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  5. The Holy Quran is for every Muslim the sacred Book par excellence, a timeless miracle, the word of God devoid of all defects and above all, inimitable. You surely understand that in other words, to be inimitable is to have a peculiarity that no other has and cannot have. The abundance of examples illustrating the harmony and this linguistic balance of the Koran completely excludes the possibility of a happy coincidence, or an addition of the scribes. To those who claim to provide a work similar to the Qur'an, we ask them to provide us with a Book that will remain intact for more than 14 centuries and which will gather more than a billion worshipers around him, reciting it and crying as he listens to it. This is actually impossible .... The word sunna, in the Arabic language, indicates at the same time a way, and a tradition even a habit. This terminology has a particular connotation among the ulemas according to their specialty. Sunnah can be defined as all the cult practices with the times of the prophet and his companions. On this subject, the prophet constantly said: "Follow my sunnah and the sunnah of successor rights after me" Tirmidhi. That being said, the ulama of the science of hadith regard everything connected with the life of the prophet as sunna, both history and the physical or moral characteristics of the prophet, either before or after the revelation. hadith being one of the great precepts of religion, described by religious scholars as being "the axis of Islam " or "the half of Islam" or "the third of it ", or the like, and to make it a rule that these forty hadith be [classified as] sound and that the majority of them be in the sahihs of Al-Bukhari and Muslim. I give them without the chains of authorities so as to make it easier to memorise them and to make them of wider benefit if Allah Almighty wills, . Whoever claims to love Allah must obey and follow His Prophet - may Allah's prayer and salvation be upon him, on the one hand Allah will love him and on the other hand Allah will forgive his sins. Sunnah concerns not only the way of dressing, eating and drinking, but also and above all beliefs, legal rules, sticking to what the Prophet did as a purely religious act, the behavior towards others, Muslim values, good behavior ... etc The Holy Quran letter cannot be changed. It is rather the interpretation which we make of it nowadays which must quickly re-integrate the reality and the spirit of the revelation ... In all reality the interpretation of the Koran by the Koran consists in interpreting certain verses of the Koran by other verses bringing a complementary lighting on the same subject what is expressed concisely in one place is explained and detailed in another place. If we do not find the interpretation of The Holy Quran in its own verses, we turn to the hadîths and sure accounts of the Sunnah because they clarify the Koran and enlighten it. In reality, there has always been a lot of time, see several centuries, between the prophets and yet the new revelation has always corrected the additions made to the statements of the previous one. Do you not see right in the case of Christianity that a new testament came a thousand years after an old one and more than five thousand years after the genesis to make the necessary modifications according to divine inspiration In fact every word, in the Qur'anic verses and hadiths has been passed under the sieve of science. It clearly emerged that the scientific evidence of the Qur'an clearly proves its divine origin أين هو القرآن الأصلي؟ منصور في حوار مع زائر محمد سرق قريش و نهب خيراتها؟؟ الشيخ خالد ياسين
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  9. Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, said: “purity is half of faith,” reported by Imam Muslim. Scientists also assert that cleanliness help prevent almost most diseases. When the body remains clean and pure, it gets rid of most of the germs and dust that get stuck with. Such purity prevents several diseases such as skin and mouth diseases. Moreover, constant cleanliness of the face and the hands entails the decrease of the number of germs that attack the body through the mouth and nose. Hence, the diseases of the respiratory and digestive system are also reduced. Purity (in body, mind, and heart) is half of faith \\\\\\ A recent scientific study confirms that having lights on when going to bed impacts the biological processes inside the brain and causes disorders that lead to obesity. Consequently, scientists recommend turning lights off at night to protect the body and brain. Glory to Allah; this advice, recommended by scientists in the 21st century, was long stated by Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him 14 centuries ago. A sound chain of transmission reported: Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, said: "when you go to bed, put the lamps off." The question is: isn’t this hadith sufficient evidence that Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, speaks nothing but the truth? 1/2شتم من خلف الشاشة! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع مسيحيين الجزء الأول 2/2 النبي محمد له نفس مميزات النبي موسى! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع مسيحيين الجزء الثاني
  10. Similarities / Similar Teachings in the Qur’an and the Bible which Muslims follow but Christians don't I) ISLAM 1. Definition A. Meaning of Islam (i) Islam is derived from the word salaam meaning peace. (ii) Submission to the Will of Allah (swt) i.e. God Almighty. B. Meaning of ‘Muslim’ – One who submits his will to Allah. C. Islam is not a new religion found by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). 2. Messengers in Islam A. (i) To every nation was sent a Guide or a Messenger Al-Qur'an 35:24 Al-Qur'an 13:7 (ii) 25 Prophets mentioned by name in the Qur'an (iii) Islam is the only non-Christian faith that believes in Jesus (pbuh) (iv) Stories only of some prophets mentioned in Qur'an Al-Qur'an 4:164 Al-Qur'an 40:78 (v) More than 1,24,000 Messengers according to Hadith B. (i) Previous Messengers were only sent for their people and nation and their complete message was meant only for a particular time period. (ii) Moses (pbuh) was only sent for the Jews. (iii) Jesus (pbuh) sent only for the Jews i.e. lost sheep of Israel. Al-Qur'an 3:49 Mathew 10:5-6 Mathew 15:24 (iv) Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the Last and Final Messenger for the Whole of Mankind. Al-Qur'an 33:40 Al-Qur'an 21:107 Al-Qur'an 34:28 Sahih Bukhari Vol.1 Book of Salaah Chapter 56 Hadith No. 429 (v) Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) prophesised in the Bible. Al-Qur'an 7:157 Al-Qur'an 61:6 Deuteronomy 18:18 Isaiah 29:12 Song of Solomon 5:16 John 16:7 John 16:12-14 3. Revelations of God A. Several Revelations sent by Allah – Al-Qur'an 13:38. By name only four are mentioned in the Qur’an. B. (i) The Qur’an is the Last and Final Revelation. (ii) All previous Revelations before Qur'an were only sent for a particular group of people and for a particular time period (iii) The Qur’an was Revealed for the Whole of Mankind Al-Qur'an 14:1 Al-Qur'an 14:52 Al-Qur'an 2:185 Al-Qur'an 39:41 II) PILLARS OF ISLAM: 1. Tauheed: Monotheism A. La ilaha ilallahu, Muhammad-ur-Rasoolullah Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1 Hadith No. 7 B. Believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels and the Book and the Messengers. Al-Qur'an 2:177 C. Come to common terms — Worship of one God Al-Qur'an 3:64 D. Concept of God Al-Qur'an 112:1-4 Deuteronomy 6:4 Mark 12:29 E. Shirk – Biggest Sin Al-Qur'an 4:48 Al-Qur'an 4:116 Exodus 20:2-5 Deuteronomy 5:7-9 F. Jesus (pbuh) not God. He never claimed Divinity Al-Qur'an 5:72 John 14:28 John 10:29 Mathew 12:28 Luke 11:20 John 5:30 Acts 2:21 G. 99 Attributes of Almighty God Al-Qur'an 17:110 H. Prefer using name ‘Allah’ rather than the word ‘God’ as the word ‘God’ can be played around with. Allah in the Bible – Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani Mark 15:34 Mathew 27:46 2. Salaah A. Not merely Prayers but Programming Al-Qur'an 5:90 Al-Qur'an 2:188 B. Prayers restrain you from shameful and unjust deeds Al-Qur'an 29:45 C. Salaah timings – for healthy soul five times a day Al-Qur'an 17:78 Al-Qur'an 20:130 D. Take off shoes before entering mosque. (i) Commandment of Allah to Moses Al-Qur'an 20:11-12 Exodus 3:5 Acts 7:33 (ii) Can Pray with Shoes. Sunan Abu Dawood – Vol. 1, Book of Salaah, Chapter 240, Hadith No. 652-653. (iii) Hygienic E. Ablution (i) Al-Qur'an 5:6 Exodus 40:31-32 Acts 21:26 (ii) Hygienic (iii) Mental Preparation F. Stand shoulder to shoulder, while praying – Sahih Bukhari – Vol. 1, Book of Adhan Chapter 75 Hadith no. 692 Abu Dawood – Vol. 1, Book of Salaah Chapter 245 Hadith No. 666. G. Sujud – Prostration (i) To humble your mind, humble your body (ii) Sujud mentioned 92 times in the Qur’an Al-Qur'an 3:43 Al-Qur'an 22:77 (iii) Prostration in the Bible Genesis 17:3; Numbers 20:6 Joshua 5:14; Mathew 26:39 3. Zakaah A. Meaning: Purification and Growth B. Description: 2.5% of saving every lunar year in charity Al-Qur'an 9:60 C. If every human being gives Zakaah, not a single person will die of hunger. D. "Wealth does not circulate only amongst the wealthy and the rich" Al-Qur'an 59:7 E. I Peter 4:8 4. Saum - Fasting A. Description – one lunar month i.e. during the month of Ramadaan every lunar year, Muslims fast, i.e. abstain from food and drinks from sunrise till sunset. B. Benefits: learn self restraint. If you can control your hunger you can control almost all your desires. It enhances spiritual awareness. Al-Qur'an 2:183 C. Medical Benefits: (a) Increases absorption capacity of intestines (b) Lowers cholestrol. D. Discourages smoking, alcoholism and other addictions. E. Bible prescribes Fasting Mathew 17:21 Mark 9:29 5. Hajj A. Description – Pilgrimage atleast once in life time if you can afford it B. Universal Brotherhood – 2.5 million people from all over the world gather, wear two pieces of unsewn cloth, preferably white. Cannot differentiate between rich and poor. Al-Qur'an 49:13 C. Significance of Kaaba – Muslims don’t worship it Psalms 84:4-7 III ) ISLAM IS A COMPLETE WAY OF LIFE These five pillars do not constitute complete Islam. Only if the pillars are strong, will the structure be strong. 