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    This very long post is from am email we received today. Whether you agree with them or not, you may find some concepts here that are very interesting, and/or
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      This very long post is from am email we received today. Whether you
      agree with them or not, you may find some concepts here that are very
      interesting, and/or presented in a very unique and eloquent way. For
      instance, I particularly liked the way that sin is discussed in
      question #9. In any event, I hope you will enjoy and benefit from this.
      Peace and blessings,
      Bob
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      Dear Sir/Madam
      We are happy to note that you are a spiritual aspirant and in search of
      knowledge.
      Our Sadguru H.H. Sri Datta Swami is preaching Jnana (Knowledge) as per the
      Vedas and Gita. His goal and endeavour is to unite all the religions
      of the
      world into one, as all of them contain and spread the same message in
      different forms.
      We are forwarding few questions asked by devotees and the answers provided
      by Sri Datta Swami.
      You may also please send your questions/enquiries to the following
      email id's
      phani_spk@...
      ajay_dsksn@...
      Thanking you,
      Yours faithfully,
      I remain in the service of Datta
      For Datta Jnana Prachara Parishat
      G.Lakshman
      Devotee



      1Q) What is the importance of Agni (Holy Fire) in the sacrifice (Yajna)?

      A) The first Veda (Rig Veda) starts with the word Agni i.e., the Holy
      Fire. The Mantra says that Agni means `Purohita', Ritvik and Hota.
      These three words mean the preacher of Veda. Therefore the Vedic
      scholar who is like fire is called Agni. The word Agni comes from the
      word Agri, which means that He should be worshipped first. Veda also
      says that such a Vedic Scholar who can be only the actual incarnation
      of the Lord, should be your guest to offer food and Guru Dakshina
      (Vysvanaro Brahmanah Pravisatyatithih Gruhaan). Such a Satguru, who
      will give the divine knowledge of the Lord is called as Brahmana.
      Brahmana means he who knows Brahman and not a person who is born in
      the caste called Brahmins. The word Brahman means the Lord as well as
      the Veda. Therefore a Brahmana is the Vedic Scholar who preaches the
      divine knowledge of the Lord according to the Veda. Such a Brahmana is
      also called as `Vysvanara'. Gita says that Vysvanara is the fire of
      hunger (Aham Vysvanaro Bhutva). Therefore offering ghee and food to
      such Satguru is `Yajna'.

      The fire is in three forms as per Veda.

      1) Loukikaagni or Bhowtikaagni: which is the physical form of the fire
      and is used to cook the food. 2) Vaidyutaagni: which is the electric
      form of fire.3)Vysvanaraagni:which is the fire of hunger in the
      stomach of Satguru. Vysvanaraagni is better than Vaidyutaagni.
      Vaidyutaagni is better than Bhowtikaagni. Therefore Yajna means to
      feed and give Guru Dakshina to a deserving Vedic scholar who preaches
      the true meaning of Vedas. Such a Satguru is the abode of all the
      angels (Yavateervai Devataah). When such Satguru is satisfied with
      your food offered, the rains will come. Without knowing this inner
      meaning, if you are burning the ghee and food in the physical fire,
      the rains will stop due to environmental pollution. Lord Krishna
      stopped such sacrifice by asking the sages to give Him food and
      satisfy His hunger. Kapila, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu condemned
      the burning of ghee and food in physical fire and stated that he who
      does such Yajna is a biggest fool. Of course the physical fire Agni
      stands as model or representative (Prateeka) for the Lord. As the fire
      removes darkness the Lord removes the ignorance. As the fire burns
      everything, the Lord can burn all your sins. Thus you can meditate
      upon the fire, as a model of the Lord. But you need not burn the wood
      constantly to meditate upon the fire to receive this knowledge. You
      can lit the fire once in your life and learn that the Lord is like the
      fire. A model experiment is done only once to learn the knowledge. In
      the olden days, the population was less and there were no plastics and
      automobiles. Forests were many in number. There was no alternative
      like electricity. Therefore it was necessary to lit an oil lamp and
      pollution due to the oil lamp was negligible in view of less number of
      factors of pollution. Fire was inevitable for cooking the food. The
      presence of fire threatened the wild animals and the smoke from the
      fire threw away the mosquitoes. It was very difficult to lit the fire
      by rubbing the two sticks one against the other. Therefore a constant
      fire was maintained. Shirdi Sai Baba also lit the fire (Dhuni) in the
      old Masjid, so that the snakes etc., will not come. But today in every
      temple of Sai, people are burning the wood, which is a waste. This
      also causes the environmental pollution. You can supply all these wood
      to the poor people, who will use them for cooking their food. Thus,
      the physical form of the fire should be taken as the real
      representative model of the Lord. The Vysvanara Agni is also called as
      Devataagni. This means the hunger-fire that is present in the stomach
      of the human form of the Lord, is the real deity of the fire i.e.,
      Devataagni. The actual inner meaning of the Agni as introduced by Veda
      is forgotten. Ignorant people are playing with the actual fire, who is
      the Holy Lord by not following the Vedic truth. In this true sense
      Yajna is essential and must be performed.

      2Q) Why the statues are made of five metals (Pancha Loha)?

      A) A statue is a model representing a concept. It is actually a
      teaching aid of the spiritual preacher who alone can be Lord Datta.
      Datta means the Lord given to the world in human form. The human body
      of the Lord is made of the five elements (Pancha Bhutas). The statue
      is in human form, which represents the human body of the Lord. The
      five metals represent the five elements. This means that the body of
      the Lord is also the same Prakruti. Therefore the body of the Lord
      will be having the nature of Prakruti only like hunger, thirst etc.;
      Prakruti is the shirt of the soul or the Lord. A blade can cut the
      shirt of any human being. Similarly the blade can cut the shirt of
      even a king. This represents that you should concentrate on the inner
      form of the Lord which is pervading all over the human body of the
      incarnation just like the current is pervading all over the metallic
      wire. The wire gives you electric shock, which is the property of the
      current. But the wire is also maintaining its own property like
      leanness etc.; similarly the human body of human incarnation is having
      the property of the inner form and also its own natural property.
      Therefore you should recognize this truth and worship the Lord in
      human form by offering food etc.; you should not think that since He
      is the Lord He would not have hunger. Of course the Lord can use His
      divine power to remove His hunger. The Lord is not using such divine
      power for the sake of His Human body. The very purpose of the human
      body of the Lord is to suffer the results of sins of His devotees. In
      such suffering the human body must follow the nature of Prakruti and
      must suffer like any other human being. If the Lord uses the super
      power in suffering, the deity of justice is cheated. The statue that
      represents the human body, which consists of five elements represented
      by the five metals of the statue, indicates all these concepts.

      3Q) Under which circumstances, a human being can kill another human being?

      A) When a human being is trying to kill another human being, then only
      the human being can be killed. For no other sin a human being should
      be killed by another human being. This applies even to all living
      beings. You should not kill any living being when it is not going to
      kill you. The punishment of death should be given only to the crime of
      murder. The crime should have the punishment in the same level. Every
      sin is given punishment in its own level. The Dharma Sastraas reveal
      various punishments for various crimes. All this is Pravrutti, which
      means the behavior of a human being with other living beings. Rama
      taught Pravrutti. Nivrutti means worshipping the Lord in human form.
      Krishna represents Nivrutti. One should concentrate on Nivrutti, which
      alone can give the salvation. If the bonds with your family members
      and even the bond with your body and life are cut, Pravrutti
      disappears. The aim of the human life is Nivrutti and not Pravrutti.
      One should not waste the time in Pravrutti.

