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Is it sin for a rape victim to abort the fetus?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

[Reply tp a question by Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli] Swami replied: Rape is the sin of the rapist and not the sin of the raped lady. There is no need to have an abortion...

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Are gay relationships acceptable from a spiritual standpoint?

Posted on: 16/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethapalli asked: What is your take on legalizing gay marraiges? It is already legal in some states in USA and we see many gay couples who are even raising children together. There are some people who say that all gay people will be condemned to hell and parents disown their own children when they come to know that their children are gay. There is so much social taboo and shame in accepting gay people.

Swami replied: Any inborn defect in this life is only the fruit of some sin done in the past lives. A person who mocks at a eunuch, is born as a eunuch in his next life. If the eunuch is reformed in this birth and becomes a strong devotee of God, God will remove the defect and bless the soul even using His miraculous...

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Is euthanasia or mercy killing wrong or a sin?

Posted on: 15/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Is euthanasia or mercy killing wrong or a sin, particularly in the following cases:Case 1: Sometimes, a cancer patient at the hospital is told by a doctor that, with a lot of effort, they can prolong their life by 6 more months or a year, at the most. But the patient opts for no more suffering from chemotherapy or any other types of medical interventions and choses to lead the remaining life in doing what he or she likes. The patient chooses not to fight for living a little bit longer and instead, makes peace with his or her upcoming death. Is this wrong? Should patients always...

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Is plastic surgery done to improve one's physical features, a sin?

Posted on: 15/12/2019

[Reply to a question by Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli] Swami replied: Plastic surgery might become essential for professional reasons. A beautiful film actress got plastic surgery done to make the tip of her flat nose a little long and lean because she has to act...

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How can Hindus explain the multiplicity of Gods to people of other religions?

Posted on: 15/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: One of my Christian friends asked me “Why does Hinduism have so many forms of Gods and Goddesses? We have only Jesus Christ. Muslims have only Allah. Buddhism has only Lord Buddha and so on. How can one keep up with so many forms? Are you supposed to just pick whom you like and focus on that form”? How should I answer such questions?

Swami replied: The above question regarding the multiplicity of Gods in Hinduism itself contains the answer because the questioner asked “Are you supposed to just pick whom you like and focus on that form?” Hinduism is a micro-model of the macro-world. What you see in the world, you also see in the Hindu religion at a micro-level. In the world, you have picked up the form of Jesus since you liked it and you are focusing on it. Did you ask other people in the world, “Why are there so many forms of God existing in the world when Jesus alone is God?” Some other person has picked Allah, who has no form. Some other person picked Buddha...

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Is human colonization of Mars, God's plan or human ambition?

Posted on: 15/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Nowadays, we are hearing so much about scientists trying to study the planet Mars, as a possible planet to host human life and other life forms. There are many theories where they are predicting that humans will, one day, live on Mars. There is a saying I have heard since childhood, “Without Lord Śiva’s order, even an ant will not move a step...

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How can one distinguish between God's plan and human free will?

Posted on: 15/12/2019

Smt. Priyanka Seethepalli asked: Swami, can you please enlighten us regarding the difference between God’s plan and the free will of mankind. Can you extend the same concept of God’s will to various human actions like deforestation and killing of animals resulting in the extinction of some animal species like gorillas...

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Is it alright for vegetarians to consume mushrooms?

Posted on: 14/12/2019

Shri Manikanta asked: Padanamskaram Swamiji! Are mushrooms considered vegetarian food or non-vegetarian? Please enlighten us on this point. Manikanta

Swami replied: The main issue is to ensure that the food you eat is not obtained by causing an animal to suffer the agony of being killed. Mushrooms are fungi. Scientists do not classify fungi as either plants (botany) or animals (zoology). We even consume foods containing bacteria such as curd from milk. Mushrooms do not exhibit pain and suffering as an animal or bird does, when it is killed. Therefore, mushrooms can be consumed...

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How can one remain happy and ethical throughout one's life?

