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NO CONCEPT OF CREATION STANDS AS COMPLETE SIMILE FOR GOD
Posted on: 18/06/2015

Prof. Annapurna asked “Swami! Please explain Maya and Mula Maya more clearly in a simple way”.

Shri Swami Replied: Generally the word Maya is used in world to mean something, which is false but made appear as true creating wonder. The meaning of the root word of Maya means that which is wonderful. Another meaning for the word maya means that which actually does not exist. For example, the magic performed by a magician stands for the maya. He takes a piece of cloth and puts in a small vacant box...

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SEXUAL INTEREST SHOWS LESSER CONCENTRATION ON GOD
Posted on: 29/04/2015

Shri Kishore Ram asked the following questions: 1. In divine discourse3, I found a discourse describing about the Sanyasis in the ancient times who were having desires on hunger, thurst, lust etc like a normal soul. For them to satisfy the desire of lust, there were a sect of unchaste ladies (Devadasis) who satisfied the sanyasis desire. I have couple of queries on this;

Swami replied: I told that there were sanyasins in the olden days. I did not give a certificate to them that they were true sanyasins. Since they were called as sanyasins by the society, I have to refer them by that name only. There is a tradition in grammar called as Rudhi. It means that you can use a word to some person...

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SELFLESS SERVICE SEEN IN PARENTS ONLY
Posted on: 26/04/2015

Dr. Nikhil asked “A friend says that ethical concept (Dharma) is not constant and changes as the time proceeds. I also feel that the entire ethics change from time to time except fundamental ethics like speaking truth etc., which are constant in all the times. Please give your opinion”.

Swami replied: Your friend and yourself are perfectly correct in the statements given above. There is nothing to contradict here. I can only elaborate this. Speaking truth also need not be constant in all the contexts at any time. In a context, speaking truth also becomes sin. A good person was running with his own money...

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POLICE AND COURT ALSO UNDER INVISIBLE CONTROL OF ALMIGHTY
Posted on: 07/03/2015

Shri Subhash Pawale: 1) Before reading discourses I used to chant and meditate but after reading discourses I have stopped it. Now I am not able to sleep more than 5 hours in the night and I remember the dreams once I wake up. so that means my sleep is not entering into Shushupti phase which comes after dream phase. So is this normal?-

Swami Replied: Your first problem is not related to spiritual side. It is related only to medical science. Please take some medicine, which restricts the allergy in your mind. That will give you deep sleep and perfect freshness after sleep...

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UPANAYANAM (THE HOLY THREAD MARRIAGE) - PART-1
Posted on: 19/02/2015

[This message is regarding the holy thread marriage or Upanayanam ritual in Hinduism. Sons of some close devotees of Shri Swami were initiated by this ritual and Shri Swami gave this message on the auspicious occasion.]

Opponent: Upanayanam means nearing God through worship and hence it should be applicable to all human beings. Confining it to certain castes makes it appear that the ancient sages, who were Brahmins, have been partial. This is highly deplorable, since everybody has equal right to reach God, the Divine Father. In order to clarify this, an answer should be given by Lord Dattatreya, Who being the son of sage Atri, belongs to the caste of sages.

Defendant (Swami): Lord Dattatreya is the absolute unimaginable God, Who entered the medium of a human body that was born to sage Atri. In light of the medium, He is born in the caste of sages. In the light of the inner God Who identified with that body for the sake of the propagation of divine knowledge...

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UPANAYANAM (THE HOLY THREAD MARRIAGE) - PART-2
Posted on: 19/02/2015
Sin of Killing Vrutra Asura by Indra Distributed

Opponent: A woman is also untouchable in the four days during the cycle of menses. Due to this reason, the woman is boycotted from the Vedic rituals.

Defendant: The monthly cycle of menses in the case of women is described as the 1/4th part of the sin in killing Vrutra asura by Indra as per the scripture. The 3/4th of the sin was distributed equally among scented earth, water with froth and flowers with pollen grains. Therefore, the sin is equally divided between women, water, flowers and earthen soil. If one is untouchable, the other three must be also untouchable. But, you are using - the scented soil (scent means the natural scent that comes from the soil) to prepare...

