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PROGRESS IN CAREER AND SPIRITUALITY
Posted on: 06/11/2018

Ms. Thalla Laxmi Thryloka asked: Namah Shivaya Swami! I'm Thalla Laxmi Thrylokya, a final year B.Tech student from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. Being a student of Dr.Nikhil Kothurkar Sir, I'm fortunate to know about Brahmavidya and receive teachings directly from him. I started evolving in rapid pace since the day I met Nikhil Sir. He is one person who feels suffocated when we praise him for who he is and gives all the credit to you...

Swami replied: First, you have to sustain yourself. For this, you are working hard to get a degree with a good level of achievement so that it fetches you a job. Apart from pursuing this main activity, only a little time remains with us. Yet any student definitely has some leisure time remaining, which is usually spent on some entertainment activities. You can divert that leisure...

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IS THE SABARIMALA DISPUTE, THE MISSION OF GOD? WHY WAS THE SUPREME COURT’S VERDICT DIFFERENT FROM YOUR VERDICT?
Posted on: 05/11/2018

Shri Anil asked: In Mahabharata war Arjuna based on the advise of God Krishna fought the war and the war was organised by God Krishna to destroy the evil. It is God's work. The final solution for Sabrarimala issue was given by You and it is the final ultimate verdict, which supreme court judges could not give. My question is this case, a case of God like Mahabharata war in which God involved directly and gave final verdict. Similarly the final verdict of You could have come from the mouth of those judges being it the case of God since this case differs from normal cases like disputes between two parties for a piece of land? Kindly give Your response. at Your Lotus Feet.  , Anil Antony

Swami replied: The purpose behind creation is totally different from the purpose you have selected in such issues. Your purpose is achieving peace in a hurried manner, whatever may be the way. The purpose behind creation is not achieving peace by the miraculous will of God working on certain human beings. The purpose is achieving peace by the reformation of people while giving them full freedom. From your angle...

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CONTRADICTIONS IN THE SCRIPTURE DUE TO ADULTERATION
Posted on: 04/11/2018

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji! My question is with reference to Your reply to Shri Durgaprasad, given on October 26, 2018. You have said that the commentaries of the divine preachers on scriptures, varied in their conclusions due to the adulteration of the original text. You have said that this is the reason why we often find mutually contradicting concepts within the same scripture. However, I am unable to understand this point. How can the adulteration of the scripture lead to mutually conflicting concepts and conclusions?

Swami replied: The word ‘scripture’ mentioned by Me in My earlier reply, means not only the primary scripture, the Veda but also secondary scriptures like the Gita, the Manusmruti, the Brahma Sutras, the Puraanams etc. Of course, the Veda was preserved by recitation in the old times and adulteration was almost impossible. But for that reason, we should not leave out logical analysis. Adulteration in the Veda is clearly seen in the Shri Suktam, which is a hymn in praise of Goddess Śrī. In some verses of this...

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ENERGY CONSERVATION AND YOGA
Posted on: 03/11/2018

Shri P V N M Sharma asked: Swami! Why do you put off the lights and fans as soon as we leave the room?

Swami replied (jokingly): O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! You know that I am the light of spiritual knowledge and a fan of God Datta. There is always jealousy between similar items since likes repel each other. The light and the fan are My rivals and so I always put them off!

(Seriously): We should use electricity with utmost care only whenever we have a real necessity. People leave the lights and fans on even after they leave the rooms. They try to show off their false generosity and richness...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA: PART-3 (CHAPTER-15 CONTD...)
Posted on: 31/10/2018

47. Many people have no real faith in the existence of God and are greatly attracted only to their worldly bonds, with money and family. Yet, they worship God by reciting prayers and singing songs. Reciting prayers, singing devotional songs or meditating are only related to words and the mind. It is called theoretical devotion, which involves only mental or verbal expression of the love for God. These clever worldly people adopt theoretical devotion for getting protection and benefits from God...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA: PART-3 (CHAPTER-15 CONTD...)
Posted on: 30/10/2018

(Vision of Omnipresence of Shri Datta)

21. When I merge with the medium to appear as an Energetic Incarnation in the upper worlds, I merge with the soul. The external energetic body is also pervaded by Me based on the requirement. Similarly, when I become a Human Incarnation, I merge with the soul as usual. I also pervade the human body consisting of energy and matter, whenever there is a need. When Krishna lifted the huge hill on His tender finger, I pervaded all over His body. This is called as a complete miracle since Krishna did not become larger than the hill to lift it. Remaining as a small tender boy, He lifted the huge hill. In this miracle, there is a total failure of worldly logic. Hence, I alone can be the performer of such a miracle...

