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WHY DOES TRADITION SAY THAT THE UNIMAGINABLE GOD IS CONSTANTLY EXPERIENCED BY US AS AWARENESS?
Posted on: 14/11/2019

If God is unimaginable, He should be beyond awareness and beyond our experience. Then why is it traditionally said that God is awareness and that, as awareness, He is always being experienced by us? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: If you see the definition of God in the scriptures and apply some logical analysis to it, you will inevitably conclude that the ultimate Absolute Reality, called God, is unimaginable. Simple logic is sufficient to arrive at this conclusion. The scripture says that God is the Creator of space (Ātmanaḥ ākaśaḥ sambhūtaḥ). Space can obviously not exist in God before its creation. If no space exists in God, it means that God has no spatial dimensions. God has no volume and is even beyond the concept of space and spatial dimensions. It means that God is unimaginable since our imagination can never cross the concept...

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WHY DO YOU CONTRADICT VYAASA IN SAYING THAT THE SOUL IS DIFFERENT FROM GOD?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Even sage Vyāsa says that the soul itself is God (Brahmātmaikatva lakṣaṇam). Then why do You say that the soul is different from God? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The same sage Vyāsa also wrote several sutras, one after the other, in the very first pāda of the first adhyāya of the Brahma Sūtras proving that the soul is not God (Netaronupapatteḥ etc.,). A soul, along with its external body, can become God when God merges with it to become an Energetic or Human Incarnation. Souls possessing energetic bodies...

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IF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE ARE THE HIGHEST, IS DEVOTION A WASTE?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Can we conclude that theoretical devotion is a waste as compared to practical devotion involving service and sacrifice? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: Certainly not! Unless you completely know the personality of God through theoretical knowledge, devotion will not be born at all. Had Rukmiṇī not heard about Krishna from Nārada, she would have not developed any attraction (theoretical) for Krishna. Without the attraction to Krishna, she would not have sent the messenger to Krishna requesting Him to marry her, which is practical devotion. Mere service...

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WHY WERE THE SAGES REBORN AS THE GOPIKAS AFTER A LONG DELAY?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

In the Tretā Yuga, Rāma told the sages that they would be reborn as the Gopikās to face His tests. But the Gopikās were reborn only at the end of the Dvāpara Yuga. Why was there such a long delay? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: By the end of Dvāpara Yuga, Kali Yuga had almost entered. Kali Yuga is characterized by an atmosphere of all bad qualities like theft, illegitimate sex and so on. The tests conducted by God for the Gopikās externally appeared to involve such bad qualities. Krishna’s stealing of the butter of the Gopikās was a test of whether their bond with God (Krishna) was stronger...

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IS BRAHMAN THE GOAL OF SPIRITUALITY OR IS IT SHAKTI?
Posted on: 13/11/2019

Vedānta philosophers say that Brahman is the goal whereas, the Śākteyas say that Śakti is the goal. How can both these views be correlated? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: There is only one ultimate absolute reality. It is the unimaginable God, who is called Parabrahman or Brahman. This ultimate God, being unimaginable, is neither masculine nor feminine nor neuter in gender. God is referred to as masculine, only as per convention. The concept of gender exists only in the imaginable creation. Brahman does not mean male and Śakti does not mean female. Brahman refers...

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WHAT IS MEANT BY SALVATION?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Does salvation mean relief from this cycle of births and deaths? Why are we unable to develop real love for God, without the aspiration for any fruit in return? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: Salvation (mokṣa) means the relief from worldly bonds. It happens only by yoga, which means attachment to God. The root-word of yoga is ‘yuj’ and it means attachment. The root word of mokṣa is ‘muñc’ and it means detachment. When you are strongly attached to one item, other items naturally drop off. Salvation cannot be attained by any forced...

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WHAT IS OUR RELATION WITH GOD FROM THE POINTS OF VIEW OF BODY, INDIVIDUAL SOUL AND SOUL?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Can we say that from the body point of view, we are servants of God, from the point of view of our individual soul, we are part of God and from the point of view of our soul, we are identical with God? [This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: This statement was said by Hanumān to Rāma (Dehabuddhyātu dāso’ham, Jīvabuddhyā tvadaṃśakaḥ, Ātma buddhyā tvamevāham, iti me niścitā matiḥ.). But every soul is not Hanumān. Rāma was the Human Incarnation of God Nārāyaṇa and Hanumān is the Human Incarnation of God Sadāśiva. Both Nārāyaṇa and Sadāśiva are alternative names of the same God, known as Īśvara or Datta. Hence, both Rāma and Hanumān were the Incarnations...

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WHY DID GOD DATTA CHOOSE TO MERGE WITH YOU?
Posted on: 12/11/2019

Why did God Datta choose to merge with You in order to propagate the final true spiritual knowledge to this world. At that time, there were several saints available in the world, who had already sacrificed everything for the sake of God. Whereas, You were a married person with children, struggling for Your livelihood. Besides, You were a teacher of chemistry, which is not connected to spiritual knowledge at all!

Swami replied: When God Datta appeared before Me, asking Me to propagate this final spiritual knowledge, I had asked Him this exact same question, which you are asking Me now. In fact, I had prayed to Him to help Me in a job interview since I needed the job very much for My livelihood. But He did not respond to My request. Instead, as soon as He appeared, His first statement was “I have selected You for the full-time propagation of the final spiritual knowledge...

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ARE PRAVRUTTI AND NIVRUTTI SEQUENTIAL STEPS OR OPPOSITE TO EACH OTHER?
Posted on: 11/11/2019

Pravṛtti means attachment to legitimate worldly bonds. Nivṛtti means detachment from the same legitimate worldly bonds. Both are opposite to each other. Then how can You bring both together saying that pravṛtti is the primary part of the same spiritual path and nivṛtti is the advanced part? This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! In pravṛtti there is forced detachment from unjust and illegitimate worldly bonds and a forced attachment to just and legitimate worldly bonds. Since pravṛtti is mandatory, the human being is forced to follow it. If the soul refuses to reject illegitimate bonds, the soul will be sent to hell. If the soul favors legitimate bonds...

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WHY DO ATHEISTS DENY GOD'S EXISTENCE?
Posted on: 10/11/2019

[This question is part of a mahā satsaṅga or a great spiritual discussion between Swami and several devotees who had come from various places, seeking the clarification of their doubts.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The atheist is also a citizen of his country. He, like any other citizen, wants the government of his country to run a good and just administration. But governments run by human beings are prone to error, injustice and partiality. Even the courts of law have human judges, who are not omniscient. In a court of law, we find a statue of the deity of justice with a black blindfold covering her eyes. It means that the judge passes the judgment based on hearing the testimony of the witnesses and not based on actually witnessing or seeing the incident...

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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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