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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Q & A-7 Bhagawan


he who knows:
1. the birth and deathof pancha bhoothas,
2. the place from where pancha bhoothas come and go to at the end,
3. vidhya and avidhya
is called "bhagwan".

so, if "bhagwan" is just the person who has the knowledge of things, what is "everything"?

Again to square one..

I'l put your question in a different term:

The one who is
3.omniscient is God...

Just think...

This is not Just a person's capacity...

Again every soul is the none other than the Omnipresent Brahmam and is everything.

But the biggest question is do we know that?

If you mean Bhagwan as a separate person -May be Saguna Brhman.. He is always in unification with Nirguna Brahmam and projects himself as an entity with form and action just fo our sake.

Now.. approach the question from another view point... The person who has the knowledge of things is Bhawagan...
By knowing the self, a person attain a state of oneness with the divine-brahmam and becomes Bhawagwan.

Q & A 6 Bhagawath Githa

In Bhagawat Gita, Sri Krishna says that he is "gayatri among mantras" , "Garuda among birds", and so on.....

that means, he is saying he is "the best part of things".... but not "everything". then, what is "everything" in which he is a part???

Regarding Bhagawath Gita-

Plz dont get carried away with only the famous quotes of the Githa.. If you can read it fully.. You will get the meaning...

The slokas you mention is from the tenth Chapter if I remember right..
In Geetha each chapter deals with One path to Mukthi.

The first chapter in the Gita is designated as system of yoga. It is called Arjuna Vishada Yogam - Yoga of Arjuna's Dejection.

Krishna explains the paths like 1.Bhakthi 2.Karma 3.Gnana etc

And they may or may not be complementary to each other.

This chapter is called Vibhuti Yoga...
This chapter dwells on the manifested attributes of the Lord.

to put in simple terms... Krishna declares that everything that is best and admirable is God...

Q & A 5 - Moksha

another topic i always wanted to ask you:

...... Astavakra Gita

All gods like indra are so desparate to reach a place (place here refers to moksha / aathmanubhava)
but the yogi who reaches that place is not expressing any joy.

isn't it unusual?
if Bhagwan can grant us MOKSHA / BANDHA VIMUKTHI, why is he - himself bound to this world?

Moksha doesn't exist anywhere(to reach).. Its right here-within you..

Once you know the self-it is moksha. When you are in that Supreme state, how to express the joy?

The happiness or pleasure of Gods like Indra are temporary but Moksha is eternal and permanent.

The formless Brahman assumes various forms and Divine entities..

You are a part of the everything(all pervading Prabrahmam) but totally unware of it. Realizing this state is Moksha.

This brahma vastu assumes various divine forms voluntarily in order to raise us from the lower level towards this self realization.

This happens only by his own will and just because of this he projects as if bound to this world...

But He is not..

Q & A 4- Guru

dear sir,

what is the importance of guru?

they say, "a tantra / mantra / yoga / jaap / upasan / etc... will not succeed without a guru who got 'siddhi' in that."

if a learner wants to learn more than one vidhya, do he has to make more than one person his guru?

we don't know each other. still, i get perfect answers from you. i don't know how to express my gratitude.
Please also kindly explain me the importance of GURU. I don't want to know who is guru. I want to know WHAT GURU IS.

please explain.


GU, means Darkness,and RU means Eradication. GURU is the one who removes this Darkness(of ignorance).

Once a devotee asked Ramana Maharshi- Whom should one take for one’s Guru?
Sri Ramana said: Choose that one where you find you get shanti (peace)

So the person who gives the eternal bliss and peace(to the soul) is the Guru.

You have asked about Guru's importance: According to me Guru is more than God.

God accepts a person, only after removing his impurities or bad qualities.
In other words, God accepts what is Best.
But the ever compassionate Guru accepts us as we are(with all our plus and minus)... that is His greatness.

Coming down to other Areas as you have questioned, any spiritual practice will not succeed without a guru "who got 'siddhi' in that."

Simple Logic- Only fully charged battery can make the light glow. Only a Guru with the Siddhi(mastery) can bestow it to a sishya.

In general it is always better to accept Eka Guru (single guru). Just like one father and one mother -the Guru too should should be one. This is mostly advised for Athma Guru.(the one who is going to liberate you)

if a learner wants to learn more than one vidhya, do he has to make more than one person his guru?

