As it is true that the supreme Lord is only one and absolute, why are there different types of religious followers?

If food is meant only to satisfy hunger, then why do we have so many varieties?

If clothes are meant only to cover our body, then why are there so many models and designs of them?

If houses are meant only for shelter, then why are there so many varieties in them?

It is because human beings like varieties to suit their tastes. In the same way, to reach the one supreme Lord, there are different ways and means. One can choose one particular path according to his taste and stick on to it.

How & when can we see the God ? How the chanting the name of God will help in this process of seeing the God ?

When Guru's grace descends upon one, he will see God. Chanting the Name of God continuously will invoke the grace of the Guru

Even though I believe in God, I struggle a lot. Does my fate play such an important role in my life?

One has to believe that the Lord exists. But it should not stop there. One should have total faith in Him and invoke His divine grace by chanting the Maha Mantra. In that state, the fate will not matter anymore.

Good morning! I am ten years old. My mom says god created us. I want to know who created GOD.

Dear child, If I tell you who created God, you will then ask me who created Him. So the answer is ‘you’.

Is God personal or Impersonal? If impersonal what is the necessity of idol worship?

The Lord is omnipresent and all-pervading. He is full of consciousness and knowledge. It is not possible for a ‘jeeva’ to visualize such a ‘God’. So it is easy and convenient for him to worship God in the form of an idol.

The omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Lord understands his worship and out of sheer mercy makes the ‘jeeva’ realize Him through the idol.

Do all the names Ganesha, Muruga, Shiva, Vishnu, Ayyapa, point to the same God? Or is it true that Krishna is the Supreme God and others are Demigods or devotees of Krishna?

In our Sanathana Dharma, there are many schools of thought. According to one of them, Vishnu is the supreme. Another claims that Shiva is the Supreme. Similarly, there are schools that claim supremacy of Devi, Surya, Ganapathy and Muruga. One cannot be compelled or convinced to sign into one school of thought. It is upto his own taste and interest, and above all his luck.

What is God? Where is He?

Pure bliss and consciousness is God. He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.

We usually remember God when we go through tough times in our lives. Isn't this like 'latching' on to God to escape the reality of the situation? Were God and His forms created (or invented) to help people in distressed situations? Is there really a Krishna or a Vishnu? If so, how are they different from the ultimate truth?

God is 'what is'. We can’t 'latch' on to God to escape 'what is'! God and his forms were certainly not created for convenience! Whatever is real is Krishna! Are you for real? The real 'reality' in you is Krishna. Like light is both a particle and a wave and exhibits its property depending on the context! Krishna is with a beautiful form and beyond form in the same token. This is not what intellect is trained to see. So it refuses to accept. Krishna is indeed beyond our little intellect. Krishna can be realized only by pure love. That love, can sprout only by his grace. His grace descends when we chant the Mahamantra. Mechanical chanting is the only starting point we can attempt. It matures to love by grace.

Why does God need to be praised with Nama Kirtan being done non-stop? It is similar to politicians' request during election, is it not? Why do people have to contribute in Hundis or to the priest when it is God's responsibility to protect the man serving Him?

God is ‘Stuti Priyan’. If you chant the Names of God, He bestows benediction to you. Some chant the Names in gratitude to the Lord, for they look at themselves and feel grateful for what is endowed to them by Him. These people are higher class of devotees. God’s responsibility to humans are like a father’s responsibilities to ensure child grows properly. No father would like to spoon-feed the child all his life, and in doing so would spoil the chances of his child standing in his own legs.

God has many ways of protecting his devotees, he also gives you and me a chance to participate in his endeavor! Why should god preclude humans in doing his job?

If God knows what is bad and what is good, why does he often test his disciples?

As you have said, God knows what is good and what is bad. He wants to confirm with his disciples if they have understood what is good and what is bad. That is why He tests them.

Have you seen God?

God has seen me!

Our religion says that the supreme God is one and is beyond name and form. Why then does our scriptures talk about so many Devas, Demigods and the like?

