Amit Kumar: What is the difference between Yajyen and Havan? Why are you doing Yajyen for two months? Does it take this long? How does one know if someone has freed from bondage of birth and death? I had a Taiji who died in Brahm Mahoorat. Will Taiji get salvation? When will pralaye happen?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajyen means where the Brahma i.e. acharya who knows four Vedas, is seated therein and he in the end delivers preach on Ved mantras.
Amit Kumar: What is the difference between Yajyen and Havan? Why are you doing Yajyen for two months? Does it take this long? How does one know if someone has freed from bondage of birth and death? I had a Taiji who died in Brahm Mahoorat. Will Taiji get salvation? When will pralaye happen?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajyen means where the Brahma i.e. acharya who knows four Vedas, is seated therein and he in the end delivers preach on Ved mantras.
Secondly, the meaning of Yajyen is – Dev Pooja, Sangatikarann, Daan. Dev Pooja means to serve mother, father, atithi, acharya and the Almighty God, the details of which are also available on this website.
Sangatikarann means to satisfy the learned acharya of Vedas by services and in return, to gain Vedic knowledge and knowledge of Yoga Philosophy from him. Daneshu means to donate goods, money etc., in Yajyen to the acharya/purohit etc. Not only for two months but Yajyen is performed regularly for years together and aahuti of mantras of four Vedas is offered daily and the meaning of ved mantras with ideas is listened from acharya. But simple agnihotra can be performed in homes daily without Brahma by uttering Sandhya mantras both times i.e., morning and evening. Yajyen is the best pious deed as well as worship of God, say Vedas and ancient/present rishis. No matter of the world can be made useful for human beings until we know about it. Preach of Vedas enables us to know about all the matters of world i.e., right from straw to Brahma in holy Yajyen.
The matter which has been made will sure be destroyed one day. Our body is made of five elements. So it has to be destroyed. Vedas state- “SAHA YAHA CHAKAAR SAHA JAJAAR” i.e., He who creates the body, He destroys the same one day. But the soul which resides in the body is immortal.
Your Taiji was not the body but soul. So her body is destroyed and not Taiji who will take next birth based on her deeds, please. Almighty God creates the world from Prakriti, then He nurses it and one day, He Himself destroys the whole universe. After a stipulated time, He again creates. The said process is eternal and immortal. So, final destruction of the universe is called Pralaya. Pralaya of present will occur after about one Arab years.
Gisele Beaupre: I would be very interested in knowing more about you and the process of realizing the self. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? I wonder why more self-realized souls do not. I assume if you are considered an acharya that you are self-realized. I have read that part of the process of self realization is remembering your past lives as a means of purification. Of course it is not something that can be forced. I have a friend who considers herself a “shaman” and says she has had some recall etc. I know that the Vedantic teachings do not emphasize this…and certainly it can be a bit of a distraction. I can see how it is a bit small minded…considering the whole point is knowing that you in reality are all that is. That is pretty big though for most people to comprehend. So I guess I am wondering why do I know what I know? Surely I am thankful but I just don’t know what I am doing and where I am going with it all, given where I live and work and who I am on the personality level etc. I suppose it is something I have to meditate on myself etc. it is not something that someone else can tell you right? “
Swami Ram Swarup: All your views are appreciated. As regard autobiography, I have not yet made up my mind for the same, please.
Due to lack of knowledge of Vedas control on senses, perceptions and mind by practising Ashtang Yoga Philosophy under the guidance of learned acharya of Vedas for the last about five thousand years, very few souls are self-realised souls. I believe that mostly the saints who are against the Vedas, show themselves as a self-realised souls but according to Vedas, they are not so.
You know, soul is immortal and resides within body and the body is destructible. So everybody has to know himself i.e., soul under guidance of learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga Philosophy. Yajurveda mantra 7/4 states “UPYAAMGRIHITAHA ASI MAGHAVAN SOMAM PAHI.” i.e., Oh aspirant! Attain salvation/realise yourself by doing hard practice of ashtang yoga philosophy. So proper guidance of Vedas and yoga philosophy is to be attained from an acharya then Yog Shastra Sutra 1/2 states “YOGASCHITTA VRITTI NIRODHAHA” i.e., practising Ashtang yoga Philosophy , the chitta vritti( i.e., faculty which imprints outgoing and incoming thoughts) are stopped, “TADA DRASHTU SWARUPEVASTHANAM” i.e., then the aspirant realises himself. So one must study Vedas and do hard practice of Ashtang Yoga to realise himself.
