A devotee asked for liberation & the practical difficulties in his life then Swami replied:

Swami Replied

O devotee!! The Veda says that God and world are opposite to each other like North and South poles (duramete...). Both God and world are the two election candidates competing with each other standing for your vote. World promises you to give happiness if you vote for it like the present politician promising several schemes of welfare provided you vote for him/her. God is totally opposite to this candidate. God-candidate is not even seen by eyes once and is not captured by your imagination at least for one time. Even if God comes to be seen by your eyes, the repulsion between common media is spontaneously set up throwing you away far from Him! He does not promise any welfare scheme to you. He promises only various schemes of difficulties so that you get repelled from the world. This is also done by God on your prayer only, the meaning of which is not known to you. You pray for salvation. Salvation means liberation. Liberation from what? From Me? Or from worldly bonds? Anyone will immediately answer that the liberation is only from worldly bonds and not from Me! After giving such confirmative answer also, every soul starts weeping and scolding Me even if I put My knife (knowledge) even to cut one worldly bond! Many even scold Me as a cruel fellow cutting the worldly bonds (Dattam Chinnam).

You go to a hotel and order for a cup of coffee. The server brings the cup of coffee as ordered by you. Immediately, you are scolding him for bringing coffee telling the reason that you never like coffee! If you don’t like it, why did you order for it? You have ordered for coffee many times before the server brings the coffee! Similarly, every day, you pray Me for salvation and when I try to give it to you, you express your dislike for it! The life of any devotee aspiring for salvation is full of difficulties created by God so that at least you develop theoretical repulsion to worldly bonds. You do not want even theoretical repulsion! Just think, how far you are from the practical liberation of worldly bonds called as practical salvation!

The basic problem for this type of psychology is that one desires for detachment from the worldly bonds and then merge with God. It is correct that you want to resign from the old institution so that you can join the new institution. But, before such stage, you must have theoretical attraction to the new institution overcoming the attraction to the old institution. Since your attraction to the new institution is far higher than your attraction to the old institution, you will proceed to resign from the old institution. In fact, your attraction to the new institution must be so deep that your mind is totally filled with your attraction to new institution, which develops total detachment from the old institution in your mind. Unless this stage is reached in theoretical domain, practical efforts will not start. Here, God is the new institution and worldly bonds are the old institution. Success in the practical efforts can be achieved only by attaining the above mentioned state in theoretical phase. Theory is the source of practice in any aspect, be it worldly or spiritual. If the detachment from the worldly bonds is aspired without the developed attachment to God, such detachment fails.

The existence of God is the fundamental foundation of the attachment to God. If the existence of God is accepted, at least fear to hell can be developed, which controls sins that extend your attachment to worldly bonds. In this way, existence of God helps the soul in controlling the expansion of worldly attachment. If you take only the food recommended by doctor, the illness is not strengthened further. But, this is not the cure of disease to give you perfect health. Attachment to God does not mean the control of expansion of worldly attachment. Hence, Nivrutti does not mean pravrutti. Cure of disease does not mean resisting the growth of disease. Apart from restrictions of food (pravrutti), you must take the medicine of Nivrutti that destroys the disease. Nivrutti means progress in the attachment to God.

Therefore, mere detachment from worldly bonds or salvation is meaningless and useless also. Even a stone is totally detached from the world and has 100% salvation. What is the use of it? If detachment from world itself is the attachment to God, the dearest devotee to God must be the stone! One must try always for the attachment to God without even thinking about the detachment from worldly bonds. Detachment from world must be a natural consequence of the attachment to God. When you are totally attached to God, the worldly bonds shall drop by themselves even without your knowledge like a medicinal strip falling as soon as the wound got cured. Hence, every spiritual effort is only a trial to improve your attachment to God. Salvation is only an indirect measure of your love to God. From the height of the scale remaining above the water, the depth of the water is indirectly measured.

