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Is logic or one's inner consciousness the basis to decide the genuineness of the visions of God?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

[Dr. JSR Prasad asked: After listening from You (Swāmi), I remember a sūtram from Brahma Sūtras which starts as follows: “Tarkāpratiṣṭhānāt”. What is the role of one’s inner consciousness there (Satāṃ hi sandehapadeṣu vastuṣu...)? I ask this question in the context of the vision of an Energetic Incarnation and not in the context of the Brahma jñānam given by Sadguru.]

Swāmi replied:- The sūtram quoted by you is related to logic, which is your own subject since you are a professor of logic! It addresses the issue of whether one should leave logic since it is endless. The present theory will be contradicted or replaced by another future theory and so on ad infinitum. The sūtram says that leaving logic due to the above reason is not correct because leaving logic..

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If we worship inert statues will we become stones, as told in the Gita?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

[Śrī Sattireddy asked: Is it true that, as per the Gītā, the worshippers of stones will become stones (Bhūtejyā yānti bhūtāni…)?]

Swāmi replied: It is certainly possible for sinners to get inert births such as becoming stones. This happens when God wants to put them in a coma for some time to reduce their excessive tendency of doing sins. Devotees worshipping statues can also become stones, in case they feel that the inert statue itself is God. The inert statue is only a representative model for God and is used for developing...

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Is having a desire to attain correct spiritual knowledge also due to the grace of God or is it part of one’s self-effort?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Śrī Ganesh] Swāmi replied: Without the grace of God, nothing happens in the spiritual path. But apart from God’s grace...

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When I do not know anything about how to worship God in a proper way, how can I serve God?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

[Śrī Jaisrimani asked: Swāmi, I used to strongly believe in the statement “Mānava seve Mādhava sevā, which means, “Service to man is service to God”. But when I donated something to some people, I know that few of them misused my donation. Hence, I do not feel like donating to people. I do not know any mantras or any rituals to worship. I know only the Gāyatrī Mantra. Then how should I do any service to God?]

Swāmi replied: Gāyatrī is only a mode of worship. It is not the name of any particular deity. Gāyatrī is also the name of a Vedic meter. The so-called Gāyatrī Mantra is the most famous mantra composed in that poetic meter and hence it is popularly called the Gāyatrī Mantra. The deity worshipped through that mantra is God (Gāyatrī chandaḥ, Savitā devatā, Paramātmā svarūpam). The actual Gāyatrī is worshipping God by singing...

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Does singing devotional songs come under the step of knowledge (jnana yoga)?

Posted on: 17/11/2020

[Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Swāmi, You have said that developing devotion (bhakti) happens spontaneously, without any effort, if our effort in attaining correct knowledge is perfect and complete. During another satsang, You also said that singing bhajans helps us develop devotion. But is singing bhajans also not a kind of effort? Swāmi, please clarify my confusion. Also, can there be any right sense in which one could ask God for devotion?]

Swāmi replied: Devotional songs on God also contain spiritual knowledge, in the form of their meaning and hence, many a time, knowledge and devotion are interlinked. Knowing the meaning of the song which gives the details of the divine personality of God attracts and inspires the mind. Such inspiration is devotion. Hence, devotion or attraction only comes from knowledge. If you are attracted to a song...

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Conversation Between Swami And Nikhil

Posted on: 15/11/2020

Poem from Dr. Nikhil

I dive deep into You, My Datta Ocean blue,
To be immersed in You, ever through ‘n through.

My only friend and companion is You.
I too want to be Your eternal friend true.

You are my only goal and home.
You are my only love and hope...

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Chidaatmaa and Chidaabhaasa - Part-1 of 4

For Scholars Posted on: 10/11/2020

This is a long discourse, meant for readers interested in an elaborate logical analysis. It is related to an apparent limitation of Shri Datta Swami’s refutation of the currently-understood Advaita theory. In the section titled ‘The Advaitin’s Perspective’, Dr. Nikhil claims, on behalf of Advaitins that Swami, while refuting the currently-understood Advaita in His previous writings, has not taken into account the exact position of Advaitins on the relation between God and the soul. In the section ‘Introductory Points’, Swami begins with certain introductory points that are necessary to understand His detailed refutation. The section ‘Refutation of Misconceived Advaita’ consisting of 42 points is the actual detailed refutation of the currently-understood Advaita theory. In it, Swami addresses all the new objections raised by Dr. Nikhil. Finally, Swami concludes with 15 concluding points in the ‘Conclusions’ section, wherein it is evident that Swami’s refutation of the currently-understood Advaita and overall His philosophy prevail...

