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How does a totally unreal tiger not present in the bedroom cause a real effect?

Posted on: 03/04/2022

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- This is regarding Your explanation to my recent question (click here) asked in reference to the question asked by Ms. Bhanu Samaikya. You told recently that Shankara said that even unreal can give a real effect, just like on seeing the dream tiger in a dream, one is getting up with real shaking and weeping for some time that continues in the awaken state also. My question is that how a totally unreal tiger, which is not present in the bed room...

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What exactly is meant by liberation for any life on earth?

Posted on: 03/04/2022

Shri Divakar asked:- Regarding liberation. Namaskaram Swamiji. What exactly is meant by liberation for any life on earth? By, Divakar

Swami Replied:- Liberation literally means release of anything from any bond. A dog tied with a chain gets liberation as soon as it is released from the binding knot of the chain. Hence, the context is important in which this word is used. In the spiritual line, liberation means release of the soul from the knots of the worldly bonds. But these bonds shall not be broken by selfish effort. These bonds shall be spontaneously...

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Shri Satya Sai Baba - The Human Incarnation

Posted on: 02/04/2022

i) Why was the incarnation Shri Satya Sai Baba not mentioned in any scripture?

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- Pādanamaskāram Swami. I watched a video where an ISKCON devotee was refuting the claim that Shri Satya Sai Baba was an incarnation of God Krishna. Many devotees believe in Baba and revere Him as the Lord because of the miracles performed by Him and the excellent knowledge preached by Him. But, the ISKCON devotee being a devotee of Lord Krishna denies...

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Is saving money a sin?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: When I travel in a cab, I have to pay more. But, alternatively, I can travel in metro train and save at least half the amount? Am I doing a sin by this?

Swami Replied:- It is not such a sin that you will go to hell to receive punishment because by this, you are harming yourself and not harming others. Unfortunately, you have asked Me this question and I am a big miser! Money shall be not only earned, but must be also saved and not shaved for unnecessary expenditure. Saving is not the characteristic of a miser. You must have not only the talent of earning...

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What is the united meaning of Advaita, Vishishtadvaita and Dvaita?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

[A question by Mr. S. Satti Reddy]

Swami Replied:- Advaita means that God and soul are one and the same. This is correct in the case of a human incarnation. This same concept is wrong if every soul thinks that it is God. Even in a human incarnation, the human being component shall think that it is not God and shall think that it is only a servant doing the work of God. But the devotees of the human incarnation must think that the human incarnation...

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What are the meanings of Saalokya, Saamiipya, Saaruupya and Saayujya?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Swami Replied:- Sālokya:- This means that yourself and God are in the same world, which is Bhuloka or this earth in loose sense. This means that you need not go to the upper world to find God, because God is in human form here itself. You need not do lifelong severe penance to find out God as energetic incarnation...

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Is it alright for an ordinary devotee to pray for a highly spiritual person?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Mr. Martin asked: Pranaams Shri Datta Swami, we have been praying for a highly spiritual devotee Mrs. Bhanumati Amma of Hyderabad. She is a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba (and recognizes Sathya Sai as the same). She is in the last weeks of her highly...

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The true meaning of the hymn - Vijnaanam Yajnam Tanute...

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Shri J.S.R. Prasad asked:- God Brahmā wrote the Vedas and God Datta is God Brahmā. The author alone knows the actual meaning intended by him. Others may misunderstand and misinterpret. Since You are the incarnation of God Datta, I request You to give the actual intended meaning of the following mantra or hymn: Vijñānaṃ yajñaṃ tanute, Karmāṇi tanute'pi ca, Vijñānaṃ...

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Why did Krishna not take Radha to Dwaraka so that She could have stayed there along with 16,108 wives?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Smt. T. Sudharani asked:- Swami, You told that Radha did not allow Her husband to touch Her and also You told that Radha was married to Krishna. In such a case, why did Krishna leave Her in Brindavanam and not take Her to Dwaraka...

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How is it possible that an unreal cause generates real effect?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- In the reply to the question of Bhanu Samykya, You told that the unreal thought can develop real madness. How is it possible that an unreal cause generates real effect?