The attachment to God or devotion or love to God increases by knowing the spiritual knowledge, which is a cinema projecting the personality of God appearing as incarnation. Certainly, the nearness to God creates repulsion, which is a common observation even in the case of worldly bonds. This is inevitable, especially when the medium of God is exhibiting the same natural principles as exhibited by your medium. Even though this is the rule of majority, exceptional rule of minority also exists. The devotees of innermost circle of God like Adi Shesha, Garuda, Nandi, Narada, etc., are exceptional to this rule. Hence, till the climax of Nivrutti devotion is reached, the nearness is not good for an ordinary devotee. The Veda says that if you are near to something, you will hate it and if you are far from the same thing, your love to it increases more and more (paroksha priyaah…pratyaksha dvishah). However, if you are in the climax of devotion, this rule does not apply since the climax will neither go up nor will come down.

I assure you the protection from God wherever you stay. God is omnipotent, meaning that His power of protection is constant at any place and at any time. If one says that he will protect you in Hyderabad but not in Coimbatore, such power is not divine since it is limited to a place. Some years back when Shri Ajay asked Me whether he shall leave the present job or remain in the same place, which is tilted by problems, I replied, “God will protect you whether you stay in this job or go to the other job because God is omnipotent to protect anybody at any place and at any time. If the power of God is limited to a specific case, a specific place and a specific time, such power is limited and cannot be omnipotent”. Ajay believed My words and stayed in the same job. All the problems of that job disappeared and the institution became number one and he is very well off in the same job. For the sake of Ajay, God protected the whole institution. The huge Govardhana Mountain was lifted by God to save a few villagers from cyclone!

This worldly illusion (Maya) will be running before you, like your shadow, so that you always fail to capture it. If you turn to opposite side (since God and world are opposite as said above), the same shadow will run after you like your pet dog. If you get depression or fear or tension in your life at any time, that indicates your lack of faith in God Dattatreya. If you are a devotee of Datta, you shall be always brave, happy and fully contented. Many say that they are devotees of God on one side and on the other side, fear and get depressed! Both these are mutually contradicting like light and darkness. The Veda says that a person limiting himself/herself by selfishness (means that he alone exists without God by his side) alone fears due to lack of faith in the existence and dearness to God (atha tasya bhayam bhavati). A person having full faith in God always feels that he/she is the king/queen of this world (apnoti swaarajyam… Veda). In the Gita also, God promised that His devotee will never fall (Na Me bhaktah pranashyati). A real devotee shall sacrifice doership to God and retain only the enjoyership of the fruit of bliss always. If a devotee of God gets depression in life, which may have any reason, such depression is to be treated as an insult to the omnipotent power of God. A real devotee, who proved his/her devotion practically, shall neither fear in this world nor in the upper world. God promised His protection to such devotee in this world (kshema) and in the upper world (yoga) also (yoga kshemam vahaamyaham… Gita).

A real devotee always welcomes difficulties, which drive the devotee towards God and does not like the benefits that take the devotee away from God. Kunti asked God to give her always difficulties only so that she will be always alert and be immersed in deep devotion towards God. Be always happy, brave and contented, which are the divine properties (Daivi sampat vimokshaaya… Gita). God says in the Gita that Arjuna shall never be worried since he is born with divine wealth (Maa shuchah sampadam Daivim…). If a true devotee is also worried, what about the case of the non-devoted ordinary human beings? If the King also says that he is poor, what to speak about a real poor beggar? I once again promise that you are always under My protection at any time, in any place and in any situation. You can enjoy your choice of freedom since you are always within the boundary of the protection of God Datta.

If you treat Me as human incarnation of God Datta (Monism or Advaita), My assurance to you is guaranteed since My voice is His voice only. Even if you treat Me as a sincere devotee of God Datta (devotee becoming master of God or Shaakteya), My assurance has guarantee since Datta always honours the assurance of His sincere devotee. In both ways, you have the full guarantee of protection from God Datta.

