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DID BOTH JESUS AND GOD SUFFER THE AGONY OF CRUCIFIXION?
Posted on: 21/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Jesus cried out on the cross “Why have You (Father) left Me?”. What is the meaning of this statement? When in trouble, people generally say, “God why have you left me”. Did Jesus too utter that statement in the same way? Or was it a situation in which the Father (God) had withdrawn from the body of Jesus at that time? If that is the case, why should the Father withdraw from the body of Jesus? Afterwards, Jesus was going to be in an inactive state inside the cave for three days. Could the Father of Heaven not have stayed in Jesus during the crucifixion and even while He was in the cave, in the inactive state? Can one say that during the crucifixion, both Son and Father underwent the agony of crucifixion together? Kindly clarify this.

Swāmi replied: The Human Incarnation is a system of three components in the single phase, which is the human being-component. The unimaginable God became the Father of heaven by permanently merging with the first energetic form. The Father of heaven is called Datta in Hinduism...

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HOW CAN WE ENJOY EVEN PHYSICAL TORTURE LIKE A SPECTATOR? WHY DID GOD SACRIFICE HIS SON, JESUS, INSTEAD OF SACRIFICING HIMSELF?
Posted on: 21/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the divine discourse given on December 25, 2005, You mentioned that Jesus confined Himself to His causal body and watched both the crucifixion of the gross body and the agony of the subtle body. You also mentioned that one should be the spectator of everything. It means that one should watch both the internal and external cinema shows. If somebody scolds us or abuses us, it can be treated as a feeling and can be watched as a cinema show. But when somebody physically beats us, it will be very difficult to treat it as a cinema and enjoy. How can one achieve such a state, in which even physical torture can be enjoyed like Jesus did during the extreme torture...

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DOES RULING OVER ALL CREATURES MEAN A LICENSE TO KILL THEM?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! In the Old Testament, Genesis 1:28-30, it is said: God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” 29 God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you, 30 for all the wildlife of the earth...

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Your interpretation is correct and the interpretation of those Christian devotees is wrong. Ruling does not mean killing and eating. It only means using them and giving food to them. The entire objection is only to the killing of the creatures for food...

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DOES BEING RICH TAKE A PERSON TO HELL?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swāmi, in the New Testament, there is a story about a rich man at whose door, there came a poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus was covered with sores and would have gladly eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich. The rich man lived a luxurious life. After the death of both men, Lazarus went to heaven and sat on the lap of Abraham, while the rich man went to hell fire. When seeing Lazarus in heaven...

Swāmi replied: Richness and poverty are not the direct reasons for going to hell and heaven respectively. The associated effects of richness and poverty are bad and good respectively. Sin is always associated...

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IS USING DRUGS TO GET HAPPINESS SIN?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Nowadays, there is an increase in drug use among youth. They say that by using drugs, they can forget all their anxieties and troubles and get in an ecstatic mood. This seems to be a very easy method to experience ecstasy without making any effort like meditation or concentration to achieve that state. They claim that by doing so, they are not disturbing others in any way and hence, it is not sin, in their view...

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DO THE OUTCOMES OF WARS INDICATE THE SIDE OF JUSTICE?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: God Kṛṣṇa advised Arjuna to fight the Kurukṣetra war to annihilate demonic Kauravas. It was a victory of justice over injustice. In the present world, so many border conflicts are going on. India and Pakistan have fought four times. India has won all four wars. In 1962, China attacked us and due to our unpreparedness, they easily won the war, taking possession of some of our territory. Now China is again threatening a war against India...

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HOW TO OVERCOME LAZINESS IN PERFORMING CERTAIN WORLDLY ACTIVITIES?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Anil] Swāmi replied: Laziness too has a good side in that it helps in postponing bad activities that a person might do in worldly life as well as in spiritual life. The habit of doing things immediately, without laziness, also has a bad side in that it makes the soul do bad activities hastily, without analysis. Both habits of laziness and doing things immediately should be maintained simultaneously...

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WHY DID ARJUNA ASK KRISHNA TO REPEAT THE GITA AFTER THE WAR?
Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the Gītā, why did Arjuna ask Kṛṣṇa to repeat the Gītā after the war was over? During the war, he had already heard the Gītā and it had given him the motivation to kill the wicked Karuravas. Then why did he ask Kṛṣṇa to repeat it?]

Swāmi replied: The Gītā partly contains knowledge to motivate a person to do practical work in the materialistic line with the aim of establishing justice and condemning injustice. But it also contains several other important points regarding justice and injustice in the materialistic line as well as concepts in the spiritual line. Several other important points came up in the Gītā, one after the other, regarding both worldly...

