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Madhura Bhakti – Sweet Devotion

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Madhura Bhakti (sweet devotion) was discovered, developed and dragged to climax by the devotees only and not by God. It is the main theme of the scripture Bhāgavatam. Without understanding the topic, some religions try to mock at Hinduism. For the first time in 5000 years, Shri Swami is explaining why this is the highest scripture that gives salvation to the soul in 7 days. The triad (Tripuṭī) of this topic is also highest since 1) Gopikas (Gantā) are the highest reborn sages, who were being worshipped even by angels, 2) Kṛṣṇa (Gamyam) is the highest form of incarnation (Paripūrṇa tamaḥ) and His highest abode is Goloka, which is higher than Brahma loka and 3) The path (Gamanam) adopted to reach the highest goal was liberation from all worldly bonds including the bond with life-partner in which even worldly justice is opposed (Sarvadharmān... Gītā).

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HOW COULD THE GOPIKAS BE IN PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR HUSBANDS AND ALSO WITH LORD KRISHNA?
Posted on: 29/12/2021

Ms. Bhanu Samykya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, The actions performed by Gopikas appear very strange and courageous to me. They are extraordinary souls who showed unconditional love towards God surrendering everything for Him. But, I regret to say that a stupid doubt is bothering my mind i.e. How could the Gopikas be in physical relationship with their husbands when at the same time being physically involving with Lord Krishna...

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HOW IS THE LUST SHOWN TO GOD TREATED AS SIN IN NIVRUTTI?
Posted on: 21/12/2021

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram, Swami few questions are given below. Please grace Your answers. At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil. Swami, You mentioned that any quality which is directed towards God is always good. In this context, I have one doubt. Gopikas had sexual intercourse with God Krishna since their love based lust was towards God. In such case how this lust is treated as a sin? How can this act of lust with God be weighed based on Pravrutti principle and is treated as a sin? Suppose, if it is not a sin, how it is justified that God Krishna went to hell...

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IS MADHUMATI'S STORY BEFORE SHE WAS CURSED, A STORY OF PRAVRUTTI OR NIVRUTTI?
Posted on: 21/11/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: In Thrylokya Gita 12 (point no. 20), it is said that Madhumati, wife of God Dattātreya, was cursed because she did not realise that God was in human form and was purely attracted by God Datta's external beauty and treated Him as a normal human being. Can it be considered that this was a matter of Pravrutti, since she did not recognise God in human form and perceived Him as her husband only? If so, can we say that it was legal sex only from the angle of Pravrutti? When it is looked at from the angle of Nivrutti, then it is lust-based lust towards God...

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DO GOPIKAS KNOW THE THOUGHTS IN THE MIND OF GOD KRISHNA?
Posted on: 18/11/2021

Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Please give Your replies to the following questions. At Your Lotus Feet, anil. In Trailokya Gita, Chapter-11, You mentioned the following: ‘In fact, all Gopikas resisted God by knowing His path of liberation because they have miraculous power got by very long penance to know what is in one’s mind.’ Swami, are You referring to the fact that Gopikas are knowing...

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DID THE CHILDREN AND HUSBANDS OF GOPIKAS ALSO GET SALVATION?
Posted on: 18/11/2021

[Shri Anil asked: In the process of salvation of Gopikas, their children and husbands also would have suffered. What about them? Did they also get salvation or their fate was decided by their individual deeds alone?]

Swami replied: The children did not suffer because Krishna was distributing the stolen butter...

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HOW CAN PURE LUST BECOME GOOD WHEN DIVERTED TO GOD?
Posted on: 07/11/2021

[Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Your latest discourse on how sages felt about surrendering their body also to God is beyond excellence. Thank You so much for explaining the same. I have a small follow-up question to ask. Swami, please clarify this doubt as well. At Your divine lotus feet, Priyanka

Question: It is mentioned in the discourse that the sages born as Gopikas were not ordinary human beings, who burnt their lust in the fire of their penance. Hence, Gopikas were having love only towards God Krishna and not the lust. Only love existed between Lord Krishna and the gopikas. Swami, this point is understood very well over many discourses...

