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Jivatma Tattva Prakaranam (The Topic of the Nature of the Soul)

Posted on: 17/05/2022

1) Cit bhinna yantra vaividhyāt, na jaḍo daiva dānataḥ |
Ajñālpajña sarvajñau, sraṣṭā na kvaci deṣa hi ||

[Only one fundamental energy is appearing in different work forms like light, sound etc., in different functioning equipment (like bulb, phone etc., respectively). The same inert energy becoming a specific work form in a specific functioning brain-nervous system is called as awareness. The point is that while all forms of inert energy are inert, why is this specific form of inert energy called awareness...

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Jagat Srushti Prakaranam (The Topic of Creation of Universe)

Posted on: 16/05/2022

1) Dravya cijjanakākāśaḥ, tejaḥ sṛṣṭaṃ tadarthataḥ |
Tenobhayaṃ sṛṣṭaṃ viśva—prakṛtiḥ kevalā hi tat ||

[It is a very clear point that creation of energy was the first process of God and hence, energy was the first item that was created by God.  From energy, matter and awareness came out with the help of which various inert and non-inert items were designed by God resulting in this vast universe. Since space was the first created item, space itself is the subtle energy from which this world is developed by God. Space must be the first item...

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Creation of Space and Energy by God

Posted on: 09/05/2022

1. Is God dimensionally constrained by the imaginable creation?

[Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, The unimaginable God is surrounding the imaginable universe; in such a case, God is formed into a geometrical dimension having imaginable core as the universe (assuming the universe is like a sphere, God is surrounding the sphere like a wrap). Thus, God is dimensionally constrained by the imaginable creation. Kindly please answer this point. At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil]

Swami replied: When space is absent in God, we cannot say that the unimaginable God surrounded the imaginable sphere of universe like an external sphere. To say like that, we are provoked from the point of our faculty of understanding. Actually, this means that the unimaginable God exists everywhere around us in an unimaginable way. It is a mode of our assumption to represent like that for the sake...

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Akasha Tejah Prakaranam (The Topic on Space and Energy)

Posted on: 08/05/2022

1. Ākāśaṃ śūnya māhuḥ ke, sāpekṣaṃ dravyaśaktisat |
Parasya sattayā syāttu, jagato'pekṣayā na saḥ ||

Some say that space is absence of any existent thing, which is called as ‘emptiness’ or ‘void’ or ‘vacuum’. These people say that space is nothing or non-existent and is relatively existent only with reference to the existence of matter and energy. For these people, space is just conventional with respect to the rest world. This means that when matter and energy disappear, space also disappears spontaneously. With reference to the absolute existence...

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Divine Satsanga on 22-04-2022

Posted on: 24/04/2022

Satsanga with Swami on 22-04-2022 attended by Shri Phani, Smt. Bhagya and Srivatsa Datta. Following are the remarks of Swami during the Satsanga.

1. The Veda says that the Lord appeared in different forms with the help of His various types of the unimaginable power called Maayaa (Indro māyābhiḥ pururūpa īyate). Here, in all types of the unimaginable power, the unimaginable nature is common and all types are different forms of the same unimaginable power. For example, ‘Aṇimā’ is to become very small and ‘Garimā’ is to become very big. Both are essentially unimaginable power...

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Avataara Prakaranam

Posted on: 16/04/2022

1. Parabrahmāvatārāḥ syuḥ, taijasāḥ mānavāḥ viśet |
Datta eva tanuṃ tau hi, tasya Dattasya caikataḥ ||

Datta is the energetic Avatāra or incarnation of the unimaginable God or Parabrahman. The latter incarnations are incarnations of Datta, which may be either energetic for the sake of energetic beings in the upper worlds or human for the sake of human beings on the earth. God Datta enters and merges with selected energetic beings or human beings to become energetic or human incarnations...

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Ishvara Prakaranam

Posted on: 15/04/2022

1. Bhaktyai nohyaṃ jagat sṛṣṭeḥ, puro jīvārcanārthataḥ |
Paramavyoma dehātma-sraṣṭṛ taijasādikṛt ||

[Parabrahman or unimaginable God wanted to create the world with souls for His entertainment, in which love and devotion with the souls is the essence for which meditation and worship are essential. Anticipating all this in the future creation...