Yours Swami

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Suffering is a component of redemption. Before sin came into the world, there was no suffering. Suffering is the result of sin. But God uses suffering as a tool of redemption.

Suffering in the Plan of Redemption
Suffering runs through the whole plan of salvation. The first to suffer were two little lambs. As soon as Adam and Eve sinned, Jesus left heaven, came to Earth and killed two lambs to demonstrate how He one day would be innocently put to death in our place. 

Abel suffered when he was hated and killed by his brother Cain because he believed in the forgiveness of sins through the blood of the Son of God.

Isaac suffered when his father laid him down on an altar and was about to kill him in obedience to God’s command.

Jacob suffered when he heard that Esau was bringing 500 armed men to kill him and his family in revenge for the birthright he stole.

Joseph suffered when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt where he was thrown into jail.

Moses suffered 40 years alone in the desert with sheep and then 40 years in a desolate wilderness with a rebellious nation.

David suffered when his own son Absalom tried to kill him and take the kingdom away from him.

For centuries, lambs had to suffer and die every morning and evening in the temple, pointing to the suffering of the coming Messiah.

In Isaiah 53:7 we read, “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.”

Isaiah 63:9 says, “In all their affliction, he was afflicted.”

Suffering in the Life of Christ
Suffering also ran through the life of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In John 15:25, Jesus said, “They hated me without a cause.”

Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (Hebrews 5:8).

For it became him, for whom all are things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10).

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame (Hebrews 12:2).

Suffering in the Life of the Redeemed
Suffering runs through the life of the redeemed. You cannot learn to suffer through books or through hearing how others suffer, but only through experience. John saw in a vision the multitude of redeemed in heaven robed in white robes and he wrote, “These are they which came out of great tribulation” (Revelation 7:14).

This tribulation spoken of is not a long era of persecution. This great tribulation is the suffering that Christians experience throughout history.

Maybe you’re going through such a period of tribulation right now. Moses described the grain offering which is acceptable to the Lord in these words:

And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil (Leviticus 2:7).

Fine flour is made of wheat. But wheat must first be grinded, broken, and crushed before it turns into fine flour. So our ego and self-love must also be first grinded, broken, and crushed through suffering and trials.

In the same verse, we read that the fine flour was offered with oil. Oil stands for the Holy Spirit. If you suffer without the Holy Spirit, you go into deep depression. But if you suffer with the Holy Spirit, drawing closer to Him, then it’s a glorious experience. God tests our obedience, not only through temptations but also through suffering.

Why was it fitting that Christ be made perfect through suffering? Christ was already perfect. But God never before had to prove His obedience and surrender under such difficult circumstances, namely living in the form of a human being, surrounded by sin, beset from every side suffering and privations.

The great question is this: How far is a person willing to go in enduring suffering? Every one of us reaches the maximum point of endurance at a different stage. Some give up earlier than others. Only a few endure to the very end like Jesus did. But this decides our own destiny. If we ever say to God, “I will go this far and no further, God. If you continue making me suffer, I will give you up,” we lose our salvation. God expects us to endure to the end. He will grant us the necessary power to endure any amount of suffering and humiliation.

To abandon ourselves completely to the leading of the Holy Spirit while suffering—without doubting, without rejecting God—is one of the greatest Christian virtues. It requires the highest degree of trust in God. The person who has an intimate love relationship with Christ—a strong hold on Him —knows that God’s mercy and help is always greater than difficulties, suffering, and obstacles.  Only in that relationship can we endure to the end, like Job.

Active and Passive Power
Jesus had tremendous active power, which He demonstrated and exhibited by creating a universe, walking on water, turning water into wine, raising the dead, healing the sick, preaching and teaching with authority, and stilling a hurricane.

But Jesus also had tremendous passive power. This He demonstrated by enduring shame and suffering, When He finally went to the cross, He allowed Himself to be brought down to the second death.

