These are the questions put to Prof. Anil Kumar and answered by him. So please before sending any question read the introduction and make sure that your question has not yet been answered.
I am well-educated and learned,
with good cognisance of spiritual precepts and Baba’s teachings. I know myself
as a part and parcel of God for sure, without a doubt. I know that Swami and I
are one. And I have all the correct knowledge and mastery over desire. Still I
don’t have money, I don’t have a job, (Laughter) and no shelter.
What am I to do? I know that I am God,
but have no job. I know I am God, but have no shelter to live in.
If all are the same,
why must we serve? Whom must we serve?
How do I get connected with
Bhagavan? I am studying in a very good college. But I am missing the link with Bhagavan.
How do I get connected with Bhagavan?
Today I accept
things. But how do I accept unpleasant things with joy?
I want to know if
Swami ever said something specific about Jehovah or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
What is the goal of human life?
I am a 19 year old
boy. I am not serious about life. How can I develop seriousness?
Prashanti Nilayam, when people gather for darshan, almost all blocks are
reserved, either for VIPs, students, ex-students, special foreigners, old
people, etc., and hardly one block is left for the general public. People coming
from far off places, with so many difficulties, hardly even get to see Swami
properly. Is it not unfair to reserve these
blocks always for VIP people, students etc., who also get easy darshan, sparshan,
and sambharshan on a regular basis?
question is with respect to translations available all over the world. This
brother feels that there is a deviation from the original thought.
“Didn’t Lord Krishna cheat everybody in Mahabharata?”
“What are your views about astral travel?”(310705)
HOW CAN WE RAISE A CHILD WHO WILL BE A PILLAR OF SAI PHILOSOPHY”(310705)
“We want to
construct a Sai school in the western countries. Should the building be
constructed facing towards east or west?”(310705)
could not participate in yagna because of some inconveniences. What shall I do?”
profession I have to commit some sins. What shall I do?”(310705)
“I am not fit
for service physically, but I feel that Swami is telling me that service and Namasmarana should go together. So what path should I follow?”(310705)
“My inner conscience tells me that it is time for me to let go of all worldly matters and settle at His Lotus Feet.” And he goes on to say, “My conscience is asking me to leave everything behind….. I am forty years old with a family.” (310705)
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DREAMS?
Some members of our
centre believe that we should recite the ‘Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu’ only
after doing Arathi. Is that the right way for this mantra?
I HAVE SENT MY PHOTO TO SWAMI -- IS THERE ANY ANSWER?
Can I sing a Ganesha song twice during bhajanS?(240705)
are dress codes different for men and women?
If things happen as per karma, why should we pray?
WHEN A PERSON HAS BECOME VERY SPIRITUAL, WHAT WILL MARRIAGE MEAN TO THAT PERSON?
on Sai, which instantly leads one to enjoy and feel Sai’s Love, I find myself
very sad as I feel trapped and chained by the very world I have created around
what is the spiritual significance and purpose of
What is the proper method to turn the mind inward?
Without mind, how can I know
What is wisdom (jnana)?(100405)
“A member of Sai organisation/a devotee, can he/she attend the
discourses given by any other spiritual guru organised by Indian communities in
Then the next
question is this: I have a doubt in my mind, involving the control of the mind.
What is the best way to control it?
Does Swami allow marriages between Westerners and Indians? (20.03.05)
What does Baba say
How does one fully
concentrate on Swami in order to become a true devotee?
What is liberation is like? (130305)
What is wrong if you
are reborn time and again?
incorporate Sai teachings and also practice kriya yoga, or do these conflict?
Regarding Pathala Bhubaneswar, another devotee told me, “That place was used by Jesus. It is a place where Bhagavan intends to build an ashram.” Can you please provide me with confirmation and information about this? (130305)
Swami sometimes says
that He is only a witness, that He is not responsible for our actions. On other
occasions, He also says that nothing happens unless He wills it. Can you please
explain this a little further?
