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EXISTENCE - THE ONLY KNOWN CHARACTERISTIC OF GOD

Posted on: 03/08/2012

The Veda says that God is Bliss (Anando Brahma…). This means that God is the possessor of bliss since the possessor is addressed by the name of the possessed object. This means that God is always in the state of joy since He is constantly enjoying. If bliss is the nature of God, God need not create this world for the sake of enjoyment. The Veda says that God alone could not enjoy and hence, this world is created by Him...

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THE RECORD OF THE SOUL'S ACTIONS IN LIFE

Posted on: 23/07/2012

[A devotee asked: “Can You please explain how the actions of a soul in the life are recorded and how their corresponding fruits are delivered here and hereafter?” Given below is Shri Swami’s reply.]

The system of recording the actions and corresponding fruits is very simple. The individual soul (jeeva) made of awareness is a bundle of thoughts or qualities. The awareness without any thought is inert energy (atman) only. A specific work form of atman in a specific system, called brain and nerves, is called as jeeva. In deep sleep, the awareness disappears and only its basic inert energy remains...

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IGNORANCE-KNOWLEDGE-MEMORY

Posted on: 23/07/2012

[A devotee asked: Why does God choose only the human form for incarnation? Shri Swami gave the following answer.] God chooses the human form, which is convenient for communication with the humanity whenever He likes to interact with the humanity. God can enter a statue and speak due to His omnipotence. But, the receivers of the knowledge from the statue are excited with shock so that their minds get blocked. The doubts will not arise in such excited state due to fear in the expression. The human beings should be in the ground state so that doubts...

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What are the primary programs of God and Nature towards humanity?

Posted on: 21/07/2012

The primary program of God is to give guidance in the path of worldly ethics and in the path of spirituality. God is called as the divine Father in...

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How do you justify that God is sat-chit-ananda?

Posted on: 21/07/2012

Sat means existence. The only information about the unimaginable God is that God exists. Except this information, no other information regarding His...

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What is the difference between the knowledge of the unimaginable God and the knowledge of the human being possessed by Him in the human incarnation?

Posted on: 21/07/2012

I will illustrate this with the help of a visual program like the war fought by Arjuna guided by Lord Krishna. Here, Arjuna is the human being and...

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Why is it said that the Mahimnah Stotram is the best prayer?

Posted on: 21/07/2012

It is the best prayer as you can see the title itself. The word ‘Mahimnah’ means that it is the prayer of the miracle. Miracle means the...

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HIGHEST CONCEPT IN SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE

Posted on: 20/07/2012

[A devotee asked a question: “God is said to be happy continuously without any break (Akhanda ananda swaroopa). But, we do not have continuous happiness. Why is this difference?” Given below is Shri Swami’s reply.]

People say that God is bliss or extreme happiness (ananda). This means that God is not the extensive happiness and it means only that God possesses the extensive happiness. It is the custom to call the possessor of some item by the name of that very item itself. You call the possessor of apples by the apples. You call “Oh Apples! Come here”. Similarly, the Veda says that God is the true and infinite knowledge...

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DIFFERENT LEVELS OF MATURITY AND ACCEPTANCE OF TRUTH

Posted on: 20/07/2012

[A devotee asked “What is the reason for the variation in scriptures and philosophies in preaching ethics (Pravrutti) and in the spiritual knowledge related to God (Nivrutti), which is the source of confusion and splits leading to hot debates? Why is the truth not revealed directly to avoid all this chaos?” Given below is Shri Swami’s reply.]

The truth can be revealed directly in simple language without twists and modifications if the receivers are in the uniform level of maturity to digest the revealed truth. In the same time, there are different people existing in different levels of digestion. The same truth has to be revealed in different ways and with necessary twists...

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SCRIPTURAL WAY OF CORRECTING DEFECTIVE NATURE

Posted on: 15/07/2012

[Dr. Nikhil asked Swami that several participants in a spiritual meeting quoted the Veda and other scriptures, which speak in favor of non-vegetarian food. They asked him about Swami speaking against non-vegetarian food. Swami gave the following message in reply.]

Eating the non-vegetarian food is one issue and killing a living being, to collect the flesh out of it, is another issue. The first issue does not involve any sin because the non-vegetarian food or flesh or meat contains the same ingredients as those of a vegetarian item. The same carbohydrates, the same proteins, the same vitamins, the same minerals etc., exist in both meat and vegetables...

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SCIENCE CANNOT TOUCH THE CAUSE OF ENERGY OR SPACE

For Scholars Posted on: 07/07/2012

[This is a continuation of the question and answer session on Guru Purnima.]

7. Recently, scientists say that they have discovered the God-particle, which is the cause for the universe. Does this not eliminate the need for God?

