

I shall clear your doubt since you both belong to My inner circle

Let Me answer your question straight with a simple example


You have caught a hot iron rod with your hand and you are weeping

You are asking Me to remove the heat from the rod and give you happiness

For this you are constantly praying the Lord to use His special power.

I have to laugh at this situation because the easiest solution is to remove

Your hand from the rod to be happy, which you are not doing at all

You cannot get rid of your attachment to the rod, but you pray the Lord

To cool the rod using His Maya, is this prayer justified in any way?

Why don’t you get detached from your family bonds and be happy?

The hand with which you have caught your family members is your mind

You detach your mind from the bonds of your family members

And be peaceful always and there is no need of praying the Lord for this

When the solution is in your hand why do you ask the Lord for it?

When the solution is out of your hands there may be justice in asking the Lord

In the first stage you detach your mind from them and be worry less

In course of time when your detachment by mind becomes complete

You will spontaneously leave your duties also and attain bliss

The detachment from the family comes by your attachment with the Lord

As the bond with the Lord becomes more and more strong, your family bonds

Become weaker and weaker and finally all the bonds disappear

In this state you are left over only with the bond with the Lord

This state is called “Eka Bhakthih” in the Gita or the single pointed devotion


Devotion means love and this is related to the plane of mind

As the faculty of intelligence becomes more and more sharp

By the knowledge preached by the Lord, the devotion to Lord

Becomes more and more strong, thus knowledge is acting as

Both fertilizer as well as pesticide on both the sides simultaneously

It acts as a fertilizer for the bond with the Lord, which is like a plant

The plant grows slowly and becomes a huge tree by this fertilizer

The family bonds are like the insects that attack this devotion plant

For those insects this divine knowledge acts as a pesticide also

The knowledge is also the generating factor like the water for the seed

Only by the knowledge of the Lord, the devotion is generated

Devotion is the love or attraction towards the Lord to attain Him

It ends in agony or Vedana as told by Ramanuja, thus knowledge is

The generating factor, the fertilizer and the pesticide simultaneously.


When Rukmini heard all the details of Lord Krishna from sage Narada

She developed intensive attraction for the Lord and that is devotion

Shankara emphasized on the knowledge and Ramanuja on devotion

Knowledge is the generator of devotion and devotion is the cause

For the achievement of the Lord, by the devotion of Rukmini only

The Lord came and married her, thus devotion ends in the achievement of the Lord

The Gita says the same “Bhaktya tvananyaya”, now when the devotion is full

The family bonds are completely broken; Rukmini did not care for her

Brother and parents and even the tradition, therefore, as the devotion grows

The family bonds are cut simultaneously, without the attachment to Lord

The detachment from family is impossible because only after tasting

The divine nectar, one can leave all the worldly drinks spontaneously

Attachment of one thing should lead to the detachment of other thing

Simple detachment from the family without the attachment to the Lord

Becomes impossible, even if achieved does not stand permanently


Without tasting the divine nectar, if you leave the worldly drinks

It is meaningless and one day or other you will run to the worldly drinks

Finally, the real devotion is proved only by the selfless service

Rukmini served the Lord after attaining Him, she constantly pressed

His divine feet and her aim was not to become the queen of Dwaraka

Madhva shows this service as the real proof of the true love


In the beginning you should try for the detachment from the family

By withdrawing your attraction or mind slowly from these worldly bonds

This can be achieved once you start binding yourself with the Lord

The attachment to the Lord is directly proportional to the detachment

From the worldly bonds, but don’t think that you have been detached fully

The full detachment by mind from the worldly bonds can be tested by you

As the mind gets detached, the concentration in the duties is diluted

Don’t fear that this may spoil your duties. No! Never! Be sure!

Because your detachment from the duty is due to your attachment to the Lord

The Lord will take care of your duties, in fact that is far below to His level

His servants like Hanuman will take care of the success in your duties

If your duty is diluted due to your laziness or diversion to some other

Worldly affair, then your duty will be definitely spoiled, but if you become

His devotee, will the Lord keep silent if your duties are failing?