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Chidaatmaa and Chidaabhaasa - Part-2 of 4

For Scholars Posted on: 10/11/2020

7. Self-contradicting claims: Are God and soul separate or one?

You have shifted your basic party itself when you began to face a lot of inconvenience, due to your misunderstood theory of monism. You have created a convenient theory by saying that God is not the soul because God and the soul are associated, like the real rope and the false snake. Of course, we are happy that you have recognized that the soul is part of the illusory world. At one end, you say that the soul is not God, just as the false snake is not the real rope. Then, why do you contradict yourself by claiming that the soul is God...

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Chidaatmaa and Chidaabhaasa - Part-3 of 4

For Scholars Posted on: 10/11/2020

20. The body and its knower

In the Gītā, Kṛṣṇa told Arjuna that the body is called the kṣetram and the awareness in the body, which is the knower of the body, is called the kṣetrajña. After telling this to Arjuna, Kṛṣṇa said that He too is a Kṣetrajña (Kṣetrajñaṃ cā'pi mām...). Here, the words ‘ca’ and ‘api’ are used for double stress because each means ‘too’ or ‘also’. If Kṛṣṇa only had ordinary awareness like a human being, He need not have said that He too has awareness. This word ‘too’ with double stress means that He too does the function of awareness—which is the process of knowing—even though He is not awareness. This statement was made with reference to the absolute unimaginable God...

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Chidaatmaa and Chidaabhaasa - Part-4 of 4

For Scholars Posted on: 10/11/2020

33. Unimaginable awareness is the awareness of the unimaginable God

The word ‘unimaginable awareness’ used above does not mean that the awareness is unimaginable. The word awareness is only taken in the sense of the action of thinking, which is done by the unimaginable God. It simply means that the unimaginable God did an action which is the process of thinking. There are only two items: (a) the unimaginable God as the subject or the doer and (b) the action of thinking done by the unimaginable God. Since the absolute God is unimaginable, He cannot be the imaginable relative awareness...

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Divine Satsanga

Posted on: 09/11/2020

1. Why do You say that serving You through the sixteen modes of service (ṣoḍaśopacāras) is not so important?

[Smt. Sudha Rani asked: I feel sad that I am not getting the opportunity to do the different types of sevā to Your human form directly. Swami, do You say that oḍaśopacāras done to You are not so important?]

Swāmi replied: The sixteen types of service are actually meant for the contemporary Human Incarnation alone. Thinking about God in human form is dhyānam. Inviting Him is āvāhanam. Offering a chair for Him to sit is āsanam. Offering water to wash His feet is pādyam. Offering water to wash His hands is arghyam, and so on. All these types of service are meant for the living human form of God and not for statues, which do not require such service. Of course, serving statues...

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Why is it that a specific God is worshiped on a specific day of the week?

Posted on: 08/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Kum. Mohini] Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! God is only one, but He appears to be different Gods due to different external media. Seeking multiplicity is the nature of human mind. So, for different external forms of God, different days of the week are assigned. Thus, we can worship one form of God everyday, resulting in the continuous worship of God. The absolute God is one and He is unimaginable to any human intelligence. The external media alone are different. These external media can either be human forms of God...

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What is the significance of one's gotram and how did it come into existence?

Posted on: 08/11/2020

Smt. Anita Renukuntla asked: Swami, in the Hindu religion everyone has a gotram, but in other religions, such a thing is not there. While doing any pūjā at temples, we are supposed to state our gotram. Nowadays, many do not remember what their gotram is. So, I have this doubt as to what is the importance of stating one’s gotram before performing any pūjā in a temple and who started this practice?]

Swāmi replied: Gotram means the lineage of one’s ancestors. When we state our gotram, we are remembering our ancestors. It is just remembering one’s ancestral elders with respect. While performing the worship of God, the priest asks you to state before God, your name, gotram, birth star and your specific desire behind performing the worship. God is omniscient and knows everything about you, including your problem. When the priest tells all this information...

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Do we need God's grace in order to serve the Human Incarnation of God?

