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GOD NEVER BECOMES FULLY IGNORANT
Posted on: 03/12/2006

[Shri G. Lakshman asked about the state of the human incarnation while granting the boons to His deserving devotees. He wanted to know whether God is in the state of self-realization or in the state of ignorance.]

Swami replied: God will never become fully ignorant in spite of any effort. For the sake of entertainment and enjoyment God also needs the reality of the creation. When the reality of creation is felt the ignorance exists. Reality of the world is proportional to the extent of self-imposed ignorance on God. However, this self imposed ignorance cannot be complete because the sun can never become jet black. At the maximum, the Sun may look dim...

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MEERA'S IDOL WORSHIP
Posted on: 03/12/2006

Shri M.V.V.S. Prasad, a sincere devotee of Swami asked: Devotees like Meera sang songs and worshipped the statue of Krishna. Is it wrong to worship a statue by songs?

Swami replied: Except atheism, nothing is wrong, but everything has its own place of importance and time in the spiritual path. Taking a slate and pencil in L.K.G. class is not wrong but that is not the final step. What I say is that you should not sit in the L.K.G class through out your lifetime and waste the entire human life which is very very rare and we can say that the human rebirth is almost impossible except in the case of a few deserving devotees. Shankara condemned the rituals (karma marga) and established the divine knowledge (Jnana Yoga). But again He reinstated...

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DATTA JAYANTI MESSAGE - I
Posted on: 01/12/2006

Datta Jayanti consists of two words. The first word Datta means given or adopted son, who is not born to the parents who adopt him. Such son is born to some other parents and therefore, he will have the date of birth. The second word Jayanti means the date of birth. In the case of such son or any human being also, the birth refers to the body only and not to the soul. If this is the case of the human being, there is no need to say separately that in the case of incarnation also the God (Parabrahman) takes a body and the birth date belongs to the external body...

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KNOWLEDGE FROM GOD
Posted on: 20/11/2006

A few days back Phani developed a doubt in his mind like this: “Why did Swami tell that we should not ask anything from God? What is the reason? What is the harm if we ask Him as we ask our parents?” Phani was sealing all such questions thinking that He should not ask Swami anything about this topic. He simply took a decision that nothing should be asked from God including the reason for it. In the absence of correct reason, the wrong reason takes the place and appears as the correct reason. Sometimes he was thinking that asking the fulfillment of desire from God is in fact justified. Parents feel happy to fulfill the desires of their children...

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A GLIMPSE OF SOME ASPECTS OF SADHANA
Posted on: 20/11/2006

The husband of Smt. Padma Ram lost the Government job due to some inevitable circumstances. A long time passed away and Smt. Padmaram suffered a lot along with her family members. As a true follower of Swami, she never asked Swami to help in this worldly problem. During this time of difficulties her devotion developed very well. Recently her husband told her “You are a devotee of Swami, whom you claim as Datta. In such case, why are you in such serious problem? Your Datta should give me the job and the response should be seen with in a week”. Surprisingly within the week...

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GRADUAL PROGRESS WITH DIVINE KNOWLEDGE
Posted on: 19/11/2006

Shri Ramanath: O Swami, even in some foreign countries, a lot of corruption happens upto the topmost level. I feel that Indians alone need not be blamed for corruption.

Shri Swami: Suppose you are drinking one bottle of wine every day. I show a person who does not take even one drop of wine and then advise you not to drink. Then you will have some inspiration seeing that person and try to stop drinking. Your trial shall be in controlling your habbit of drinking and not to make a search of that person to see whether he drinks or not. If you have found him drinking ten bottles...

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EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS
Posted on: 19/11/2006

Sometimes we find a very young boy or girl to be outstanding in education. We appreciate for the exceptional God-given gift. On this point there are two angles of analysis. In one angle such exceptional caliber is appreciable because this present caliber in the Pravrutti (Materialism) will certainly continue in the Nivrutti (Spiritual effort) also in the future. A person who is active in worldly affairs is similar to a person, who is having exceptional speed in running. Unfortunately, he is running in the opposite direction. We have to simply turn him to the right direction. He will achieve the goal very fast...

