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Do the astrological remedial actions relieve our present suffering?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[Śrī Nava Chaitanya asked: Swami, astrology suggests some types of remedial actions called parihāras to relieve us from our current suffering. Is it true that we can actually get relief due to these actions?]

Swami replied: It is perfectly true. You can worship the deities of the planets like Sūrya, Candra, Kuja etc. The deities of these deities can also be worshipped. The deities of the planets...

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How can one do astrological remedies when there are no beggars to donate to?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

Śrī Hrishikesh asked: Swami, sometimes astrology suggests us to donate some food items to beggars as a remedial action (parihāra). What should people of countries do, where there are no beggars...

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Do we get a share in the sin committed by a beggar after gaining energy from the food donated by us?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[A question by Śrī Ganesh.] Swami replied: This is the reason why you should not be in a hurry to donate. Generally, we are hasty in donating. We give importance to the place and time. We say that this is the holy Kāśī city and today is the holy occasion of Śivarātri. Tomorrow, we are leaving Kāśī and hence, we must make the donation quickly! In our haste, we end up donating to undeserving people and such donation gives us sin. Hence, the Veda says that the first step before donation...

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Do we incur sin by purchasing non-vegetarian food to feed dogs?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[Śrī Bharath Krishna asked: Swami, these days, a huge number of people have dogs as pets. Sometimes, they even consider those dogs to be equal to their children. When we want to purchase food to feed dogs, we only find non-vegetarian food in the market. If I buy such food to feed a hungry dog, will it be a sin?]

Swami replied: Non-vegetarian food is obtained by killing animals and birds. Since you are purchasing...

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How could Gajaanan Maharaj give liberation to a devotee who never learned spiritual knowledge or sacrificed anything practically?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[Śrī Nithin asked: Swami, after watching a movie on Gajānan Maharāj, I have got a doubt. In that movie, a devotee comes to Maharāj, almost at the end of his life and sings a bhajan. He gets mokṣa. How is that without learning knowledge and without doing karma phala tyāga, he was given mokṣa by Maharāj?]

Swami replied: Do you know the entire background of the soul, who was granted salvation by Gajānan Maharāj? Maharāj knew the entire background...

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What is the meaning of aatma saakshaatkaara?

Posted on: 06/11/2020

[A question by Śrī Vishnu.] Swami replied: The word ātman means body in Sanskrit. A part of the body is the brain and nervous system in which awareness flows. Hence, ātman means a living body possessing awareness. Awareness need not be isolated from the body to say that only awareness is ātman and not the body. You are giving unnecessary importance to awareness. Of course, awareness is the most precious form of energy...

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Different Paths Of Knowledge And Action?

Posted on: 28/10/2020

[In the online satsaṅga held on October 17, 2020, Śrī Ganesh asked a question regarding the two types of persons having different mentalities mentioned in the Gītā for whom two separate spiritual paths are mentioned. For those inclined towards knowledge (sāṅkhyas), the path of jñāna yoga is prescribed, whereas, for those inclined towards action (yogis), the path of karma yoga is prescribed (Jñānayogena sāṅkhyānām…). But You have said that jñāna yoga (spiritual knowledge) leads to bhakti yoga (devotion), which finally results in karma yoga (practice). In other words, according to You, jñāna yoga, bhakti yoga and karma yoga are not separate paths, but sequential steps of the same path. How can Your knowledge be correlated with the above statement from the Gītā?]

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! After the verse from the Gītā quoted by you, Kṛṣṇa later said that both Sāṅkhya (jñāna yoga) and Yoga (karma yoga) are one and the same and that only ignorant people find both to be different (Sāṅkhyayogau pṛthak bālāḥ…). The different mentalities mentioned by Kṛṣṇa...

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Restrictions On Worshipping Goddess Lalita

Posted on: 27/10/2020

Dr. Nikhil asked: Pādanamaskārams Swamiji! Many people have criticized Your discourse in which You have said that the Lalitā Sahasranāmam is to be recited only by women. Many people including men have been traditionally reciting this stotram for a very long time and they are not able to accept Your words. They say that the Lalitā Sahasranāmam was revealed as part of a conversation between Hayagrīva...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Sage Agastya and Hayagrīva are divine personalities and both are beyond worldly thoughts. No human being can be compared with both of them. The Gītā says that even a learned soul can get swept by the influence of the powerful senses (Balavānindriyagrāmo…—Gītā). Prevention is always better than cure. Learned saints say that only two people have succeeded in the worship of the divine mother and they are Ādi Śaṅkara...

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Divine Satsanga

Posted on: 26/10/2020

[An online satsaṅga took place among devotees on October 10, 2020. Following is a discourse given by Swamiji based on the points discussed by the devotees in the satsaṅga.]

