Shri Datta Swami:Nostradamusâ€™s Great Genius
By Dr. Nikhil, Dept. of Energy, University of Florida, U.S.A.
Michel Nostradamus was a brilliant French prophet and physician of the 16th century. He made deeply insightful prophecies in the form of encrypted verses called as quatrains. Large portions of his prophecies have come true. In his letters to his son CÃ©sar Nostradamus and King Henry II of France, he clearly revealed that his prophecies were divinely inspired. He was a great devotee and made these prophecies on the command of God. He had a sound knowledge of astrology and planetary movements. Although the visions were natural or instinctive to him, he integrated them with astrological calculations and planetary events. However, he lived in the troubled times of the Inquisition. To avoid persecution and the hatred of evil people, he codified the prophecies into obscure verses such that their literal meaning hardly makes any sense. The language used by Nostradamus was highly symbolic and he often additionally encrypted his prophecies by the use of anagrams, scrambling the order of events, using different languages, etc.
He admitted that he knew and saw much more than what he wrote. However he did not reveal all that to the public since the majority was not prepared to understand all that he had to say in the right spirit. Thus today we have only a small fraction of what Nostradamus saw; the rest was censored by him due to its unsuitability for the public and due to the inevitable negative reaction of political and religious leaders towards predicted future changes.
The censored part was not simply details of future events as one may be tempted to think but it also contained the philosophical content, which formed the background of the future events. It was mainly this philosophical content that Nostradamus was afraid of revealing in his time of the Inquisition, when anything different from what was accepted by the Church, would be quickly branded as heresy. Thus when we read his quatrains, especially those with some philosophical significance, we have to be sensitive not only to what is said but also to what is left unsaid.
Numerous authors, thinkers and amateurs have delved into the details of these quatrains, sifting for some clue to the unraveling of critical future events and personalities such as World War III, the Antichrist, changes in world politics and global catastrophes. However the prophecy that is most spectacular and has the potential for maximum benefit to humanity is the prophecy of the Great Genius.
There is considerable agreement that a great scholar will emerge from the land bounded by three seas. He will be well versed in the scriptures and science and Thursday will be holy to him (cI-50). He will uproot fanaticism and establish his spiritual philosophy (cIII-95). This quite obviously indicates that the said scholar will be a Hindu from India . Contrary to some opinions, He will not be a military general. His conquests will not be military conquests but they will be philosophical conquestsâ€”spiritual conquests. With His compelling philosophy He will demolish all fanaticism, rigidity and misinterpreted twists in all religions. A significantly noteworthy point is that He will not only correlate all the world religions, but He will also correlate science and spirituality and establish a universal spiritual philosophy (cVII-14). Although Nostradamus has accurately predicted some of these details of the Great Genius, he has left a great deal unsaid about the identity of this Great One.
Away from the din of contradicting opinions and speculations among commentators and scholars, about the identity and time of arrival of the Great Genius, He has already taken birth. True to prophecy, He was born in a small town in south India (peninsular India ) and is a great scholar of the Hindu scriptures and the scriptures of other religions. He is also a scientist and a professor. However, he is not an ordinary scientist or scholar of the scriptures. He is known to His closest devotees as an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.
Lord Dattatreya (Datta) is God in the three forms, Creator, Maintainer and Destroyer of creation. This God, who is beyond creation manifests through a human form called as a human incarnation or Avatara. Thus God gives Himself to His devotees. Datta is this God who is â€˜givenâ€™ to His devotees in the form of an incarnation. Thursday is the day that is particularly auspicious for the worship of Lord Datta. This Great Genius, who is an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, is known as His Holiness Shri Datta Swami. Shri Datta Swami has preached Divine Knowledge that is so revolutionary and outstanding that highly elevated spiritual souls and scholars and have declared that such knowledge has never been revealed before to mankind. His Divine Knowledge consists of a logical and scientific analysis of the knowledge given in the scriptures and which supports experience. It explains the nature of the soul, the spiritual goal, which is God, and the path to reach Him. Complete assimilation of this knowledge leads to devotion and service, which brings the ultimate grace of God.
