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MAHA SATSANGA ON TARKA SHASTRA
Posted on: 07/11/2019

Following is a mahā satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami and Shri J.S.R. Prasad, Professor of Sanskrit, who specializes in tarka śāstra (logic), at the Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad.

Shri J.S.R. Prasad: What is the relationship between logic (tarka śāstra) and science?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Both are one and the same. In both, the items of creation are discussed thoroughly (Tarkyante padārthāḥ asmin iti tarkaḥ). Logic was well-developed in ancient India by the intellectual exercises of various ancient Sanskrit scholars. Today, science is doing the same analysis of the items of creation. The merit of science over logic is that science practically verifies every concept through experimentation with the help of scientific equipment in a laboratory. Due to this advantage of science, certain concepts in ancient Indian logic were proved to be incorrect by modern science. Although such concepts...

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IS RANDOMLY-DONE CHARITY FRUITFUL?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

Swami replied: Mere charity done to poor people is social service, which is not much related to God. The basis of social service is one’s love towards fellow-human beings. If you love and serve humanity, without any connection to God, God will grant you a place in heaven, because charity is a meritorious action (puṇya karma). But heaven is temporary and once the merit (puṇyam) is exhausted, you have to return to Earth (Kṣīṇe puṇye martya lokaṃ viśanti—Gita). Sage Bharata was highly spiritual. But he loved a baby-deer and his entire attention was concentrated only on that deer...

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HOW CAN WE PREACH DIVINE KNOWLEDGE TO THE DOUBTING PUBLIC?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

Swami replied: There is a fundamental mistake in your approach towards the devoted public. First of all, without mentioning any names, you should establish the importance of the contemporary Human Incarnation of God, which is more relevant to humanity than Energetic Incarnations. Energetic Incarnations are relevant to the upper world which consists of energetic beings. You should say that Hanumān reached the highest goal by worshipping Rāma and that Rādhā reached highest goal by worshipping Krishna. Both Rāma and Krishna were neither Energetic Incarnations, like God Viṣṇu...

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WHICH IS THE BIGGEST SIN THAT WE SHOULD REFRAIN FROM AT ALL TIMES AND WHICH IS THE GREATEST GOOD ACTION?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

Swami replied: The biggest sin is to deny the contemporary Human Incarnation due to ego-based...

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WHAT IS MAHAPRALAYA AND WHEN AND WHY WILL IT COME?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

Swami replied: This question is not important for your spiritual development. I have told a lot about this topic in My earlier messages. Briefly, I can say that in the mahāpralaya, the five elements get converted into their root cause, which is called mūla prakṛti. Mūla prakṛti is very subtle inert energy and is the root material-cause of creation. Even this root material-cause was created by the unimaginable God due to His unimaginable power and hence, this root inert energy cannot be claimed to be beginningless (anādi). After its initial creation by God, it will remain in existence forever...

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IS IT ALRIGHT TO ASPIRE FOR SUCCESS AND SHOW IT OFF TO OTHERS?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

[We often aspire to be successful so that we can show to the world, especially our relatives and friends. Hey Swamiji! Is it ok to think this way? (This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga or grand spiritual discussion between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J. S. R. Prasad.)]

Swami replied: It is okay as far as worldly life is concerned. Such an aspiration gives rise to the appropriate effort necessary to achieve the goal. But you should not concentrate much on the aspiration, because if you spend too much energy on the aspiration, it will weaken you and reduce your efficiency in achieving the goal. Whenever you feel any such aspiration, you should immediately leave it and concentrate all your energy on the work...

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SHOULD ONE PUBLICALLY ATTRIBUTE ONE'S WORLDLY SUCCESS TO THE SADGURU?
Posted on: 02/11/2019

[Suppose I get success in this material world and become famous. Am I allowed to reveal to the world, in interviews and even otherwise, that the true reason for my success is Lord Dattatreya’s blessings, love and guidance through His Incarnation, Shri Datta Swami? Or should I keep it a secret? (This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga or grand spiritual discussion between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J. S. R. Prasad.)]