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WORSHIP OF WALL AND STATUE ARE SAME
Posted on: 31/01/2015

Shri Anil asked: “One Muslim devotee says that the worship of Allah is far superior to the worship of statues. Please enlighten”.

Swami Replied: The P.G. Course is far superior to L.K.G. course. This does not mean that you should blame the L.K.G. course and praise the P.G. Course. One day you were also a student of that L.K.G. course. The only point here is that you should not stop at the level of first step (L.K.G.) and you should climb to reach the last step...

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'I' USED BY INCARNATION ONLY REFERS TO GOD
Posted on: 21/12/2014

Shri Phani asked “Self-praise is said to be a sin since it gives ego immediately. Of course, ‘I’ indicates the pure awareness or God and concentration of ‘I’ means meditation on God. Please clarify my point”.

Swami replied: “There is no doubt that self-praise brings ego and is a sin. The same self-praise can be used as medicine in the context of lowered self-confidence. The poison of snake is harmful in normal condition. But, the same poison is used in preparing a medicine called ‘Vishaamrutarasa’ (Ayurvedic medicine), which is used in the final stage of viral fever...

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PRAISE OF GOD LOWERS EGO
Posted on: 18/12/2014

Shri Phani asked “when we say that the ‘I’ should be crossed, the meaning of ‘I’ is only basic ‘I’. In such case, ‘I’ means ego only”.

Swami replied: It is said that one should cross the ‘I’ and this is the meaning of cross on which Jesus was crucified. Here, the ‘I’ means the ‘I’, which is infected by ego. The suppression of ego can be done in two ways. The first way is praising the Lord. When you say that God is great, it indirectly means...

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GOD ADVISES EVERYBODY TO DO GOOD WORK
Posted on: 14/12/2014

Shri Anil asked “Arjuna has no intension to kill Kauravas. Krishna rubbed His intension on Arjuna to kill them. Therefore, the fruit of this work should go to God only and not to the soul. Here, your concept is reversed. ‘I’ itself is ego. Without ‘I’, no work can be done. Shri Ramana Maharshi advised to concentrate on ‘I’. How to answer these three points?”

Swami replied: Arjuna has no intension to kill the Kauravas and the reason for such absence of intension is not non-violence but his relationship with them. If Kauravas were not his relatives, Arjuna must have killed them for their injustice. Killing the unjust people is protection of justice, which is the duty...

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EGO - THE ROOT OF SIN
Posted on: 06/12/2014

[Datta Jayanthi Day] Shri Lakshman asked: “Shri Ramana Maharshi gave lot of weight to the ‘I’, which is discarded by you now in order to eradicate the ego, which is a by-product. I like to hear your explanation in the light of the great sage Shri Ramana Maharshi”.

Swami Replied: Shri Ramana Maharshi did not give weight to the concept of ‘I’. Lot of weight was already given by Advaita philosophers to the ‘I’ representing the God. If Shri Ramana Maharshi colluded with this concept, He would have advised the spiritual aspirants to search for the ‘I’, which is the source of the entire creation...

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DO THE ACTION FEELING 'I' PRACTICALLY
Posted on: 26/11/2014

Shri Phani asked: “God is the doer of every action in this world. The devoted servant of God is not the doer at all and this point is also sincerely felt in the heart of such devotee. Therefore, the best is to surrender himself to God and recognize that the doer of every action is only God. Such total surrender is the better way than doing the service with the feeling of doer-ship in the heart”.

Swami Replied: A patient suffering with fever is treated to reduce the higher temperature with the help of wet cloth on the forehead. Reduction in the temperature aims at the reduction of temperature, which is more than the normal temperature. It does not mean to reduce the temperature of the body...

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ATHEIST BELIEVES IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNTRY ONLY
Posted on: 07/11/2014

Shri Anil asked: “Cancelling all the balance punishments can result even in the case of transformed atheist and hence, devotion is not necessary. Please explain”.

Swami Replied: It is perfectly agreed that devotion is not necessary to cancel the balance punishments. This advantage should be applied to every soul, which is perfectly and permanently transformed. However, this is not applicable to the case of an atheist, though, it is applicable on the basis of equity of justice. The only problem of its implementation in the case of an atheist is that the soul of an atheist is never really transformed. The reason for this...