In the last 12 hours of His life, Jesus needed more passive power than He did at Creation. The last 12 hours of His life were the greatest demonstration of God’s power in the history of the universe. Never before did God have to endure that much. It was so intense that He died of it. 

Jesus had all the power of the universe at His disposition to destroy those who crucified Him, but He controlled it completely. On the contrary, He used that power to subdue Himself and endure the cross. For this reason, the angels sing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:11-12).

God suffered meekly like a lamb that is brought to the slaughter. This Christian philosophy of life runs against the philosophy of our age. The world cannot understand that strength, power, and influence can be shown in enduring suffering and humiliation, that a person endowed with much power can walk the low road, the road of unpopularity, shame, and suffering, and still become the victor. 

The world does not understand passive power. It only understands active power—the power that asserts itself and fights for its rights.

It takes more power to allow another person to slap your face without hitting back, than it does to retaliate. Some Christians become discouraged and give up when they are asked by God to endure humiliation and mistreatment. They become physically and emotionally ill. But not Jesus.

Remember? He stood erect before Pilate, before Caiaphas, before the mad and angry mob. He stood there as a King—calm, composed, Lord of the situation while enduring the most inhuman degradation, until finally a centurion exclaimed, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
We all must obtain this passive power—this power to endure any suffering without breaking down. Only then are we equipped for the trials ahead. We must learn to conquer not only under favorable conditions, but to become victors under the most unfavorable circumstances.

Satan and the world hate the passive power of the Christian. The world wants you to assert your active power. If you use passive power, you are called a weakling. The world misjudges the character and power of the godly person.

Think for a moment about Judas and Jesus before Caiaphas, the high priest. It’s early morning and still dark. Caiaphas is the judge. Judas stands in the background. He was a man that believed only in active power. He listens intently as Jesus is being criticized, maligned, mistreated, and finally condemned. 

Suddenly Judas becomes aware of the real power of Christ —His passive power—and he says to himself, “Only God could behave like this. He must be the Son of God after all.” And suddenly 30 pieces of silver mean nothing to him anymore. He throws the money down on the floor and yells, “I have betrayed innocent blood. I have sold the Son of God to you!”

Just like Judas, too many Christians recognize the value of passive power too late. They actually don’t want to submit themselves to this power. They don’t want to follow the humble Nazarene in this respect. They’re so fascinated by the glory, the praise of people, recognition, victory, and popularity. 

Because of our lack of insight, we do not recognize the attraction of passive power, which expresses itself in abandoning ourselves to God and circumstances, subduing our urge to use force, giving up things for the sake of God and others, tolerating the intolerable, suffering willingly even if we do not see the reason for it.

Every promise of God contains its fulfillment. In the same way, every suffering contains the necessary comfort, strength, and glory. And this most Christians do not see. Therefore, they run away from suffering and difficulties. Paul wrote this of Jesus in Hebrews 12:2:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Didn’t Christ have a sensitive nature? Wasn’t He ashamed to be treated the way He was? Didn’t He know it was a scandal to hang on a cross between two gangsters? His suffering—that scandal—was His greatest glory. 

Jesus has glorified suffering, shame, and inhuman treatment by enduring them all while being innocent. When Jesus uttered, “It is finished,” He finished the greatest demonstration of God’s passive power, namely, love that endures all things. Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope. It can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.
(1 Corinthians 13:7).


Romans 5:3-5 - And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  (Read More...)

1 Peter 5:10 - But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].

James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;   (Read More...)

Romans 8:18 - For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

1 Peter 4:12-19 - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  (Read More...)

Revelation 21:4 - And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 - [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;   (Read More...)

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

2 Timothy 3:12 - Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

1 Peter 4:12-13 - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  (Read More...)

Psalms 34:19 - Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Luke 14:27 - And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Hebrews 12:11 - Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

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