Deepak: I will like to invite you to conduct a Yajyen in Ahmedabad.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Actually with the grace of God, for the last twenty eight years annual Yajyen for two months and more starts in April and ends in June. In the Yajyen, the aahuti of mantras of four Vedas is offered by all aspirants and the lovers of the Yajyen from all parts of India. So I shall be available to perform Yajyen with you in August/September 2008.
Monohar Lal Goel: Is there any method by which we can know in which our
fore-fathers have taken birth and where?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please. It is not possible to know in which our forefathers have taken birth and where we have to deal with pious deeds, worship and discharge our moral duties etc., to burn our previous lives’ deeds to realise God only. So we must pay attention about our present deeds only. Otherwise also, life is short and tasks are more to be accomplished. We have to use every second of the life in the present pious deeds only, please. My blessings to you for a long, happy life.
Reema: What mantras should be chanted by pregnant ladies? How can a working expectant mother keep herself relaxed?
Swami Ram Swarup: At the stage of pregnancy, the lady must read Vedic culture. She must chant gayatri mantra both times daily and she should also do daily havan even with gayatri-mantra. Tips of pregnant ladies is on website, please locate and study.
Rekha Nautiyal: What are the qualifications of a ‘Pativrata Nari’ from a Vedic point of view?
Swami Ram Swarup: Few qualities of Pativrata Nari described in Vedas are:
(1) Pativrata Nari is committed sincerely to her husband with mind and heart. She does not think even in dreams about other gents except for her husband.
(2) She is completely dependent on her husband like a creeper/climber who clings to the tree for support and nutrition.
(3) She is ideal wife who does daily havan/agnihotra, does name jaap of God, donates food on pious occasions.
(4) She keeps her house clean and is hard working, who cares for the health of her family.
(5) She is tolerant like the earth and sweet and peaceful like water, she utilizes the hard earned money of her husband intelligently and increases the wealth of her husband.
(6) She is proefficient in household jobs and provides pious, healthy food to family.
(7) She is learned of Vedas’ knowledge, does not suffer from any ailment or disease since she exercises full control over her senses, perceptions and mind and is completely away from sins.
The qualities are innumerable but only few have been mentioned above. However, it is also pertinent to mention that similar good qualities are also to be maintained by husband, say Vedas. Hence, family life is like a chariot which has two wheels- one is wife and other is husband. So both i.e., husband and wife bear the responsibility of household obligations equally.
K D Gupta: Ramcharitmanas is not authentic because [ yehi ma raghupati nam udara] but because it contains the name of HANUMANJI who says [ram kaj kinhe bina mohi kahan vishram] which also emphasizes that the shloka 17/18 meaning would have been different in Geeta if it was asked by Arjun much before starting the yudh shankhbheri. The name of HANUMANJI is very authentic in itself. with your permission I want to quote a simple case when my son was very astonished when he was helped by Hanumanji by shaking his shoulders and giving visa to u.s. while authorities said no and he has taken a huge amount from MIT USA for attending conferences in France and Singapore.
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas tell only to worship eternal, formless, God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. Sri Ramji also got the knowledge of Vedas from his guru Vasishthji and did several pious Yajyen and did practice of Ashtang Yoga as is also stated in Valmiki Ramayan. Great warrior and brahamchari, Hanumanji was the Prime minister of Sugreev and when Sugreev became friend of Hanumanji then Hanumanji did service of Sri Ram which has become an example of ideal service in the world. Valmiki Ramayan states that Hanumanji was also a learned of four Vedas and the said fact was also told by Sri Ram ji in jungle to Laxman. We have to follow the path of Sri Ram and Hanumanji to realise the God and get long, happy life.
K D Gupta: Pranam as per Swami Madhusdana Saraswati Gita includes karma budhi and gyan respectivly in six and six and rest six bchapters but if 9 chapters tell budhi and rest 9 bhakti then where the karma stands as sloka per 17/18.
Swami Ram Swarup: In four Vedas, God has given three educations:
(1) Gyan kand i.e., knowledge i.e., science regarding all matters of universe like sun, moon, water, human-bodies etc., especially in Rigveda.
(2) Karma Kand i.e., knowledge regarding form of deeds- pious and sins especially in Yajurveda.
(3) Upasana Kand i.e., real worship of God like Yajyen, name jaap, practice of Ashtang yoga philosophy especially in Samveda. Atharvaveda states about all the matters mentioned in above three Vedas including medical science.
