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DID KRISHNA GIVE EQUAL PLEASURE OF MOTHERHOOD TO BOTH YASHODA AND DEVAKI?
Posted on: 24/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: You have said that Krishna left Brundaavanam at the age of 18 years and never returned. He did not even return to see Yashoda, His mother, who had raised Him in His childhood and who loved Him more than her life. But Devaki, His mother, who had given birth to Krishna, got the pleasure of His company for a far longer time. Is it not injustice?

Swami replied: A child gives the maximum enjoyment to its mother during its childhood. So, the enjoyment given by the divine child Krishna to mother Yashoda was of greater value even though it was only for a short time. The enjoyment that the grown-up Krishna gave to mother Devaki was very little...

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IS A PREGNANT WOMAN A TWO-SOUL SYSTEM?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Smt. Bindiya: When does a soul enter the baby who is in mother’s womb? Does it enter after birth or before its birth? If the soul enters before birth, it means two souls exist in the single body of the mother. How does the baby’s soul affect mother’s soul?

Swami replied: Some say that the soul of the baby enters mother’s womb in third month of pregnancy and some say it enters in the fifth month through the food grains consumed by the mother. Sage Vyaasa says in the Brahma Sutras...

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IS DOING PUJA EVERYDAY AT HOME COMPULSORY?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya: If a person has prayed to God that the person will donate his or her hair to God at a holy temple after successfully overcoming a certain situation, can the person skip the donation of hair in that temple and instead donate it to any cancer foundation with inner devotion to God? After knowing the truth that God resides in the Human Incarnation, is doing puja everyday at home compulsory?

Swami replied: Donation for some useful purpose such as to the poor or to sick people in need is always a better idea. It is more valid than donating to a temple in which our donation may or may not be used...

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SANCHITA, PRARABDHA AND AGAMI FORMS OF KARMA
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Shri Manikanta asked: Could you kindly elaborate upon the sanchita, prarabdha and agami forms of karma?

Swami replied: All the three types of karma are based on the constant ratio of the three fundamental qualities namely, sattvam, rajas and tamas in a particular soul. Sattvam is the good quality of knowledge. Rajas is the bad quality of ego and tamas is the bad quality of ignorance and rigidity. When the soul reaches the upper worlds for enjoying the fruits of its good and bad deeds...

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IF AN ANIMAL IS A CONDEMNED SOUL, HOW COULD THERE BE ANIMALS AT THE BEGINNING OF CREATION, WHEN THERE WERE NO SINNERS?
Posted on: 23/06/2019

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Were all the fourteen lokas created simultaneously or were they created later on like the Goloka, according to the need? The Goloka was created only after the Gopikas passed the tests of God and was not there in the beginning. Did animals and humans come into existence at the same time? During the initial days of creation, assuming that all human beings had the knowledge given by God, there must have been no necessity of hell and heaven. Animals are supposed to be condemned souls. They can be condemned only after doing sins in their human births. But during the initial days of creation, nobody had the freedom to do sins. Hence, there should not be any animal existing at that time.

Swami replied: The fundamental point is that there is a subtle difference between a human being and a robot. In the first age after creation called the Kruta Age, human beings did not have the freedom to commit sins. But they still had some little marginal...

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KRISHNA'S BEHAVIOR TOWARDS THE GOPIKAAS: AN IDEAL FOR SOCIETY?
Posted on: 12/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: The Gopikaas were married women and yet they loved Krishna as their Lover. As per pravrutti, the path of worldly justice, relationships outside of the marriage are considered to be sins and are punishable in hell. Will the relationship between the Gopikaas and Krishna not spoil the public and prevent them from following the path of pravrutti?

Swami Replied: Krishna Himself said in the Gita that ordinary people follow the actions of a great person (Yadyadaacharati...—Gita). He also said that illegitimate sex and greed are the greatest sins (kaamah Krodhah tathaa lobhah …—Gita). So, illegitimate sex and theft are indeed the biggest sins. Krishna was the greatest Person because He was God who had incarnated in human form. Then why did He steal butter from others’ houses even though He had plenty of butter in His own house? Perhaps He might have stolen in an emergency situation since stealing to save oneself from dying of starvation is justified (aaptadharma)...

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HOW COULD THE GOPIKAAS RECOGNIZE KRISHNA?
Posted on: 11/06/2019

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: Gopikaas were totally uneducated villagers. How did they recognize Krishna as the contemporary Human Incarnation, when recognizing the Incarnation is very difficult even for great scholars?

Swami replied: Ego and the fascination for one’s worldly bonds are the main hurdles in recognizing the contemporary Human Incarnation. Males experience repulsion from a male Human Incarnation due to their gender-ego. But the Gopikaas, being females, were free of this ego. Scholars have the ego of knowledge. They experience repulsion from the Human Incarnation since He preaches spiritual knowledge. The Gopikaas were uneducated and illiterate and so were free of the ego of knowledge. People born in the so-called upper castes have the ego of their caste...

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INCOMPETENCE TO DO GOD’S WORK
Posted on: 07/06/2019

Shri Phani asked: I feel that I am incompetent to do God’s work. Please advise.

