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Swami Answers Devotee's Questions

Posted on: 14/04/2020

[Shri Anil asked: You have said in Your discourse on March 7, 2020 that a south-facing property is beneficial for people who regularly kill animals and are involved in the meat business (Kirātānāṃ dakṣiṇā). This means that by occupying a south-facing house, such people will not experience any bad effects and will continue to prosper. Does this not mean that the sages who gave the Vāstu Śāstra are promoting their sinful activity?]

Swami replied: Vāstu does not deal with sin and merit, it only deals with profit and loss. Souls of this level, who are involved in killing animals are not connected with spiritual knowledge. The connection between the south facing house of a butcher and the profit earned by him is unimaginable. The unimaginability of this connection paves the way for developing faith in the unimaginable God. Vāstu is not a physical...

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How Can One Attain Mental Peace While Carrying Out Worldly Duties?

Posted on: 14/04/2020

Swami replied: If you are detached from the fruit of your work (duty), your mind will not be disturbed. If you are attached to the fruit, anxiety or tension constantly keep arising in your mind and they will consume part of your energy, making you weak. While doing God’s work, you are expected to not aspire for any fruit from God. But this being free of aspiration is limited only to God’s work and it should not be applied to your worldly work. If you do your worldly work without aspiring for any fruit...

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Can You Please Explain the Significance of the Two Most Famous Incarnations of God namely, Rama and Krishna?

Posted on: 13/04/2020

[A question by Shri Phani]

Swami replied: There is a saying of elders “Old age has come, so think about Rama and Krishna”! Therefore, the names of these two Incarnations have some special significance. Rāma is called ‘Māyā Mānuṣa Vigraha’, which means the Human Incarnation of God that hides its divinity. So, all human beings feel that Rāma was only an ideal human being and not God. Māyā means a very deep ignorance. It refers to hiding the truth so deeply that no soul can find out the truth with its own effort. For example, matter is energy, but in a hidden way. You may theoretically know that energy itself appears as matter. This is the stage of the removal of theoretical ignorance (ajñāna āvaraṇa). But no soul can practically realise and experience matter to be energy ....

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Permanent Solution for the Coronavirus Pandemic (Telugu message)

Posted on: 11/04/2020

కరోనా విపత్తు నివారణపై పరమపూజ్య శ్రీ దత్తస్వామి దివ్యసందేశము

శ్రీ ఫణి:- ఈ భయంకరమైన వైరస్ కారణముగా ప్రపంచము ఎదుర్కొనుచున్న విపత్తులను ఎలా అధిగమించాలి?

శ్రీ ఫణి అడిగిన ప్రశ్నకు స్వామి ఇలా సమాధానమిచ్చారు:-

ఓ విజ్ఞులైన దత్త సేవకులారా! ఒక రాజు తన రాజ్యములో అనుసరించవలసిన నియమములను రూపొందించి ఆ నియమములను ప్రజలు అందరు తప్పకుండ పాటించాలి అని ఆదేశించారు. ప్రజలు ఆ నిబంధనను పాటించకపోతే వారు శిక్షింపబడతారు. కొంతమంది ప్రజలు ఈ నిబంధనను ఉల్లంఘించినారు. వారు రాజ్యములో ఉన్న ధర్మాసనము (court) చేత శిక్షింపబడినారు. ఇప్పుడు, ఈ నేరస్థులు రాజును అనేక విధములుగా స్తుతించినను, రాజు తన విశేష అధికారములను ఉపయోగించి వారి శిక్షను రద్దు చేస్తారా? రాజు ఏర్పరిచిన నియమాలను అనుసరించిన ప్రజలు రాజును ప్రశంసించకపోయినను శిక్షింపబడరు. అందువలన, రాజు ప్రశంసలతో సంబంధము లేకుండా, రాజు ఏర్పాటు చేసిన నిబంధనలను పాటించటము...

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Permanent Solution for the Coronavirus Pandemic (Hindi Message)

Posted on: 11/04/2020

कोरोना महामारी की शाश्वत रोकथाम

समस्त मानव जाति को कोरोना जैसी महामारियों से बचाने का क्या उपाय है?

[श्री फणी द्वारा पूछा हुआ प्रश्न]

श्री स्वामी ने कहा:- हे विद्वानों और भगवान के समर्पित सेवकों! एक राजा ने अपने राज्य में एक नियम पारित किया, जिसका सभी नागरिकों को पालन करना जरूरी था। नियम का पालन न करने वाले नागरिकों के लिए दंड निर्धारित था। कुछ नागरिकों ने नियम का उल्लंघन किया और उन्हें राज्य की अदालत (धर्म-सभा) द्वारा दंडित किया गया। अब मान लीजिये कि ये दंडित उल्लंघनकर्ता राजा की बहुत स्तुति करते हैं और उससे क्षमा-प्रार्थना करते हैं। तो क्या राजा अपनी सर्वोच्च शक्ति का उपयोग करके उनके दंड को रद्द कर देगा? अन्य नागरिकों को...

