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WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY IN SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE VEDA, OTHER SCRIPTURES, LOGIC AND EXPERIENCE?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Logic is the highest authority. Even experience cannot be taken as the final authority because a person having a defect in the eyes sees two moons in the sky (Netrataimirika-doṣasya dvicandra darśanavat). But of course, that cannot be taken as authority because logic says that the experience of many people having no defect in their eyes alone should be taken as the authority. Even Śaṅkara mentioned logic among the four necessary qualities for a spiritual seeker (Sadasadvivekaḥ). He did not mention the other authorities because...

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HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THE GRACE OF GOD, WHEN IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO WORSHIP GOD WITHOUT ANY ASPIRATION?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: You have confined the concept of devotion and the attainment of God’s grace to yourself; taking yourself as the example. But there are several devotees, who have worshipped God without the aspiration for any fruit in return. One may feel that the IAS examination is very difficult to get through. This conclusion is confined to that person alone because there are several candidates, who have succeeded in the IAS examination. Your experience alone cannot be taken as the universal experience...

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IF GOD DATTA MERGED WITH YOU ON THE SRISAILAM HILL, DOES IT MEAN THAT GOD DATTA WAS NOT IN YOU BEFORE THAT?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: I cannot exactly confirm this. I have heard My mother telling others that when I was in her womb, she used to get dreams every night in which she would see places of worship like temples, churches, mosques, Bauddha-ārāmas (monastery) etc. I immediately thought that God Datta must have entered Me while I was in My mother’s womb and that His main program to be carried out through Me is the unification of world religions...

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IS GIVING UP ONE'S LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF GOD NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: If one gives up one’s life for the sake of God, certainly, it is not suicide. The bond with own life is the highest worldly bond. It is stronger than any other worldly bond, including all the strong bonds one has with one’s wealth, one’s issues, one’s life partner etc. But the sacrifice of one’s life should really be for God and it should be proved perfectly. Sometimes, one might get misled by illusions of the eye. Had the appearance of God Datta...

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WHEN GOD SHIVA HIMSELF IS GOD, ON WHOM DOES HE MEDITATE?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: God Śiva meditates on Himself and through it, He preaches the process of meditation to devotees. Hanumān, Himself being the Incarnation of God Śiva, served God Rāma, who was the Incarnation of God Viṣṇu. God Viṣṇu is the same as God Śiva, which means that Hanumān served Himself! This was done to preach to devotees, the way of serving God. God sometimes acts in the role of a devotee exhibiting devotion...

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DID JESUS DIE FOR THE SAKE OF ALL PEOPLE OR FOR THE SAKE OF GOD?
Posted on: 06/10/2020

Swami replied: God never suffers the sins of all people. That would be meaningless. Emmanuel means God coming in human form to suffer the sins of His real devotees, in order to save them. Jesus did not die for the sake of people. He died for the sake of God since He surrendered to the will of God in His final prayer before crucifixion by saying “Let Thy will be done”. He had prayed God...

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WHAT DETERMINES THE GOOD AND BAD FRUITS ENJOYED BY A SOUL IN THE PRESENT BIRTH?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

[Which of the following determine the good and bad fruits enjoyed by the soul in the present life: (1) the actions done by a person in his or her previous births, (2) the actions done by the person in the present birth, (3) the person’s birth time, which decides the planetary positions in the sky, (4) the actions done by the person’s parents?]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Let us look at the effects of each of the four factors one by one. (1) The fruits of a soul’s actions in the previous births have already been enjoyed by the soul in heaven and hell, before the present human birth. However, when the soul is reborn on earth, the basic psychology of the soul, which is made of the soul’s individual qualities (vāsanās or saṃskāras), is not destroyed. It continues...

