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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEES' QUESTIONS
Posted on: 13/04/2021

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, some questions raised in internet discussion forum is presented below. Please grace Your response to the same. At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil

1. What was God referring to when He said "Let there be light."?

[Genesis: 2Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.]

Swāmi replied:- The context is creation of inert world, light means the visible inert energy. The context is creation of awareness, the light means...

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CAN WE WORSHIP A TULASI PLANT DAILY AS A REPRESENTATIVE MODEL OF MOTHER RUKMINI?
Posted on: 12/04/2021

Smt. Anita Renkuntla asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! The Tulasī plant is worshipped as a representative model of Rukmiṇī Mātā. There are few people in my neighbourhood who think that Rukmiṇī Mātā sleeps on Sunday, and so the Tulasī plant should not be worshipped on that day. Due to this, they do not even pour water to the plant on that day. Is this belief a part of the ritual as suggested...

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IS THERE MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF SPACE CREATED BY GOD?
Posted on: 12/04/2021

Smt. Anita Renkuntla asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! I was reading the Datta Guru Bhagavad Gītā written by You. In that book, in Chapter 13, sloka 20, it is written that each different world (lokam) is based on different types of ākāśam (space). Here I am confused, as to whether there are different types of space created by God.]

Swāmi replied: The space of each world differs from the space of other world so that both the worlds co-exist mutually...

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SHOULD ALL PEOPLE OR ONLY SCHOLARS LIGHT AN ELECTRIC LAMP BEFORE AN IDOL OF GOD, INSTEAD OF AN OIL LAMP?
Posted on: 12/04/2021

Śrī Rajashekar asked: You have taught us that we can switch on an electric lamp instead of lighting an oil lamp before a statue of God to avoid pollution. Does this apply to everyone or only to scholars? I got this doubt because in the Bhagavad Gītā, Śrī Kṛṣṇa said that scholarly people (Jñānīs) do not do the many actions that ordinary people do. A child learns writing by practicing writing each letter multiple times. Gradually, the child learns and need not practice...

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DID ADI SHANKARA EXPECT ATHEISTS TO EXPERIENCE THE EXTERNAL WORLD AS UNREAL TO THEM?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Anil Antony said: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! You have explained through the snake-rope analogy that one can mistakenly experience the unreal snake to be real. But one can also overcome the illusion and experience the unreal snake to be unreal, by realizing the real rope to be real. God similarly experiences the unreal world to be real for the sake of entertainment, but He can also overcome the illusion...

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IS THE INDIVIDUAL SOUL COMPARABLE TO THE LAMP ALONG WITH THE LIGHT, IN THE GIVEN ANALOGY?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Anil Antony asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! You have given an analogy of a lamp and the light radiating from it to understand awareness and its instruments. You have said that core of the lamp, which is its flame, is comparable to be the basic awareness or pure awareness, whereas, the light emerging from it can be said to be the internal instruments of the awareness (four Antaḥkaraṇas). In that case, can we say that the lamp...

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HOW CAN GOD APPEAR TO BE ENERGY TO ALL SOULS?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Anil Antony asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! You have said that due to God’s cosmic illusion (Māyā), God appears to be energy and energy appears to be matter to the soul. It is an illusion that affects all souls. No soul can ever come out of the practical effect of this Māyā, at any time, even after theoretical realization. I did not understand how God appears to be energy to the soul? Are You saying this from the standpoint of atheists, who believe that energy...

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BEFORE WISHING TO CREATE, WAS GOD IN A STATE OF DEEP SLEEP CARRYING THE DESIGN OF CREATION IN HIS MIND?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Anil Antony asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! Can we say that even before the first thought arose in God to create something for the sake of entertainment, He was in a state of deep sleep, in which He had the design of the world in an unexpressed state?]

Swāmi replied: When the soul is in deep sleep, the design of some plan exists in his brain in the state of unexpressed phase. Similarly, the same concept can be applied to God. But, the soul gets deep sleep whereas...

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WHY DID VIDURA NOT REVEAL IN THE ROYAL COURT THE KAURAVAS' PLAN TO KILL THE PAṇDAVAS IN THE PALACE OF LAC?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Smt. Anita Renkuntla asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! In the Mahābhārata, the Kauravas always wanted to kill the Pāṇḍavās by playing many tricks. One such trick was the construction of palace of lac (lākṣāgṛha) for the Pāṇḍavās, in which they could be burnt alive easily. Vidura could sense in advance that something bad was going to happen to the Pāṇḍavās, in that palace. So, Vidura ordered his people...

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DOES THE MESSIAH SEGREGATE THE PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS INTO GOOD AND BAD?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Smt. Anita Renkuntla asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! I have heard that, as per Christianity, the Messiah takes birth on the earth and then segregates people into good and bad. But there are other religions...

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IN CONSIDERING LORD DATTA TO BE OUR SON, IS THERE NOT THE RISK OF TRYING TO CONTROL HIM?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! You always say that we should consider Lord Datta as our Son and not as our Father. But generally, a father behaves as if he owns his son and controls him. What if we develop the same attitude towards Lord Datta...

