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Do liberated souls identify God in human form directly?

Posted on: 11/06/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: In some cases, people go through the process of finding their Sadguru by meeting several gurus initially and finally end up meeting their Sadguru, with whom they feel satisfied with the spiritual knowledge given by them. Does that process happen only for normal souls or do liberated souls and incarnations of demi-Gods meet and identify God in human form directly (due to the will of God) or do they also go through this process of finding their Sadguru?...

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Are the mental problems also consequences of previous sins committed by people?

Posted on: 11/06/2021

Smt. Priyanka asked: There is so much awareness that is being created about mental health especially during covid times. Even otherwise, there is also a lot of awareness about post-partum depression (women who have just given birth), clinical depression, anxiety problems, bipolar disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children), etc. I hear about them often around me. Were these issues common in ancient days/ olden days as well? While lifestyle, job stress, etc. is different from what it was before, why has it become so common...

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Why shouldn't a beginner devotee focus to clear the debt towards family bonds first by doing excessive service & sacrifice?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi. We learnt that family bonds are major obstacles in the path of devotion to God. In Datta Vedam, You said that all the family members are only the money lenders to us in our previous birth. You also said that it is our duty to pay off their debts. Why shouldn't a beginner devotee focus on clearing this debt first by doing excessive service and sacrifice to family in short span of time? I'm assuming that family bonds will get disappeared after we clear the debt. Kindly enlighten me.

Swāmi Replied:- Have you any guarantee about the period of your life so that in the first part, you can plan...

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Swami, a soul is supposed to pray God and not to another soul. Isn't it?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: When the Trimūrtis came to mother Anasūyā to test her devotion, she prayed to her husband Atri and converted the Lords into babies. Swāmi, a soul is supposed to pray God and not to another soul. Isn't it? Kindly help us understand this.

Swāmi Replied:- Sage Atri is not an ordinary human being. He generated Sun and Moon from his eyes when Sun and Moon disappeared in the time of final dissolution. Most of the Sages are very much...

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Does doing bhajans of God come under theoretical devotion or practical devotion to God?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- It comes under theoretical devotion only because both Jñānayoga and Bhaktiyoga are theoretical. Only, the third step, Karmayoga is practical devotion. Of course, in Jñānayoga, you speak knowledge and speaking is action. Similarly, in Bhaktiyoga, you sing divine songs and singing is also action. In that sense, if you take Karmayoga as mere action, everything in this creation...

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Isn't it better to stop thanking people and thank God alone for every help we receive in life?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said that thanking God everyday helps to reduce aspiration from God and improves devotion. Applying similar logic to the world, thanking ordinary people around us develops a bond with them. Isn't it better to stop thanking people and thank God alone for every help we receive in life? I feel that we have limited emotion of gratitude and scattering them to people is diluting the emotion...

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Is the life partner in current life already selected by God at the time of our birth using our Prarabdha karma?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- If there is some strong fruit (good or bad) to be enjoyed by you from the life partner...

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Does God (Swami) like it if I rely on Him to take worldly decisions for me?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

[A question by Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- It depends on the extent of surrender of the soul to God. It is not as easy as you said. It is the climax state of devotion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every step of our practical devotion, there is an equal reaction in terms of grace from God. The step must be full of theoretical as well as practical devotion. Then only the step will be a total surrender. This is called...

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How to correlate that God is the first deserving receiver but He pleases most when His devotee is served?

Posted on: 10/06/2021

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You said that God is pleased more if we serve His devotees. But You also said that Sadguru (human incarnation of God) is the first deserving person to receive service from a soul. Please correlate these sentences. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- God aspires your service to test the truth of your divine love or devotion. God is really not in need of your service or sacrifice. In the case of devotee, there is need. God begs you for food to test you whether you can sacrifice food practically...

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How ideal is India's secularism?

Posted on: 09/06/2021

Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You kindly grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum? At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil.

Swami replied: Secularism means treating all religions of the world to be equal. It does not mean rejecting all religions...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 09/06/2021

1. Did God create time or did the creation of God happen over time?

[A question from an online discussion group brought to Swami by Śrī Anil.]

