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Why did God allow the killing of innocent children by Herod and Kamsa, in their attempts to kill baby Jesus and baby Krishna respectively?

Posted on: 21/11/2020

[Śrī Anil asked: Some people make the accusation that it is unfair that many innocent chidren below the age of 2 years got killed by king Herod who wanted to kill baby Jesus. They say that the death of those innocents is not justified when Jesus had come to establish peace and love in the world. A similar incident also occurred during the time of God Kṛṣṇa. Could You kindly respond to this accusation?]

Swāmi replied: The killing of the innocent children clearly shows...

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Why did the close associates of Prophet Muhammed not reveal that He was an Incarnation of God?

Posted on: 21/11/2020

[Śrī Anil asked: At the time of Prophet Muhammad’s demise, Abu Bakr (one of the Prophet’s closest companion) was not in Medina. Upon his return, when he saw the reaction of companions, he had said the following to counsel them to overcome the emotional turmoil. He said, “For those of you who worshipped Muhammad, know that he was a man and he is dead and for those of you who worshipped God know that he is alive and eternal.” (Ibn Sa’d, ibid, Vol. 2, p. 268; Bukhari, ibid, Vol. 3, p. 95.) Muhammad...

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What is the essence of the rituals done on Makara Sankranti?

Posted on: 21/11/2020

[Kum. Mohini asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmiji! What is the reason for celebrating Saṅkrānti? On the day of Saṅkrānti, my parents performed many rituals. They prepared many food items, bought new clothes and they kept some food on the roof of the house. They said that my dead grandparents would come in the form of birds, eat the food and give us their blessings. Is it correct or not? What is the essence of these rituals?]

Swāmi replied: You may see the video on the topic of Saṅkrānti, presented on the YouTube channel SHRI DATTA SWAMI. The internal meaning of this festival is well-explained. Giving food to hungry animals and hungry birds is called bhūta yajña...

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Is God punishing humanity by way of the COVID pandemic?

Posted on: 21/11/2020

Mrs. Anita Renkuntla asked: Śrī Datta Swāmiji, Pādanamaskāramulu. Swāmi, Long back in Your conversation with Goddess Bhadrakāli, when the Goddess wanted to punish humanity with an AIDS pandemic, You had said to her in a loud voice that it was not the correct time yet to do so. This miraculous incident was seen and told to other devotees by the devotee, Sītammagāru. Is it that the correct time for punishing humanity has come now and as a result many people are facing death due to the present COVID pandemic? How long do we humans have to live in fear of COVID? Also, please suggest to me how I can come out of the thoughts...

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Why did Lord Krishna repeatedly emphasize giving up the desire for the fruit of work?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

Śrī Bharat Krishna asked: Scholars say, based on the Gītā that one only needs to sacrifice the desire for the fruit of one’s work (karmaphalāsakti) and that there is no need to sacrifice the fruit itself. You say that it is not sufficient to only sacrifice the desire for the fruit of one’s work (karmaphalāsakti), but that it is necessary to sacrifice the fruit of one’s work also. The verse “Saṅgam tyaktvā phalāni ca”, in the Gītā supports Your argument. But in many other verses in the Gītā, why does Lord Kṛṣṇa repeatedly emphasize giving up the desire for the fruit of work, without specifically mentioning the need to sacrifice the fruit itself too?]

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The Gītā emphasizes the detachment of the bond with the fruit of one’s work and it also emphasizes the sacrifice of the fruit of one’s work. But this detachment and sacrifice...

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Can we consider our act of eating food also as the fire-worship called homam?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Reply to a question from Śrī Pavan] Swāmi replied: Homam means eating food alone and not burning the food in the physical fire. You eating the food is also homam, which is burning food in your hunger-fire, but it is not yajña, which means sacrifice. Only when you serve food to the Sadguru and to real devotees can it be called sacrifice (yajña). There is no sacrifice when you eat your own earned food. You are giving the food earned...

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Can women chant the verse 'Brahmaarpanam…' before eating food and perform sandhya vandanam?]

