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SWAMI ANSWERS SHRI ANIL'S QUESTIONS
Posted on: 17/06/2021

1. Why is Modiji not supported by all Hindus to build Rma Rājya?

[Śrī Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, some questions raised in internet discussion forum is presented below. Please grace Your response to the same. At Your Lotus Divine Feet-anil. Why is Modiji not supported by all Hindus to build Rāma Rājya? Modiji is a Rāma, but Hindus are not as good as citizens of Rāma Rajya. Isn't it?]

Swāmi replied:- This refers to Pravṛtti in which it is very difficult to decide the nature of any human...

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WHY NOT ALL AVATARAS CALLED AS DATTA AVATARAS?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi. Although all human incarnations (including Ramaṇa Maharṣi, Rāmakṛṣṇna Paramahaṃsa, Amma, etc.) are Dattāvatāras, why only certain avatāras such as Shirdi Sai Bāba, Akkalkot Maharāj, Satya Sai Bāba, etc. are called Datta avatāras?

Swāmi replied:- The direct incarnations of God Datta are called Dattāvatāras. The indirect incarnations are also actually Dattāvatāras only. When Datta enters the medium directly as in the case of Sai Bāba...

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IS IT TRUE THAT THERE EXISTS ONE WORLD AND MULTIPLE FORMS OF GOD?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You said that the mind could be attached to one God or multiple world. But it appears as if there is one world and multiple Gods (multiple forms of God). Kindly enlighten us.

Swāmi replied:- The same God exists in different media and this can’t be told as multiple Gods since there is only one God in all the external media. The world is nothing but all these different media without God in them. These media have no unity especially...

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IS IT BY GOD'S GRACE ONE GETS DEVOTION?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, I have heard this saying that one gets devoted to God only by the grace of God. People say that we must have a lot of Puṇyam (merits) to just hear the Rāma Kathā (Story of God). But You said that devotion to God alone brings His grace and everything happening in the world is completely under control of God. Is it by God's grace we get devotion? or by devotion we get God's grace? Can we assume that God allows...

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DOES THE MIND OF DEVOTEES OF ALL RELIGIONS NEED VARIATION?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said in Datta Vedam that the mind has a nature of variation. Hence, we should change the modes of worship from time to time to suit to the unstable nature of the mind. Does this principle apply to all devotees of God following different religions? Does it mean that we should change the theoretical mode of worship to practical mode for a change? Or does it mean...

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HOW ARE THE SUCCESS IN WORLDLY LIFE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE DIFFERENT?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said that Māyā is the power of God, which appears as a hurdle in your spiritual journey, but, māyā helps you by increasing the intensity of your devotion to God through creation of hurdles. Māyā also creates hurdles to a soul who has worldly goals (such as to become a CEO, a billionaire, an artist, etc). Many successful Entrepreneurs say that one should cross...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS WHEN MY FRIENDS FORCE ME TO TAKE A PEG?
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, in the current trend of socialisation, consuming alcohol has become a matter of respect. Current generation of men and women are obliged to consume alcohol and non-veg food in order to socialize with colleagues and friends. How to deal with situations when my friends force me (out of excessive friendship and love) to take a peg? They will mock me and don't take me seriously...

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I FEEL THAT A SOUL SHOULD BE GIVEN A BETTER LIFE ON EARTH RATHER THAN SENDING TO HEAVEN. PLEASE COMMENT.
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, the result of the karma after life is said to be utilised for 3 things. To make trips to Hell and Heaven and to take the next birth. In my understanding, the next birth (location, family, atmosphere etc.) depends on the leftover karmic result after making both the trips. We have learnt that it is the benevolent God who makes the judgement about division of karmic results. I don't know if it is spiritually significant to know about how this division happens. Although my knowledge is wrong and limited, I get this feeling that a soul should be given a better life on earth rather than sending that soul to heave...

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HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD ALWAYS CHOOSE YOU WHEN COMPARED TO VEDAS. PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG.
Posted on: 17/06/2021

Śrī Ganesh V asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji, You said in Datta Veda that the Vedas are impure before You. When I was thinking about it, I had an understanding which I will explain below.
When we look throughout history, chaos in this world happened through atheism or misinterpretation of scriptures. Misinterpretation of scriptures is inevitable if done by a human being because a normal human being is highly biased and does not possess unimaginable intelligence or unimaginable love for all souls, including the bad ones. Vedas are neutral with themselves; they can either harm or protet...

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MANY GOD-REALISED SAINTS DENY LIVING IN WORLDLY OPULENCE BUT NOT SHRI SATYA SAI BABA. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS?
Posted on: 16/06/2021

Śrī Aditya asked: Sathya Sai Bāba. Dear Śrī Datta Swāmi You have said that Satya Sai Bāba is Your Guru. You have also indicated that He is the previous human incarnation of Lord Dattātreya. Lord Śrī Dattātreya as Śrīpāda Vallabha had declared that He will incarnate as Shirdi Sai Bāba. He had also mentioned other important incarnations that would take place. However, He had not mentioned anything about Satya Sai Bāba as His incarnation. Moreover, Satya Sai Bāba had said that He is Shirdi Sai Bāba reincarnated...

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SWAMI ANSWERS DEVOTEES' QUESTIONS
Posted on: 16/06/2021

1. I want to be associated with this ocean of spiritual knowledge. Please include me. By, Chhanda Chandra

[A question by Mrs. Chhanda Chandra]

Swāmi replied:- Yes. You are included.

2. Is serving the poor people right or wrong?

["On the lotus feet of Swāmi" For a long time I have this query. Please make mind clear. My query is, “If I try to give some efforts in the service of poor people to remove the suffering, will it be right or wrong? Reason of confusion is that Swāmi Vivekānanda ...

