Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 05 Dec 2023


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Swami answers devotees' questions

1. Can we say that when a quality is used in the service of God, its original purpose of directing it to God is satisfied?

[Shri Bharath Krishna: Padanamskaram Swami, I have the following understanding regarding the concept of turning all qualities towards God. Following is my understanding. Please correct me if I am wrong anywhere. “Anyone develops any quality for self-enjoyment only. The problem with qualities comes when there is excess fascination for the sake of uncontrolled self-enjoyment resulting in sins. I think the first requirement to turn these qualities towards God is to turn "self love" to "selfless love" towards God. One shouldn't turn qualities towards God for self enjoyment because it comes under instrumental devotion. Our qualities should serve God but not ourselves, that is when it can be considered as true change of direction of qualities towards God.”

Is my above understanding or analysis correct Swami? Your servant, bharath krishna.]

Swami replied:- The service to God must be for the enjoyment of God and not for self-enjoyment. True love pleases God very much. True love means loving God without aspiring for any fruit in return. True love is simply based on your attraction towards the divine personalilty of God and such attraction to the personality of God can be obtained by reading the spiritual knowledge, which includes divine stories and divine qualities of God. Spiritual knowledge does not mean only the logical analysis of scriptures. It also means the stories of God written in the Puraanaas, enlightening the divine qualities of God.

2. What should be my attitude while reading spiritual knowledge?

[Ms. Bhanu Samykya: Paadanamaskaram Swami, What is the attitude with which I should read spiritual knowledge? How to avoid ego and jealousy covers on my eyes making the original concept twisted in my mind? Please guide me, Swami. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, bhanu samykya]

Swami replied:- First of all, any devotee must eradicate the ego based jealousy towards any co-human form. This is a very important step since the human incarnation of God is also in human form. If this is done successfully, there will not be any hurdle in reading the spiritual knowledge, which says that you must catch the relevant contemporary human incarnation. You must always meditate upon Hanuman and Gopikas, who attained the highest fruit through worshipping the contemporary human incarnation only.