1. Humans Created to Worship Allah A. Jinn and Man created for worship of Allah Al-Qur'an 51:56 B. Meaning of Ibadaah – root word Abd meaning ‘slave’. 2. Obeying Commandments of Allah is Submitting your will to Allah A. Abstaining from alcohol Al-Qur'an 5:90 Proverbs 20:1 Ephesians 5:18 B. Abstaining from prohibited food Al-Qur'an 5:5 Al-Qur'an 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, 16:115 (i) Dead meat Leviticus 17:15 Deuteronomy 14:21 (ii) Blood Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:14, Deuteronomy 12:16, I Samuel 14:33, Acts 15:29 (iii) Pork is prohibited Leviticus 11:7-8 Deuteronomy 14:8 Isaiah 65:2-5 (vi) Food on which names beside Allah have been invoked Acts 15:29; Revelation 2:14 C. (i) Being Honest in your Business (ii) Helping Neighbours Al-Qur'an 107:1-7 (iii) Abstaining from Backbiting Al-Qur'an 104:1-3 Al-Qur'an 49:11-12 (iv) Obeying and Respecting Parents Al-Qur'an 17:23, 24 (v) Celibacy or Monasticism is prohibited in Islam Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 7 Book of Nikah, Chapter No. 3, Hadith No. 4 (vi) Loving, being Kind and Just to your Wife Al-Qur'an 4:19 (vii) Abstaining from Adultery Al-Qur'an 17:32 D. Dressing Modestly (i) Al-Qur'an 24:30 Mathew 5:27-28 (ii) Al-Qur'an 24:31 (iii) Six Criteria for Hijab in Islam Deuteronomy 22:5 I Timothy 2:9 e.g. of Mary I Corinthians 11:5-6 E. Circumcision Acts 7:8 John 7:22 Luke 2:21 F. In short, every Muslim should follow all the Commandments of Allah (swt) and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and abstain from the things they have prohibited. CONCLUSION (a) If Christian is a person who follows the teachings of Christ (pbuh) and not one who worships Christ (pbuh). (We are more Christian than the Christians themselves). (b) Muslim is a person who submits his will to Allah. Jesus (pbuh) said, "not my will but thy will be done." i.e. Muslim. John 5:30 (c) Al-Qur'an 5:82 here لماذا الخلود في النار؟ امراة تسأل وصبور يجيب https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZzF34k5PH0 الخوف من الحجاب! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع ملحد https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHbAaL9XRTg
  11. Granite rocks, despite its solidity and cohesion and the lack of spaces between them, it allows water to pass through very small pores. This property makes the water falling from the sky to be stored inside the Earth after it passes through the pores of these rocks, and without this feature of the Earth rocks, the water will not be able to leak into distant depths underground. The amazing is that the Quran had referred to the source of fresh water in the following verse: " And We sent down from the sky water (rain) in (due) measure, and We gave it lodging in the earth, and verily, We are Able to take it away" (18: Al Muiminun). This verse confirms that the source of the water inside the Earth is the rain water as in the case of groundwater which has been scientifically proven! This fact was not known at the time of Quran revelation, so who informed the honorable Prophet about it? \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The prayer has many great psychological effects, as when the believer complete prayer solemnity, it will help him to concentrate and contemplate which is the most important way for tension and nervous exhaustion relief. Additionally, praying is an effective treatment for anger, rashness and hastiness because it teaches the believer how to be calm and obedient to Allah, the Exalted with patience and modesty. These things, positively affect the neuraxis and functions of the heart as it regulates heartbeats and blood flow. Also praying helps the believer to remove all the inner deposits from depression, worry, fears, psychological emotions as they all removed as soon as the believer remember that he is in the hands of the Almighty and that He will not abandon him as long as he worships him faithfully, He the Exalted says: "Successful indeed are the believers* Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness" (1-2 Al Mu'iminun). \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ When the star grows and gets older, it explodes and decrease in size and become a white midget in an explosion that has the temperature of 400.000 degree Celsius! Scientist confirm that our sun will have the same end and burns, this burning or combustion will result in reducing the size of the sun into small dim sun in stages. Isn't it marvelous to find the Quran telling us about the end of the sun in Him, the Exalted, saying: " When the sun is wound round" (1: AL Takwir). This cosmic fact was not known at the time when Quran was revealed where the people used to believe that the Universe is eternal, therefore, this verse indicates the end of the sun that the scientists discussing currently and this is one miracle of the Quran. شاب بريطاني يعتنق الإسلام على يد محمد حجاب https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgpuKs1EKr8&t=1s 2/2 عائلة الآلهة! منصور وهاشم في حوار مع مسيحي الجزء الثاني https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOtC3s6wkdE&t=34s
  12. ما هو مصدر الأخلاق عندكم؟ محمد حجاب في حوار مع شواذ جنسياً مؤثر* مسلم كندي يطلب من الدعاة طلباً مفاجئاً بخصوص زوجته التي اعتنقت الإسلام*
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    3/3 بحاجة إلى أجوبة! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع مسيحي محترم الجزء الأخير https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scHRm0uSI5Y قرية العراة تعتنق الإسلام وتتحقق نبوءة سيدنا محمد صل الله عليه وسلم https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HhdkAQwyw
  14. Is Ramadan good for health? Here is what happens to your body when you fast for 30 days, you will be surprised. Every year, millions of Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days during Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam. In recent years, Ramadan has taken place during the summer months in the northern hemisphere, with longer days and warmer weather. Ramadan: some fast longer than others This means that in some countries, such as Norway, people can fast up to 20 hours a day this year. But is it all good for your health? You will be surprised when you learn what happens to your body when you fast for 30 days. Technically, your body does not enter a "fasting state" until about eight hours after your last meal. It's about the time your intestines finish absorbing the nutrients from food. Shortly after, our bodies turn to glucose stored in the liver and muscles. The goal: continue to provide energy. Once your glucose stores are depleted, while you continue your fast, fat becomes your next energy source. When the body starts to burn fat, it helps to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and lower the risk of diabetes. Your meals should contain reasonable proportions of "energy foods", such as carbohydrates and a little fat. It is important to have a balanced diet made up of nutrients, including protein, salts and water. In the third step, you should see an improvement in your mood as your body adapts to the fast. "Ramadan fasting, practiced correctly, should allow you to replenish your energy every day, which means that you could lose weight without your body burning precious muscle tissue '' concludes Doctor Mahroof. 1/3 بحاجة إلى أجوبة! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع مسيحي محترم الجزء الأول 2/3 بحاجة إلى أجوبة! عدنان رشيد في حوار مع مسيحي محترم الجزء الثاني