Posted on: 14/12/2019

Kum. Amudha asked: Dear Swami! How can one remain happy in one’s life even in difficult times. How can one be good and ethical, at all times? At Your Divine Feet. Amudha.

Swami replied: The only way that your wish will come true is when you accept the existence of God and develop devotion to Him. Devotion is developed when you come to know the true details and divine qualities of His personality. If one is always inspired by God and is certain that God will punish sinners...

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What is the duty of a woman in the world?

Posted on: 14/12/2019

Smt. Rupa Murthy asked: Padanamaskaram Swamiji! I really admire your different perspectives and the underlying meanings of Your discourses. I have a few questions, which I have presented below. My questions are related to a woman’s duty in this world. What is most important in a woman’s life? Is dealing with a toxic relationship considered great? Or is being a mother considered great? Or is pursuing a career great? A woman can successfully manage all such roles together, only if she finds a proper life-partner...

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Was Jesus Christ Lord Krishna Himself?

Posted on: 13/12/2019

Shri Ahsan Habib, Dhaka asked: Hello, I was reading your article about the Incarnation of God. I wonder, what if, Jesus Christ was Lord Krishna Himself! Could you please explain your point of view? Kind regards, Ahsan Habib (Sabuz), Dhaka.

Swami replied: All Human Incarnations of God, belonging to all religions, are one and the same, since the unimaginable God present in each of them is one and the same. But it does not mean that Krishna is Jesus Himself. The unimaginable God is like the gold metal from which various ornaments are made. From the standpoint of gold, both the golden chain and the golden bangle are one and the same. But from the standpoint of the design of the ornament, the bangle is different from the chain. Thus, there is an internal unity...

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Is the resurrection of Jesus false?

Posted on: 13/12/2019

Shri Ahsan Habib, Dhaka asked: You have said that Jesus did not die on the cross and that, with the help of His disciples, He escaped to India, where he died at the age of 85. So, does it not mean that His resurrection was false?

Swami replied: What do you mean by resurrection? If it means rising from the dead, there is no problem in saying that Jesus was resurrected after three days. There are different versions of the life of Jesus. As per one version, Jesus died on being crucified and rose from the dead again. Then, after His resurrection, He travelled to India and lived for many decades, during which He interacted with many Indian philosophers. Finally, at the age of 85 years, the inevitable death of His mortal body took place and the tomb of Jesus exists...

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How can we confidently answer difficult people who impose false beliefs on us?

Posted on: 13/12/2019

Shri Balaji asked: Respected Swamiji, Namaste. Many times, when we meet strangers, they might act like good persons. Sometimes, they might even pretend to be great devotees, just to fool others or due to their ego or over-confidence. Perhaps, some of them might even be genuine and might have the best of intentions. But in a short meeting, it is difficult to know the reality of people. So, usually, I end up giving the benefit of the doubt to them and assume...

Swami replied: Every person is an individual soul with an ego. The ego makes the person think that he or she is preaching true spiritual knowledge or a true philosophy. The person also expects others to become his disciples and accept and follow him. It gives pleasure to the soul. No one wants to always remain a disciple and receive knowledge from a divine preacher. It makes the person feel inferior...

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Who are the destroyers of the soul mentioned in the Esavasya Upanishad?

Posted on: 13/12/2019

Shri Balaji asked: Respected Swamiji, Could You kindly clarify the third verse of the Īśāvāsya Upaniṣad? The verse, “Asūryā nāma te lokā…ātma hano janāḥ”, is a warning, describing the the fate of the slayers of their own souls (ātman). Who are these destroyers of the soul (ātma hanaḥ)? Is it just people who fail in the path of worldly justice pravṛtti as said in the first verse, “Tena tyaktena buñjīthā ma gṛdaḥ kasyasvit dhanam” or does it also extend to people who do not strive for niṣkāma karma yoga as said in the second verse “Kurvaneha karmāṇi...na karma lipyate nare”? Sincerely, Balaji

Swami replied: The people mentioned in the first verse are the same people implied in the second verse. The second verse is the extension of the first. If a person commits suicide (destroyer of the soul), such a person will fall into a dark hell forever. Human life is the most precious...

