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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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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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WAS CHANDRALEKHA GIVEN A CHANCE TO OPPOSE FAMILY MEMBERS TO REACH THE HUMAN INCARNATION OF GOD IN HER SUBSEQUENT BIRTHS?
Posted on: 08/09/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: You had mentioned that Chandralekha reached the energetic incarnation of Krishna in Goloka but could not attain Jiivanmukti on Earth by going to Lord Krishna, when she was opposed by her family members. Due to this, she is made to be born on Earth each time God incarnates to not only accompany God in His divine program but also because of her strong attachment towards family bonds. A doubt arises...

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WHY WOULD THE INCARNATION OF GOD BE DRIVEN WITH SEXUAL DESIRES?
Posted on: 07/09/2021

Shri Rayy Light asked: Dear Swami, may Peace and Blessings of God be upon you, I am Rayy Light. I wanted to infer to You about a question with regards to Prophet Muhammad. While exploring through Your website I have realized that You see Prophet Muhammad as an incarnation of God. With that being said, we can understand that the Prophet Muhammad was not free from all desires that a human faces, and the most significant one is the idea of sexual desires. If we look through the narrations...

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WHEN GOPIKAS CONSTANTLY ASSOCIATE WITH GOD IN ENERGETIC FORM, WON'T THEIR DEVOTION TO GOD REDUCE GRADUALLY?
Posted on: 02/09/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swami, the entire creation is indebted to You for enlightening us about Madhura Bhakti (Vaamaachaara). In this kind of devotion, there is lot of opposition force from society and hence, devotion to God rises exponentially. Gopikas approached God through Madhura Bhakti and God gave them Goloka. Now, we also know that constant association with Lord brings negligence on God. In Goloka, when Gopikas are constantly associated with God (in energetic form), won't their devotion to God start reducing...

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WHY DID KRISHNA SING ON THE FLUTE IN THE NIGHT TO ATTRACT GOPIKAS?
Posted on: 27/08/2021

Ms Lakshmi Thrylokya asked:- 1) You told that God Krishna refused Gopikas threatening them that they will go to horrible hell by breaking the justice of Pravrutti. But, since Gopikas threatened Him that they will jump into Yamuna River if He refused them hence, Krishna has no alternative than to take interest in Gopikas. If this is so, why Krishna gave the flute song in the night to attract Gopikas? Why Krishna winked His left eye towards...

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CAN'T THE THREAT OF GOPIKAS BE TAKEN AS SURRENDER OF THEIR BODIES?
Posted on: 27/08/2021

[Ms Lakshmi Thrylokya asked:- Gopikas threatened that they will jump into Yamuna River and leave their bodies for the sake of Krishna. Can’t this threat be taken as surrender of their bodies? In such case, is the dance necessary?]

Swami Replied:- Ok. Let us assume that Krishna took their suicide as their surrender of body and allowed them to commit suicide. Is it justified on the side of Krishna to agree for their suicide in order to avoid the dance

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WHY DID KRISHNA TEST GOPIKAS FOR 2 YEARS LONG?
Posted on: 27/08/2021

[Ms Lakshmi Thrylokya asked:- Krishna could have danced in one night and the test should have been completed. Why did He dance for 2 years?]

Swami Replied:- Krishna was testing the bond with butter (Dhaneshanaa) and the bond with their issues (Putreshanaa) by stealing the butter preserved for their issues. This test continued for 10 years (5th year to 15th year) because God gave a long period of examination to see whether some Gopikas, who failed initially will rectify and pass the joint test in course of time at least. Similarly, the third test

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DO GOPIKAS WANT TO PLEASE GOD OR TO PLEASE THEMSELVES BY THEIR UNION WITH KRISHNA?
Posted on: 26/08/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, Thank You so much for revealing about Madhura Bhakti. No preacher till now has given a logical explanation about all the actions performed by Lord Krishna except You. Hereafter, no one can dare to criticize Lord Krishna. All because of You. Thanks a million Swami. I have a small question regarding the incident where Gopikas threatened Lord Krishna that they would jump into Yamuna if Krishna hadn't danced with them. Krishna was discouraging them by saying that they would go to Hell for such injustice. In this case, do Gopikas want to please God or to please themselves...

