THE PERFECT ANSWERS BY PERFECT GURU - With Satguru
Swami Shanti Prakashji Maharaj
What is a Guru?
Who ever teaches Brahma Gyan (Knowledge to reach God - The Supreme power) is a Guru or Spiritual Master. A Spiritual Guru is the external manifestation of God. He is the personification of Veds. He is empowered by the Lord to deliver the conditional Souls. Sometimes the Lord Himself becomes the Spiritual Master like Krishna, who showed Arjun his original form.
Are Guru and Parmatma one?
Guru is the form of Parmatma.
Do you talk with God? How can we know?
Those who have attained such a state can know. Just as I have not learnt english and so cannot understand if someone speaks in
English. Similarly those who know the language of God can only understand.
What should be relationship between a true Guru and disciple?
That cannot be explained through language. It can be only expressed though feelings of heart.
Swamiji, Total Person like Krishna failed to satisfy his dearmost friend and devotee Arjun through his words which runs through 18 chapters of Geeta. Ultimately Krishna succeeds in dispelling Arjun's doubts only by unfolding himself, exposing his universal form. Then why don't you show us your original form?
You are all my 'Varat Swaroop'. I am there in all of you and all of you are in me. You have only to trust. The moment you develop firm faith, you will see me everywhere.
Lord Krishna says in Geeta - "Everyone has to hear the fruits of his Karmas." Can Guru save his disciple from punishment of his irreligious acts?
One cannot escape from Karma-Phal. That is a universal law. Nature never changes its rules. But a Brahma Gyani, Brahma Nistha Guru can help his devotee, if his faith and devoti on to Guru is unshakeable.
Suppose a person has to fall from a 7th floor of a building due to his previous Karmas. No one can save him from falling, because this is his Karma's matured fruit. But a Mahatma, a Satguru can help the person, making him fall on some truck full of dunlop or cart carrying cotton. The person is to fall this is his Karma's punishment. But he will be saved from hurt or injury by any means. This is Guru's help.
Your Holiness, what is difference between Atma and Parmatma?
Atma and Parmatma are one and the same.
The whole modern civilisation is operating on the misunderstanding that body is the self, but this is the mentality of animals as they are not having Buddhi for
By surrendering to Guru, what does one get?
By taking the shelter of a bonafied Spiritual
Master and obeying his instructions with firm faith and devotion, one gets knowledge, detachment and ultimately Liberation
Our Vedant declares, "Destiny is irrevocable and unavoidable." Then why one should unnecessarily bother and labour hard?
It is indeed true that one would get only what is destined for him. However it behoves One to make a clear and proper distinction, between where it is appropriate to be resigned to one's fate and where it is appropriate to exert personal effort. Securing a job is a matter of destiny, but having secured one, to sustain it with sincerity is a matter of personal efforts. To acquire or come into wealth is dictated by destiny, but how to use that wealth for a good purpose is a matter of personal choice and efforts. Whatever One is given by destiny, what one gets is his destiny; But how one uses it is his freedom of choice and efforts (Purushartha or New Karmas).
Swamiji, is it true that Heaven and Hell are only on this Earth?
Heaven and Hell on this earth are only samples.
As per our Holy Scriptures, there are eighteen varieties of Heaven and Hells. Among them one type of each is here on this earth. They are like samples. When a trader, like a cloth merchant, comes to you to fetch order, he only brings his samples to show you. Again a grain merchant will only show Samples of grains. He does not carry his godown with him. Likewise nature has created only one sample of his Heaven and Hell here on earth.
How One can live without sufferings?
By simply observing without reacting. By simply examining any phenomenon objectively with equanimity, with a balanced mind. Like during meditation one feels pain in knee. Now, if he can learn just to observe the physical pain, if One can examine the sensation of pain objectively like a doctor examining someone else's pain. Then One can see that pain itself is changing. It does not remain forever, it comes and goes, every moment it changes, but you-the observer-remain the same, unchangeable. If One understands this by personal experience, One can find that pain can no longer overwhelm and control him. Perhaps it goes away, perhaps not; but it does not matter. One cannot suffer from pain any more, because now he observes it with detachment.