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TO BECOME A PREACHER DOES ONE HAVE TO ABSORB ALL THE SCRIPTURES?
Posted on: 16/06/2021

[A question by Mrs. Latika Chawda, Wardha (Maharashtra)]

Swāmi replied:- A preacher is needed to quote the scripture for at least the important concepts because the receivers have a common psychology that if the source of the concept is shown in the scripture, there is a confidence...

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HOW TO BALANCE PRAVRUTTI AND NIVRUTTI IN REAL LIFE?
Posted on: 16/06/2021

[A question by Mrs. Latika Chawda, Wardha (Maharashtra)]

Swāmi replied:- When you are balancing both Pravṛtti and Nivṛtti, it means that you are travelling in the path of Spiritual knowledge to reach the ultimate Divine goal. When you are exactly in the middle of the path, you will exactly...

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THERE'S A MOVEMENT GOING ON IN THE WORLD, WHO CONSIDER OUR SANATANA GODS AND GODDESSES AS ALIENS? HOW TO COUNTER THEM?
Posted on: 16/06/2021

[A question by Mrs. Latika Chawda, Wardha (Maharashtra)]

Swāmi replied:- Certainly our Gods and Goddesses (energetic incarnations) are aliens only because they exist in the upper worlds as energetic beings. They are not the aliens as thought by our scientists. The aliens of our scientists...

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SWAMI ANSWERS MRS.PRIYANKA'S QUESTIONS
Posted on: 15/06/2021

Mrs. Priyanka asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to ask You questions and clear our doubts. At the same time, please accept my sincere apologies for bothering You by asking silly questions sometimes. You are The Ultimate God and You are the only One we can trust. You are the source of true knowledge regarding Pravṛtti and Nivṛtti. Hence, even though I am embarrassed to ask certain questions sometimes, I am not holding back. I have some more questions. Please enlighten us, Swāmi. At Your divine lotus feet, Priyanka. There are some people who claim themselves as "mediums", transferring messages from ghosts or a soul from another world. They claim that those souls show them signs or symbols and sometimes even objects and gestures...

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IS PASSING THE TESTS OF LORD DATTA THE ONLY WAY TO REACH HIM, EVEN IF IT TAKES SEVERAL BIRTHS?
Posted on: 15/06/2021

Mrs. Priyanka asked: Swāmi, I hope I remember this correctly. If not, please forgive me. I think You had mentioned long ago that if a devotee constantly fails in the tests of Lord Datta, he/she will "slip" forever and won't be able to reach God again. But, if the same devotee, irrespective of knowing that he/she failed, still holds onto God stubbornly and loves God, can that person reach God someday at least? Is passing the tests of Lord Datta the only way to reach Him, even if it takes several births? There are follow up questions regarding this question here -
a) How many times is a devotee tested in a lifetime? Is there only one Brahma parīkṣā, Viṣṇu parīkṣā...

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IF A DEVOTEE DESIRES TO SERVE YOU BY KARMA SAMNYASA ONLY, IS THAT DESIRE ALSO CONSIDERED SELFISHNESS?
Posted on: 15/06/2021

Mrs. Priyanaka asked: Swāmi, the joy attained by serving You is not comparable to any other joys. It is a great blessing given by You to any devotee. Having said that, in the context of Karma Saṃnyāsa only, if a devotee has a desire to serve you, is having that desire also considered selfishness?

Swāmi replied:- The word selfishness applies to Pravrutti or worldly life involving worldly bonds only. The journey is from worldly bonds to the bond with God. The journey is not from bond to no bond. It is from negative to positive and is not from negative to zero. Zero stands between negative...

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WHY CAN I NOT EAT A FISH WHICH WILL INEVITABLY DIE OR BE EATEN BY ANOTHER CREATURE ANYWAY?
Posted on: 14/06/2021

Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You kindly grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum? This person opposes the idea that natural calamities like tsunamis and earthquakes are a punishment for human beings killing animals for food. At Your Lotus Divine Feet-anil.

Opponent: What are you saying? Natural calamities have existed before humans evolved to comprehend the law of karma. Dinosaurs died due to natural calamities. Non-vegetarian food has always been a part of human diet and is essential for proper nutrition. Bengalis who eat non-vegetarian food are healthier than Gujaratis, who are mostly vegetarian. Eating is a natural process. If I do not eat a fish, any other creature will eat it or it will die naturally.

Swami replied: Whatever you said about eating other animals being natural can be also said by demons, who kill and eat human beings. You are a human being and there is a possibility of you being killed and eaten...

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CAN PROPHET MOHAMMAD BE TREATED TO BE EQUAL TO KRISHNA?
Posted on: 14/06/2021

Śrī Anil asked: In an online discussion, the following person objected to my addressing Prophet Muhammad as Holy Mohammad. He could not tolerate Mohammad being called holy, which would give Him an equal status as God Kṛṣṇa.

Opponent: You say Holy Mohammad? So, the key to being called spiritually awakened, intellectual, tolerant, secular and wise in the Kali Yuga is to call anyone holy, even if he is pure evil! Have you studied Islam? Have you read the Quran...

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DID ALLAH AVOID INCARNATING IN HUMAN FORM TO PREVENT IDOL WORSHIP?
Posted on: 14/06/2021

Śrī Anil asked: In an online discussion, a Muslim devotee objected to God incarnating in human form. He said that Allah did not come to earth Himself because He feared that Muslims might make idols of Him for worship, which is forbidden in Islam.

Swami replied: This issue has already been answered earlier. If you resist this concept of idol worship or the worship of any form of God so much, why do you even go to mosques? Allah is not there in the mosque too since...

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