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WHY CAN THE DEVOTEES OF LORD AYYAPA NOT PRACTICE SELF-CONTROL IN THE PRESENCE OF WOMEN?
Posted on: 28/10/2018

Shri Surya asked:- Padanamaskaram Swami. A person Jatayu commented as given below in Yahoo news on Your message about entry of ladies in Sabarimala temple. “A person who is not able to control his mind by observing ritualism is not fit to visit the shrine. What is the use then. If females also go and then if he able to follow the rituals by controlling his mind then only he is worthy to be called Ayappan. It shows that the good olden Brahmins who postulate these rules might not have control over their senses and thus prohibited the women not to entry on some invalid sayings which seemed to have continued till date. The Supreme court rightly said that every human beings including the females have the right to visit the deity.”

Swami replied:- I have already given a message on this topic. You said that if senses are not controlled, what is the use of visiting the holy shrine of Lord Ayyappa? It is very easy to pass such statements standing merely in the theoretical phase. When you stand in the practical phase, you will understand its real power. If you see the story of the birth of Ayyappa, it is said that even Lord Shiva was fascinated by Mohini, the climax of feminine beauty, who gave birth to Lord Ayyappa. Of course, even females have such desire since they too are human beings just like men. Sex is a very powerful force and its power...

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WILL MUSLIMS END UP IN THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR REJECTING THE CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS?
Posted on: 28/10/2018

A person Robert William commented as given below in Google+ on Your message that Islam accepts Jesus as Prophet only. “Datta Swami Because Muslims reject the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, they will die in their sins and end up in the eternal lake of fire.” at Your divine feet, surya

Swami replied: The first statement given by Me is alright. Prophet means Messenger of God and Jesus was declared as Messenger of God by Mohammad. Your statement given below (2nd sentence) is not correct since it disturbs the peace and brotherhood among all human beings in the world. Jesus did not use even a single harsh word against His bitter enemies. He instead prayed to God to excuse them and lead them on the right path...

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CAN A SOUL BORN AS AN ANIMAL OR BIRD BE REBORN AS A HUMAN?
Posted on: 28/10/2018

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Shri Shantanu Ray, after reading a part of Your discourse come with following question in Quora forum:

[Sir, you have to forgive this impudent and possibly stupid question but the answer will benefit the reader in comprehending the rest of the text. Is it impossible for someone born in a tiryak yoni then to transcend into higher beings? Ultimately as a human form. The question arises due to the part 'jnyan cannot be given to a bird or insect'. Since without jnyan one cannot transcend into higher beings. Sincerely hope the question is intelligible. Sir, again seeking forgiveness for the impudence and looking forward to an answer. God bless all ॐ।]

Swami replied: Souls present in a human body commit several sins due to their fascination for selfish desires without even remembering God. Such souls are given the birth of birds, animals, trees, stones etc., (tiryak-sthaavara). In these births, their selfishness gets reduced. If you see any bird or animal, it does not store its food for tomorrow. But the present human being is not satisfied even upon storing wealth for a hundred future generations! After the birth of birds and animals, if the soul’s selfish fascination has not been sufficiently exhausted...

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HOW SHOULD DEVOTEES BEAR THE REPORTS OF SEX SCANDALS IN SPIRITUAL INSTITUTIONS?
Posted on: 27/10/2018

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Recently some sexual scandals were observed in spiritual institutions like the Catholic Church involving spiritual leaders like Bishops etc. In the light of this kindly give Your valuable advice to devotees who have faith in such belief systems. Kindly give Your reply on this. At Your Divine Lotus feet, Anil

Swami replied: I do not understand why people are always very sensitive about sex. It is just a biological activity like hunger, thirst, sleep etc. If the desire for sex still remains even after formally taking sainthood, such a person should have his wife stay with him. There is nothing wrong in it. We say that such a person is in the state called Vaanaprastha Aashrama, which is living with his wife while participating in the spiritual effort. There is no difference between Vaanaprastha Aashrama and sainthood (Samnyasa Aashrama) except that in Vaanaprastha Aashrama, the wife or the husband also stays with the spiritual aspirant...

