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God and Destiny

The Supreme Knowledge

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Q 1. Why have you used the pronoun "he" for God? Is God masculine gender? answer

Q 2. I read the excerpts, including the table of contents and index, of God and Destiny, and nowhere could I find "free will". Have you dealt with the topic of free will in your book? If yes, where? and if not, what is your point of view on the existence of free will? and how can you show in your book that future of the universe, including that of everyone, is predestined and unchangeable without giving a clear verdict on the existence of free will? answer

Q 3. I have always known, felt, and believed that it is me who decides or determines my destiny with my plans and actions and it is me who changes it with my efforts, but you have showed in the book that every single event of this universe, including that of my life, is predetermined by God and I cannot bring about any change in it. If every happening of my life is predestined and unchangeable, what is my importance? what is my worth? and what is the worth of such life? answer

Q 4. You have demonstrated in the book that all that happens in our lives, including our successes and failures, is predestined by God and is unchangeable. How do I encourage my kids to work hard for better results and how do I inspire them for improvement if nothing is going to change? answer

Q 5. In God and Destiny, you have showed that God predetermines whatever happens, including all that happens in the lives of any person. Thus, God is responsible for the evil deeds of people as well as the punishment given to them for those deeds. Why does God make a person commit crime and then give him punishment for those crimes, for which God, not that person, is responsible? answer

Q 6. I am going through a rough patch in life. I consulted a foreteller, who warned me that future is even worse. She told me that my stars are not favorable to me these days and my life is in danger for the next few months. Then she said that after charging a fees, she can perform some Vedic rituals for me to avert the danger on my life and to bring back good times of my life. I am already wearing a ring embedded with a precious stone suggested by her to make my stars favorable to me. Can any person predict the future? Can we not change our future with help of Vedic rituals and by wearing rings embedded with lucky stones? answer

Q 7. What inspired you to write God and Destiny? How many years did it take for you to have it published? answer

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Q 1. Why have you used the pronoun "he" for God? Is God masculine gender?

A 1. On this website as well as in God and Destiny before revealing God, I have used the masculine gender pronouns for God, because they are being used for him from millenniums. In the book, after revealing God, I have used for him pronouns appropriate to his gender. This is in accordance with the plan of stepwise revelation of God in the book, that is, of taking the reader from darkness to light gradually. Once you read the chapter at the end of which God has been revealed in the book, you will know what gender God precisely has.

Q 2. I read the excerpts, including the table of contents and index, of God and Destiny, and nowhere could I find "free will". Have you dealt with the topic of free will in your book? If yes, where? and if not, what is your point of view on the existence of free will? and how can you show in your book that future of the universe, including that of everyone, is predestined and unchangeable without giving a clear verdict on the existence of free will?

A 2. The topic of free will is dealt with in Chapter 3 (You can not change your future). In this chapter, through an analysis of the decision-making process, I have shown that in any particular situation in your life, when you face multiple choices and you have to make a decision, the option that you choose as the most appropriate for action is predestined and unchangeable and so is the future to the extent it depends on that decision. Thus, the freedom that you think you enjoy in terms of decision making is totally illusory, or free will is one of the greatest illusions you have.

Q 3. I have always known, felt, and believed that it is me who decides or determines my destiny with my plans and actions and it is me who changes it with my efforts, but you have showed in the book that every single event of this universe, including that of my life, is predetermined by God and I cannot bring about any change in it. If every happening of my life is predestined and unchangeable, what is my importance? what is my worth? and what is the worth of such life?

A 3. It is true that your control on the happenings of your life and around you is totally illusory—you are just a puppet in the hands of God and you can not change any happening from what is predestined. You are not in control, but you are not worthless either. Your importance is that you along with the rest of this universe cause things to happen physically—you cannot change the future, but it is you, along with the remaining physical world, who makes it. God is of course the director, but can there be any drama without the clay, without the puppets, without the actors, without you and me?