      4Q) I am very much anxious to get a child and good health?

      A) You are getting everything according to your present deeds and also
      the past deeds. The Lord has arranged the cycles of your births. In
      each cycle happiness and misery are alternatively arranged leaving the
      sequence of good and bad deeds. Even if you have done two sins
      subsequently the fruits of the two sins are not given to you
      subsequently. The result of a good deed is penetrated in between these
      two sins. Like this the Lord has arranged all your life cycles at
      present and in the future. If you are pestering Him, He will bring the
      result of good deed from the future cycle to the present cycle as a
      pre-matured fixed deposit with reduced value. By such interference
      your future life cycles will be filled with misery. Then you will
      scold the Lord crying "Oh! Lord you have given me misery from birth to
      death". You don't remember your foolish interference in the past
      birth. The other way is that the Lord in human form should transfer
      your sin on Him and should suffer for your sake. This path is possible
      only when you don't aspire for this path and worship the Lord in human
      form by sacrificing all your bonds of the world. This is possible only
      for a true devotee who never wishes that the Lord should suffer for
      his or her sake. Such true devotee will be worshipping the Lord
      without aspiring anything in return. One has to understand the theory
      of Karma and the devotion towards Lord. The Lord suffers for the sins
      of His true devotees only who are really serving the Lord in practice
      by doing Karma Sanyasa (Sacrifice of work) and Karma Phala Tyaga
      (Sacrifice of the fruit of work) in His mission without aspiring
      anything in return. In such service even an Iota of desire should not
      be present even in any biological cell of the human being. This is
      called `NISHKAMA KARMA YOGA' AS EMPHASIZED IN GITA.

      5Q) What is the role of science in spiritualism?

      A) Science is the knowledge of this Universe, which is called
      pravrutti. The Lord has created this universe and therefore pravrutti
      is also the knowledge given by the Lord. Veda says "Vijnanam yajnam
      tanute, karmani tanutepicha, vijnanam devah sarve, Brahma
      jyesthamupasate". This means, "while doing the yajna and other rituals
      science is maintained. Science is deity. Worship the Lord in the
      greatest form". This means that all the rituals and sacrifice should
      not contradict the knowledge of science, which is meant for the
      welfare of the whole universe. Burning camphor, fume sticks, oil and
      ghee in lamps and burning the ghee and food in fire in the name of the
      yajna are against the welfare of this universe. The products, which
      are the gases of such rituals, are causing the green house effect and
      depletion of ozone layer, in addition to plastics and automobiles. In
      the olden days automobiles and plastics were not present. Forests were
      many and the people were less in number. In the nights burning of oil
      lamp was a necessity because there was no electricity. The effect of
      the pollution was very little. But today the factors of pollution are
      many. Electricity is available as an alternative for the oil lamp.
      These rituals are not mentioned in Vedas. Only one ritual was fully
      described in Vedas, which is yajna. Yajna is cooking the food on the
      fire by wood and offering to the guest who is called as Vysvanara
      Agni. Therefore some ignorant people in the middle age created all
      these rituals. Now there is necessity to stop all these things in view
      of the welfare of the humanity. Only demons do penance for selfish
      benefit and harm the welfare of the universe. Such rituals are not
      going to please the Lord and they have no authority since they are not
      in Veda. Veda is the only authority and any Sanskrit verse, which
      contradicts Veda, should not be accepted. Therefore such rituals are
      waste even from the point of the selfish devotees. Moreover, they harm
      the humanity by stopping rains. When there is no benefit to you, when
      it is not mentioned in Veda, why do you harm the humanity with
      ignorance and selfishness? The scientific knowledge is said to be
      Devas. Deva is sattvam. Sattvam is knowledge. Therefore sages will
      honor the science also, which is also divine knowledge given by the
      Lord called as pravrutti. Lord Datta desires to reveal the true
      meaning of the Vedas in the interest of the welfare of the humanity,
      since the danger of pollution is now very serious. The greatest form
      mentioned in the above hymn is the human form of the Lord.

      6Q) How the tradition is inheriting the rituals, which are not in Vedas?

      A) Both sages (rishis) and demons (asuras) existed in humanity and
      even the same caste called Brahmins. Ravana and Hiranyakasipu were
      Brahmins. Atri, Bharadwaja etc. (sages) were also Brahmins. The sages
      were directed by the knowledge of Vedas and were having sattvam. The
      sages are called as Devas on the earth (Bhoodeva). In the same caste,
      demons like Ravana were also present. Both Amrutam and Halahala poison
      were born from the same Milk Ocean. These demons are with rajas and
      tamas. By rajas they are very furious and greedy (rajaso
      lobhayevacha-Gita). By tamas they are ignorant, since they simply
      recite Vedas without inquiring the meaning, there is no question of
      practice of Vedic meaning. In every caste such sages and such demons
      exist. Gita classified both these in Daiva – Asura sampat vibhaga
      yoga. The rituals, which are now present in the tradition and which
      are not mentioned in Vedas were brought by the demons who were greedy,
      furious and ignorant. They do not know that such rituals are not
      connected to the Lord in any way and this is their ignorance. They
      waste all these materials just for their Gurudakshina due to their
      greediness. If you tell the true Vedic meaning they become furious.
      All these three qualities are due to their devil nature. But along
      with the dynasty of these demons, the dynasty of sages also co-exists.
      Lord Datta is revealing the true meaning of Vedas for the dynasty of
      such sages. Remember that the sage Kasyapa had two wives. The first
      wife was Aditi, who gave birth to the sages (Devas) and the second
      wife was Diti, who gave birth to demons (Asuras). Whenever the Lord
      came and preached the truth, sages will follow Him and the demons will
      oppose Him. Kapalikas who were defeated in arguments killed Sankara by
      black magic. Swami Dayananda was also killed by the poisoning of food
      since he revealed the true meaning of Vedas. Similarly, Jesus was
      killed for revealing the real spiritual essence. Wherever there is
      Krishna, there will be Sisupala. The true knowledge and false
      ignorance co-exist like day and night.

      7Q) What is the emphasis of `karmaphala tyaga'?

      A: The word karma in the case of a human being means the work done to
      earn money, which is essential for his food and offering the food to
      the guest. Money required for the self and his family is called
      `sareera yatra' in Gita. Money required to prepare food to offer to
      the guest is called `yajna karma'. The world karma in Gita was used in
      these two meanings in the context of a human being (sareera yatra
      pichate, yajnah karma samudbhavah). Therefore the fruit of the work
      means only money. The first mantra of the first Upanishad speaks about
      enjoyment and sacrifice of money (kasyasvit dhanam). The mantra says
      that the entire creation is the wealth of the Lord and one should
      store the money for his minimum enjoyment and the rest should be
      sacrificed to the Lord who comes in the human form for His mission to
      uplift this world. The second mantra says that one should continuously
      work and earn. Vasista said that money is the root of all this worldly
      family bonds (Dhanamulamidam jagat). When money is absent all the
      family members will leave you. All the family members and relatives
      approach you only due to money just like the frogs are present in the
      tank when it is full of water. The `Srichakram' means the wheel that
      surrounds the money. Therefore when the sacrifice of money comes into
      the picture, all the fraud devotees will run away because in their
      hearts the attraction to the family bonds is existing as solidified
      darkness. Only the true devotees will stand, in whose hearts the
      darkness is removed and the light of divine knowledge exists. The Lord
      came in human form and tested `Saktuprasta' in the sacrifice of the
      food, which is another form of money. In draught he could secure a
      little flour and he was fasting for the past ten days. He was not
      tested in any other way of words and mind (japa, parayana, dhyana
      etc.). A real devotee will stand in this root test and this is the
      real fire test. If the bond with the money is cut, all the worldly
      bonds are cut, since money is the root of this whole `samsara'. The
      fraud devotees want to escape this test and therefore interpreted the
      `karmaphala' as the fruit of prayers, japa, parayana, dhyana etc. The
      eyes in this world not at all see such fruit. Therefore such fruit of
      work done by words and mind is unreal. There is no difficulty to
      sacrifice such unreal fruit. Therefore they misinterpreted the
      `karmaphalatyaga' as leaving a spoon of water in the plate after doing
      such work by words and mind. Some people have fooled the ignorant
      people by doing such works and get the `Gurudakshina'. They are
      selling the unreal fruit for the real money, by promising that the
      fruits of their sins will be removed and results of good deeds, which
      were not done, will be attained.