This is the real point of the faith on the Lord, practical field is real

Devotees say that they have full faith in the Lord, but they fail in practice

Their faith is only theoretical, when practical comes they slip tremendously

Some people say that their mind is fully dedicated to the Lord and

Just they are doing the duties externally, this is a complete hypocrisy

Because the duty is always proportional to the attachment of the mind

By the will of the mind only you can do anything, if the mind is not willing

You can do nothing. Therefore, your action is a mirror of your mind

When you are doing the worldly actions or duties, your mind is certainly

Absorbed and concentrated on the worldly affairs only, don’t fool the Lord

Can the omniscient Lord be fooled by your hypocrisy? Then whom you are fooling?

Are you fooling the public? What is the use of it? Finally it means that

You are fooling yourself, therefore be sincere and truthful in the spiritual path

When your mind is fully absorbed in the Lord then your duties fully disappear

That shows your full faith in the Lord and so your duties are done the best

By the servants of the Lord and this stage is the final ripened stage

Shankara left His duty of serving the old mother and went for the mission

The mother of Shankara was permanently granted the divine abode of the Lord

May be, she might have faced some temporary inconvenience in her last life

But that is nothing compared to the divine fruit she got from the Lord

See the faith of Shankara on the Lord who left His old mother and He was only

One son to her, she was not helped by anybody since she was abandoned

By her relatives and lives outside the village in a small hut.

You cannot expect that final state to day itself, i.e., the final goal

You must try to reach that goal everyday and try in every minute

Slowly one day or other by the grace of the Lord you will surely reach the goal


This physical world, which consists of the inert objects like Sun, Moon, Stars

Air, Earth etc., is not the world, which is binding you and this is not

The world from which you have to attain the liberation or salvation

If you get salvation from this physical world it is called the death

Death is not the salvation since even after death the bonds bind you

The bonds are not with the physical world but they are with your family members

It is this family that constitutes your entire world from which you must be salvated

The physical world is real and it is unreal for the creator only and not for you

You are a part and parcel of this world and if you say that this world is unreal

You too become unreal, your unreal world is your own family, which is created

By yourself only and why this is unreal? If you analyse, these bonds did not exist

Before this birth and do not exist after this birth and hence are not existing

During this birth also, Shankara told that temporary is always unreal

Therefore, the Gita emphasizes for the detachment from these worldly bonds


Jesus goes one step further and advises you even to hate these family bonds

This is surprising but if you analyze, I should say, He is absolutely correct

If you analyze deeply, these family members deserve your hatred and not love

The reason is that these family members were very vehement enemies to you

In the previous birth you stole their hard earned property and fought with them

Now they have come to collect their wealth from you along with the

Compound interest, they are in the form of wife and children and you are bound

To pay them according to the force of Karma Chakra i.e., associated with Kala Chakra

Payment of loans is Karma Chakra and payment in this birth is Kala Chakra

The same is said “Runanubandha Rupena Pasu Patni Sutalayaah

The three strongest bonds are with money, wife and children and these three

Are called as “Eeshanaas”, which are the stainless steel chains, which never

Corrode, the secret in the force of these three bonds is only the force of Karma

The Karma is the payment of the loans with interest and for that you have to earn

Therefore, you are forced by Karma to earn the money and that is the spontaneous

Attraction to the money, the Karma is dragging you to earn the money so that

You can pay to your enemies who are surrounding you for the collection of loans

Thus these three bonds are inter related and amalgamated by the force of Karma

These enemies are in the mask of friendship and love with you and you do not

Remember your previous birth, which is again due to the force of karma only

If you remember the previous birth and that enmity you will not repay the loan

Therefore, by the force of Karma Chakra only you do not remember previous birth

These enemies can collect their money only under the mask of love and friendship These enemies are collecting their money in the form of work and also money

The mother repays the loan by doing work like bathing and clothing the children

Such sacrifice of work by the mother is coming under Karma Sanyasa

The father repays the money by giving his hard earned property to the children

And this repayment of direct wealth comes under Karma Phala Tyaga.

