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Is it correct to say that God exhibits only 16 kalas because human beings cannot bear to experience more?

Posted on: 10/04/2022

Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Swami, You mentioned that God has many kalas but when He comes as Paripurna Avataara like Lord Krishna, God exhibits only 16 kalas. That is to be considered as all kalas by human souls because human beings cannot bear to experience more than 16 kalas. Is that correct? Also, can You please reveal all the 16 kalas with their English...

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How can Gaudapaada say that creation is unborn when it was present in front of him in reality?

Posted on: 10/04/2022

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami; kindly answer the following question. At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil

Gauḍapāda mentions about this endless chain of causes and finds fault with the inability of finding the ultimate cause of creation and due to this, he proposed the theory of unborn creation or Ajātivāda (Jātāt ca jāyamānasya, na vyavasthā pradṛśyate, Ajātaṃ jāyate kiñcit, Ajātiḥ prakṛtistataḥ). He means that this creation is not created at all, which means that this creation is a total unreality...

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Is the aspect of not allowing religious conversion make Parsi and Jewish superior religions?

Posted on: 10/04/2022

Shri Anil asked: Two religions namely Parsi and Jewish religion do not convert any person from other religions, because the people coming from ancestral linage only can become by birth a member of their religion. No outsiders are allowed. Is this aspect make them superior religions as this avoids...

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Message on Shri Ramanavami (10-04-2022)

Posted on: 10/04/2022

Rāma always doing human efforts without miracles stands for Pravṛtti or worldly life. Kṛṣṇa always doing miracles stands for Nivṛtti or spiritual life. First Rāma came and then only Kṛṣṇa came. This means that first you must concentrate on Pravṛtti to settle in worldly life and then build up for Nivṛtti. Rāma or Pravṛtti is the unseen foundation hidden in the earth on which the mighty multistoried mansion representing Kṛṣṇa is erected. If you jump straight...

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Is hurting self also a sin?

Posted on: 09/04/2022

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Is it a sin if we hurt one's own self? Or does it become a sin only if we hurt others?

Swami replied:- If one hurts himself/herself, it is a sin in one context and merit in another context. If the self confidence is in a low level, one should not hurt the self. If a sin is done, hurting one’s self shall be done...

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Am I interfering in God's administration by helping poor people?

Posted on: 09/04/2022

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swami, You said that all people are under the administration of God. Am I interfering in God's administration by helping poor people?

Swami replied: God made a sinner, who looted others wealth by corruption to be born as a poor fellow in this world so that he/she understands the pain of the looser of wealth due to corruption. The punishment has been implemented on that soul and it is going on. Suppose you have sympathized with and helped such a poor person. First you must notice that the poor person received...

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How do the merits and defects shown by an incarnation of God affect the devotion of a devoted soul?

Posted on: 09/04/2022

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Every incarnation of God shows some merits and defects. How do these merits and defects affect the devotion of a devoted soul? How does the soul's ego affect its devotion to God? At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Thrylokya

Swami replied: God is beyond both merits and defects whereas the soul is under the control of both and hence, the soul shall always try to come out of the grip of defects. The entire creation is just the will of God...

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Swami answers Shri Anil's questions

Posted on: 09/04/2022

1. Kindly explain the meaning of the statement “Crossing of ‘I’ is more painful than even the crucifixion”.

[Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, during the recent Satsang conducted on 3 April 2022, Shri Phani Kumar explained various miraculous incidents experienced by him due to Your grace and Your blessings. During the narration...

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What is the reason for stress in God's work?

Posted on: 04/04/2022

Shri Ganesh V asked:  Padanamskaram Swamiji, Why do I get tense when I do God's work? My thought process is always as follows. First, I waste my time watching political and useless entertainment. Second, I realise that I have wasted so much time and hence get tense. Third, I look at fellow devotees and get tense because I realise that they have done so much work and I have done...

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Will the difference in chanting between North and South Indian brahmins lead to scriptural adulteration?

Posted on: 04/04/2022

Shri Ganesh V asked: Padanamskaram Swamiji, As far as I understand from reading Your knowledge, I have understood that the reason for the Vedas being the top most authority for spiritual knowledge is due to the fact that it was preserved through oral recitation and superimposed with a Vedic meter so as to prevent any corruption in scriptures. My misunderstanding was that the way a particular sutra...

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Can You please explain what 'realization' exactly means?

