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KNOWLEDGE MUST BE FOLLOWED
Posted on: 21/04/2011

There is similarity and difference between Shri Rama and Shri Satya Sai Baba in their programs. The similarity is that both came down to establish the correct behavior of human beings in the world (Pravrutti). The difference is that in the time of Shri Rama, there were very few souls, who were to be punished with death since the transformation was not possible. Vali and Ravana were such special cases. In the present time, every human being is like Vali or Ravana to some extent and there is a possibility of cure by preaching like a patient by medicine...

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NO SUFFERING FOR THE HUMAN INCARNATION
Posted on: 20/04/2011

A pseudo-scientist will present irrelevant arguments like the inability of Shri Satya Sai Baba to cure His own health, who performed several miracles and cured the illness of several devotees. By this, he wants to establish that all the miracles performed by Baba were not genuine. He wants us to realize the truth about His miracles. Actually, he should realize the truth in the silence of Baba to cure His illness. Baba wants us to understand that the soul is...

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SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE ALONE CHANGES SOCIETY
Posted on: 12/04/2011

[Message on Shri Rama Navami] Festivals have become the occasional days of enjoying special food items. Holidays are given on these festivals so that you will allot the time to think about the significance of these festivals and change yourself to some extent at least. If this aspect is not served, there is no use of the holiday. Today is Shri Rama Navami, on which, Lord Rama was born, who was the human incarnation of God. The next human incarnation was Krishna, who was meant for spiritual path...

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SOUL IS NOT THE CREATOR
Posted on: 09/04/2011

God gave the ability of creating robot, a duplicate human being, to the humanity to show that a human being is a created item only. The human being includes the soul, which is a special work form of inert energy. The inert energy was created by God as the first item in the beginning of the creation. This inert energy is manifested in several forms like light, heat, electricity, magnetism and various work forms. The work forms become different since the same inert energy works in different systems...

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IGNORANCE OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE CAUSES SIN
Posted on: 04/04/2011

[Message on Ugadi day] Generally, people greet others wishing a happy festival or wishing a happy birthday etc. We must analyze every word and action of us to find out the truth. The first question you have to put to yourself is “Are you, just a general soul, competent of wishing something good or bad for other souls?” You cannot wish anything good or bad even for yourself. Therefore, there is no use of cursing or wishing good for others. The good or bad in your case or in the case of others happens according to the results of the previous deeds...

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SCIENCE AND LOGIC APPLY TO CREATION
Posted on: 27/03/2011

There are two channels for the meaning of the word Atmajnanam. The first channel is to analyze the composition of self and human body, since the word Atman means the human body also. However, if you confine the meaning only to the self, it means only the analysis of self. The analysis of both the self and human body is done by science already. In fact, science revealed that soul is only nervous energy, which is the specific work form...

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WORLDLY BONDS WEAKEN THE ATTACHMENT TO GOD
Posted on: 27/03/2011

Unless you are relieved from the worldly bonds, you cannot be relieved from the tensions and also you cannot attach yourself to God completely. If you are attached to the worldly bonds, your attachment to God becomes impossible since the worldly bonds prevail over your bond to God. Generally, we pray God for the welfare of worldly bonds only. It means your bond to God is never stronger than the worldly bonds...

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PHILOSOPHY DEALS WITH THE CREATOR
Posted on: 22/03/2011

The application of root meaning (yoga) of a word can result in several items. For example, the word ‘Pankaja’ by root meaning means that which is born from mud. It can be a Lotus flower or a conch shell. But, the root meaning is fixed in one item only (rudha) as per the strength of general usage. Therefore, the word Pankaja means only Lotus flower by yoga as well as rudha. Such a word is called as yogarudha. Similarly, the word Atman means...

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MEANING OF ATMAN
Posted on: 18/03/2011

The word Atman not only means the self but also the body covering the self as per the Amarakosha, the standard dictionary in Sanskrit language. The word Atman is derived from the verb ‘atati’, which means that, which extends or grows or pervades. The body occupies some space and grows in course of time pervading some more space. The soul is a specific form of ordinary inert energy. Actually, it is a specific form of work involving transfer...

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PRACTICE ALONE YIELDS FRUIT
Posted on: 13/02/2011

People think that Philosophy is totally a theoretical subject. This is a total misunderstanding because Philosophy is totally a practical subject. Engineering, medicine etc., involve both theory and practicals, whereas history etc., involve only theory. Practice alone yields the fruit. Of course, theory is the mother of the practice. Theory is transformed into practice. Therefore, theory is the cause and practice is the effect. In between theory and practice, the power of transformation or inspiration is the devotion. Therefore, theory or knowledge (jnana yoga) is transformed...

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INNER MEANING OF SHRI CHAKRA
Posted on: 12/02/2011

People worship the yantras, which are the metallic plates containing the flow-sheet diagrams of certain important spiritual concepts preserved by the ancestors. Such diagrams on the metallic plates are not meant for worship. The real concepts should be understood with the help of a real spiritual preacher. Some letters (Bijaaksharas) used in such diagrams represent certain items like the letters a, b, c…x, y, z etc. used in the flow-sheet diagrams of science and engineering. I cannot imagine the climax of ignorance of these people, who worship...