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CAN YOU PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US ABOUT SACRIFICE OF THE FRUIT OF ONE'S WORK?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

Swami replied: This is very critical concept that can be very easily misunderstood, leading to the wrong conclusion that God desires the money of devotees. God Datta always tests devotees on this aspect of the devotees’ ability to sacrifice the fruit of their work to Him. The fruit of one’s work is one’s hard-earned money. We sacrifice our money only for the sake of those whom we truly love. So, the sacrifice of money or wealth is the practical proof of true love. God Datta never tests our theoretical devotion by asking us to recite say the 8th verse of the 10th chapter of the Gītā! We sacrifice our wealth only for the sake of our children...

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WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN THE PREACHING OF DIFFERENT SADGURUS (DIVINE PREACHERS), WHEN THEY ALL POSSESS THE SAME GOD WITHIN?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

Swami replied: How do you decide whether a preacher is a Sadguru in whom God exists or whether the preacher is only a Guru, who is an ordinary soul? If you want to decide which gold-seller is honest, you cannot decide it just by looking at the various gold sellers and testing them personally. You have to test the gold sold by them. Only then can you come to the conclusion about the honesty of the seller. If the purchased gold is tested and found...

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WHY DID RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHAMSA ASK THE DEVOTEE WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT HIS WIFE TO LEAVE HER?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

Swami replied: A newly married devotee would return home late because he would listen to the preaching (satsaṅga) of Paramahaṃsa. The devotee’s wife would quarrel with him for returning late every day. The devotee went to the Sadguru (Paramahaṃsa) and told Him about this problem. At that time, the Sadguru was going from the temple to Pañcavaṭī, located on a hill for meditation. This represents ārohaṇa or ascending from the world to God. Hence, the Sadguru told the devotee...

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YOU ADVISE TO DEVOTEES IN DIFFICULTY TO WORSHIP HANUMAN OR SUBRAHMANYA, BASED ON ASTROLOGY. THEN WHY DO SOME DEVOTEES WORSHIP YOU DIRECTLY, INSTEAD?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

Swami replied: If I advise new devotees to worship Me, they will think that I have reached the climax of madness! Even to My devotees, I will not say that because it would be the climax of ego, since, as the human being-component of the Incarnation, I cannot even solve My own problems! I am only a medium of God Datta. God Datta, the first Energetic Incarnation, merged with Me on the holy Śrīśailaṃ hill. When I told some devotees about this merging and when they also experienced miracles from Me subsequently, they began to believe that I am a Human Incarnation of God Datta. My devotees are worshipping...

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YOUR ORAL EXPLANATIONS ARE VERY CONVINCING, BUT UNDERSTANDING YOUR WRITTEN DISCOURSES REQUIRES SOME CONCENTRATION. WHY?
Posted on: 03/10/2020

Swami replied: While speaking, all the relevant points do not flow into the conversation, due to weak memory. But while writing, all the points can be brought out, so that the answer is complete from all angles. While speaking, since only a few points are being spoken, more stress is given on each point. That attracts your mind. While writing, due to the larger number of points, the stress on each point gets reduced. This is the law of conservation of human energy. It means that a person’s energy is limited and it can only do a certain limited quantity of work. Either the number of points can be increased...

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DID LORD KRISHNA SAY IN THE GITA THAT HE HAS ENTERED ALL CREATION?
Posted on: 30/09/2020

Shri Balaji asked: I am breaking my head to understand this verse in the Gītā, which says “Sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ”, which appears to mean that God has entered all creation or all living beings. Please clarify this.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The tendency of every human being is to misunderstand and misinterpret the scripture. This is the reason why it appears to us as if God Datta is in the reverse gear. Actually, we are always in the wrong gear and He is always in the right gear. That is why we think that He is always in the reverse gear! A similar verse in the Gītā says that God is present in the heart...

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ARE YOU A DIVINE PREACHER OR AN ASTROLOGER? WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MIRACLES?
Posted on: 30/09/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Bh.V.R.Shastri] Swami replied: I am both. Shirdi Sai Bāba was both an Ayurvedic doctor as well as a divine spiritual preacher. He used to give Ayurvedic medicines to cure the diseases of His devotees. To the devotees who were spiritual, He used to preach spiritual knowledge with perfect clarity, which was the unique characteristic of His preaching. He never confused any concept in spiritual knowledge. The scriptures of Ayurveda and astrology were written by divine sages so that they can be used for solving the materialistic problems...

