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Does loving money indicate hating God and vice versa?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Swami, why did Jesus say this? Does loving money indicate hating God and vice versa? Please clarify.]

Swami replied: Money is created by God along with this world and God also created...

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Were Jesus and Prophet Muhammed God-in-human-form?

Posted on: 23/10/2020

Shri Anil said: A person is quoting verses from the Quran to prove that Jesus or Muhammad were not God-in-human-form as they did not know the hour (doomsday). The person further says that Jesus could not be God based on the following points: Mark 9:1, ESV: And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God, after it has come with power...

Swami replied: Regarding the last hour, the reply has already been given. One God doing the three cosmic activities of creation, ruling and final dissolution of the world are depicted as three Gods. This actually means that there is only one God doing all the three activities. ‘Clinging substance’ or ‘black clay’ mean the ‘same substance’, owing to which the human being clings...

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Can a rich man be saved by God?

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swami! When the rich man approached Jesus for salvation, he could not sacrifice his wealth, as per the order of Jesus because he possessed a lot of wealth. Subsequently, Jesus said that “The truth is, it will be very hard for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom. Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The essence of all this is that the quality of sacrifice is extremely important for a soul to become God. One can become a Human Incarnation of God in the present life itself. The soul’s bond...

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Why did Jesus say that this world was not His kingdom, when all of creation is God's kingdom?

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Before Jesus’s crucifixion, He was brought before the Roman governor named Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are You the king of the Jews?” Jesus asked him “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me? Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me. What is it You have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would...

Swami replied: God is beyond this entire creation, which includes this earth and the upper worlds also. Jesus was not referring to this earth in contrast with the upper worlds. Certainly, the entire creation is under the control of God. Jesus was talking in the context of what was said about Him by the Jews referred to by the Governor. Jesus was referring to the spiritual world, which is quite different from this materialistic...

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Was Pilate free of the sin of killing Jesus?

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: The Roman governor, Pilate, could not find any charge against Jesus for His crucifixion. Pilate even declared that to the people and tried to free Jesus, but the public pressurised Pilate to crucify Jesus. When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent...

Swami replied: Not at all! Even if he had used sanitizer to clean his hands, not even a trace of his sin would be washed! He acted as per his own nature. Power and wealth are the most costly wines to which some people are always addicted. Hence, one should not blame God by saying that the governor...

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If Mary was a highly devoted soul, why did Jesus indirectly imply that she was not?

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Angel Gabriel appeared to virgin Mary and said “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God”. To this, Mary replied: “I am the Lord's servant, may it be to me as you have said.” Even though Mary was unmarried, she meekly accepted the message from God. Would this prove...

Swami replied: A devotee can become a dualistic incarnation of God through his or her devotion. It means that the devotee remains a devotee, but is regarded as God. Such dualistic incarnations are greater than the devotee...

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Why did Jesus say to His sympathizers that they should weep for themselves and their children instead?

Posted on: 22/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: When Jesus was carrying the cross, a great number of people followed Him and sympathised. To them, He said “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children”. Swami, why did Jesus say this to the sympathising public?

Swami replied: Jesus was carrying out the divine program of God, even though it involved the terrible agony of crucifixion. That agony was temporary and would last only for a few hours. After it, He was going to sit on the right lap of the Father of heaven, forever. The public appeared to be temporarily happy in the world, as they associated with their bodies and their dearest children. But their happiness was temporary. It was limited to just a few more years...

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Why are there differences in the Gospels written by different Apostles?

Posted on: 21/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāram, Swāmi! I am giving two instances of differences in Jesus’s life history as depicted in the gospels. The gospels written by Mathew and John did not mention about Jesus ascending to heaven after He appeared to the disciples following His resurrection. But the gospels written by Mark and Luke mention Jesus’s ascending to heaven. In the gospels written by Mathew and Mark, it is mentioned that both the thieves mocked at Jesus while on the cross to save Himself. But in the gospel by Luke, it is written that out of the two thieves crucified along with Jesus, one criticized Jesus while the other prayed to Jesus to give him a chance to be with Him in heaven, which Jesus sanctioned. Also, there is no mention of rebirth by Jesus in any of the four gospels. Swāmi, do these differences in reporting the gospel matter to us in the spiritual path? Please grace us with Your reply. At Your Divine Feet –anil.

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Analysis will solve this problem. Disciples have different mentalities and their mentalities are reflected in their recording of different points. One may feel that some points are very important and another may feel...

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Did both Jesus and God suffer the agony of crucifixion?

Posted on: 21/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Jesus cried out on the cross “Why have You (Father) left Me?”. What is the meaning of this statement? When in trouble, people generally say, “God why have you left me”. Did Jesus too utter that statement in the same way? Or was it a situation in which the Father (God) had withdrawn from the body of Jesus at that time? If that is the case, why should the Father withdraw from the body of Jesus? Afterwards, Jesus was going to be in an inactive state inside the cave for three days. Could the Father of Heaven not have stayed in Jesus during the crucifixion and even while He was in the cave, in the inactive state? Can one say that during the crucifixion, both Son and Father underwent the agony of crucifixion together? Kindly clarify this.

Swāmi replied: The Human Incarnation is a system of three components in the single phase, which is the human being-component. The unimaginable God became the Father of heaven by permanently merging with the first energetic form. The Father of heaven is called Datta in Hinduism...

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How can we enjoy even physical torture like a spectator? Why did God sacrifice His son, Jesus, instead of sacrificing Himself?

