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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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IS A PREGNANT WOMAN A TWO-SOUL SYSTEM?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Smt. Bindiya: When does a soul enter the baby who is in mother’s womb? Does it enter after birth or before its birth? If the soul enters before birth, it means two souls exist in the single body of the mother. How does the baby’s soul affect mother’s soul?

Swami replied: Some say that the soul of the baby enters mother’s womb in third month of pregnancy and some say it enters in the fifth month through the food grains consumed by the mother. Sage Vyaasa says in the Brahma Sutras...

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IS DOING PUJA EVERYDAY AT HOME COMPULSORY?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya: If a person has prayed to God that the person will donate his or her hair to God at a holy temple after successfully overcoming a certain situation, can the person skip the donation of hair in that temple and instead donate it to any cancer foundation with inner devotion to God? After knowing the truth that God resides in the Human Incarnation, is doing puja everyday at home compulsory?

Swami replied: Donation for some useful purpose such as to the poor or to sick people in need is always a better idea. It is more valid than donating to a temple in which our donation may or may not be used...

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SANCHITA, PRARABDHA AND AGAMI FORMS OF KARMA
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Shri Manikanta asked: Could you kindly elaborate upon the sanchita, prarabdha and agami forms of karma?

Swami replied: All the three types of karma are based on the constant ratio of the three fundamental qualities namely, sattvam, rajas and tamas in a particular soul. Sattvam is the good quality of knowledge. Rajas is the bad quality of ego and tamas is the bad quality of ignorance and rigidity. When the soul reaches the upper worlds for enjoying the fruits of its good and bad deeds...

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IF AN ANIMAL IS A CONDEMNED SOUL, HOW COULD THERE BE ANIMALS AT THE BEGINNING OF CREATION, WHEN THERE WERE NO SINNERS?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Were all the fourteen lokas created simultaneously or were they created later on like the Goloka, according to the need? The Goloka was created only after the Gopikas passed the tests of God and was not there in the beginning. Did animals and humans come into existence at the same time? During the initial days of creation, assuming that all human beings had the knowledge given by God, there must have been no necessity of hell and heaven. Animals are supposed to be condemned souls. They can be condemned only after doing sins in their human births. But during the initial days of creation, nobody had the freedom to do sins. Hence, there should not be any animal existing at that time.

Swami replied: The fundamental point is that there is a subtle difference between a human being and a robot. In the first age after creation called the Kruta Age, human beings did not have the freedom to commit sins. But they still had some little marginal...

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KRISHNA'S BEHAVIOR TOWARDS THE GOPIKAAS: AN IDEAL FOR SOCIETY?
Posted on: 12/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: The Gopikaas were married women and yet they loved Krishna as their Lover. As per pravrutti, the path of worldly justice, relationships outside of the marriage are considered to be sins and are punishable in hell. Will the relationship between the Gopikaas and Krishna not spoil the public and prevent them from following the path of pravrutti?

Swami Replied: Krishna Himself said in the Gita that ordinary people follow the actions of a great person (Yadyadaacharati...—Gita). He also said that illegitimate sex and greed are the greatest sins (kaamah Krodhah tathaa lobhah …—Gita). So, illegitimate sex and theft are indeed the biggest sins. Krishna was the greatest Person because He was God who had incarnated in human form. Then why did He steal butter from others’ houses even though He had plenty of butter in His own house? Perhaps He might have stolen in an emergency situation since stealing to save oneself from dying of starvation is justified (aaptadharma)...

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HOW COULD THE GOPIKAAS RECOGNIZE KRISHNA?
Posted on: 11/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: Gopikaas were totally uneducated villagers. How did they recognize Krishna as the contemporary Human Incarnation, when recognizing the Incarnation is very difficult even for great scholars?

Swami replied: Ego and the fascination for one’s worldly bonds are the main hurdles in recognizing the contemporary Human Incarnation. Males experience repulsion from a male Human Incarnation due to their gender-ego. But the Gopikaas, being females, were free of this ego. Scholars have the ego of knowledge. They experience repulsion from the Human Incarnation since He preaches spiritual knowledge. The Gopikaas were uneducated and illiterate and so were free of the ego of knowledge. People born in the so-called upper castes have the ego of their caste...

