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Why did Jesus scold Peter and call him Satan?

Posted on: 31/03/2020

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You please enlighten us on why Jesus rebuked Peter and called him Satan? Given below is an excerpt from Mathew 16, from the Bible:

21. From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised. 22. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23. But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's.”]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! There is a difference between the interests of God and man. Man is interested in God only to get some sort of benefit...

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Did Jesus mean that His followers would get persecuted?

Posted on: 31/03/2020

Shri Anil asked: A Father in a church was unable to explain and correlate the word ‘persecutions’ in Mark 10:28-30 as given below. Could You kindly explain it clearly?

28. Peter began to say to Jesus “Look, we have left everything and followed You.” 29. “Truly I tell you,” said Jesus, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the gospel, 30. will fail to receive a hundredfold in the present age—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, along with persecutions—and to receive eternal life in the age to come.”]

Swami replied: Persecution is the ill-treatment of a person by the people with whom the person has worldly bonds. This happens when that person is of no use to those people. The love in any worldly bond is only based on selfishness, as said in the Veda (Ātmanaḥ kāmāya…). The love of God is free...

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No Cause-Effect in a Continuous Process?

Posted on: 29/03/2020

[This is a conversation between Shri J. Prasad, Professor of Sanskrit, Central University, Hyderabad, Dr. Nikhil and Swami. It contains advanced concepts meant for scholars only.]

Dr. J. Prasad: A scholar is debating for the past three months with other scholars on verse 16.8 from the Gita. The second line of the verse is “Aparaspara-sambhūtām, kimanyat kāma haitukam”. Every commentator has interpreted this verse to be referring to a cause-effect relationship. However, this scholar is arguing that no cause-effect relationship is necessary in a continuous process. He quotes the grammarian, Pāṇini who has used the word ‘aparaspara’ with reference to a continuing process. Could You please clarify if all commentrators have erred in assuming a cause-effect relationship for a continuous process?

Swami: Does the scholar think that all the commentators like Śaṅkara had not read Pāṇini and that he is the only one, who has read the grammar of Pāṇini? Pāṇini came first. Thereafter, the commentators like Śaṅkara came second and the present scholar is the third. The knowledge of the first was already present with the second. The third has only come after the second. Pāṇini used this word aparaspara with reference to a continuous process (Avicchinna kriyā sāntatyam). You cannot say that the concept...

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Are the devotees who do not have a talent for preaching Your spiritual knowledge not useful in God's service?

Posted on: 28/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Phani.] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Every human being is blessed with some talent and that talent can be used in God’s service. All such different services contributed by different devotees are registered as God’s service alone. In your bank account, somebody donates 100 rupees. Some other person donates 10 dollars. Those 10 dollars are also converted into rupees and they get added to the balance in your account in rupees. You might initially think that 100 ruppees are greater than 10 dollars because 100 is greater than 10. But when the 10 dollars are converted into rupees, the amount will be roughly 750 rupees, which is greater than 100 rupees in value. So, one should not overestimate the value of the propagation...

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Does the sound of Vedic recitation causing glass to break prove the Veda’s supernatural potency?

Posted on: 28/03/2020

Shri Phani asked: Recently, a devotee argued that the sound of reciting Vedic hymns with the proper accents (svaras) can even break a glass item. He claimed that it proves that the sound (accents) of the Veda, when recited by traditional priests, has the potency to give divine fruits.

Swami replied: Let us consider the experiment mentioned by you involving the person who broke the glass by reciting the Vedic hymn. It is important to know whether the person performing the experiment was a devoted theist or an atheistic scientist. (1) Assuming that the performer of the experiment was a devoted theist, his devotion to God might have brought some grace of God on to him, due to which the glass broke. In that case, the experiment only proves the unimaginable power of God and not the power of the Vedic accents. (2) But if you still think that the glass broke only by the power of the Vedic accents, you should repeat the same experiment with an atheist, after training him to recite the Vedic hymn with the correct accents. If the glass breaks again in this experiment repeated with an atheist, it means that the glass broke by the power of the sound energy...

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Why did God create the universe through a very slow process of evolution?

Posted on: 28/03/2020

Shri Phani asked: In discussions, one of my friends asked reason for the God to take such a long time for creation that proceeded through evolution in various stages having very long gap between any two successive stages.

