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WHY DO SOME PEOPLE NOT GET MARRIED AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THEIR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Posted on: 30/05/2020

[Mrs. Lakshmi asked: Dear Sir, I have a question regarding marriage in the modern age. Why are some people not able to get married and how does it impact their purpose in life? Thank you in advance. Lakshmi.]

Swami replied: People do not understand the divine background of marriage and feel that marriage is only a worldly affair, having no connection with spirituality. Marriage has a very important connection with spirituality. The Veda says that one should get married (Prajātantuṃ mā vyavacchetsīḥ…) so that the next generation will be born...

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SINCE THE COW IS SACRED, DOES SERVING COWS LEAD TO ANY SPIRITUAL PROGRESS?
Posted on: 30/05/2020

[Shri Yogendra asked: Pranam, Shri Datta Swami! I would like to see You. Some people say serving cows, which are sacred (goseva) does not lead to any spiritual progress. Others say that all gods and godesses shower blessings on the person who serves cows. What is the truth? Yogendra.]

Swami replied: Among animals, the cow is regarded as the most non-violent and soft-natured animal. It represents all soft-natured animals. One should serve all soft-natured animals and birds. Similarly, among human beings, a brāhmaṇa is the most soft-natured. A brāhmaṇa does not mean a person born in the brahmin caste...

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WHY DID GOD NOT CREATE THE FEELING THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AMONG HUMANS?
Posted on: 30/05/2020

[Shri Surendra asked (through Shri Balaji): The following question is there in my mind for a long time. I tried searching for an answer on my own, but I could not get a satisfactory answer. Religions have been the biggest reason of genocide, and killing, for thousands of years (even more, for sure). As we know, God alone created the whole world. He also created human beings having all the sūkṣma bhāvas or feelings like mercy, love, hate, anger, greed, jealousy etc. Please clarify why God did not add an additional bhāva or feeling in the human being that there is only one God? Why was this ‘one God-feeling’ not inbuilt in humans? It would have solved the biggest problem facing mankind today!]

Swami replied: You have agreed that God created feelings like mercy and love in human beings. Then why are so many people not following mercy and love? Why can those feelings...

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WHEN SOME IMMORTAL INCARNATIONS ALREADY EXIST IN THE WORLD, WHY IS THERE INJUSTICE AND WHY DOES GOD NEED TO INCARNATE REPEATEDLY?
Posted on: 30/05/2020

[Shri Surendra asked (through Shri Balaji): As stated even in the Bhagavad Gita, whenever sin increases in world, Bhagavān (God) descends on Earth in the form of Incarnations (Avatāras) to restore the balance. After accomplishing the divine mission, God returns to His divine abode. But Bhagavān Paraṣurāma Avatāra never went back to the divine abode, Vaikuṇṭha. It is said that He will remain on Earth until the end of the Kali Yuga. So, the question is, when Bhagavān Paraṣūrāma is already present on earth, why is injustice (adharma) still rising in the world. Also, why is there the need for other Incarnations of God? Not only Paraṣurāma, but also Lord Hanumān is an Incarnation and He is immortal (cirañjīvī). Then, why is injustice still on the rise?]

Swami replied: Even if we assume that Paraṣurāma and Hanumān are not present in the world today, God is effectively present everywhere in the world. God is not physically omnipresent in creation...

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WORLDLY LOVE AND DIVINE LOVE
Posted on: 17/05/2020

[Given below is a conversation between Shri Bharat Krishna and Swami on the topic of love for human beings and the love for God.]

Shri Bharat: Namaskaram Swami! I have a few questions for which I would like to know the answers. I do not know if they are important questions. If you feel that knowing the answers to any of them is not useful or are unnecessary for me, please ignore such questions. Swami, there are many ways a human being enjoys his life. We enjoy love. We also enjoy pride and ego for possessing...

Swami: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Love is a feeling, which is a vibration of the mind. Mind and body are inter-related. Hence, a feeling received from outside generates a biological change involving the action of hormones. Conversely, hormonal changes in our body’s biology also introduces feelings into the mind...

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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEES' QUESTIONS
Posted on: 09/05/2020

Smt. Latha asked: Namaskaram Swamiji! Two things happened to me in the past three days that I am not able to understand. I request you to clear my confusion. Three days ago, before dawn, I saw a person wearing a white dress in my dream. I felt as if Sai Baba was telling me that lots of money is going to pour from the nairuthu (south-west). Next, usually, I do not sleep during the day, but yesterday, I was feeling sleepy at about 10 o’ clock in the morning. A few minutes after lying in bed, I could not...

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HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR IMMUNITY THROUGH AYURVEDA?
Posted on: 05/05/2020

Tinku K asked: Jai Guru Datta, Guruji! I have heard from experts that if a person has a good immune system, the chance of such a person getting infected by the coronavirus is very low. Guruji, could You please suggest to us how we could improve our immune system through different foods, as per Ayurveda?

