Dialogues With Hindus

I am proud to be a Hindu for various reasons.  One among them is the freedom that it gives to take up any kind of sadhana which suits one’s personality.  Next is the freedom that it gives in spiritual pursuit.  And next is the pluralism as its fundamental character.  Though this is viewed by many, particularly several non-Hindus as one of the weak areas of Hinduism, yet I consider it as the strength of Hinduism.  The way Hindu tradition gives space for criticism, questions and even allows to disagree and form new sampradayas in its religious world is remarkable one.  And in this section I post my dialogue with fellow Hindus and Scriptures.  As usual I am ready to accept correction if someone points out my wrong understanding and seek their forgiveness if any of my words and ideas hurt anyone.

December 1, 2011

Bhakti a sadhana or strain

When I took my brother and his wife to Badrinath and Kedarnath the car driver, on the way asked me one question: ‘We know and also taught by our…

Chasing Cars

Another question from a youth in Hyderabad: Hello sir. I have been following your posts since I joined this group. The ‘hear and say’ way has…

Corporate religions

The following information really amused as such swamijis living outside India try to create a corporate Hinduism denying the Hindu reality in…

Debated Dialogue

Before sharing the dialogue, I need to explain why I gave the title to this as 'Debated Dialogue.'  Dialogue is rightly called 'samvad' (sam +…

Dhana

One time I gave some money to help a person for his heart surgery. And immediately after giving, before he could say anything, I said, 'thanks…

Diaspora Dharma

As a student of learning many aspects of Hinduism, I have read about ‘popular Hinduism’, ‘Rural Hinduism’, ‘philosophical Hinduism’,…

Discerning the Truth

“How can we know we are on the right path”? This is a relevant question and issue. What is right or wrong is very relativistic and we cannot…

Enlightenment

Another question: What is your understanding about so-called ‘enlightenment’? How you will translate that word in Telugu or Hindi or Sanskrit or…

Everlasting Peace

When the question came about doing some sadhana or kundalini yoga to get permanent peace, I said: That is impossible. The world is full of suffering…

Formula for Success

One boy quoted a Telugu film star who said something like, “If your success is not envied by others, then it is not success at all.” In…

Gita and Bible (Muktiveda)

Dialogue with SS I have lots of questions inside me and I so want to know more about God and the truth. I am going to be very frank with…

Identity question for Hindus

  Hello Swamiji,I had been having some interesting conversations with a close friend of mine (PGK) – …. (who is now in Denmark).  He…

Ideology and Exploitation

This evening I had an interesting dialogue with Umapathy. When we were discussing the life of a sannyasi, he said that they have brought around 20…

Ideology versus Personal Commitment

This morning when I went to See Dr. Priya (name changed) with my mother for her health problems, I had a very interesting dialogue with her. Despite…

Idol Worship

I received this message recently: Why do Hindus worship idols when God told us he is everywhere? Once Swami Vivekananda visited King of Alwar in…

Image of God

One Hindu asked me, “You have mentioned that GOD or YAWEH is nirgun, but his manifestation called Mukthinath (Jesus) is sagun. How can a sagun…

Is God a Person?

Does God have a humanely form? because according to the bible, human beings are the image of God while in the Gita, it seems like God exists in some…

Karma and Simplified Religion

Dear Swamiji, While reading through your answers, some instances from Mahabharata flashed in my mind. Krishna’s biological mother asks why he…

Karma, dharma and Seva

‘What is karma’ was a simple question asked by Ahemed (from Maldives) who came to the ashram with Anugrah for Pongal celebration (2013).  To his…

Kundalini

That boy who was a staunch Sihiv bhakta often talked about awakening kundalini and seven chakras. For this I said that I have never done proper…

Legalism

I know a person, who claims that he is straightforward and tell things to other directly to them than saying round about ways or through some other…

Meaningful life

I feel that my life will make much more meaning when I get to know Him. I admit I don't know much and maybe there might be some misconceptions about…

Morality

"Democracy", Mr. Vajpayee emphasised, "was more a moral than just a constitutional or legal system. While constitution and law are important, the…

Multi task and division of labour

‘The research of past several decades has proved that ‘multi-task’ orientation never yield much results’, said one person when we were…

My Experience With Muktinath

Would you please tell me about your experience of getting enlightened by Yeshu.   I set my own creeds and tried to live up to them since I…

