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I have several question, some pertaining to the puranas and some about self improvement and realization. 

Question Detail: Radhey Radhey Swamiji,a) When brahmaji is a swa-ansh of krishna, why is brahmalok under maya?b) We hear that kanha took matsya avatar to save vedas during the pralay. So does that mean the matsya avatar happens once every 14 manvantars?c) Although I am a vegetarian, I am just curios what our texts say about this. 'why is eating plants different from eating animals, when essentially both are jeev'?d) What should one do to control dur-bhavana? These bad thoughts come to my mind, and I realize it the very next instant that it was such a paap for having thought that. These things keep happening, and sometimes I get scared that all of this is going to distance me from govind. I really need help with this.having asked all these questions, I want to mention that for the past 24 years of my life I had known nothing about kripaluji maharaj. But it has to be kanha's kripa that I got introduced to his teachings when I was infact looking for something else on youtube. I feel so happy attaching my mind and thoughts and emotions to kanha, and listening to mahraji and following what he says to my best mayic capabilities I have felt a change in me. I will forever be indebted to maharaji for showing me the path to reach govind. 
Answer: Radhey Radhey,Please find answer to your question below-a) When brahmaji is a swa-ansh of krishna, why is brahmalok under maya?Answer: Brahma is himself Divine, but his abode is part of swarg. Like he has taken up residence in swarg, and that abode is only temporary, for the life of this brahmand. Then Brahma will go to Vaikunth abode in the Divine world. b) We hear that kanha took matsya avatar to save vedas during the pralay. So does that mean the matsya avatar happens once every 14 manvantars?Answer: Yes, at least that often (14 manvantar means one day of Brahma, or a kalp). It could happen multiple times in a kalp depending on various factors. c) Although I am a vegetarian, I am just curios what our texts say about this. ‘why is eating plants different from eating animals, when essentially both are jeev’?Answer: One factor is that plant food has an inherent sattvic (positive, pious) energetic quality, so it has a subtle sattvic effect on our mind. Meat has an inherent tamas (negative, impious) energetic quality, so the subtle effect on the mind is also tamas. If we want to develop the spiritual potential and good qualities of our mind, then it is advisable to eat sattvic food.In addition, the majority of the time we eat plant food, we have not killed the plant. Fruit, nuts, grains, daal, and many vegetables do not require the death of the plant in order to harvest the food. In the case of crops like rice, wheat, etc, the plant is an annual which has finished it's life cycle at the time of harvest. Only in the case of root crops is the plant actually being killed.  d) What should one do to control dur-bhavana? These bad thoughts come to my mind, and I realize it the very next instant that it was such a paap for having thought that. These things keep happening, and sometimes I get scared that all of this is going to distance me from govind. I really need help with this.Answer: These thoughts that enter the mind from our subconscious are the result of bad sanskars and are a symptom of the negative reserves of the mind accumulated through bad thoughts and actions of uncountable past lives. It is quite natural for it to happen. Do not dwell upon these thoughts. Just release them and quickly replace them with a positive devotional thought, like "I belong to Radha Krishna. They are always with me, no matter how fallen I am." As you proceed on the path of raganuga bhakti, these negative reserves will gradually be cleaned out, and you will not have so many unwanted thoughts. Having asked all these questions, I want to mention that for the past 24 years of my life I had known nothing about kripaluji maharaj. But it has to be kanha’s kripa that I got introduced to his teachings when I was infact looking for something else on youtube. I feel so happy attaching my mind and thoughts and emotions to kanha, and listening to mahraji and following what he says to my best mayic capabilities I have felt a change in me. I will forever be indebted to maharaji for showing me the path to reach govind.Jai Shree Radhey! Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj ki jai!
Shantan Reddy asked 3 years ago  •      Comment: Post a comment
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Swamiji, it is easy to love or hate sansaar. Can you please throw some light on how to be neutral to what is happening around you?

Answer:  A healthy neutrality is always based on correct spiritual knowledge. You must know and deeply ponder upon a few important points:  
  1. You are the Divine soul, not the material body; therefore, you are eternally related to God, not the material world.
  2. Perfect happiness is in God, not the world.
  3. All material things are temporary, so don't consider them to be "yours". Just as a home owner is attached to "his/her" house, but a renter lives in the house without the feeling of attachment, we should live like the renter in this world.
  4. All people are seeking happiness in different ways. This is the driving force behind everything we do in the world. Therefore, if someone does something selfish or hurtful to us, we should not be surprised - it is the natural outcome of two different people looking for happiness in two different ways.
  5. Our goal is to attain God, but we have to live in this world to accomplish that. Therefore, we should be courteous and accommodating to others, increase our humbleness, and practice forgiveness and forbearance.
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Why we are not turning and surrending to God even after we get the knowleadge and know how sweet he is, full of nice qualities, all attractive, giver of bliss and so on?

Question Detail: I was listening to this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl_0QrDr0-0 Where at the end He said, that there is a reason behind it, but he will talk about it some other time. Can you kindly give me a link to that lecture or explain to be what he ment by it? What is the reason behind it? Thank you a lot.Radhe Radhe!
Answer: The reason is that this knowledge has only entered into our mind on a very superficial level. To make it enter on a deeper level, we must think about it over and over again. The moment we truly believe these things about God, we will instantly surrender to Him. But as of now, it is still just a theory on the surface of our mind. The truth is that we still have more faith in finding happiness in maya than in God. We have thought uncountable times that, "This world is the form of happiness, and I'm going to receive it." Thus, our attachment in mayic things has entered very deep into our mind. This attachment pulls our mind towards the world, even though we have theoretically understood the points you mentioned. Because we have not thought nearly so many times that, "God is the form of happiness, and I will get happiness from Him." Thus, we must repeatedly and continuously contemplate on this knowledge until we develop faith in and a desire for God.
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Who is guru of Kripaluji Maharaja?

Question Detail: Hello, I have a question. I am really inspired by Kripaluji Maharaja, I have seen some of his lectures and kirtans and I just really feel divine bliss from him. I would like to associate with his sangha but I have one question. He was speaking a lot about importance of guru. But who was his guru? Who is guru of Kripaluji Maharaja and to which sampradaya and parampara he belongs to? Thank you for your response.
Answer: Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj did not reveal any details about who his Guru was.  On the question of sampraday, he often answered humorously that he belongs to the sampraday of Shree Krishna. The souls who have followed his teachings never cared much to know these details about him. They knew they had found a true Guru in him and a true path to God in what he taught - raganuga bhakti (selfless devotion to God). That is all that mattered to them.  













































As you yourself have experienced, the wisdom of his speeches is available to guide us and the bliss of his chanting is here to uplift us. We can take advantage of these resources to help us proceed on the path of bhakti and reach our goal of God realization. 

























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