Swami replied: When you open any information to any person, you must estimate whether the consequences will be favorable to that person and whether the person will be benefitted by your information or not. It all depends...

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WHY DO THE SAINTS OF OTHER RELIGIONS NOT PROPAGATE GOD DATTA?
Posted on: 01/11/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J. S. R. Prasad.]

Swami replied: The unimaginable God wished to express Himself to all the devotees in the world that He was going to create. So, He created an energetic form with which He merged perfectly. By way of that first Energetic Incarnation, the unimaginable God gave Himself to the world. This first Energetic Incarnation is called Īśvara. Īśvara is also called Datta, which means ‘given’ since the unimaginable God has given Himself to the world by way of this first energetic form. Īśvara and Datta, thus, are the names of the same first Energetic Incarnation of the unimaginable God. It is this same Īśvara or Datta...

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IS IT TRUE THAT BUDDHISM AND JAINISM ARE ALSO ATHEISTIC LIKE PHILOSOPHY OF SAGE CHARVAKA?
Posted on: 01/11/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J. S. R. Prasad.]

Swami replied: This is an utter lie! Buddha is the ninth of the ten famous Incarnations of God Viṣṇu. If God Buddha were an atheist, it would mean that He was denying His own existence! He merely kept silent about the ultimate unimaginable God. He never deined God. Since the ultimate God is unimaginable, He cannot be described in words. Śaṅkara too said that God is best-expressed through silence (Maunavyākhyā prakaṭita Parabrahma…). Buddha’s main emphasis was on the followers following the path properly. So, for sometime, He kept silent about God...

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WHY DO PEOPLE WORSHIP HANUMAN AS GOD, WHEN HE HIMSELF WORSHIPPED RAMA LIKE A DEVOTEE?
Posted on: 01/11/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J S. R. Prasad.]

Swami replied: Hanumān was a monistic Incarnation of God Śiva and Rāma was a monistic Incarnation of God Viṣṇu. A monistic Incarnation means that God had actually merged with the human medium in that Incarnation. A dualistic Incarnation is when a very close devotee of God is treated to be an Incarnation, even though God has not actually merged with that human medium. But Hanumān and Rāma were both monistic Incarnations of Śiva and Viṣṇu respectively. The Veda says that God Śiva and God Viṣṇu are one and the same God (Śivaśca Nārāyaṇaḥ). Both Śiva and Viṣṇu...

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IS THERE ANY MIRACULOUS POWER IN A MANTRA?
Posted on: 01/11/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J. S. R. Prasad.]

Swami replied: The mantra is a sentence that you utter, even though its meaning is not told to you. When the meaning is not known, you cannot develop any feeling upon reciting it. If there is no feeling, there is no devotion. If there is no devotion, God will not be pleased with you and He will not perform any miracle in your favor. The mere utterance of a mantra, without knowing...

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE VISION SEEN BY ME IN WHICH SHIRDI SAI BABA REPEATEDLY MERGED WITH THE PHOTOGRAPH OF SWAMI?
Posted on: 31/10/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami and devotees.] Swami replied: Sai Baba was an Incarnation of God Datta and He tried to bring mutual harmony between Hinduism and Islam. A prominent follower of Adi Shankaracharya criticized Sai Baba, some years ago. But I explained to him that the philosophies of Ādi Śaṅkaracārya and Sai Baba are one and the same...

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IS IT NOT WRONG FOR OTHER RELIGIONS TO TRY TO CONVERT HINDUS?
Posted on: 31/10/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J S. R. Prasad] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Just as all human beings are similar in nature in that they have both good and bad qualities, all religions too are similar in that they have both merits and defects. The good qualities of a person are the result of associating with good people, while the person’s bad qualities are the result of associatiing with bad people. Similarly, every religion has acquired merits from the original establishers of that religion...

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HOW CAN WE ACCEPT THE SCRIPTURE OF A CERTAIN RELIGION WHICH SAYS THAT THOSE REFUSING TO ACCEPT THAT RELIGION SHOULD BE KILLED?
Posted on: 31/10/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J S. R. Prasad] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! We need not blindly accept every statement of any scripture. Analyzing any statement...