Posted on: 04/04/2022

Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, We often hear the phrase, "When the soul reaches realization...". Can You please explain what exactly 'realization' means? Is it based on various contexts having different meanings or is there only one meaning in all contexts? At Your divine lotus feet, Priyanka.

Swami Replied:- Realization means knowing the actual truth after rejecting false points appearing as actual truths. Realization can be attained only through very sharp logical analysis done through debates and discussions...

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Why should I compromise during my good phase of karma?

Posted on: 03/04/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- Swami, You replied for my previous question that I should save money as much as possible and not shave it unnecessarily. I should take public transport instead of booking a cab which amounts to double the price. But, You also said that no soul can escape the law of Karma. I believe that I will anyhow suffer during the time when my bad karma returns back to me. I have no choice but to compromise...

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How does a totally unreal tiger not present in the bedroom cause a real effect?

Posted on: 03/04/2022

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- This is regarding Your explanation to my recent question (click here) asked in reference to the question asked by Ms. Bhanu Samaikya. You told recently that Shankara said that even unreal can give a real effect, just like on seeing the dream tiger in a dream, one is getting up with real shaking and weeping for some time that continues in the awaken state also. My question is that how a totally unreal tiger, which is not present in the bed room...

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What exactly is meant by liberation for any life on earth?

Posted on: 03/04/2022

Shri Divakar asked:- Regarding liberation. Namaskaram Swamiji. What exactly is meant by liberation for any life on earth? By, Divakar

Swami Replied:- Liberation literally means release of anything from any bond. A dog tied with a chain gets liberation as soon as it is released from the binding knot of the chain. Hence, the context is important in which this word is used. In the spiritual line, liberation means release of the soul from the knots of the worldly bonds. But these bonds shall not be broken by selfish effort. These bonds shall be spontaneously...

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Shri Satya Sai Baba - The Human Incarnation

Posted on: 02/04/2022

i) Why was the incarnation Shri Satya Sai Baba not mentioned in any scripture?

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- Pādanamaskāram Swami. I watched a video where an ISKCON devotee was refuting the claim that Shri Satya Sai Baba was an incarnation of God Krishna. Many devotees believe in Baba and revere Him as the Lord because of the miracles performed by Him and the excellent knowledge preached by Him. But, the ISKCON devotee being a devotee of Lord Krishna denies...

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Is it alright for an ordinary devotee to pray for a highly spiritual person?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Mr. Martin asked: Pranaams Shri Datta Swami, we have been praying for a highly spiritual devotee Mrs. Bhanumati Amma of Hyderabad. She is a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba (and recognizes Sathya Sai as the same). She is in the last weeks of her highly...

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The true meaning of the hymn - Vijnaanam Yajnam Tanute...

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Shri J.S.R. Prasad asked:- God Brahmā wrote the Vedas and God Datta is God Brahmā. The author alone knows the actual meaning intended by him. Others may misunderstand and misinterpret. Since You are the incarnation of God Datta, I request You to give the actual intended meaning of the following mantra or hymn: Vijñānaṃ yajñaṃ tanute, Karmāṇi tanute'pi ca, Vijñānaṃ...

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Why did Krishna not take Radha to Dwaraka so that She could have stayed there along with 16,108 wives?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Smt. T. Sudharani asked:- Swami, You told that Radha did not allow Her husband to touch Her and also You told that Radha was married to Krishna. In such a case, why did Krishna leave Her in Brindavanam and not take Her to Dwaraka...

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How is it possible that an unreal cause generates real effect?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- In the reply to the question of Bhanu Samykya, You told that the unreal thought can develop real madness. How is it possible that an unreal cause generates real effect?

Swami Replied:- Shankara told that an unreal cause can generate real effect by giving an example: an unreal tiger seen in a dream generated trembling of the body and loud weeping. The tiger, which is cause, is unreal, but, its effects...

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When Gayatri was not allowed for women and the fourth caste, will it not bring hatred in their hearts?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- While explaining the caste system, You said that Gayatri was not allowed for all women and the fourth caste. Does this not bring hatred in the hearts of all women and the fourth caste against the priests, who were responsible for this? Will it not lead to further division of Hinduism?

Swami Replied:- The hatred in the minds of the assumed victims will come provided there was real loss. The real loss was only to the priest and the assumed loss did not happen to the assumed victims...

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