      8Q) What is the necessity of worshiping the statues in temples?

      A) The statue or photo is the inert object. The form carved in a stone
      or painted on a paper is also an imaginary form and not even a direct
      photo. The statues and photos are only models representing the
      concept, which is knowledge. The form of statues and photos is mainly
      human form, which represents the concept that the Lord always comes to
      this world in human form as said in Gita (Manusheem Tanu Masritam).
      Please remember that Gita did not tell that the Lord would come in any
      other form. The forms of fish, tortoise etc., were only temporarily to
      kill the demons and nobody worshipped such forms during their time.
      But Rama, Krishna etc were the human forms worshipped by several
      devotees like Hanuman and Gopikas. The Lord will come in every human
      generation; otherwise, He becomes partial to a particular generation.
      If necessary the Lord can come whenever there is necessity as said in
      Gita (Yedaa yedaahi). Once this concept is realized, there is no need
      of temple and statue for you. You should go from school to college and
      then to university. This does not mean that when you leave the school,
      the school should be destroyed. The school must exist for the future
      batches. Therefore for you, the statue and the photo are not necessary
      and this does not mean that the statues, photos and temples should be
      broken. They should be protected and must be respected as the models
      of divine knowledge for the future ignorant devotees. Some devotees
      cannot accept the human form, which is before their eyes as said in
      Veda (Pratyaksha dvishah). For such devotees the statues and photos
      are necessary for meditation since they are at the school level. The
      statues and photos are useful for the meditation of such limited minds
      as said in Sastra (Pratima svalpa buddhinam). Veda says that the Lord
      does not exist in the inert objects (Natasya pratima, Nedamtat), but
      says that the inert objects can stand as models representing the Lord
      (Adityam brahmeti). Therefore seeing and meditation upon the statues
      and photos are correct in the case of the ignorant devotees. But the
      other rituals like offering food, burning camphor, fume sticks, oil
      lamps and breaking coconuts, offering flowers etc. are not mentioned
      in Vedas and there are unnecessary and are causing the air pollution
      harming the humanity. All these unnecessary rituals should be avoided.
      Offering food should also be done to the human form of the Lord only
      but not to the inert statues. Ijya or Yajna is cooking and offering of
      the food. Gita says that such Ijya should not be done to the inert
      objects. In the name of the statues, people are stealing the food and
      money. The statue and photo is not taking the food or Gurudakshina.
      The people behind the statue are taking those things and most of them
      are either cheating or wasting the money with ignorance. Whatever the
      Gurudakshina is given should go only to the priest and not the
      managing devotees. The business of the merchants by selling such
      materials in the temples should be stopped, because such materials are
      not even heard in Veda. Of course, the priest should be a Satguru and
      preach the divine knowledge to the devotees and the devotees should
      give Gurudakshina to such Satguru only. Thus, the temple should become
      a center of learning selfless devotion and divine knowledge and the
      priest must do only `Janna Eagan' in the temple and not the `dravya
      Eagan' as said in the Gila (Sreyaan dravyamayat). Gita condemned such
      Ijya before inert objects because such Ijya is only cheating and
      business. Such a devotee will be born as inert object (Bhutejya
      yanti). This business is connected to removal of the fruits of sins
      and getting the fruits of good deeds, which are not done. All this is
      false, because the theory of `karma' says that one has to suffer for
      all his bad deeds and can never get the result of any good deed
      without doing it (Avasyamanubhoktavyam…kalpakotisatairapi). The
      spiritual path should be preached in the temple, which must be
      `nishkama karma yoga' i.e., sacrifice of work and sacrifice of fruit
      (money) of the work to the Lord without aspiring any fruit in return.
      Remember, that only the Ijya is condemned and not the temples or
      statues, which are the models of the divine knowledge.

      9Q) WHY THE LORD CREATED THE SINFUL PATH ORIGINALLY? HAD HE NOT
      CREATED THE SIN ORIGINALLY, ALL THE HUMAN BEINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN
      PERMANENTLY HAPPY FOREVER IN THIS WORLD.

      A) The Lord is always kindest and is interested in the happiness of
      all the human beings that are His children only. Gita says that the
      Lord is the father of all the living beings (Aham Bija Pradah Pita).
      The father always tries to favour His children and likes to see His
      children to be always happy. Originally only good path was created and
      all the human beings were permanently happy forever. There was no
      trace of sorrow in their minds. That was called `Kruta Yuga' or `Satya
      Yuga' in which the deity of justice was standing on four legs. But in
      due course of time the continuous happiness started boring the human
      beings. One cannot eat sweets continuously. This reminds the "Law of
      Diminishing Marginal Utility" in Economics. They were bored and
      started feeling unhappy. Their minds were disturbed due to continuous
      happiness. Therefore there was a need of break in the continuous
      happiness. That break can be only sorrow, which can be the fruit of
      sin only. Therefore the chilies were needed as breaks in the
      continuous eating of sweets. Only for the happiness of His children,
      the Lord created the sin. He gave freedom to the souls so that they
      commit the sins and earn the chilies. Then the Lord arranged the life
      cycles by keeping sweets and chilies alternatively. Such arrangement
      alone can bring the real permanent happiness without boring. If it is
      continuous winter, you will get bored. Summer is necessary. If it is
      continuous daytime it will be boring. Night is necessary. Even in the
      food the Lord created both sweets and chilies so that His children
      will enjoy the meals without boring. While eating the food, people
      will eat sweet dishes and hot dishes alternatively. Similarly the life
      cycle was arranged. Therefore creation of sin originally by the Lord
      shows only the infinite kindness of the Lord for His children. Even if
      you have done two sins continuously, He is not giving the results of
      those two sins subsequently. In between these two sins a sweet result
      of good deed is penetrated so that the whole life cycle is an
      alternative arrangement of sweet and hot dishes i.e., results of good
      deeds and bad deeds. Such arrangement also shows the infinite kindness
      of the Lord for His children.

      But what are you doing? You are pestering the God by showing false
      love through words (prayers) and mind (devotion) for removing the
      chilies and for getting sweets continuously. Since your love is not
      true, the Lord will not interfere with the theory of Karma, which says
      that one must enjoy the results of good and bad deeds. Therefore when
      you are pestering the Lord He is bringing the sweets from your future
      cycles as pre-matured fixed deposits with reduced values. He is
      postponing your present chilies to the future cycles with added
      interests. Therefore as you are passing through the life cycles you
      are slowly entering such life cycles in which you are finding many
      number of chilies and less number of sweets. Remember that your future
      cycles are going to be full of chilies only without a single sweet. In
      such life cycles the Lord cannot help you even if you cry to any
      extent. Then you are loosing your faith in the Lord and you will do
      sins only in such life cycles. Such sins will create further life
      cycles full of chilies only. Like this a chain reaction is set up and
      there is no end for such cycles of chilies and finally you will be
      born as a worm in drainage, which continuously undergoes misery only.