Swāmi said: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Śrī Ganesh was saying in the satsaṅga that he told a lie to his higher officer that some work assigned to him had already been completed, because he wanted to spend time in spiritual study. Later on, he found that the task was actually completed. Ganesh wanted to know whether his lie was a sin or not. The answer is that one can only tell a lie in order to establish justice over injustice. Except for this one occasion, lies are sins. God is above justice...

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Why was the father of John the Baptist punished so severely for his lack of faith?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! There is an incident in New Testament of Bible in which the angel of God (Gabriel) appeared to Zechariah who was a priest and a very good devotee of God observing all the commandments of God. The angel announced to him that his wife would give birth to a son, whom he was to name John, and that this son would be the forerunner of the Lord (Jesus). Citing their advanced age, Zechariah asked...

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When Allah Himself is the protector of the Quran, how can people still burn or destroy it?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil said: A person asked in an online forum why Allāh does nothing when a person burns the Quran, even though Muslims say that Allāh has taken the responsibility of protecting the Quran. The verses supporting the protection and preservation of the Quran by Allāh are: Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it [Quran 15:9]. This is an honorable Quran. In a protected book...

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Does a country have a horoscope?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Does a country have a horoscope like an individual based on date of birth? India was a land of sages and saints. Now our country is facing threats of war from our neighbours (China and Pakistan). We never attacked other countries. But still, we were attacked many times by Pakistan and China. Just as we say for a person, can we also say for a country that it is the fate (karma cakra) of that country that has brought such a situation?...

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Is God 'jealous'? Does He make the innocent children of disobedient people suffer?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the Old Testament (Exodus), it is written “You shall not bow down to them (idol) or worship them (idol); for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Swami, I want to know why it is mentioned that God is ‘a jealous God’...

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Why did Prophet Muhammad say to women that they were unreliable and impure?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the Hadith, the following incident is mentioned: Mohammad passed by some women on his way to the mosque. He said to them, “Give for charity. I looked in hell and saw that most of its dwellers are women.” The women asked, “Why messenger of Allāh?” He replied, “Because you are inferior in your mind and religion, and slander your companion.” They asked, “How are we inferior in our mind and religion?” He replied, “You are inferior...

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Why did God speak to Prophet Muhammad through angel Gabriel while He spoke directly in the case of Jesus?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the Quran it is depicted that Prophet Muhammad receives the knowledge (Quran) from angel Gabriel, then subsequently He speaks that knowledge to others. In the Bible, angel Gabriel spoke to Mother Mary that she will give birth to Jesus by God’s intervention. But when Jesus entered into the mission of propagation of knowledge, a voice from heaven spoke “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased...

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In what context did Swami visit Madurai?

Posted on: 25/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swami in the question that you answered on September, 15, 2020, You mentioned that You had visited Madurai Mīnākṣī Amma Temple in 1980 and 1990. What was the context...

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Why did Prophet Muhammed object to castration?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! Abdullah has narrated the following in the Hadith: “We used to participate in the holy battles led by Allāh's Apostle and we had nothing (no wives) with us. So we said, ‘Shall we get ourselves castrated?’ He forbade us that and then allowed us to marry women with a temporary contract and recited to us: ‘O you who believe! Make not unlawful the good things which Allah...

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Did Prophet Muhammad indirectly refer to the concept of Human Incarnation in His reply to angel Gabriel?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: The angel Gabriel asked the Prophet “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allāh's Messenger replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion, then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Swami, what is the meaning of this statement? As per the preaching of Islam, Allāh cannot be seen. Then why did the Prophet stress upon developing devotion...

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Why did Lord Jesus and Prophet Muhammed not reveal when Doomsday would come?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: There is a reference of Doomsday (the day the world ends or is destroyed) in the Quran in which, in one instance, a person asked the Prophet about it and in another instance angel Gabriel asked the Prophet about it, as given in the following verses. While the Prophet () was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, “When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?” Allāh's Messenger () continued his talk, so some people said that Allāh's Messenger () had heard the question...

Swami replied: Whether it is the dissolution of an individual or a group of individuals or all individuals, it is only a quantitative difference. Whether the rape is done by an individual or a gang, the sin is qualitatively one and the same. The subsequent punishment...

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How can Jesus be God when He could not protect Himself?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil said: A muslim devotee asked why Jesus could not defend Himself, when He is said to be God. He said that if the so-called God cannot protect Himself, is He even worthy of worship? Swami, kindly give a reply to this.

Swami replied: Jesus rose a dead person by His miraculous power. This shows that He had complete divine powers and could even control death. He did not defend Himself only as per the divine plan...

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