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Maayaa Shakti Prakaranam

Posted on: 10/04/2022

1. Tadeka masṛja ccedaṃ, nohyaṃ śaktyā hi nohyayā |
Nohyānā mekataḥ śaktiḥ, Parabrahmaiva kevalam ||

[The unimaginable God created this world from nothing and without the help of any second thing. Immediately, we think that the unimaginable God must have created this world with His unimaginable power. Since the power is also unimaginable, we cannot distinguish the boundaries of the possessor of power or unimaginable God and the unimaginable power, and we have to forcibly agree that the only one unimaginable God...

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Parabrahma Prakaranam - The Topic of Unimaginable God

Posted on: 21/03/2022

1)Taṭasthāvettṛ vedokteḥ, Prasthānatraya bṛṃhaṇāt |
Pratyakṣārtha vibhūtibhyaḥ, nohya mastīti niścitam||

[There is some entity, which is unimaginable and which is decided as the source of practically perceived miracles in this world. Such unimaginable entity is said to be the creator, maintainer and destroyer of this creation by the three authoritative scriptures of spiritual knowledge called “Prasthānatrayam”. The references in these three authorities are:- 1) The Brahmasūtrams saying that this entity...

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Is there Vrutti in the state of meditation?

Posted on: 16/01/2022

[A question by Shri G. Lakshman]

Swami Replied:- Vrutti means thought or mental impression or a pulse of awareness. If meditation is in deep sleep state, then there is no Vrutti. Except the state of deep sleep, Vrutti exists always. In waken state and dream state Vrutti exists. If Vrutti does not exist, it is certainly the state of deep sleep only. If you give meditation as an alternative name for the state of deep sleep, we can say that Vrutti...

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Is the Advaitin's view of the first energetic incarnation (Datta) as an impression formed in mind correct? (Part-2)

Posted on: 11/01/2022

Continued from Part-1...

[Shri Phani asked:- Swami! You said that Vritti or impression is also relative reality like the world in the view of the unimaginable God. Please explain this in detail.]

Swami replied:- Impression means a mode of awareness. Impression of a pot (Ghaṭa vṛtti) means the mind taking the shape of the pot (Ghaṭākāra-ākārita-antaḥkaraṇa vṛttiḥ - Ghaṭavṛttiḥ). The pot is the external object, which is made of inert matter and inert energy. The inert matter is also a form of inert energy only. Hence, the pot is inert energy only. The mind is its mode or impression like gold...

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Is the Advaitin’s view of the first energetic incarnation (Datta) as an impression formed in mind correct? (Part-1)

Posted on: 09/01/2022

Shri Lakshman asked: Padanamaskarams Swami. The below extract is from the 7th shloka of the 18th chapter of Trailokya Gita. “In Advaita philosophy the original God is the unimaginable God, Who can never be concentrated upon as said in the Gītā (avyaktā hi gatir duḥkham). For this reason, only, Patanjali said that the concentration shall be done on the first energetic incarnation called as ‘Īśvara or Datta’. This God Datta exists in human incarnation as hidden inner item. The impression of human forms is coming in the mind...

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Swami, please explain about a) apara prakruti and b) the usage of Mula maayaa in the context of Shri Chakra.

Posted on: 10/10/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, In the recent discourse, You said that in Aparāprakṛti, there are 8 fold components, comprising of the five elements and mind, intelligence, and ego. In another older discourse on Śrī Cakra and its real meaning, You had mentioned the following.

"The first five Cakras represent the five elements, the constituent materials of the creation. Attraction is the process of mind representing the Sixth ‘Ājñā Cakra’ and the four functional faculties (mind, intelligence, ego, and memory) at this level are called the four internal instruments (Anthaḥkaraṇams). The five elements and the four Antaḥkaraṇams...