We have two
Avatars. Can you explain how two Avatars can exist at the same time? (130305)
Can you please advise
me if it is okay to continue my practice of pranayama, the breathing exercise? I
attended your talk (she means my talk here) and you said that pranayama
breathing exercises are dangerous. Shall I continue with these exercises?
What happens to the
good souls after death?
Many of our brothers
and sisters extol the virtues of Indian music because Indian music has become
cool. I know Swami says very often that the Indian and Vedic traditions of music
are very spiritual in their essence.
He say anything about the inner power and meaning of western and classical
non-Indian music and its traditions?
|175||How can I avoid evil spirits?(130305)|
What is it that gets in the way of knowing the Truth? Why don’t I see the light of Truth? Why don’t I see the flame of Truth? What is it that is keeping me in the darkness of untruth? Why don’t I see the light of Truth? (130305)
Did Buddha refer to the Creator at any time?
There are certain
great important composers, eminent devotees like Jayadeva and Annamacharya,
right? These composers have brought in certain sensual subjects.
What does Swami
say about it? We do not find the boys or anybody here singing those songs that
relate to sensual subjects.
Should we read ONLY SAI literature?
Is a dream with Swami
a perfect interview? And must we take all instances from Him as though it is
If Swami knows
everything about us, why did He ask you yesterday, during His Divine discourse,
about the name of the boy standing there?
What do you say about
India as the spiritual heart of mankind?
son is not spiritual in the way I want him to be. My grandson doesn’t
behave in the way I want him to behave. I want to correct my grandchild,
but my son will not permit me. I want to correct my granddaughter, but my
daughter will not permit me. What can I do? (08.08.04)
we ask Swami wholeheartedly, can He liberate us from all of our bad past
Why is Swami healing
so many people, but our own love cannot heal His ailments? It makes people
I feel everybody
should have at least one experience with Swami, to know He is God and to have
faith in Him. Initially, when someone told me He is Shirdi Sai, how could I
believe Him? There are so many God men in India who are claiming they are Shirdi
Sai, etc. etc. How do we rule out the fake ones? How do we keep Swami above all
these God men?
Swami says, "I
pass on My energy to you during darshan." Can’t we draw Swami’s energy
doing bhajan alone at home? Millions of devotees are not able to come to
Parthi to physically draw this energy.
Please advise me. Is there a difference
between being at Parthi or at home, filled with thoughts of Swami and prayers? I
wish to make my home a temple so that I don’t miss Swami at any point of time.
I always look upon
Swami as my spiritual guide and Divine friend. However, my personal experience
with Swami has been limited. He has been compassionate during the one or two
physical encounters I have had with Him.
My question is this: Krishna was a
physical and spiritual friend to Arjuna. Why is it that God now chooses indirect
communion with His friend? This has been the biggest test of our true
Swami says, “Love all, serve all”. In family life, it is not possible to love all and serve all, especially, when people around are jealous and political. (Oho!) So, should we distance ourselves from such family members or still continue to mingle with them?
We are drowned
by confusion. Please enlighten me by clarifying the following queries: (01.08.04)
curses out of anger or frustration, does it affect us, though we did not commit
Is it proper for a
mother to curse her own children just to vent her anger and ego?
I openly disagree
with what Meerabai did. (Oh!) She left her husband for God. Why did she
marry then? Is she not violating the duty of a wife or a householder?
If every woman
acted as Meerabai did, the family would be in utter chaos!
also did something similar. They were so immersed in Krishna, that they had no
time for their families.
Meera and the gopikas are misleading.
When we fall sick
off and on, should we really go to the doctor every time? Is it not okay to take
vibhuti in water and chant Swami’s Name, however big or small the ailment
“Why is there an
increase in population?” (070304)
asked me, ‘what do you want?’ I expressed the wish to dance the Cosmic
Dance with Him, thinking of Divine music and the joy of Divine rhythm.
Above all, the Divine Dance is bliss, unison with Lord Shiva.”(070304)
“Did Baba say
anything about the heavenly Ganga and the four Vedas?”(070304)
“I work in the
Indian Navy. During an interview, Bhagavan told me not to think
negatively. He also gave as an example about the construction of the
building where we see the walls being built and the roof being laid.
