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What is the essence of the ritual performed towards God Chitragupta?

Posted on: 21/03/2024

Shri Divakara Rao asked: Padnamaskaram Swami, In recent days, I heard about "chitragupta nomu" by which we will perform rituals to god Chitragupta. People are saying that if we don't do Chitragupta nomu, whatever rituals (nomulu) performed will not yield the results. What is the real essence of this ritual performed towards God Chitragupta. Please apologise me if I made a mistake Swami. This is the question...

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Where are the abodes of God Datta, God Brahma, God Vishnu and God Shiva?

Posted on: 21/03/2024

[A question by Ms. Thrylokya]

Swami replied:- All these four abodes are one abode only called Satyaloka or Brahmaloka. As per the angle of the devotee, the same abode becomes the specific abode of the devotee. This is a very complicated situation...

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What is the difference between a Sthitaprajna and Gopikas?

Posted on: 20/03/2024

[Ms. Thrylokya asked:- Swami, You told that there is no need of any test for a Sthitaprajna. But, King Janaka was tested by the Sage Yaajnavalkya. What is the difference between a Sthitaprajna and the Gopikas?]

Swami replied:- It is true that there is no need of testing a real Sthitaprajna since the reality is always known by the omniscient God. The public may be cheated by a false Sthitaprajna, who is doing the external duties saying that those duties have no link with his internal love and fascination present on God. To distinguish a real Sthitaprajna from false Sthitaprajna, though not for God, at least for the sake...

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How is God giving the power of action to the soul?

Posted on: 20/03/2024

[Prof. JSR Prasad asked:- Swami, You told that God is like a horse taking you to your desired goal. Since direction is related to the soul, the enjoyer of the fruit of the action is the soul. In this, You mentioned that God is the power of the action (Karma Shakti). How is God giving this power of action to the soul?]

Swami Replied:- God is the creator of this entire universe in which various types of imaginable items like matter, energy and awareness exist. Energy is also created by God along with matter. Energy is needed for doing...

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What is the meaning of Sage Shuka still travelling in space?

Posted on: 20/03/2024

[Prof. JSR Prasad asked:- Swami, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa told that that sage Shuka is still travelling in absolute non-existence (Mahaa Shuunyam). What is the meaning of this? - At Your holy lotus feet]

Swami Replied:- The relative non-existence (Shuunyam) is the space present in this creation as the foremost out of five elements. When the other four elements (air, fire, water and solid) are absent, the first element...

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Swami answers questions by Shri Anil on Hinduism

Posted on: 19/03/2024

1. What are the differences and similarities between Samkhya and Vedanta?

[Shri Anil Antony asked: Padanamaskaram Swami, Please give Your answers to the following questions asked in an internet forum. At Your Divine Lotus Feet-anil]

Swami replied:- Saamkhya has two branches. i) Seshvara Saamkhya of Patanjali and ii) Niriishvara Saamkhya of Kapila. Vedanta is more close to the Saamkhya of Patanjali because both believe in God as the ultimate controller...

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Swami answers questions by Shri Anil on Christianity

Posted on: 19/03/2024

1. Can someone believe in the Bible but not in God? What would be the implications of this belief?

Swami replied:- The aim of any religious scripture is to establish the existence of God...

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Swami answers questions Shri Anil on Islam

Posted on: 19/03/2024

1. Why can't Allah prevent the Quran from being burned in Sweden by an ex-Islam?

[If Allah is so powerful, why can't He prevent the Quran from being burned in Sweden by an ex-Islam? How can someone burn something to ashes that is considered so holy?]

Swami replied:- It is a test conducted by God for Muslims...

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How is schooling to be done for a child under 15 years of age?

Posted on: 19/03/2024

Smt. Sudha Rani asked: Padanamaskaram Swami. Thank You Swami for always driving us towards enlightenment. Swami! Being a language teacher of high school students in Telangana, I feel the syllabus is not capable of guiding these age groups for Pravṛtti. Please remove my ignorance and show the path with what the contents to be taught, and how the schooling is to be done to a child under...

