Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 10 Jun 2021


Does God (Swami) like it if I rely on Him to take worldly decisions for me?

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- It depends on the extent of surrender of the soul to God. It is not as easy as you said. It is the climax state of devotion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every step of our practical devotion, there is an equal reaction in terms of grace from God. The step must be full of theoretical as well as practical devotion. Then only the step will be a total surrender. This is called total surrender (Sarvasvaśaraṇāgati). Such surrender shall be by mind, by word and by action, which are called as the three functioning instruments of Self (Trikaraṇams). Unity in these three is called as “Trikaraṇaśuddhi”. Such unity is always tested by God Datta and such tests of God Datta are called “Dattaparīkṣā”. God Datta always preaches true Spiritual knowledge and expects true devotion from the devotee. Even Sages and Angels fail in the tests of God Datta. This was the reason why several ancient people did not touch God Datta. People used to say “Dattaṃ chinnam”, which means that God Datta will break your worldly bonds. The worldly bonds are broken not by God Datta directly, but, by the attraction of the devotee towards God Datta. Such is the tremendous attraction of the most charming Datta. Can you call this as breaking of worldly bonds by God Datta directly?

You have refused all the worldly drinks after tasting the divine nectar. Does this mean that the divine nectar itself came with a sword and broke your bonds with all the worldly drinks? People, who are fond of worldly bonds, know this truth and hence, they did not look at Datta. People say that only Saints, who are relieved from all the worldly bonds will worship Datta. This statement is not logical because only the worship to God Datta alone can create attraction to Datta and attraction to Datta alone can break the attraction to the worldly bonds. There is a saying “Unless madness is cured, marriage will not take place and unless marriage takes place, madness will not be cured”. This saying is mutually interdependent. But, in the case of Datta, it is very clear that unless you develop the attraction to God Datta, your worldly bonds are not broken and unless your worldly bonds are broken, you are not becoming Saint.