  15. ’ Fasting is the main weapon used by the preventive medicine; the scientists say that fasting gives us in days what medicine can give us in years and without any negative consequences. Because fasting enhances the performance of the entire body, treats the high levels of fats and makes the body get rid of the cholesterol especially if the fasting person used to practice some sportive exercises such as walking to the mosques Many studies confirm that fasting treats many heart diseases as frequent fasting makes heart more active and lives longer than hearts of the others, also fasting is a good treatment for Arteriosclerosis. How excellent it is if we used to hear the Qur’an during fasting as both together will produce a great healing effects and Allah Almighty says: (O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun){Sûrat Al-Baqarah- The Cow-verse 183 }. رسالة مؤثرة من بريطاني على فراش الموت اعتنق الإسلام https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSH5uaJYkmY&t=1s MMA Fighter Willi Ott Converts to Islam - بطل الفنون القتالية الألماني ويلي أوت يعتنق الإسلام https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk0OQzK2fJ4 1/2 الاتجار بالبشر! محمد حجاب في حوار مع هاتون الجزء الأول https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VVUFzcDkYQ 2/2 الاتجار بالبشر! محمد حجاب في حوار مع هاتون الجزء الثاني https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HvWtW6peSM
  16. عدنان رشيد يعطي درساً عن تاريخ الحضارة الإسلامية لأستاذ رياضيات ملحد يسوع أمير السلام! هاشم في حوار مع مسيحي
  17. \\\ .. There is a difference between the true teachings of Islam And between the different traditions, customs and cultures of the peoples A true Muslim adheres to the teachings of Islam And the wonderful principles and values of the Holy Quran Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him Talked about all religious and material matters Because Islam Constitution and approach to life By eating, sleeping and praying, taking a bath and making transactions between people Religion is not just a ritual Pray and then go out to lie and drink alcohol and lack of hygiene and adultery Like other religions most christians dont even follow their own faith, they just carry it as a sort of "name" in their ID card or on their facebook status becoming a muslim, means to "give in to GOD and to honor and obey There are many people, by the grace of Allah, who have converted to Islam They left alcohol, gambling, usury and drugs But before they converted to Islam, they couldn't leave all of these things Doctors could not cure their addiction because they returned to addiction each time Prisons couldn't keep them away from drugs And all the other religions or systems could not help them Islam, by the grace of God, is a way to protect and protect these people from bad things There are many examples of converts to Islam, relatives and friends in society You will be surprised to change their behavior for the better Islamic religion is really the right religion لماذا يربي المسلمون اللحى ! الدكتور ذاكر نايك يجيب ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCKqpPkvhJ8 هل المسيحي يدخل الجنة ام النار ؟ اجابة رائعة من ذاكر نايك https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MukBJQT2VYM
  18. THE PATH OF SELFLESS SERVICE Karma and Karma Yoga Nishkama karma yoga is a word that often comes in the Bhagavad Gita. Karma, akarma and vikarma are also mentioned in the Gita (Karmanohyapi…). Karma means the work done with a selfish desire for the limited circle of one’s family. Karma yoga means the work done for the sake of Lord. Akarma means inaction; not doing either karma or karma yoga. Vikarma means action, which disturbs the peace of the world by harming good devotees. For Arjuna, participating in the Mahabharata war was both karma and karma yoga. It was karma because Arjuna could get back his rightful kingdom, which represents money or wealth. It was karma yoga, because the war was the mission of God. The Lord was destroying injustice by fighting the war against evil people. Participation in such a war is karma yoga. Therefore, it was absolutely necessary for Arjuna to participate in this war and destroy the Kauravas, who stood as his enemy. The war happened to be the personal work (svakaryam—self-serving or self-centered work) and also the work of the Lord (Swami karyam). Svakaryam is another word for karma and Swami karyam is another word for karma yoga. ‘Karma’ is common to both terms: karma and karma yoga. This means that a person always has to work. The soul is born in this world only for doing work; therefore, one cannot remain idle or avoid work. The Gita says the same thing as “Nahi Kashchit....” Now in order to do any work or karma, an aim (sankalpa) is essential. Without an aim, no work (karma) can be done. In your body the blood circulatory system, the digestive system etc., are all working with the aim of keeping your body fit to do some work in this world. You are born in this world with a purpose. The purpose is that you should do minimum karma and maximum karma yoga. Unfortunately, you are doing maximum karma without doing even a minimum of karma yoga. That is, most of the work that you do is self-centered; you do it for yourself or for your limited family. Work of the Lord While you work for your limited family, the Lord works for the whole world, which is His family. Helping Him in His work is karma yoga. He comes down in human form as a Human Incarnation or Avatara, very frequently. He even comes down in different human forms at the same time for the upliftment of the entire human race. His work involves uplifting people present at various levels to higher and higher levels. One Incarnation may concentrate on converting atheists into believers of God by showing miracles, which are beyond scientific logic. That is the main work for that Incarnation. Another Incarnation may promote worship of God. He may introduce worship of God through names and forms. He may encourage traditional worship, prayers and worship in temples. The believers in God (aastikas) can climb only this step in the beginning. Another Incarnation reveals the Absolute Truth, which is Brahma Jnana (Real Knowledge of God). That is His chief purpose. Human Incarnations—A Spiritual Educational Complex Human Incarnations of various types, such as described above, form a complex of various educational institutions. In this complex, there are different levels of institutions such as school, college and university. At each level the Human Incarnation represents the head of that institution. There is the headmaster for the school, a principal for the college and a chancellor for the university. Various types of assisting staff to assist all the three are also present. The three levels of institutions perform their duties within their limited circles. School level: Atheist becomes a believer An uneducated person is first admitted into a school. He then goes to a college and finally to a university. The uneducated person cannot enter the university directly. Similarly, an atheist should first become a believer of God by seeing divine miracles. Converting atheists into believers is the main purpose of the first type of Human Incarnation. College level: Believer becomes a devotee After becoming a believer in God (theist), a person should become a devotee through different types of worship and devotional songs. The second type of Human Incarnation works for this. The above two types (school and college) of Incarnations, work for the purification of the mind of the person. Only when the mind is completely freed from jealousy and ego, is it said to be completely purified. Prayers, worship and traditional practices, promoted by the second type of Human Incarnation, purify the mind. Thus, the person becomes eligible for jnana yoga or the knowledge of God. Lord Shankara has said that the traditional practices bring about the purification of mind, which makes one eligible for receiving jnana yoga. University level: Devotee becomes a Jnani At the university level, the devotee becomes a Jnani (possessor of knowledge). Having gained the eligibility to acquire this knowledge, he works to get established in this knowledge, in this step. This third level is the most important level. However, if the mind is not completely purified, jnana yoga cannot be achieved. Once the person is established in jnana yoga, he is liberated. When you have this jnana yoga, you will be astonished as said in the Gita (Ashcharyavat pashyati…). The third Incarnation reveals the whole true knowledge in order to convert the devotee to a Jnani. This third Incarnation is called the Pari Poorna Tamavataram. The words ‘Pari’ and ‘Tama’ both indicate the superlative degree. The use of a double superlative degree is to emphasize that there can be no greater Avatara or Human Incarnation than this. He is God who is fully revealed. He says vehemently that He is God. Lord Krishna is the highest and fullest Incarnation (Pari Poorna Tamavataram). Only He can reveal the true knowledge, which can open all the knots of your heart. All your doubts are cleared with this knowledge. Your heart is immersed in the ocean of Bliss. This Avatara reveals jnana yoga. Serving the Lord Nirvikalpa samadhi Lord Datta, who is the Human Incarnation of God, reveals Himself fully to deserving devotees and declares that He exists in that human form. If you recognize His human form and fix Him in your mind forever, such a state is called nirvikalpa samadhi. Nirvikalpa means not getting doubts after the decision. Samadhi is the unshakeable decision. Hanuman and Radha are the best examples for nirvikalpa