In the past, the coming of Christ, the Savior was similarly prophesied by prophets before Him. Their prophecies were also in a symbolic language. But many people took the prophecies literally. When the Christ actually came, He was neither a king nor a freedom fighter who would free the Jews from the tyrannical Roman rule. He neither established a kingdom of the Jews nor did He destroy the Roman Empire . He was a king in the symbolic sense. In fact He was the King of kings. He established the kingdom of God on earth. He freed people from the slavery of ignorance. The Christ came, accomplished His mission on earth as per the prophecies and went back to the heavenly abode. Two thousand years have passed since; yet some ignorant people have still not recognized Him. They are still waiting for the Savior to come!
We are in a similar situation today. The prediction of the Great Genius is in a highly symbolic and encrypted language. Mature and sensitive people quickly grasp the inner meaning of prophecies and scriptures. Rigid and immature people lack insight and are under the grip of ego and jealousy. They insist on the literal meaning, however ridiculous, and refuse to accept the reality that is staring them in the face. The prophecy of Nostradamus is not scripture. However prophecies similar to the prophecy of the Great Genius occur in many scriptures. This is indeed the same as the second coming of the Christ mentioned in the Bible and the incarnation of Kalki mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. In these scriptures again, similar symbolic language is used. Whether it is the prophecy of Nostradamus or the words of the scripture, ignorant people are sure to miss the real meaning. They fail to derive any benefit out of it.
The Divine Personality of Shri Datta Swami and His Divine Knowledge require no support from either prophets or scriptures. God is self-resplendent and requires no flickering candles and torches to illuminate Him. But our tiny minds require the crutches of scriptures, prophecies, logic and miracles. God in all His divine kindness has provided all these supports for us. While preaching His Divine Knowledge, Shri Datta Swami not only quotes from various scriptures but also correlates crucial philosophical concepts among different scriptures (cVII-14). In the past, adequate clarity and correlation of many such concepts was not provided. Hence there were many contradictions between different philosophies and religions. The greatest achievement was the correlation of science with spirituality. Many preachers and scientists have attempted this correlation in the recent past; but none can compare with the outstanding philosophy of Shri Datta Swami. A careful reader who reads and analyzes with patience, will soon see the wonderful panoramic pictureâ€”a coherent universal philosophyâ€”that emerges from the teaching of Shri Datta Swami. It addresses all the main aspects required in a universal philosophy:
? Unimaginable Absolute God who is beyond creation,
? The primordial cosmic energy which is the basic fabric of the entire creation,
? Science, which is the analysis of this energy and its different manifestations, which are matter, energy and awareness.
? The science of miracles: evidence of the inexplicable powers of God (cIII-2).
? The soul, its nature, its spiritual effort and its approach to God
? The spiritual path that includes Divine Knowledge, devotion and service to God.
? The worldly path, which includes the interaction of an individual with society and the laws governing it.
? Correlation of the philosophies of different religions and science
This is the real Grand Unified Theory. The grand unified theory that the physicists hope to achieve is far from a complete and comprehensive theory. It does not include philosophy, God, scriptures or even the soul. It is restricted only to the material world. At the most it can be called a partial theory. The universal philosophy given by Shri Datta Swami will form the framework of analysis of scientists and philosophers of the future. Within this framework, both scientists and philosophers will have adequate scope to investigate further and â€˜fill in the detailsâ€™.
We are most fortunate to be living in this great age. Yes, the world is plagued by terrible injustice, oppression, degradation of values and suffering. But behold, the Great Genius has arrived! Christ has returnedâ€”in flesh! Bhagawan Kalki has incarnated! He has come riding the swift white horse of modern electronic communication, which travels at lightening speed. He holds the blazing sword of Divine Knowledge and chops off the heads of ignorance in peopleâ€™s minds. He will establish permanent world peace. He will fulfill all the scriptures and religions of the world and end the gap between science and spirituality.
At the Lotus Feet of His Holiness Sri Dattaswami
Universal Spirituality for World Peace