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Can You please comment on the striking similarities between Your Knowledge and some verses from the Hadith?

Posted on: 03/09/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swami I observed lot of resemblance with Your Knowledge and some verses from Hadith as given below. Please give Your comment.

Swami replied: Attaining spiritual knowledge from the human form of God and propagating it in the world is the highest goal of any reformed and liberated devotee. It is necessary for the smooth running of the world on the lines of peace and happiness. God is extremely...

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Did Prophet Muhammad try to discourage His followers from consuming meat?

Posted on: 03/09/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swami, in the Hadith there is a reference in which Prophet Muhammad prohibits, on a certain occasion, the eating of the meat of donkeys. In those days and in that desert area, people used to even eat lizards. Prophet Muhammad did not encourage eating lizards also, as per the following verses. Does this mean that He was gradually trying to get His devotees to abstain from eating non-vegetarian food?

Swami replied: The highest justice is practicing non-violence towards good living beings. Violence against bad living beings is not a sin; instead, it is meritorious. We must protect good living beings and punish bad living beings. This is divine nature (Paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṃ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām…—Gītā). But violence towards bad living beings should only be adopted as a last resort. This is so that the bad living being...

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Senses Cannot See Past Births

Posted on: 26/08/2020

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Namah Shivaya, Shri Datta Swami! I am Bharath Krishna. I had posted on Facebook, Your answer to a devotee’s question titled “Why does God send death to every man?”. In it You have quoted the following Vedic verse:

parāñci khāni vyatṛṇat svayambhūstasmāt parāṅpaśyati nāntarātman ।
kaściddhīraḥ pratyagātmānam aikṣad āvṛttacakṣuḥ amṛtatvamicchan ।। 2.1.1 ।।

You have interpreted that verse in the following words, “In the new life, the memories of the previous birth are suppressed by the God, as said in the Veda.” One of my friends commented that your interpretation of the verse is not correct. He supported his point by providing an English translation of the verse and its commentary...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The Vedic hymns can be applied to several contexts in spiritual knowledge. The translation sent by you means that God damaged our senses so that they can see only external items and not the inner soul. It further means that one blessed person, aspiring for divinity, can see the soul by developing an inward wisdom. This means that all are unable to see the soul...

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Donating Money To God

Posted on: 25/08/2020

[Shri Bhagat asked: Jai Guru Datta! Gurudeva, You said God approaches us in the way that we approach Him. So, since all foreigners are donating money to God, will God give them money in next birth with compound interest or will He give knowledge to them as there is a bond of debt ṛṇānubandha?]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The Veda says that the donation of money to God alone proves the devotee’s real love towards God (Dhanena tyāgena ekena...). The Gītā further polished this concept by saying that God is pleased, not by the mere donation of money, but by the donation of the devotee’s hard-earned money. This is because, one’s bond with one’s hard-earned money is stronger than the bond with one’s ancestral money (Dhyānāt karma phala tyāgaḥ...—Gītā). All the worldly bonds are based on money alone...

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Why does God give more to those who have and take away from those who do not have?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Please grace us with Your response to the following questions. At Your Lotus Feet - Anil. In Mathew: Chapter 13:10 Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why do You speak to the people in parables?”11He replied, “The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The Gītā says that the person with intensive interest to get divine knowledge will certainly attain the entire divine knowledge (Śraddhāvān labhate jñānam…, Satvānurūpā sarvasya…). A person who has tremendous interest...

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Why did God protect Cain who killed his own brother Abel?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Please refer to the following passage from the Bible. God giving protection to Cain: 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries...

Swami replied: If God had killed Cain, his suffering would have been only for a little time and it would not have been sufficient to bring about some temporary reformation in the soul. God wanted Cain to suffer lifelong...

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Why does God appear to be supporting the abuse of slaves and women in the Bible?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked:Please refer to the following passages from the Bible. Could You kindly clarify the meaning of these controversial verses from Old Testament of the Bible?

  1. On slavery: Exodus 21:20-21 – “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.”
  2. On rape: Deuteronomy 22:28-29 – “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her...

Swami replied: The answers to each of the passages quoted above is given point-wise below: a) In the the case of the slave owner, the owner might have beaten the slave for some mistake done by the slave due to ego and arrogance. But the punishment given by the owner should not be so severe as to take away the slave’s life. Punishment is expected to reform the person and not to kill the person, unless the person has killed some other person. Even if a person has killed another person, but if the killer...