      By doing rituals and doing certain worships and donations as suggested
      by astrologers, your sin is not cancelled and you will not get the
      fruit of a good deed which was not done by you. These rituals
      suggested by priests and astrologers are of two types. 1) Trying to
      please the Lord by prayers (words) and devotion or meditation (mind).
      This type resembles the path of a prostitute who tries to please a
      person by words and feelings only to get some fruit from that person
      practically. 2) Trying to please the Lord by sacrificing work (Karma
      Sanyasa) and by sacrificing fruit of work (Karma Phala Tyaga) for
      getting some fruit from the Lord in return. This is the type of
      business of a merchant in which you give something and take something
      in return. In both these ways your future sweets are only brought to
      this life cycle and your present chilies are pushed to your future
      life cycles, because your love in these two ways is completely false.
      In true love you will do Karma Sanyasa and Karma Phala Tyaga without
      aspiring any fruit in return. Of course sacrifice of words and mind to
      the Lord without aspiring any fruit in return is good, but cannot
      bring any fruit from the Lord. When you sacrifice words and mind, you
      are getting peace and pleasure in your heart and that it self is the
      fruit for that. When you are working in a field you are singing a
      song. The owner of the field will pay for your work only but not for
      your singing. The work alone can bring the fruit which is called Karma
      Yoga that consists of Karma Sanyasa and Karma Phala Tyaga. While doing
      Karma Yoga you may chant or sing or express devotion for your peace
      and your happiness only. That cannot bring any fruit from the Lord.
      EX: Suppose you work in the field for one hour and sing the songs for
      another hour without doing the work, the owner will pay you for one
      hour only and not for two hours.

      There is only one path to get rid of the fruits of your sins and to
      get the fruit of good deeds, which you have not done. When you serve
      the Lord in human form here in this world, the Lord in human form will
      transfer your sins upon Him and will suffer for your sake. As a
      servant of the Lord, you are entering the second cycle called `Deva
      Yaana' or `Jyothir Marga' as explained in Gita. You will go to
      Brahmaloka along with the Lord and derive continuous happiness here
      and there in the presence of the Lord. But in this path you should
      serve the Lord without aspiring any fruit and even this path. Such
      selfless service consists of Karma Sanyasa as done by Hanuman to Rama
      and Karma Phala Tyaga as done by Gopikas by offering butter to
      Krishna. In this path recognition of human incarnation of the Lord is
      very very important. The Lord comes in every human generation.
      Otherwise the Lord becomes partial to a particular human generation.
      Hanuman and Gopikas never worshipped statues or photos of previous
      incarnations or the Gods present in the upper worlds like Brahma,
      Vishnu, Siva etc. In human body only, the Lord can enjoy your sins
      really as any other human being. Then only He can do the justice to
      the Law of Justice. Otherwise in the form of a statue or a photo He
      cannot enjoy your sins and therefore the Lord is never entering the
      statue or photo as said in Veda `Natasya Pratima Asti'.

      Therefore the original creation of sin by God cannot be blamed. In
      fact it shows His infinite kindness to see His children to be really
      happy with alternative enjoyment of sweet and hot dishes.

      10Q)(Again a question was posed on the above answer by another devotee
      as follows)

      Doing good deeds continuously is not boring. A tiger kills a deer due
      to its hunger and it cannot be a sin. How do you justify this in the
      above answer?

      A) Doing good things is different and enjoying the results of good
      deeds is different. One can prepare sweets continuously but one cannot
      eat sweets continuously. The result of good deed is happiness.
      Continuous happiness will bore any body like eating sweets
      continuously. Without good purpose Lord never created any thing. The
      whole creation of the Lord originally was very good because any thing
      was created for a purpose and for the happiness of all the living
      beings only. The bad was created by the Lord only to give some breaks
      now and then in continuous happiness. The Lord also comes down in
      human form bored by the continuous bliss. Veda says that He enjoys
      both the truth and false (Satcha Tyatcha Abhavat). Gita also says that
      the Lord created Sattvam (Good qualities) and also Rajas and Tamas
      (Bad Qualities). Whether the bad is created in the beginning or it is
      created after some time, that point does not matter. You can say that
      God has created the bad in the beginning assuming the boring in the
      continuous pleasure, or you can say that God has created bad when the
      people are bored. There is no difference between these two statements
      because God is beyond time. God created good and bad qualities as said
      in Gita (Yechaiva Sattvikaa Bhavaah Rajasaah Taamasaascha Ye). The
      Lord is beyond good and bad as said in Gita (Gunaateethah Sa
      Utchyate). He is the creator of day and night, summer and winter etc;
      but the human being is not beyond qualities because He is made of the
      very qualities, good or bad. The Lord when comes in human form or
      remains as Eeswara, is like a person who is wearing white shirt or
      black shirt but the soul is the very black or white shirt as said in
      Gita (Naanyam Gunebhyah Kartaaram). Therefore the Lord is untouched by
      the good or bad qualities. But the individual human being is like the
      cotton shirt, which is colored and it is very difficult to remove the
      color from the cotton threads. To kill an innocent beautiful deer is
      the greatest sin and the birth of the tiger itself is the result of
      the soul's bad deeds in the past. Just like the color and the cotton
      thread cannot be separated the cruel nature of the soul in the tiger
      is inherent and inseparable. Therefore it looks for you as if it is a
      natural thing when it kills the deer. You cannot say that a
      carnivorous person who kills and eats the human beings is justified
      because you are affected. You can understand the pain of the deer when
      you are born as a deer. The deer cannot argue like a human being. But
      because of that it should not have a different justice. One person may
      be unable to employ an advocate but the judge will do the justice. A
      tiger will be doing such sins continuously which will increase its
      cruelty. As the cruelty increases, the cruel deeds become more and
      more. The quality leads to action and the action again results in
      quality. This is the vicious circle in which the soul is caught, that
      is the end of the story and there is no liberation for such soul.

      11Q) How to distinguish Satguru and Guru?