Swami replied: Whatever was suggested in Ayurveda is also suggested by modern medical science. Both medical systems analyze the effects of food on the body. Patients who have high blood sugar should avoid carbohydrates...

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WHAT IS MEANT BY AADHIBHAUTIKA, AADHIDAIVIKA AND AADHYAATMIKA?
Posted on: 05/05/2020

[A question by Shri Phani] Swami replied: In the Gita, it is said that adhibhūta is that which is non-eternal (Adhibhūtam kṣaro bhāvaḥ), adhidaiva is the Lord (Īśvara) (Puruṣaścādhi daivatam) and adhyātma is the natural tendency of the soul (Svabhāvodhyātmam ucyate). This means that adhibhūta is the entire lot of items within creation, which are studied by science and which are governed by scientific laws. Adhidaiva means the administration of the Lord (Īśvara), who is the first Energetic Incarnation...

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WHEN SHANKARA, RAMANUJA AND MADHVA ARE THE INCARNATIONS OF THE SAME GOD DATTATREYA, WHY DID THEY PROPAGATE DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHIES?
Posted on: 05/05/2020

[A question by Shri B. N. Sastry] Swami replied: Even though the three preachers are one and the same God Dattātreya, the difference in their philosophies is due to the difference in the levels of the receivers of their knowledge in their respective times. Śaṅkara incarnated in an atmosphere of atheism. Atheists belonging to the Buddhist or the Pūrva Mīmāmsā philosophies dominated India in His time. Atheists are not even willing to listen to even a single word from you if you say that a God other than themselves exists. So, Śaṅkara told the atheist that the atheist himself is already God and since he exists, God must exist. With this, He made the atheist...

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IS IT SIN TO DIVORCE ONE'S PARTNER?
Posted on: 04/05/2020

Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! I have a question regarding staying married when a couple feels the marriage is already broken. Should the couple stay married for the sake of their children, even though there is no trust, barely any respect towards each other, no healthy means of resolving conflicts and the spouse’s lack of ambition, laziness, inconsistency...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! One should get married only after perfectly studying and analyzing the qualities of the would-be life-partner. One must inquire about the nature of the person from his or her relatives and friends. Generally, the qualities and attitudes of the person...

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MARRIAGE, SEX AND JUSTICE IN MODERN TIMES
Posted on: 27/04/2020

[Tinku K. asked: Jai Guru Datta! Social customs related to marriage and sex have a close relation with dharma (justice). These customs have changed drastically in recent times. I have heard that in olden days, everyone used to get married around 12–15 years of age. So they had legitimate sex with their life-partner and remained satisified. But nowadays, everyone is getting married much later, between 28–35 years. It increases the pressure to have illegitimate sex, which is adharma (against the divine law). Also films, internet and even our friends, draw our senses to lust and sex. Western culture has influenced society very strongly and according to it, everything including multiple love affairs and illegitimate sex are...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! In olden days, marriage was done with the main aim of having children, which pleases one’s departed ancestors (pitṛ devatās). Producing children is part of God’s mission of continuing the human race from one generation to the other. The aim of marriage was...

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DOES HINDUISM HAVE THE CONCEPT OF HEAVEN AND HELL?
Posted on: 25/04/2020

Shri Durgaprasad asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Following is a comment made by a person about hell and heaven in a Facebook discussion forum. Could You kindly enlighten us more on this?

[The Facebook user wrote: My opinion on whether there is the concept of hell or heaven in Sanātana Dharma (Hinduism) is that we have not any such concept. None of our scriptures suggest it. Because after you die, your soul will leave the body and concept of hell or heaven is for the soul. Now read our Bhagavad Gita. In Chapter-2, Text 22, it is said that as a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones. Even more importantly, it is said in Chapter-2 Text 23, that the soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! It is important to distinguish between two terms namely, soul, which is called ātman and the individual soul, which is called jīva. The soul (ātman) is basically the inert energy in the nervous system that gets converted into awareness, while the individual soul (jīva) is the awareness. Gold is the soul and a golden chain is the individual soul. All the description...

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL IGNORANCE WITH REGARD TO MAAYAA AND AVIDYAA?
Posted on: 25/04/2020

Dr. K. V. Prasad asked (via telephone): I have read Your explanation about māyā and avidyā. Can you please explain more about theoretical and practical ignorance in the light of these two?

Swami replied (via telephone): Māyā is totally related to God (Māyāvacchinna Īśvara) and avidyā is totally related to the individual soul (Avidyāvacchinno jīva). In both of them, the truth is hidden and falsehood is experienced. In both, there is theoretical ignorance (Ajñāna āvaraṇam) as well as practical ignorance (Ajñāna vikṣepa). In both, the theoretical ignorance can be removed through knowledge and analysis. In the case of māyā...