Yes. In such a case it is allowed. But with the consent of the (original) Guru. Note.. you may have more than one Guru but you cant change your Guru.

All Gurus should be treated with equal importance. Nothing should be concealed between them. Devotion, service, treatment and behavior everything should be alike.

In other words, you must serve all the Gurus with a Bhava that they are nothing but different forms of the Same entity.

dear sir, I'm grateful to your kind self in many ways. I express my apologies to you as I was gathering answers to the same questions from various persons. I wanted to get various views on the same matter. one of them wrote to me as follows:

"One needs a guru.. esp for spiritual purpose becos they have to be learnt under able guidance - not in the sense of commercialisation. There are vidyas, which are passed on in parampara - so a teacher + student relationship is very cohesive that way. Being a teacher it becomes an obligation to choose the right student, and for the student its a gr8 chance to learn good things. Thats the reason why, a spiritual guru is supposed to come to you by himself .. when you are good enuff.... "

Please advise me wether I am not good enough to be a shishya or is it that a guru approached me and i didn't recognise him???

The answer for this question... is the divine secret.

The Guru -Sishya relationship cannot be determined in One janma..

You may have come across 1000s of janmas and at some point you step into the path of realisation.. At that time your Guru comes...

He is the one who is going to liberate you and take care of you..

This is the reason for many people..the Guru come to you by himself.

This doesnt mean that you should keep quiet..

But how to estimate or evaluate your spiritual caliber?
It is not practically possible....
Dont underestimate yourself or over estimate yourself.

(one small advise.. never try to estimate your Guru)

You be sincere.. and Amba will send you Your Guru..
This will happen automatically and involuntarily...

Q & A3- Satwa Rajas and Thamas

dear sir,
what satwa, raja, thamo gunas? where do they come from?

what i've heard:
satwa guna is to be a sadhu. to accept and excuse all the sins done against us.

thamo guna is to be voilent. to punish the person who harms us.

rajo guna is to be in between these two.

now the question arises that if god is above all these, why did he act as guru datta, buddha, rama, krishna, narasimha, kali, durga, mahishasura mardhini, rudra, dakshinamurthy, etc... who are role models of the gunas


Satwa, characterised by lightness, consciousness, pleasure and clarity, is pure, free from disease and cannot be disturbed in any way.

Rajas, the most active of the gunas, has motion and stimulation as its characteristics.

While Tamas is characterised by heaviness and resistance. It produces disturbances in the process of perception and activities of the mind.

Satwa activates the senses and is responsible for the perception of knowledge.

All desires, wishes, ambitions and fickle-mindedness are a result of Rajas.

Delusion, false knowledge, laziness, apathy, sleep and drowsiness are due to Tamas.

God is called Gunatheetha.. -the one above the Gunas. But that is in the supreme pure state.. Nirguna Brahma state.

Once He assumes order to suit the mind of different variety of people in the world. Here, He voluntarily accepts these gunas (or rather exhibits that he has this guna)(though he remains untouched by these gunas) in order to reach the devotees..

Q & A 2- Karma & Parihara

Dear sir, many thanks for your explanation. I have some more questions along with some questions on the answers you gave.

Allow me to express my other questions first.

They say god is a perfect judge. If he is, why do they say that if we do some ritual (like vrath, pooja, nomu, etc...), the sin will be cancelled? So, what if bad people take advantage of this, and commit sins, and they follow the told ritual, to escape the punishment after death.

I think, the perfect judge will never have partiality towards the sinner.

So, I think, whatever rituals we do add to our plus points but will never deduct the minus points. Like, for example, I will definitely go to hell if I commit sins along with heaven for my good deeds and good rituals.

please advice your view.


Dear Charan..

Iam happy to see your interest. This is a nice and meaningful question...

Consider a normal human judge...
He rewards for your good deeds and punish for your bad deeds.. Suppose if he accepts some benefit from you and makes a partial decision, will you respect him thereafter?

Similarly, our perfect judge (GOD) never favour sinners..

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

The rituals.. are for people who REALLY repent for their mistakes and want to do a remedy for the wrong done. Even then God may only dilute the effect but will not remove or erase it fully.

Heartfelt bhakthi is the only way to earn God's grace and nothing else... And only for these people God intervenes in their Karma...

For all others, (who try to escape through these rituals) these rituals are mere events... They try to fool God but fooling themselves. Their rituals will have zero effect.

