Q&A: Philosophy

1. What is the difference between Brahman and Isvara? Who is Datta?

2. What is the goal of the three Acharyas? Is it Brahman or Isvara?

3. In explaining Creation, Maya, which has its source in the Nirguna Brahman, is the cause of Creation. Brahman, which is beyond the three gunas or attributes, gives rise to the Maya which has attributes. How can the Brahman give rise to something that is unlike Itself? Pure water alone can come out of pure water and not mud?

4. What do you mean by vairagyam, sayujyam and kaivalyam?

5. What is the use of Advaita in the practical spiritual effort?

6. Sankara says that this world, which is like a dream, is not true. Ramanuja says that even the Dream is true. How do you correlate these two?

7. What is realization of self-knowledge (Atma jnana)? Is it not the complete salvation and achievement of Lord?

8. "Brahma vit brahmaiva bhavati" means that He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman. However you say that the meaning of this is that Brahman alone knows Brahman. What Could you please resolve this difference?

9. People say that the characteristic of the spiritual path is peace. Is it correct?

10. Every religion says that if you don't worship their God, you will go to hell. Then how can one satisfy all religions?

11. You say that the same Lord revealed the same knowledge in the entire world in different languages. Yet Islam and Christianity say that there is no rebirth. Hinduism speaks about the rebirth. If the Lord is same, how can there be such a contradiction?

12. Christianity says that there is no rebirth but Hinduism asserts that there is rebirth. Could you please explain this?

13. You are saying that the soul will enter the births of animals and birds if it does not attain the Brahmaloka in this human birth. Can you please explain this more clearly?

14. The Guru must always encourage the disciple. Your preaching of karmaphala tyaga discourages us. Further you state that this is the only human birth. This is discouraging us more and more. Can't you encourage us?

15. Why did the Lord create sin in the first place? Had He not created sin, humans would have been permanently happy in this world?

16. Doing good deeds continuously is not boring. A tiger kills a deer due to its hunger and it cannot be a sin. How do you justify this in the above answer?

17. People say that it is the sin of their previous birth whenever they are in trouble. Some other people say that it is the will of the Lord. Can you explain both these opinions?

18. If everything in Creation goes according to the will of the Lord, who is the Absolute Controller, then there is no independence for any human being. In such a case the human being should not have to bear the fruits of his actions. In other words, why should he be punished for actions that were not under his control but were the Will of God?

19. Some people say that they are suffering in this birth due to their past deeds. Can you explain this in the light of the theory of karma (karma siddhanta)?

20. In the world we often find that theists are suffering while atheists are happy. How can you then justify that God exists?

21. We hate the bad and appreciate the good. In such case why did God create the bad at all?

22. The recent tsunami killed even people praying in a temple. If such is the case, then there is no need to pray to God. There is no God. Why should I pray?

23. Why do some people who are really very good suffer? If they were sinners in their previous births how are they are so nice in their present birth? My child is weak in a subject. Can you solve this problem?

24. What do you mean by triputi?

25. Sacrifice is supposed to please God. When we sacrifice we are unhappy and the Lord is happy. Is it not sadistic on the part of the Lord?

26. On one hand scriptures preach the prayers by words and on the other hand the scriptures advise silence (maunam). On the one hand scriptures preach devotion which is mental expression. On the other hand the scripture preaches the control of mind without any expression. How do you correlate these opposite concepts in sadhana (spiritual effort)?

27. What are the broad types of human beings in this world and how does God deal with them?

28. Majority of people will oppose the spiritual path preached by you. Only one in thousands can accept your path. Should you not be universal and preach a path that is acceptable to all?

29. Why are people are reluctant to follow your preaching, although it is the truth?

30. What do the idols of the Lord and of the Divine Mother in the temple indicate?

31. Where do all the deities (devas) exist?

32. Why is Lord Datta becoming famous nowadays?

33. Why are the tests of Datta so severe?

34. Can you kindly give a message on Sri Ramanuja Jayanti (25-04-2004)?

35. How can you correlate astrology and the theory of karma?

36. Why do people think generally think about spirituality only in their old age only?

37. Is it true that a samnyasi (renunciant) alone can get the salvation?

38. What do you mean by meditation (dhyanam)?

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