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IMPACT OF THE LORD'S PREACHING
Posted on: 13/11/2006

The generation and propagation of the divine knowledge is not a waste. Certainly, all will not change. A few will partially change. One or two in this minority will change completely (Manushyanam…Gita). Majority remains as it is. They are always concentrating on the worldly bonds only. Their goal is money, family, comforts, fame etc., only. At the maximum they may attend some work shops to get relief from the stress because they are tired with the stress by the problems to attain their goals. For them work is worship. Their ultimate and utmost spiritual effort is only the participation...

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THE COMPLETE CONCEPT OF DETACHMENT
Posted on: 10/11/2006

Detachment from the world and attachment to one’s own self is also Nivrutti in relative sense. Nivrutti means simply detachment. The self is also a part of the world. Therefore, such detachment is from all the other items of the world. Thus, the self-attachment is not the complete detachment from the world since the self is also one of the items of the world. The real and absolute Nivrutti is from the entire world (creation) including the self. Buddhists established such total detachment from the world and ended in nothing (Shunyam). This is no doubt, the total detachment from the world...

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TYPES OF DEVOTION
Posted on: 09/11/2006

Devotion is of two types, conditional and unconditional. The former is bound by area and time. Within the limits of certain area only God is honored. If God crosses those limits, God is rejected. Therefore, for the devotee the limits of the area happen to be God, since those limits are ultimate for the devotee. God also follows the same rule and cannot help the devotee beyond those limits. In such case God follows the strict rules of the cycle of deeds (karma chakra) and acts according to justice and injustice. At the maximum, God may do some rearrangements like pre-poning of good fruits...

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GOD TAKES THE ROLES OF THE PRESIDING DEITIES OF DIFFERENT WORLDS
Posted on: 03/11/2006

The energetic forms like Vishnu, Shiva etc., are the presiding deities of the corresponding upper worlds. Similarly, the present alive human incarnation is the presiding deity of this earth in the corresponding human generation. The energetic forms are permanent and are the various forms of God, which correspond to the souls that entered those worlds. Thus, God exists simultaneously in various energetic forms in the upper world. In the human incarnation the human body...

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ESTABLISHING JUSTICE THROUGH SPIRITUALITY
Posted on: 01/11/2006

[Andhra Pradesh State Formation Day] What is the reason for India not developing compared to Christian and Islamic countries? The basic reason is only corruption that always hinders the development of the country, which is based on the public works like construction of dams etc. If you see the construction of dam by Mr. Arthur Cotton on Godavari River, there is no sign of damage even after 100 years. But if you see the public constructions like roads and dams done by Indians, their life time sometimes is only a few days! Does this mean that Arthur Cotton was not as intelligent as Indians...

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THE SECRET BEHIND LORD KRISHNA'S ROMANCE
Posted on: 21/10/2006

[One converted Christian from Hinduism (Shri Shastri), who is a Sanskrit scholar, visited Swami on this festival day. He told that he was attracted to Christianity by the spotless character of Jesus and was very much repelled by the bad character of Krishna regarding Gopikas. Swami replied him, which is given below as the divine message on Deepavali. After hearing the reply from Swami, which was spontaneous discourse, Shri Shastri bowed to the divine lotus feet of Swami with tears and went away silently.]

Reply of Swami: If you are converting your religion just for the sake of your liking to Jesus, there is no objection, because liking has no reason. But, if your conversion is based on repulsion to Krishna, I will not agree to it. Similarly, if a Christian is converted to become Hindu, due to liking on Krishna, I have no objection. But, his conversion should not be due to repulsion to Jesus...

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IMPORTANCE OF THE SPIRITUAL PREACHER
Posted on: 09/10/2006

[Smt. Uma Ramanath asked about the importance of spiritual preacher (Guru). Swami gave the following reply.]