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MEANING OF THE GAYATHRY MANTRA
Posted on: 07/02/2011

[Mr. Kevin Johnson (called as Dattaji) from Texas, USA sent a gift to Swami and asked Swami to bless him with a mantra. Given below is Shri Swami’s message for him.]

The word Mantra is made up of two verbs, 1) mananaat and 2) trayate. The first verb means that your mind must be continuously attracted towards a statement or a poem or a song that makes you repeat it again and again without any trace of effort. The second verb means that such a statement or poem or song must be related to God and hence, it gives you perfect protection from all corners, everywhere and everytime. Therefore, the definition of Mantra...

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TRANSFORMATION THROUGH KNOWLEDGE IS THE GREATEST
Posted on: 06/02/2011

[Mr Anil from Mumbai asked if even divine knowledge can be transferred to a devotee, if the devotee desires for it, just like the power to do a miracle is transferred to a desiring devotee. Shri Swami’s reply is given below.]

It is said that knowledge is power. Knowledge is the best form of the power. Knowledge always does the greatest miracle of transforming a person in the wrong path to a devotee in the right path. Such transformation is the greatest among all the miracles, if you realize the real value of a miracle. When God transfers the power of knowledge or other forms of powers to do other types of miracles, the ability of balancing...

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THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF SPIRITUAL EFFORT
Posted on: 30/01/2011

Be it worldly affair or be it spiritual affair, your goal is to please the Lord in human form only. The path is not important. Only the goal is important. The ultimate goal is to please God in human form. Hanuman pleased Rama in the worldly affair, which was the search of His wife and getting Her back finally from the demon. This was a worldly affair and also a personal affair of Rama. It was not connected to the welfare of the society also because Rama told that He would go back without killing Ravana, if His wife was returned. Thus, it was not only worldly affair...

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BASICS OF NIVRUTTI
Posted on: 18/01/2011

Human life is very important because human being alone can understand the spiritual knowledge and can become a devotee of God. Therefore, you must always save the life of a human being by giving food, clothing and shelter. You must always stop the starvation-death of a human being, be it theist or atheist. You must save the life of even an atheist because even the atheist may be converted into theist if the life is saved. After saving the life of the starving human being, you must concentrate on improving...

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MAINTAINING NIVRITTI AND PRAVRITTI SIMULTANEOUSLY
Posted on: 17/01/2011

[Surya asked Swami about the significance of simultaneous incarnations of God as Rama and Hanuman. Given below is Swami’s reply.]

Rama stands for pravritti, which is your behavior and service to your family life. Hanuman stands for your behavior and service to God, who is available as the contemporary human incarnation. Both the incarnations are simultaneous and separate. This means that you shall maintain pravritti and nivritt simultaneously and separately. Both need not clash since they are two separate sections. In this context, there are three types of people...

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THE INCARNATION SEVERELY TESTS DEVOTEES
Posted on: 16/01/2011

Knowing that you are not God is as important as recognizing the contemporary human incarnation. If you feel that you are also God, there is no use of catching the living human form of God. As a human being, you should follow the norms of the world and at the same time, you should serve the living human form of God after recognizing Him. The first part of your behavior towards world is called as pravritti and the simultaneous second part of your behavior towards the contemporary human incarnation is called as nivritti. To preach both these aspects to the human beings...

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STRESS ON THE CONTEMPORARY INCARNATION
Posted on: 15/01/2011

Today is Samkranti, which means transfer of Sun from south to north. Sun represents the intelligence, which is the basis of logical analysis. The Gayatri mantra also says that sun provokes the intelligence. The south represents the path of rituals, which involves the worship of representatives of energetic forms of God like statues or formless models of Vishnu, Shiva, etc. and the worship of statues of past human incarnations like Rama, Krishna, etc. In this path, the statues or some formless representatives are selected for worship because the spiritual aspirant...

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THE CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF OMNIPOTENCE
Posted on: 25/12/2010

[Christmas Message] The unimaginable God is omnipotent and can do anything that is impossible. But, He does not do a thing because it is not proper to do so. If He has not done a thing, it does not mean that He is incapable of doing that thing. A person has an axe and can cut anything with that axe. He cuts the tree only and not an innocent child with it. This does not mean that he is incapable of cutting the child. It is not proper to cut the innocent child and it is proper to cut the tree in the forest by which the livelihood can be earned. You should not use the omnipotence of God to support your improper philosophy. If you say that God did something...

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PRESENT STATE OF THE HINDU RELIGION
Posted on: 24/12/2010

Hindu religion is very fortunate that it is built up by ancient learned sages, who analyzed the philosophy to the climax and hence, every concept is enlightened by the radiance of deep spiritual knowledge. This point was true in the past when Sanskrit language was the mother tongue of everybody so that whenever the scripture, the Veda, in the form of Sanskrit hymns, was recited, everybody understood it clearly. By this, every ritual was a revision of the spiritual concepts. Thereby, the spiritual knowledge was strengthened repeatedly. But, today what is the position of this greatest religion? The Sanskrit hymns are recited in every ritual as usual. Neither the reader nor the audience, understand the meaning of the scripture..

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