What are the fundemental beliefs in your religion?
Swami Ram Swarup: There are two types of fundamentals. One – God made second man made. This fact is very well known by the learned/philosophers of whole world that four Vedas are the oldest holy books of the world and therefore in treta yug, only Valmiki Rishi, first time wrote Valmiki Ramayana. The Vedas were not in book shape.
Yajurveda mantra 40/8 says that God is everywhere, Almighty, formless, nervous system less, purest, away from sins and away to face any result of any karmas (deeds), knows every soul, knows what is in everyone’s mind, no body has made God, but God creates universe, has given the eternal knowledge of four Vedas and always gives the said knowledge at the beginning of every universe to know the science and deeds to al concern. Similarly four Vedas says about God that God is an omnipresent, omniscient, formless, beyond imagination and beyond calculation. Actually God has unlimited qualities. There is only one God who creates, nurses, destroys the universe and again creates. Atharvaveda mantra 4/1/1 also says that God gives the knowledge of Vedas at the beginning of the earth to four Rishis of unsexual creation. And thereafter only public listens Vedas through rishis Munis as yet and become learned. Rigveda gives knowledge of Almighty, Yajurveda gives knowledge of karmas (deeds), Saamveda tells about worship-Yoga philosophy and Atharvaveda about medicines and God. Actually all Vedas commonly says about God also, so this is about Vedas in short. But the knowledge of Vedas is endless. It is a fundamental that knowledge is always given by somebody otherwise knowledge can’t be gained at any cost. If a new born baby is nursed well in a densy jungle and is not educated then he will not be able to gain any knowledge. So we have to think that the knowledge in the world today from where came first. In this connection all Vedas themselves say that God gives this knowledge to four Rishis. Ashas also been said by rishi Patanjali in yoga shastra sutra 1/26 that God is first Guru of the four Rishis. Yajurveda mantra 31/7 also refers. So this is all in short about Vedas. Now if somebody worship statue etc., i.e., their own creation please but Vedas deny. According to Vedas the best worship of the God is Yagya (Yajna) for which all Vedas are self proof.Yajurveda mantra 31/16 says that the learned persons worship God by Yajna.
There are two types of learned in my memory. First those who say Vedas are eternal and the knowledge of Vedas, is automatically originated by God. Second type of learned believe that Vedas are so superior having all subjects including science etc. that like its writer there was none before and will never be born in future. God id one who has given knowledge to allhuman beings. Hinduism is totally based on four Vedas. But within 3000 years, the study of Vedas is negligible and thus man made fundamentals have been made and this fact is also written by Tulsi das ji in verse: SHRUTI SAMANT HARI BHAKTI PATH SANJUT BIRATI BIB EK.TEHIN NA CHALIHIN NAR MOH BAS KALPHIN PANTH ANEK. Meaning— the bhakti is based on Vedas only by which we get knowledge. But unfortunately now most of the people are not following the path of Vedas. But arrogant have made their own ways. Vedas are open to all and nothing is secret but due to lack of studies of Vedas several secrets in Vedas have not been revealed.
So God made fundamentals in Vedas, of religion is—
1. The pious deeds which give fruitful result and the happiest life while alive and after death of body too, is called religion. (soul being immortal)
2. There are three immortal matters which have not been made by anybody — God, souls and prakriti. God and souls are alive whereas prakriti is non-alive.
3. A potter makes pot from mud wherein alive potter and dead mud is required. Similarly God needs non-alive prakriti to create universe. So every article of universe is destructible.
4. We are souls and not body. We live in the body.
5. Body destroys not soul.
6. According to the deeds, soul gets next birth under control of God.
7. The whole articles of the world-money, assets, food even body, sun, moon etc., are meant for our body and body is meant for us (souls). By doing pious deeds according to Vedas, including worship (Yajna, yoga practice etc.) one can get salvation.
8. Tapsya means to listen Vedic preach or any good preach, to control on five senses, five perceptions and mind, not to think bad, to do holy Yagya, to donate to right and needy person., to attain peace, to study Vedas.