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Permanent Solution for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on: 10/04/2020

Shri Phani asked: How to overcome such calamities as all the world is facing now due to the present horrible virus?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! A king passed a rule in his kingdom which was to be followed by all citizens. The citizens who failed to follow the rule were to be punished. Some citizens violated the rule and were punished by the court of law (dharmāsanam) present in the kingdom. Now, suppose these punished violators praise the king a lot and pray to him, will the king cancel their punishment using his supreme power? The other citizens who followed his rule were not punished, even though they never praised the king. Hence, the main point here is to follow the rule of the king. Whether citizens praise the king or not is immaterial.

If you replace the king with God and the kingdom with this entire world, you will be able to relate the above story to the present context. God has given the divine constitution called the Dharma Śāstra, to humanity through ancient...

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Should I follow my family's religious tradition or a different one?

Posted on: 09/04/2020

Shri Arunkumar asked: Dear Swamiji! My humble pranams. I have a doubt regarding the sacred thread. I am a Veera Shaiva Shiva Acharya Jangam by birth. People in my caste do not wear a sacred thread. But one group within the community says they follow the Vedas and the other says that they do not. In Kedarnath, people of our caste perform pūjā to Lord Śiva. My question is, I do not know whether...

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How to resolve family quarrels?

Posted on: 09/04/2020

Smt. Tanuja asked: Padanamskaram Swamiji! Kindly help me in the situation I am in. How can I resolve the quarrelling in the family? How can children communicate to their parents when they are feeling unsatisfied due to disturbances with their siblings or partner?]
Swami replied: The belief in God and the fear of His punishment for breaking justified traditions of elders and for violating justice in general, alone can bring perfect discipline in any soul. This is equally true whether the soul is a father...

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How can time be defined in terms of space?

Posted on: 09/04/2020

[Advanced topic meant for intellectuals only] Dr. Nikhil asked: In Your answer to the question “Why did God create the universe through a very slow process of evolution?”, dated March 09, 2020, You have stated the following: “This picture also includes the fourth relative dimension, time, which gives the exact time in terms of distance, at which the accident took place.” Based on it, I would like to know how time can be defined in terms of distance (or space)? As per special relativity, space-time is one continuum and there is no concept of simultaneity. But it does not literally mean that time is defined in terms of space or length.

Swami replied: We hear older people in villages saying to youngsters “Why are you not rising from the bed? The time is now two full hands after sunrise” (Bāredu poddu ekkindi” in Telugu). What is the meaning of two full hands after sunrise? It means that the sun is at a height of two full hands from the point of sunrise (horizon), which is about 10 a.m. Here time is stated in terms of distance. After all, time on earth...

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Why is it said that God is the world?

Posted on: 07/04/2020

[This question was asked as part of the evening satsaṅga with Swami, at the house of Shri Pavan K.

Shri Kishore Ram asked: Swami, could You please explain the meaning of “Viśvaṃ Viṣṇuḥ” from the Viṣṇu Sahasranāma Stotram, which contains a thousand names of Lord Viṣṇu? ]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Literally, viśvaṃ means the world and Viṣṇuḥ means God. So, “Viśvaṃ Viṣṇuḥ” would mean that the world is God. But this is not the correct meaning of the statement. In this particular context, viśvam means worldly knowledge and Viṣṇuḥ stands for spiritual knowledge. The statement means that you can build all the concepts of spiritual knowledge with the help of worldly knowledge. It means that every concept of spiritual knowledge is found in worldly knowledge. Not only that, but the knowledge of God...

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How can we continue to serve without aspiration?

Posted on: 07/04/2020

[This question was asked as part of the evening satsaṅga with Swami, at the house of Shri Pavan K.

Shri Karthik asked: Whenever we attempt to follow Your knowledge and do service without any aspiration for the fruit, we are discouraged because immediately, we get trapped by the desire for some fruit in return. It causes us to stop making any further effort. How can we overcome this problem?]

Swami replied: There are three types of people. The lowest type never start any work due to the fear of failure in the future. The middle type start, do some work and then stop, due to some failure. The highest type of people start the work and finally stop only when they achieve success in it, even if they have to face a hundred hurdles on the way. You have ascended from the lowest type to the middle type. Now you have to ascend...

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Should we follow elders' instructions blindly?

Posted on: 07/04/2020

[This question was asked as part of the evening satsaṅga with Swami, at the house of Shri Pavan K.

Shri Nitin asked: Elders give us some instructions and ask us to follow those instructions without any analysis. Is this acceptable?]

Swami replied: This is not correct in any way. Even God Krishna asked Arjuna not to blindly follow whatever He had said, but to follow it only after thorough analysis (Vimṛśyaitadaśeṣeṇa). If the shopkeeper is sure that the gold sold by him is genuine 24 carat gold, he will ask the purchaser to subject it to any test and purchase it only after he is fully satisfied. This is because he is totally confident of the purity...

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Can One Leave the Family for God?

Posted on: 06/04/2020

[Swami visited the house of Shri. K. Pavan Kumar and had the following spiritual discussion (satsaṅga). Kumari Sarada Snehitha asked the following question to Swami: “Swami, You said that Śaṅkara left His mother, Prahlāda left his father and Buddha left His kingdom, son and wife for the sake of God. But how is it justified to leave these legitimate worldly bonds?”]

