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Does the son of a terrorist, who learns evil from his father from a young age incur sin?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

A questioner asked through Śrī Anil: Suppose there is a son of a terrorist, who learned all bad things from his father from a young age. Will he incur sin for his bad deeds?

Swami replied: Sin is incurred by both the son and the terrorist father. One may think that the son is innocent, but it is not so. The son was born in that bad family due to his prārabdha karma, which is the residual part...

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Why is the husband given the status of God according to the beliefs of Hinduism?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

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

Swami replied: In ancient days, men had good qualities. The husband did not have the male ego. He would love his wife to the climax. He would make all the efforts and take up all the stress necessary to earn and make his wife happy with his earnings. In the view of all these good qualities of ancient husbands, the wives themselves gave the status of God to their husbands. That status...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 07/06/2021

1. Does Christ’s death signify the forgiveness of sins, whereas, His resurrection signifies eternal life through Him?

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

Swami replied: You have said correctly...

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When is moksha attained after death?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

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

Swami replied: Death has nothing to do with mokṣa or liberation from worldly bonds. When the bond with God becomes extremely strong, the worldly bonds drop down naturally, without the slightest effort. Without devotion to God, salvation...

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Allah says that He is the only true God. What is the source of Allah's confidence and self-belief?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

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

Swami replied: Allah is only the name given by some of us. The actual meaning of the word is God. God alone is the truth because He is the absolute reality and this creation is the relative reality. When you utter...

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Can one ask Allah for forgiveness for another person?

Posted on: 07/06/2021

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

Swami replied: Such a person is overactive. Let him first get the forgiveness from Allah for his own sins. The funny nature of the human being is that he is worried about others, so that others will praise him as a great generous...

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Should we accept the slavery to God?

Posted on: 06/06/2021

Śrī Nitin asked: Śrī Bharat Krishna asked me that whether we accept the slavery to God forever or sometime or never? Please give an answer to this.

Swāmi replied: When this question rises in the mind, such a person will never become a slave to God or to anybody in this world. The idea of slavery shall come naturally without any force from outside or from inside. Slavery is karma saṃnyāsa or sacrifice of service. Hence, slavery belongs to practice, which is of two sub-divisions:- i) Sacrifice of service. ii) Sacrifice of fruit of service. Hence, after the spiritual knowledge...

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What is the significance of partial and full implementation of sacrifice in karma yoga?

Posted on: 06/06/2021

Śrī Kishore Ram asked: In karma yoga, whether it is sacrifice of service or sacrifice of fruit of work, what is the significance of partial implementation and full implementation?

Swāmi replied:- Partial implementation represents the journey in the path, which is expected to reach the final goal, which is perfect or full implementation. The partial implementation denotes the effort and the perfect implementation denotes the goal that is achieved at the end of the effort. Without effort, none can reach the goal. Hence, without partial implementation full perfect implementation can never be reached. Effort is essential to achieve the goal. You shall not expect...

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In my house, my mother says that she has to look after me in the worldly life till I am married. Is this correct?

Posted on: 06/06/2021

[A question by Śrī Nitin]

Swāmi replied: It is correct to a specific context and it changes from one context to other context. A concept becomes rule based on the circumstances of the context. I will explain this clearly. In the ancient times, the female used to be tender in mind, delicate in physical body and dependent economically. Based on these three characteristics, the concept of rule was that the female shall not be given any responsibility, which means independence. Independence means only the strain of responsibility...

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Song On God Datta - Svamatam Raashtram

Posted on: 05/06/2021

स्वमतं राष्ट्रं सकृच्च दत्त!
केन्द्र प्रभुता विश्व मतं त्वम् ।। (पल्लवी)
svamataṃ rāṣṭraṃ sakṛcca datta!
kendra prabhutā viśva mataṃ tvam ।।

O Datta! One can be a devotee of his/her own religion and simultaneously can be the devotee of Universal Spirituality religion, which stands for You. It is just like a citizen coming under a specific State government is simultaneously coming under Central government also as an Indian...

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How is God the doer and also the non-doer in creating the world?

Posted on: 05/06/2021

Prof. J. S. R. Prasad asked: God creates this world and thus becomes the doer (kartā). At the same time, since the creation is done through His illusory power, māyā the doer-ship goes to māyā alone and not to God. Can we correlate this concept in the verse from the Gītā in which God says that He is the doer while at the same time, He is not the doer (Tasya kartāramapi…—Gītā)?
Swami replied: The statement from the Gītā quoted by you (Tasya kartāramapi…—Gītā) is regarding God’s creation of the caste system, which is based on the qualities and deeds of souls. God says that He is the doer (kartā) and at the same time, not the doer (akartā), especially in this specific context of the caste system. It means that He is the Creator as well as not the creator of the caste system...

