Savita: Swami ji pranam, I have a question related to Vedas, puranas. A Muslim preacher says all this things below:- Yajurveda. The following verses from the Yajurveda echo a similar concept of God: “na tasya pratima asti “There is no image of Him.” [Yajurveda 32:3]5 “shudhama poapvidham” “He is bodyless and pure.” [Yajurveda 40:8] 6 “Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste”
“They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements” (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). “They sink deeper in darkness, those who worship sambhuti.” [Yajurveda 40:9]7 is it all true is said by that person? Please give me answer swami ji.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. Yes, God cannot be measured. He is the minutest (subtlest) as well as the largest because He is omnipresent. Being omnipresent, He exists in the minutest matter of the universe as well as the largest matter of universe. Even He is above all i.e., beyond calculation and beyond imagination. Actually, the meaning of every Ved mantra depends whether the meaning is explained by the person who is Yogi and mantradrishta Rishi or not. He has to undergo the following-
1.) Twelve years minimum study of divine Sanskrit language i.e., Ashtadhyayi, Mahabhashya, Varnnochchrann Shiksha, Shathpath Brahmin Granth, Nighantu etc. Thereafter, he will have to do hard practice of Ashtang Yoga philosophy to attain Samadhi and to get title of Mantra-drishta Rishi. That is why, it is stated in Vedas that Vedas are afraid of those who have little knowledge and take only that section/piece of Ved mantras which suit him. In this connection, Atharvaveda further states that God punishes such person.
2.) The meaning of Na Tasya Pratima Asti is not that God has no idol, image etc. But its meaning is- Na Pratimaap i.e., cannot be measured.
Yajurveda clarifies that if someone wants to know the image of Formless God, he can presume it by seeing the whole creation wherein sun and moon are eyes of God, the space is stomach and earth is the feet.
All this is called Viraat Purush. The meaning of the purest and not pure also requires clarification which is clarified by only a Mantra-Drishta Rishi as quoted above. Correct meaning is something else and being lengthy, it cannot be explained here because the meaning of “Asambhutim” is Prakriti and “Sambhuti” means universe.
Santosh: Swamji Namaskar! I want to keep my child name as Praneel.. I have taken the name from internet by searching so many sites. The word don’t have any meaning, but I thought it is unique. How to select the name of the child? My first son name is Pranav Please suggest us.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaskarji. Pranav name is the best because its meaning is Om i.e., the pious name of Almighty God. I would advice you to perform Naam karann sanskar in nearby Arya Samaj mandir and select the name of your beloved son from Vedas in consultation with Purohit or acharya of Arya Samaj mandir.
Ashwin: Swamiji, my pranams to you.
Q1.Since mukthi is finite and we are beginningless and endless, we should have returned from mukthi already. So,even after vast amount of mukthi, the soul doesn’t know the experience of bliss. What does the soul know eternally i.e. which knowledge is eternal in soul?
Q2.Once we attain bliss,once again the cycle of birth and death starts. God’s Ikshan and our purpose of life is satisfied when we obtain bliss. And again,why we enter the cycle of births when the purpose is satisfied?
Can we say that there is no use for souls getting bliss because again and again since soul undergoes this cycle of birth and bliss. What is the end? If there is no end to this phenomenon,why? Please clarify me.
Q3.Why Dhashrath married Kaikeeyee? Which episode triggerred this? Please explain.
Q4.A new myth is propagated that women cannot chant mantras because the vibrations affect their health especially during their pregnancy. Please clarify.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
1.) and 2.) During the period of moksh, the soul experiences divine pleasure along with God. When the period of moksh lapses the soul has to take birth. You see, even in the present life, person forgets childhood happenings i.e., between the age of one day and two-three years. Then what to talk of remembrance of previous moksh time etc., being the eternal process of death/birth, moksh and the said process is eternal and everlasting.
3.)The episode asked by you i.e., reason of marriage of Dashrath with Kaikayee has not been mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan, so no personal comments can be given.
4.) Can women chant mantras?
God has given knowledge of four Vedas to the souls which reside in human body. God has not given the knowledge to bodies. Soul realizes God and attains salvation and not bodies. Soul is unchangeable and immortal whereas bodies are changeable and are destroyed. So souls either in the body of man or woman is entitled to chant all the mantras, to listen preach and to worship God. According to Yajurveda mantra 31/11 there is no any caste system except humanity based on good or bad qualities.