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How can atheistic evolutionary science clarify creation-related matters in scriptures?

Posted on: 12/12/2019

Dr. Nikhil asked: In a question answered by You on August 27, 2019, about how Allah created living beings as stated in the Quran, You suggested that the devotee should refer to Darwin’s theory of evolution. But Darwin’s theory of evolution and biology in general, does not include God to explain how life evolved. Darwin’s original theory of evolution, which is based on natural selection, later gave way to the ‘modern evolutionary synthesis’, which unified Darwin’s evolution with the genetics of Gregor Mendel. Even this modern evolutionary synthesis is also mainly based on natural selection. Personally, Darwin was most probably...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! I am not criticizing the theory of evolution or any other discovery of science because I am also a scientist. I fully believe in the value of science, which is based on experimental validation and not on mere theoretical imagination. Let us understand the respective roles of science and spirituality through the example of making coffee. I agree with the scientific procedure involved in the preparation of a cup of coffee. I am not denying the scientific laws of heat transfer in heating the water and milk. I also agree with the scientific laws related to the solubility of sugar and coffee powder in the hot mixture. I am only giving additional information...

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Aarati of Shri Datta Swami by Smt. Bindiya Chaudhry

Posted on: 12/12/2019

I would like to offer the following ārati composed and sung by me, to Swamiji:

Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Shri Venu Gopala
Swami Satguru Datta Bhagavān

Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Shri Venu Gopala
Swami Satguru Datta Bhagavān...

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Is there any significance of the fasts that we observe for the well-being of our loved ones?

Posted on: 12/12/2019

Smt. Bindiya Chaudhry asked: Is there any significance of the fasts that we observe on karvā chauth for the well-being of our husband or on aṣṭami for the well-being of our children? Shat shat pranam and thank you for continuously enlightening us. Thanks, Bindiya.

Swami replied: All these forms of worship of God are good because they improve the devotee’s devotion to God. Of course, these forms of worship are linked with some worldly fruits desired by us, such as the well-being of our husband, children and so on. But unless the worship is linked to some worldly fruits, the majority of people will not care to do it, at all. So, initially, God fulfills the worldly desires of devotees who worship Him in this manner. But one should not cling on to such desire-filled worship throughout one’s life. When a small boy in the kindergarten...

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Message on Datta Jayanti

Posted on: 11/12/2019

O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! There are three views regarding the relationship between God and the soul. They were proposed by the three Divine Preachers called Śaṅkara, Rāmānuja and Madhva, who came one after the other, in that sequence. Their philosophies are known as Monism (Advaita), Qualified Monism (Viśiṣṭa Advaita) and Dualism (Dvaita) respectively. The three Divine Preachers are like the school teacher, college lecturer and the university professor. This might immediately make you think that Śaṅkara had a low standard of knowledge, Rāmānuja had the middle standard and Madhva had a high standard...

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Can You please explain the significance of the practices related to the holy thread ceremony?

Posted on: 05/12/2019

Shri Sai Ram Kiran asked: During the holy thread ceremony, why is the young boy’s head shaven except for a small portion of hair on the head? Also, why are the boy’s ears pierced for wearing ear-rings? What is the significance of the holy thread consisting of three strands?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The holy thread ceremony of a young boy is known as upanayanam and it marks the beginning of the boy’s education. After this ritual, the boy is supposed to go and live with the teacher and learn knowledge. At the teacher’s place, he is not to expect comfort. Every day, he is expected to take a cold water bath...

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Why did Lord Vishnu have to incarnate as Narasimha?

Posted on: 05/12/2019

Shri Manikanta asked: God Narasiṃha is God Viṣṇu, who is the ultimate power. Could He not have directly come and killed the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu? What was the necessity for Him to come as Narasiṃha, a human being with the head of a lion?

Swami replied: A rowdy misuses his power and gains victory over his opponents by violating established rules. A good administrator, who is very intelligent, succeeds even without violating any rule. He is also able to interpret the rules properly and prove that his victory was justified. The demon Hiraṇyakaśipu...

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