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Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuj Answers

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What is sat?

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जगत में असली चीज़ तो भगवान है The only real thing in this world is God. Sat is that which was, that which is and that which will be… everything else is asat.
See God in everyone…not a form of God but God!
Isvarah sarva bhutanam hriddeshe’rjuna tishthati
Bhramayan sarva bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya (Bhagavad॥ Gita, 18-61)

The Supreme Lord dwells in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and He is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.

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A thought has been bothering me for a few days. I often meet people who have no faith in spirituality or religion. They speak disrespectfully about Sanatana Dharma and are dismissive of concepts which are fundamental to our dharmic establishment. What is one to do in such a situation? Keep quiet? Fight back? Leave the place?”

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Duyi niyaa duniyaa (in Bengali, dui means the number two and niya means ‘with’ and duniya is the world). It means ‘the world is made of both kinds’. There is God in all. Your only duty is to offer pranaam to all regardless of what they do because you must see God in all creatures.

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When you look at the present times, do you think there’s a sharp decline of religious sentiment in the general mass of people? Or has it increased?

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After the advent of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna, and host of other holy men including Yugapurusha Sri Sri Thakur, there is certainly an increase in religious sentiment. If that were not the case, tens of thousands of people wouldn’t take to the Tarak Brahma Mantra/ Mahamantra – “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare”. In fact if there was no growth in religious sentiment, not an iota from the mass would walk the path of shastras as they do.

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What is the significance of attending Kumbh?

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There are several saints absorbed in meditation for hundreds of years. They don’t leave their seat of sadhana, never travel anywhere. During Kumbh Mela, however, they step out, to visit the Kumbha river for a holy dip, and leave some of their shakti in the holy place for the welfare of mankind. All those who take the holy dip with faith are definitely benefited by that shakti.

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Is kumbh-snana indeed meritorious particularly when our rivers have changed their earlier paths & are also now not as clean as they used to be?

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It all depends on your belief. A Sanskrit shloka reveals that siddhi from a mantra, tirth, brahman, vigraha, medicine & Guru depends on one’s bhavana i.e. belief/ sentiment. If one has a belief that taking a dip in the holy river Kshipra in Ujjain during Sinhasth Kumbh Mahaparva grants salvation, he will get it for sure. If one feels that it is just an ordinary water, he will get no merit out of the kumbh-snana.

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Crores of rupees are spent during Sinhasth Kumbh Mahaparva. What is the source of this money? How are the expenses met?

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Devotees, to best of their abilities, donate with bhakti-bhava in order to maximise their spiritual riches. The government also spends lakhs of rupees for better infrastructure viz. roads, electricity, water, ghats etc.

Saints and mahatmas arrange big tents, provide anna-chatra (eateries) and other amenities for their disciples and devotees. This way they ensure that devotees stay connected and don’t deviate from the path (to God).