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DIVINE RULES IN THE CYCLE OF DEEDS
Posted on: 04/11/2014

Shri Phani asked: “How do you support the verse in Gita stating that the devotee constantly worshipping God is not a sinner (Apichet Sa Duraachaaro… Gita)”.

Swami Replied: There are two divine rules in the cycle of deeds. The first rule is that the fruit of a deed can be postponed with increasing interest like a loan or can be implemented even before the due date like a premature deposit. The second rule is that there is no need of implementing the balance punishments...

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THEORY AND PRACTICE LEADS TO TOTAL ASSIMILATION OF KNOWLEDGE
Posted on: 02/11/2014

Shri Surya asked: “Shall we complete the knowledge (Jnana Yoga) in which we can clarify all the doubts and then only enter into the phase of practical implementation (Karma Yoga) so that all the hurdles, which are the practical forms of the uncleared doubts in knowledge, can be crossed over?”

Swami Replied: You can understand this point well if you take the example of the study of the course of science and engineering. After the completion of the course of engineering, the candidate is going to work in the industry where the work is totally practical. But, while studying the academic...

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PROBLEMS HELP IN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
Posted on: 31/10/2014

Dr. Nikhil: “How to overcome the practical problems faced in this spiritual journey to reach God, the ultimate goal? These problems are very hard without any scope of solutions”.

Swami Replied: When you are travelling towards God, the problems come to test your determination. Certainly you will fail. As a result, you will have tension and lot of disturbance. Do not take this as a negative sign since you can easily find it as positive sign only on doing analysis. The lack of possibility to overcome...

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NO FIXED NORMS AND PROCEDURES IN DIVINE SERVICE TO PLEASE GOD
Posted on: 26/10/2014

[Swami’s reply for the questions by Shri Nikhil Kothurkar, Associate Professor, Amrita University, Coimbatore on 25-10-14. 1. Which of the two ways of serving the Human Incarnation of God is better? i) Like a servant promptly obeying orders: doing exactly what is told immediately and doing it only when told. ii) or like the devotee taking the initiative: Doing something useful for Him...]

Swami Replied: Is there any fixed percentage of marks to give gold medal to a student? Whatever may be the percentage of marks, the gold medal is awarded to the topper in the class. Therefore, there are no fixed norms and procedures in the service to please God. The top most theoretical devotion...

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ATTACHMENT TO WORLD CHANGES TO ATTACHMENT OF GOD IN FINAL STAGE
Posted on: 26/10/2014

Dr. Nikhil asked about the pressures in the worldly life and their consequent effects on the spiritual life.

Swami replied: There are three stages. In the first stage, the human being is very much involved in the family life and is strongly bound by the family bonds. This deep attachment is the reason for disturbance and tension. You are watching a cinema. You are not attached to any role in the picture. You are totally detached from every role. You know that the whole story is...

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GRASPING OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE DEPENDS ON INTENSITIES OF QUALITIES
Posted on: 23/10/2014

[Deepavali Day] Swami replied to the questions of some students of Dr. Nikhil Kothurkar, working in Amrita University, Coimbatore as Associate Professor. 1. How can imparting spiritual knowledge to society from childhood control sin in society?...]

Swami Replied: The possibility of grasping the spiritual knowledge exists in certain souls only based on the intensities of the qualities developed during millions of births. Certain souls become completely adamant without any possibility of the entry of the spiritual knowledge. You can sow the seed in soil but not in a rock. Such condemned souls are called as demons. Kauravas are such demons...

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DON'T ATTRIBUTE SIN TO INCARNATION OF GOD
Posted on: 18/10/2014

Dr. Nikhil asked: “Swami Sampurnanda says that Sai Baba ate meat and hence, cannot be pious. He also says that Dattatreya is only the second son of sage Atri while the first son was Chandra or Moon and the third son was sage Durvasa. Hence, Saibaba as the incarnation of Dattatreya has no significance and calling Him as God is not correct.”

Swami replied: The first point was already answered by Me. Non-vegetarian food is certainly not justified since a co-living being is killed for that purpose. But, God follows the wrong culture also to become friendly with wrong people before diverting them from wrong path. The person, who jumps into the mud...

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