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WHY IS SWEET DEVOTION THE HIGHEST, WHEN DEVOTEES LIKE LAKSHMANA SERVED GOD LIKE A SLAVE?
Posted on: 05/11/2021

[Shri Durgaprasad asked: Paadanamaskaaram Swami, Why did You say that the sweet devotion of Gopikas is the highest, when devotees like Lakshmana served the God like a slave? At Your lotus feet, -Durgaprasad]

Swami Replied:- The final salvation depends upon several angles and the requirements in all angles must be fulfilled. Eradication of total ego is one of the requirements. The acquired ego can be destroyed by any soul whether...

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CERTAIN GOPIKAS DIDN'T FEAR WHILE DOING KARMA PHALA TYAGA. HOW TO UNDERSTAND THIS?
Posted on: 04/11/2021

Shri Ganesh V asked: Padanamaskaram Swamiji, While doing karma phala tyaga You have said that, one should give it with fear and shame but certain Gopikas didn't have fear while giving their butter to Lord Krishna. In fact, they wanted Lord Krishna to steal their butter...

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CAN THE SURRENDER OF THE BODY TO GOD BE CONSIDERED AS TOTAL KARMA PHALA TYAGA?
Posted on: 04/11/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Can surrendering our body for God be considered as Total Karma Phala Tyaga? Swami, we have learnt that Gopikas were great sages in their previous lives, who sacrificed everything for the sake of God, except their bodies. Therefore, they were given a final female birth to get rid of the male ego and to be given the opportunity of surrendering even their bodies for the sake of God. Even though they crossed other bonds in their previous births, God conducted an annual joint examination for all bonds once again even though only bond with life partner was left to be sacrificed...

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WHETHER CHANDRALEKHA IS GODDESS SATI OR AN ORDINARY SOUL?
Posted on: 27/10/2021

[Ms. Bhanu Samykya asked: Swami, You have recently said that the 11 Gopikas who reached Goloka excluding Raadhaa are ordinary souls only. But, You have also revealed about a Gopikaa named 'Chandralekha' who reached Goloka. She was the incarnation of Goddess Sati and not an ordinary soul. How can both these facts be true simultaneously? Please enlighten me. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Bhanu Samykya.]

Swami Replied:- When I told that Raadhaa, incarnation of God Shiva, came to guide the human...

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HOW FAR IS IT TRUE TO SAY THAT 'EVERYTHING IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR'?
Posted on: 26/10/2021

Ms. Lakshmi Thrylokya asked: Swami, please correct the thinking which I am mentioning below. Many people follow this famous saying that 'Everything is fair in love and war'. This statement appears to be true in case of Lord Krishna also. He romanced with married Gopikas which looks unfair and also won Kurukshetra war with unfair tricks. Since they are cases of love and war respectively, they became fair. Hence, there is no sin...

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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOVE AND LUST IN SWEET DEVOTION OR MADHURABHAKTI?
Posted on: 07/10/2021

[Ms Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- Swami, What is the significance of love and lust in sweet devotion or Madhurabhakti? Can You tell me the details of Anaghaa or Madhumati, the wife of God Dattaatreya?]

Swami Replied:- God is unimaginable since He is beyond space and time. As long as He is not mediated, He is not imaginable and not visible. Even as non-mediated unimaginable God, He is possessing awareness due to His unimaginable power even though inert energy and materialised brain-nervous system are absent...

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IS THE DEVOTION OF PAARVATII TO SHIVA SIMILAR TO THE MADHURA BHAKTI OF GOPIKAS TO KRISHNA?
Posted on: 24/09/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, Kumārasambhavam, an epic poem written by Kālidāsa is one of the finest works that describes the divine love between Shiva and Paarvati. In a Hinduphobic facebook page, I saw some people criticising the lovemaking between Lord Shiva and Paarvati. I kindly request You to enlighten us with the correct lesson to be learnt from Kumārasambhavam. Is the devotion of Paarvatii to Shiva similar to the Madhura Bhakti of Gopikas...