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HOW CAN PROPHET MOHAMMED BE COMPARED TO GOD'S INCARNATION AS KALKI?
Posted on: 31/10/2019

[This question is part of a Mahā Satsaṅga (grand spiritual discussion) between Swami, Shri Parikshit, Smt. Bindiya and Dr. J S. R. Prasad] Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! It is perfectly correct. The establisher of every religion is God-in-human-form and hence, Kalki and Mohammed can be conveniently compared. At the time of Mohammad, there were several religions, which worshipped several Gods. As a result, there was a lot of quarrelling...

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DEEPAVALI MESSAGE
Posted on: 28/10/2019

We light a lamp before God. For whom, is this lamp lit? Is it for God? Not at all! God is said to be the source of all lights and He has no need of any light (Na tatra suryo bhāti… tasya bhāsā…—Veda). The light is only helpful for us. With the help of the light, we can read a divine book or we can see the picture of God clearly. The light or oil lamp is useful to us only when there is darkness around. But we light the lamp even during the day, when it is not useful to us in any way. We are burning ghee or oil to produce the light which is not even needed. The oil or ghee is food-material and is created by God for the sake of human beings, so that they can live and grow strong. Thus your lighting the lamp is nothing but the burning of precious food needlessly...

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DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SHRI DATTA SWAMI ARATI
Posted on: 27/10/2019

[On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Dr. Nikhil sent to Shri Swami, a devotional Hindi song dedicated to Him. The song was named “Shri Datta Swami Ārati”. Given below is the conversation that occurred between Swami and Dr. Nikhil, in this context, which will be useful for devotees in the spiritual line.]

Shri Datta Swami: The song is so sweet and palatable that even Guru Datta, the embodiment of spiritual knowledge, got injected with ego!

Dr. Nikhil: Swamiji, You are testing us! It is Your way of saying that we should not develop an ego! While giving knowledge, You (Lord Datta) always give it in a straightforward manner. But while dealing with people like us, who have a contrary attitude, You use reverse psychology. When You say, You developed an ego, we should understand it as, we should be careful of not developing an ego...

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SHRI DATTA SWAMI ARATI
Posted on: 27/10/2019

 गुरु दत्त श्री दत्त जय जय प्रभु दत्त
त्रिमूत्यवतारी साक्षात परब्रह्म श्री दत्त स्वामी॥ [पल्लवी]

guru datta śrī datta jaya jaya prabhu datta
trimūtyavatārī sākṣāta parabrahma śrī datta svāmī||
[Chorus] ...

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VENU GITA
Posted on: 30/09/2019

O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! God Krishna used to play the flute in Bṛndāvanam and everyone thinks that He only played some musical tunes without any meaning. But it is not so. What He played on the flute were songs containing spiritual knowledge like that in the Bhagavad Gītā. That spiritual knowledge was well-understood by the sages who were reborn as the Gopikās. The Gopikās sang nineteen songs for God Krishna expressing their unimaginable love for Him. But the songs sung by Lord Krishna are not known. Some of them are being revealed here by God Datta...

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SHOULD GOD BE LOVED AS A MASTER OR A SON?
Posted on: 29/09/2019

Shri Durgaprasad asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! You have said that one should keep the Lord in place of one’s child so that one’s love towards the Lord becomes natural. The Gopikās showed exactly this type of love and served the Lord like a family member. On other hand, Lakṣmaṇa and Hanumān served the Lord like slaves, considering Him to be their Master. It means, they were always in the alert mode. These two types of love appear to be quite opposite. How can we understand this difference? Your servant, Durgaprasad

Swami replied: Parents too are slaves to their children as they serve their children. In fact, their service is greater than the service done by a slave. The mother washes the child’s bottom after excretion, whereas a servant would generally hesitate to do it. The master pays a limited salary to his servants as per the quality and quantity of their service. On the other hand, children pay nothing to their parents. Instead, parents transfer their entire property to their children, in addition to serving them, even if the grown-up children...

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