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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEES' QUESTIONS
Posted on: 11/08/2019

How can I increase my devotion so that God will enter my subtle body?

Shri Dixitkumar Aboti asked: Please guide me on increasing my attraction to God so that He can enter in to my subtle body and elevate my consciousness to a high state of being.

Swami replied: I can certainly advise you on increasing your devotion in the correct direction by giving you true spiritual knowledge. Initially, you have to make some effort to withdraw yourself from your worldly bonds. This is called the stage of pratyāhāra. By partially withdrawing...

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WILL SWAMIJI ACCEPT MY POEM WRITTEN FOR HIM?
Posted on: 11/08/2019

Smt. Bindiya Baugh: It is now one year since we met Swamiji and I have written the following poem for Him. I will be very grateful if He accepts it. Thank you.

Jaya Dattātreya Swāmijī
Āpako praṇāma
Āpako namana

Victory to Dattātreya Swamiji!
I salute to Thee!
I bow to Thee!...

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WHY IS THE POSITION OF VIṣṇU NOT GIVEN IMPORTANCE IN THE VARIOUS SPECIFIC DEATH RITUALS?
Posted on: 11/08/2019

Surya asked: Could You please clarify the significance of the rituals namely Aharnikālu, Ṣoḍaśam, Vṛṣossarjanam, the immersion of the piṇḍās and Sapiṇḍīkraṇam? What is the relevance of Gayāsura and the priest’s statement “Gayā śrāddha sadṛṣaḥ….”? Why is proper importance not given to the Viṣṇu sthāna and how can it be rectified? The priest also says that Nityāgnihotram needs to be performed. What does it mean?

Swami replied: The essence of all these death rituals is just the worship of God involving prayers to protect the departed soul. If you catch the essence, which is strong devotion to God, the total purpose of the ritual is served. All the procedures involved in the various parts of any ritual are the practical expression of your devotion...

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PERMANENT DETACHMENT FROM THE WORLD
Posted on: 09/08/2019

Shri Phani asked: You have told us that sage Vasiṣṭha has recommended that ordinary people should avoid the association of worldly bonds since detachment from the worldly bonds is impossible while being in their association. So, I am trying to practice that. What is Your opinion about it?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Apart from sage Vasiṣṭha’s recommendation mentioned by you, I have also told you that the Veda says the opposite. It says that staying far from the worldly bonds increases one’s attachment to the worldly bonds, while staying in the association of the worldly bonds, the person develops negligence and detachment from them (Parokṣapriyā iva hi...). So, these two statements told by Me appear to be mutually contradictory. Actually, both statements are correct since each of them is applicable at different time-periods in the life of a person. Initially, the worldly bonds attract the person due to which the person develops attachment towards them. It means that the family members of the person such as life-partner and child attract the person, producing attachment...

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READ STORIES AND SEE PICTURES OF GOD TO DEVELOP SPONTANEOUS DEVOTION
Posted on: 20/07/2019

Shri Pavan asked: What is the practical spiritual knowledge to be given to an ordinary human being? What is the goal of various stories narrated in the secondary scriptures called Puranams?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God, the practical spiritual knowledge, which is the essence of the Gita and other scriptures is that you should approach God simply by your attraction to God (based on His Divine personality that is expressed through several stories presented in scriptures), which is the natural and spontaneous love or devotion. The best example is your love for your issues in which you are prepared to sacrifice what all you earned in the entire life even though your issues are insulting you throughout your life. You are prepared to do any sin for their sake. Such love should be expressed to God aspiring no fruit in return as in the case of your issues. You may argue that such love cannot be expressed to an outsider, be the God. Your argument is not correct if you take the example of a fan of a cinema hero. For the fan, the hero is outsider...

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STAY IN A PLACE BASED ON REACTION OF MIND TO THAT ATMOSPHERE
Posted on: 20/07/2019

Smt. Shrutakeerthi asked: Swami! We want to go to the temple of Srisailam and stay there in an asylum in this last part of our life. What is your advice?

Swami replied: The Veda says that all the souls, whether human beings or even angels have one inherent bad psychology, which is that any soul hates the atmosphere present before eyes and loves the atmosphere which is far from the eyes and unseen (Paroksha priyaah…). This is the reason why Arjuna was terribly attracted to spiritual knowledge and asked several interesting doubts since the atmosphere before his eyes, which is the war, is quite opposite to the spiritual atmosphere like a peaceful forest. Same Arjuna did lot of penance on Himalaya hill, which is perfect spiritual atmosphere. There, he did not ask Lord Shiva about concepts of spiritual knowledge...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA (CHAPTER 16 CONTD...)
Posted on: 19/07/2019

God-Preacher Shri Datta spoke: 78)  To convert atheists into theists, Śaṅkara gave a trickish philosophy of false monism (Advaita) between God and any ordinary soul. But His philosophy is actually applicable to the cases of Īśvara, other Energetic Incarnations and Human Incarnations. In these specific cases, there is real monism between God and the soul. Rāmānuja gave the philosophy of special monism (Viśiṣṭa Advaita), according to which, a close devotee of God, in whom God has not actually entered, can be treated to be an Incarnation. In this case, an actual monism between God and the soul does not exist. However, the two are treated to be one due to their constant close association, as if the soul were a part and God were the Whole. Rāmānuja’s special monism is, thus, a philosophy of effective monism...

