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Although the predominant quality of Lord Shiva is tamas, why did His Incarnation, Adi Shankara not express it?

Posted on: 29/01/2021

Shri Nikhil asked: This question is related to one of the discourses You gave in reply to Śrī Anil’s question. You said that whenever a particular quality is required to a greater extent to carry out the mission of God, the Energetic Incarnation of God having that particular quality predominantly, enters a selected human being to form the Human Incarnation. In the Energetic Incarnation, Lord Datta...

Swāmi replied: The quality of tamas means rigidity and firm decision. If that rigidity leads to injustice, that tamas is bad. Rāvaṇa and Duryodhana were such examples. But tamas can also be used in the right direction. Goddess Pārvatī was very firm in doing penance to attain Lord Śiva as her husband. Such tamas is required in the final stage of the spiritual path. Ādi Śaṅkara too was very firm in taking...

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What is the meaning of 'Trikarmedhma daahaanalaaya' in Your composition 'Shri Datta Navaratna'?

Posted on: 29/01/2021

Shri Karthik asked: Does “Trikarmedhma dāhānalāya” in Your composition “Śrī Datta Navaratna” mean the destruction of the āgāmi, sañcita and prārabdha karmas? These are: (1) the fruits of deeds that are yet to be received, (2) the soul’s inherent qualities and (3) the fruits of deeds that have fructified and are to be enjoyed in the present birth, respectively. Or does it refer to the three types of action namely, satkarma...

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How can one turn a bad quality like anger towards God?

Posted on: 29/01/2021

Ṣrī Ganesh asked: I have learnt from You that we can use our so-called bad qualities in the right direction, in the service of God. For example, if we have lust, we can use it to appreciate the beauty of God. But how can one turn our anger towards God? How can we express anger towards God? Would such expression of anger towards God not be out of jealousy, which, in turn is rooted in the ego?

Swāmi replied: When the devotee is unable to attain God’s grace, he or she becomes angry. Here anger means the pain-mixed emotion that one feels for not being able to attain His grace. This is the good face of anger. The bad face of anger...

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How can one assess one's own understanding of spiritual knowledge?

Posted on: 28/01/2021

Smt. Padmaram asked: How can I assess whether I have understood the Brahma Jñānam (spiritual knowledge)? Is it that only if am able to put it to practice in the form of karma yoga (service and sacrifice), can I say that I have understood the knowledge? Should I propagate Your knowledge only after I get permission from You?

Swāmi replied: Understanding the spiritual knowledge in its literal sense is the first theoretical phase. By this, you can become a preacher and propagate the knowledge to others. You have studied medicine...

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How do I know whether I am attracted to the knowledge presented in the form of devotional songs or merely to the melody?

Posted on: 28/01/2021

Smt. Sudha Rani asked: I generally like listening to bhajans (devotional songs) a lot. Does it mean that I am attracted to the knowledge in those bhajans or the melody (sangītam)? What should I do in order to reduce my attraction towards the world?

Swāmi replied: If you are attracted to God after listening to the bhajan, your focus is on the knowledge of the song. If you are attracted to the music, you will become a musician. The attraction to God alone...

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Why did Kamsa get liberation, but Bhishma did not?

Posted on: 28/01/2021

Smt. Sudha Rani asked: In the Bhāgavatam, it is said that Kaṃsa got mokṣa, but Bhīṣma Pitāmaha did not get mokṣa, even though he chanted the Viṣṇu Sahasranāmam while he was dying? Why is it so, Swami?

Swāmi replied: Kaṃsa did not have a spiritual background like Hiraṇyākṣa & Hiraṇyakaśipu, Rāvaṇa & Kumbhakarṇa and Śiśupāla & Dantavaktra. Three pairs of demons were three successive births...

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Swami Answers Devotees' Questions

Posted on: 28/01/2021

Do You not find it irritating or tiresome that I make You teach me the same lesson again and again?

[A question asked by Śrī Bharath Krishna.] Swāmi replied: Giving the same answer repeatedly is revision of the concept, which is also essential...

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Why does listening to worldly knowledge from a scientist not generate love for the scientist?

Posted on: 27/01/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: Swami, I heard from You that listening to spiritual knowledge will generate devotion towards God. My question is that when I learn about an excellent scientific concept discovered by a scientist, I feel good and grateful to him, but after learning that concept, I do not start loving him. Then, why is it that learning spiritual knowledge from a Human Incarnation of God generates devotion towards God? How are both these kinds of knowledge different?

Swāmi replied: A scientific concept belongs to nature, whereas, the concept of spiritual knowledge touches God, who is said to be ‘Rasa’ in the Veda (Raso vai sah, Rasam hyevāyaṃ labdhvā ānandī bhavati). Rasa means interest...

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What saadhana must I do in order to get Brahma Jnaanam?

Posted on: 27/01/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: Swamiji, before I started learning spiritual knowledge from You, I had met a spiritual preacher named Appaji. When I asked him to teach me Brahma Jñānam, his response was as follows, “Brahma Jñānam is not something which you can get from the market. You have to do a lot of sādhanā (spiritual effort) for it”. After listening to that I felt that there is a hidden message in it for me, what do You think, Swamiji?

Swāmi replied: Spiritual knowledge or Brahma Jñānam consists of three aspects. They are (1) knowing all the true details of God, which is that He is the creator, controller and the final destroyer of this creation...

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Is it useful to remain completely away from worldly matters like Rishyasringa?