Please explain this analogy.” (070304)
”We cannot forget and forgive everybody so easily
because we are human beings. But Swami says to forget and forgive. Swami can
smile in all situations. We cannot. Can you show the right way towards life, or
should we say a spiritual life? How to smile in all situations?”
“Will Baba show the
whole world that He is God in this body, or in the coming body, that of Prema
“Whatever happened to
me was for my own good. I killed a person for a minor provocation. Is that also
for my own good?”
“It seems that the
state president issued a list of ninety bhajans with a directive that no other
bhajans be allowed to be sung in the bhajans mandali.
The list does not contain the old and new
bhajans sung in Prasanthi Nilayam. What shall we do?”
|140||”Will Baba transfer His powers to somebody?”|
Will Baba show
the whole world that He is God in His present body, or in the body of
Prema Sai? Will Baba show that He is God now? Or, will He show this as
Prema Sai, the next Incarnation?
|138||“Baba says that He does not transfer His power to anybody. In a few places, we find vibhuthi manifested and some people who are able to materialise vibhuthi and the lingam, etc. Is this not a transfer of power?”|
“How does one
settle in Prashanti Nilayam?”
“How does one
get Swami’s Grace?”
“Sathya Sai Baba produced three Atma-Lingams as part of Lingodbhava on Friday, February 18th. What did He do with the Lingams? Did He use them for something? Did He create them for somebody or for the world?”
What does He do with the lingams?
“What about merging with Brahman at the end of
all creation and returning in the next creation in another human form?”
“Once we merge
with God, is it forever? Will it mean that we won’t ever take any form
again, even if God wills it?”
How many sons did Shiva have?
|131||“Who is the next Avatar?”|
“The Sai organisation is seen as
a sect because of Hinduistic influence. Does Swami want to comment on
“Why can’t we sing Sanskrit
songs? Why sing some other songs? The world council has sent a circular
that we should sing in our own language.”
“In this time, what is the most
healing music for the western over-stressed and disturbed mind? Could
singing a mantra or reciting one be more beneficial?
“Why has Swami recently begun Vedic
chanting? Is there a particular reason why this is done at this particular
time? Music can have a great pacifying influence on people.”
“If death is the dress of life,
which means we should not be afraid of death, then what do we do with the
Mahamrutyunjaya mantra? Should we chant it or not?”
“There are 120 members in a samithi and they want to organise into two groups.
In one group, there are devotees with instruments, capable of singing. In the
other group, they are not that talented. What should we do?”
“Why does Swami stare at His
devotees during car darshan? It happened to me twice.”
“Sir, we all agree that all human beings, irrespective of cast and creed, are in search of the so-called unknown in the physical world, which is peace or universal Love, or Self- realisation. We also agree that Swami has incarnated in the world for this very purpose, to help or lead of us on the path so that we can reach the destination. Now, sir, you are in the proximity of the physical form of the Avatar, and also on constant physical talking terms, more than anybody else in the world. Do you feel that you have come to the end of the search, or feel that you have accomplished the task of this life, or do you feel fulfilment can be attained in the near future? What exactly is your inner feeling? Sorry, sir, for asking a personal question, but this is out of curiosity. (Laughter)
does Baba say about Vastu? Vastu Sastra is a special science that speaks of the
engineering constructions, where such a building has to be constructed in the
north or something like that.”
|121||The thought for the day of the 18th September, 2003 revealed: “Man has been given a hundred years of life and plenty of work to fill the years with, but you fritter the time with playful games, founding and fostering a family.” What does Baba mean, ‘We fritter the time in founding and fostering a family?’ Is there something wrong in founding and fostering a family?|
I am a
devotee of Swami and have been
for the past four years. Does Swami know about me? Does He know of my love and
devotion for Him?
How can we transmute our energy in the
is Swami's opinion about Jyothisha? Horoscopes?
“Why should one desire liberation when he has no idea of it?”
|115||“I am from Lebanon and I am a Jordanian Christian. My people accept all that is related to Christianity, but not Baba. What should I do?” (030803)|
“Would you please
explain a little bit more about the three R's - reaction, reflection, resound?”
