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Can you give some more clarity about the Raaja Yoga followed by king Janaka?

Posted on: 23/02/2020

Rāja yoga is a type of spiritual path. The word rāja is related to one of the three fundamental qualities called rajas. Rajas is the quality of dynamism and is the basis of work (Rajaḥ karmaṇi...). Yoga means the attainment of the grace of God by pleasing Him. So, rāja yoga means the attainment of God’s grace through work. Work is of two types: (1) worldly work and (2) God’s work. You have to identify, which work is worldly work and which is God’s work. You can attain the grace of God only by doing God’s work. Why should God give you His grace, if you are only doing worldly work and not God’s work? So, you have to clearly differentiate between worldly work and God’s work...

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Swami's Vision of the Sixteen-Year-Old Sai

Posted on: 20/02/2020

Shri P V N M Sharma asked: Swami! You often tell us Your experience when You prayed to Lord Rāma and Shri Satya Sai appeared before You asking You to propagate spiritual knowledge. Why did Lord Rāma or any other divine form not appear before You?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! I often get divine visions, in which mainly God Datta appears to Me in energetic form and He speaks with Me; sometimes even for several hours! Of course, other divine forms of God Datta also appear now and then and they include Energetic Incarnations and the energetic forms of past Human Incarnations. In all these visions, the divine form seen is only an energetic form and not a materialized human form. For the first time in My entire life so far, and only on that one occasion, the divine form of Shri Satya Sai that appeared before Me was a materialized human form. The silver throne on which He was sitting was also a materialized form! Actually, I had expected that, as usual, the energetic form of God Rāma would appear...

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Spiritual Knowledge only for Rare Diamonds?

Posted on: 30/01/2020

Shri Phani asked: In Your discourse on December 02, 2019, You have said that Your spriritual knowledge is not meant for the general public, but only for a few rare diamonds scattered here and there in the world. With reference to it, someone remarked to me that if the spiritual knowledge of Datta Swami is only meant for rare diamonds, let Him confine His preaching to only those few diamonds. What is the necessity to propagate it to the public, all over the world? Could You please respond to this?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! This point that spiritual knowledge is meant for the rare few was actually told by God Krishna in the Gita. He said that out of millions of devotees, only one tries to reach God and among those rare devotees trying to reach God, only one recognizes God (Manuṣyāṇāṃ). Such a devotee is the rarest of the rare. Even that rarest-of-the-rare devotee recognizes and reaches God, only after trying to reach Him for several births...

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Sankranti - The Transition

Posted on: 26/01/2020

Saṅkrānti is the transition of a person from worldly life to spiritual life. A person’s worldly life is represented by the sun’s southward journey (dakṣiṇāyanam), which, according to the Indian calendar, occurs in the six months from July 15th to January 15th. Likewise, a person’s spiritual life is represented by the sun’s northward journey (uttarāyaṇam) from January 15th to July 15th. It is said that if one dies during uttarāyaṇam, one will get salvation, otherwise, one will continue in the cycle of births and deaths. Ignorant people literally think that one can get salvation by dying during the six months when the sun travels northwards! This is not true since several great devotees died during the sun’s southward journey (dakṣiṇāyanam) and still perfectly got salvation. Attaining salvation or not, is related to whether one follows the spiritual path in life or the worldly path. It has nothing to do with the sun’s movement. The uttarāyaṇam and dakṣiṇāyanam periods only represent the spiritual and worldly paths...

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Meaning of Brahman, Ishvara and Atman

Posted on: 24/01/2020

Shri Phani asked: In our latest spiritual discussion, we were discussing about the meanings of words like Brahman, Īśvara and Ātman, in spiritual knowledge. Can you please enlighten us on this topic?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Every word has different meanings. Based on the context, you have to select the proper meaning. The word president can mean the president of an entire country as well as the president of a tiny village in the country. Both are addressed as president by the public. When you are discussing the article in the constitution that puts the president above the jurisdiction of the courts of law...