Yes there is no second opinion about the fact that the Supreme is the Brahman which is beyond name and form. But as long as we live and perceive that the physical body and the external world to be real, we take help from so many things in theis world. The tree gives us shelter. The bees collect honey which we use. The crops give us grains. The same way the Devas and the like are higher beings by pleasing whom we could have our wishes granted. Owing to their superior powers and ability to fulfill wishes these higher beings are referred to as Devas and sometimes offered the status of God. But the fact is, the end point of religion is the one Supreme God alone.

What is the way to attain God or see Him?

God is right within us. He is always available within us and waiting patiently for us to turn towards Him within. Easiest way is to surrender to him and chant His Names constantly with an earnest prayer to have His 'vision'.

How do we know that Bhagavan's grace is there or not? Do we get any signs? If all our effort will become useless since Bhagavan's grace is missing, what is the use in putting in the effort?

In order to achieve worldly comforts as well as to attain God, both His Grace and your efforts are required. A farmer who puts in his best efforts by ploughing the field, sowing seeds and manuring, will still not able to do a good harvest, if it does not rain at the right time. Thorough inundation by means of rains on an unploughed arid land will do no good either. A combination of proper efforts (by means of ploughing, sowing and manuring) and grace (by means of rains at the appropriate rime), makes one successful.

Now how do we know that we get the Lord’s grace?

When we say that we need God’s grace irrespective of the efforts we put in to attain the Lord, this is what is meant:

As long as you feel that you are putting in efforts and you are responsible for your Sadhanas, you will not be able to attain Him. The moment, you start to feel that everything is happening by the Lord’s grace; it is He who instigates and empowers you to perform Sadhanas, then you can be pretty sure that your efforts are not in vain.

That feeling is verily the indication that you are a recipient of the Lord’s grace.

My friend had a desire and prayed to Lord for the fulfillment of the same. However her desire is not fulfilled till date. Why did God not fulfill her desire?

The compassion of the Lord is infinite. The Lord may not have fulfilled your friend’s desire as He might have wished to give your friend something better. Otherwise, granting the desire might mean something deleterious in future and hence the Lord wanted to protect your friend. One can never judge His grace with his/her intellect. It is important to understand the underlying fact that God will always do good to us.

I am a misguided man. I don’t want to lose faith in God, but I am afraid I am slowly losing it. I don’t know what to do.

Don’t lose faith on God for the sake of a wrong person or a silly reason. Faith is very important. Whatever happens, it happens only for your good. It is happening according to the will and wish of God, only for your good. We don’t know what is good today and what is good tomorrow. But God knows that and foreseeing that, He does good for you.

Accept your life and all its incidents as a gift of God. Accommodate and adjust your life based on that. Then your living will not only be easy; your life will also be a wonderful one.

Why has God created us?

God has created us to find answer to that very question

Who is God? Where is God?

The absolute pure consciousness is God. He is within you and He is all-pervading; omnipresent. There are no two things in this world. He alone exists and no body else.

Will a mentally retarded person know about God? How do we make them understand this? I believe that they are very near to God even if their birth is deprived of the normal activities.

Those who were born as mentally retarded people in this birth were great sadhaks in their previous birth. In spite of their Sadhanas, due to the wrongs that they might have committed, they are born so in this birth. They don’t accrue any merits (‘punya’) or sins during this period. After having experienced the fruits of their past deeds, they attain liberation.

Our religion says that the supreme God is one and is beyond name and form. Why then does our scriptures talk about so many Devas, Demigods and the like? Some even make fun of this. How come there are so many Gods as per our tradition?

"Yes there is no second opinion about the fact that the Supreme is the Brahman which is beyond name and form. But as long as we live and perceive that the physical body and the external world to be real, we take help from so many things in this world.