samadhi. Both of them recognized the Human Incarnations of their time, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna respectively, and worshipped them with total faith. Both Hanuman and Radha did only Swami karyam and gave up their svakaryam. Radha and Hanuman—Ideal servants of God Radha preached firm devotion to the world. Hanuman proved his firm devotion by always doing selfless service to the Lord. Radha lived with the Lord when the Lord had not commenced His work. Therefore, Radha did not get the opportunity to participate in the work of the Lord. Hence, she did personal service to the Lord. Swami (the Lord) started His work only after leaving Radha. Radha was a simple milkmaid and could not participate in war and the destruction of evil. So she could not assist Lord Krishna in His mission on earth, which was to destroy injustice. Satyabhama, Lord Krishna’s wife, on the other hand, who was well versed in the art of warfare, helped Lord Krishna during the war with the demon, Narakasura. Hanuman was far from Lord Rama before the work of the Lord began. The reason for this was that Hanuman was a warrior and could help Lord Rama in His mission to destroy evil. Therefore, he got associated with the Lord in the latter part of the life of Lord Rama, when He needed Hanuman. Radha was associated with Swami (Lord) in the earlier part of the Lord’s life. Hanuman was associated in the latter part of the Lord’s life. When Lord Krishna left Vrindavanam, Radha did not go home. She wandered on the banks of river Yamuna till she died. Thus, Radha outwardly exhibited love for the Lord. Hanuman too had the same extent of love for the Lord in his heart. However, Hanuman did not exhibit it. He proved it in the performance of service. For all ordinary individuals, both exhibition of the love for God and proof of love through service are necessary. Arjuna, the ordinary What happened in the case of Arjuna? Arjuna refused to fight and get back his kingdom. What is the meaning of this? Arjuna did not want to perform svakaryam (self-centered work). Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to fight the war not for the sake of Svakarma but for the sake of participating in the Lord’s work, which was the destruction of injustice. So Arjuna did not participate in the war as svakaryam (karma), but fully participated in the war as Swami karyam (karma yoga). So far it was good. But there is one important point here. Arjuna had not refused to do his karma (fight the war for selfish desire) due to his devotion for the Lord. Had he left the war due to pure and extreme devotion for the Lord, it would have been good. Had Arjuna left the war due to true detachment from his kingdom (wealth), it would also have been good. But Arjuna refused to fight because of his blind attraction to family bonds. That is why the Lord advised Arjuna to first look upon the war as karma itself. The Lord wanted Arjuna to realize that the war was his duty as a warrior and was in fact beneficial for him even from the selfish point of view. Refusing to fight this war would not only mean a personal loss of kingdom, wealth and power for Arjuna and his family, but would also bring eternal ill fame to him. Arjuna did not have as much love for the Lord as Radha had for the Lord. Hanuman, who was also a warrior, had that much love. Therefore, Hanuman never had such doubts. Arjuna did not consider the war as karma yoga (the work of the Lord); in fact, this thought never even entered his mind. Therefore, the Lord first taught him karma, then taught Bhakti (devotion) through Jnana (knowledge), and then taught jnana yoga (knowledge of God) after the purification of mind through Bhakti. Lord Krishna revealed Himself as God in jnana yoga and finally advised him to participate in the war as the work of God—karma yoga. The essence of the Bhagavad Gita can be told in one sentence: Kill Duryodhana not for the sake of your kingdom, but as a servant participating in God’s mission to destroy injustice. Desireless service Hanuman’s case was different. He participated in the war as a servant of the Lord (Lord Rama) and not for any personal benefit. Therefore, nishkama karma yoga means the participation in the work of the Lord in human form, without any selfish aim. The work of the Lord is only to uplift humanity. Such participation results only through Jnana (knowledge) and Bhakti (devotion). In case of Lord Rama, the fruit of the war (freeing His wife Sita and the killing of the evil Ravana), went to Lord Rama alone. Hanuman did not get any benefit even though he fought the war by risking his life. Thus, you must give the fruit of your work to the Lord. To do so, you must get rid of selfishness. Then even in performing karma, you will not have any selfish aim. This lack of selfish aim is called nishkama. If you do not have any selfish aim, you will not be attached to the fruit of karma. Only then can you give the fruit to the Lord. Types of Devotees Highest devotees—Divine beings If one leads a life like Hanuman, who completely concentrated on the work of God, such a person can go from Brahmacharya (celibate-student stage in life) directly to samnyasa (stage of a renounced monk). A renounced monk is called a sanyasi and he too does work. But he surrenders the fruit of his entire work to the Lord. Hanuman was a brahmacharya sanyasi (one who directly took up the life of a renunciant after student life). That means that he did not marry and surrendered his whole life and work to the Lord. He did complete Swami karyam without doing any svakaryam. Adi Shankara, Swami Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi etc., are others of this highest category of people. Mediocre devotees—Human beings People of the second category are called madhyamas (mediocre). These are people who take up family life after student life. They remain with their family for most of their life and do both svakaryam and Swami karyam. Among such people, the amount of Swami karyam that they do, is in proportion to the devotion (bhakti) they have and the amount of Svakaryam that they do is in proportion to their selfishness. In the case of Arjuna, by fighting the war, he got back his kingdom and also participated in the work of the Lord, which was the establishment of justice. Thus, he achieved both Svakaryam and Swami karyam with this one action of fighting the war. Arjuna is called Nara. Nara means a human birth. Hanuman was granted the post of the future Creator (Brahma) of the universe, in the next cycle of creation. Therefore, those of the first category become divine forms. People of the second category get human rebirths. Selfish non-devotees—Animals and demons There is a third category of people. Such people remain in Svakaryam during their entire life. That means, their time, work, energy and money are completely devoted for themselves, for their family members and for their blood relations alone. These are utterly selfish beings. They cannot recognize God in human form. They go on worshipping pictures and statues alone for their selfish ends. Duryodhana belonged to this type. He was always interested in having even his cousins’ kingdom for himself and for his blood-related family. He did not recognize Lord Krishna as God in human form. He did not participate or help in the Lord’s mission. Instead, he went to Lord Krishna to ask for His help even though Duryodhana’s cause was selfish and unjust. Even there Duryodhana was not interested in Lord Krishna but wanted Lord Krishna to give the vast and invincible Yadava army to Duryodhana. Such people are not devoted and even the worship that they perform is only to achieve their selfish ends. They will never help the Lord in His work but go on worshipping Him for their selfish ends. Duryodhana went to a terrible hell (Patala) forever. Such people are reborn as worms in pits of mud and excretory matter. They are caught in the cycle of such births forever. The Gita says that this is indeed the lowest category of people (Samsareshu Naradhaman). Your choice Therefore, you should make sure that you do not fall under the third category under any circumstances. The first category is like the sky, which you cannot reach. At least remain in the second category and attain human rebirth (Nara). That is why Lord Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna who was called Partha [1], the Nara. Ninety nine percent of people can reach the level of Nara by their sadhana (spiritual effort). It is better to remain on earth rather than falling to the lowest hell called Patala. The upper world (heaven) contains divine forms like angels, the earth, which is the middle world, contains human beings and lower world contains demons. This statement can be understood in the above sense. [1] Partha literally means the son of Pritha (Earth). Thus, in general, it means a human being (nara), who is a resident of Earth. More specifically, one of the main characters in the epic Mahabharata, Arjuna, was commonly referred to as Partha. He was the son of Kunti (also known as Pritha). Arjuna was an incarnation of sage Nara and Kunti was the incarnation of the Earth Goddess, Bhu Devi.