Scientists are investigating the cause for mass of the fundamental particle of matter. This is only the research pertaining to the conversion of energy into matter. The word Universe used by scientists is the materialized phase. Before the production of such Universe, the cosmic energy exists. Therefore, it is related only to the materialization of the particles of matter from the energy. The word Universe in the spiritual knowledge...

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PHILOSOPHIES OF SHANKARA, RAMANUJA AND MADHVA

For Scholars Posted on: 05/07/2012

[This is a continuation of the question and answer session on Guru Purnima.]

6. The three philosophies of Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhva differ from each other as we see the disputes and arguments among their followers. How to bring unity among these three main philosophies?

The aim of the preacher is not only the exposure of truth but also upliftment of the people from their existing levels. If exposure of truth alone is the aim, there is no difference between these three preachers. The final 100th step is the absolute common goal for all the preachers. When Shankara came, people were standing on the ground and Shankara will not show the 100th step seeing which all the people will be discouraged

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GOD IS THE RIGHT GOAL

For Scholars Posted on: 04/07/2012

[On the day of Guru Purnima, Shri Swami answered the questions posed by the devotees, which are presented here.] 1. In spite of being the most intelligent among all living beings, why is the human being the most disturbed and without peace and happiness?

A runner is very capable in the process of running. But, he is running in the opposite direction. Will he reach the goal? Therefore, the direction is important, which decides the goal. If the goal is right, which is the right aim in the beginning, the process of running becomes fruitful. If the goal is wrong, the aim and direction become...

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GURU PURNIMA

Posted on: 30/06/2012

Guru means the preacher, who removes the ignorance so that we can see the truth clearly and differentiate the right from wrong. The ignorance is like darkness in which you cannot find the existence of an item and also you cannot differentiate the different items. Gayatri mantra says that the Guru is like the Sun, who removes the ignorance–darkness by knowledge-light that initiates the intelligence. The word Guru Purnima also indicates that Guru removes the darkness-ignorance like the full Moon in the night. Thus, Guru is compared to Sun...

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SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT MUST NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

Posted on: 26/06/2012

The development of any limb of a human being is desirable as it grows from the childhood onwards. But, the growth of any limb should be within the proper limits. The growth of the finger should not be equal to the growth of the leg. Similarly, the development of science should not cross the proper limits so that there is no harm to the global environment and the health of humanity. In ancient India, sages also developed sciences. But, the sages were strong devotees of God and hence, the development of the research in science and technology did not cross the limits of danger by the grace of God...

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REJUVENATION OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Posted on: 10/06/2012

The modern world thinks that the ancient people have wasted lot of time in the analysis about the unimaginable God. This is the first foolishness because these people do not know that the realization of the existence of God in the mind of a citizen is directly linked to the resistance towards crime and corruption that establish the peaceful social balance. The concept of God is the tremendous basis of the self control of every human being to reject crime and corruption in the society...

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MODERN UNIVERSITY GRADUATES DO NOT KNOW THE SUBJECT OF GOD

Posted on: 05/06/2012

In ancient times, the total education was concentrated on the establishment of the existence of God, heaven and hell. If justice is followed, God rewards you with heaven and if injustice is done, God punishes you in  hell. If you say that God exists, people may not believe and may commit sins by which the balance of the society gets disturbed. The existence of God is to be proved through very deep logical analysis and discussions. All the seminars and conferences in ancient India ran on single subject, which is about the existence...

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REVIVAL OF DIVINE KNOWLEDGE-THE IMMEDIATE NEED

Posted on: 02/06/2012

The over attachment to worldly bonds is the source of sin. Every human being exists in this stage of over attachment to world. Pravrutti is the reduction of this over attachment so that limited proper attachment to the worldly bonds is reached and thereby, the balance of this society is achieved. Over attachment to worldly bonds is injustice and pravrutti is the justice. Nivrutti is total detachment from these worldly bonds so that total attachment to God results. The human being is inherently associated with the characteristic of attachment...

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GURU DAKSHINA MEANS THE DONATION OF MONEY ALONE

Posted on: 02/06/2012

Whenever you want to do some donation, there are two important aspects, which should be well understood so that you can get good fruit for your good sacrifice. The first aspect is to detect the most deserving receiver and the second aspect is about the nature of your donation. What should be donated and to whom it should be donated are the two important enquiries. The Veda gives answers for these two enquiries. The Veda says that the most deserving person should be the scholar of divine knowledge, who shall not aspire anything...

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EDUCATION IN ANCIENT INDIA STRESSED MORE ON ETHICS THAN PROFESSION

Posted on: 27/05/2012

The case of the present politicians, officials, contractors, businessmen etc., can be compared to the case of Kuchela as far as the sin is concerned. You cannot compare Kuchela with these people as far as the nature of the soul is concerned. Regarding the nature of the sin, the comparison is that all these people snatch away the wealth of others in spite of their stabilized life. God has given you sufficient wealth to maintain your health. But, you steal others wealth in doing the corruption, which develops tension that spoils your health...

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