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As per Paul in the Bible, which love is everlasting and the greatest? The love for God or the love among souls?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

Śrī Anil said: This question is related to the following preaching of Paul from the Bible (1 Corinthians 13) 1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything...

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How can we identify and study the personality of a true devotee?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

Ms. Amudha asked: Swamiji, today I read this wonderful discourse given by You. In it, You have mentioned that the study of God is not as important as the study of the personality of a true devotee. Could You kindly give me more clarity...

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How can we prepare our mind to develop aspiration-free devotion?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

[A question by Ms. Amudha] Swami replied: Study about the personality of God. It will create attraction in your mind towards Him in a natural way, without the aspiration for any fruit in return. Spiritual knowledge is nothing but the study of the personality of God...

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Is it good to analyze the purity of one's own devotion?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

[A question by Ms. Amudha] Swami replied: Yes. You must always analyze the qualitative and quantitative aspects of both your theoretical as well as your practical love for God. It is always better to first examine...

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How can we maintain the focus on spiritual knowledge and practice constantly?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

[A question by Ms. Amudha] Swami replied: There is no need of any effort to develop true love for God. True love is spontaneous and it has its own natural power and strength. Do you make any effort to improve your true love for your children? As you attain more and more spiritual knowledge, the true attraction to God increases day by day. Knowledge alone produces that attraction. Knowledge of God means the details about the personality...

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How can I concentrate on God and attain the purity of a true devotee?

Posted on: 11/02/2021

Ms. Amudha asked: How can I reach the purity level of a true devotee. I am not expecting any miracle. But how can I concentrate on real goal, which is God and the practical path to attaining God’s grace? At Your divine feet (Um Patham paninthen iraiva) - Amudha]

Swami replied: As I have already stated, you must put forth efforts to attain more and more theoretical devotion. It means that you have to study spiritual knowledge, which will give rise to theoretical devotion. Once that theoretical devotion...

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How can I overcome the tension I am facing related to worldly life?

Posted on: 10/02/2021

Ms. Mohini asked: I am feeling a lot of tension and everything seems to be negative for me. I’m thinking about my career and cannot concentrate on spiritual knowledge. There is so much pressure on me, from my parents, family and friends. What can I do, Swami? Please give me some suggestions on how to face this situation. At Your feet. Mohini.

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Do not be so anxious. Due to anxiety, the lactic acid level in your blood may rise by more than 30%, resulting in chronic diseases. Be quiet and calm. The sky is not going to crash...

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How can You be of help to a devoted seeker of the truth like me?

Posted on: 10/02/2021

Mr. Ikwueze Chris asked: Happy with your write up. How can you be of help to the lover of the creator, a seeker of the truth and wealth?]

Swami replied: I think you will enjoy the answer given...

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How can I be associated with Your organization to bring unity and peace in the world?

Posted on: 10/02/2021

Śrī Amit Pal asked: I want to be an associate of Your organization and to represent the same in Delhi. I like Your philosophy of the one God who revealed Himself in different forms, which can bring unity and world peace. There is only one religion of love and peace...

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Is polygamy or polyandry a sin?

Posted on: 10/02/2021

Śrī Hrushikesh asked: Dear Swami! I request You for Jñāna Bhikṣā. First of all. I first want to express my feelings towards Your knowledge. I do not have words to explain the bliss derived from the knowledge that You shower on us. Tears rolled down my eyes when I recently read one of the answers You have given to my question. I could not even frame the question properly. Your kindness and love have no limits. You framed the question by reading my mind. This has happened to me many times before. O Lord Datta! No sacrifice or service can ever match Your love. Your kindness...

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Shri Datta Brahma Gayatri

Posted on: 09/02/2021

भज भज दत्तम्‌। भज भज दत्तम्‌। भज भज दत्तम्‌। ब्रह्मदत्तम्‌। (पल्लवी)

bhaja bhaja dattam। bhaja bhaja dattam।

bhaja bhaja dattam। brahma dattam। (Chorus)

Worship Brahma Datta, seated as the President in the holy parliament of sages and angels...

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When we try to analyze anything in the world, including the soul, does it not become inexplicable and unimaginable, beyond a point?