Posted on: 27/01/2021

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: Ṛṣyaśṛṅga lived a life in a remote forest, completely isolated from women and worldly life. He could completely focus on God alone and develop intense devotion. How can I live a life like Ṛṣyaśṛṅga? I might not get mokṣa in that birth. But in my next birth, I will definitely choose God over other worldly bonds when he tests my devotion, right? That way, would it not be useful to be away from all worldly matters like Ṛṣyaśṛṅga?

Swāmi replied: Marriage is in no way connected to salvation or mokṣa. Salvation means the liberation from your worldly bonds when you have worldly bonds. Escaping from developing any worldly bonds...

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When will a Guru suggest to the devoted disciple to get married?

Posted on: 27/01/2021

Shri Bharath Krishna asked: When will a Guru suggest to the devoted disciple to get married? Will the Guru do so on the basis of the devotee’s age or on the level of understanding that devotee has got from the Guru’s teachings?

Swāmi replied: When the devotee completes his education and gets financially settled with a job, the devotee is expected to get married and have children. Financial settlement is very important for marriage. This is the reason...

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How can a selfish person pray to God?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Padanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! In one discourse, You defined yoga as equal enjoyment of both misery and happiness. You also said that if we could enjoy misery and happiness equally, there is no need of praying to or showing love towards God for removal of misery. Practically, I am not able to enjoy misery and want to escape from misery. You said that devotion should come out of the attraction towards God...

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How can I overcome my jealousy for other devotees?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: I am feeling jealous that many new devotees and younger devotees are showing more devotion and doing better service to Swāmi than me. Compared to me, everyone seems to be at a higher level and I feel dejected and insecure sometimes. I know that comparison is a wrong thing, but I cannot help it. How can I constantly remember that God has equal love for every soul?

Swāmi replied: Comparing oneself with better souls and having jealousy towards them is a bad quality, as per your thinking. But you should know that even a bad quality has its good face. The good face is that this comparison...

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Can a spiritual person have desires of being close to the Human Incarnation of God?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

Ms. Thrylokya asked: Swāmi, You have said that expecting the fulfilment of desires from God is not good because God is already giving the best to me. Instead of expecting worldly things, can I have spiritual desires like living close to Swāmi, going for a morning walk with Swāmi, playing sports with Swāmi, etc?

Swāmi replied: First you have to establish yourself in worldly life called pravṛtti. Only then can you think about nivṛtti, which is spiritual life. Your desires on the spiritual side show the climax of devotion. Your spiritual desires show the second last step in devotion...

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What is the difference between spirituality and devotion?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

[Reply to a question by Ms. Thrylokya] Swāmi replied: Spirituality is like science and devotion is a subject in it. Devotion is like physics in a B.Sc. course. There are three subjects...

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Could You please correct my analysis which proves that homosexuality was not created by God?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swamiji! When You say certain things it seems illogical initially. But upon carefully analyzing what You had said with patience, it becomes logical. I have cleared a doubt using such logical analysis. I would like to know Your comment on my logic given below and I request You to correct me if I am wrong. Firstly about homosexuality, You mentioned that homosexuality is a sin since it is not God’s will. Now, I had to ask myself why is it not God’s will? I have taken two facts as my starting point. 1. The existence of the unimaginable God. 2.The joy of giving birth to a child and raising the child...

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Could You please correct my analysis showing how sacrifice includes service?

Posted on: 26/01/2021

Śrī Ganesh asked: You mentioned in one of Your discourses that the mention of the sacrifice of wealth (karma phala tyāga), automatically includes the mention of service (karma saṃnyāsa). I never understood this point until today. I always thought that both are different things. I understood that karma phala tyāga is greater than karma saṃnyāsa. My logical analysis is given below about how I understood the above point...

Swāmi replied: Karma phala tyāga is certainly greater than karma saṃnyāsa on a scientific basis. Karma saṃnyāsa is sacrificing or offering service, which is offering work or energy. Karma phala tyāga is the sacrifice...

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Incarnation, Divine Entertainment And Islam

Posted on: 25/01/2021

Śrī Anil asked: While presenting Your divine knowledge in a discussion forum, a Muslim devotee commented as below. Swāmi, please give Your response to this. First, if God is beyond everything and unimaginable and all knowing and we cannot reach Him with our limited minds, then whoever is the Incarnate Being, born from His mother’s womb as a baby, who has been fed milk, who learns by trial over time, is definitely not God. He is regular creation and a human being. Second, you say God created this world for His entertainment...

Swāmi replied: The response to this person’s objections can be given in three parts corresponding to his three objections. The first part is about the concept of God’s incarnation. The electric current is invisible, but it has entered a visible metallic wire and has identified itself with the wire. Clearly, the wire is not the current and the current is not the wire. We agree to this because even a just-born baby would know this! But we consider...

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Swami Answers Devotees' Questions

Posted on: 24/01/2021

Is God capable of experiencing grief?

[A devotee’s question brought to Swāmi by Śrī Anil] Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! God is omnipotent and is capable of experiencing anything He likes. As such, even human beings cannot relish the experience of happiness without experiencing grief. After eating a hot dish, the sweet dish...

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What is meant by the statement 'The word was God' as mentioned in the Bible?

Posted on: 24/01/2021

Śrī Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! Please give Your reply to the following question asked by a person on the internet. The full verse is: John [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. [4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men. At Your Divine Feet -anil

Swāmi replied: The word ‘God’ itself is a word. The statement that the Word existed in the beginning means that God existed in the beginning. Actually, the original God existing in the beginning before creation, is unimaginable...

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