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Purusha The Ultimate Goal

Posted on: 18/09/2021

[Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji, I feel the following two verses from the Kaṭha Upaniṣad (3.10–3.11) clearly indicate that awareness is not the ultimate God.

indriyebhyaḥ parā hyarthā arthebhyaśca paraṃ manaḥ .
manasastu parā buddhirbuddherātmā mahān paraḥ .. 10..
mahataḥ paramavyaktamavyaktātpuruṣaḥ paraḥ...

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Consciousness In Deep Sleep

Posted on: 04/08/2021

Dr. Nikhil asked: Is it impossible to prove that consciousness is absent in deep sleep, on the basis of both experience and logic? A famous teacher of Advaita Vedānta claims in his video that it is an error to say that consciousness is absent in deep sleep. I have tried to put together some of the main arguments made by him below. 1Q:- As per Advaita, only the mind is absent in deep sleep, whereas, consciousness continues to exist. The inability to distinguish between consciousness and mind leads to this erroneous conclusion that consciousness is absent in deep sleep.

Swāmi Replied:- Anybody can distinguish consciousness or awareness from mind. Consciousness is the special work form of basic energy and it is called as awareness. Based on its functions, awareness is classified into 4 categories called internal instruments: 1) Mind or Manas...

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Why Is Every Soul Not God? (Part-9)

Posted on: 16/07/2021

Part 9: Clarifications

Swāmi continued:- The three divine preachers called Śaṇkara, Rāmānuja and Madhva representing Śiva, Viṣṇu and Brahmā represent the single God Datta, who does destruction, maintenance and creation of this world respectively. God Datta is not only the single God (Ekamevādvitīyam... Veda) doing these three works, but also the single spiritual preacher, who established Advaita, Viśiṣṭa advaita and Dvaita philosophies for the sake of devotees in this world. These three philosophies can be applied to practical situations in the worldly life by devotees to come out of worldly ...

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Why Is Every Soul Not God? (Part-8)

Posted on: 15/07/2021

Part 8: Conclusions

1) Unimaginable God is absolutely real by Himself and world by itself is absolutely unreal. But, world also becomes absolutely real because God grants His absolute reality (Paramārtha sattā) to the world so that the absolutely real world gives absolutely real entertainment to God. The world being absolutely unreal by itself and being shinning due to borrowed absolute reality from unimaginable God is called as relative reality (Vyavahāra sattā)...

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Why Is Every Soul Not God? (Part-7)

Posted on: 11/07/2021

Part 7: Comparing the Soul with God and the Incarnation

Swāmi continued:- When we say that fire is burning some material, fire is the subject (Pramātā), the flames are the instrument used for burning (Pramāṇam), the burning is the result (Pramā) and the burnt material is the object (prameya). The subject is knower, the mind is the instrument used to know, the knowledge is the result and the knowable item is the object. Here, except the external knowable object the other three (subject, instrument and result) are awareness only. Sometimes, the object may be internal like the thought of an item. In such case, all the four are awareness only. Even the knowledge...

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What are the goals of Vishishta Advaita and Dvaita philosophies?

Posted on: 08/07/2021

Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, please answer the following questions of mine. Thank you so much for giving wonderful answers to all of my questions. From Your knowledge I have understood that Śrī Ādi Śaṇkarācārya gave the Advaita philosophy for atheists existing in His time so that they become theists. Although Ādi Śaṇkaracārya made His followers believe that they themselves are God, His actual intention was to gradually reveal the complete truth over time. Now You revealed the complete truth that no soul is God ...

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Why Is Every Soul Not God? (Part-6)

Posted on: 07/07/2021

Part 6: Interpreting Scripture

Swami continued: Some people have criticized Śaṅkara saying that He presents His own concept first and then quotes the scripture. Thus, He makes the scripture follow His concept by the force of His scholastic ability. This criticism is not justified. Generally, people expect that the scripture should be quoted first and that the concept should be drawn from it through analysis. But Śaṅkara’s path is correct in this matter. This is because, one should not seek to merely interpret the scripture. Instead, one should seek to correctly interpret the scripture. We must believe that the scripture is written by...

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