Swami replied: The concept of time is the fourth coordinate of space resulting in the four-dimensional space-time. Time can be expressed in terms of distance and this is also the basic concept behind the time...

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What are the different states of the atman in the Upanishads?

Posted on: 09/06/2021

[A question from an online discussion group brought to Swami by Śrī Anil.]

Swami replied: Ātman means soul or a person in general. It refers to the human being that is made of inert energy along with matter and awareness. Matter and awareness are different forms of inert energy alone. Hence, ātman basically...

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Why do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva need weapons when they can even kill demons with mere thoughts?

Posted on: 09/06/2021

[A question from an online discussion group brought to Swami by Śrī Anil.]

Swami replied: Certainly! You find no weapon in the hands of God Brahmā. He can kill anybody just by His word or thought. God Brahmā represents the original unimaginable God as the Creator. God Viṣṇu represents the king carrying out the administration of the world. So, God Viṣṇu holds weapons in His hands indicating that the king must punish criminals. God Viṣṇu’s holding weapons...

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Why do Muslim leaders like Zakir Naik say that other religions are not correct?

Posted on: 09/06/2021

[A question from an online discussion group brought to Swami by Śrī Anil.]

Swami replied: Everybody says that his own religion alone is correct and that the God of his religion alone created this entire humanity. In that case, when different countries were isolated from each other in the past, the religious preaching given by God in a certain country did not reach all the countries in the world immediately. It means only the people of that country got the opportunity...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 08/06/2021

1. Is Love Jihad really a threat to Hinduism?

[Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Please grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum. At Your Lotus Divine Feet-anil]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Jihad means establishing justice, using force if necessary. It is not the establishment of a religion through force. All religions preach the same...

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Will Hindus be punished by Allah for worshipping idols and nature?

Posted on: 08/06/2021

[A question from an internet discussion forum brought to Swami by Śrī Anil: The Quran says that Allah will punish people who worship creation. Hindus remain panentheistic (worshipping God who has merged with the universe), despite knowing about Allah’s warning. Thus, they will go to hell which is what they deserve, as Allah is never unjust. Is the knowledge of Islam, pushing Hindus further away from Muslims?]

Swami replied: It is wrong to believe that an idol itself is God. An idol is only a representative model for God. So, there is no problem with idol worship, if the idol is only treated to be a representation...

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Would the Church not lose its power if the Messiah came back?

Posted on: 08/06/2021

[A question from an internet discussion forum brought to Swami by Śrī Anil: Wouldn’t the Church lose its power if there was a Second Coming of the Messiah. In that case, would the Church not try to destroy the next person who is an equivalent of Jesus?]

Swami replied: The Second Coming means God coming again and again in human form to preach spiritual knowledge, whenever there is a necessity. This is told in the Gītā as “Yadā yadā hi...”. Accordingly, God..

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According to the Bhagavad Gita, what is my duty?

Posted on: 08/06/2021

[A question from an internet discussion forum brought to Swami by Śrī Anil.]

Swami replied: The duty of any soul is to please God by its practical behaviour in the world. The soul must develop a liking for what God likes and develop a dislike for what God dislikes. God likes justice...

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When Allah cannot even be imagined, how can Muslims even pray to Him?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You kindly grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum? This questioner says that since Allah is unlike anything created and since He cannot be imagined, how can Muslims pray to Allah? Are Muslims merely reciting verses of the Quran and not really praying to Allah? At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil.

Swami replied: Allah can be considered to be the unimaginable God as well as the first Energetic Incarnation...

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Does God personally bear the misery of His devotees and merely watch the misery of the rest of the souls?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

A questioner asked through Śrī Anil: God created this world for His own entertainment. He equally enjoys both happy and miserable scenes. The Human Incarnation enjoys the bad effects of His real devotees. But this world consists of the miseries of billions of people. Is the enjoyment of misery by God limited to the case of the Human Incarnation enjoying the miseries of His small number of real devotees? Or does it also include the miseries...

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