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Why did Jesus allow His own crucifixion, when His opponents did not repent and reform and were sent to hell anyway?

Posted on: 02/03/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Om Namaḥ Śivaya, Swami! I am trying to understand the divine knowledge given by You. I request You to kindly clarify my queries. In the discourse given by you on August 14, 2016 (2nd Message), you have said the following: Krishna preached a lot to the Kauravas and also invited various sages to preach to them! But Krishna did not do as Jesus did since He had decided to kill all of them. He knew that sympathy could never arise in the hearts of the demons who were born as the Kauravas. In the case of Jesus, there was some scope for repentance...

Swami replied: The cruel people who crucified Jesus went to eternal hell because they did not repent after the crucifixion of Jesus. They were similar to the Kauravas, who were not only punished here, but were also thrown into eternal hell. The crucifixion...

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Can eating the food served by a devotee reform a sinner?

Posted on: 02/03/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: I was watching the movie "Shri Datta Darshanam" after learning from my fellow-devotee, Veena Datta, that the story of this movie was given by You. In this movie, the devotee, Vishnu Datta, serves food to a crow which sits on a tree, in front of his home, everyday. One day, the crow, which was actually a rākṣasa (demon), appears in its original form, seeing which Vishnu Datta gets scared. That rākṣasa tells Vishnu Datta that on eating the food served by Vishnu Datta everyday, all his demonic qualities are gone and that he has been relieved from the curse...

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Will an atheistic innovator be granted human rebirth? If not, how will his desire to innovate be fulfilled?

Posted on: 02/03/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: This question is related to the life of an innovator. An innovator enjoys his thought-process which produces new ideas, which is what motivates him to create or discover something. But discovery or innovation requires an advanced intellect and only a human being has that kind of intellect. I have also learned that the only true purpose of a human being is to use all his abilities in finding God. If a human being spends his entire life in innovating things without ever bothering to learn about God...

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What is the significance of the 24 Gurus of Lord Datta?

Posted on: 02/03/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: When I see a particular quality in another human being and like it immensely, that quality attracts me to the person and makes me fall in love with the person. When I express my love, admiration and my willingness to sacrifice for the sake of the person, it pleases the person. Is the case of God being pleased with a climax nivṛtti devotee also the same as the above worldly example?...

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How can I find a life-partner who will support me on my spiritual journey?

Posted on: 02/03/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Swamiji, these days even school kids are falling in love! We humans often find a special quality in someone and fall in love, being totally unaware of their negative qualities. This happened to me too. I thought that my parents will never be able to know me completely. For instance, they don't even know that I am learning this knowledge from you! So, I thought, how will they be able to find the right life-partner for me? I felt that I should search for a life-partner by myself. Before receiving this divine knowledge, I even tried to search for my own life-partner...

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What is the connection between theism and the belief in the Veda?

Posted on: 29/02/2020

Shri J. Prasad (Prof. Sanskrit, Central University) asked: The Veda is the authority for knowing the existence of God. So, it is said that those who do not believe in the Veda are atheists, while those who believe in it are theists. But some Vedic scholars believe that the sound and accents of Vedic recitation are the main soul of the Veda. They say that Indra defeated and killed the demon Vṛtra because sages uttered a certain Vedic accent in a different way. Of course, You have clarified that Vṛtra was killed due to the will of God and not due to the changed accent of recitation. However, the point is that such Vedic scholars do not believe in any God other than the sound of the Veda. Then, how can the belief in the Veda be the basis for differentiating between theists (āstikas) and atheists (nāstikas)?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The Veda means the spiritual knowledge by which God is known and attained (Enaṃ vindanti Vedena, Vedaiśca sarvairahameva vedyaḥ, Tametaṃ Vedānuvacanena..., etc.). The greatness of the Veda is in that it is the knowledge of God. In other words, the greatness of the Veda is not independent, but dependent on the greatness of God. The temple is holy because of the presence of God in it. Without God, it is not at all holy. Similarly, the Veda is holy...

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How can unfortunate souls whose bad qualities are strengthened over several previous births, attain salvation?

Posted on: 29/02/2020

Swami replied: The soul is given full freedom in choosing the right path or the wrong path (Svabhāvastu pravartate—Gita). God does not force souls to leave the wrong path and turn to the right path. Using logic, God fully explains to souls about both paths and the results of following each of them. It is the souls who must feel attracted towards the right path preached by God and follow it, using their own free will. Krishna only preached to Arjuna what the right direction in his situation was. After presenting the complete logic before Arjuna, Krishna finally told Arjuna to analyze whatever He had said thoroughly and make his own decision, using his own free will (Yathecchasi tathā kuru). Krishna could have just forced Arjuna...

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How is it that both theistic and atheistic scientists make major discoveries?

Posted on: 23/02/2020

Shri Durgaprasad asked: Paadanamaskaaram Swami! Many great scientists have acknowledged God for the intuition and innovative ideas that they received during their research. They accept that, without God’s help, it was impossible for them to have come up with those ideas. On the other hand, we also see atheistic scientists getting some wonderful or sometimes, devastating ideas. How is this possible? At Your lotus feet. Durga Prasad.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The discoveries made by scientists are inspired by the omniscient God for the sake of the welfare of the world. God’s ultimate aim is only to help the world. He has no interest in projecting Himself as the real source of the discovery. God is the ultimate source of the Veda, which is primary spiritual scripture. He is also the source of the Śāstra, which is the secondary scripture that enables the correct interpretation...

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What is the meaning of the word 'Govinda' in the song 'Bhaja Govindam'?

Posted on: 23/02/2020

Govinda means the cowherd who leads cows and it indicates Krishna. The word Govinda also has another meaning and that is the Satguru or the God who is associated with the human body which is a bundle of senses (Gavāṃ indriyāṇāṃ saṅghātaṃ nara śarīraṃ vindate prapnoti iti Govinda). It means the unimaginable God present in the medium of a human body, which is a bundle of senses. This meaning applies to any Human Incarnation of God and specifically to Krishna, who was an Incarnation and was also popularly called Govinda. Śaṅkara sang this song for the benefit of the people in His time, for whom He was the Satguru or the contemporary Human Incarnation...

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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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