Swami Replied:- Shankara told that an unreal cause can generate real effect by giving an example: an unreal tiger seen in a dream generated trembling of the body and loud weeping. The tiger, which is cause, is unreal, but, its effects...

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When Gayatri was not allowed for women and the fourth caste, will it not bring hatred in their hearts?

Posted on: 28/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- While explaining the caste system, You said that Gayatri was not allowed for all women and the fourth caste. Does this not bring hatred in the hearts of all women and the fourth caste against the priests, who were responsible for this? Will it not lead to further division of Hinduism?

Swami Replied:- The hatred in the minds of the assumed victims will come provided there was real loss. The real loss was only to the priest and the assumed loss did not happen to the assumed victims...

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Parabrahma Prakaranam - The Topic of Unimaginable God

For Scholars Posted on: 21/03/2022

1)Taṭasthāvettṛ vedokteḥ, Prasthānatraya bṛṃhaṇāt |
Pratyakṣārtha vibhūtibhyaḥ, nohya mastīti niścitam||

[There is some entity, which is unimaginable and which is decided as the source of practically perceived miracles in this world. Such unimaginable entity is said to be the creator, maintainer and destroyer of this creation by the three authoritative scriptures of spiritual knowledge called “Prasthānatrayam”. The references in these three authorities are:- 1) The Brahmasūtrams saying that this entity...

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Is being desireless correct?

Posted on: 20/03/2022

Shri Durgaprasad asked: Paadanamaskaaram Swami, it is said that desire is root cause of misery. All philosophers stress on this point. Is being desireless correct? Is not the creation for enjoyment for the souls as much as for God? Is not being desireless leading to a state...

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What is the meaning of Gan Gan Ganath Bhote?

Posted on: 20/03/2022

Shri Nitin Bhosle asked: Pranam Swamiji. What is the meaning of Gan Gan Ganath Bhote? Gajanana Maharaj...

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Mataantakrikarana Prakaranam

Posted on: 19/03/2022

(The topic of Change of Religion)

1) Yat Daivarūpa miṣṭam te, praṇama tvamaharniśam |
Avajñā pararūpasya, tavadaivasya mūlataḥ ||

[Whichever form of God you like, worship it day and night. But, don’t insult other forms of God of your religion or of other religions. If you insult the other forms of God, you have insulted...

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How to reply to arguments that non-vegetarian food is consumed in some places due to the lack of vegetation?

Posted on: 19/03/2022

Smt. Priyanka asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, When a situation came where I had to talk about animal sacrifices in rituals and how people must kill the animal nature within them and not the animal itself, I was told by my friend that in countries like the middle east, they are supposed to kill the animal in front of everyone and cook fresh meat as an offering during rituals. It cannot be considered...

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What are Shiv tattva, Ram tattva, Hanumat tattva etc.?

Posted on: 19/03/2022

Shri Jayesh Pandey asked: Dandvat Namaskaram Swamiji! May the unadulterated love and faith for You sprout in Your devotees' hearts. Swami ji, what are these tatvas? I have heard about Shiv tatva, Ram tatva, Hanumat tatva etc. But I don’t have any clear understanding about them. Therefore, I would request You, if You could explain them. There is this other thing also when I at times would wonder...

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Please accept the offering of my mind, words and work to You and bless me to hold on to Your Divine lotus feet.

Posted on: 19/03/2022

Smt. Swathika asked: Padhanamaskaram Swamiji, Thank You so much Swami for everything. You have always been there with me and helping me when I was going through a tough phase. It was Your Blissful Knowledge and Infinite Love...

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Are thoughts just imaginary?

Posted on: 19/03/2022

Ms. Bhanu Samykya asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Swami I heard from one of the present day philosopher saying - "Do not try to stop uncontrollable thoughts because any kind of thought is just a thought. Nobody told that this kind of thought is negative, and there is no negative thought at all, thought doesn't have any power...

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Why is the same photo of Swami decorated by devotees as various forms of God including the form of Goddess?

Posted on: 14/03/2022

Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked:- One of my friends asked me “why is the same photo of Swami decorated by devotees as various forms of God, which include even the form of Goddess? There must be some spiritual aim and I would like to know it”. Swami, what answer should be given by me...

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