Question and Answer with Swamiji Videos
Buddhism vs Advaita Vedanta—What’s the Difference?
Q&A with Swamiji #12: Both traditions address and solve the fundamental problem of human suffering, but they differ on the existence or non-existence of a true, inner self, atma.
COVID-19 Fear and Anxiety—A Spiritual Solution
Q&A with Swamiji #11: Are you afraid of contracting the deadly coronavirus accidentally? Many people are. The sages of ancient India provide a unique and powerful solution to the problem of fear and anxiety in the teachings of Vedanta.
The Purpose of Life is…WHAT? A Vedic Perspective.
Q&A with Swamiji #10: Vedic scriptures don’t specify a single goal of life, they specify four – kama, pleasure, artha, wealth, dharma, righteousness, and moksha, enlightenment – four purusharthas.
Is a GURU Really Necessary? Who is a TRUE Guru?
Q&A with Swamiji #9: Can you gain enlightenment on your own and avoid all the so-called gurus? Or do you need guidance from someone who has already discovered what you seek?
Related video: ESCAPING the Forest of Samsara – Role of Guru
If Reality is NON-DUAL, Why are there so many GODS in Hinduism?
Q&A with Swamiji #8: Hindu scriptures offer different teachings to meet the individual needs of different people – according to the crucial principle of adhikari-bheda (individualism).
Spiritual vs. Worldly Life — How to Reconcile? — Karma Yoga
Q&A with Swamiji #7: Any time you devote to spiritual practice is stolen from worldly activities, and vice versa. This conflict is resolved through karma yoga. Life itself becomes your spiritual practice.
What’s the PROOF that Vedanta is Correct? Science vs. Religion vs. Spirituality
Q&A with Swamiji #6: How can we determine the validity of scientific knowledge, religious doctrines, and spiritual teachings? How can we reconcile their differences?
COPING with DEATH – Vedantic Wisdom for Overcoming Sadness, Grief, and Painful Memories.
Q&A with Swamiji #5: Swamiji explains emotional healing from a Vedanta point a view and shows how sadness is not your enemy – because you can find contentment even in the midst of sadness.
What Makes Karma Good or Bad? Ahimsa—the Principle of Least Harm.
Q&A with Swamiji #4: Rather than specifying a list of rigid commandments, the sages of ancient India prescribed ahimsa as the basis for dharma, righteousness.
Does FREE WILL Really Exist? Scientific and Vedantic Views
Q&A with Swamiji #3: Scientists have identified specific neurological activities associated with decision making, yet they remain unable to explain the nature and origin of consciousness, which is fundamental to all experience.
Why are there so few FEMALE Rishis and Gurus?
Q&A with Swamiji #2: Ancient India was a highly patriarchal society, yet, this wonderful story from the Yoga Vasishta shows the spiritual superiority of Queen Chudala over her husband, King Shikhidvaja.
Why do BAD things happen to GOOD people? The Doctrine of Karma.
Q&A with Swamiji #1: According to the doctrine of karma, God neither rewards us for good deeds nor punishes us for bad deeds. God gives us the results we ourselves have earned through deeds in this or prior lives.
Is COVID-19 God’s Will? Evil? Karma? Eastern and Western Views on GOOD & EVIL.
Why does God—all-powerful, all-knowing and perfectly good—allow us to be afflicted by natural evils like the corona virus and moral evils like the 9/11 terror attacks?
A message from Swami Tadatmananda on the coronavirus pandemic.
The fear and anxiety that naturally arise at times of crisis can be managed through prayer, meditation, and spiritual study, especially study of the Bhagavad Gita.