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UNDERSTANDING THE EPIC KUMAARASAMBHAVAM
Posted on: 24/09/2021

The criticism on Kumaarasambhavam was about the sex described between God Shiva and God Paarvati.

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swami Replied:- I do not understand why people behave always with hypocrisy. Eating food, drinking water, sleep and sex are the inevitable biological needs of the body of human being be it the body of a devotee or the body of God. People are hypocrites because everybody is a slave of sex in secrecy and in public, resist the importance of sex opposing it as a sin. When God takes a human...

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IS GOD'S RESPONSE TO THE SOUL JUST A REFLECTION OF THE SOUL'S BEHAVIOR TOWARDS GOD?
Posted on: 22/09/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swami, I read on the internet that Kubjaa was none other than Shūrpanakha in her previous birth. Is that true? If it is true, then the fact that Lord Krishna fulfilled her lust shows the infinite kindness of God even towards the worst souls in the creation. Can we take this incident as the example for the verses (Rūpaṃ rūpaṃ pratirūpo babhūva—Veda, Ye yathā māṃ...—Gītā) which means that God’s response...

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WHY DID KRISHNA SLEEP (HAVE SEX) WITH KUBJAA IF SHE HAD ONLY LUST FOR HIM BUT NOT LOVE?
Posted on: 17/09/2021

[A question by DawahWise]

Swami replied: Love is the feeling whereas lust is its language used for practical expression. Wherever love exists, lust also exists. But, it is not necessary that wherever lust exists, love shall exist. This concept is confined to the sweet devotion (Madhurabhakti) with God. When there is feeling, its language of expression comes spontaneously by force. Sometimes, even in the absence of real...

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WHAT IS THAT WE HAVE TO LEARN FROM THE GOPIKA CALLED CHANDRALEKHA?
Posted on: 12/09/2021

[Ms. Manasa Pathani asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Swami every incarnation of God teaches a lesson to learn for devotees. What is the lesson that we (souls) have to learn from Gopika called Chandralekha, who is the incarnation of the Goddess Sati? Kindly enlighten me. - At Your Lotus Feet, Manasa Pathani.]

Swami Replied:- The lesson that shall be understood from these two cases (Sati and Chandralekha) is that one may get emotion in the love of God in theoretical phase. But, in practical phase, along with love (Bhakti), sharp...

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PLEASE ELABORATE HOW KNOWLEDGE OBTAINED MEANS THE DIVINE FRUIT OBTAINED.
Posted on: 09/09/2021

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- You told that Pariikshit got the true knowledge from Sage Shuka explaining Bhaagavatam and the inspiration, practice and divine fruit are spontaneous and hence, knowledge obtained means the divine fruit obtained. Please elaborate this.]

Swami Replied:- Once the knowledge is obtained, the divine fruit is to be understood as obtained. Obtaining knowledge from Sadguru (contemporary human incarnation) is the 1st step. Obtaining inspiration...

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WOULD MUHAMMAD TAKING PART IN SEX DEPEND ON THE TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT HE WAS IN?
Posted on: 09/09/2021

Mr. Rayy Light asked: Dear Swami, May Peace and Blessings be upon You, I very much thank You for replying to my previous question. In Your answer, You said, ‘God exhibits certain negative qualities (which are not really negative due to their unknown background) to test the faith of the devotees and to repel the undeserving devotees’. With regards to this, if You look at people like Jesus, He did not hold to any wives nor did He take part in sexual desires, or conduct anything that could be seen as a negative quality. My question is, why Muhammad...

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WAS CHANDRALEKHA BORN TO SET AN EXAMPLE TO FACE OPPOSITION FROM WORLDLY RELATIONS IN CARE-NOT DEVOTION?
Posted on: 08/09/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: Gopikas were incarnations of sages. Whereas, Chandralekha was the incarnation of a Goddess. Was she the only one, who was the odd one out in the group of Gopikas? If so, was she born to set a specific example...

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