“What is the
difference between surrender and merger?”
|112||“In a family, how is it that one or two are devotees, while the rest are not Sai devotees? Why?” (030803)|
|111||“Swami repeatedly says, ‘My life is My message.’ Could you please share your thoughts on its basis for the benefit of the devotees in the Bay Area?” ) (030803)|
|110||“Is there anything wrong in praying to Swami for our wants, for our needs?” (030803)|
“I am suffering.
How is it that Bhagavan is not able to respond to my prayers?
“What are your
views on dreams?”
“We women, whom
should we follow? Should it be Sita, the wife of Rama, who accompanied her
husband into exile, or should it be Urmila, the wife
of a brother of Rama, who remained at home?”
|106||“What is surrender?” (030803)|
“How to earn His
“I am not
satisfied with my spiritual progress. Why? How to be satisfied?”
would you give to a person who does not believe in past life, and who is as good
as one can be, in regard to the pain and suffering he goes through?”
“How do you distinguish between the true inner voice and the mind's whisper?”
“All good people
suffer - why?”
in thought, word and deed in terms of its inner meaning.”
“How is the
spiritual heart connected with the mind in the body, in terms of feeling,
thinking and action? How do I connect them for a better life?”
“I really do not
know why I start crying while singing bhajans. Can you please tell me why
this is happening?” (030803)
“How do we remove
One boy asked me,
“Sir, how do you know that there is ego?”
When Swami suddenly talks to a boy, a student, well, he will think he is very
“How do I get
over my anger? What does Swami say about this? How to overcome my ego?”
|91||“Explain Mukthi (liberation), Moksha (heaven ), Nirvana (liberation) briefly. (030803)|
“What is the
Divine Message of Bhagavan? Convey it in one sentence.” (030803)
“Although we know
God is Omnipresent and we feel that we are sincere devotees, we are still
disappointed if vibuthi does not materialize on our altars, or if we are
not granted interviews. Does this mean that we have not done enough sadhana
or spiritual practice to receive God's Grace?” (030803)
faith wavers. How can I make it steady? What should I do to make it firm?” A
genuine question indeed! (030803)
“How do you develop, protect and improve faith?”
|86||“Particularly in America, how do we, as Sai devotees, find the right balance between worldly success and spiritual growth towards Swami's Lotus Feet?” (270703)|
“If anyone criticises me, I feel badly. I have not gotten beyond that feeling.
What do I do? How do I take the criticism? I have still have a reaction. What am
I to do?”
“God says to do
good to all. Where do I draw a line, say, if I have done the best of my ability,
and yet another man hurts me?”
“In the midst of busy work, how do I link myself with God? Some people have to
drive hours and hours to reach their work spot.
At the end of the workday,
they return completely tired after driving more hours. In this busy life, how am
I to establish a link with God?”
it necessary that one should face dissatisfaction to be spiritual? I am OK with
the world. So, why pursue God then? I am fine in this world.” This is a question
from a young adult.
|81||“When there is no co-operation within the family, can we still attain liberation?” (270703)|
“Are Comparison And Competition To Be Avoided?”
“After being here (this question was asked by an
Indian in the USA), we face ‘culture shock’. What does Baba want us to do
about culture shock?” So, for your shock, He has to suggest something! (Laughter)
“What has Swami said about the war
between America and Iraq, and the present conflict between America and the
Middle East countries?”
“When parents and their son are discussing a particular issue, but see it from
different perspectives, whom will Swami oblige?”
|76||“What advice does Swami give to couples when the wife and the husband disagree?” (270703)|
“How can a wife develop self-confidence if she has to be submissive to her
“Speakers always tell us about their interviews and how badly they feel if Swami ignores them in one darshan. Most of us
have had no personal interviews.
Swami tells us not to seek interviews, but
inner-views, so why do most of the speakers at the retreats tell us about
interviews, but not about inner-views?”
“Is it not the bounded duty of the Sai
Organization to actively and resolutely campaign against people who use the name
of Sai and indulge in methods of treatment like vibhuthi and run temples
by collecting money?”
