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What is the difference between Lord Datta and Lord Dattatreya?

Posted on: 23/06/2021

Swāmi replied: Datta means the first Energetic Incarnation of the unimaginable God given to the world for meditation and worship. Dattātreya is the Human...

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Is there any qualitative and quantitative difference between the elemental space and the eternal space created by God?

Posted on: 23/06/2021

Kum. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Padanamaskāram Swami! You have said that the unimaginable God created the eternal space required to form the first Energetic Incarnation. Then He further created the elemental space required for creation. Is the elemental space qualitatively the same as the eternal space, but quantitatively different from it? Kindly explain the difference between the elemental space and the eternal...

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Is Chandra the brother of both Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi?

Posted on: 23/06/2021

Śrī Bhagat asked: Pādanamaskāram Lord Sri Datta! Is Candra, the son of sage Atri the same person as Candra, the brother of Goddess Lakṣmi? If he is the same person, how can he be brother of both Lord Viṣṇu and Goddess Lakṣmī Devi...

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If the world appears 100 percent real to God, how can He make it unreal to perform a miracle?

Posted on: 23/06/2021

[A question asked by Śrī Bharat Krishna.]

Swāmi replied: I have already explained that perfection is the inherent quality of God. While He is getting entertainment from the world, He maintains perfect ignorance of the Self, so as to get perfect entertainment. Creation is relative reality. This relative reality has two sides. It is inherently unreal, but God has granted it the status of absolute reality for His entertainment. When God wants to perform...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 21/06/2021

1. Did Muhammed not know what will happen to souls after death?

[Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You kindly grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum?

The questioner asked: Why did Muhammad say He does not know where He goes after death? It is said in 46:9, “I am not different from the other messengers; and I do not know what will be done with Me or with you. I only follow what is inspired...

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How can I give up the expectation of praise for my good work?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: Padanamaskaram Swamiji! Whenever I do any work, whether it be divine work or worldly work, I always expect praise for my work. I think it is because I have some amount of inferiority complex within me. I do not know how to get over this problem. Please guide me. At Your divine feet, Ganesh V.

Swami replied: Praise for good work encourages the soul to...

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How can I contact my favorite deity?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Yogendra asked: Pranam! Namaskaram! Can You tell me a definite way to establish a contact with my favorite deity (Iṣṭa Devatā)? This question is unanswered by many intellectuals, astrologers and mantravādīs. Give me a direct answer instead of some intellectual logical explanation of the term Iṣṭa Devatā. Pranam!

Swami replied: A direct answer means the way by which one understands the answer perfectly and completely...

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How can I overcome worldly attractions and develop an attraction towards God?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Tinku asked: Jai Guru Datta! Padanamaskaram Swami! As You said in an example, Śrī Ramakrishna Paramahamsa saw some swans and just by seeing the beauty of these birds created by God, He went into meditation. I have only learnt from my childhood about money, external things...

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Is it a sin to waste money on luxuries instead of saving it?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Tinku asked: Jai Guru Datta! While watching travel vlogs on Facebook and YouTube, I feel that I will be happy if I also get to travel in luxurious trains and aeroplanes and stay in those costly hotels and experience all those nice things. But sometimes, I feel, instead of wasting money on those luxuries, I could save that money and use it for future expenses. What if I travel in those expensive aeroplanes...

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Does God control souls like robots or does He not control them?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Durgaprasad asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! In an online forum, I posted one of Your discourses about souls being like robots at the beginning of creation. You have said in it that they were given free will later, which allows them to choose their action and enjoy the corresponding fruits. To this, one person replied quoting the Gītā, “Na kartṛtvaṃ na karmāṇi”, which means that He does not control...

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Could You kindly initiate me into a mantra and bless me to attain self-realization?

