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Is it right to pay taxes to a corrupt government?

Posted on: 17/07/2019

Shri Anil asked: Some people try to avoid paying tax to the government because they feel that, by paying tax, their hard-earned money is going into the pockets of corrupt government officials and is not actually reaching the needy. Could You kindly give Your opinion on this?

Swami replied: If you find an opportunity to not pay tax or minimize paying tax, you can use that saved money for feeding beggars and the poor. But you should also note that there are some good officers in the government, who are not interested in corruption. The best way is to pay tax to the government and also propagate true spiritual knowledge in the world. The propagation of spiritual knowledge will ultimately eradicate corruption...

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Posted on: 05/06/2012

In ancient times, the total education was concentrated on the establishment of the existence of God, heaven and hell. If justice is followed, God rewards you with heaven and if injustice is done, God punishes you in  hell. If you say that God exists, people may not believe and may commit sins by which the balance of the society gets disturbed. The existence of God is to be proved through very deep logical analysis and discussions. All the seminars and conferences in ancient India ran on single subject, which is about the existence...

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Posted on: 25/11/2015

[Evening Message] Shri Kishore Ram asked: Please explain the significance of the special rules followed by the devotees of Ayappa before reaching His shrine.

Shri Swami replied: The discipline to be attained by following the rules is very important in the spiritual path. The external body and the food habits should be disciplined by certain hard rules. The health of the body affects the nature of mind. The internal mind is the most important instrument to please God. The external bath of the body by cold water in the morning gives resistance to cold resulting in perfect immunity...

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Posted on: 02/12/2015

Shri Ajay asked: What is the way out to resist this corruption for money, which is spread almost every area of this world?

Shri Swami replied: The reason for the disease must be known so that the treatment is at the level of the reason but not at the level of the effect. The present doctors treat the disease based on the symptoms and therefore, such treatment is only temporary. In Ayurveda, the treatment is at the level of the cause of the disease, which is called as ‘Nidaanam’. The root cause of all these diseases...

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Posted on: 28/12/2015

Shri Ajay:Today corruption has affected every walk of life. Corrupt people include politicians, officials, businessmen, doctors, teachers and even judges! What will be the fate of such souls?

Shri Swami: The money of the public is the wealth of the public, and it should be spent for the public alone, giving priority to the poor. Public money is very sacred and should not be enjoyed personally by any (well-to-do) person, unless he or she is extremely poor and is dying for want of food. In order to save one’s life, one might be forced to commit a sin...

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Devotion Means Sacrifice of One's Own Money and Not Government's Money Secretly

Posted on: 27/09/2016

Dr Annapurna, Professor, asked: “Lord Rama did not respond to the severe suffering of the greatest devotee, Ramadas, given to him by the king Taanishaa through punishment for constructing the temple of Rama. How to accept the kindness and justice of Rama?”

Swami replied: You have used two words: kindness and justice, which can’t go together like water and fire. The human incarnation of Rama was purely for Pravrutti of the humanity. He left even His dearest wife, Sita for the sake of justice in the administration of a ruler. A ruler should take care of the comments of every citizen...

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Posted on: 15/08/2008

Today our country is facing a very serious problem. The poor man does not receive the fruits of the schemes implemented by the Government, so the poor are becoming poorer day by day. This is the reason of the unrest and tension in the minds of majority of the public since the majority is poor. Every political party, which is voted to power, tries to serve the poor by implementing good schemes. But, the fruits of every scheme are filtered by a screen called corruption. The authorities involved in the implementation of the schemes snatch away the fruits, so the rich become richer day by day. All the wealth is concentrated with the minority of the public, which is involved in the implementation process. Sometimes, even the Government...

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Posted on: 29/04/2015

Shri Kishore Ram asked the following questions: 1. In divine discourse3, I found a discourse describing about the Sanyasis in the ancient times who were having desires on hunger, thurst, lust etc like a normal soul. For them to satisfy the desire of lust, there were a sect of unchaste ladies (Devadasis) who satisfied the sanyasis desire. I have couple of queries on this;

Swami replied: I told that there were sanyasins in the olden days. I did not give a certificate to them that they were true sanyasins. Since they were called as sanyasins by the society, I have to refer them by that name only. There is a tradition in grammar called as Rudhi. It means that you can use a word to some person...

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Posted on: 08/01/2016

Shri Surya asked: "You have given an excellent message on the consequences of financial corruption and rectification of it. Today, the corruption in the sexual life is also on the top. I would like to know what will be the fate of the souls involved in the corruption in sexual life”.

Shri Swami Replied: The sex and corruption in sex take place in the time of night in which moon exists and not Surya (Sun). Hence, the Sun is asking about the subject of moon as the principle opposition party questions about the activities of ruling party. Of course, the activity of the sex in the night time is only traditional, but, in the modern times, it is also taking place in the day time! Hence, Surya is also concerned on this topic...

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Permanent Solution for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on: 10/04/2020

Shri Phani asked: How to overcome such calamities as all the world is facing now due to the present horrible virus?

Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! A king passed a rule in his kingdom which was to be followed by all citizens. The citizens who failed to follow the rule were to be punished. Some citizens violated the rule and were punished by the court of law (dharmāsanam) present in the kingdom. Now, suppose these punished violators praise the king a lot and pray to him, will the king cancel their punishment using his supreme power? The other citizens who followed his rule were not punished, even though they never praised the king. Hence, the main point here is to follow the rule of the king. Whether citizens praise the king or not is immaterial.

If you replace the king with God and the kingdom with this entire world, you will be able to relate the above story to the present context. God has given the divine constitution called the Dharma Śāstra, to humanity through ancient...

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