Posted on: 08/11/2020

[Reply to a question by Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya] Swāmi replied: The contemporary Human Incarnation is clearly relevant to humanity. He alone can clear all your doubts and guide you along the right path of spiritual life. You cannot even imagine the original absolute reality, which is the unimaginable God. That unimaginable God gets mediated through energetic or human forms. The Energetic Incarnations are invisible though imaginable and are not of any use to make a long term personal contact, which is necessary to learn true spiritual...

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Why is God woken up in temples (suprabhaata seva), even though He never sleeps?

Posted on: 08/11/2020

[Smt. Sudha Rani asked: God is awake all the time and is continuously aware (sarvakāla sarvāvasthalayandu). God never sleeps; only humans sleep. In that case, why do we perform suprabhāta sevā to God and wake Him up? As far as I know, this sevā is done only to a few Gods. Is this correct? If so, why?]

Swāmi replied: If you take God Kṛṣṇa, He is a homogeneous system consisting of four components that exist in a single phase, which is the human form. The components are: (a) the unimaginable God or Parabrahman, (b) the first Energetic Incarnation, called Datta, (c) the Energetic Incarnation, called Viṣṇu and (d) the human form of Vāsudeva, who is the son of Vasudeva. The unimaginable God merged with the first energetic form...

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Datta Swami's Philosophy Of The Three Components

Posted on: 07/11/2020

Śrī Durgaprasad asked: Swami, is there any single word with which we can identify Your philosophy?

Swami replied: The entire philosophy can be given three names. Each of the names is respectively with regard to (1) the God, who is to be known through the philosophy; (2) the soul, who is the knower of the philosophy and (3) the knowledge of the path for the soul to get the grace of God. From the point of view of God, who is the goal to be known by this philosophy, the philosophy is named the Datta-Parabrahma-Matam. From the point of view of the soul, who is the knower, trying to know God, it is named Jagadaṃśa-Jīvātma-Matam. From the point of view of the path by which the soul may attain the grace of God, the philosophy is named Jñānabhaktisahakṛta-Karmayogamārga-Matam. The three components, namely the knower, the known and the knowledge are called the tripuṭi (triad). Since this philosophy explains these three components...

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Why did Krishna not give the correct interpretations of the verses in the Gita?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[Śrī Anil Anthony asked: Swami, now You are giving us amazing interpretations to all the ślokas of the Gītā. Why did Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who originally gave the Bhagavad Gītā, not give the explanations and correct interpretations also for the verses? If it had been done, today people would not have misinterpreted those ślokas, right?]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! God Kṛṣṇa gave the original text without any self-commentary. The text itself was very clear, but, later on, misinterpretations developed. For example, regarding the sacrifice of the fruit of one’s work for God, it is clearly stated in the Gītā as: Karmajaṃ buddhiyuktā hi, phalaṃ tyaktvā manīṣiṇaḥ...

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Do fire sacrifices purify the air, kill microbes and produce positive vibrations?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Swami, before I started learning spiritual knowledge, I had heard different justifications for conducting a homa, in which food and other materials are burnt. I was told that it has been scientifically proven that conducting a homa will generate a lot of positive vibrations and that it also kills all the microbes in and around the area where it is conducted. Later, I learned from You that doing a homa involving the burning of ghee only produces smoke which causes pollution. Was what I had learned before totally wrong? Also, I have heard that King Daśaratha conducted a big ritual for the sake of having sons. When the ritual was successful, some deity...

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Do the consumers of milk share the sin of the cruelty of dairy owners?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

Śrī Hrishikesh asked: Swami, these days, milkmen and dairy owners are taking and selling all the milk of cows or buffaloes, without allowing the calves to have their share first. Due to this, the calves are suffering. So, it is sin. Since those people are doing such a sin only because we are buying the milk from them, are we also getting a share of the sin?

Swami replied: We do not know whether the milk sold to us was taken without allowing the calf to drink its share of milk or not. Hence, we will not incur sin. The person doing that sin alone will get the sin. As such, milk...

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Why is it said that man proposes, but God disposes?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

Śrī Veena Datta asked: Swami, while discussing with one of my friends, we were a little confused about the statement made by You, “When man proposes, God disposes”. Can You please explain in what context it is applicable?

Swami replied: Whenever man proposes, he naturally develops an ego in his mind. Proposing without ego...

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