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How do I know correctly if the deed done by me is completely out of my will?

Posted on: 05/02/2021

[A question by Smt. Yashoda]

Swāmi replied: You can discuss with Sadguru and analyze the karma or action. Even if you are unable to conclude during the discussion, it will become clear to you at the time when you receive the karma phala (fruit of action). You will not be punished if the deed has been done due to God’s will. You will definitely...

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If Dharma Raja killed a king in a war, how would we know whether it happened by his own will or by God's will?

Posted on: 05/02/2021

[A question by Smt. Yashoda]

Swāmi replied: Karma is extraordinarily complex to understand. You need not know it and you are not the judge. God is the ultimate Judge and He is omniscient. He knows everything and He gives the correct result of every action at the correct time. Suppose Dharma Rāja killed a certain king in battle. It is possible that Dharma...

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How can a person who wants to be attached to God deal with the family members who are attached to that person?

Posted on: 05/02/2021

Kum. Bhanu Samykya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swāmi! I have learnt from Your knowledge that every soul should be attached to God as it is the permanent relationship. But if my family members and friends are wanting to stay attached with me, how should I behave with them? If I behave in a loving manner, their attachment might increase. How to deal...

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Are we interfering in God's administration by feeding the poor?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

Kum. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swāmi! You said in a discourse that God is both the Vighna Kartā (creator of problems) and the Vighna Hartā (destroyer of problems). When God is punishing some souls by giving them poverty for their reformation, we should not disturb His divine administration by donating money to them. God will bless them once they are reformed. In that case, am I not disturbing His administration by donating food to them?

Swāmi replied: If a person has committed a serious sin and God has decided to punish him through starvation...

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Is it true that a person born in the moola nakshatram brings danger to the person's father-in-law?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

[A question by Smt. Anita Renukuntla]

Swāmi replied: The danger that comes to a person is not because of planets (grahas) or stars, but because of his own bad karma done in the past. Even when the birth stars (nakṣatras) of many daughters-in-law are not mūla nakṣatra, do their fathers-in-law not die? For example, a police inspector arrested a thief on the road. The thief is now claiming that he was peacefully walking on the road and that the inspector...

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Why does justice (dharma) appear to be greater than God?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

[A question by Kum. Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied: Dharma (justice) appears to be the highest because God likes dharma. Dharma has no value by itself. It has got its value solely because of God. In pravṛtti (worldly life), dharma (justice) and adharma (injustice) stand for election against each other. You must vote only for dharma in pravṛtti. In nivṛtti (spiritual life), God and dharma stand for election against each other. Here, you must vote for God alone...

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What is meant by the statement 'Dharmo rakshati rakshitah'?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

[A question by Kum. Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied: Dharma or nyāya is not a person or a policeman to come to your rescue. The statement indirectly means that you will be helped by someone, if you follow justice. The deity of justice has taken a female form of a cow and has taken the refuge of Lord Dattātreya. Lord Kṛṣṇa said, “Dharma samsthāpanārthāya sambhavāmi yuge yuge”. He said that He would come again and again to uplift...

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Why do we only see some persons and not God protecting justice?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

[A question by Kum. Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied: God does not come running with His śaṅkha (divine conch), cakra (wheel), gadā (mace) etc., to protect justice. Some person passing by...

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Instead of thanking God, why do we thank only the person who rescues us, and get attached to such persons?

Posted on: 03/02/2021

[A question by Kum. Thrylokya]

Swāmi replied: We should be grateful to the person who helped us. But there should be a limit to that gratitude. The energy possessed by that person was given by God and the person’s will to help you was also caused by God’s will. The person only acted as an instrument of God’s will. You should have the discrimination to understand who is more important. If you show complete gratitude...

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How do we attain pure devotion?

Posted on: 02/02/2021

[Kum. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swāmi! Do we achieve a pure mind after attaining devotion? Or do we need a pure mind to achieve devotion? Which is the highest state—devotion with a pure mind or devotion with an impure mind?

Swāmi replied: A pure mind or an impure mind is not important here. The direction of the mind is important. An impure mind directed towards God is better than a pure mind directed towards the world. When a thorny bush (impure mind) is put into the fire (God), it becomes sacred ash, whereas, sugar (pure mind) falling into the drainage (world) becomes a waste. There is only one lock and one key. If you turn your mind towards the world, it attains bondage (bandha)...

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How can I remember God while doing my professional work?

