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Questions and Answers with Swami Nikhilanand, Representative of H.D. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati

Posted Mar 18 2011 12:09am

Questions and Answers with Swami Nikhilanand, Representative of H.D.
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati

Many spiritual seekers are availing of Swami Nikhilanand's vast
knowledge of scripture and teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj. Even with his busy itinerary as pracharak of Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj, Swami Nikhilanand takes time out to answer the
questions preying on the minds of his facebook followers. Here are his
answers to some questions by Latika Chawda from India:

Questions by Latika:

1. Gyaan kitne prakaar ke hote hain (How many different types of
knowledge are there)?

2. Brahma gyaan kise kahte hai aur uska kya mahatva hai (What is brahm
gyan and what is its importance)?

3. Meditation aur memory me kya relation hai (What is the relation
between meditation and memory)?

4. Dhyaan karne ke kya-kya niyam hain (what are the rules for

5. Naarad ji ke 84 Bhakti Sutra ka hindi version kaha mil sakta hai
(Where can I obtain a Hindi translation of Narad Bhakti Sutra)?

6. Insaan ko apne jeevan me Bhagwaan se pratyaksha milne ke 7 times
chances milte hai,aisa maine suna hai; ye kaha tak satya hai (I have
heard that a person gets to meet God face to face 7 times in his life.
How true is this)?

Answers by Swami Nikhilanand:

1. There are mainly two kinds of gyan (knowledge): theoretical and
experiential. Experiential knowledge is also of two types: atm gyan
(knowledge of the soul) and brahm gyan (knowledge of God).

2. Brahm gyan is the knowledge of God which is only received by
surrendering to God, not through any practice. Atm gyan can be
attained by following the path of gyan, but brahm gyan can only be
attained through bhakti. When you surrender to God through bhakti and
He Graces you, then you receive His Divine knowledge. That knowledge
is unlimited. In other words, when you know God, you know everything.

3. I am guessing that by memory you mean my use of the word
'remembrance'. Remembrance means the same as 'smaran'. It means when
you think about someone or you remember them in your heart. Thinking
about Radha Krishn and Their leelas is remembrance or smaran. That is
the form of meditation you do on the path of bhakti.

4. On the path of bhakti there are no restrictions of time or place
for meditation. You can meditate anytime, anyplace. There is also no
required posture for meditation. The only requirement is that you
should be remembering Radha Krishn.

5. You can get the full explanation in Hindi by Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj (both video and written) by visiting the book store
at one of our ashrams in India.

6. The truth is that even if we met God face to face, we would not
recognize His Divinity. He is omnipresent, yet we are unable to see
Him. He resides in our heart, yet we do not experience Him. In
uncountable lifetimes, we have seen Him uncountable times during his
descension on the earth planet. Yet not once have we recognized Him.
That is why we must do devotion to purify our heart. Upon complete
heart purification, God will Grace you. With His Grace, you will
receive a Divine mind and senses. Then you will be able to see Him,
know Him, and experience Him.

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