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WILL SWAMI ANSWER MY QUESTIONS HIMSELF?
Posted on: 23/04/2020

Shri Vamsi asked: Parama Pujya Swamivaru! It was too tempting when I read that my email would be answered by You Yourself! I could not hold myself from sending this email. I am a spiritual aspirant following the path of kriyā yoga of Paramahamsa Yogananda Swamiji. It is a great privilege to be born in the same time as You and to be writing to You like this. I just wanted to convey my deepest regards and respects to You and seek Your divine blessings for a successful sādhanā that I am currently struggling with. Jai Gurudeva! With most sincere and humble respects, and sāṣṭāṅga namaskārams at your lotus feet. Vamsi, Hyderabad.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Can you send Me the details of your understanding of kriyā yoga? Kriyā yoga is nothing but the practical service done for God. Kriyā is an alternative word for karma. In kriyā yoga or karma yoga...

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CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS RELATED TO EDUCATION, CAREER, HAPPINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND EMOTIONAL BALANCE?
Posted on: 23/04/2020

Shri Mittapalli Bharath asked: I have numerous questions but there are no answers for them. In my whole education, I did not see a guru who could find some uniqueness in me. I want a guru who can find something special in me. I searched for such a guru, but I could not find one. Finally, I started reading and listening to the Bhagavad Gita daily. Then alone could I find my Guru. He is Lord Krishna, who helped me find my inner thoughts...

Swami replied: First of all, you must build the foundation for the house. Education is the foundation and the house consists of your worldly life and spiritual life. Worldly life is the ground floor of the house. Spiritual knowledge is the first floor that is built on top of the ground floor. You must first complete your professional education, find a job and get married to the girl chosen by you, with guidance from your parents. Then, you would have built the foundation...

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ARE THE PRESENT PLANETARY POSITIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
Posted on: 23/04/2020

Tinku K. asked: Jai Guru Datta, Guruji! I read an online post by an astrologer which is as follows: “This is not the right time to do astrology, as the whole world is suffering. But here are some points. On 5th November, Jupiter entered Sagittarius and Ketu was already there. Ketu represents viruses and epidemics and Jupiter represents expansion (or spread). From Sagitarius, Jupiter aspected Gemini, where Rahu is already present. Rahu also represents epidemics. Gemini represents...

Swami replied: You should have raised this doubt to the astrologer who made that prediction. How many times have such combinations of Ketu, Śani (Saturn) and Guru (Jupiter) not happened before? Rahu and Ketu are derived from a demon and are always responsible for such viruses. But Śani is the son of the Sun-god, who is praised to be the Sadguru...

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COULD YOU PLEASE INTERPRET MY VISION OF LORD RAMA?
Posted on: 19/04/2020

Shri Martin Evind asked: Dear Shri Datta Swami! Pranams. Some years ago, I was sitting in meditation and I had a powerful experience. Suddenly, I was looking at a large Indian classical painting on a wall. The painting was of a residential compound in India. A wall surrounded the compound with buildings. Then the painting opened up and became actual reality...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Dreams and visions (day-dreams) are of two types: (1) Messages given by God and (2) Our strong thoughts arising from our experiences in this world, in the present life or in previous lives. We have to analyse the dreams or visions so that we can find out whether it is God who is giving us a message or whether they are merely some strongly-impressed worldly thoughts...

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ARE EGGS VEGETARIAN OR NON-VEGETARIAN?
Posted on: 19/04/2020

Tinku K. asked: Most doctors recommend eating eggs because they contain proteins. Some people are even saying that eggs are not non-vegetarian, but vegetarian. Guruji, please tell me whether eggs are a vegetarian food or a non-vegetarian food.

Swami replied: As regards proteins, they are available...

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DOES THE SHRI SATYANAARAAYANA VRATAM MEAN BEING TRUTHFUL IN WORD AND DEED?
Posted on: 19/04/2020

Tinku K. asked: One scholar said that Gandhiji followed satyavrata or the vow of truthfulness like king Satya Harishchandra. You have explained in one discourse that Shri Sathya Sai Baba performed a drama in His childhood days called "Cheppindi Chestara", which means being truthful, not only in what you say, but also in what you do. Is this principle of being truthful in both word and deed, the real meaning of the Śrī Satyanārāyaṇa Swami vratam?

Swami replied: Vratam is the worship of God. The word Satyanārāyaṇa actually means the source or embodiment of true knowledge (Satyasya nārasya jñānasya ayanaṃ yaḥ). It actually means the divine preacher who is preaching the true spiritual knowledge to you. Nārāyaṇa or Viṣṇu stands for the quality of sattvam...

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IS THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN NOT SIMILAR TO THE IMPRISONMENT OF VASUDEVA AND DEVAKI?
Posted on: 19/04/2020

Tinku K. asked: Gurudeva! In this coronavirus lockdown situation, staying at home for the past 14 days, without going outside, I feel like I am in jail. Please explain the story of Devakī and Vasudeva, the parents of Lord Krishna and Balarāma, who lived in jail for years, waiting for their children to free them. How did they manage to live in jail for so many years? Your answer will be an inspiration for so many people!

Swami replied: Vasudeva and Devakī were actually blessed by God to live in jail...

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