Posted on: 02/02/2021

Kum. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāram Swāmi! My profession is to teach school kids online. How do I worship and remember God while performing my duty?

Swāmi replied: You should teach with sincerity and interest (śraddhā). You are getting a salary for doing that duty. Hence, you will incur sin if you do not perform your duty properly. But if you use your salary for God’s work, then your teaching (worldly work) will also become a work of God. Even when you are doing God’s work, your focus should be on that work of God and not on God. Although God is pleased...

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How does idol worship help us and how can we do it properly?

Posted on: 02/02/2021

[Reply to a question by Smt. Anita Renkuntla] Swāmi replied: Idol worship increases theoretical devotion towards God. Some practices such as, bathing the idol and decorating it, help our mind to focus on God for a long time. The mind gets attracted to the beauty of God. But do not use any food commodities like milk to clean the idols. Use only water. If you use any food item for abhiśekam (bathing the idol), then you should serve it as prasādam, to devotees...

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Do we not get positive vibes when we do lamp worship (deepaaraadhana)?

Posted on: 02/02/2021

[Reply to a question by Kum. Shiva Jyothi] Swāmi replied: If the same oil that you would have burnt in an oil lamp is instead used to cook healthy food for a poor person, his life-lamp (prāṇa dīpa) will glow brightly. Oil is expensive and if you donate that oil to the poor, they will use it to cook some food and consume it to get more energy. This is the real dīpārādhanā (lamp worship) where you are lighting a prāṇa dīpa (life-lamp). Is your positive vibe...

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How can I expose priests who cheat the public promising to remove our sins by performing some ritual?

Posted on: 01/02/2021

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Priests in different religions claim that they can help devotees get rid of their sins by performing some rituals for them. Some say that the sins will be transferred upon themselves (priests), which they will later get rid of by doing additional rituals at home. By studying your discourses, I understood that the karma of any soul cannot be transferred to other souls, but I am unable to disprove the above claim being made by priests. Please tell me how to do disprove their claims.

Swāmi replied: Logic used to carry out sharp analysis which is supported by the scriptures is the only path to disprove any wrong claim. The scripture says that the fruit of the deed must be enjoyed by a soul and that, unless the fruit...

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Why does God remain silent about the destruction of idols of God?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Part of Online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Smt. Padmaram asked: Many idols of God are being destroyed these days. Even in the past, foreign invaders did the same. These are not just idols; they are the very God Himself for the devotees. We feel deeply hurt when we get to know about such incidents. My question is, why is God (Paramātmā) remaining silent about such incidents? Why is He not stopping...

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Why did the one and only Unimaginable God appear in many forms like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Reply to a question by Śrī Rajashekar during online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Swāmi replied: Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva are the three faces of the One Divine Personality. We say that a certain person...

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How can one have single-pointed devotion towards God when He exists in many forms?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Part of Online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Shri Phani asked: God exists in the form of many Energetic Incarnations and in the form of Human Incarnations, including contemporary Human Incarnations. If we express devotion towards all those forms of God, how can we attain the state of single-pointed devotion towards God called ekabhathi, which is said to be the highest?

Swāmi replied: Ekabhakti means the devotion towards God without any diversion towards worldly bonds. The devotee...

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What is the difference between maaya, mahaa maaya and moola maya?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Reply to a question by Kum. Mohini during online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Swāmi replied: Do you know that māyā is also called Mohinī! Māyā means illusion, in its basic sense. If the illusion can be removed by human effort, it is māyā...

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Can we pray to past Human Incarnations of God while learning spiritual knowledge from the contemporary Human Incarnation?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Part of Online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Smt. Padmaram asked: God is only one. So, is it alright to remember or pray to any past Human Incarnation of God while learning spiritual knowledge from the contemporary Human Incarnation of God? This is because, some devotees have some special attraction towards the past Incarnation.

Swāmi replied: You can worship and pray to the images and statues of past Human Incarnations to develop theoretical devotion towards...

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Is the current reservation system for jobs or college admissions justified?

Posted on: 31/01/2021

[Reply to a question by Nava Chaitanya during online Satsanga held on January 10, 2021] Swāmi replied: This is a question related to pravṛtti (worldly life) and has nothing to do with spiritual knowledge or nivṛtti. Reservation is done because certain sections of society are suffering due to poverty and age-old ignorance as a result of the long suppression by the more developed sections of society. Reservations are justified in order to encourage...

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