Swami replied: There is an important concept in the spiritual knowledge of Hinduism. As per this religion and its scriptures, the time scale of God Brahmā, the Creator, is greatly condensed compared to the time here on Earth. A second of Brahmā is equal to millions of years on Earth. Einstein says that the length of an object moving at a very high speed shrinks. According to him, time is only the separation between two incidents taking place in this universe. The two incidents are bound by the three dimensions of space. Space is only geometrical and it only exists relatively between two existing objects A and B. If the two objects are destroyed, the distance between these two objects also gets destroyed. The destruction of space between A and B upon the disappearance of the two objects...

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Vastu and Astrology in Modern Times

Posted on: 26/03/2020

Smt. Priyanka Sethepalli (USA) asked: I have a question that has been bothering me for a while now. It is advised that one should never buy a south-facing home as it is believed to lead to some problems. But it is also said that, depending on one's birth star (janma nakṣatram), a south-facing home is especially beneficial for certain people. To such people, the main door of the house facing south is more beneficial than a door facing any other direction. How true is this? Also, some business-owners particularly look for south-facing main entrances which they believe are lucky for them. There are so many variations in people’s beliefs and the Vāstu texts, all over India. I would love to have some clarity on this relation between the birth star of a person and the main door of the house facing different directions. Also, why does this matter seem to be so important in South India (especially for Telugu people) and not so important for people from other states of India? Expanding this further, do the same Vāstu rules apply everywhere, irrespective of the country you live in and the weather in that region? Thank you. Regards, Priyanka.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Vāstu Śāstram is the ancient Indian science of architecture. It is part of Vedic astrology or Jyautiṣa Śāstram. According to Vāstu, the main door of the house should not face the south because Lord Yama, the deity of hell, is situated on the south side. It also says that you should not sleep with your feet towards the south and that instead, your head should be towards the south. The residents in a south-facing house receive bad results, which are having a second marriage, financial loss...

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What is the difference between the Bhagavad Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita?

Posted on: 23/03/2020

Shri. Prakasa Rao, a retired Indian Navy officer asked: Aṣṭāvakra Gītā was supposed to have been taught to king Janaka by sage Aṣṭāvakra. What is the main difference between it and the Bhagavad Gītā?

Swami replied: The same spiritual knowledge is the basic subject of both the Bhagavad Gita and the Aṣṭāvakra Saṃhitā (Aṣṭāvakra Gita). The Gita was told directly by God, whereas, the Saṃhitā was told by God through the mouth of a great devotee, known as sage Aṣṭāvakra. The orientation of the Saṃhitā is that Aṣṭāvakra is advising king Janaka to give up the fascination for worldly bonds...

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Among knowledge, devotion and practice, which is the most important?

Posted on: 23/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri J. Prasad, Professor of Sanskrit, Central University, Hyderabad] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The first step is the attainment of the Sadguru and the attainment of complete spiritual knowledge from Him, which includes getting all doubts clarified from Him. This first step is the slowest step in the sense that this step takes almost all the time. The second step is the attainment of devotion which is a result of the spiritual knowledge. The third step is the attainment of practice...

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Is this world only a place of action or also a place of enjoyment of the fruits of actions?

Posted on: 23/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri J. Prasad, Professor of Sanskrit, Central University, Hyderabad.] Swami replied: You wish to know whether this human world only is a place of actions (karma loka) or it is only a place of enjoyment of the fruits of action (bhoga loka) or it is a place for both. The answer is that all the three possibilities are valid depending upon the path selected by the soul in life. If the soul is completely dedicated to spiritual path alone, the world becomes purely a karma loka for him...

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Oppose Injustice or Leave it to God?

Posted on: 16/03/2020

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: Swami! Sometimes You say that it is better to leave everything to God and sometimes You say that we should fight against injustice, as a part of God’s work. Can you please clarify our confusion?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The ultimate truth, which is the highest understanding of spiritual knowledge, is that God will certainly address every bit of action in this world. He will do it in His own way and not in our hasty way. Before punishing sinners for their sins, God gives them some time, which is an opportunity for reformation. If a sinner gets reformed, all the sinner’s punishments for that particular type of sin are cancelled...

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Is the advice of Prophet Muhammad of being generous to guests, applicable only to the Human Incarnation or to any ordinary guest?

Posted on: 09/03/2020

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! This question is based on the following incident from the Quran:“A woman came to the Prophet ‎ and complained to him about her husband that he invites too many guests and that she has become weary from preparing food for them and hosting them. The Prophet ‎ did not answer and the woman left. Sometime later, the Prophet ‎ called the woman’s husband and said, ‘I am your guest today.’ The man was so happy...

