Baffling Questions and Beautiful Answers in Spirituality –Part I

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Compiled by Santhanam Nagarajan

Post No:1800;  Date 15th April 2015

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Here is a new Question – Answer series for the benefit of all.

From time to time we have baffling questions.  But there is nobody to answer them.

But here is an effort to compile the answers from the great scholars, sages and saints of India.

01) Whether the person who attains Nirvana exists or not?

In fact when Lord Buddha was specifically put the question whether the person who attains Nirvana exists or not, Buddha refused to answer the question and later told his disciple, who asked him as to why he did not answer such a clinching question, that if he said he existed he would have to explain to him as to how he existed in the world and if he said he did not exist he would be confronted with the question as to why should one then bother himself about it at all.

Reference Book:-   Isavasya Upanishad – Kamakshi  Dasa


02) We find one sage advocating Bhakthi ( Devotion) another Gnana (Wisdom) etc. leading thus all sorts of quarrels? Why?

On 29th October 1945 (afternoon) Dilip Kumar Roy, singer and author, who is on a visit to Ramanashram from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, asked Ramana Maharishi, “According to the ‘Maha Yoga’ you say that the sages have not said anything to contradict each other.  Yet, we find one advocating bhakthi, another jnana, etc. leading thus to all sorts of quarrels.”

Bhagawan Ramana replied thus:

There is really nothing contradictory in such teachings.  When for instance a follower of bhakthi marga (Devotion Path) declares that bhakthi is the best, he really means by the word bhakthi what the jnana marga man calls janana.  There is no difference in the state or its description by attributes or transcendence of attributes.  Only different thinkers have used different words.  All these different margas, or paths or sadhanas (practices) lead to the same goal.  What is once a means becomes itself the goal.  When that happens, dhyana, bhakthi, or janana, which was at one time a conscious and painful effort, becomes the normal and natural state, spontaneously and without effort.

Day by day with Bhagawan  – From a diary of  A.Devaraja Mudaliyar

60 second interview with The Buddha


(Questions are imaginary; answers are from The Dhammapada)

Buddha, people say mind is like a monkey, jumping from one thing to another. How can we control it?

The mind is wavering and restless, difficult to guard and restrain: let the wise man straighten his mind as a maker of arrows makes his arrows straight (33).

What is the eternal law?

For hate is not conquered by hate; hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal (5)

Who is happy?

The man who does good things is happy in both worlds. He is glad, he feels great happiness when he sees the good he has done (16).

Why are thoughts important?

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow; our life is the creation of our mind (2).

Can we criticize others when they do something wrong?

Think not of the faults of others, of what they have done or not done. Think rather of your own sins, of the things you have done or not done (50).

Who is a fool?

How long is the night to the watchman; how long is the road to the weary; how long is the wandering of lives (samsara) ending in death for the fool who cannot find the path (60).

Who is wise?

Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or by blame.

What is the source of joy?

Wherever holy men dwell, that is indeed a place of joy- be it in the village, or in a forest, or in a valley or on the hills (98).

 Can we call a person Hero who kills hundreds of people with his AK 47 gun?

If a man should conquer in a battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another man should conquer himself, his would be the greater victory, because the greatest of the victories the victory over oneself (103-105).

Should I postpone doing good things till my old age?

Make haste and do what is good. If a man is slow in doing good, his mind finds pleasure in evil (116).

Lord Krishna (Gita 2-58) compares a tortoise to a self controlled Yogi and you said something similar…

The man whose hands are controlled, whose feet are controlled, whose words are controlled, who is self controlled in all things, who finds the inner joy, whose mind is self possessed, who is one and has found perfect peace-this man I call a monk (362)

Lord Krishna in Gita says Arise! Attain Glory! The Self is the friend and foe of the Self.

Arise! Rouse thyself by thy Self; train thyself by thyself, thy Self. Under the shelter of thy  Self , and ever watchful, thou shall live in supreme joy (379, 380)

Buddha, you have given one full chapter for Brahmins (Chapter 26) in Dhammapada. Who is a Brahmin according to you?

A man becomes not a Brahmin by long hair or family or birth. The man in whom there is truth and holiness, he is in joy and he is a Brahmin (393)

Who is free from anger, faithful to his vows, virtuous, free from lusts, self restrained, whose mortal body is his last- him I call a Brahmin.(400)

One should never hurt a Brahmin; and a Brahmin should never return evil for evil (389)

About misers….

Misers certainly do not go to the heaven of the gods (177)

About Birth……

It is a great event to be born a man (182).

About Love…..

O let us live in joy, in love amongst those who hate! Among men who hate, let us live in love (197).

About Health……

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure.  Confidence is the greatest friend. Nirvana is the greatest joy. (204)

Buddha, Thanks a lot. You have enlightened us.