Posted on: 20/06/2021

Śrī Guru Maheswaran asked: I request You to kindly initiate me in the mantra of Śrī Guru Dattātreya for attaining self-realization and bless me for the same. With love and regards, Guru

Swami replied: There is no specific mantra in the path of God Dattātreya. Any concept, feeling or action that you repeat due to your attraction towards God is a mantra. A mantra means that which attracts your mind, making you repeat it again and again. It may be a beautiful...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 18/06/2021

1. Why do Muslims label Christians as sinners, when Allah has commanded that they should not even ridicule others?

[Śrī Anil asked: Padanamaskaram Swami! Could You kindly grace us with Your response to this question raised in an internet discussion forum?

The questioner asked: Allah commands Muslims to not ridicule others (Quran 49:11) as per the following: “O ye who believe! Do not ridicule others, perhaps they may be better than you. And do not insult one another, nor call each other by offensive names. Lewdness...

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Does the Bhagavad Gita teach us to only worship Lord Krishna and no other God?

Posted on: 18/06/2021

[An online question brought to Swami by Śrī Anil]

Swami replied: God Kṛṣṇa said that He repeatedly takes birth on earth whenever injustice tries to destroy justice. Whenever such situations occurred in the past, did the same Kṛṣṇa take birth in that same form? No! The same God took birth in different forms with different names on those different occasions to protect justice. This means that when Lord Kṛṣṇa told Arjuna to worship Him alone, that advice...

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Swami Answers Shri Anil's Questions

Posted on: 17/06/2021

1. Why is Modiji not supported by all Hindus to build Rma Rājya?

[Śrī Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi, some questions raised in internet discussion forum is presented below. Please grace Your response to the same. At Your Lotus Divine Feet-anil. Why is Modiji not supported by all Hindus to build Rāma Rājya? Modiji is a Rāma, but Hindus are not as good as citizens of Rāma Rajya. Isn't it?]

Swāmi replied:- This refers to Pravṛtti in which it is very difficult to decide the nature of any human...

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Why not all avataras called as Datta avataras?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi. Although all human incarnations (including Ramaṇa Maharṣi, Rāmakṛṣṇna Paramahaṃsa, Amma, etc.) are Dattāvatāras, why only certain avatāras such as Shirdi Sai Bāba, Akkalkot Maharāj, Satya Sai Bāba, etc. are called Datta avatāras?

Swāmi replied:- The direct incarnations of God Datta are called Dattāvatāras. The indirect incarnations are also actually Dattāvatāras only. When Datta enters the medium directly as in the case of Sai Bāba...

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Is it true that there exists one world and multiple forms of God?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You said that the mind could be attached to one God or multiple world. But it appears as if there is one world and multiple Gods (multiple forms of God). Kindly enlighten us.

Swāmi replied:- The same God exists in different media and this can’t be told as multiple Gods since there is only one God in all the external media. The world is nothing but all these different media without God in them. These media have no unity especially...

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Is it by God's grace one gets devotion?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, I have heard this saying that one gets devoted to God only by the grace of God. People say that we must have a lot of Puṇyam (merits) to just hear the Rāma Kathā (Story of God). But You said that devotion to God alone brings His grace and everything happening in the world is completely under control of God. Is it by God's grace we get devotion? or by devotion we get God's grace? Can we assume that God allows...

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Does the mind of devotees of all religions need variation?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said in Datta Vedam that the mind has a nature of variation. Hence, we should change the modes of worship from time to time to suit to the unstable nature of the mind. Does this principle apply to all devotees of God following different religions? Does it mean that we should change the theoretical mode of worship to practical mode for a change? Or does it mean...

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How are the success in worldly life and spiritual life different?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said that Māyā is the power of God, which appears as a hurdle in your spiritual journey, but, māyā helps you by increasing the intensity of your devotion to God through creation of hurdles. Māyā also creates hurdles to a soul who has worldly goals (such as to become a CEO, a billionaire, an artist, etc). Many successful Entrepreneurs say that one should cross...

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How to deal with situations when my friends force me to take a peg?

Posted on: 17/06/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, in the current trend of socialisation, consuming alcohol has become a matter of respect. Current generation of men and women are obliged to consume alcohol and non-veg food in order to socialize with colleagues and friends. How to deal with situations when my friends force me (out of excessive friendship and love) to take a peg? They will mock me and don't take me seriously...

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