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QUESTION: Namaskar Dhananjay.

1) Free service is being enjoyed from you. There are many other sources of free information and education that are being utilised on the web. The individuals and organisations providing these services have different personalities and dispositions. Please explain the karmic implications of the above mentioned on the individual.

2) Are gifts and money given in return for authentic vedic rituals legitimate sources of income?

3) Is it okay to accept gifts/money (where no work has been provided in return), just to avoid insulting the donor and subsequently giving the FULL amount or object out in charity? Does that still cause a karmic connection between the INITIAL donor and INITIAL recipient that is not of the nature desired by the INITIAL recipient?


ANSWER: 1. He who performs 'Nishkamakarma' (actions carried out without doership, as the Lord's will, not expecting anything in return) has no karmic implications. Karmic implications concern those, who commence an action, with some expectation or return in mind.

2. Yes, as long as one is content with that which comes by itself.

3. One should not take that which does not belong to him, or is not a justified receivable.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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QUESTION: 1) So what should one do when he/she receives a gift of money where acceptance does not enable it's transfer to the recipient for eg. by Airtell money or direct deposit?

2) So one using the Internet with a sense of doership is bound?

3) Is inheritance a legitimate receivable?

1. By accepting cash or kind or credit which one does not deserve, or has not been earned, one becomes indebted to the donor, which will later have to be repaid. Hence the Yogi practices 'Asteya' (not taking/receiving anything which he is not due for or does not have a right over), even though the one donating might not mind it.

2. One can accept that which comes on its own, from lawful inheritance (given by parents or other ascendants etc.) One should however not demand the same or be after it.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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