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WERE BRAHMA,VISHNU AND SHIVA DEVOTED SOULS WHO BECAME ENERGETIC INCARNATIONS OF GOD BY GOD'S GRACE?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! You taught us that God merges with a particular devoted soul so as to become an Energetic or Human Incarnation of God. Were Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva also devoted souls who became Gods by the grace of God? Or were they God by default like Lord Datta?

Swāmi replied: Brahmaṃ, Viṣṇu and Śiva were already in God Datta by the names Hiraṇyagarbha, Nārāyaṇa and Īśvara. These three are the inherent concepts of God Datta. Datta’s potency to create is Brahmā, Datta’s potency...

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WHY DO YOU SAY THAT YOU WANT TO GIVE FAME TO YOUR DEVOTEES, WHEN IT LEADS TO EGO?
Posted on: 11/04/2021

Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! You always say that getting fame in this world is very dangerous because it leads to ego. But elsewhere in Your discourses, You have also mentioned that You want to give fame to Your devotees. I am confused with these two statements of Yours. Could You kindly clarify?

Swāmi replied: Giving fame develops pleasure in the heart of God Datta just like giving the sweets prepared by mother to her children gives her immense happiness. If the sweets bring the problem of diabetes...

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HOW CAN WE UNDERSTAND GOD COMPLETELY?
Posted on: 07/04/2021

[A question asked by Śrī Rajasekhara Reddy.]

Swami replied: If one understands that God cannot be understood by any soul and that the maximum knowledge a soul can have about God is to know God exists, then God is said to be perfectly understood. Here, God means the unimaginable God, who is the original absolute reality. This unimaginable God present in medium (body and soul of a selected person) is called mediated God. In the mediated God...

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CAN YOU PLEASE PRESCRIBE A PRAYER WHICH MY STUDENTS CAN RECITE DAILY?
Posted on: 06/04/2021

Smt. Sudha Rani asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Thank you, Swami, for every help I have been receiving from my birth till date. Actually, You were my real helper in all of my past births and You are going to help me in all my future births too. Thank You so much for all of that. As a language teacher also explain dharma to my students. Swami, can You please give a suitable hymn...

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CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW DRAUPADI WAS BORN FROM FIRE?
Posted on: 06/04/2021

[Smt. Sudha Rani asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Thanks for your grace on me who is an ignorant soul. Swami, You have redefined the word yajñam. Actually, You have refined the meaning of yajñam. How do I understand yajñaṅgi Draupadi’s birth event? She is said to have risen from the ritual fire altar (yajña kuṇdam) as a child to King Drupada.]

Swāmi replied: The birth of Draupadi from the fire altar does not mean that ghee and food were poured in the fire altar, as shown in movies. The fire altar was lit and ghee-fried food was prepared...

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APART FROM AVOIDING ILLEGITIMATE SEX, VIOLENCE AND GREED, WHAT ARE THE OTHER RULES OF WORLDLY JUSTICE?
Posted on: 06/04/2021

Śrī Tinku asked: Jai Guru Datta! Atri Varada! By reading Your messages I understood that God gives utmost importance to pravṛtti, which eventually leads a soul to nivṛtti. Pravṛtti is one’s behaviour with fellow human beings and nivṛtti means developing a personal relationship with God. The basic and rigid rules of God in pravṛtti are avoiding illegal sex, avoiding illegitimate violence...

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WHEN FORCED TO TAKE COLLEAGUES OUT TO LUNCH, SHOULD WE ORDER NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD, IF THEY DEMAND?
Posted on: 06/04/2021

Śrī Satyanarayana asked: We all happen to give parties to our colleagues. Sometimes, when we get promoted or get a salary hike, our colleagues demand that we give them a party! They say that I should entertain them in the way they like and not in the way I like. Many of those colleagues are non-vegetarians. They demand non-vegetarian food to be served to them in the party. Even if I tell them that I am against non-vegetarian food...

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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEES' QUESTIONS
Posted on: 05/04/2021

1. How can we manage our worldly relationships?

[Śrī Bhagath K. asked: Jai Guru Datta! Padanamaskaram Swami! Based on what my friend told me about the analysis of Śaṅkara, I feel that whatever I know is not real because it does not exist in the past, present and future. Śaṅkara says that that which is temporary, must also be unreal, in all the three periods of time (Yadanityaṃ tat kṛtakaṃ hi loke). Then how can we manage our relationships in worldly life (pravṛtti)? Could You please guide me?]

Swāmi replied: The analysis of Śaṅkara is only meant to overcome the excessive fascination we have for our worldly bonds. If our fascination for worldly bonds is within limits...

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SWAMI ANSWERS SHRI ANIL'S QUESTIONS
Posted on: 02/04/2021

Śrī Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, some questions raised in internet discussion forum are presented below. Please grace Your response to the same. At Your Lotus Divine Feet-anil

1. Why didn’t God create the Bible directly instead of using people to write and compile it?

Swāmi replied:- Such action of God indicates His love to His devotees to give credit of the authorship of the spiritual knowledge. A true devotee will not accept such gift from God and immediately announces that it is gifted by God alone and hence, God is the real author of such sacred spiritual knowledge. Even when the human incarnation performs miracles, the miracles are performed by the unimaginable...

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