Posted on: 08/02/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: A few days ago, I had a doubt, which I discussed with Dr. Nikhil. When I try to analyze what exactly a soul is, I am unable to find the answer. Even the soul seems to be as unimaginable as the unimaginable God to me. Everything in this world seems to be unimaginable, when we ask deeper questions and try to analyze it in depth. So, is the soul and creation also not unimaginable...

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Do the unparalleled architectural monuments indicate the superior spiritual standards of the ancient Indians who built them?

Posted on: 08/02/2021

Smt. Sudharani asked: Pādanamaskaram Swami! I feel that the spiritual standard of our ancient Indians was uncomparable to the standards that we have today. They delivered excellent spiritual knowledge in a symbolic form by constructing a lot of architechtural monuments and temples with mysterious technology and materials. Having said that, I want to know why You mentioned in one of Your...

Swāmi replied: It is said that all that is old is not gold and all that is the latest is not the best. A wise person analyzes both and selects whatever is good (Purāṇamityeva na sādhu sarvam...—Kalidasa). A conservative...

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Is it possible to enter into a spiritual life without having detachment from worldly life?

Posted on: 08/02/2021

Smt. Suganya Raman asked: Few years back, when I met Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), I asked her, if I could live in the ashram and lead the simple ashram life. Amma said, “You should not come to the ashram in virakti (detachment). In fact, towards life, you should not have virakti at all”. My question is, “Is it possible to enter into a spiritual life without any detachment towards worldly life?” A climax-devotee...

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What exactly is the secret of Chidambaram (Chidambara rahasyam)?

Posted on: 08/02/2021

Smt. Suganya Raman asked: My question is about the pañcabhūta sthalas of Lord Śiva. These are five temples dedicated to Lord Śiva, representing each of the five elements. Out of these temples, the space-element is represented by the temple at Chidambaram. There is a special significance or a mystery associated with this temple, known as the Cidambara rahasyam or the Secret of Cidambaram. It is said that after the main pūjā...

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Among our four mental faculties (antahkaranams), which is called the antaratma?

Posted on: 07/02/2021

[A question asked by Smt. Sudha Rani.] Swāmi replied: Antarātmā means the inner soul or consciousness. It is not an antaḥkaraṇam. Karaṇam means instrument and antaḥ means inner. So, the four antaḥkaraṇams...

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What is the meaning of Anagha? Is it the first wave of God's imagination?

Posted on: 07/02/2021

Smt. Sudha Rani asked: Swami, You said that ‘Anaghā’ is nothing but the first wave of God’s imagination, or the first wish of God (prathama ūha), which manifested as creation. Does this mean that Anaghā is the same as Mūla Māyā, which is the root cause of creation? Also are Adam and Eve none other than the Brahman and Mūla Māyā mentioned in our Hindu scriptures? Can You please correlate the process of creation explained in the scriptures of different religions?

Swāmi replied: Adam and Eve are the first souls created by God after completing the rest of creation...

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Divine Satsanga

Posted on: 06/02/2021

[An online spiritual discussion was conducted on January 02, 2021, in which several devotees participated. Some of the questions of devotees answered by Swāmi are given below.]

1. Did Śrī Hanumān burn Lanka out of ego or due to some other reason?

[A question asked by Śrī Ganesh.] Swāmi replied: Hanumān, while burning Lanka, announced that He was the weakest monkey in the army of Sugrīva (Mattaḥ pratyavaraḥ kaścit...). Sugrīva, the leader of the army...

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Is the self-satisfaction that we get upon helping the poor good?

Posted on: 05/02/2021

[A question by Kum. Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied: Devotion towards the Super-Self (God) has higher value than your self-satisfaction. Self-satisfaction is also a type of satisfaction. But it is like a silver ornament. Why do you want to buy silver ornaments when gold ornaments are available? The satisfaction you attain...

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Were the many good deeds done by me, done due to God's will or my will?

Posted on: 05/02/2021

[A question by Śrī Ravinder Reddy]

Swāmi replied: There are two types of dreams. The first kind of dreams are due to the vāsanās or mental impressions acquired by you, due to the deeds done by you during the day. The second kind of dreams occurs when God enters into the dream to communicate with you. Similarly, there are two types...

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