      A) In the word Satguru, the prefix `Sat' means truth. A Satguru always
      preaches the truth. Truth is always harsh and is not liked by several
      people. Therefore a Satguru will have only very few disciples. A
      Satguru says that the path with thorns will lead to the Lord. People
      will not like this. He also says that the path with flowers leads to
      hell. People will not be happy with this preaching. A Guru preaches
      which several people like. The Guru says that the nature of the goal
      will be the nature of the path. Since the Lord is full of bliss the
      path also must be with flowers giving happiness. Since the hell is
      giving you lot of pain the path with thorns which also gives lot of
      pain must lead to the hell. This argument is very attractive. Several
      people will like this and will become the followers of Guru. Several
      people will praise him and give lot of Guru Dakshina because his
      argument is pleasant. But a Satguru says that the path with thorns
      alone will lead to the Lord because in this path you have to cut the
      bonds with your family and with your hard-earned money. Sacrifice
      gives lot of pain and sacrifice alone will lead to the Lord. The path
      with flowers strengthens your bonds with your family and money which
      gives you lot of happiness. Such path leads to the hell. Several
      people do not like such argument and so only one or two persons who
      can realize the truth will become His disciples. A Satguru will never
      worry about the number of the disciples and about the quantity of Guru
      Dakshina. Even if a single disciple is available He is happy. Majority
      always goes to hell. Only one in millions like Sankara, Vivekananda,
      Meera can reach the Lord. Diamonds are always in minority. Gravel
      stones are in majority. Therefore a Satguru will be only one in
      thousands of Gurus and a true disciple will be only one in millions of
      disciples. When you are doing prayers you are praising the Lord as a
      poet praises a king. The foolish king may give some gift to the poet.
      But the omniscient Lord can never be fooled by such praise. When you
      sing songs are chant the name of the Lord or express the feelings of
      devotion by shedding tears or by meditation you are getting the
      happiness and peace immediately. You have achieved the fruit. The Lord
      will not give another fruit for these things. When you are pained and
      loose peace by cutting the family bonds and by sacrificing your work
      and wealth to the Lord, then only the Lord will give the real gift to
      you. When you are working in the field for the owner, doing the work
      pains you. The owner will pay money for your work. Without doing the
      work, if you are simply chanting the name of the owner or sing songs
      on the owner, a wise owner will never give any gift. You have already
      derived the bliss and peace by eating the sweet in your hand. Why
      should I pay you when you are eating the sweet? When you sacrifice the
      sweet to me I shall pay you. A Satguru teaches only the sacrifice
      which is the path with thorns leading to the Lord. Veda says that
      sacrifice alone can bring the grace of the Lord (Dhanene Tyagenaike).
      If you ask the payment by prayers and devotion the Lord will pay you
      from your pocket only. He will bring the results of good deeds from
      your future life cycles and present them to you. But when you are
      sacrificing the sweet to the Lord in spite of your hunger and your
      heart pain, the Lord rewards you from His pocket. Therefore the true
      path leading to the Lord can be identified by loss of peace, mental
      worry, pain etc., The path to the hell is identified by peace,
      happiness, benefit etc., Satguru leads you to the Lord and Guru leads
      you to the hell.

      12Q) Can we learn any truth from the present tradition, which we are
      following?

      A) Yes. If you observe carefully the present tradition itself, you can
      get the whole concept without referring to any Holy Scripture. When a
      householder dies the rituals are performed and a cow is donated so
      that the diseased person can cross `Vaitarini' (river of blood and
      pus) present before hell. This clearly shows that every householder is
      going to hell. The householder is doing Gayatri Japa, wearing the
      cross belt, worshipping the inert statues and photos etc., When a
      saint dies such rituals are not performed. This clearly proves that a
      saint goes to Brahma Loka and not to the Hell. The saint leaves
      Gayatri Japa, throws away the cross belts, does not worship inert
      statues and photos. A saint always propagates the divine knowledge in
      the world. The present tradition also shows that all the householders
      prostrate at the feet of the saint. This shows that the stage of the
      saint is certainly higher than the stage of the householder. This
      shows that everybody should pass from high school to the college. All
      the rituals should be protected like the high school for the future
      ignorant batches. We never say that since you left the school the
      school should be destroyed. We are saying only that you should leave
      the school and go to the college i.e., you should not die as a
      householder but you should die as a saint. Leaving the house and
      wearing the saffron cloth are not necessary for a saint, which are
      external only. A policeman sometimes does his duty in mufti without
      the uniform. An actor wearing the police uniform cannot be the real
      police. Therefore any body can become a saint by participating in the
      propagation of divine knowledge and working for the welfare of the
      entire humanity without the saffron cloth and without leaving the
      house. A householder is burning camphor, fume sticks, oil and ghee in
      the lamps and in Yajnas causing lot of pollution and stopping the
      rains. He is harming the humanity by such foolish deeds, which are not
      mentioned in Vedas. Some ignorant preachers fooled public by such
      deeds and he is not benefited at all. A saint never does these things
      because he cannot be fooled since he attained the Jnana. Therefore
      confining to the present tradition itself, one can get the true
      knowledge without going to the scriptures. The ancient Indian sages
      (rishis) who are the real saints set up this tradition. When you do
      not understand even the tradition that is before your eyes, how can
      you understand the Vedas and Sastras?

      13Q) What is the authority for any concept in the spiritual field?

      A) Veda is the only authority which was spoken by the Lord and which
      was protected by recitation without any pollution. Vyasa decided like
      this in his third Brahma Sutra "Sastra Yonitvaat". Sastra means Veda,
      which was spoken by the ruler (Sasaka). Gita also says that Sastra is
      the authority. It is said that Gita is the essence of Vedas. The cane
      sugar juice is in the sugar cane. But sugarcane is not in the cane
      sugar juice. Similarly the meaning of Gita-Verse must be found in
      Veda. All the Veda may not be found in Gita. Therefore if the meaning
      of a verse in Gita is not traced in Veda, Lord Krishna did not speak
      such a verse. Such a verse must have been penetrated later on.
      Therefore only Veda can stand as the authority. Any Sanskrit verse
      from any book (Smruthi) should not oppose Veda. The point, which is
      not told in Veda, cannot be accepted even if Smruthi (Sruthi Smruthi
      Virodhetu) presents it. The logic, which should not contradict Veda,
      can be only accepted as told by Sankara (Sruthi Matah Tarkah). The
      experience, which should not contradict Veda, can only be accepted
      because the experience of a foolish man cannot be accepted. Therefore
      Smruthi, logic and experience which follow Veda, are only accepted.
      Veda is the constitution. A lawyer has to refer to the constitution
      through out his argument in the court. Only two lawyers are allowed to
      argue in the court. Similarly only two scholars of Vedas and Sastras
      can argue on a concept. A lay man can be easily preached. A Vedic
      scholar can also be easily preached. But even Lord Brahma (Brahmaapi
      Na Ranjayati) can never convince a fellow who has little knowledge. A
      lay man should employ an advocate on his behalf in the court.
      Similarly a lay man or a person with little knowledge should not argue
      with a Vedic shoclar (Vivaadascha Samayoh).

      14Q) Is it necessary to go to temples, worship statues and do
      sacrifice (Yajna)?

      A) Temple and statue are necessary for low level people as said in
      Sastra (Pratima Swalpa Buddhinaam). It is a teaching model for a
      school student. But for a college or university student it is not
      necessary. It is called as Pratika (Model). Veda says to meditate upon
      the Sun assuming Sun as the Lord. The Sun is not the Lord. The Lord is
      not in the Sun. Sun is only a servant of the Lord. All these points
      are told in Veda (Adityam Brahmeti, Nedam tat, Bheeshodeti Suryah).
      Veda says that the Lord is not in the statues (Natasya Pratima). Veda
      also says that no inert object and no human being is the Lord because
      the object or human being is an item in the creation (Neti, Neti).
      Gita says that the Lord comes only in human form (Manusheem
      Tanumaasritam). The statue, which is in the human form is a model
      teaching you the concept that the Lord comes only in human form for
      preaching the divine knowledge in every human generation, to avoid the
      partiality to a particular human generation as said in Gita (Yada
      Yadaahi). Once you understood this concept the temple and statue is
      not necessary for you but they should be protected and respected as
      the models of divine knowledge for the future ignorant devotees. Some
      people are telling that `Kulluka Bhatt' says about worship of statues.
      Kulluka Bhatt is a `Purva Mimaamsaka' who is an atheist (Devo Na
      Kaschit). How can he contradict Veda, which says that the Lord does
      not exist in statues? Gita condemns severely that a person-worshipping
      statue will be born as a stone. Here the meditation upon the statue is
      not condemned. Only worship like offering the food is condemned
      because the statue does not eat the food. Some fellow behind the
      statue is eating the food. In Gita the word `Bhutejyah' means
      worshipping the inert object by offering food. Ijya means offering the
      food. Bhuta means inert substance, which is one of the five inert
      elements (Pancha Bhutas). Some people say that the word Bhuta means
      ghost and those who worship ghosts become ghosts. We do not object
      such meaning. But the word Bhuta also means the five inert elements.
      Our meaning is in the same line of your meaning. A person worshipping
      ghosts becomes ghost. Similarly a person worshipping inert objects
      will become inert object. We are not contradicting your meaning. Our
      meaning is in the same line of your meaning and therefore you cannot
      contradict. Moreover the verse says that those who worship deities
      become deities etc., Therefore our meaning is in the line of the
      meaning of the verse. Yajna means feeding the guest after cooking the
      food and not burning the food in the fire. The guest is treated like
      fire. The hunger in his stomach is treated as `Vysvanara fire'.
      Krishna stopped burning the food in fire and ate the food stating that
      He was hungry. Kapila condemned such burning of food in Bhagavatam.
      The Yajna is only cooking the food and feeding the guest. In this true
      sense Yajna is essential and must be performed.