“We are in the process of
opening a new business. We would like to have the Sarva Dharma emblem
prominently displayed at the entrance of our store with Baba’s quotation. Is it
“Since we live in America, does Bhagavan want
us to sing English bhajans?“
“I am new to the Sai Organization.
As my husband is a devotee since childhood, I follow Sai. I like the good
work of the Sai Organization. But I am not able to accept Swami as God,
like Rama and Krishna. How do you accept Him as God?”
“What is a typical day and what are the
challenges you face, being so close to God?”
“What does it mean when Baba stands in front of
you during darshan, waves His hands and looks into your eyes, blesses you
and walks away without saying anything?”
“How do we pray to Swami when we are in
difficulty and our life disturbs our balance?”
“Does Swami get upset, angry? Is He emotional?”
“Does Baba speak all languages?”
“People say, ‘Give up the ego.’
Tell us in simple terms how to drop ego?”
“Iron kept near the magnet acquires all the
of the magnet. You live in close proximity to Bhagavan. Have you
acquired magnetic power too?”
“It is really a different experience to be in
physical proximity. How would you handle or lead your life if you were not in
the physical proximity of Bhagavan?”
“As members of the Sai family, how can we get
in touch with you, from wherever we are?”
The next question was a request for me to share
my experiences about leading a detached life, yet attached to Swami. The
questioner expected an authentic answer from me, and was already under the
impression that I was an example to emulate.
Who helped Swami with the translation while I
was away here in the US?
“How did you
become the translator for Baba?” (20.07.03)
“Why was Rama commanded to spend 14 years in exile?”
seems Swami said another prayer: “Annam Brahmaa, Raso Vishnu, Bhoktho Devo
Maheswara.” The question is this: Shall I say “Brahmaarpanam Brahmahavihi”
before eating food, or shall I say, “Annam
Brahmaa, Raso Vishnu, Bhoktho Devo Maheswara” -- this prayer or that prayer?
“Why doesn’t Bhagavan
“How do we know that we are
He separated Himself from Himself into many, was there any reduction in bliss?
Was His bliss reduced? Is His bliss now divided, separated? Does He experience
“Before He took a body, was Bhagavan aware of bliss and Love to the same
extent that He is now?”
“Does spiritual evolution
continue after death?
“We have very little time to
work in the organisation. Baba, with all His compassion, is accelerating
everybody’s karma. Please clarify.”
“There are many people who claim that they are
the reincarnation of Jesus.” (Laughter)
“Shall we follow him?”
“How do you view depression in a
civilised world?” (19
“How do we deal with rebirth or
reincarnation? How does it reconcile with Adwaitha? What exactly is rebirth, if
only God exists?”
should youngsters behave, particularly when they are overwhelmed by images and
news? How should they behave?”
“How can you pray with absolute faith
when you have to sacrifice? Abraham had to sacrifice his son. Abraham had to
kill his son, as per the command of God. Abraham was called by God and commanded
to sacrifice his son. When I have such a costly sacrifice, how can I pray to
“What do you mean by
transformation? Does it mean controlling the senses or eliminating the ego? When there is Reality inside, what do you mean by
“God is goodness.
God is full of values, while man in contrast has no values. Man is brutal. He’s
horrible. He’s crazy. What shall I do now?”
“Bhagavan Buddha left his
family. But wasn’t it His duty to take care of His family? Is it justifiable
that He left his child and wife like that?”
|41.||“What does Bhagavan say about telepathy? Some people are gifted with telepath. What does Bhagavan say?” (12.01.2003)|
“As the day in the
Kali Yuga is 24 hours, what was the duration of the day in the Dwapara Yuga, or
even before in the Thretha Yuga?”
“Is there any evidence of life
on any other planet?”
“Why does God come so infrequently?
Why only every 500 years or 1000 years? Why not regularly, like a train? Why
not? (Laughter) Had He been here throughout, arriving year-after-year, then all
our weaknesses could have been prevented and we would never run away from the
path of righteousness -- we’d never run astray. God could control us if He
appeared frequently and regularly. It would make His job lighter and easier.”