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GOD IS PLEASED BY PRACTICAL SACRIFICE
Posted on: 18/07/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: You have established that the sacrifice of the fruit of work (donation of money) to God is greater than the sacrifice of work (service) to Him. But renounced saints and poor people have no money to sacrifice so they can only serve God. In that case, will people not feel that God and salvation have gone into the hands of rich people who have plenty of money to sacrifice?

Swami replied: Hanuman did the sacrifice of work or divine service to God Rāma, which is Karma samnyaasa. The Gopikas sacrificed the fruit of their work to God Krishna, by giving Him butter, which was their hard-earned wealth. The sacrifice of the fruit of one’s work is called karma phala tyaga. Rama and Krishna were one and the same God Vishnu. Hanuman reached Brahma Loka to become future Brahma or the Creator. Thus, He reached the same level as God. Vishnu Loka, the abode of God Vishnu and Shiva...

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE INVERTED TREE EXAMPLE IN THE GITA?
Posted on: 17/07/2019

Shri Anil asked: In a discussion forum, a person asked what is meant by the inverted tree described in the Gita. The tree is said to have its roots above and its branches and leaves growing downward. Could You please explain its meaning?

Swami replied: The inverted tree represents the creation. The branches, leaves, flowers and fruits represent the world, which is many-fold. The root of the world-tree represents the Creator-God, who is the Cause of the world. God is greater than world and hence, the root is above and the tree grows downward from it. If you worship God, which is like watering the root, all your worldly bonds, which are like the branches...

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IS IT RIGHT TO PAY TAXES TO A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT?
Posted on: 17/07/2019

Shri Anil asked: Some people try to avoid paying tax to the government because they feel that, by paying tax, their hard-earned money is going into the pockets of corrupt government officials and is not actually reaching the needy. Could You kindly give Your opinion on this?

Swami replied: If you find an opportunity to not pay tax or minimize paying tax, you can use that saved money for feeding beggars and the poor. But you should also note that there are some good officers in the government, who are not interested in corruption. The best way is to pay tax to the government and also propagate true spiritual knowledge in the world. The propagation of spiritual knowledge will ultimately eradicate corruption...

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ARE ONLY THE HUMAN INCARNATION AND HIS DEVOTEES DESERVING TO RECEIVE OUR DONATION?
Posted on: 17/07/2019

Shri Anil asked: The Veda says that the deserving recipient must satisfy two conditions: (i) He must possess true spiritual knowledge for preaching to and guiding the world in the right direction (ii) He must not have the aspiration for any fruit in return from anybody. In that case, no one is eligible in this world is eligible for our donation other than the Human Incarnation and His devotees. Is this true?

Swami replied: Whether somebody is a Human Incarnation or not; or whether the person is a devotee or not, is not the criterion for proper donation. The criteria for donation are the above two requisites recommended by the Veda. Here, the Veda is describing the recommended normal approach for donation. However, in the case of the poor and beggars, there is no need to examine these requisites. To such helpless and needy people, donation must be done without the above analysis...

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WHY DID JUDAS NOT ASK JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS FOR BETRAYING HIM, INSTEAD OF COMMITTING SUICIDE?
Posted on: 17/07/2019

Shri Anil asked: Why did Judas just not ask Jesus for forgiveness for betraying Him. Apostle Peter too had made a mistake by denying Jesus. But he asked Jesus for forviveness and he was forgiven. Could Judas not have done the same instead of hanging himself?

Swami replied: In the case of a tactful sinner such as Judas, how can you expect that he would be so poor in his logical analysis that he would underestimate the depth of his sin? Knowing the true depth of his sin, how could he ask Jesus for pardon? Some sinners are very quick in acting out of emotion but they are equally quick in analyzing their own sin too. Judas realized his sin completely and hence, he did not have the courage to ask Jesus for pardon...

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SATSANGA WITH AN ENGINEERING STUDENT
Posted on: 16/07/2019

Following is a satsanga or divine conversation between Shri Swami and Kum. Thrylokya. Thrylokya is a B.Tech., student of Dr. Nikhil at Amrita University and had visited Shri Swami in order to have satsanga.

Thrylokya: Dr. Nikhil has told me a lot about You and explained Your spiritual knowledge in detail. I know it is very very rare to attain this knowledge and that it can be attained only by fortunate souls.

Swami replied: Education upto a postgraduate degree is straightforward. Only concepts which are well-established to be true are taught. But in the research work done for a Ph.D. degree, even concepts that are opposite to the well-established concepts are researched. There is an effort to investigate, again and again, whether a true concept is false and whether a false concept is true. So, a researcher has a habit of always thinking in a direction that is opposite to that of well-established concepts. Myself and Dr. Nikhil are Ph.D. degree holders and hence, both of us always think and speak the reverse of what is true. So, whatever Dr. Nikhil said about Me is not true ...