      15Q) What is the specialty of Gayatri Mantra?

      A) The meaning of Gayatri is a divine song, which protects the singer.
      Mantra means that divine sentence which attracts the mind and protects
      the person who utters it. If you join these two words, Gayatri Mantra
      means a divine song, which attracts the mind without any force by
      virtue of its sweetness and protects the singer. Poetry is better than
      the prose but song is better than poetry. Gita says that the song is
      the best (Vedaanaam Saamavedosmi). Therefore any divine song that
      attracts your mind is Gayatri Mantra which will please the Lord and
      will protect you. The sage for Gayatri Mantra is Viswamitra. The word
      Viswamitra means the sage who is interested in the welfare of the
      entire humanity. Therefore any human being can sing any devotional
      song to please the Lord. This is the real essence of Gayatri Mantra.
      Gayatri also is the name of a Vedic meter. The present verse (Tat
      Savituh…), which is in Gayatri meter is not a song and therefore is
      not Gayatri at all. The real Gayatri is with women and Sudaras who
      sing devotional songs. The people who were denied possess the real
      Gayatri. The people who denied them with jealousy are not having the
      real Gayatri. Gayatri is the super power of the Lord called Maya. The
      modification of Maya is this world as said in Veda (Gayatriva Idagum
      Sarvam). The goddess described in the Sandhya Vandanam by the verse
      "Muktha Vidruma…." Is not a Vedic deity because the meter of the verse
      is `Sardula Vikreditam' which is not a Vedic meter. Some scholar wrote
      that verse imagining such form and introduced in Sandhya Vandanam. The
      word Sandhya Vandanam means singing any prayer at the time of the
      sunrise and sunset. There is no particular text called Sandhya Vandanam.

      16Q) Which is the best path? Karma? Jnana? Or Mixture of Karma and
      Jnana (Karma Jnana Samucchaya)?

      A) The stage of Karma alone is like a school in which the teaching is
      done with the help of inert models. The student here is completely
      ignorant. The statues, photos, temples and objects in the nature like
      Sun are the models through which the knowledge of the Lord is
      preached. Unfortunately these models are thought directly to be the
      Lord and are worshipped. The second stage is college level where the
      student with the knowledge of the Lord observes all the human beings
      as the models of the external form of the Lord, since the Lord comes
      in human form only. This is Pravrutti in which one loves all the
      fellow human beings so that he will not hate the human form of the
      Lord whenever he recognizes. This is the actual Advaita of AdiSankara
      who said that every human being is Brahman (the Lord). There is a
      figure of speech called "Roopaka" in which the object compared is
      identified with the original object. Ex: This man is tiger. This means
      that the man and the tiger are very much similar in qualities. So
      instead of telling the Lord is like human being it is said as the Lord
      is the human being (Jeeva is Brahman). In the third stage of the
      university level the human incarnation of the Lord is recognized and
      is differentiated from the other human beings by His internal form,
      which is His Special knowledge (Prajnanam Brahma). In this stage all
      the egoism and jealousy to the human form must have been removed. At
      this university level Sankara proved that He alone is Eswara. The
      water in a drop and the water in the ocean is one and the same. The
      water is Brahman. The definition of Brahman is confined to simple
      awareness. In such case every living being (Jeeva) is Brahman since
      every living being is having awareness. This is the qualitative
      similarity between water drop and the ocean. But if you see the
      quantitative aspect, the water drop is the living being and the ocean
      is Eswara. Sankara told not only that He is Brahman but He is also
      Siva who is Eswara (Sivoham). Therefore He swallowed the molten lead
      where as the disciples could not swallow it. Thus Sankara proved that
      any living being is Brahman but not Eswara. One should not
      misunderstand that Brahman (qualitative) and Eswara (Quantitative) are
      one and the same.

      17Q) You say that the present Gayatri Mantra is not Gayatri at all? In
      your childhood did you not perform the Gayatri Mantra? Did you not
      worship statues and photos? Did you not perform the Sacrifices? Why
      you have changed like this in the last part of your life?

      A) I performed Gayatri Mantra in my childhood. But I never recited the
      present Gayatri Mantra, which is not at all the Gayatri because the
      present Mantra is not a song. While doing Gayatri I used to recite
      several devotional songs in my mind and people thought that I was
      doing the Japa of the present Gayatri Mantra. I used to tell the
      people that I have chanted Gayatri, but I never told them that I
      chanted the so-called present Gayatri Mantra. I worshipped 3tatues and
      photos. I also performed sacrifices because I could not open my
      knowledge in the beginning itself. Had I opened this knowledge in the
      beginning itself people could not have digested it? When a bull is
      running with high speed, I have to follow the bull for some distance
      and then control the bull. Similarly to become close with the people I
      ran along with their tradition for some time and became close to them.
      Then slowly I opened the true knowledge step by step. Sankara followed
      Buddhism and was called as `Pracchanna Bouddha' which means "A
      Buddhist in disguise". He was called so because His Maya Vada was
      similar to Sunya Vada. He followed the Sunya Vada of Buddhists but
      slowly brought them under His control and made them accept the
      Brahman. Due to Him only the Buddhism which was born in India does not
      exist in India. He saw that Buddhism crossed the borders of India. How
      can you call Him a Buddhist in disguise? Therefore the Gita says
      `Sarvarambhahi Doshena', which means that in the beginning ignorance
      is inevitable. When you jump into the mud pond to lift the people you
      will be also covered by mud. It is inevitable even to the human
      incarnation. I never condemned the Gayathri Mantra. I only told what
      is Gayatri Mantra. I never condemned temples, statues and photos. I
      advised to preserve these models of knowledge for the future ignorant
      devotees. They have limited purpose of vision and meditation. I only
      condemned the service to the statues (Ijya) as per Gita. The statues
      and photos are good but have limited use. In the name of statues and
      photos people are trying to fool the ignorant public and are doing
      business and cheating. They say that the statue is having life, which
      is absurd and is not scientific and logical. I condemned the aim of
      the rituals but not the rituals. I condemned the burning of food in
      the name of sacrifice but sacrifice in its real sense, i.e., feeding
      the guest should be performed. I never condemned the school and
      college but I asked the people to come out of school to college and to
      university in course of time. One must come out of all these rituals
      as a Grihastha and come to the Sanyasa at the end. One should become
      the Sanyasi and reach the Brahmaloka without dying as a householder.
      When a person dies as a Sanyasi, the rituals are not done, which means
      that he is not going to the hell. But when a householder dies, the
      rituals including the donation of cow clearly prove that he is going
      to the hell. I never condemned the lower steps but I advised to come
      to the highest step before one die. I climbed all the steps in my life
      to be an example to others. Even the very tradition itself is proving
      this, which is supported by the scriptures. You have no argument in
      this matter because I am proving with the help of both the scriptures
      and the ancient tradition. Lord Shiva came as Hanuman to show how to
      serve the God. Therefore He acted as a servant to God. That does not
      mean that He is really the servant. To set an example for others He
      acted like that.