Q & A -1 Vedhas

what are vedas? why are they existing?

The Vedhas
Vedhas are eternal and are the basis for all dharma.

It always existed... And Why they are existing? BECAUSE THEY EXIST.. -that is the only answer that can be given.

They were identified and given to us by the ancient seers. See, these seers intuited nothing new but what already existed. They re- discovered this ancient treasure.

The Vedhas are without beginning or end; they are eternal messages caught by developed
consciousnesses in the silence of meditation.

Question & Answers

Dear sir,
sorry i went through your profile. we don't know each other.
but if you can kindly help me with the following doubts, i will be very thankful to you.

A boy named Charan, approached me with this note to my orkut scrap book and with never ending questions...

These are the Following answers I gave to this interesting questioner called Charan:
Many friends suggested that I could post in this blog so that every One will be be benefited.

So from the next posting you may see the Questions and answers

Sanathana Dharma series - 1. What is it?

The Following article by my friend Rajesh Girirajan

Now, immediately after going through a few lines of this post, people may start criticizing me as ‘yet another Hindutva extremist’, or ‘RSS guy’ or whatever. I mean, we are present in such a situation that anything which is written about Hinduism is taken in that spirit, of late. This post is to express how tolerant the Hindu religion is, and how it has escaped all the fight is has experienced from all the other religions, and how it remains to be one of the supreme religions, throughout the world, expressing the human community about the culture and heritage of the people of India, who follow the oldest of all religions.

To begin with, what is Hinduism?

Well, it’s basically a religion followed by the majority of people in India. The name, by which it should be called, is ‘Sanathana Dharma’, roughly meaning ‘The eternal law’. From way down the ancient times, this religion has prevailed, which has guided people towards eternity, or Moksha. It is interesting to know that Sanathana Dharma had no name whatsoever in the past. Since it was a way of life, more than a mere religion, and was the ONLY one of it’s kind, there was no name, until the other religions came in to existence and only at this time, it was referred as Sanathana Dharma, since it was very old and eternal.

Now, what does Sanathana Dharma say?

Well, if, shedding all inhibitions, one looks closely, he will know that Sanathana Dharma has the root principle of Advaitha. Now, one might protest that Sanathana Dharma preaches Vishistadwaitha or Dwaitha, the other two variants. That’s why I said, one has to look closely, shedding all inhibitions. The Sanathana Dharma has its base as the four Vedas, the Rig, Yajur, Sama and the Atharvana. These four Vedas have one Mahavaakya, or the powerful phrase. One phrase each for all the four Vedas. These Mahavaakyas are that powerful that they can liberate a mortal to the stage of immortality. It’s a common practice for a person when becoming a sage or a Sannyasi, that these are preached by his guru, to enable him to attain the goal. These Mahavaakyas are:

1. Rig Veda – ‘Prajnanam Brahma’ – the consciousness is Brahman
2. Yajur Veda – ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ – I am Brahman
3. Sama Veda - ‘ Tat Tvam Asi’ – That thou art
4. Atharvana Veda - ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’ – The (this) self is Brahman.

Now, ‘Brahman’ here is not Brahma, the creator. Brahman is the eternal element, which created everything, and which prevails in everything it created, and without which nothing will function. In short, ‘GOD’.

These four Mahavaakyas are the key to a person becoming a Sannyasi and achieving Moksha. If one recites them again and again, he will, one day realize practically that the one who resides outside, is the one residing inside the person. Once this is practically realized, the Moksha is attained. That means, the person continues to live till his allotted time becomes complete in the world, but now after attaining Moksha, he realizes that the creator and the creation are the same. With this practical knowledge, he serves the human kind, as Ramana maharshi, the Paramacharya of kanchi, Ananthamayee ma, the mother and Arobindo Gosh of Pondycherry, Ramakrishna paramahamsa, served humanity.

This philosophy, which clearly explains that Moksha is not anywhere in the outer world, but which can be attained, at the very instant the truth of the creator and the creation are the same, unfolds. This philosophy is stated well in those 4 Mahavaakyas.

The root meaning of these Mahavaakyas themselves, without any prejudice, clearly states this fact. There are many other proofs as well, which clearly explain that the Advaitha is the root philosophy of Sanathana Dharma.

Now, we know about the religion and the root principle of it. Let’s take a look at another aspect, without which the Sanathana Dharma would have been nearly extinguished.