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WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN THE IDEA OF DEVOTION TO GOD AMONG RELIGIONS?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! In western religious scriptures like the Quran etc. fearing God is stressed more than loving God. For instance, in the Quran, it is mentioned: “O you who believe! Fear God as He ought to be feared and do not die except as believers.” (Quran 3:102). In the Bible, God is treated as the Father. God is thus treated as the Father who fulfils all the devotees’ needs as they are His children. This concept has gone into our blood and bones from childhood through various preachers, who have preached this concept saying that it is love for God. But concepts such as serving God...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Based on the psychology of receivers, God gave suitable concepts for their assimilation. Merely delivering the concepts is not important for the divine preacher or the Human Incarnation of God. The proper digestion of the concepts by the receivers is more important. God is the impartial Father and except for the above reason, there is no other reason...

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IS IT TRUE THAT SOME OF THE CONCEPTS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO OTHER RELIGIONS MIGHT HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE PRESENT BIBLE?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskaraṃ Swami! The New Testament gospel is considered to be written by four authors namely St. Mathew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John. However, in the life history of Jesus written by the four, there are few inconsistencies in reporting certain incidents. Also there is no mention of rebirth in any of the four gospels. Some believe that priests in the past might have censored the gospels...

Swami replied: As told by Me already, the fundamental concepts in all religions are exactly one and the same because the same God came in various human forms to preach the spiritual knowledge in different regions. There cannot be any contradiction in the basic concepts of all religions in the world. There may be some superficial differences due to different cultures and traditions that had developed...

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WILL THE MEMORY OF THE PUNISHMENT FOR THE SINS IN THE PAST BIRTH NOT PREVENT A SINNER FROM REPEATING THE SIN IN THE NEW BIRTH?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

Mrs. Anita Renkuntla asked: Swami, I desperately want to have Your darśanam. Am staying in Karnataka as my husband works in a cement company in Lokapur, Karnataka. But COVID is on the rise here. My husband is a sugar patient and has a thyroid problem too. Our visit to Hyderabad has been postponed to the Diwali festival. At this time, can I get Your darśanam? Also, are all the discourses available in the Hindi and Telugu languages?...

Swami replied: The control of sin through fear does not last for a long time, unless the concept of sin is understood through spiritual knowledge. Spiritual knowledge alone can bring permanent reformation in the soul. Your point of bringing the punishments of the sins of previous births to the mind of the soul is valid only as far as the temporary control of sin is concerned. But there is a big issue...

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MY DREAM IN WHICH I SAW A RAY OF LIGHT?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

Mrs. Anita Renkuntla asked: I am not able to recollect the dreams which are as if I have experienced some answers from somebody related to scriptures. It happened three times from 2 am to 5 am, a couple of days ago. Also, I saw a ray of light. What is it Swamiji? Looking forward...

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DID KRISHNA REVEAL THE DETAILS OF THE PAST BIRTHS OF ARJUNA?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskaraṃ Swami! In the Gītā, God Kṛṣṇa said to Arjuna that He knows all the past births of Arjuna, but that Arjuna did not know any of them. What is the context in which Kṛṣṇa said this? What is the significance of this statement? Did Kṛṣṇa explain all the details and actions of the past births to Arjuna? If that is the case, in what way did knowing all the past births benefit Arjuna? Please grace us...

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WHY IS NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD SAID TO PRODUCE IGNORANCE AND INERTIA IN THE EATER?
Posted on: 26/09/2020

[Shri Anil asked: It is said in the Gītā that the qualities of a person are influenced by the food they eat. One commentary found on the internet on these verses is as follows: Foods such as milk, fruits, rice, and vegetables are of sattva guṇa, the mode of goodness. Foods such as garlic, onions, chillies and mushrooms are of rajo guṇa, the mode of passion. Foods such as meat, fish, fowl and eggs are of tamo guṇa, the mode...

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