      18Q) Why are you quoting Bible when you are talking about Hindu
      religion and tradition?

      A) I want to bring the world peace by bringing the brotherly-hood
      among the religions. Unless this is brought, the brotherly-hood among
      the followers of various religions will not come. Religion is only the
      external plastic cover. Spiritualism is the same material packed in
      different religions. Whatever may be the color of the external plastic
      cover, the internal metallic wire and current are one and the same in
      all the wires. Whatever may be the color of the plastic cover, every
      wire will move the fan since the same current is passing in all the
      wires. For the sake of money, one man is quarreling with another man
      without recognizing the same soul that is present in all the human
      beings. Similarly one country is fighting with another country due to
      the difference in the religions without recognizing the same spiritual
      current that exists in all the religions. If you want to convey the
      greatness of spiritualism present in your religion, you must expose
      the common points between your religion and the other religion. Then
      the person of other religion will become your friend. After that you
      expose the greatness of spiritualism in your religion. Then he will
      understand and appreciate your religion. But if you deeply analyze,
      the same spiritualism to the same depth is present in all the
      religions. The Lord is only one and came to different countries and
      taught the same syllabus in different languages. Religion is only the
      external culture of dress, food habits, language etc.; Spiritualism is
      the subject related to one God who created this entire universe.

      19Q) A book called Tripura Rahasyam contains the preaching of Datta.
      Is it valid?

      A) Several scholars have written several Sanskrit verses in the name
      of the Lord to get the validity. It has become a habit of writing
      "Eeswara Uvacha" which means that Lord Shiva told like this. But all
      these books can not be authority in spiritualism unless they are in
      line with Vedas. If there is a contradiction between Veda and a
      Sanskrit verse, the Sanskrit verse is rejected (Sruthi Smruthi
      Virodhetu). Vedas were protected by recitation by the old sages when
      there was no printing. Apart from recitation they discussed the
      meaning of Vedas and practiced it. The recitation was necessary
      because in those days printing did not exist. But today Vedas are
      printed and there is no need of recitation. The meaning of Vedas must
      be inquired and should be practiced. Whatever is necessary that is not
      done. Whatever is unnecessary, that is being done. Therefore whatever
      is told in Veda and the Sanskrit verses which are in line with Veda
      can be taken as authority.

      20Q) You say that the foreigners are doing sacrifice and not the
      Indians. Is it correct?

      A) You must note that I am an Indian. But I never feel that I am
      Indian because my feeling is that I am the universal human being. I
      don't distinguish the Indians from foreigners. I appreciated the
      foreigners in one point and Indians in another point. One student may
      be good in mathematics. Another student may be good in physics. Both
      must become good in both the subjects by mutual help. Regarding
      sacrificing the money and detachment with the family bonds, I
      appreciated foreigners. They are not only sacrificing to their
      Christian missionaries but also to several Indian Spiritual centers.
      In this aspect, I asked Indians to learn from foreigners because
      Indian always sacrifice words, mind and intelligence to the God
      extensively, but are very poor in the practical sacrifice. Of course
      exceptions are everywhere. It is a general comment. Swami Vivekananda
      was inquiring the reason for the poverty in India in spite of so much
      spiritual knowledge. Swami Ramathirdha told in USA that foreigners
      practice philosophy and Indian speak philosophy. He also told that
      this is the reason why the foreigners are high and Indians are low. I
      gave the analytical approach to the comments of these great saints. I
      appreciated Indians in the tolerance. Every Indian worships different
      forms of the Lord. In this aspect an Indian stands as an example for
      the foreigners to have tolerance for the other forms of God and other
      religions. Thus where ever there is a good point, I appreciated. A
      foreign diamond is diamond and an Indian stone is a stone. I have to
      frankly accept the universal truth without any prejudice.

      21Q) Are you a saint, since there is cross belt as well as the Saffron
      clothe in your case?

      A) You know I belong to the tradition of Lord Datta. In the forest of
      Badari Siddhas put the same question. He told that He belongs to
      `Tureeya Aashrama' which is beyond all the four Aashramas. Tureeya
      means the final stage, where there are no rules.

      22Q) Are you interested in cleaning the Hindu religion or in the world
      peace?

      A) I have both the programs. For the first program I need the support
      of Hindu rich people. For the second program I need the support of the
      rich people of any religion in the world. I want to clean my house and
      also my town since both are important.

      23Q) "Brahma Vit Brahma" means that He who knows Brahman becomes
      Brahman. But you say that the meaning of this is that Brahman alone
      knows Brahman. How is it?

      A) People have given your interpretation, which I know very well. But
      I give this interpretation because Gita says `Mamtu Veda Nakaschana'
      which means that no body knows Brahman. Your meaning will contradict
      Gita. If you say that if one knows Brahman, He becomes Brahman, then
      there are two stages. In the first stage a person knows Brahman. In
      the second stage the person becomes Brahman. But Gita contradicts the
      first stage because no person can exist as a person while knowing the
      Brahman. Moreover Veda says that Brahman is beyond words, mind,
      intelligence and logic. Veda also says that if one knows that he
      cannot know Brahman, he knows at least some thing about Brahman
      (Yasyamatam Tasya matam). Therefore my interpretation is in line with
      Gita and also with the other Vedic Mantras.

      24Q) You are condemning Veda Adhyayanam at present. Is it correct?

      A) The word Adhyayanam means actually to know Veda and not to recite
      Veda. Of course in olden days when there was no printing Veda was also
      recited. But the knowledge of Veda was discussed and practiced. Veda
      itself means knowledge. Sastra says that mere recitation of Veda is
      worst (Anarthajnah Paathakaadhamah) without knowing the knowledge. At
      present Vedas are published and computerized and so there is no need
      of mere recitation. Please note once again that Adhyayanam means to
      know the knowledge of Veda and not mere recitation. Veda mocked at the
      person who simply recites Veda as a divine animal (Devaanaam Pasurahaha).

      25Q) Can we get salvation by offering money to God earned by sinful ways?

      A) The hunter Kannappa was given salvation even though he offered the
      flesh of rabbit, which was killed by him in hunting. Killing an
      innocent animal is the highest sin. But the Lord neglected the sin
      because neither he enjoyed the flesh nor his family. The sacrifice is
      very pious path as told in Gita "Apichet Saduraacharah Bhajate Maam"
      i.e., even a sinner is blessed by God when he serves the God. In this
      verse the word Bhajate means service (Bhaja-Sevayaam) according to the
      root word in grammar. Gita says that sacrifice of fruit of work is
      greater than meditation, knowledge and even devotion and only by such
      sacrifice one can attain the peace (Tyagath Santhih).

      26Q) Do you appreciate or condemn the life initiation in statues?
      (Prana Pratistha).

