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HOW COULD KRISHNA HAVE HAD SEX WIH THE GOPIKAS AT THE AGE OF TWELVE?
Posted on: 18/11/2019

Krishna is said to have been about twelve years old when He danced with the Gopikās and had sex with them. How is this possible? In any case, Rāma is the best since He is not surrounded by such controversies. What do You say?

Swami replied: Everyone seems to be highly interested in the first twelve years of the life of Krishna. Based on it, they call Him a thief and a characterless person, even though we have clearly given the real explanation for His behaviour. His apparently negative behaviour was related to the path of nivṛtti, in which sages, who were highly advanced spiritually and had tried to attain God for millions of lives, were tested by Him through such behaviour. Why is nobody bothered about the rest of Krishna’s life of 113 years...

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WHY DO ELDERS DISCOURAGE YOUNGSTERS FROM FOLLOWING THE PATH OF PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY?
Posted on: 18/11/2019

Swami replied: When king Bali was prepared to do the practical sacrifice of donating three feet of land to Vāmana, his preacher Śukrācārya discouraged it. Śukrācārya said that even though Vāmana, the receiver of that donation, was the Human Incarnation of God Viṣṇu, He was deceiving Bali by asking for that donation. Bali neglected the advice and agreed to give the donation to Vāmana after analyzing as follows: “Vāmana is not a fraud Human Incarnation who has come to deceive me by asking for a donation. He is the real Human Incarnation, who has come to deceive me through the donation. We should not get deceived by false incarnations and false devotees, since charity done to such undeserving people is a sin. But in this case, God Himself has come to me in human form...

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IS IT RIGHT FOR CERTAIN SPIRITUAL PREACHERS TO GIVE UP THEIR CLOTHES AND APPEAR NAKED (AVADHūTA)?
Posted on: 18/11/2019

Swami replied: It is not correct at all. Giving up clothes while staying in society goes against justice. The term avadhūta does not mean removing the cloth that covers the body, but it means removing the ignorance that covers the soul. Instead of removing ignorance, the mere removal of clothes exposes the body to the extremes of weather leading to illness, which causes disturbance in the spiritual effort...

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WHY IS THE REALIZATION OF GOD EASILY ACHIEVED IN OLD AGE?
Posted on: 17/11/2019

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! During old age, the person has the leisure to review his or her entire life passed. The person can correlate several incidents carefully to conclude and repeatedly confirm that God certainly exists and that He gives good fruits for one’s good actions and bad fruits or punishments for one’s sins. The person is able to make the correlations due to the similarity in the nature of action and result. For example, if an old man had spoiled somebody’s marriage during his young age, in course of time, someone else spoils the marriage of the man’s own son. On observing this, the old person realizes that the unimaginable God certainly exists...

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IS IT NOT BETTER TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM RAMA THAN FROM KRISHNA?
Posted on: 17/11/2019

Swami replied: Rāma represents the path to God, whereas Krishna is the goal or God Himself. In fact, Rāma is also God, but only in the background since He hid His divinity and behaved like a human being. Similarly, for a long period of His life, Krishna also represented the path to God. Other than the stealing of butter and the dancing with the Gopikās in Bṛndāvanam, He too behaved like Rāma after leaving Bṛndāvanam. One should not misunderstand this and think that He got reformed and left His bad habits back in Bṛndāvanam! The correct understaning is that He completed His special work in Bṛndāvanam, which was the main purpose of His Incarnation. As Rāma, God had promised...

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CAN YOU ENLIGHTEN ME ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONTEMPORARY HUMAN INCARNATION?
Posted on: 17/11/2019

Swami replied: The original unimaginable God is the absolute Reality, which is beyond even the imagination of our brain. The Energetic Incarnations of God are imaginable, but invisible. One can only get a vision of an Energetic Incarnation for a few minutes after doing long penance because Energetic Incarnations are not relevant to humanity. One can worship them indirectly through representative images or statues. Past Human Incarnations are relevant to human beings since they too possess the common human medium, but they are not available in the present. They too, like Energetic Incarnations, can only be worshipped indirectly through images and statues...

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RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND CONFLICTS
Posted on: 16/11/2019

What is the difference between religion and philosophy? Why are there quarrels between the sub-religions in Hinduism? [This is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Religion is a collection of traditions related to the external culture. They have been formulated by certain devotees for the sake of their followers. Philosophy is the spiritual knowledge, which is completely related to the personality of God. Religions differ much, but in philosophies, there is unity to a large extent. Whether it is religion or philosophy, sharp and deep logical analysis is necessary. The reason is that there are some good traditions established by good followers...