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Smt. Ramasundari] Swāmi replied: There is no difference between a man and a woman, as far as spiritual life is concerned. We think that the word puruṣa means a male person. It is not correct. Puruṣa means the soul that is present in either a male or female body. The meaning of the word puruṣa is the awareness spread all over the body (Puri śete iti puruṣaḥ). Another misunderstanding is related to the word gāyatrī. Gāyatrī means singing songs on God and not reciting a particular verse written in a Vedic metre named Gāyatrī (Tat Savitur vareṇyam). The ritual called upanayanam...

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Is it possible to get divine fruit for practical worship (karma) in the absence of knowledge (jnaanam)?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

Śrī Bharat Krishna asked: If Maṇḍana Miśra was following the path of action alone (karma mārga) without knowledge (jñānam), he should not have got any fruit?. Even though he was not getting any fruit, why was he so greatly attracted to that path? Or, was he getting some divine fruit, even for the path of action (karma mārga) he was following? How could he have developed so much faith in that path...

Swāmi replied: Maṇḍana Miśra believed that he would get divine fruit for following the path of karma, which is performing sacrifice without knowing the meaning of the recited Veda during the ritual sacrifice. People following this path perform...

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Why does an active worldly person lose interest in worldly action and become inactive upon turning spiritual?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Śrī Bharat Krishna asked: Usually, a worldly person is very active. But when he starts learning spiritual knowledge, he or she becomes inactive for a while. This is because the person realizes that he was going in the wrong direction so far and also, that he is unable to develop devotion due to some doubts that he still has. Hence, he is unable to do either worldly work or spiritual service and sacrifice (karma yoga). During this transition period, the person becomes inactive and suffers for not being able to perform well in spiritual or worldly life. Is there any way to avoid this?]

Swāmi replied: A person correctly understanding the true spiritual knowledge preached by Sadguru will not become inactive, but will become more active in both worldly life and spiritual life. Arjuna became inactive...

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Can anyone, without any kind of restriction, learn astrology?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Śrī Yagnesh asked: What is Your suggestion for a person who wants to learn astrology? Should he show his horoscope to an astrologer, in order to see if he has the capability to learn astrology and only then learn it? Is it true that if an astrologer identifies the defects (doṣas) in the horoscopes of people, those defects will come upon the astrologer? Also, by helping someone to get rid of their problems through astrological remedies, are we obstructing God’s will?]

Swāmi replied: Astrology can be learnt by anybody if the person has an interest in the subject. There is no need of checking the horoscope of the person interested in learning astrology. No problem comes to the astrologer...

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How can a person avoid doing even minor sins?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Śrī Pavan asked: Swāmi, we can usually identify some sins, if their negative impact is very high. But how do we also identify the minor sins that we do? It is very difficult to identify them because their negative effect is not so obvious. Will there be any amendments in the word of God according to the situation?]

Swāmi replied: First, you should concentrate on avoiding major sins, which have severe punishments, even during this life. Any sin becomes punishable provided there is an intention of doing the sin. When you are walking on the road, some ants might accidentally get crushed under your feet and die. It is not possible to walk on the road looking out for each and every ant. In that case, there is no sin because...

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Do the sins of a child below 12 years of age go to the parents?

Posted on: 20/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Smt. Ramasundari] Swāmi replied: A child does sins in ignorance, due to the lack of proper knowledge. In such a case, the intention to commit the sin is absent. A sage in his childhood killed a butterfly with the help of a thorn. Later on, the sage was killed by the king on false grounds by piercing with him a spear. After death, the sage also went to hell. The sage was told about his sin...

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Why is the offering of wealth to the Incarnation greater than offering service to Him?

Posted on: 19/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Śrī Ganesh] Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Karma saṃnyāsa means service. It is the sacrifice of work, which is energy. Karma phala tyāga is the sacrifice of wealth. Wealth is the fruit of one’s work, which is matter. As per the well-known equation in physics, E = mc², a lot of energy is equivalent to a very small amount of matter. Hence, the sacrifice of matter is always greater than the sacrifice of energy or work. When a person works, money or matter is paid for the work or energy. There are several unemployed people, who are ready to sacrifice...

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Why did the Gita only mention the sacrifice of wealth as the highest when it could have mentioned both service and sacrifice?