The tree gives us shelter and fruits. The dog guards the house. The horses and bulls work for us. The cow gives us milk. The bees collect honey which we use. The crops give us grains. We derive various favours from all these beings. Some beings like snakes and scorpions harm us. The same way the Devas and the like are higher beings by pleasing whom we could have our wishes granted. Some may grant us children. Some may bless us with wealth. There are some evil beings that may harm us. Owing to their superior powers and ability to fulfill wishes these higher beings are referred to as Devas and sometimes offered the status of God as is common practice amongst people to call any great soul, rishi or sage as God himself.

But the fact is, the end point of religion is the one Supreme God alone."

What is the best boon to ask for from God? Is it good to pray to Him with the thought “Oh Lord! Give me what ever you wish for”?

If God appears before you, do not ask him for wealth, remedy for suffering, power, fame or anything worldly. Also, do not ask him for the attainment of the purpose of life as per Advaita, Vishishtadvaita , Dvaita or such high philosophies. Just ask him one simple thing. Ask him to give Himself to you. That is the best prayer to ask God.

What is a God? Is it real or just a thing?

God is not even real. He is beyond that. He is the reality behind all we 'think' or see or hear or smell or touch or feel or speak.

What are the ways to see God directly?

There are infinite ways to attain the infinite.

I am heavily disturbed by the sufferings in life. Vedanta says the world is a dream. Some say that God created everything and it is He who gave us all the troubles and pleasures. Others say that we are responsible for our own doings and should not blame God. Why is life so complicated? Why is there so much confusion in life? Can’t it be all simple? Can’t I see God as a good and open mind? Can’t I treat him as my best friend, philosopher and guide? Can I not look unto him for motherly affection?

"Since time immemorial, there are different schools of thoughts:

‘Lokayatham’ is a school of thought which says that one does not need to bother about what is not seen and experienced, and enjoy the world as long as you are in it. It neither accepts nor disputes God.

‘Nasthikam’ is a school of thought that does not accept God.

‘Iyarkaivaadam’ is an argument which claims that the Nature is the reason for all creation. That is, there is no Creator or God, and that everything evolved of its own.

‘Aasthikam’ is the school that believes in the existence of the supreme power – the Creator. Even after knowing and accepting Lord, there are two types of people, one, those who seek Lord by following the prescribed paths shown in scriptures and the second, those who do not yearn to attain Lord, but lead a worldly life and pray to Lord for material gains alone.

Even if millions of people shout aloud and proclaim the existence of a non-existent thing, it will not come in to existence. Similarly even if millions of people join hands and deny a thing which does exist it will not cease to exist. Like wise even with thousand philosophies if any one denies Lord it is not the loss for Lord but for the person who denies it

One need not accept anything blindly but should accept the right path after questioning and obtaining suitable answers. But questioning and finding the answers alone will not lead to Lord. At a particular stage, one should stop questioning and travel in the direction shown by answers obtained.

For example reading the sign board again and again and questioning the way again and again one will never reach the destination. In fact that doesn’t take us even an inch forward. One has to travel in the direction shown to them to reach the destination.

Doing such rational enquiry and following the direction shown by the scriptures, one can conclude that the end is to awaken the Divinity within oneself – the infinite bliss. To awaken the Divinity and experience the infinite bliss, there are different paths. But one has to identify the path suitable to them and work in the direction. As you say that you want a simple way out, you should put your efforts in the right direction.

The right direction, which is tried and tested, is Chanting the Divine Name – a path shown by our scriptures which can be followed by one and all in the present age and living conditions. God's Name and God are one and the same according to our scriptures and as experienced, taught and propagated by various Mahatmas. Chanting the Name of the Lord is the easiest and surest path as there is no scope for any negative effects. Faith, practice of Nama Kirtan (Chanting the Name of Lord) and surrender to the Lord is the easiest way for liberation

This is the simplest and the most straightforward path, best suited for this age, without you having to renounce or forsake anything and still experience exactly the same supreme state of Liberation. As you proceed in this path, you can feel your love and devotion for God increasing day by day and you can realize Him just like you wanted to – the best friend, philosopher and guide.

All the souls in this world are born to attain liberation. Even if we do not work for it now and attain it today, we definitely HAVE TO attain the same some day. If it so, why not now? "