Q & A with Bhagavan Archive

Rama’s Attitude to Kaikeyi

Question: Swami, Kaikeyi had sent Rama to the wilderness on the eve of his installation as the crown prince. What was Rama’s attitude to her? Generally, it would be one of hostility, wouldn’t it?

Asking God…

Hislop: Is not praying to God the same as begging? Sai: To beg from an equal puts you down and him up. But when you ask God, you rise up to His level. You

Swami Speaks About Tapas

Q. What exactly is tapas [penance], Swami? A. It means the end of the activities of the senses; one must be the master of all of them. There should be no trace of craving

Swami Answers on Prayer

Hislop: Usually, the idea [of prayer] is that one should go to a quiet place and be in a quiet mood when he wishes to pray. Sai: Whenever and wherever you put yourself in

The Divine Photographer

Visitor: (carrying a professional camera) Can I take your picture now? Sai: (in English): How many are here? Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten… twelve. Visitor: Twelve disciples. Sai: This is

Swami on Faith and Sadana

Hislop: Of the many ‘roads’ to self-realization, what is the short cut? Sai: The short cut is this way: the name of God is the seed, love is the water by which the crop

The Primordial Sound

Question: All things originate from pranava [also known as the primodial sound Om] and all things final­ly merge in pranava, they say. Then why is it that the very elders who say this declare

Who are you?

Sai: Who are you? Who are you? Hislop: I am the accumulation of all my past, all my ideas. Sai: Who is that ‘My’? Who is that ‘My’? Who is that ‘My’ who is

Food for the Spiritual Aspirant

A Visitor: How does one get devotion to God? Sai: Confidence is necessary. Food is the start. The body is made from food. Without health, it is very hard to do anything. The stomach

Who are you?

Sai: Who are you? Who are you? Hislop: I am the accumulation of all my past, all my ideas. Sai: Who is that ‘My’? Who is that ‘My’? Who is that ‘My’ who is