A lecturer in Government College will teach you the syllabus and at the same time acts as the invigilator, valuer of the paper etc., and finally you are getting a valued degree from the college. Similarly, the Lord acting as Guru preaches the spiritual knowledge, guides you practically, tests your knowledge in practice and finally gives you the suitable divine fruit. A teacher conducting tuition home is just teaching you and is not connected to the examination...

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DUAL NATURE OF THE SOUL
Posted on: 09/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-8 Mr. Surya asked a question “You have said that the Lord told that awareness is born daily and perishes daily in the Gita. But, how come some people point out that in the same Gita, it is told that the soul is eternal?”]

Swami replied: There are two theories about the soul. In one theory, the soul is eternal. This is correct because if you take the soul (awareness) as inert energy in its basic form, energy is eternal. The eternality of the soul is proved in deep sleep since life continues due to the existence of inert energy as the heat in the human body. Due to this inert energy alone, all the systems in the human body function and the life is maintained in the body. Deep sleep indicates the co-functioning...

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SERVING THE LIVING INCARNATION IS THE HIGHEST
Posted on: 08/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-7] Today, Goddess Saraswati, who is always associated with Brahma, is worshipped. Saraswati is different from Brahma but is constantly associated with Brahma. Saraswati represents the special divine knowledge (Prajnanam) and Brahma represents God in human form. This means that the divine knowledge is separate and is an associated sign of God but can be treated as an inherent sign due to its constant association.

Any state in the spiritual path is to be appreciated relatively with respect to the lower step, but it is criticized relatively with respect to the higher step. You are encouraged by showing the lower steps, but you are inspired to become active by seeing the upper step. If you become lazy assuming that the step attained by you is final, the upper step is to be shown to you. If you are discouraged by seeing the higher steps, you are encouraged by showing lower steps...

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GOD'S ENTERTAINMENT IN THE RELATIVE REALITY
Posted on: 07/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-6] The continuous entertainment (Ananda) is possible only in the world when God exists in the relative reality. In the state of absolute reality, space also disappears and God alone remains. In this state, there is no question of any entertainment. If you take God into such a state of absolute reality, you are making God bored. There will be no necessity at anytime for God to cross space (Mula Maya) because God need not destroy this world completely and regenerate it. The show of the cinema is withdrawn but the film roll is never destroyed by any producer unless he is extremely mad. The dissolution of the world means only the closure of the show and the world in a subtle state remains protected...

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FROM BASIC NEEDS TO DEVOTION AND SERVICE
Posted on: 04/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-3] Today,the most important concept is to be analyzed. One will certainly reach heaven by doing social service, which is only a temporary place. One has to return to earth and again take the risk as per the Gita. But, the abode of God is permanent and if one attains this divine abode, one will not return in a normal human birth. Such a divine soul is liberated and comes to earth as a human incarnation along with the Lord. The same social service can be done as a secondary activity, keeping the preaching of spiritual knowledge and devotion as the primary activity. Such divine service includes the social service. But, the social service alone does not include the divine service...

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LIBERATED SOULS FORM GOD'S FAMILY
Posted on: 03/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-2] Yoga means attainment. Attainment is meaningful if you attain something other than yourself. After traveling some distance if you say that you have attained yourself, it is meaningless. Only when you attain the Superself (God), who is other than yourself, can you use the word Yoga. God in human form is attainable by your effort. Just as you have your family, God also has His limited family, which consists of a few liberated souls. For you, your family is more important than society, which consists of the general public. You maintain business with society but love with your family. God also behaves like you...

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MOST STRESSFUL TIME: DEATH AND AFTER
Posted on: 02/10/2006

[Message on Dasara, Day-1] Goddess Durga fought with the demon called Mahishasura for ten days and got victory on the tenth day. Durga means protection. This protection has very little significance as far as the problems in this world are concerned. People do not realize the insignificance of these worldly problems because they have not witnessed the greatest problem, which is faced at the time of the death before going to hell. Unfortunately, this greatest problem is visualized at the exact moment of death when the person is unable to even express his feelings on seeing the messengers from hell. A line appears small only when a bigger line is present next to it. If the soul could witness the last scene during this life time itself...

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