Swami replied: The doctor gives an antibiotic tablet to cure the patient’s fever. But the medicine has side-effects such as constipation, hyperacidity and weakness since the medicine not only kills bacteria but it also damages some healthy tissues. Hence, along with the antibiotic, some antacid to control hyperacidity and some vitamin B-complex for overcoming weakness are also given to the patient. The antibiotic will not work to cure the hyperacidity and the antacid will not work to cure the fever. Similarly, feeling incompetent works to eradicate the ego. But this feeling has a side-effect and it is to reduce the person’s enthusiasm to work for God. To overcome this side-effect, another medicine must also be given...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA (CHAPTER 16 CONTD...)
Posted on: 28/05/2019

God-Preacher Shri Datta spoke: 65)  Justice and good qualities related to worldly life or pravrutti have been encouraged granting rewards like miraculous powers (vibhūti). These rewards help in maintaining good qualities among people in the world. Samadhi is the final step of the spiritual journey in which the devotee attains a state of firm decision in his devotion. A dualistic devotee is always aware of the form of God in which God exists separate from him. When he attains firm devotion to that form of God, he is said to have attained Samprajnaata Samadhi. The devotee into whom God has merged is in a state of monism with God. As a result, he does not perceive God as separate from himself. He attains Asamprajnaata Samadhi. Both the dualistic devotee and the monistic devotee are indeed Human Incarnations of God. Balarama was a dualistic devotee of God Vishnu, who was actually separate from God. Yet, he is counted as one of the ten important Incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was an example of monism with God since Lord Vishnu...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA (CHAPTER 16 CONTD...)
Posted on: 27/05/2019

God-Preacher Shri Datta spoke: 49)  Chaarvaaka said that the living body with awareness itself is the soul. There is no problem with this point because, after all, the soul is only a special work-form of inert energy associated with the material body. Since matter is also another form of energy, all the three phases, matter, energy and awareness, can be considered to be just one item, called creation. None of them is the Creator. Only the schools which treat the soul to be God have a problem with this claim of Chaarvaaka since they treat the soul, which is a created item, as God. The reality is that the unimaginable God alone is the Creator while the imaginable soul is a tiny part of creation. Actually, the soul is a form of energy and is slightly different from the body, which is made of matter. However, this slight difference is not a big problem because matter and energy are only slightly different...

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REMOVING SELFISHNESS: SELF ANALYSIS AND DEVOTION
Posted on: 26/05/2019

Shri Kishore Ram asked: You have said that when ‘I’ is crossed the selfishness being related to the self (‘I’) also vanishes. You have further said that ‘I’ vanishes whenever one is attracted to God. This brings a temporary relief from the selfishness. How to get rid off selfishness forever?

Swami replied: As long as ‘I’ exists, selfishness also exists just like the property of heat exists as long as the fire exists. The root source of selfishness is the I-thought or one’s self-identity. It means that one must try to keep oneself in the state of being attracted to God at all times. It is the only way to be relieved of selfishness forever. A doubt arises at this point that if a devotee is always immersed in God, how can the devotee perform his or her necessary worldly duties? The answer to this question is found in the Gita. God says that in the case of such a devotee, who is always immersed in God, God Himself takes up the worldly responsibilities as well as the spiritual responsibilities of that devotee...

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IS SERVING GOD UNFAIR TO ONE’S FAMILY?
Posted on: 25/05/2019

Shri Hrushikesh asked: When a devoted soul is dedicated to God and is involved in practical service and sacrifice to God, the family members of the devotee suffer. Is it justified on the part of the devotee to let his family suffer as a result of his devotion?

Swami replied: Certainly, I tell you, it is not merely justified but it is more than justified! Shankara, even though He was the only son of His mother, left her in her old age in order to serve God. His old mother lived alone in a hut far from the village and she did not even have the cooperation of her relatives. If you see these circumstances, you will say that Shankara’s action was not mere injustice, but it was more than injustice! The old mother, who had no attendant, suffered a lot at the fag end of her life. But just before her death...

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HOW CAN THE CRAVINGS OF THE SOUL BE IDENTIFIED?
Posted on: 23/05/2019

Shri Hrushikesh Pudipeddi brought the following question to the attention of Swami. The question was posed by a devotee on an online forum after the devotee read one of Swami’s discourses related to Advaita. The devotee asked “How can one know that the soul wants something? How can one identify if it is the craving of the soul?”

Swami replied: The correct term to be used when referring to the awareness present in a particular human being is the ‘individual soul’. The term ‘soul’ refers to the inert energy that is required to generate the awareness (individual soul) in the person’s functioning nervous system. The inert energy...

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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PEOPLE GATHERED FOR WORSHIP TO GET KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS?
Posted on: 23/05/2019

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! In the recent terrorist attacks, many people who had gathered for worship were killed. Some people are questioning why God allows such killings to take place in a place of worship. They are asking if God was sleeping while these people were being killed. Even if the killing were inevitable, God could have easily made it happen in some other place so that this blame would not come on God. At Your Divine Feet, Anil.

