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SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR THE CANCELLATION OF SINS
Posted on: 09/01/2019

Shri Kishore Ram asked: Is there authority from the scripture regarding the cancellation of pending punishments by reformation, especially in this Kali Age? Some of my friends are asking for scriptural authority on this point.

Swami replied: This concept is based on logic and hence, it is valid in any age because the logic of the concept is beyond time. The logic is as follows. The meaning of reformation is that the soul passes through realization, repentance and finally non-repetition of the sin in practice. What is the aim of the punishment for sin? It is not revenge or tit for tat! It is only to create fear in the mind of the soul so that the soul does not repeat the sin...

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WORLDLY DUTIES OR DIVINE SERVICE?
Posted on: 06/01/2019

Shri Hrushikesh asked Swami through Shri PVNM Sharma: One of my friends said “We have to do worldly work to support our families, so we cannot dedicate ourselves totally to the work of God”. I request You to please respond to his comment.

Swami Replied: If this point of your friend were valid, the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna in the Gita would have been as follows:

Krishna: O Arjuna! Give up this worldly work of fighting to win back your lost property and kingdom. Become a saint and propagate My spiritual knowledge in this world.

Arjuna: How can I withdraw from this war? I need to get back the property earned by my father in order to support my family. If I completely dedicate myself to Your work, would I not be doing an injustice towards my family?

In fact, the real version of the Gita is the reverse. Arjuna wanted to withdraw from the war. He was fighting the war to regain his lost kingdom, so, fighting the war was his worldly duty. Krishna forced Arjuna to do...

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SOUL’S FREEDOM AND SALVATION
Posted on: 01/01/2019

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! I have two questions related to Your discourse given on December 23, 2018. I request Your kind clarifications on the same. Your servant. Nikhil

Question-1: I feel that that only God is completely free; not souls. The freedom of the soul is always restricted by several internal and external factors on earth. So, it cannot be called as total freedom or the freedom to act in all directions. The restrictions by the internal and external factors put tremendous force on the person’s mind and influence the person’s decision. The choices made by a person...

Swami replied: The word freedom used by Me in the earlier discourse does not mean the absolute freedom possessed by God-in-human-form as described in the Veda (Aapnoti svaaraajyam). Such absolute freedom exists only in the case of God and no soul can even imagine it. The freedom enjoyed by a soul presently is limited by several factors as mentioned by you. But the freedom granted by God to the soul in the present age is greater than the freedom...

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REAL DEVOTION KEEPS NO ACCOUNTS
Posted on: 01/01/2019

Shri Kishore Ram remarked to Shri PVNM Sharma: It is very difficult to stay free of the aspiration for any fruit in return from God while doing service to Him.

Swami replied: The point here is not to achieve this state of being free of the aspiration for any fruit in return with effort, but to attain this state in a natural and effortless manner. Take the case of our love for our children. Our love for them is real. We practically serve them and we sacrifice our money for them without expecting anything in return from them. Our practical service and the sacrifice of our money to them proves...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA: PART-3 (CHAPTER-16 CONTD...)
Posted on: 31/12/2018

God-preacher Shri Datta spoke:- 22)  When I merge with a devoted human being selected by Me to become an Incarnation it is called Saayujyam. The selected devotee never wishes for it and such merging happens only by My force. That human being then becomes Myself or equal to Me. This is monistic salvation or advaita mukti. No devotee aspiring for monism with Me attains it because such an aspiration is a disqualification. The disciples of the Incarnation selected by Me for the propagation of the knowledge generated by the Incarnation, attain a very close association with Me. This closeness with Me is called Saamiipya. I remain very close to such devotees like their bodyguard...