  19. APPROACH TO GOD God and Your Efforts: In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says “Bahuni me...” i.e., “Several births have passed for you and for Me. I remember all of them but you do not remember.” Sometimes the sadhana (spiritual effort) done by a devotee during this birth may be little. Yet God shows a lot of grace on that devotee. The reason for this is the penance done by that devotee during his previous births. Even that devotee forgets the penance done by him. Other devotees, who are doing a lot of penance to God in this birth, become jealous of that devotee. They do not know that their penance done in this birth is far less compared to the penance done by that devotee in his previous births. The wealth of a person should not be decided by looking into his current account only. His fixed deposits, which are like the fruits of the penance of his previous birth, should also be taken into account. Only the Lord can see these fixed deposits; ordinary people cannot. Swami Vivekananda came to Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa for the first time. Paramahamsa took him into a room and placed a sweet in his mouth and wept with folded hands. Vivekananda could not understand this and was confused. Paramahamsa was the Incarnation of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna together. Vivekananda was the reincarnation of Arjuna and he did not remember his previous births. But Paramahamsa remembered all the previous births. The other disciples could not digest this and became jealous of Vivekananda. Once, Satyabhama kicked Lord Krishna on the forehead by her left leg. Yet Krishna pressed her feet stating that her foot might have been pained. This looked very odd for all the other devotees. They thought that Krishna had become a slave of her beauty. Any external beauty in this world cannot attract the Lord. Only the internal beauty, which is the sacrifice and love, attracts Him. Satybhama was the incarnation of Goddess Earth. She was bearing the violence of all the demons that were strengthened by the boons of God. Thus she was tolerating God indirectly. She was tolerating the feet of all the living beings upon her. She is the other name of tolerance. Even though the Lord killed her son Narakasura, she had kept silent. In fact, she herself had helped the Lord in that war. She had crossed the wheel of ‘Anahata’, which is connected, to children. Nobody could have more tolerance than the Goddess Earth. God knew all this background. Without eligibility, God will never give anything to anybody at any time. But the devotee must take the first step towards God. The necessity is for the devotee. The Veda says “Aptakamsya” i.e., “God has attained everything and there is nothing which He has to achieve”. You have come near the sea with a pot. You should take a step into the water and make an effort to fill your pot. Then the sea moves in to fill the pot with its water. Therefore, human effort is necessary even in the case of God. When God is in human form, He is bound by the manners of humanity. The properties of human body co-exist with divinity. The electric wire has both the qualities of the wire and electricity. Giving an electric shock is the property of electricity. Being thin and lean is the property of the wire. The property of the wire is clearly seen by the unclothed eye. Similarly, the properties of the human body of God are clearly seen by people. As people misunderstand the live electric wire to be a common wire without electricity, the human body of God is also misunderstood to be that of an ordinary man. As the electric current is not seen, the divinity in the human form of the Incarnation is also not seen. But whenever a necessity arises, the electricity becomes intensive in the wire and heat is radiated out. Similarly, the divinity in the human form exposes its divine qualities like Jnana (knowledge), Love, Bliss and miracles, whenever necessary. Goal of your spiritual efforts Sudama felt bad about aproaching Lord Krishna, who was his classmate, even though Sudama was suffering with poverty. Lord Krishna also kept silent, even though He was ready to give infinite wealth to Sudama. But Sudama did not put even one step towards Dwaraka city to meet Krishna. Sudama was chanting the name and worshipping the statue of Krishna. But even a trace of his poverty was not removed because he neglected the human form of God. Until he approached the human form of God and did karma phala tyaga by offering some rice, the Lord did not respond to his need. From his level, the offering of that handful of rice to Lord Krishna was the best sacrifice. So, Lord Krishna too gave Sudama infinite wealth, according to His level. When Sudama went to meet Lord Krishna, he did not ask Krishna to remove his poverty. He was prepared to undergo the result of his sins and suffer in poverty. At the same time, he did the highest sacrifice of that handful of rice. His family was starving and if that handful rice had been cooked, at least a little food could have been given to his children. But he offered it to the Lord instead. He did not ask for anything in return and also did not even think of asking. Thus, a devotee should not ask or even think about the removal of his difficulties by God. He should be prepared to undergo the results of his sins. He should offer Guru Dakshina (donation) to the human form of God to his level best. Then God will remove his difficulties. Swami sees only the quantity of love in you and not the things you are offering to Him. The squirrel rolled in tiny sand particles and showered them into the sea with full faith, in order to contribute to the building of the sea bridge, which was the mission of Lord Rama. So the Lord patted it. The monkeys[1] were bringing big stones and tossing them into the sea but they were not patted by the Lord since their faith was not firm. Both the stones and sand particles were drowning in the water. The squirrel did not stop putting the sand particles but the monkeys got disheartened and stopped putting the big stones. So the Lord does not view what you have surrendered (sacrificed). The Lord only views the spirit with which you surrendered it. So, surrender what you have with full faith and love. Whatever the sin that may be associated with the fruit that you surrender to the Lord, will be cleansed due to your sacrifice of it to the Lord. In fact, such an offering becomes the most pious deed. Kannappa hunted animals and offered their flesh to the Lord. That is the greatest sin. There is no greater sin than killing harmless animals. “Ahimsa Paramodharmah” i.e., the greatest sin is to kill innocent harmless beings. Yet Kannappa attained the same salvation that Shabari attained when she offered fruits to the Lord. The real dharma (duty) is to please God. God created everything; He created us and is present with us in every minute of each life, as our greatest well-wisher. Nobody should be dearer to us than God. Sudama went back home without begging anything from the Lord. Yet Sudama wanted to beg to Krishna in the heart of his heart. That is not nishkama yoga (desirelessness). He was caught by the influence of prestige. While going home to his place, he was suffering mentally, thinking about his poverty. Krishna saw all this and kept silent. But Krishna is also ocean of kindness. Therefore, Krishna finally yielded. Here the victor is Lord Krishna. Kuchela (Sudama), due to his prestige, was defeated. Krishna defeated His principle [Krishna yielded] and so came out of it. Sudama gave importance to the manners of the external human body and could not understand the Lord as the Ocean of Love. The Veda declares the three qualities of God: Jnana belonging to Brahma. (Satyam, Jnanam, Anantam Brahma) Love belonging to Vishnu (Rasovai Sah) Bliss belonging to Shiva (Anando Brahma) If one quality is present, the other two must also co-exist. When Lord Datta takes the human form, all these three qualities are transmitted out. These three are the electric current present in a live metal wire. It is like the heat coming out of the fire covered by ash. If the ash is absent we will not be able to tolerate the heat. The ash controls (reduces) the heat to the extent of our tolerance i.e., the human body works like the ash. Even angels like Indra cannot see the inner form of the Lord. If the inner form of the Lord is exhibited or comes out, the entire universe disappears. Therefore, only through the human form, can one worship or enjoy the essence of Lord Datta. Nobody can establish a direct bond with Lord Datta, because, when Datta appears, the devotee disappears along with the universe. So you cannot attain Datta except through a human body (of the Incarnation). Jnana (knowledge), Prema (love) and Ananda (bliss) cannot be obtained either from the formless God or from inert statues of God. Therefore, for a human being, the Narakara (human form) is the only source. If you neglect the human form, you cannot get a human rebirth, and you will therefore be put to a permanent loss. The Veda says the same “Ihachedavedit atha satyamasti