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Song On God Datta - Kaashaaya Pata

Posted on: 04/06/2021

काषाय पट! ज्ञान तेज!
उद्यदादित्य! तमोऽन्त दत्त! (पल्लवी)
kāṣāya paṭa! jñāna teja!
udyadāditya! tamo'nta datta! (Chorus)

O Datta, the one wearing saffron robe preaching Spiritual knowledge looking like rising red sun with white radiation! You put an end to Tamas or ignorance or darkness...

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Many people say that they had visions. Shall we believe these visions as true or false?

Posted on: 04/06/2021

(A question by Dr. KV Rao)

Swāmi Replied:- Every concept has both obverse and reverse sides of a coin. All visions are not false and all visions are not true. Generally, people will not tell lies in the case of Divine visions. But, there are some people, who tell lies in order to get some fame by drawing special attention of public in the society on the point that they were blessed by God due to their special deservingness. Let Me take My own example. In Śrīśailam, I used to preach Spiritual knowledge to Śrī CBK Murthy and his wife Smt. Bhavānī everyday saying that God Datta appeared before Me and told this excellent knowledge...

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Song On God Datta - Dattatreya Dattatreya

Posted on: 03/06/2021

[Before the merge of God Datta with Śrī Datta Swami on Śrīśailam hill, God Datta used to appear frequently before Datta Swami to do conversation in spiritual knowledge. As soon as God Datta disappears, Datta Swami used to sing the following spontaneous song in His mind. This song is announced today!]

दत्तात्रेय! दत्तात्रेय!
कियन्नु मधु ते नाम वचश्च! (पल्लवी)
dattātreya! dattātreya!
kiyannu madhu te nāma vacaśca! (Chorus)

O Dattaatreya! O Dattaatreya! How sweet is Your name while speaking it! How sweet is Your speech itself!...

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Songs on God Datta

Posted on: 03/06/2021

Song 1

गङ्गा यमुना सरस्वतीनाम् ।
सङ्गमोऽसि ननु दत्तात्रेय! (पल्लवी)
gaṅgā yamunā sarasvatīnām ।
saṅgamo'si nanu dattātreya! (Chorus)

O God Dattātreya! You are certainly the holy union of the three rivers called Gaṇgā, Yamunā and Sarasvatī...

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Why is the word 'Vijnana' used instead of Prajnana while referring to God in one bhajan?

Posted on: 03/06/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, In the Bhajan 'Śabdamekam Kathaya…', You have used the word 'Vijñāna Vajra'. But You always say that the inherent quality of God is 'Prajñāna'. Is there any specific reason for using the word 'Vijñāna' here? Kindly enlighten us.

Swāmi replied:- Vijñānam means systematic logic of the analysis of creation and this is the ancient logic as well as the modern science, which deals with the confirmation of true knowledge of items of creation (Tarkyante padārthāḥ asmin iti Tarkaḥ). We need the analysis of imaginable creation also at every stage of the spiritual knowledge, which is the subject of the unimaginable creator...

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In what context a devotee can ask God to grant devotion?

Posted on: 03/06/2021

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have taught us that we should never ask devotion from God. But, in the bhajan 'dayāmaya śrī dattātreya, jñānaṃ bhaktiṃ sevāṃ dehi!' we are requesting God to give devotion (Bhakti) also. Not only in this bhajan, many bhajans sung by AMMA (Mātā Amṛtānandamayī) also contain lyrics in which soul seeks God for devotion. Kindly help us understand the right meaning of the lyrics. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied:- There are two types of devotees:- 1) Devotees of beginning and middle level aspiring for fruit in return from God and 2) Devotees of climax aspiring no fruit in return from God. Now your question is that how the devotee asked for the devotion to God, especially when we know that there is a possibility of very clever idea of the devotee, which is that if devotion to God is attained, everything...

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When the result of every action depends upon the effort of the soul and grace of God, what is the importance of muhurtam?

Posted on: 03/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, You taught us that the result of every action depends upon the effort of soul and the grace of the God. So, can we assume that the time of action doesn't affect the result? If so, then what is the importance of following muhūrtam given by Jyotiṣa Śāstra? People from other religions do not follow Astrology and doesn't even know it. Are they incurring any loss? What is the material benefit and spiritual benefit of following Muhūrtam? Should we see good Muhūrtam even before...

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How can I control my temper when I am with extremely worldly people?

Posted on: 02/06/2021

Śrī Nithin asked: Swami, now days I am getting irritated and annoyed by the selfish behaviour of some worldly people with whom I have to interact with inevitably. I do not know why this is happening, but I feel it is wrong. Please forgive me for this kind of behaviour. Kindly explain to me about how to keep myself calm and avoid getting disturbed by such extremely selfish behaviour of worldly..

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Is it true that a mattress or a bed leads to most sinful actions?

Posted on: 02/06/2021

Smt. Ramasundari asked: Swami, I was listening to the Bhāgavatam being explained by one of the famous spiritual preachers (pravacanakartās). While explaining, he said the mattress or the bed is the most sinful object in this world. He said that being more associated with it leads us to do sinful actions. I remember very well that in my childhood, upon waking up in the morning, beds and cots...

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