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MESSAGE FROM SHRI DATTA SWAMI JI
Posted on: 29/12/2018

To the Readers of Messages from Shri Datta Swami ji Orally Presented by Dr. Nikhil through YouTube:- Please listen to the messages presented by the beautiful voice of Dr. Nikhil, like and share with as many as possible interested readers, which will be the propagation of true spiritual knowledge spoken by God Datta through Datta Swami and this will please God Datta as told in the Gita (Jnaana yajnena tenaaham...) that He will be pleased very much by the propagation of true spiritual knowledge. - Datta Swami

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WHY WAS JOHN THE BAPTIST BEHEADED?
Posted on: 23/12/2018

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! One person asked on Quora “Why did Jesus not save John the Baptist from getting beheaded?” Could You please answer this question? At Your Lotus Feet, Anil

Swami Replied: God gave freedom to all souls so that they could do whatever they felt was good. God helped the souls in determining what is good and what is bad by preaching to them through holy scriptures, holy devotees and holy Incarnations. Freedom means the complete freedom for all souls in this creation...

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IS READING THE VEDA ALLOWED?
Posted on: 22/12/2018

[Datta Jayanti Message] Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! In Your discourse on December 16, 2018, You have said that memorizing the Veda without knowing its meaning is wrong based on the following verse:

gītī śīghrī śiraḥkampī tathā likhitapāṭhakaḥ

anarthajñaḥ alpakaṇṭhaśca ṣaḍete pāṭhakādhamāḥ

But by the same verse, reading and reciting the Veda from a printed book, is also equally wrong. So, this verse cannot be used to justify Your recommendation given to the priests that they should give up blind memorization and recitation, and focus on knowing the Veda. If they are to not memorize and recite the Veda and instead use the printed mantras...

Swami replied: The priests quote the above verse out of the fear that someone might read the Vedic hymns from a printed book and easily take away the money-offerings from the public that would have otherwise come to them. If that were to happen, all their hard work of memorization and the blind recitation of the Veda would go waste. Regarding the necessity...

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ENEMY OR FRIEND OF HINDUISM?
Posted on: 18/12/2018

Shri Hrushikesh asked: Dear Swami, My Pranaam to your lotus feet. I was very happy to read the answer given by you for the question asked on Vedic accents. So far it has received 300 likes on different facebook groups. However, there was also an objection raised by Mr. Sid Pat. Please find his objections below. I have made it the in the form of dialogue for easy understanding of his arguments on certain points. Regards, Hrushikesh (A Dust particle in your creation).

Swami Replied: I am not saying that accents are useless because the accents serve the purpose of pleasant musical hearing. Except for this one purpose, the accents have no significance since the sound energy of these accents is inert and incapable of doing any miracle. Even the ultrasonic sound energy having a higher frequency than the audible sound energy cannot do any miracles...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA: PART-3 (CHAPTER-16)
Posted on: 16/12/2018

Sixteenth Chapter–Datta Matasamanvaya Yogaḥ: God-Preacher Shri Datta spoke: 1) While preaching spiritual knowledge, one preacher gives a simile to explain a certain point for the sake of the receiver’s effective understanding. The disciple of another preacher, who has come later on, criticizes that simile, pointing at the inapplicable side of that simile. Whenever a simile is given, one should only take the applicable side of the simile. Otherwise, it brings misunderstanding and leads to confusions, differences, and quarrels...

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IS THERE ONE GOD OR MANY?
Posted on: 13/12/2018

Shri P.V.N.M. Sharma asked: Why are there different Gods in Hinduism whereas there is only one God in other religions in this world?

Swami replied: Hinduism, a micro-world that represents this macro-world. This is because, Hinduism itself is made of several sub-religions, which resemble the different religions in the world. This macro-world is one unit created by God. Within it, Hinduism is one sub-unit followed by some people. So, you cannot look at the world and Hinduism as separate units. After all, Hinduism, other religions and the whole world are created by only one single Entity called God.The original absolute God is unimaginable since He is beyond space and time. He constitutes the unimaginable domain. For the sake of understanding, it can be said that the unimaginable domain includes the unimaginable God and His unimaginable power...