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IS IT TRUE THAT PREMA SAI IS ALREADY BORN AND THAT THE SUBTLE FORM OF SHRI SATHYA SAI WILL MERGE INTO HIM IN YEAR 2022?
Posted on: 27/10/2018

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Several devotees of Shri Sathya Sai Baba is expecting the return of Sai Baba as Prema Sai. One of the devotees of Sai Baba says the following in Quora forum: ["Prem Sai has already been born in the Mandya District in Karnataka around 27th November 2011 and he will declare his Aftar hood in 2022 and that is when the work of sukshma Sai Baba living in Muddenahalli will be over and the Sukshma Sathya Sai Baba will completely transfer himself into Prema Sai and the work of God will continue. Om Sai Ram. Because in November 2022 Swami will turn 96 years the true date of leaving...

Swami replied: Shirdi Sai came and preached. Did we change? Sathya Sai came and preached and preached. Did we change? Prema Sai will come and will preach, preach and preach. Are we going to change? Incarnations of God will come again and again as long as this creation exists because we are not going to change unless this creation is totally destroyed. Even after the total destruction of creation...

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DO THE EXTERNAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA AND SHRI SATHYA SAI BABA PROVE THAT THE LATTER IS NOT GENUINE?
Posted on: 27/10/2018

Shri Anil asked: A person gives comparison between Shridi sai baba and Sathya Sai baba to refute Sathya Sai Baba. Please give Your answer:

[Sathya sai baba is different from my shirdi sai baba…. Because I can say 9 difference between bogus satya sai baba and shri sai baba of shirdi…

1.shirdi sai baba parents, birth are unknown…. But satya sai baba born to eswaramma who is devotee of satya bagwan…

2. Shirdi Sai baba used to sit down when he was in masjid in those days the people of shirdi used to bring a silver chair but shirdi sai baba never touched it and when he is at out used to sit on a rock … but satya sai baba sat on a chair...

Swami replied: Whatever is preached by the Human Incarnation to us is important. The external culture followed by the Incarnation is irrelevant. Lord Krishna spoke the Gita, which is the original scripture while Shankara only wrote a commentary on it. Krishna enjoyed all the luxuries and facilities as the king whereas Shankara led the simple life of a saint. Krishna wore a royal dress whereas Shankara...

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DESERVINGNESS OF THE RECIPIENT OF DONATION
Posted on: 25/10/2018

The following online discussion took place between Shri Durgaprasad (Prasad) and Shri Srimannarayana Murthy on the importance of finding a deserving recipient for donation (sacrifice of the fruit of one’s work). Shri Durgaprasad requested Shri Swami to kindly throw light on this topic.

Murthy: It is extremely difficult to locate an appropriate recipient for our donation, especially in the present dark age of materialism (Kaliyuga).

Prasad: You are right! That is why we need a lot of analysis. We should do a deep analysis to identify the deserving recipient, even if it takes a long time. Once the deserving recipient is identified...

Swami replied: The best way is to wait until you get the best deserving recipient. Lord Krishna never donated anything to anybody in His life. He waited till the best recipient, Sudaama (Kuchela) came to Him. To Sudaama, He donated a huge amount of wealth. Krishna is the highest elevated soul and all of us, being in the process of elevation, should follow His path. However, if you do not have that much patience, you must at least donate to the available-best...

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IS SERVING GOD IN ONE’S LEISURE TIME SUFFICIENT TO REACH GOD?
Posted on: 23/10/2018

Shri P. V. N. M. Sharma asked Shri Swami the following question: “You have said that serving God in the time remaining after completing one’s worldly duties and taking due rest is sufficient to reach God. Could You please explain this more clearly?”

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The preaching of God is always meant for the majority. Apart from that, separate preaching for the minority is given individually. In this age of Kali, the majority of human beings are in the level of animals (Dushpravrutti). The preaching given to them should be confined to their journey from the lowest level of animals to the middle level of ideal human beings...