Native/NRI Invasion

Like moral policing, a defender of faith is not a new thing in religious world.  We read about the zealots among the Jews and similar orthodox…

Need to change

‘After marriage he completely changed’ is the regular complaints that one can hear from an Indian mother.  But I cannot understand the logic in…

New Mandali

I met few youths at Hyderabad when I went there for a one day program. They all came with so many questions and issues related to their struggle in…

Not because of fear

Whenever we face some problem in handling with the worker who does seva here (I never like to call any one as “servant”), it will finally ended…

Notes from the October Meeting

On my arrival on 14-10-16, in the evening I had a lively talk with Satya. His topic was: Acceptance and Care. He said that while we accept others we…

On Deeksha

One sishya said to me, "Since taking deeksha is a personal (spiritual) commitment of a bhakta to the Lord, we should leave it to…

Our View On Other’s Faith

“Let the dead bury the dead” Raguram: Will the sins that one incurs be reduced by giving offerings to the temples, donations and doing several…

Professional seva?

When some visitors come to my ashram , they are marvel at the nature and calmness that they rarely get in their busy city life.  Sometimes they…

Purpose of Life?

‘What is the purpose of life’ was the question addressed to me.  ‘Life is there to LIVE’, was my response.  But how to LIVE that life…

Ramayana Controversy

The recent controversy at Delhi University about removing Ramanujam’s scholarly paper on the many Ramayanas, reminds me of a heated dialogue I had…

Religious charity

When I was in Mathigiri, one political leader asked why not I collect money from my shishyas and do some kind of social service to the poor and needy…

Rupa, Svarupa, Arupa

Another boy who claims himself a staunch Shiv bhakta asked one question about ‘rupa, svarupa and arupa’. Rupa means that which has form; svarupa…

Self-Interest

Now to your other question: Do you agree with me that anything done for promoting survival chances is good (with long-term prospects…

Social Service and Changing Communities

This evening around 7.30 p.m. the army officer whom I met yesterday came to see me and spent two hours. He is a Malayali and his name is Sri…

Textual Exegesis

One need not wonder how speakers can do it when they give long religious discourses, either as an exclamation or a question. The Puranas (along with…

The Best Religion

What are the qualities, aims of a good religion? There are many religions; what makes sanatana dharma stand out of the rest and be the best? I…

Training Shishyas

I received this email from one of my shishyas: I have been thinking about you training some of your shishyas in this path of sannyasin. So when…

Upholding Our Value

We recently had a discussion from Jayanatha (James) 5:1-11. As usual, after wandering around on various topics, we finally settled on one main…

Vanakkam and Namaste

Recently one bhakta asked what ‘Vanakkam’ (in Tamil) actually means. Its counterpart is ‘Namaste’ in Hindi. Though there was no specific…

What is the Purpose of Life-I

When Arun and Vishal came to see me today, after some common talk they asked me, ‘what is the purpose of this life’?  ‘The purpose of the life…

When the Muktiveda is silent…

On 5th September 2015 in our weekly discussions, one bhakta asked, “What are the hidden social norms and values which could help a Hindu bhakta…

Where to find?

Where do I find the real Him? Is he Jesus? Is he Lord Krishna or someone else?--SS --See my response to the question @.  Even if you are sure of…

Where to seek and What to seek

The following dialogue I had with Sri Jagadesh Tripati of Ranikhet (Haldwani) on August 18, 2001, evening 4.30 p.m. After some talk Tripatiji…

Who is a scholar?

Recently there came a heated debate on ‘Caste’ and ‘Race’ after a Conference at Chennai held in 2010 January in a Forum.  Due to miss…

Who is God?

who is He?--ss --There is a Tamil saying, ‘Whoever has seen God cannot explain Her and whoever has explained Her, not yet seen God.’ …

Why Can’t All People Think This Way?

Another question from a Hyderabad youth: Why should I choose to find enlightenment? In religion or God? Or anything for that matter. If I choose to…

Why I need

It also then brings up the question in me that why do I need to come to Christ?—SS. --You cannot come to Muktinath, but He has to come to you. …

Why Muktinath?

My mother, for instance, is a very righteous woman. She is very truthful to God and worships Him in truth and spirit. She has always believed in…