Bhagwad Geeta is a Vedic preach delivered by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj to Arjun. So based on Vedas’ knowledge, Sri Krishna maharaj preached Arjun about Karmakand in first to six chapters, Upasana kand in next six chapters and Gyan kand in last six chapters.
Bhagwad Geeta shloka 17/18 gives knowledge that if an aspirant does tapasya to get respect, honour, praise and services to his own body etc., or tapasya is done to deceive others then the said tapasya relates to Rajogunn i.e., the quality of Rajogunn produces sensuality, anger, greed, ego etc. So the said meaning is based on Vedas yet if it does not suit you then you may go ahead with your own views please.
Sunil: We are six member in our family an seventh is expected. We are happy family but in every fifth minute some problem start take place like kalesh. We don’t understand what is this going on.
Swami Ram Swarup: The problems are to be faced based on the result of our previous lives’ deeds, please. However, the human life is blessed by God to overcome all the problems and to get salvation. Now, it is a problem that mostly the people are not interested to listen or to study Vedas knowledge which emanates direct from God. Vedas are self proof and the deeds or worship against the Vedas is not accepted by God being
unauthentic. Vedas tell that every person while discharging his moral duties of Brahamcharya i.e., student life , then family life, then Vanprasth and sanyas life must get long, happy life at least of hundred years of age free from all problems, tensions, illness etc. In the whole life, one must only do pious deeds preached in Vedas and other holy books to overcome the problems. So I would advise you to chant gayatri mantra daily and to do havan daily with gayatri mantra. This will sure be beneficial for your entire family.
Mann: How can one control anger?
Swami Ram Swarup: It is very difficult to exercise control over anger because it relates to Rajo, Tamo and Satogunn of Prakriti. Secondly, it relates to previous lives’ and present lives’ deeds also. Thirdly, very few want to control anger, sensuality, greed, ego, pride etc., because they usually do not follow the eternal path of Vedas which enables an aspirant to control the anger.
There is symbolic story in Chchandyogya Upanishad that once sense organ of eye, ear, nose, tongue and skin started fighting amongst each other to establish their own supremacy over others. Then eye was asked to fight against Kaam (sensuality), krodh (anger), lobh (greed), ahankar (pride). When eye was about to fight against the above vices, eye was attacked and defeated by the above vices. Similarly all the sense organs i.e., ear, nose, tongue and skin could not overpower the above vices. At last, Prann (breath) prepared him to fight and immediately all the vices together attacked the Prann but they were destroyed like a ball of clay which is hit against the mountain and gets shattered. Then, all the sense organs accepted the Prann (breath) as supreme power amongst all. It is symbolic story , the idea of which is that if an aspirant does prannayam
under the advice of learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga Philosophy, then only the anger etc., are controlled.
I mean to say that one must go ahead with his Vedic worship like name jaap, performance of Yajyen and Yoga philosophy , then one day he will be able to control the anger etc. , otherwise, the mere bookish knowledge and listening of pravachan etc., will be of no use. But worship should be continued by every person then only he will be able to reach the
This difference has also been mentioned by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj in Geeta Shloka 2/59, Idea of which is that Oh Arjun! If a person has not realised the God then he would try to forcibly suppress his senses, perceptions and mind but the attachment of the senses, perceptions to vices like anger, sensuality etc., does not get finished. So when the suitable atmosphere becomes available, the person gets indulged in those vices. Similar views have been told by respected Rishi Patanjali in his Yog shastra sutra 3/9 that even of an aspirant who has studied Vedas and done hard practice of Ashtang yoga but has not realised God then he still attains wonderful stage where his kaam (sensuality), Krodh (anger), Ahankar (pride) etc., and nature of doing sins gets suppressed for some time i.e., becomes dormant, but is not completely destroyed and whenever the situation to commit sins becomes suitable, the tapsvi gets indulged in sins. As Sri Krishna Maharaj told in above Shloka that nature of doing sins etc., is totally burnt only after realisation of God so the Patanjali Rishi in his sutra 4/29, 4/30, 4/31, 4/32 states that yogi, who attains Dharmamegh Samadhi where he realises God, then only all his klesh i.e., sins/previous lives’ deeds are totally burnt. So, in the absence of the above quoted knowledge of Bhagwad Geeta and Yog shastra but basically in the absence of knowledge of Vedas innocent people get entangled in the false, magnetising field created by false saints,
who are against the Vedas and public surrenders her mind, intellect, bodies, wealth to the false saints who are looting the public. Such saints proclaim themselves to be Gods or claim that they have ontrolled their senses etc., but the true fact is stated above in Bhagwad Geeta shloka and Yog shastra sutra discussed above. So public must beware of false saints.