Posted on: 21/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the divine discourse given on December 25, 2005, You mentioned that Jesus confined Himself to His causal body and watched both the crucifixion of the gross body and the agony of the subtle body. You also mentioned that one should be the spectator of everything. It means that one should watch both the internal and external cinema shows. If somebody scolds us or abuses us, it can be treated as a feeling and can be watched as a cinema show. But when somebody physically beats us, it will be very difficult to treat it as a cinema and enjoy. How can one achieve such a state, in which even physical torture can be enjoyed like Jesus did during the extreme torture...

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Does ruling over all creatures mean a license to kill them?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Pādanamaskāraṃ Swāmi! In the Old Testament, Genesis 1:28-30, it is said: God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” 29 God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you, 30 for all the wildlife of the earth...

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Your interpretation is correct and the interpretation of those Christian devotees is wrong. Ruling does not mean killing and eating. It only means using them and giving food to them. The entire objection is only to the killing of the creatures for food...

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Does being rich take a person to hell?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Swāmi, in the New Testament, there is a story about a rich man at whose door, there came a poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus was covered with sores and would have gladly eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich. The rich man lived a luxurious life. After the death of both men, Lazarus went to heaven and sat on the lap of Abraham, while the rich man went to hell fire. When seeing Lazarus in heaven...

Swāmi replied: Richness and poverty are not the direct reasons for going to hell and heaven respectively. The associated effects of richness and poverty are bad and good respectively. Sin is always associated...

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Is using drugs to get happiness sin?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: Nowadays, there is an increase in drug use among youth. They say that by using drugs, they can forget all their anxieties and troubles and get in an ecstatic mood. This seems to be a very easy method to experience ecstasy without making any effort like meditation or concentration to achieve that state. They claim that by doing so, they are not disturbing others in any way and hence, it is not sin, in their view...

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Do the outcomes of wars indicate the side of justice?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: God Kṛṣṇa advised Arjuna to fight the Kurukṣetra war to annihilate demonic Kauravas. It was a victory of justice over injustice. In the present world, so many border conflicts are going on. India and Pakistan have fought four times. India has won all four wars. In 1962, China attacked us and due to our unpreparedness, they easily won the war, taking possession of some of our territory. Now China is again threatening a war against India...

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How to overcome laziness in performing certain worldly activities?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

[Reply to a question by Shri Anil] Swāmi replied: Laziness too has a good side in that it helps in postponing bad activities that a person might do in worldly life as well as in spiritual life. The habit of doing things immediately, without laziness, also has a bad side in that it makes the soul do bad activities hastily, without analysis. Both habits of laziness and doing things immediately should be maintained simultaneously...

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Why did Arjuna ask Krishna to repeat the Gita after the war?

Posted on: 20/10/2020

Shri Anil asked: In the Gītā, why did Arjuna ask Kṛṣṇa to repeat the Gītā after the war was over? During the war, he had already heard the Gītā and it had given him the motivation to kill the wicked Karuravas. Then why did he ask Kṛṣṇa to repeat it?]

Swāmi replied: The Gītā partly contains knowledge to motivate a person to do practical work in the materialistic line with the aim of establishing justice and condemning injustice. But it also contains several other important points regarding justice and injustice in the materialistic line as well as concepts in the spiritual line. Several other important points came up in the Gītā, one after the other, regarding both worldly...

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Pranamaya Kosha as Energy

For Scholars Posted on: 18/10/2020

Shri Nikhil asked: This question is with reference to the discussion on the five systems of the human being in the discourse titled “The Knowledge of the Embodied One”, dated July 06, 2020. Since the basic components of creation are inert energy, awareness and matter, will it not be better to have a place for inert energy in the discussion of the five systems of the human being (pañca kośa)? Since prāṇa also means life-energy, vitality or power...

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! This is very good suggestion to create place for inert energy among the five systems of the human being (pañca kośas). That way, all the three basic components of creation—energy, matter and awareness—find their place in the five systems. In fact, energy is most important...

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The Knowledge of the Embodied One

For Scholars Posted on: 16/10/2020

Dr. Nikhil asked: Padanamaskarams Swamiji, I have been thinking about the term śārīraka in the context of Vedānta as described below. The essential question is: Does the term śārīraka in the context of Vedānta refer to the embodied God or the soul? Vedānta is the philosophy which is the climax or the essence of the Veda. The Prasthāna Traya are the three authoritative scriptures on Vedānta. These three scriptures are the Upaniṣads, the Vedānta Sūtras and the Bhagavad Gītā. Vedānta is also known by other names such as Uttara Mīmāṃsā and Śārīraka Mīmāṃsā. Similarly, the Vedānta Sūtras...

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Can You explain the four types of service done to the divine preacher?

Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! Service is called sevā, in a general sense. The same service done to the divine preacher is called śuśrūṣā. Similarly, the attraction towards worldly items is called love (premā) while the same love towards God is called devotion (bhakti). Sthāna śuśrūṣā means the service done to the preacher, that is relevant to the situation or context. Bhāva śuśrūṣā...

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How can we experience God and remove our illusions?

Posted on: 11/10/2020

Swāmi replied: The only possible experience of the non-mediated unimaginable God can be the experience of His existence. Through unimaginable events called miracles, the existence of the unimaginable God can be experienced. But miracles can also be done by demons. Hence, apart from miracles, God can be experienced through His unimaginable spiritual knowledge and His unimaginable love...

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