nachedihaa vedit mahati vinashtih”. Datta in Human Form Datta means the God given to the world. The Veda says that the only one God (Parabrahman) creates, maintains and destroys this world. The Veda also states that this God cannot even be imagined by people. Sage Atri saw this ultimate God through a form for the first time. This form, which was given to (seen by) Atri was called Datta. God Himself told Atri that He gave Himself to Atri through that form. Datta means the form that is given. Datta is the only form, which satisfies the definition of God as said by the Vedas. Datta is only one (one God) and He, through His three faces, creates, maintains and destroys this world. [Datta is represented pictorially as human form with three faces, to illustrate this concept]. This form of Datta is also called an Incarnation of God (Parabrahman). But this is the only fullest Incarnation of God among all His Incarnations. Therefore, this Incarnation is the original form of God. In this form called Datta, God is present. You cannot imagine God if you go beyond this form. So if you want to imagine God, Datta is the only original form that is imaginable. The limit of your imagination is Datta. If you leave Datta your imagination ends. Therefore, do not try to imagine God beyond Datta. Such imagination is impossible for anybody. So God means only Datta. This Datta is very powerful as He radiates energy of infinite millions of suns. Only Atri who became very powerful (and deserving) by penance, could see Datta. All the deities and all the planets are just Datta’s external dresses. Datta hides in deities and planets with the help of His inexplicable power called Maya. The planets, which we see in the sky, are not the planets, which I mentioned here. The planets and the sun, which you see in physical form, are inert. The planets, which are mentioned by Me, are divine forms. These physical planets are just symbolic representations of those divine forms. The Veda says “Adityam Brahmeti” i.e., “Worship the sun as God”. People started thinking that the sun is God. So the Veda again says “Nedam tat” i.e., this sun is not God. The deity form (divine form) of the sun is invisible. Therefore, the planets in their original sense (deities) and all the other deities are invisible forms. The planet-deities and the other deities put together can be called as deities in general. These deities are also very powerful and are like the radiating sun. Of course, they are not as powerful as Datta. A man can see different deities with some effort and care (spiritual effort). But you cannot touch them. We can talk with them for a while at the most. But they cannot live with us because of their radiation. We should not consider Datta as [actually] the Incarnation of God because God is beyond imagination. [In other words, we should not consider the unimaginable God to be actually modified into the human body of the Incarnation. It is true that Datta is said to be the Incarnation of God. But neither is the inert body God, nor is God modified into the inert human body. God is unimaginable. God, by His miraculous power Maya, enters the inert human body, in order to make Himself available to devotees. Thus, the human body of the Incarnation is God for the devotees effectively; not actually.] Hindus call this God beyond imagination as Parabrahma. This God is called Jehova by Christians and Allah by Muslims. You cannot say that this God is even formless because the formless object can also be imagined. For example light is formless and can be imagined, but God is beyond imagination. Therefore, we have no direct right even to mention the word God. The word ‘God’ indicates only that unimaginable thing. That unimaginable thing can be understood (inferred) only as something existing due to its effects. The Bhagavad Gita says “Avyaktahi…” i.e., “Worship of the unimaginable God is impossible and leads to grief.” So the form of Datta is inevitable and we should start with Datta. Now the word God should mean Datta. However, if you are particular of worshipping only the unimaginable God, you should understand that you can pray to Him but you cannot worship Him. Therefore, do not call God formless. Call Him unimaginable. If you imagine Him as a formless light, again your imagination is only His Incarnation. Any imagination of yours cannot be the unimaginable God. The Veda says “Na Medhaya”, “Naisha Tarkena” etc., which means that God is beyond imagination and logic. When you were imagining the light, your mind contains some limiting boundaries for it and so the light that you imagined cannot be formless. Moreover, light is made of particles called photons. Each photon is a packet of energy. So light is not formless. In this way also you cannot imagine a formless object. You can only submit your prayer to the unimaginable formless God. But this does not satisfy devotees. They want to describe Him. They want to see Him. They want to touch Him by embracing. They want to talk with Him. They want to live with Him throughout their lives. To give full satisfaction to devotees, Lord Datta takes the human form, which is made of five elements. The Bhagavad Gita says “Manusheem tanumashritam”. Just like Datta takes up radiation bodies (divine bodies made out of light) and becomes the deities; Datta takes up human bodies. Those deities and the human bodies taken by Datta are all Incarnations. An Incarnation is a two-in-one system. The first part is the inner form, which is Datta. The second part is the external form, which is either a deity or a human body. The inner form pervades all over the external form like electric current in a metallic wire. The whole wire is the current (since it gives the effect of current). Wherever you touch the wire the current gives an electric shock. It is as if there is only one thing—electric current. Similarly, in the Human Incarnation, it is as if there is only one thing—God. So the purpose of the devotees is served. Through the Incarnation, they see and touch God. They talk and live with God. Recognizing Datta How to recognize Datta in human form? He performs miracles. He gives blissful knowledge because he is both bliss and knowledge. He quotes from all the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita because He Himself spoke the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita, which are the Word of God. He treats this entire world as His family. He always tries to uplift all living beings. He is the embodiment of love and kindness. The Incarnation of Datta is filled with all these divine qualities. Do not decide a person as Datta by miracles only. Even demons and devils perform miracles. Do not decide an ordinary scholar as Datta just because the scholar can give knowledge by quoting the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. The knowledge of Datta gives bliss. The bookish knowledge of a scholar cannot give bliss. A scholar can explain the Veda and the Bhagavad Gita based on the meaning given by another scholar. These scholars cannot grasp the actual view of God present in the Veda and the Bhagavad Gita. The Veda says “Brahmavit Brahmaiva…” In this sentence the first word Brahma means the Veda. The second word Brahma means God. The meaning of this sentence is that God (Datta) alone can give the real meaning of the Veda. So, only Datta can give the real interpretation of the Veda and the Gita. Such real knowledge is called Prajnanam. The fourth great sentence (Maha vakya) says that by such Prajnanam, one should recognize Datta. Such Prajnanam is the characteristic property of the internal form of God in the Incarnation. The first three great sentences (Maha vakyas) say that the external form of God is like me, you and him i.e. like an ordinary human being. Foolish people think that God is an ordinary man by seeing the external human body, which follows all the rules of the nature. The Gita says the same “Avajanantimam Mudhah…’. The aim of God in such a human body is that He wants to suffer by taking the sins of His devotees in a real way. He will not suffer really if His body is beyond the rules of nature (if He comes in a divine body). If He took a body that was above the rules of nature, it would amount to cheating the deity of justice. Another aim of God in coming in a human body is that all the other people, who are not devotees, should not be able to recognize Him. If all recognize and follow Him, the drama of this world gets disturbed. He came only for His devotees and not for all. Only His devotees had prayed for Him. Only strong devotees can recognize Him. He will not allow weak devotees to recognize Him by deliberately talking or acting negatively (Maya). Generally people are not interested in recognizing God in human form due to their jealousy and ego. One in thousands tries to recognize. One among those recognizes and reaches Him. This is told in the Gita as “Manushyanam....” [1] Lord Rama was helped by the Vanaras, an ape-like race of forest-dwellers in locating his kidnapped wife Sita, building a sea-bridge to Lanka and fighting a battle with the evil demon-king Ravana.