But these enemies are not satisfied with simple repayment of their loans

If a thief steals your money and if you catch him, will you leave him

Just by taking your money? You will torture him and then only leave

Similarly, you have stolen their property and you tortured them

Therefore, they have caught the thief in this birth and collect their money

Apart from that they will torture you by dragging you down from the Lord

If you progress in your spiritual path and reach and please the Lord

You are saved permanently and attain eternal happiness here and there

Now these enemies obstruct your spiritual path and drag you back

From that Eternal divine benefit and due to that you will fall in this world-cycle

In this cycle, which is the permanent hell, you are tortured forever

By this, their vengeance is subsided and they stand around you even

In your last minutes so that you will be attracted by them then also

And you will not remember the Lord even in the last minute

This is the reason why all your family members reach you even before your death

They reach you when they hear that you are seriously ill, they are very alert

But you fool! You are not alert about them and remember them only even on the

Death bed! Is your this world not really unreal? You analyse the fact

I say this family world is the most unreal world because these bonds are not only

Unreal according to the analysis of Shankara, but also they are the bonds

Of enmity and so must be hated according to the Holy Jesus

You are thinking the enemy as your friend! How unreal is this bond?

First you come out of this unreal world created by you due to your past deeds

People say often that the world is unreal, yes! It is absolutely unreal

But the world is not this physical world created by the Lord

The unreal world is your family created by yourself due to your past karma

Similarly, your religion is another broader unreal world created by you

Your fellow religious people obstruct you from entering Universal spirituality

Because they are your enemies in the mask of friendship in this birth

You harmed them spiritually in the previous birth and therefore they have come

Now here as your friends belonging to the same religion and revenge upon you

When you come out of these two worlds, which are well and river

You will enter the Universal Spirituality, which is the infinite ocean.


Some people try to get detachment from the family bonds

Without the attachment to the Lord, they can detach from the family

By attaining self through self-analysis but in this case they can get rid of

The worries and misery by attaining the self, which is pure awareness

Such detachment without attachment to the Lord is not permanent.

The attachment to the self is not as strong as the bond with the Lord

Therefore, such people who get only peace by self achievement cannot

Remain in that state for a long time, bliss is stronger than peace

Because God is stronger than the soul, soul gives peace and God gives bliss

Therefore, detachment from the family by attachment with the Lord alone

Is real and final, the scholars get attached to the self by analysis

And think that the self it self is the Lord and they feel that they are the Lord.

These pseudo Advaita Scholars are dragged again by the families and

They are insulted by the Maya and they are shown the reality.


The service to be done to the Lord should not be decided by yourself

You are pleased by doing the service to the Lord as per your desire

Your desire and your pleasure should not be the final goal of the mission

You must do that service, which is desired by the Lord and which pleases Him

His desire and His pleasure should be the final goal of your service

Mere service is not important but the service required by Him is important

Some devotees serve this society to uplift all the human beings

Such social service cannot please the Lord unless He wishes so, without His wish

If you serve the society, that is only to fulfill your desire for the fame

Shankara condemned this concept of social service i.e., Loka Sevaka Matam.

The Lord knows when, whom and where to uplift in this entire world

Whether it is His mission or His personal service, His desire is important

Even in His personal service the angle in which He desires is important

If His hand is paining, what is the use of pressing His legs?

Therefore, at every step the desire, direction and final pleasing of the Lord

Is the only essence and goal of the entire spiritual effort

The Lord alone can protect you and not this world, social service indicates

Your love on your fellow human beings, who constitute a bigger family only.

You have to sacrifice everybody, everything and even every concept for that

He tests you by asking that thing only, which you cannot sacrifice

He always attacks your strongest bond and conducts the test

One test is sufficient because if you can break your strongest bond for the

Sake of the Lord, all the other bonds, which are weaker need not be tested

The sacrifice of strongest bond with any thing other than the Lord alone

Can prove that you have the strongest bond with the Lord only.

You have to cross the family bonds and even the bond with your life

As told by Jesus, Krishna says that you have to cross even Dharma or Justice

For the sake of the Lord because as the protector of justice, He is greater than

The protected justice “Sarva Dharman …” is said in the Gita.

Thus Datta conducts only one test and gives you the final report

You will always try to sacrifice all the weak bonds for His sake

Then you claim that you can sacrifice everything for His sake

The Lord smiles at your talented dramatic action and keeps silent

If you go on still shouting that you are His best devotee, then

He will enter the field and touches your strongest bond or your weakness

You will utterly fail at that point and your mouth is shut forever