Swami replied: The time and place of punishment is decided by God Himself. God Himself is punishing the sinners by killing them. Krishna Himself killed several sinners and He also got several sinners killed. Prophet Mohammad also killed several sinners, who were creating violence by propagating the multiplicity of God. Of course, sometimes, even God gets killed by sinners! Jesus, Shankara, Daynanda Sarasvati etc., were Human Incarnations of God, who were killed in this manner. All these incidents have their own hidden backgrounds...

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CAN SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE BE PRESENTED DIFFERENTLY TO SUIT PEOPLE’S MENTALITY?
Posted on: 07/05/2019

Dr. Nikhil asked: Many people say that they do not believe in the existence of God because they find accepting God’s existence inconvenient. I am trying to change the mode of logic in such a way that the existence of God does not become inconvenient to them. Is it alright?

Swami replied: Shankara did the same thing to convert atheists into theists. To accomplish this, it was necessary for Him to use some twisted logic. He used a three-step logic: (i) You are God, (ii) You exist (iii) and hence, God exists. In His time, people in India were mostly atheists. They either followed the ritualistic Purva miimamsa philosophy or Buddhism. Converting these atheists into theists...

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WHERE ARE THE FRUITS OF OUR DEEDS ENJOYED? ON EARTH OR IN THE UPPER WORLDS?
Posted on: 07/05/2019

Kum. A. V. N. Kishori asked: It is said that we are reborn on this earth to enjoy the fruits of our deeds (karma). But it is also said that we undergo the punishments (fruits) of our bad deeds in hell. Do these two statements not contradict each other? Also, what is the importance of the number 19 in numerology?

Swami replied: Your second question on numerology has no connection with your main spiritual question. This second question is like a black spot on the white moon! Yet, I am answering your second question first since it is the first time that you are posing questions to Me. Our ancient astrological scriptures do not have the numerology that is being followed nowadays. The numerology that is based on the ancient astrology is different from the present system of numerology...

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WHY IS THE SHRIMAD BHAAGAVATAM SAID TO BE THE HIGHEST SCRIPTURE?
Posted on: 07/05/2019

Dr. Annapurna asked: Why is the Shrimad Bhaagavatam said to be the highest scripture?

Swami replied: With reference to any action, there is the doer of the action (kartaa), the object of the action (karma), the action or the activity itself (kriyaa) and the fruit of the action (phalam). Shrimad Bhaagavatam describes the life and the divine deeds of God Krishna as He interacted with His devotees, the Gopikās. It is the story of the highest action (kriyaa) done by the highest Human Incarnation (kartaa), to the highest devotees (karma), which caused the devotees to attain the highest divine fruit (phalam). It means that all the four parts of the action, as mentioned above, were the highest. Let us see this in greater detail.

1) God Krishna, whose divine deeds are described in the Shrimad Bhaagavatam, is said to be the highest Incarnation expressing His divinity to the fullest extent. The 1/16th fraction of God’s unimaginable power is called a kalaa. A kalaa means a light...

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IS IT A SIN TO CHANGE ONE’S SPIRITUAL PREACHER?
Posted on: 07/05/2019

[Reply of Swami to a question by Kum. M. Meenakshi] The true spiritual preacher is identified as the personification of correct spiritual concepts and not as a certain physical personality. Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, Akkalkot Maharaj and Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa were the Human Incarnations of the same God Datta. They were present at the same time in different places; in different physical forms. The spiritual concepts preached by them were one and the same. If you change your spiritual preacher from Sai Baba to Akkalkot Maharaj, it is not really a change of your spiritual preacher...

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GOD-LIKE ENJOYMENT AND CANCELLATION OF SINS
Posted on: 06/05/2019

Shri Durga Prasad (Mumbai) asked: Will a soul who has been transformed by spiritual knowledge (Jnanagnih sarva karmani—Gita) be able to enjoy both misery and happiness equally (Samatvam yoga uchyate —Gita)? Can these two statements from the Gita really be reconciled?

Swami replied: Anything is possible by the grace of God, even when it is not possible by the mere effort of the soul. God becomes the soul in the Human Incarnation and enjoys both happy and tragic incidents equally just as one enjoys both sweet and hot dishes in a meal. This is yoga (Samatvam yoga uchyate—Gita). While eating the hot and spicy dish, your tongue vibrates...

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SOLVING FAMILY PROBLEMS
Posted on: 05/05/2019

Shri Balaji asked: One of my friends told me that he does not have mental peace due to quarrels between his parents and in-laws. Can You kindly give some advice regarding maintaining peace in family affairs and broadly in the society?

Swami replied: If you follow the following simple rules, your family life and your life in society can be very smooth. It will help you focus your attention on the spiritual path, which provides eternal fruit.

Be silent and avoid a quarrel: Whenever there is an issue in the family, do not scold anybody. Even if someone scolds you, do not scold them back. Speaking harshly with others will only worsen the quarrel. Shri Shirdi Sai Baba said “The one who gets scolded must thank the person scolding him because the scolder is clearing the sins of the scolded.” Pointing to a pig, Baba said, “The scolder is comparable to this pig, which cleans the surroundings by eating excrement.” Shri Satya Sai Baba has said “If you keep silent in response to the scoldings of the scolder, the scoldings return to the scolder..

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