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CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE FOUR TYPES OF SERVICE DONE TO THE DIVINE PREACHER?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Service is called sevā, in a general sense. The same service done to the divine preacher is called śuśrūṣā. Similarly, the attraction towards worldly items is called love (premā) while the same love towards God is called devotion (bhakti). Sthāna śuśrūṣā means the service done to the preacher, that is relevant to the situation or context. Bhāva śuśrūṣā...

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HOW CAN WE EXPERIENCE GOD AND REMOVE OUR ILLUSIONS?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: The only possible experience of the non-mediated unimaginable God can be the experience of His existence. Through unimaginable events called miracles, the existence of the unimaginable God can be experienced. But miracles can also be done by demons. Hence, apart from miracles, God can be experienced through His unimaginable spiritual knowledge and His unimaginable love...

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HOW DID THE WORLD COME FROM GOD? HOW DID INERT ITEMS GET CONVERTED INTO AWARENESS?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: The process of evolution of creation from the unimaginable God is also unimaginable. In the world, we only know of imaginable items creating imaginable products. In the world, there is no single unimaginable item that creates an imaginable product. In the world, we find that a person having awareness can create an imaginary world. It means that awareness can create an imaginary...

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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VISHNU SAHASRANAAMAM AND THE LALITAA SAHASRANAAMAM?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: Males are not supposed to recite the Lalitā Sahasranāma stotram because the beauty of the body of the divine mother is frequently described in it. A son should not recite the prayer describing the physical beauty of his mother. During the day, one should worship God Śiva and at night, one should worship the divine mother. An alternative way is created for males to worship the divine mother, which is through the recitation...

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IF SOULS ARE SUPPOSED TO WORSHIP GOD AS THE FATHER AND THE DIVINE MOTHER AS THE MOTHER, WHY DID SOME SOULS LIKE LAKSHMI SELECT GOD AS HER HUSBAND?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: There is only one God, whereas, devoted souls are many and they have different tastes regarding their relationships with God. As such, there cannot be any relation or bond between the unimaginable God and devotees due to His unimaginable nature. All these bonds that devotees have with God are only with the imaginable mediated God. When God is mediated, i.e., when He enters into a medium, the medium may be male or female. But generally, it is male. The soul is also mediated by a body...

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HOW CAN ONE COME OUT OF PAST MEMORIES?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: One need not try to come out of all past memories since some are good and they give inspiration to the soul in the present time. If the past memories are bad, one has to come out of them since such bad past memories spoil...

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HOW CAN WE DESTROY OUR BAD QUALITIES?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: You can never destroy any quality present in your soul because these qualities are heavier than hills. They have been accumulated and solidified over millions of births. Hence, it is practical foolishness to aim for the destruction of any quality. You need not worry about destroying the bad qualities, which is not only impossible, but also unnecessary since every quality is good on one side and bad...

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HOW CAN I GET RID OF MY LAZINESS?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: As I have already stated, even a bad quality has its good side. Your laziness is good, when it is used to postpone the committing of sins. Instead of committing sins immediately...

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WHY DOES THE SAMAADHI GIITAA RECOMMEND SELF-ANALYSIS INSTEAD OF REMOVING THE DOUBT ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: Giving a good example does not make the concept good. A demon swallowed a human being. To explain this, an example is given saying that the demon swallowed the human being just as a human being swallows a tablet. Just because the example given is so good, does it make the swallowing of the human being by the demon good? The correctness of a concept is always decided on its own merit and not by the strength

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SHRI VIIRABRAHMENDRA SWAMI SAID THAT HE REACHED HIS STAGE OF SPIRITUAL ACHIEVEMENT AFTER MILLIONS OF BIRTHS. IS SUCH A LONG TIME REALLY REQUIRED?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: The Gītā says that a soul can fully recognise the contemporary Human Incarnation after millions of births by conquering ego and jealousy (Bahūnāṃ janmanāmante...—Gītā). Even to recognise God in human form, if so many births are required, how many births will be required..

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WILL GOD HELP DEVOTEES IN THEIR SPIRITUAL EFFORTS?
Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: God will certainly help anybody having real interest in the spiritual life. Interest (śraddhā) is very important for progress. When you go to a doctor, he checks you and gives you his prescription. If you are truly interested in curing your illness, you will go to the medical shop, purchase the medicines and consume them as directed, in order to get good health. Here, the help of the doctor...

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HOW CAN I OVERCOME THE ATTITUDE OF AVOIDING THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTIONATE TO ME, WHEN THE SAME ATTITUDE IS GETTING REFLECTED IN SPIRITUAL PATH ALSO?
Posted on: 07/10/2020

Ms. Samykya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! Since my childhood, I have this attitude of avoiding all people who are affectionate to me. I never reciprocate that affection and end up hurting them. This attitude is working even in the case of God. I realised from Your discourses that God is the real well-wisher and ultimate caregiver. Now, I want to run away from spirituality...

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