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IS LORD DATTA A SAINT OR A HOUSEHOLDER?
Posted on: 23/10/2018

Shri P. V. N. M. Sharma asked: “You have mentioned in one of the Bhakti Ganga-songs that the saint Datta came to the abode of Goddess Lakshmi, begging the food. As per tradition, it is expected that a renounced-saint would beg for food since saints are not supposed to cook their own food. But afterwards in the same song, You also mention that the saint Datta met with His wife as a house-holder. Both these contradict each other. How can Lord Datta be a renounced-saint as well as a house-holder?”

Swami replied: God and the soul are totally different because God is omnipotent whereas the soul has a very negligible potency. Hence, no soul should imitate God. God plays with the three fundamental qualities namely sattva, rajas and tamas. The same three qualities play with the soul. The qualities are balls for the play of God. Souls are balls for the play of these qualities. As per tradition, a person passes through the four stages of life namely, being a bachelor-student, a married house-holder, a person who has retired into the forest and finally a renounced-saint. These four stages in a person’s life are called as Aashramas. When sages asked God Datta about His Aashrama, God replied that He is above all these four states. It is possible for God...

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SHRI DATTAGURU BHAGAVAT GITA: PART-3 (CHAPTER-15)
Posted on: 09/10/2018

God-Preacher Shri Datta spoke:

  1. My body is made of this subtle cosmic energy only in a qualitative sense and not in a quantitative sense. Neglecting the quantitative sense, and taking it only in a qualitative sense, You can say that this entire cosmos is just My body alone. People mistake this entire cosmos to be My body in a quantitative sense also.
  2. The above concept that this universe is made of inert subtle cosmic energy alone, is justified in the sense that the awareness, matter and energy put together, form the original subtle cosmic energy. This is because, matter and awareness are just different forms...

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SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RAMAYANAM
Posted on: 05/10/2018

Shri P. V. N. M. Sharma asked Shri Swami to explain the significance of the Ramayanam in the spiritual knowledge. Given below is the reply of Shri Swami.

The Ramayanam provides guidance in worldly life (pravrutti) and it internally shows the path of spiritual life (nivrutti) also because the name of Rama is recognized as the path of total salvation (Taraka Mantra). There are three levels of souls. These levels are linked with the qualities of the souls and not with the form of the physical body. These three levels are:

  1. Dushpravrutti: It is the level of total injustice and is found in animals.
  2. Pravrutti: It is the level of total justice and is found in human beings.
  3. Nivrutti: It is the level beyond justice and injustice. It is full divine love and is found in divine personalities, called as God-Men...

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ADVICE OF SWAMI TO HIS BELOVED DEVOTEES: PART-2
Posted on: 02/10/2018

The most important point is unity among all the devotees to co-ordinate and support each other in the propagation work of God. Let there be difference in the approach to the program. This difference between the devotees must be diverted to the difference in the capacities of receiving and to the difference in liking the presentation of the receivers in the humanity. The unity of these devotees shall be confined to the unity of the concepts of God Datta. There are only two items:- 1) internal packed material, which is the spiritual knowledge containing the concepts of God Datta without any change and 2) external packing material, which is the presentation of the subject...

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SWAMI'S MESSAGE ON SUPREME COURT RULING ON ADULTERY
Posted on: 30/09/2018

(On 28.09.2018 the judgement given by Supreme Court came in news papers, which says that the personal relationship between a lady and gent with mutual consent is not wrong since it is linked to mind and emotion. Several devotees phoned and requested Swami to analyze this issue and give a message. Following is the message given by Swami on that issue.)

When marriage-ritual takes place between a male and female, both promise before God that both will confine to each other only without any deviation. Such promise is done on God, who is omniscient, omnipotent and most holy personality. There is no second equal personality to God and not to speak of higher personality than God as said by the Veda (Na tat samaschaabhyadhikashcha...). For any believer in God, there is nothing and none higher than God...

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ADVICE OF SWAMI TO HIS BELOVED DEVOTEES: PART-1
Posted on: 30/09/2018

God Dattatreya gave Me the excellent concepts of spiritual knowledge based on which this spiritual knowledge is prepared. I was telling God Datta about certain concepts on which majority of humanity feel very much inconvenient, who may even strongly oppose such concepts and may even go away without reading other excellent and useful concepts. God Datta replied Me “it is none of your business to alter My concepts. I am not a business man concentrating on selling of My concepts to public and make profit on business...

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