      A) If you take the life initiation as a model of knowledge, it is
      appreciated the inert statue + life initiation indicates the living
      human being because the Lord comes in living human form. But if you
      say that the life initiation brings life in the statue, it should be
      condemned because the statue is not moving even an inch. You cannot
      bring life in a dead body by this life initiation.

      27Q) Why do you say that the Lord comes in human form only? What about
      Matsya, (form of fish) etc.,

      A) Matsya etc., are the forms in which the Lord came temporarily to
      destroy the demons. Such forms were not worshipped because they did
      not live along with the human beings l ike Rama and Krishna. They
      could not preach the divine knowledge.

      28Q) In Gita in the verse Manusheem Tanu Maasritam the Lord said that
      He was insulted while He was in human form. Does it mean that He comes
      only in human form?

      A) In the above question I told you that the Lord in human form alone
      could be a Guru and preach the divine knowledge. In the verse you
      mentioned the human form was responsible for the insult. In Gita it is
      said "Vasudevah Sarvam" which means that the son of Vasudeva (human
      form) is every thing and the highest form. In Vibhuthi Yoga He told
      that He would be in the highest form of any category. All the essence
      of Vibhuthi Yoga is that He is in the highest form. Man is the highest
      form in this world. Therefore He comes in the form of man to preach or
      at least in the form of a living being to kill demons. If you say that
      He is the inert Sun among the inert planets (Jyothishaam Ravih), the
      highest inert form among a category of the inert objects is the
      representative model of the Lord. Otherwise Veda contradicts since it
      is said in Veda that the Sun is not the Lord (Nedam tat) and the Lord
      does not exist in the inert objects (Natasya Pratima). You must
      interpret Gita without contradicting the Veda. If Gita opposes Veda I
      do not mind to refuse the verse in Gita because a Scholar in Gita must
      have penetrated such verse. Veda was the only test that was preserved
      by recitation from a long time.

      29Q) Dharma is greater than the Lord. Krishna asked Dharma Raja to
      tell a lie. Dharma Raja told the lie by uttering the word elephant in
      low voice. Therefore Dharma Raja went to the hell for uttering the lie
      as advised by Krishna. Is this not correct?

      A) Gita says `Sarva Dharman Parityajya' which means that the Lord is
      greater than the justice is. The Lord Datta is protecting the deity of
      justice existing in the form a cow. The protector is greater than the
      protected. Therefore Dharma Raja went to hell for a greater sin not
      for the lower sin. The greater sin is not hearing the advice of the Lord.

      30Q) You say that the statue in the temple indicates the human form.
      Do you mean that the statue should be replaced by a human being?

      A) Your question is twisted. I never told that the statue in the
      temple represents a general human being. I also told that the statue
      in the temple is not the form of a general human being. It is in the
      form of a special human being like Rama, Krishna etc., If you really
      see Rama alive, you will not keep the statue of Rama in the temple.
      Will you not replace the statue by the actual Rama? You have
      misunderstood my interpretation of statues.

      31Q) Your interpretations are deviating from the commentary of
      Sankara. I have read the translation of the commentary in my mother
      tongue (Telugu). Therefore your interpretation is deviating from Vedas
      and Gita. How do you justify this?

      A) You yourself are saying that my interpretation is deviating from
      Sankara. That is correct. How can you say that my interpretation is
      deviating from the original text? Do you think that the interpretation
      of Sankara is only correct? If so, Ramanuja wrote commentary deviating
      from Sankara. In such case according to your version Ramanuja also
      deviated from the original text. You have done two mistakes. The first
      mistake is to think that the commentary of Sankara alone is correct.
      The second mistake is that you have not read the original text since
      you do not know Sanskrit and Sastras and due to this you could not
      directly observe the original text. If you see the commentary of
      Ramanuja it is also correct because His commentary was according to
      all the Sastras. When you don't know Sanskrit and the Sastras how can
      you say that Sankara is correct and Ramanuja is wrong? Now you say
      that I am wrong like Ramanuja. You can oppose my interpretation and
      blame me for deviating from the original text, provided you show any
      contradiction to my interpretation by Sastras. But you don't know
      Sastras and you are not competent to say this. Moreover, scholars as
      well as ignorant people do these translations. For ex: You observe the
      verse "Karmajam Buddhi Yuktahi, Phalam Tyaktva". In this verse when
      the translation was given word by word, it is written that wise
      scholars sacrifice the fruit of the work. But if you see the
      translation as a commentary below that, the translator writes that
      wise scholars sacrifice the desire for the fruit of the work. He
      contradicts his own translation. Generally people do not read the
      translation word by word. They read only the translation below as a
      commentary which is wrong in this case. Therefore translators are
      misleading you. My interpretation cannot coincide with Sankara or
      Ramanuja or Madhva. If it coincides with the interpretation any
      Acharya I become the follower of that Acharya. My interpretation is
      the fourth path in which all the commentaries of the three Acharyaas
      are correlated. I want to prove that all the three Acharyaas are
      correct and their interpretations differed according to the
      circumstances in which they existed. Therefore I cannot be the
      follower of any Acharya when my aim is to correlate all the three
      Acharyaas. Therefore the follower of Ramanuja and the follower of
      Madhva will also blame me like you.

      32Q) Sacrificing the ambition on the fruit of the work is sufficient.
      It is not necessary to sacrifice the fruit of the work as per Gita. Is
      it not correct?

      A) In the very beginning itself (second Adhyaya) Gita says that the
      fruit of the work must be sacrificed (Karmajam Buddhi Yuktahi Phalam
      Tyaktva Maneeshinah). This means that realized scholars sacrifice the
      fruit of the work. Gita keeps sacrifice of the fruit of the work on
      the top most level (Dhyanath Karma Phala Tyagah). According to Veda
      sacrifice of fruit of work means sacrifice of money only (Dhanena
      Tyagenaike). Karma Phalam means self-earned money with which the man
      is more attached. Reason<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
    • strodog41755
      I refer to the story of the monk and the teacup... with so many questions and so many answers, is there room for anything else? Tom S.
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        I refer to the story of the monk and the teacup... with so many
        questions and so many answers, is there room for anything else?

        Tom S.
      • medit8ionsociety
        ... Yes, good point...But...spiritual tradition tells us that by asking these questions, and others that can all be summerized as actually asking Who am I ,
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          --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "strodog41755"
          <tomstro@c...> wrote:
          >
          > I refer to the story of the monk and the teacup... with so many
          > questions and so many answers, is there room for anything else?
          >
          > Tom S.

          Yes, good point...But...spiritual tradition tells us that by asking
          these questions, and others that can all be summerized as actually
          asking "Who am I", one can benefit spiritually, and get to the point
          where there is the Zen state of realization that all IS here, and
          there has been and is room for all, always in all ways, and other more
          eloquent ways of saying and experiencing the unsayable. And when a
          wholy holy one lays out the answers to these type questions, it is
          done with the hope of quickening the process of making questions and
          answers un-needed.

          And yeah, I know that even though Zen has a Satori situation, there is
          no "quickening", "slowing", or anything similar to a cause and effect
          in re: Enlightenment, but that's a whole other question:-)

          Peace and blessings,
          Bob

          "There is no tea, no cup, no one pouring tea, no one asking questions,
          no giving answers."
          Kir Li Molari
        • Thomas R. Strauman
          As always, the search for enlightenment brings humility. Tom S.
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            As always, the search for enlightenment brings humility.
             
            Tom S.
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