Swami replied: We totally agree with your point, as far as pravṛtti or worldly life is concerned. All family bonds are legitimate worldly bonds that are within the boundaries of worldly life. This means that you should vote for these legitimate worldly bonds over illegitimate worldly bonds. You must give top priority to your mother, your father, your life-partner (wife or husband), your son, your daughter, your property etc. If you neglect your life-partner for the sake of an illegitimate bond with some other person, you have failed at pravṛtti. You are in the state of duśpravṛtti, which is the lowest level of injustice. Pravṛtti or the worldly life following justice, is the middle level. One must vote for pravṛtti over duśpravṛtti. But the highest level...

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How can we explain our lack of vengeance to others, when a person is wronged before you?

Posted on: 05/04/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swamiji! With regard to Your discourse dated February 25, 2020, on retaliatory sins, I present a case before You for Your kind advice: Person A harms Person B. Suppose this is a case of retaliation in which A harmed B in return for a previous harm done by B to A, in the previous birth. How can one console B after the incident, if B does not believe in the concept of previous birth? B expects B’s relatives to take some action against A since A harmed B in front of B’s relatives. But B’s relatives might not be taking action against A, as per Your advice, thinking that it might be a case of retaliation. At Your Divine Feet. Anil.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! In the case of harm done by a person to you in retaliation to a previous harm done by you to that person, the circumstances will be such that you cannot take any action against your opponent. Even the relatives...

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Is the corona virus the result of karma?

Posted on: 05/04/2020

[A devotee asked: Guruji, You are giving the highest knowledge. Jai Guru Datta! Is karma behind corona virus? Why is it spreading to all countries? In the Mahabharata, the karma was borne by the people who supported both the parties which were at war with each other. Now, why is the world bearing the karma, when people are far away from each other and have no relationships with each other? Please Lord Datta (Datta Swami), I beg You to protect world from the corona virus!]

Swami replied: Were there no deaths before this corona virus epidemic? If we eliminate this corona virus, will all deaths stop? Is it not a meaningless question? When the time of death comes, there are one crore (10 million) ways of implementing death to a soul. This does not mean that you should not take all the necessary scientific precautions to prevent...

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How does Bhagvan secure and protect dharma in this world?

Posted on: 05/04/2020

Swami replied: In your question the word ‘how’ is obscure. Does it mean the procedure of cooking the food or the tools and utensils used for cooking or the food ingredients used? I will take it in the sense of the procedure and answer your question. God is unimaginable and there is no possibility of even imagining God. God punishes unjust people and thereby maintains justice in the world. But since this ultimate giver of the punishment is beyond our imagination, a direct proof of perception...

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Why am I not getting the due fruit even though I have worked with the highest sincerity?

Posted on: 05/04/2020

[Smt. Priya, wife of Shri Pavan asked this question to Swami during a satsaṅga at their home.]

Swami replied: You cannot blame God or the astrological planets for this situation. You can neither blame the judge who punished you nor the police department that arrested you. You have to blame your own crime which you had committed previously. It is that crime which made God who is the divine judge and the planets (deities) who are the divine police officers, act in a way that has given you pain. Some people are very clever and they say that the present bad fruit...

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Swami Answers Devotees' Questions

Posted on: 04/04/2020

1. Does śaktipāta from the sun mean receiving its nuclear fusion energy?

Tinku K. asked: Jai Guru Datta! Namasakaram Guruji! Please explain the following doubts that I have. What is the importance and scientific reason behind the Śani Trayodaśi? Will it give results only on performing the evening abhiṣeka to Lord Śiva? I read in the Śrīpāda Śrīvallabha Charitāmṛtam that this pūjā is one of the reasons for the birth of Śrīpāda Śrīvallabha Swami. In the Charitāmṛtam, Śrīpāda Śrīvallabha said that His maternal grandfather did śaktipāta from the Sūrya mandal to Śrīśaila Mallikārjuna Swami. What is śaktipāta? Is it the tremendous energy that the sun generates by nuclear fusion?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Śakti here does not mean the inert energy generated in the physical sun. It only means the unimaginable power of the unimaginable God given to the deity Sūrya...

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Is the Soul Present in all Actually God?

Posted on: 02/04/2020

Shri PVNM Sharma asked: Most people say that the soul present in all human beings itself is God. Is this the truth?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! There are two extreme ends. One end is Śaṅkara, who said that the soul is God and that God exists in every zoological living being having awareness. It means, the awareness present in all animals, including humans, but excluding plants, is God. The other end is Maharshi Dayānanda and Prophet Mohammad, who said that God is formless and that He never exists in any form. It means that God cannot be in any inert object or even in awareness which is non-inert. Both these ends are not correct and the truth lies in the middle golden path as told by Aristotle. Does this mean that Śaṅkara, Maharshi Dayānanda and Prophet Mohammad were wrong? Not at all! I have only told what the truth is. I never said that the three were wrong. All these three preachers were Human Incarnations...

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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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