Posted on: 19/11/2020

Śrī Ganesh asked: In Gītā, it is told that karma phala tyāga is the highest (Tyāgāt śāntiranantaram…). In the verse, it is said that knowledge is better than blind practice (ābhyāsa), devotion (dhyānam) is better than knowledge (jñānam) and the sacrifice of the fruit of work is better than devotion. Beyond that, there is no higher state. The three steps in the spiritual path are knowledge...

Swāmi replied: You are correct in your doubt that karma yoga should have been mentioned as the next step above devotion. But instead of karma yoga, karma phala tyāga was mentioned, which is only one of the two parts of karma yoga. Your doubt is that karma phala...

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Can one earn a lot of money so as to donate it to God?

Posted on: 19/11/2020

Śrī Ganesh asked: Some people have a strong desire to earn a lot of money and become famous. Such people, if they are the devotees of the Human Incarnation of God, they might think, “Let me achieve my goal of earning a lot of money. Then, I will donate a part of it to my Sadguru as karma phala tyāga”. Is this the right way...

Swāmi replied: There are three stages of devotion. Let us call them the high, the higher and the highest stages. Let us consider the highest stage first. (a) The highest stage is earning money only for the sake of God’s work, foregoing self-enjoyment. While earning money in this manner, one should not commit sins. God is not in need of your money. In fact, whatever you possess now is also given by God...

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Apart from the special divine knowledge, are miracles not an identifying characteristic of a Human Incarnation of God?

Posted on: 19/11/2020

Śrī Ganesh asked: Dr. Nikhil and I were discussing about the method taught by You to recognize a Human Incarnation of God. I said to Dr. Nikhil that the knowledge given by You (Swāmi) is excellent and perfect indeed. However, the major reason due to which I was able to conclude that this knowledge is coming from God was because You knew the question I had in my mind for a very long time and You answered...

Swāmi replied: Miracles are not confined to God alone, so it is not possible to recognise the Human Incarnation of God (Sadguru) in a straight way, simply by experiencing some miracles performed by Him. Even demons perform miracles. Of course, they have attained...

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Is it necessary to learn all the scholarly spiritual knowledge to attain bhakti and karma yoga or is just the essence of it enough?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The souls born as devotees and servants of God like Kaṇṇappā, the Gopikās, Śabarī etc., had already attained jñāna yoga or spiritual knowledge over the past...

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Why is the sacrifice of one’s own life not mentioned as one of the sacrifices to God?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

Śrī Surya asked: Swāmi, You have said that karma yoga is the final step and that there is only peace after that (Tyāgāt śāntiranantaram…—Gītā). Why is it that prāṇeṣanā (the bond with life) is not mentioned as one of the wordly bonds and why is the sacrifice of the same not suggested along with the sacrifice of the other three wordly bonds?

Swāmi replied: Often, our visions of energetic forms are not true and they are only illusory. Of course, there are some true visions of energetic forms of God. But believing an illusory energetic form to be a true vision of God, if one sacrifices one’s life, it becomes suicide...

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Spiritual knowledge leads to devotion, which in turn, leads to aspiration-free service and sacrifice. But can sacrifice also not be the result of selfish devotion?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: You said that the spiritual path is like a two-step chemical reaction, in which the first step from A to B which, which is spiritual knowledge (jñāna yoga) to devotion (bhakti yoga), takes a long time. The second step from B to C, which is devotion to practice (niṣkāma karma yoga) happens spontaneously. But practice, which includes service and sacrifice...

Swāmi replied: A long time or almost all the time is consumed in attaining true spiritual knowledge from the Sadguru. Stage A can be considered to be identifying the Sadguru, after which one has to gain knowledge from Him. So, gaining knowledge from the Sadguru...

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Is it possible to get correct spiritual knowledge by meditating?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Swāmi, some of my friends say that these days, there are a lot of fake Human Incarnations of God. There is a risk of ending up with such false Gurus. So, it is better to meditate within ourselves, so that true knowledge will be revealed to us. Even if we get a doubt later on, we can again meditate and find out the truth. I have also heard that some of the ṛṣis received...

Swāmi replied: Engineering education is lower than spiritual knowledge. If you can get the higher spiritual knowledge by meditation, why do you not get the lower engineering knowledge by meditation? If getting engineering...

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