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GOPIKAS ARE SUPPOSED TO EXPECT NOTHING FROM GOD INCLUDING HIS LOVE. ISN'T IT?
Posted on: 26/08/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swami, Your answer about Madhura Bhakti is just mind blowing. You said, "A devotee is a servant of God in Brahmaloka and God becomes the servant of devotee in Goloka. It is not the question of owner or servant, but, it is the question of the extent of love of God. In Vaikuntha (Brahmaloka), God shows highest love to devotees whereas in Goloka, God shows higher than highest love to the devotee. It depends purely...

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GOPIKAS, WHO FAILED IN THE TESTS OF LORD KRISHNA, FAILED IN ALL THE THREE TESTS?
Posted on: 26/08/2021

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swami, many Gopikas who failed in the tests of Lord Krishna were looted and raped at the end of Bhaagavatam. Did these Gopikas fail in any of the three tests (Dhaneṣaṇā, Dāreṣaṇā, Putreṣaṇā)? Or did they fail in all the three tests?

Swami Replied:- Whether a soul fails in one paper or in all papers, the candidate comes under the category of failures only. All Gopikas passed in the test of their bonds with their life partners. Only 12 Gopikas passed...

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DID THE FAILED GOPIKAS KNOW THAT THEY WERE ABUSING GOD?
Posted on: 26/08/2021

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: In previous discourses, Your explained that the sin committed towards God returns in high intensity and this is the reason for the suffering of failed Gopikas. My questions are as follows. Did the failed Gopikas know that they were abusing God? They might abuse Krishna assuming Him to be a spoiled brat of village head.]

Swami Replied:- Sage Naarada told that all the Gopikas had the knowledge of Krishna as God...

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UNTIL LORD KRISHNA, NO ONE HAS SEEN GOD SHOWING NEGATIVE QUALITIES. ISN'T IT?
Posted on: 26/08/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: It was Krishna who started showing extreme negative qualities to Gopikas although the basis of those qualities is infinite love. So, the Gopikas who were sages in previous births failed to recognise Him as God. Until then, no one has seen God showing negative qualities. Isn't it? God who is the epitome of kindness could have protected them. But, we know that what God does is correct...

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PLEASE EXPLAIN ABOUT THE FINAL FEMALE BIRTH AND SURRENDER OF BODY TO GOD AS TWO SEPARATE ITEMS.
Posted on: 26/08/2021

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swami replied: Very good question. Here only the confusion comes. Wherever there is smoke (final female birth), there is fire (surrender of body), but, wherever there is fire (surrender of the body), there need not be smoke (final female birth). If the body is surrendered to God by a female devotee, following the path of Gopikas, it need not be the final birth. If the birth is really final as in the case of Gopikas, the surrender of body will be certain...

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WHEN GOPIKAS THREATENED KRISHNA TO DANCE WITH THEM, HOW CAN THIS BE CONSIDERED AS A TEST TAKEN BY LORD KRISHNA?
Posted on: 25/08/2021

[A spiritual conversation took place in Hyderabad on 23-08-2021 and was attended by a number of devotees. Some of the flashes of spiritual knowledge that were radiated from Śrī Datta Swami are given below for the benefit of the spiritual world.]

[A question by Ms. Bhanu Samykya]

Swami replied: When Gopikas came to Brindavan on hearing flute song of Krishna, they proved that their love is strong and more than their love to their life partners. When Krishna threatened them that they will go to hell,

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HOW DID RADHA BECOME THE QUEEN OF GOLOKA WITHOUT BEING TESTED FOR ALL THE FAMILY BONDS?
Posted on: 23/08/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: A question on Devi Radha being tested by Lord Krishna. Padanamaskaram Swami, One particular thought has been bothering me for few days. Gopikas were granted Goloka by Lord Krishna after they were tested for Putreshana (bond with children), dareshana (bond with husband) and dhaneshana (bond with wealth). They cleared a joint examination for both wealth and children, by sacrificing the stored butter to Lord Krishna (their stored wealth for their children...

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