“There are so many ages like the
Thretha Yuga, Dwapara Yuga and Kali Yuga. Are they different periods of earth’s
evolution, or are they something different?”
Why are we here? Why are we created?”
is known about the Golden Age that Swami often talks about? When will it
“Why should I have the goal of
liberation or Self-realisation? After all, why? What is the harm if I am reborn?
What is the harm if I'm to die again? Why not? Then in this birth, I can enjoy
life. In liberation, where is the enjoyment because you are one with God?”
“What is the harm in killing
an animal? Because, when you pick a fruit, you’re also killing it. By picking
the fruit, the plant becomes handicapped. Doesn’t the plant suffer pain? So,
this is pain and that is pain. So, what’s the difference?”
“What is vegetarianism? Is it
really eating leaves and tubers, or something more?”
|31.||“Is there any significance behind Rama being sent into exile for fourteen years? Why fourteen years? Why not thirteen? Why not fifteen, why? (Laughter) What is so special about this number?” (05.01.2003)|
grace and blessings temporary or do they evaporate after a period of time or
after certain actions?”
is the difference between ‘grace’ and ‘blessings’?”
“Why do we need to say a manthra
Why do we have to go through this or any life to get Self-realization? Why
didn’t we arrive already Self-realized? Have you found anyone who is? Also, once
you have blessed something, or asked for something, or chanted a manthra,
why do we have to do it over and over again?
We have many cockroaches moving around our house at night, creating not
only a health hazard, but also scaring us out of our wits at times. Can you
please advise us how to treat these creatures? How do we treat these invaders
with love? (Laughter)
is the primordial factor that decides one’s gender in this birth? Why are you a
man? How can you afford to be a woman? (Laughter)
So the question here is what decides the gender in each life. Is it because of
our past lives?
“What are the steps that I
should take to merge in Him?”
“Can I see Baba in different forms?”
“I am a teacher of
yoga. I know God is One. But do you think all the people I see are false? Do
you think it’s all maya, illusion? Do you think they don’t exist? Do you
say it is all a dream?”
“The husband is very much interested in Baba, but the wife is not. The wife is an obstacle. So, what should the husband do?” He also has given three alternatives: (Laughter) “One -- should he get divorced from his wife? Number two -- should he continue along the spiritual path? Number three -- should he give up the spiritual path? (Laughter) These are the alternatives – maybe it is like a multiple-choice question. (Laughter) (08.12.2002)
“What shall I do to dine with Bhagavan? To sleep in the room very close to
(Laughter) To go with Him in His car? To have a peaceful end of life,
like His mother and grandfather had? “
is it individual? Are countries also bound by karma?”
said,” (he meant me) “the very Darshan of Bhagavan will clear you of your
karma. But I'm still suffering from my karma. Has not my karma
been cleared?” (Laughter)
“What is The Significance Of
New Moon And Full Moon?” (08.12.2002)
|16.||“What Is The Origin Of The Mind?” (08.12.2002)|
What does Swami have to say about friends and the role they have to play in
our life?” (03.11.2002)
“Your whole life is a sacrifice, is it true? Does God really want us to be
such martyrs?” (03.11.2002)
“How is it possible to lose a desire but not shut down the heart?”
“I still have desires. What to do?”
|11.||“When does the Atma leave the body? What happens to the Atma after death?”. (03.11.2002)|
“In a family situation, if the parent has done wrong, will the child suffer
the bad karma,
resulting in the death of the child?”
“Is it bad
karma to change from one religion to the other?”
“Does the Atma
have a religion?” 03.11.2002
“Why do some children die at a young age?” 03.11.2002
|6.||“Would Baba come along with me on my morning walk?” 03.11.2002|
"What Is ‘Bad Company’?" (27.10.2002)
"Why Should I Suffer Now From
Previous Karma?" (27.10.2002)
Baba and Jesus the Same?"
Will He Take Care of Us Now?
|1.||Do We Have Free Will or Not? (22.09.2002)|