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Why are God's words said to be sharper than a double-edged sword?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Swami, kindly give the inner meaning of Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”]

Swami replied: God is said to be a double-edged sword and this is a very very important point in the judgment...

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Why did Lord Jesus appreciate Mary's interest in knowledge more than Martha's service?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Swami kindly enlighten us on the following incident in Bible: Once Jesus went to 2 sisters Martha and Mary’s house. Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what Jesus said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations like preparing food etc that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”]

Swami replied: This shows that knowledge is always better than service done without the knowledge received from the divine preacher. Such service without divine knowledge is called abhyāsa in the Gītā (Śreyohi jñānamabhyāsāt…). Service done to the divine preacher...

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What is the meaning of the statement in the Bible that God created human beings in His own image?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Anil] Swami replied: Human beings are the best lot among all the items of creation. But God is better than the best human being. God has no simile to compare with since there is no second item that is equal to Him (Na tat samaḥ…—Veda). But if we want to bring...

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Could You please comment on the claims of Muslims that the Qur'an cannot be adulterated?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: A muslim devotee claimed that it is difficult to produce a chapter or a verse similar to the chapter or verse in the Qur’an by following arguments: a) The Arabic language used in the Holy Qur’an is the most unique Arabic. Such an Arabic was never spoken or written in any part of the world ever, from time immemorial. However, this Quranic Arabic could be read and understood by all Arabic speakers. Hence, this ensured that the verses in the Holy Qur’an remain tamper proof...

Swami replied: Such opinions about one’s own divine scripture are appreciable. Unless you have immense respect for the scripture, you will not have immense respect for God, who is its author. If the scripture is from God, there is no question of doubting even a word of it. But there is no proof of perception...

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Did Lord Krishna stop time to preach the 700 verses of the Gita?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: A person was enquiring if Lord Krishna really stopped time to explain all the 700 slokas of Bhagavad Gītā. What is the real meaning of that?]

Swami replied: After all, time is an item of this imaginable relative creation, which is expressed in terms of spatial co-ordinates that exist between the moving...

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Why did Lord Krishna discourage the worship of 'other Gods' and worshipping by the 'wrong method'?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: Some verses from the Gītā are given below along with their English translation given on internet. First of, I do not know whether the translations are correct or not. But assuming that they are correct, why did Krishna use the words ‘other gods’ and ‘wrong method’. Kindly enlighten us.

ye'pyanyadevatā bhaktāyajante śraddhayā'nvitāḥ |

te'pimāmeva kaunteya yajantyavidhipūrvakam ||9.23||

Even those who, being devoted to other gods and endowed with faith...

Swami replied: These verses of the Gītā, bring out two main points regarding ignorant people: (1) The first is that these ignorant people believe in the multiplicity of God, which is totally wrong. (2) The second is that they want to fulfill their personal desires through the worship of God. All these people should realise that there is only one God...

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What is Your advice for the family of a person who recently died due to COVID-19?

Posted on: 22/08/2020

[Shri Anil asked: A person known to me died suddenly due to COVID-19. He was doing a small scale hotel business. He had some financial debts and was not settled properly. Now after his sudden death, his family is staring at huge debt burden beyond their capability. The two children do not have any job. Due to COVID, they are also being isolated in self-quarantine for the time being. Swami, Your advice will be valuable at this difficult juncture for that family.]

Swami replied: You pray to God for their protection. Since your heart is good, there is a hope that the kindest Lord will answer. Kindness...

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Pleasing Lord Krishna

Posted on: 18/08/2020

[Krishṇāṣṭamī Message, August 11,2020] O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Today is Krishṇāṣṭamī and we have to please God Krishna. Can we please Him by mere prayers and songs (bhakti yoga), without practically following (karma yoga) the instructions given by Him (jñāna yoga)? He has instructed us through the Gītā regarding how our behaviour should be with people in the world (pravṛtti) and how our behaviour should be towards Him (nivṛtti)? We cannot please a wise king by merely praising him, without following the rules and regulations framed by him. In order to please God Krishna, we must first know His philosophy, which He has preached through the Gītā. Only then can we identify and follow the path to please Him and attain His grace. Today, all of us are forgetting this background and are simply involved in His praise and worship...