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The Unified Path of Knowledge and Action

Posted on: 22/01/2020

Shri J.S.R. Prasad (Professor of Sanskrit, Central University, Hyderabad) asked: In the Yoga Vāsiṣṭham, which is the preaching of sage Vasiṣṭha to Śrī Rāma, it is said that both knowledge (jñāna mārga) and action (karma mārga) are like the two wings of a bird flying to the spiritual goal. But Śaṅkara condemned the karma mārga of Maṇḍana Miśra. How can we correlate Vasiṣṭha and Śaṅkara?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Just like Vasiṣṭha, Kumarila Bhaṭṭa also said that both jñāna and karma are needed side-by-side, in the spiritual effort. Bhaṭṭa’s theory is called Jñāna-Karma-Samuccaya-Vāda or the unified path of knowledge and action. His disciple, Maṇḍana Miśra, however, took only the path of action (karma mārga), which is also called Pūrva Mīmāṃsā. It mainly stresses on karma, which is work done with an aspiration for worldly fruits. If you take Śaṅkara, He stressed only on jñāna, which is the theoretical enquiry about God and the consequent theoretical devotion to God. Hence, Śaṅkara and Maṇḍana Miśra were exactly opposite...

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Why do You try to correlate the eternal Hindu religion (Sanaatana Dharma) with others who eat the flesh of a cow?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! You mean to say that cow-eaters should not be excused, whereas, goat-eaters can be excused! Both cows and goats are soft-natured animals. The real concept is that a soft-natured animal or human being should not be killed. A cow represents all soft-natured animals. When it is said that you should not kill a cow, it means that you should not kill any soft-natured animal or bird. Similarly, when it is said that you should not kill a Brāhmaṇa, it means that you should not kill any soft-natured...

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Can one's love for God miraculously cancel one's sins?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

Shri Anil asked: Jesus said that the sins of the devotee will be excused in proportion to the love possessed by the devotee for God. Does this mean that the love for God has such miraculous power to cancel sins?

Swami replied: The love for God does not have any miraculous power. Even if it had any miraculous power, that miraculous power is not used to cancel the sins. Due to the devotee’s love for God, God comes down in human form to preach to the devotee about the path of reformation. It is only upon reformation that sins are cancelled. There are three steps in the reformation of the soul. The first is realization. It means the recognition of the sin. The person should confess that he or she has committed a sin and not try to use false and twisted arguments to defend the sin or prove that it was not a sin but a good deed. The second step is repentance for the committed sin. The third and final step is the practical non-repetition ...

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Are Human Incarnations of God possible in atheistic or communist countries?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

Swami replied: God said in the Gita that He incarnates in human form for only one purpose, which is the establishment of justice and the destruction of injustice (Dharma saṃsthāpanārthāya—Gita). He never said that He would incarnate for the sake of establishing His existence or for destroying atheism. God is not worried about the spiritual path (nivṛtti). He is not interested in establishing theism, spiritual knowledge, devotion, service to Him or sacrifice to Him. He has no desire...

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What are the five sacrifices (pancha yajnaas)?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

Shri Balaji asked: What are the five sacrifices (pañca yajñas)? If a person misses the Satguru, who is to be worshipped in the first Brahma yajña? Should he perform it or not? If the real Satguru is not available, will the performance of these five sacrifices take the soul to the highest step?

Swami replied:  In fact, there are seven sacrifices (sapta yajñas) in which seven different entities are worshipped by offering food to them. They are as follows: 1) Brahma yajña, in which the contemporary Human Incarnation of God or the Satguru is to be worshipped. 2) Deva yajña, in which devotees...

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Is the experience of the world useful in spiritual knowledge?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

The answer to this question is a full yes. For every concept in spiritual knowledge, there is an excellent example in the world. This means that from worldly experience itself, the entire spiritual knowledge can be built up. We have seen that issue-devotion (love for one’s children) is the strongest and that one’s devotion to God stands in competition against it. The final success lies in conquering the love for one’s children with the devotion that one has for God...

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What is the greatness of Sudaamaa, who was blessed by God so much?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

People say that Sudāmā, who was facing extreme poverty, initially avoided approaching Krishna for help, to maintain his own dignity. But it is totally wrong. Sudāmā was not approaching Krishna because he knew thoroughly that we should never approach God, expecting some benefit in return. This was the main reason why Sudāmā was not approaching Krishna for a long time. When he finally approached Krishna, due to the insistence of his wife...

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Isn't it true that we need a lot of courage to debate with a great saint?