9. Humans beings must get progress simultaneously in both ways i.e., in science and universal progress etc., and in spiritualism because one sided progress is totally harmful to human beings.
Yet there are so many fundamentals in Vedas like duties of students, family holders, Vanprasthis or sanyasis, mother, father etc., etc., and you again welcome please. It shall not be out of place to mention that Vedas only contain fundamentals and not any kind of story.
2. How does one come into such a faith? (ie, in Christian sects this is done through repentance of sin and prayer)
Swami Ram Swarup: Ved mantras say, "PUNANTU MA DEV JANAHA" i.e., alive, spiritual Guru makes devotees holy or pure or gives permanent peace/salvation etc., i.e., he who obeys, he gets and the spiritual Guru means who is learned of four Vedas, has practiced ashtang yogapractice, has controlled his five senses, five perceptions and mind, loves everybody in the universe and has realized God etc.
3. Could you list and define 3 terms associated with your religion that an outsider would not be able to understand. (ie. the Catholic trinity, saints)
Swami Ram Swarup: First every topic of science is in Vedic philosophy. For example earth moves around the sun. Very few know that this is already mentioned in Yajurveda mantra and every science topic is in Vedas.
Second present science says that there are about 200 matters/elements whereas Rigveda says for 720. Thirdly doctor says to drink boiled water which has been prescribed by Atharvaveda in its beginning mantras and such like so many secrets are revealed in Vedas. And the said secrets are connected only to materialistic articles. Now in spiritualism — the names of Rishis, Munis in Vedas are Agni, Varun, Surya etc., are mentioned which very few know. Such Rishis Munis have the qualities according to the said names. For example-Agni means burning fire which has light. So a Rishi by doing Tapsya becomes agni i.e., has seen and has made body enlightened equivalent to light of several suns. He is called Agni. Yogi means who is(for example) mixed with God like salt in glass of water and then attains Ridhis and siddhis which are ANNIMA, LAGHIMA, MAHIMA, PRAPTI, PRAKAMYA, VASHISHTVA, ISHITVA, JAHAN KAAM VASAYITVA VAHAN SATYA SANKALPATAHA.
Though the holy name of God OM is recited remembered daily yet the correct pronunciation andmethod to do the jaap of holy name of God always remains secret, until the spiritual Guru opens the secret.
Also to wear Janeyu and to perform holy sanskaars right from birth to death.
4. Which indiviudal is credited with beginning your religion?
Swami Ram Swarup: As I have already told above this religion is eternal and credit naturally goes to almighty God but thereafter next to God are our past and present RishiMunis who spread the said eternal knowledge of Vedas like Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Vyas Muni, Guru Vashisth and several others of past and present-Arvind Gosh, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and others who are alive and spreading Vedic knowledge.
5. How does a "good" individual of your religion carry out his/her life?
Swami Ram Swarup: By following the preach of his alive Guru totally based on four Vedas one can carry out his or her life in attaining salvation.
6. What holy books are associated with your religion?
Swami Ram Swarup: Four Vedas (knowledge direct from God) are sufficient but based on the knowledge of four Vedas, six shastras (Sankhya, Nyay, Yog, Vedanta, Vaisheshik, Mimansa), eleven Upanishads – Prashn, Kath, Ken, Ish, Mandukya, Mundak, Etreye, Tetiriyo Chhandogya, Bridarnayk, Shwetashwar; Shatpath Brahmin Granth, Nighantoo, Valmiki Ramayan, Mahabhart (Bhagwat Geeta being extract of Mahabhart’s Bhisham Parv) and in Sanskrit grammar – Ashtadhyai and Mahabhasya but a devotee can achieve the motto only by listening four Vedas from his Guru and by following the preach of his Guru. So Vedas are not difficult because Vedas are to be listened first and not to be read. So listening is not difficult.
So this Vedic philosophy is not ours but it isfrom God and for all human beings whether somebodyaccepts or not.