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CASTE-SYSTEM: MANMADE OR GOD-MADE?
Posted on: 09/12/2018

Dr. K. V. Prasad (USA) asked: In the Gita, God Krishna said in the verse “Cāturvarṇyam...” that He is responsible for the caste system and yet, not responsible for it. What is the meaning of this mutual contradiction?

Swami replied: In this verse, the first two lines say “Originally, I have created the caste system based on qualities and deeds (Chaatuvarnyam...)”. The word ‘Srushtam’ indicates the stage at the very beginning of creation or srushti. The next two lines of this verse say “Even though I am responsible for this caste system, I am yet not responsible for it (Tasya kartaaramapi maam...)”. On careful analysis, we can resolve the mutual contradiction seen in this verse...

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GIVING UP MERIT AND SIN
Posted on: 08/12/2018

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! In the recent message given to Smt. Bindiya Chaudhry on December 1, 2018, You have said that greed which causes a person to earn money through corrupt means is sin and that deep analysis is very important in deciding what is sin and what is not sin. In support of this statement, You have quoted the verse from the Gītā “Buddhiyukto jahātīha”. This verse talks about giving up both merit and sin and join yoga since such yoga is skillful action. I am not sure how the verse fits in this context. My understanding of this verse is somewhat in the sense of “Sarvadharmān parityajya

Swami replied: You are correct in saying that ‘yoga’ is the main topic of this verse since the third line in this verse says that hence, one should associate with yoga (Tasmaat yogaaya …). In the first two lines, the verse says that a person who is associated with intelligence or analysis leaves both sin (paapam) and merit (punyam). Before leaving both good and bad deeds...

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FATE OF ENJOYERS OF SINFUL WEALTH
Posted on: 07/12/2018

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! With regard to the recent message given to Smt. Bindiya Chaudhry on December 1, 2018, You have stated that for sins done with intention, the direct doer of the sin, the employer of the direct doer, the promoter and the supporter; all share the fruit of the sin equally (kartā kārayitā caiva, prerakaścānumodakaḥ...). In this regard, I have the following questions for which I seek Your kind clarifications. Your servant. Nikhil.

Dr.Nikhil: Does anumodaka mean supporter or the enjoyer of the benefit?

Swami replied: Grammatically, you have every right to take the meaning of anumodaka in the sense of an enjoyer since the root verb mud’ means joy. But the word anumodaka means the supporter of a deed in the sense of appreciating the deed after it is performed. The words ‘anumodanam,’ ‘samarthanam’ or ‘sammatih’ have similar meaning and they convey the sense of supporting through acceptance, and through the expression of joy after the deed is performed...

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VEDIC ACCENTS DO NOT BRING ANY FRUIT
Posted on: 02/12/2018

Dr. C. Annapurna asked: Please clarify once again the topic of “Indrashatru” mentioned in Veda, which is referred by you in the recent messages.

Swami Replied: The Vedic scholars of the Puurvamiimaamsa  philosophy lay a lot of emphasis on the recitation of the Veda with the correct accents, even if the meaning of the Veda is not understood. They say “Yathendrashatruh svaratoparaadhaat”, which means that the demon, Vrutra, was killed because of the wrong accent used in the recitation of the Veda. Vruta had forced the sages to perform a ritual worship for gaining victory over Indra...

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UNINTENTIONAL SINS AND SUFFERING IN LIFE
Posted on: 01/12/2018

Smt. Bindiya Chaudhry asked: I am Parikshit's wife who already is a devotee of Swamiji and I too am one. There is a question that is boggling me. First shat shat pranam to the all mighty Swami Dattatreya the unimaginable God. Some sins are obvious like killing someone or hurting, but how do we save ourselves from committing non obvious sins that lead to our sufferings? Can one live a human life without committing sins? If sins are unintentional how do we avoid their repeat in future? I am currently suffering from a deep problem and am asking Swamiji for forgiveness for my sins. Is forgiveness possible in the same human birth?- Bindiya Chaudhry w/o. Shri Pariikshit, Lawyer, Delhi.