Posted on: 17/12/2019

Shri Balaji asjed: In the spiritual line, a lot of courage is needed, in general. When we debate with a great saint, a lot of courage is needed, isn’t it?

Swami replied: There is no need to have any fear during a spiritual debate because our strength lies in our argument and not in the status of the opponent. It does not matter even if the opponent is the greatest saint. It is the question of a wrong point being defeated...

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Is necessary to remove all the hair from the head of a baby (mundan or tonsure)?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Is it mandatory to do the muṇḍan ceremony (tonsure) of a baby? Does it have any religious significance? Commonly, after performing the pujā in a temple, a few snippets of the baby’s hair are taken off and later, the parents are supposed to get all of the baby’s birth hair shaved off. Is this necessary?

Swami replied: Removing the hair from the head of a baby may be good from a scientific point...

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How important is it to match the horoscopes of the bride and the groom before getting married?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Is kuṇḍali or horoscope-matching very important for marriages? In some marriages, even though the horoscope has been matched, the couples seem to be having a lot of inter-personal problems and they do not get along well. Should people still match the horoscopes anyway, just to err on the safe side? It is also said that the cutting of hair and nails should only be done on specific days and not at night time. Do such rules apply even today?

Swami replied: The subject of astrology as written by ancient sages is correct. However, the astrologer must interpret the horoscope in the correct way. The astrological planets are not the inert planets, but the deities of the inert planets. They are nothing but the various forces of the unimaginable power of God. They deliver the fruits of the deeds of souls, as per the schedule of life cycles, which are arranged by God. The inert planets, which exist in space, are made of inert matter...

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Do sinful souls, who are born as plants and animals, ever get another human birth?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: I have read in one of your articles that some souls are born as fish and trees to train those souls regarding sacrifice. Once that birth is over and God feels that the soul has indeed learnt its lesson, are they born as human beings again in order to give them a second chance at having a human birth?

Swami replied: Sinners who have used their qualities greed and anger in the wrong direction...

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How are souls in animal bodies judged by God?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: The fate of some herbivorous animals is decided by birth itself since they will be killed and eaten by some carnivores. A carnivorous animal, by nature, is designed to hunt, kill and eat other animals. So, how is the judgment done for animals? Also, once an animal or any creature dies, do their souls get energetic bodies that are of the form of that same animal? Do they also have wait for their judgment for ten days, like human souls?

Swami replied: Once a soul enters the cycle of births of animals and birds, they generally continue to have the same attitudes...

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Why do some souls remain on earth as ghosts instead of crossing over?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Why do some souls haunt places on Earth instead of crossing over? We hear stories where some people can even see these ghosts. Some spirits even try to enter living human beings and cause them harm. I heard that some harmless spirits just wander around for years. How come those souls did not face any judgment after 10 days of their death? Also, how does a soul transform into an evil spirit and why do evil spirits harm people? Is having complete faith in God to protect us, the answer to preventing these spirits from approaching us?

Swami replied: There is no difference between ghosts and persons who have extreme attachment or fascination to worldly things. It is only due to their extreme worldly fascination that souls enter invisible energetic bodies called ghosts, after death. They continue to wander in this world untill their fascination gets pacified. Such a judgment is given by God to the soul having extreme worldly fascination, on the 10th day after the death of the soul. Such ghosts or spirits occasionally enter us and cause...

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Is it good to donate our organs and choose electric cremation instead of traditional cremation?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Is it considered wrong if someone chooses to donate one’s organs and go through electric cremation after they die? Is it alright in terms of skipping the traditional way of being cremated? What all rituals should their family members follow before and after electric cremation?

Swami replied: Donating organs after death is a meritorious deed...

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Is it right or wrong for a person to change the gender they are born with?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Nowadays, due to medical technology, transgenders are going through surgery and hormone injections to attain the physical features of the gender they wish to have. Some of them feel trapped in the body of the gender they were born with and they are willing to go through whatever is needed to change their gender.

Swami replied: Gender is, in no way, connected with the soul. It is only related to the external gross body. The change of gender is a subject only related to worldly issues and not to spiritual issues. In view of the souls, there is no difference in gender. All souls belong to only one gender and that is female. God alone is said to be the male (Puruṣa) in the sense...

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