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Aren't the different levels of knowledge preached by You applicable to different levels of devotees?

Posted on: 09/03/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swami, in the recent message You have mentioned that spiritual knowledge is only for rare diamonds. Also, You have mentioned that rare diamonds really do not require preaching. You have preached spiritual knowledge of various levels, which is similar to the levels of kindergarten to PhD. Are these different levels of spiritual knowledge meant to be preached to receivers at various levels?

Swami replied: There are diamonds at various levels, just as there are devotees...

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In what sense is Krishna said to be the basis of Brahman?

Posted on: 09/03/2020

Shri Anil asked: In Your discourse titled ‘Meaning of Brahman, Ishvara and Atman’ on January 12, 2020, You have mentioned that, in the Gita, when Krishna said “I am the base of Brahman”, the ‘I’ refers to the unimaginable God present in Krishna, while ‘Brahman’ refers to the first Energetic Incarnation called Īśvara (or Datta). So, as per this interpretation, the absolute unimaginable God is said to be the basis of God Datta. Finally, it means that God is the basis of God! Instead, can we take ‘Brahman’ to mean...

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Swami answers devotees' questions

Posted on: 09/03/2020

How can the ‘Gods’ of different religions be the same when there are so many differences?

[A question from a discussion forum forwarded by Shri Anil: The followers of one God eat meat. The followers of another God do not eat meat. One God tells His followers to kill others. Another God got killed on the cross for the whole of mankind. These different Gods also have different birthdays! Then, how can you say that all these Gods are the same.]

Swami replied: God is like the common sugar present in sugar candy that is moulded into different shapes of swans, parrots etc. Different ‘Godsonly mean the different media of the same unimaginable God. It refers to different Incarnations of the same God. The same person...

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Since Buddha left Sanatana Dharma to establish Buddhism, does it not mean that Sanatan Dharma had some shortcomings?

Posted on: 09/03/2020

[A question from a discussion forum forwarded by Shri Anil.]

Swami replied: In any religion, there are always some shortcomings. The specific shortcomings may differ from one religion to another. If you point out one defect in Me, I can point out another defect in you. But there are also merits in each religion. The merits in any religion come from concepts and practices established by the Human Incarnations who founded that religion...

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Can You please explain how cosmic energy is infinite?

Posted on: 06/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Ankuj] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Infinite means an item which has no beginning and no end. In this context, the main question is whether the item is really infinite or not. If the item is really infinite, there is no problem in calling it infinite. But there is another possibility, which is that the item might not really be infinite, but it might just be very large, even though finite. It might be so large that we are unable to find its beginning or end and so, we mistake it to be infinite. Cosmic energy is an imaginable item that has been created by the unimaginable God. The same cosmic energy has got converted into matter and awareness to form the various living and non-living items in creation. After all, cosmic energy being a created item...

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Why is it that only women do the household work?

Posted on: 06/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Tinku K]  Swami replied: Women are far cleverer than men. So, they chose to do household duties which involve a lot of physical exercise, throughout the day. As a result, they do not put on weight. They remain beautiful and in perfect health, which is necessary for worldly enjoyment. Men are egoistic and wherever there is ego, the brain becomes incapable of doing sharp analysis. Men may exercise at specific times...

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Why does the woman have to leave her home and go to her husband's home after marriage?

Posted on: 06/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Tinku K] Swami replied: The reason behind this age-old practice is that the property of the parents was only given to sons and not to daughters. As a result of this practice, daughters too, only served their in-laws and not their parents. Daughters even change their surnames and gotras to those of their husband. The reason behind all of this is basically money and property. The gotra is the family lineage tracing back to an ancient sage. The funny part...

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What is the inner meaning of the custom of the wife respectfully treating her husband to be Lord Vishnu?

Posted on: 06/03/2020

[Reply to a question by Tinku K] Swami replied: The reason behind this custom, like many others, is money. In the ancient tradition, the husband used to be the earning member of the family and the wife used to be the non-earning member. Since God is said to be in money, the wife calls her husband God, even if it is only lip-service. She also serves him for the same reason. Similarly, a businessman calls his customers as costumer-Gods! But times have changed and now, the wife also earns, in many cases. So, you will see a corresponding change in the attitude of the wife. As per the old system, the husband being the earning member...

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