  20. UNITY OF RELIGIONS IN THE UNIVERSE (Conversation between Swami and a Christian Father) [Following is the divine experience of Shri Phani Kumar, a devotee of Swami as narrated by him.] Recently, I had the fortune to accompany Swami in a train journey from Narasaraopet to Vijayawada. A Christian father was our co-passenger. The conversation between Swami and the Christian father took place as given below.] Father: Those who do not have faith in Jesus Christ will be sent to the flames of liquid fire in hell. This is the declaration of our faith. Swami: Does that mean that there is no salvation to all the generations of devotees who lived on this earth before the incarnation of Jesus Christ? If so, all those devotees were subjects of the partiality of God since they were deprived of the revelation that their successors had! Father: God is impartial in this matter. He gave Jehovah to mankind for their salvation before the incarnation of Jesus. Swami: Fine! That may be true, but devotees of this land (India) had no knowledge of either Jehovah or Jesus Christ prior to the arrival of Vasco da Gama. Vasco da Gama discovered India and only later on, did the Christian literature that speaks of Jehovah or Jesus come to India. All those innocents, who lived before the arrival of Vasco da Gama were deprived of the revelations of either Jehovah or Jesus Christ and were sent to the flames of the ‘liquid fire’ for no fault of theirs. Moreover, they did not even have the opportunity to take human rebirth birth later and reclaim salvation since the doctrine of the faith that you follow, has no place for the rebirth of the soul. Does this mean that God intended to provide the revelation only to a handful of people in a small country and deny the opportunity to all those living in rest of the world? Why did God reveal Himself at a particular point of time, in a particular land and to a particular section alone? Does that not accuse God of partiality? Father: No faith is free from such blame. Does your faith also not warn those who do not believe in your faith, of the same danger of hell? All mortals in other lands, who are not aware of the virtues of your faith, are also subjected to the same punishment in hell! Does this also not accuse God of partiality? Swami: There are fanatic enthusiasts in every faith. Christian enthusiasts claim that non-believers in Jehovah or Jesus Christ shall be subjected to the flames of the liquid fire. Hindu enthusiasts claim that non-believers in Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva shall be subjected to punishment in hell. These enthusiasts further introduce ideas that salvation is possible only for devotees who follow that particular path, while others will go to hell. Followers of different sects criticize each other by such warnings. All these enthusiasts fail to recognize the unity in all the world religions. All these ‘approaches’ to God, accuse Him of partiality. The only way to keep God free from blame is to understand His generosity correctly. The same single God revealed Himself in different forms, in different places, in different times, to different people. He granted the same enlightenment [knowledge] to all in different languages. All those who are faithful to Him attain salvation upon receiving the enlightenment. Those who fail to accept it, are subjected to the liquid fire in hell. This approach towards God makes Him free from any blame of partiality. The God of all religions is one and the same. He may appear to be different due to differences in His approach to different people, in different times, in different forms and in different languages. He uplifts all with the same compassion. The sea receives all the rivers in the same way, whether they are straight or curved. Devotion is important; not the religion or the path. If the straight river becomes proud and mocks at the curved river, God will see to it that the straight river will never reach Him. By His will, people will build a dam on that river to divert all the water! Everyone needs to follow the path assigned in his faith to attain salvation. Every religion has different levels of spiritual enlightenment. One should move up to the higher level for achieving total enlightenment. Such enlightenment alone is the means of salvation. These levels of enlightenment in each religion are similar to the different levels in education such as school and college. Different religions are similar to different language mediums. The curriculum is same in all the language mediums. A pupil of a certain language medium should strive to reach higher levels of knowledge in the same medium of his choice. He is a pilgrim in pursuit of divinity. His medium is his opportunity. It is neither superior nor inferior to any other medium. He need not move on to another language medium to uplift himself. All the language mediums are different religions with different levels of knowledge. A school student studying science in a particular medium (language) need not change his medium, because even if he changes, the syllabus will not be changed. He should strive to change his syllabus by raising his standard of knowledge i.e. he should graduate from the school level and reach the college level while remaining in the same language medium. The school and college levels exist in every medium. A school student does not become a college student just by changing the medium of his class. He becomes a college student only when the level of his knowledge rises. Similarly, a devotee of any religion should try to reach the higher spiritual level in his own religion. His spiritual level is not raised by changing his religion. Every religion has the lower and higher levels of spirituality meant for devotees of corresponding stages. Religion is the medium and spirituality is the curriculum or syllabus. This syllabus (spirituality) has different levels, such as school level, college level etc., present in the same medium (religion). One should strive to reach the higher levels of knowledge that are present in his own faith. No one needs to move to another faith for getting a higher level of knowledge or for final salvation. All faiths lead to the same destination. In any path, you will have to proceed vertically to reach the goal. At any point, if you travel horizontally to another path, you will still remain at the same level, which is a waste. The realization of this truth alone ensures harmony among different faiths in the world. Failure to recognize the truth will not make anyone enlightened. [When Swami concluded in this way, the Christian father stood up, touched his heart, traced a cross over it and said the following words.] Father: We believe that Jesus will be born again. Yes. Jesus is born again now. Nobody else can explain like this. I am fully convinced”. [When we returned to our house, Swami said the following to me.] Swami: See, the Christian father did not rigidly limit his mind with conservatism. Every religion contains good and broadminded devotees. My effort in the propagation of this knowledge is for such devotees, who are present in every religion in this world.
  21. هندوسي يسئل ماذا عن ملايين الناس من غير المسلمين هل هناك ديانه لهم أم هو الله وحده ولا شيئ غيره ... مسيحي يعتنق الإسلام في حوار مع عباس ...