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HOW CAN WE CONTROL BAD QUALITIES LIKE SEX, ANGER, GREED ETC., WHICH SEEM IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL?
Posted on: 15/11/2019

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! You need not control or eliminate any quality since all qualities are created by God. Every quality has been created by God only for a good purpose. They become bad only when they are used for bad purposes by souls. You cannot say that some qualities are good and other qualities are bad. Every quality has both good and bad sides. The good side of any quality means using it for the purpose intended by God, while the bad side is using it for the opposite purpose, as is often done by souls. Hence, every quality is like a coin having two sides—good and bad—which are determined by the direction in which the quality is used. Trying to eliminate any quality completely is indeed foolish! It shows the lack of complete knowledge...

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ARE BRAHMA, VISHNU, SHIVA AND INDRA ONLY POSTS OR PERSONS?
Posted on: 15/11/2019

King Bali is said to be the future Indra and Hanumān is said to be the future Brahmā. Does this mean that Indra and Brahmā are only posts and not persons? Does it also apply to the cases of Viṣṇu and Śiva?

Swami replied: Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva, represented by Hiraṇyagarbha, Nārāyaṇa and Śiva, respectively constitute Īśvara or Datta. After the main creation of the world by God Brahmā, secondary creation in the world continues and it includes creating issues and so on. To carry out these secondary tasks of creation, God created the post of Prajāpati. The word Prajāpati (secondary creator) is therefore, loosely identified with the word Brahmā (Creator) and is often used as an alternative name of Brahmā. Dakṣa is a Prajāpati and not Brahmā. Indra is the name of the post of the ruling angel in heaven. Hence, there is no objection in saying that King...

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IF CLOSENESS BRINGS NEGLIGENCE, WHY DO DEVOTEES TRY TO REACH GOD THROUGH YOGA?
Posted on: 14/11/2019

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Yoga means the first meeting with God. Yoga ends after meeting God in human form once. After that, continuously staying close to the Human Incarnation will bring negligence to any human devotee because the properties of external human medium are common to both the human devotee and God-in-human-form. The devoted soul observes that the Human Incarnation of God also possesses a human body similar to his own and that the Incarnation’s body too, exhibits all the usual properties of a human body such as birth, hunger, thirst, sleep, illness and death. Observing the commonality in the external medium of God, the devotee begins to think that God is also a human being...

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AMONG THE THREE STRONGEST WORLDLY BONDS, WHICH BOND IS THE STRONGEST?
Posted on: 14/11/2019

Swami replied: Compared to all other worldly bonds, the bonds with money, one’s chidren and one’s life-partner, are the strongest. But among these three, each of them could be said to be the strongest. The nature of the bond with one’s life-partner is like a wave, in that it rises and falls. Usually, it is somewhat low, but just before and during union, the strength of this bond jumps to the sky. The nature of the bonds with one’s issues (children) and wealth are approximately constant at all times, like a straight line. If all three bonds are represented on a graph, the bond with one’s life-partner appears as a peak (wave-form), whereas the bonds with one’s wealth and issues appear to be horizontal lines at about half the height of the peak. Thus, on an average, the strengths of all three can be said to be...

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WHY DOES TRADITION SAY THAT THE UNIMAGINABLE GOD IS CONSTANTLY EXPERIENCED BY US AS AWARENESS?
Posted on: 14/11/2019

If God is unimaginable, He should be beyond awareness and beyond our experience. Then why is it traditionally said that God is awareness and that, as awareness, He is always being experienced by us? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: If you see the definition of God in the scriptures and apply some logical analysis to it, you will inevitably conclude that the ultimate Absolute Reality, called God, is unimaginable. Simple logic is sufficient to arrive at this conclusion. The scripture says that God is the Creator of space (Ātmanaḥ ākaśaḥ sambhūtaḥ). Space can obviously not exist in God before its creation. If no space exists in God, it means that God has no spatial dimensions. God has no volume and is even beyond the concept of space and spatial dimensions. It means that God is unimaginable since our imagination can never cross the concept...

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WHY DO YOU CONTRADICT VYAASA IN SAYING THAT THE SOUL IS DIFFERENT FROM GOD?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Even sage Vyāsa says that the soul itself is God (Brahmātmaikatva lakṣaṇam). Then why do You say that the soul is different from God? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The same sage Vyāsa also wrote several sutras, one after the other, in the very first pāda of the first adhyāya of the Brahma Sūtras proving that the soul is not God (Netaronupapatteḥ etc.,). A soul, along with its external body, can become God when God merges with it to become an Energetic or Human Incarnation. Souls possessing energetic bodies...