Swami replied: Sins done unintentionally, like accidentally stepping on and killing ants while walking on the road, do not yield punishments. When the intention is absent, the person is not directing the work towards sin, and so the fruit of sin also does not arise (Jnaanaagnidagdhakarmaanam, PadmapatramivaambhasaaGita). The inert energy needed for doing any work is supplied by God and it is never linked with the fruit since it is inert. It cannot have any intention...

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IF SOULS ARE GOD’S INERT INSTRUMENTS, DOES IT NOT VIOLATE THEIR FREEDOM AND MAKE IT UNFAIR TO PUNISH SOULS FOR THEIR SINS?
Posted on: 30/11/2018

Shri Krishnaraj.V.S wrote: Dear Sir, With reference to the above message, i would like to seek clarification for the following: The reply by Swami is, Quote “The real Speaker is God Datta alone. The audience has awareness just like the Speaker. The only inert or ignorant instrument in between God Datta and His live audience is Myself, who lacks even a trace of knowledge.”Unquote Most spiritual books and gurus say on similar lines that man should consider himself as an instrument of God. The above logic raised a question for which I could not get a convincing answer. The question is, if man should only be an instrument, then what is the purpose of his creation...

Swami replied: The source of your question is the confusion between Nivrutti (divine life) and Pravrutti (worldly life). The statement given by Me is related to Nivrutti and not to Pravrutti. Freedom is given to all human souls, who are responsible for freely choosing to perform good deeds

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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEE'S QUESTIONS
Posted on: 24/11/2018

Shri Sriraag asked: Namaste Swamiji, I have been following some sadhana for few years now with a resultant experience of ananda. My mind has been vacillating with the desire to follow brahmacharya throughout my life (I am 23 years old now). While I have to admit that I have failed in keeping up this ideal in the past year, I wish to regain my purity somehow and keep my mind on the Divine throughout my life. Kindly give your guidance regarding effective means of maintain brahmacharya and not getting distracted on the path to God. Deepest gratitude for answering our questions. Pranaam. Sriraag...

Swami replied: Sage Narada asked God Brahma “Who is the unshaken celibate (Brahmachaarii) in this world?”. God Brahma replied that Shri Krishna is such a celibate. How is this possible, when Krishna had married one thousand six hundred princesses? A Brahmachaarii is commonly understood to be a celibate...

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MESSAGE ON THE AUSPICIOUS BIRTHDAY OF BHAGVAAN SHRI SATYA SAI BABA
Posted on: 23/11/2018

Parabrahma Samaarambhaam,

Shrii Dattatreya Madhyamaam,

Shrii Satya Sai Paryantaam,

Vande Guru Paramparaam.

God, being beyond space, is unimaginable. Just after the creation of space or subtle energy, He expressed Himself as the First Energetic Incarnation, which is known as Datta, Eshvara or Father of heaven. He incarnated in a form so that the souls, who were to be created later, could grasp Him. The three potencies of God namely, creation, maintenance and destruction of the world are expressed in the form of the three Divine Personalities namely, God Brahmā, God Vishnu and God Shiva respectively...

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CORRELATING SCIENTIFICALLY-DOCUMENTED SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA
Posted on: 20/11/2018

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! Given below is a discussion regarding the systematic observations recorded by researchers working in the field of rebirth, near-death experiences, and some supernatural phenomena. These researchers are trying to convince the rest of the scientific community that such phenomena are genuine and that there is a need to revise our world-view in order to accommodate these phenomena. However, the scientists are not yet able to correlate their observations and come up with an overall theory that brings meaning to life and shows direction to humanity. Also, some of the tentative conclusions...

Swami replied: A number of cases of rebirth have been reported are still being reported all over the world. I have even seen two to three page long reports of such incidents published in English newspapers. The instances clearly establish the concept of rebirth. Human beings born in faraway places speak of intricate details of their previous birth, which on verification, are found to be exactly correct. It would be better for you to find that report because reading the detailed report...

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