Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 29 Mar 2021


Swami Answers Devotees' Questions

[An online spiritual discussion was conducted on March 14, 2021, in which several devotees participated. Some of the questions of devotees answered by Swāmi are given below.]

1. Can You explain a little more about Nandikesari Vratam and Kailāsa Gaurī Nomu?

[Śrī Phani asked: Recently one of the devotees asked about their doubts regarding conducting “Nandikesari Vratam” and “Kailāsa Gaurī Nomu”. According to the procedure of conducting those rituals, there are some conditions when it comes to donating something to the people who attend the ritual. It is said that only to few specific people such donations should be done. Can we serve and donate something to everyone who attends the ritual or only to few specific people it should be done? If we have to donate only to specific people, why? Kindly explain this question of that devotee Swami?]

Swāmi replied: Any donation can be done to anybody irrespective of caste, religion and region based on the good qualities and devotion to God. However, if the person is poor or hungry, even these requisites are not necessary. Generally, donations are done to friends and relatives irrespective of these said conditions and many a time quid pro quo is followed so that business becomes the basis and in such cases, there is no divine result.

2. Will a devotee who surrendered totally to God receive any fruits of his (devotee’s) actions?

[Smt. Padmaram asked: Swāmi, You have told us that God only gives necessary energy to do any kind of Karma. It is us who choose to do a specific kind of Karma and hence it us who will receive the fruit of such Karma. God is not responsible for our Karmas in any way. Will this principle also apply to a devotee who totally surrendered to God? Do such devotees who surrender completely acts according to God’s will?]

Swāmi replied: Complete surrender to God means sacrifice to God without aspiring for any fruit in return. Regarding the cycle of deeds and fruits, God is not involved at all.