Life is a series of experiences; it is inevitable and incomparable. The worth of life is not affected by achievement of the supreme knowledge. The knowledge that you cannot change the future or that you are not in control does not make life any less interesting, does not remove any color from life. On the contrary, enlightenment adds to the colors of freedom and carefreeness to the roller-coaster ride of life.

Q 4. You have demonstrated in the book that all that happens in our lives, including our successes and failures, is predestined by God and is unchangeable. How do I encourage my kids to work hard for better results and how do I inspire them for improvement if nothing is going to change?

A 4. You will find the answer of your question in Chapter 7 (Destiny and you).

Q 5. In God and Destiny, you have showed that God predetermines whatever happens, including all that happens in the lives of any person. Thus, God is responsible for the evil deeds of people as well as the punishment given to them for those deeds. Why does God make a person commit crime and then give him punishment for those crimes, for which God, not that person, is responsible?

A 5. God is indifferent to good and evil, virtue and sin. He does not love or hate any one of us. We are just playthings for God, as are characters for a novelist or puppets for a puppeteer. In the point of view of God, crime or sin committed by a person is not different from the good or virtuous deeds done by the same person or by any other person. God predetermines the actions and deeds of people and their good and bad results in the same detached way as he predetermines any other happening of the universe. So the question you have asked becomes irrelevant. For a detailed discussion on the topic of virtue and sin in reference to God, see subsection 'Virtue and sin' in section 'Truth of religious ethics and codes of conducts' in Chapter 15 (God and religion).  

Q 6. I am going through a rough patch in life. I consulted a foreteller, who warned me that future is even worse. She told me that my stars are not favorable to me these days and my life is in danger for the next few months. Then she said that after charging a fees, she can perform some Vedic rituals for me to avert the danger on my life and to bring back good times of my life. I am already wearing a ring embedded with a precious stone suggested by her to make my stars favorable to me. Can any person predict the future? Can we not change our future with help of Vedic rituals and by wearing rings embedded with lucky stones?

A 6. Looking at the past and present, knowing the pattern of happenings, and using our intelligence for foresight, we can peep into the future, including the future of people, that is, we can predict the future to limited extent and with limited accuracy. The way to predict the future and our limitations in the process have been elaborated in Chapter 6 (Prediction of future).

Here, when you place the question, can any person predict the future? you wish to know whether anyone has paranormal ability to see the future. I have met many people about whom I heard or who claim that they have the paranormal ability to see the future. I tested them and none of them passed. Their ability to predict the future was same as the ability of any normal person to foresee the future. My research is on, and I still don't negate the possibility of existence of the paranormal power to see the future events exactly and of the people having such powers. If you meet any such person about whom you are sure that he can predict the future, do let me know—I highly appreciate your help.

An important point to which I wish to bring your attention is that the predictability of future is dependent on its predestinedness and unchangeability. You can not even think of predicting the future, whether scientifically or through paranormal powers, if it is not predecided and unchangeable. So if somebody claims that she can see your future and she is also telling you how you can change it, then that person is not trustworthy. If she has seen a part of your future that is subject to change, then she has actually not seen your future, because future is one, not many; and if she has really seen your future and has predicted it correctly, then her suggestion to you about how you can change it is wrong and misguiding, because if future changes, her prediction will become wrong. Countless people earn their living or add to their earnings by predicting future of others and by performing rituals for the improvement of the future of their clients—they constitute a huge industry across the world. Sadly, all such foretellers are misleading people, and most of them are themselves misled by false beliefs.

Nothing can change your future. Your planning, work, discipline, and perseverance don't change your future, but they play an important and inevitable role in making or causing it. So wearing special type of rings or performing Tantric or Vedic ritual also cannot change your future, but do they affect you and the happenings of your life in any way? do they play any part in making your future? Both science and experience say, "No," and that is my answer too. 

Q 7. What inspired you to write God and Destiny? How many years did it take for you to have it published?

A 7. The detailed answer of the first question is given in the last appendix of the book: Appendix E (How did I find God?). You can find brief answers of both these questions on this website, in author's profile.

 

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