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INCOMPETENCE TO DO GOD’S WORK
Posted on: 07/06/2019

Shri Phani asked: I feel that I am incompetent to do God’s work. Please advise.

Swami replied: The doctor gives an antibiotic tablet to cure the patient’s fever. But the medicine has side-effects such as constipation, hyperacidity and weakness since the medicine not only kills bacteria but it also damages some healthy tissues. Hence, along with the antibiotic, some antacid to control hyperacidity and some vitamin B-complex for overcoming weakness are also given to the patient. The antibiotic will not work to cure the hyperacidity and the antacid will not work to cure the fever. Similarly, feeling incompetent works to eradicate the ego. But this feeling has a side-effect and it is to reduce the person’s enthusiasm to work for God. To overcome this side-effect, another medicine must also be given...

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REMOVING SELFISHNESS: SELF ANALYSIS AND DEVOTION
Posted on: 26/05/2019

Shri Kishore Ram asked: You have said that when ‘I’ is crossed the selfishness being related to the self (‘I’) also vanishes. You have further said that ‘I’ vanishes whenever one is attracted to God. This brings a temporary relief from the selfishness. How to get rid off selfishness forever?

Swami replied: As long as ‘I’ exists, selfishness also exists just like the property of heat exists as long as the fire exists. The root source of selfishness is the I-thought or one’s self-identity. It means that one must try to keep oneself in the state of being attracted to God at all times. It is the only way to be relieved of selfishness forever. A doubt arises at this point that if a devotee is always immersed in God, how can the devotee perform his or her necessary worldly duties? The answer to this question is found in the Gita. God says that in the case of such a devotee, who is always immersed in God, God Himself takes up the worldly responsibilities as well as the spiritual responsibilities of that devotee...

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IS SERVING GOD UNFAIR TO ONE’S FAMILY?
Posted on: 25/05/2019

Shri Hrushikesh asked: When a devoted soul is dedicated to God and is involved in practical service and sacrifice to God, the family members of the devotee suffer. Is it justified on the part of the devotee to let his family suffer as a result of his devotion?

Swami replied: Certainly, I tell you, it is not merely justified but it is more than justified! Shankara, even though He was the only son of His mother, left her in her old age in order to serve God. His old mother lived alone in a hut far from the village and she did not even have the cooperation of her relatives. If you see these circumstances, you will say that Shankara’s action was not mere injustice, but it was more than injustice! The old mother, who had no attendant, suffered a lot at the fag end of her life. But just before her death...

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HOW CAN THE CRAVINGS OF THE SOUL BE IDENTIFIED?
Posted on: 23/05/2019

Shri Hrushikesh Pudipeddi brought the following question to the attention of Swami. The question was posed by a devotee on an online forum after the devotee read one of Swami’s discourses related to Advaita. The devotee asked “How can one know that the soul wants something? How can one identify if it is the craving of the soul?”

Swami replied: The correct term to be used when referring to the awareness present in a particular human being is the ‘individual soul’. The term ‘soul’ refers to the inert energy that is required to generate the awareness (individual soul) in the person’s functioning nervous system. The inert energy...

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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PEOPLE GATHERED FOR WORSHIP TO GET KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS?
Posted on: 23/05/2019

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! In the recent terrorist attacks, many people who had gathered for worship were killed. Some people are questioning why God allows such killings to take place in a place of worship. They are asking if God was sleeping while these people were being killed. Even if the killing were inevitable, God could have easily made it happen in some other place so that this blame would not come on God. At Your Divine Feet, Anil.

Swami replied: The time and place of punishment is decided by God Himself. God Himself is punishing the sinners by killing them. Krishna Himself killed several sinners and He also got several sinners killed. Prophet Mohammad also killed several sinners, who were creating violence by propagating the multiplicity of God. Of course, sometimes, even God gets killed by sinners! Jesus, Shankara, Daynanda Sarasvati etc., were Human Incarnations of God, who were killed in this manner. All these incidents have their own hidden backgrounds...

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