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INVITING THE SADGURU
Posted on: 14/07/2019

Smt. K. Ramaa Sundari asked: Swami! I have been inviting You to visit our house and have meals with us, but You have not visited us in a long time. Are you angry with us?

Swami replied: You are an ardent devotee of Shri Satya Sai Baba, who appeared before Me a long time ago and asked Me to propagate true spiritual knowledge. I have narrated this incident to you several times. That day, Shri Satya Sai talked about several spiritual points with Me for about half an hour. One of those points told by Him was that the disciple should go to the preacher; the preacher should not go to the disciple. This is absolutely correct because when the disciple goes to the preacher, it means that the disciple has recognized the value of the preacher and the value of his spiritual knowledge. The disciple’s going to the preacher and offering money (Guru Dakshina) to him is proof of the value...

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REAL PURPOSE BEHIND DEATH RITUALS
Posted on: 13/07/2019

Shri Suryanarayana’s father passed away on July 6th and Shri Suryanarayana did all the rituals for his father as per tradition. In this context, he sought the following clarifications from Shri Swami.

Shri Surya asked: I am presently doing the death rituals for my father who recently passed away. Could You please give me some more clarity regarding the actual purpose of the death rituals and whether it is necessary to perform them in the traditional way?

Swami replied: Even though I have preached the true background of these death rituals to you several times, you have to do these rituals. The reason is that you have to go along with the forceful flow of ignorant people when you cannot change them. You have to follow the majority even if it is wrong. In the Parliament, the Lok Sabha passes a bill when the Rajya Sabha approves it. The former often contains members elected by the public irrespective of the intelligence of the members while the latter contains members having some intelligence and education...

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CONTROLLING ANGER AND THE WAVERING MIND
Posted on: 26/06/2019

Shri Phani asked: How to control the wavering mind and frequent anger?

Swami replied: When you are absorbed in something due to intense attraction, all the negative qualities of the mind naturally disappear without any effort. But the attraction must be deep. The mind should be completely absorbed through-and-through. In science, absorption is said to be a bulk phenomenon, which means that a solid soaks up a fluid throughout its bulk...

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PRACTICAL SACRIFICE TO THE SADGURU
Posted on: 25/06/2019

Some devotees including Shri Balaji, Shri Hrushikesh, Shri Kishore Ram, and Kum. Purnima, went to meet Swami.  Shri Swami gave them a message that greatly inspired them. Presented below is the same message in brief.

Sadguru (Satguru), the divine preacher is God Datta (Guruh Saakshaat Parabrahma). The same Sadguru is said to be God Brahmaa, God Vishnu and God Shiva (Guruh Brahmaa...). In any divine preacher, who is an Incarnation of God Datta, all the three divine preachers exist in harmony with each other. The three divine preachers are Shankara, who was an Incarnation of God Shiva, Ramanuja, who was an Incarnation of God Vishnu and Madhva, who was an Incarnation of God Brahmaa. The preaching of such an Incarnation of God Datta involves the correlation of the philosophies of these three divine preachers...

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HOW CAN WE SAY THAT THE KARMA CYCLE MAINTAINS JUSTICE WHEN EVEN INNOCENT INFANTS GET ABUSED?
Posted on: 24/06/2019

Smt. Bindiya asked: Recently, it was reported that a two-year-old girl was raped. It is impossible for that child to have committed any sin. Yet the child was subjected to suffering. Do such incidents not indicate the failure of the divine administration in maintaining justice? If the child suffered as a result of her sin of the past birth, why was she not punished in hell, before being born on Earth? Punishing her on Earth when she is undoubtedly innocent in this birth, unnecessarily causes people to doubt God's divine administration.

Swami replied: I have explained many times that our observations are always limited and that we lack the knowledge of the total background. When we see a criminal being punished by hanging him to death, we pity the criminal. We feel that the jailor is cruel to execute such a horrible punishment...

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IS IT A SIN TO EAT EGGS?
Posted on: 24/06/2019

Shri Durgaprasad asked: My son was asking why eating eggs is a sin, when there is no life in it. Awareness or life develops in it only if the egg is kept in an incubator for hatching.

Swami replied: Let us say that you have gone outside of your house to play. So, you are not seen in your house. Even though you are not seen in the house, your mother is preparing food for you because you will come home shortly. So, your absence from the house is only temporary. It also means that you exist elsewhere, even though you cannot be seen by the people in the house. When you return home after sometime and are seen by your people, do they say that you have just come into existence since they could not see you before? Existence is different from visibility...

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DID KRISHNA GIVE EQUAL PLEASURE OF MOTHERHOOD TO BOTH YASHODA AND DEVAKI?
Posted on: 24/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: You have said that Krishna left Brundaavanam at the age of 18 years and never returned. He did not even return to see Yashoda, His mother, who had raised Him in His childhood and who loved Him more than her life. But Devaki, His mother, who had given birth to Krishna, got the pleasure of His company for a far longer time. Is it not injustice?

Swami replied: A child gives the maximum enjoyment to its mother during its childhood. So, the enjoyment given by the divine child Krishna to mother Yashoda was of greater value even though it was only for a short time. The enjoyment that the grown-up Krishna gave to mother Devaki was very little...

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