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IF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE ARE THE HIGHEST, IS DEVOTION A WASTE?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Can we conclude that theoretical devotion is a waste as compared to practical devotion involving service and sacrifice? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: Certainly not! Unless you completely know the personality of God through theoretical knowledge, devotion will not be born at all. Had Rukmiṇī not heard about Krishna from Nārada, she would have not developed any attraction (theoretical) for Krishna. Without the attraction to Krishna, she would not have sent the messenger to Krishna requesting Him to marry her, which is practical devotion. Mere service...

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WHY WERE THE SAGES REBORN AS THE GOPIKAS AFTER A LONG DELAY?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

In the Tretā Yuga, Rāma told the sages that they would be reborn as the Gopikās to face His tests. But the Gopikās were reborn only at the end of the Dvāpara Yuga. Why was there such a long delay? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: By the end of Dvāpara Yuga, Kali Yuga had almost entered. Kali Yuga is characterized by an atmosphere of all bad qualities like theft, illegitimate sex and so on. The tests conducted by God for the Gopikās externally appeared to involve such bad qualities. Krishna’s stealing of the butter of the Gopikās was a test of whether their bond with God (Krishna) was stronger...

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IS BRAHMAN THE GOAL OF SPIRITUALITY OR IS IT SHAKTI?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Vedānta philosophers say that Brahman is the goal whereas, the Śākteyas say that Śakti is the goal. How can both these views be correlated? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: There is only one ultimate absolute reality. It is the unimaginable God, who is called Parabrahman or Brahman. This ultimate God, being unimaginable, is neither masculine nor feminine nor neuter in gender. God is referred to as masculine, only as per convention. The concept of gender exists only in the imaginable creation. Brahman does not mean male and Śakti does not mean female. Brahman refers...

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WHAT IS MEANT BY SALVATION?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Does salvation mean relief from this cycle of births and deaths? Why are we unable to develop real love for God, without the aspiration for any fruit in return? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: Salvation (mokṣa) means the relief from worldly bonds. It happens only by yoga, which means attachment to God. The root-word of yoga is ‘yuj’ and it means attachment. The root word of mokṣa is ‘muñc’ and it means detachment. When you are strongly attached to one item, other items naturally drop off. Salvation cannot be attained by any forced...

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WHAT IS OUR RELATION WITH GOD FROM THE POINTS OF VIEW OF BODY, INDIVIDUAL SOUL AND SOUL?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Can we say that from the body point of view, we are servants of God, from the point of view of our individual soul, we are part of God and from the point of view of our soul, we are identical with God? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: This statement was said by Hanumān to Rāma (Dehabuddhyātu dāso’ham, Jīvabuddhyā tvadaṃśakaḥ, Ātma buddhyā tvamevāham, iti me niścitā matiḥ.). But every soul is not Hanumān. Rāma was the Human Incarnation of God Nārāyaṇa and Hanumān is the Human Incarnation of God Sadāśiva. Both Nārāyaṇa and Sadāśiva are alternative names of the same God, known as Īśvara or Datta. Hence, both Rāma and Hanumān were the Incarnations...

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WHY DID GOD DATTA CHOOSE TO MERGE WITH YOU?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Why did God Datta choose to merge with You in order to propagate the final true spiritual knowledge to this world. At that time, there were several saints available in the world, who had already sacrificed everything for the sake of God. Whereas, You were a married person with children, struggling for Your livelihood. Besides, You were a teacher of chemistry, which is not connected to spiritual knowledge at all!

Swami replied: When God Datta appeared before Me, asking Me to propagate this final spiritual knowledge, I had asked Him this exact same question, which you are asking Me now. In fact, I had prayed to Him to help Me in a job interview since I needed the job very much for My livelihood. But He did not respond to My request. Instead, as soon as He appeared, His first statement was “I have selected You for the full-time propagation of the final spiritual knowledge...

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ARE PRAVRUTTI AND NIVRUTTI SEQUENTIAL STEPS OR OPPOSITE TO EACH OTHER?
Posted on: 11/11/2019

Pravṛtti means attachment to legitimate worldly bonds. Nivṛtti means detachment from the same legitimate worldly bonds. Both are opposite to each other. Then how can You bring both together saying that pravṛtti is the primary part of the same spiritual path and nivṛtti is the advanced part? This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! In pravṛtti there is forced detachment from unjust and illegitimate worldly bonds and a forced attachment to just and legitimate worldly bonds. Since pravṛtti is mandatory, the human being is forced to follow it. If the soul refuses to reject illegitimate bonds, the soul will be sent to hell. If the soul favors legitimate bonds...

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