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“Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva do not belong to the Hindu religion.  They belong to all the world.”

“Shiva is not a Hindu.  He is for all the worlds.  In each world they picture him according to their imagination.  It depends upon their moods or emotions. Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara is the God for all the worlds, not just this one single sun.  There are lots of suns in the universe.  For all of them, it is the same triune who are the Gods.”

“Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara are there in the path of Christ also.  They are there in the path of Shivabalayogi, and they are there in the path of every other rishi and maharishi.  They being the source of all these lines, everybody will have to worship them.  Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara do not belong to any particular caste or religion.  Ganesha and Nandi don’t have anything to do with religion or caste.

“Nobody knows about Goddess Ganga [Ganges].  Only when you go and bathe there do you understand what is the Ganga.  If Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara appear to them in their meditation, then what will they do?  Will they not come and pray to them?  If you teach people something about which they don’t know, what will it take to get them changed?  The world did not know about India. Only when the Portuguese, the British, the French they came down to India they came to know about India.  Earlier they did not know what India was.  When people don’t know it, it will take some time for them to understand, to get to know things.”

“In the past, there were many people here and many gods.  You people drove them away.  You people have changed a lot.  India and America were one and the same.  America had the same Sanskrit culture but slowly you changed.”

“Even gods have ego when they incarnate.  That is why they do it.  They have power because they are gods, so they show off their powers to each another.  When they incarnate, they do these things.  Unless they do that, how can they change the people? If a couple did not quarrel with each other, then how could Swamiji come and settle the dispute?  If Shiva has a fight with Vishnu, that is because they do it for the sake of their devotees.”

Swamiji loved to tell stories about the gods, sages and demons of ancient times.  He would point out how the stories had been changed over time and how the events really happened.  When devotees expressed doubt whether the events really happened, Swamiji insisted they were literally true.

One man came to Swamiji and asked whether the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were fiction or really happened.  Swamiji asked him whether he had any grandparents.  The man said he had.  Swamiji replied that the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were as real as his grandparents.

Then Swamiji asked the man the name of his father.  He answered.  Then Swamiji asked for the name of his grandfather.  Again the man answered.  But when Swamiji asked for the name of his great grandfather, the man did not know. 

“You do not even know the name of your great grandfather and you ask me about the Ramayana and the Mahabharata?”


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