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Spirituality From Childhood Or In Old Age?

Posted on: 09/08/2020

Dr. Nikhil asked: In Your message on June 30, 2020 to Shri Yogendra, You have recommended that a person’s education be comprised of only professional education that enables one to earn one’s livelihood. You have recommended leaving spiritual education to the end of a person’s life, as a post-retirement activity. I request Your kind clarification on this point...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! What you said is perfectly correct, word by word. But My angle of dealing with this topic was based on the trend of the major lot of ordinary people in the present Kali age. The present trend is that the government is not insisting on spiritual education in childhood and certainly today, education is fully...

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Why can we not love God as naturally as we love our parents?

Posted on: 08/08/2020

[Shri Bhagat asked: Jay Guru Datta Guru Deva! Gurudeva You are Lord Datta! You are Omnipresent and omnipotent! Then why is Your māyā imposing on me so that I am not able to believe? But You are the one who is taking care of everyone and everything in the universe. A child strongly believes that his mother and father can do and give anything and everything to him, to the best of the parents’ capacity because some things need money, while for other things, the loving care of parents is sufficient. Our belief in our parents is strong because we have experienced their care and help in many situations from birth. Although souls are unable to love You, You love everyone in the universe, without expecting anything in return since they are Your children.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! God is called Datta. The word datta means an adopted son. It does not mean an adopting father. There are several types of sons like the aurasa or the biological son...

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Is killing mosquitoes and not maintaining the body in good health sin?

Posted on: 07/08/2020

[Smt. Tinku K. asked: Jai Guru Datta! In pravṛtti life, I have to take care of my body. It is my dharma and if I do not take care of my body it is a sin. I read one of Your discourses in which You said that, to maintain a healthy body, one should sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours between 9 in the night to 5 in the morning. But Gurudeva, in my home, there are so many mosquitoes and because of them, I am unable to sleep at night and in the afternoon also. I am just able to sleep for 4 or 5 hours per a day. Also, there is a risk of getting different types of fevers due to mosquito bites. So, in this situation, is it a sin to kill mosquitoes? Is not sleeping properly to maintain a healthy body also a sin? Please give me knowledge in this situation Guruji.]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! One day, a devotee visited Shri Rāmakrishna Paramahamsa. Paramahamsa was busy searching for bedbugs in His cot and killing them. The devotee was surprised to see this. Paramahamsa told him that those bedbugs were troubling Him when He would sit on His cot for meditation upon God. He further told that He would even violate...

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When does the soul enter the baby in the womb? Is the time of birth, when the baby's head is first seen or when the baby comes out fully?

Posted on: 07/08/2020

[Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! When does a soul enter a mother’s womb? And does that soul in a foetus remember its past life throughout the 9 months, until it is born? Does it remember all the previous births or only the previous one? And do they forget the moment they are born and have their first cry? Also, I keep hearing different things about when to record the time of the birth of a baby. Some say it is the moment when you see the top of the head itself. Some say it is when the head fully comes out, while others say it is when the whole body comes out. What should we note as the time of birth of a baby? At Your feet, Priyanka.]

Swami replied: You must concentrate on the points that are very much needed for your spiritual efforts and you can neglect the points which are not useful for the spiritual effort. One person asked Śaṅkara about the number of years that have passed...

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Should devotees ask God or does He provide without asking?

Posted on: 07/08/2020

[Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! There is a saying in Telugu, “Adigite gaani amma annam pettadu”, which means, “Until you ask, your mother will not give you food”. I fail to understand this concept. I feel a mother will always ask her children, if they are hungry and offer food at correct times of the day. Taking this concept, does this apply to the relationship between a devotee and God as well? Should devotees ask for certain things from God? Does God wait till that person approaches Him to ask what the devotee is seeking for? God knows everything about every person, including their wishes and desires since He is omnipotent and omnipresent and resides in the heart of His true devotees. Can you please explain when it becomes important or necessary to ask God anything? Or does God Himself give the devotees what they need or want, when it is the right time? At Your feet, Priyanka.]

Swami replied: The mother takes care of her children in childhood. But when the children grow into adults, she neglects this point, especially on some occasions. Suppose a grown up son or daughter comes home in the evening. The mother assumes that her child must have already had lunch. So, the mother does not ask her child, whether he or she has had lunch, unless the child specifically discloses...

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