  22. شاب كوري اعتنق الإسلام ويجيب كيف غير الإسلام حياته ولماذا تحتاج كوريا للإسلام ؟ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeCN_z4ldcU 1/2 الإله في داخلي! هاشم في حوار مع مسيحيين الجزء الأول https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWKLG9O57RA 2/2 الإله في داخلي! هاشم في حوار مع مسيحيين الجزء الثاني https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfTtu2dSwk0
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    Covid-19 | SPACE

    #COVID-19 ALL, Thanks again for all the great messages and emails regarding my thoughts. We are so glad to know that we are still in your thoughts as much as we are thinking about you. So here are a few more thoughts to keep you close and thinking about soccer... Click here >> SPACE
  24. #COVID-19 Dear TOCA Parents, Players, Coaches and Friends, Because of the kind and thoughtful responses from dozens of families and hundreds of visits to our website regarding my thoughts I am here writing you again. Not only because I continue to miss all the daily soccer training and weekly soccer games that we lost but because we need to stay in touch so here we go again... Click here >> HALF TIME REPORT "Believe you can and you are half way there"
  25. COVID-19 Dear TOCA Parents, Players and Friends, We wanted to share the thoughts of one of our Club Founders, Christian Noguera, who is also a Doctor and has been very active with his practice and new protocols that keep changing every day while we all try to learn and keep up with this Pandemic. Click here >> THOUGHTS FROM THE CLUB
  26. عبد الله بن عمر يقول: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: (كلكم راع، وكلكم مسؤول عن رعيته، الإمام راع ومسؤول عن رعيته، والرجل راع في أهله وهو مسؤول عن رعيته، والمرأة راعية في بيت زوجها ومسؤولة عن رعيتها، والخادم راع في مال سيده ومسؤول عن رعيته) حديث رقم: 853 <صحيح البخاري < كتاب الجمعة ••••••••••••••••• :: Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ :: ••••••••••••••••• 'Abdullah bin 'Umar had said, "I heard Allah's Apostle saying, 'All of you are guardians and responsible for your wards and the things under your care. The Imam (i.e. ruler) is the guardian of his subjects and is responsible for them and a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for them. A woman is the guardian of her husband's house and is responsible for it. A servant is the guardian of his master's belongings and is responsible for them.' Volume 2, Book 13, Number 18, al Bukhary عن ابن عمر،عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: (اجعلوا في بيوتكم من صلاتكم، ولا تتخذوها قبورا) والمقصود ب (صلاتكم) : صلاة النافلة حديث رقم: 422 <صحيح البخاري < كتاب الصلاة ••••••••••••••••• :: Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ :: ••••••••••••••••• Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet had said, "Offer some of your prayers (Nawafil) at home, and do not take your houses as graves." Volume 1, Book 8, Number 424, al Bukhary عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه ، وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، عن النبي صلى الله عليه واله وسلم قال: (ما يصيب المسلم، من نصب ولا وصب، ولا هم ولا حَزَن ولا أذى ولا غم، حتى الشوكة يُشاكها، إلا كفَّر الله بها من خطاياه). متفق عليه Narrated Abu Sa'id Al Khudri & Abu Hurairah (RAA) The Prophet (SAW) said, "No fatigue, no disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that." Bukhari and Muslim How Muhammad (saw) changed my life - Story of Ibrahim Karir - Revert from Hinduism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h95rIAVPyU شاب أمريكي عمره 15 عام يعتنق الإسلام ويوجه نصيحة مهة للشباب المسلمين حقيقة علمية ذُكرت في القرآن واكتشفها العلم الحديث تُطمئن قلب كل مسلم لديه شك - تمدد الكون https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNgCwObV6Rc&t=418s تحدي صحة الإسلام للأستاذ أحمد سبيع - من هو هامان؟ ولماذا خالف القرآن الكتاب المقدس؟
  27. Permanent Solution for the Coronavirus Pandemic Shri Phani asked: How to overcome such calamities as all the world is facing now due to the present horrible virus? Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! A king passed a rule in his kingdom which was to be followed by all citizens. The citizens who failed to follow the rule were to be punished. Some citizens violated the rule and were punished by the court of law (dharmāsanam) present in the kingdom. Now, suppose these punished violators praise the king a lot and pray to him, will the king cancel their punishment using his supreme power? The other citizens who followed his rule were not punished, even though they never praised the king. Hence, the main point here is to follow the rule of the king. Whether citizens praise the king or not is immaterial. If you replace the king with God and the kingdom with this entire world, you will be able to relate the above story to the present context. God has given the divine constitution called the Dharma Śāstra, to humanity through ancient sages. Every soul is expected to follow that divine constitution of God. The constitution recommends doing certain meritorious deeds and prohibits sinful deeds. If one does not do the meritorious deeds, one only misses some benefit like going to heaven. But if one commits sin, one faces inevitable punishment. The punishment includes being sent to hell after death and undergoing suffering there. But it also includes hell-like punishment here on earth, when the sin committed is highly intense (Atyutkaṭaiḥ pāpa puṇyaiḥ, ihaiva phalamaśnute). The present calamity is punishment given by God to souls here on earth. Hence, it is indeed the result of the intense sins done by the souls in this world. Following justice, doing meritorious deeds and not committing sin is the path of pravṛtti or worldly life. Devotion to God, which includes praising God, is the path of nivṛtti or spiritual life. A soul’s efforts in nivṛtti do not save the soul from the punishment of violating pravṛtti. Hence, praying to God will not stop this calamity, since it is the punishment for the sins committed by souls in worldly life (pravṛtti). Pravṛtti and nivṛtti are independent fields and nivṛtti never interferes with pravṛtti. Even if a soul is an atheist, but if he or she follows pravṛtti (worldly justice) strictly, the soul will not face any punishment. By avoiding sin, one certainly avoids the punishment of sin. Such a person will escape the infection even in the present epidemic. The three main sins mentioned in the Gita “Kāmaḥ krodhaḥ tathā lobhaḥ…” are given below and briefly explained: 1. Illegitimate sex: Sex with anyone except one’s legitimate married life-partner is sin. 2. Illegitimate anger: The unjust anger or violence shown towards good people and harmless living beings is sin. Not showing the appropriate anger or force towards bad people is also a sin. 3. Illegitimate greed: All forms of corruption, and theft are sin. Being miserly and avoiding donation to deserving recipients is also sin. Further, irrationally donating to undeserving receivers is also a sin. These three main sins are to be strictly avoided by all people. Being ethical, following justice and strictly avoiding sin is the minimum and maximum expectation of God from any soul, be it a theist or an atheist. If the people of a country can pray to God in the following manner, this calamity can be avoided in that country. Even people who do not believe in God can make the following resolve and abide by it. They too shall be protected. The prayer or resolve is as follows: Let me propagate the message of doing meritorious deeds and not doing sins, extensively in society. By repeatedly propagating this message of living ethically in society, not only do I imbibe it fully, but the public also imbibes it fully. It brings reformation in me as well as in the society around me. At the very least, it reduces the intensity of sin. All souls including me will, at least, sincerely try to reduce the intensity of their sin. Even atheistic countries and atheists within different countries can make this resolve because it makes no reference to God. However, atheists must accept the inevitable force with which the sins of mankind get punished by nature. This mere invisible virus has brought the whole world to a halt and left even the world leaders trembling in fear. At the time of the final destruction, the final Incarnation of God called Kalki, using the electric sword (vidyut khadga) given by Lord Śiva, will destroy almost all the souls in the world with unimaginable speed. It will be a million times faster than the spread of the present virus! =============== -By Shri Datta Swami (Visit our website: www.universal-spirituality.org) Universal Spirituality for World Peace
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