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Swami answers questions of Shri Jayesh Pandey

Posted on: 19/03/2024

1. How can one deal with Mockery?

[Shri Jayesh Pandey asked: Padanamaskaram Swami Ji!]

Swami replied:- By becoming serious and neglecting the mockery...

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Why did Lord Krishna mention Shukracharya as Himself, who always sided with demons?

Posted on: 19/03/2024

[Shri Durgprasad asked: Paadanamaskaram Swami, In a Gita verse, while encouraging Arjuna (Paandavanaam Dhanunjayah), Krishna also equated Himself to Shukracharya. Why did He mention Shukracharya who always sided with demons?]

Swami replied:- God Krishna told twice that He is Shukracharya...

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Divine experience of Shri Phani

Posted on: 19/03/2024

[By Shri Phani]

Swami, with Your permission, I would like to present one of my miraculous experiences.

This miracle happened when Swami came to Vijayawada last time. As usual, some devotees came to see Swami and they offered some Guru Dakshina to Swami in the form of cash. He gave all of that money to me and asked me to deposit...

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Swami answers devotees' questions on the concept of Sthitaprajna

Posted on: 18/03/2024

1. Can salvation be obtained by a soul without any reference to God?

[Smt. Priyanka, Ms. Thrylokya and Shri PVNM Sarma asked:- In the Satsanga on Maha Shiva Ratri, You told that if a soul has only external bonds with the worldly bonds and not internal bonds in the mind, such a soul need not be tested and gets spontaneous salvation. Here, there is no reference to the devotion with God. Hence, it means that salvation can be obtained by a soul without any reference to God. Please comment.]

Swami replied:- How dare you people ask like this? One may eat food in a vacant plate...

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What is the problem if we say that the awareness of the soul is a tiny part of the awareness of God?

Posted on: 18/03/2024

[A question by Shri Abhiram]

Swami replied:- If you take the unmediated unimaginable God, His process of thinking to create universe was based on His omnipotency and not on the presence of awareness in Him. The reason is that before creation, there was neither inert energy nor a materialized nervous system in the unimaginable God. When awareness itself is absent in the ultimate God, you cannot say that the awareness...

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Please explain valour in detail in the three cases.

Posted on: 17/03/2024

Shri Kishore Ram asked:- Paadanamaskaaram, Swami. The word ‘Valour’ was explained by You (in the answer given to question by Jayesh Pandey) in three ways - in the cases of divine personalities, ordinary human beings and demons. Please explain this point in detail...

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What is the reason for Shuunyavaada in Buddhism?

Posted on: 17/03/2024

[A question by Shri Kishore Ram]

Swami replied:- Shunyavaada means that the entire creation is always unreal. This concept was established by a Buddhist called Naagaarjuna...

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If we criticize the God of another religion, are we not scolding the absolute God?

Posted on: 17/03/2024

Shri Kishore Ram asked:- You told that we can criticize the God of another religion when the devotee of the other religion scolds the God of Hinduism. In such a case, are we not scolding the absolute God...

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When we worship Sai Baba, some people criticize Sai Baba. How to reply to them?

Posted on: 17/03/2024

[A question by Shri Kishore Ram]

Swami replied:- The person criticizing Sai Baba is not seeing the common real and absolute God present in all divine forms. He is seeing only the external dress (form of the God) and is criticizing the form only. We accept the divine form worshipped by that devotee...

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Is Arjuna a liberated soul while hearing Gita?

Posted on: 17/03/2024

[A question by Shri Kishore Ram]

Swami replied:- Arjuna is the incarnation of sage Nara, who is always closely associated with sage Narayana. God Dattatreya is sage Narayana because God Dattatreya being the son of sage Atri is always a sage. Arjuna is acting in the role of an ignorant soul while hearing...

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Why did God Krishna enjoy the scoldings of Shishupaala while He became angry with Duryodhana for the same scoldings?

Posted on: 17/03/2024

[A question by Shri Kishore Ram]

Swami replied:- The two gatekeepers of God Narayana were cursed by the Sages for their misbehavior. Then, God Narayana asked the gatekeepers...

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