Phandeendra: What shall be the perfect meaning of detachment? Does it really mean to leave everything physically?
Swami Ram Swarup: The real meaning of detachment is a person must listen to Vedas, do name jaap and havan and practice of Yoga Philosophy. He must do all pious deeds and fulfil moral duties which are known by listening Vedas and holy books. Then at a certain stage, automatically, he will feel that he is discharging his duties under the guidance of an unseen power but he is not entangled with any illusion. He would also thus make the best use of his assets religiously also. Only bookish knowledge or listening of preach etc., will do nothing if the knowledge is not hold with in heart and practised in daily life.
The said education is given in Yajurveda mantra 40/2 that while doing all the pious deeds and discharging moral duties , a person attains hundred years of ill free, happy life , detaching himself from all worldly affairs/attachments like attachment to assets, family, building, business, services, etc.
Mantra educates us that money, assets, family members and our moral duties etc., is not illusion and are not to be separated from us but we must listen Vedas and daily do the above quoted worship of God, duly detached. Duly detached means making the best religious use of the same.
Mallik: I am very much desirous opposite gender. Even meditation is not working out.
Swami Ram Swarup: If you are not married then you must arrange for your marriage, immediately please. But you must be above twenty-four years and a good earning hand.
PSG: Swamiji, have you ever ‘felt’ God? Pranam.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. The answer to this question, I think will not be useful to anyone. Better, a person must know the motto of human life i.e., realisation of God and while discharging all moral duties, he must follow the true path to realise God. Again, my blessings to you.
Prakash: I do meditation. Sometimes while sleeping at night I feel I am not there and out of my body. I want to get up and move but not able to. In that state I ask God to help me and I feel I have reentered my body and I get up having a different feeling.
This has happened to me many times. Also initially I could feel being pushed back into my body but now I feel I on my will want to reenter. Please guide me and tell me what is the meaning of this experience?
Swami Ram Swarup: As you said, if the feeling which you have said is experienced while sleeping then it is of no use, please. If it could be in awakening stage then it becomes a great achievement.
Narender Sharma: According to Swami ji, one should start with Rigveda, but in Rigveda they keep on praising (and calling them for Yagya only) Indre devta, Aggni dev
and other Rishis. So where is knowledge?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please. Rigveda does not only state about Yajyen. It mainly includes those mantras which tell about creation and every mater of the universe made of prakriti. Actually problem is this that people wants to study Vedas directly without making contact with learned acharya. That is why, the false saints have got a point to mislead the public telling that Vedas are difficult and Yajyen is only meant for swarg. Whereas both statements are totally false. The fundamental law to study the Vedas is that first of all Vedas are to be listened from a learned acharya so I would advice you to please follow the eternal tradition. So please make contact with local learned acharya of Vedas and listen the Vedas from his mouth. You may contact local Arya Samaj for this pious purpose because I am away and I can’t teach you Vedas from here. Sri Ram and Sri Krishna Maharaj also did not read Vedas in the shape of book, but they listened Vedas from the pious mouths of Rishi Vasishth and Rishi Sandeepan respectively.
Mukta Anand: I am working with the company who are into the promotion of VED & PURANS. Initially we are going to start with RUDRA hawan. Could you help me out where will I get learned Ved brahmins to perform the hawan. And could you give me some source where I can find Yajman who will be really interested in performing such
hawan. Please guide me.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajman is he who organises Yajyen and bears the expenses thereof according to his faith and financial capability. However, a learned purohit or learned acharya chants the Ved mantras and makes the Yajman to perform the Yajyen. However, in Vedas there is no mention about Rudra yaj please.
Gisele Beaupre: After my last email I continued to read online…going to chapter 15. I came across this verse. I have known this to be symbolic of course, but true…”Chapter 15, Verse 1. (BGita) The Blessed Lord said: There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are the Vedic hymns. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas. (Swami Prabhupada’s interpretation) Does that mean I intrinsically know the Vedas? Swami Shyam’s interpretation: “he who understands this created universe to be like the indestructible peepal tree is said to know the Pure Existence. Pure Consciousness. Pure Bliss, the Vayd, or God. The roots of this cosmic tree project upwards as they grow in the ultimate ground of the Supreme being. Its stem is Brahmaa, the Creater and its leaves are the Vedas, the various parts of experience as they are drawn from every level of form. Arjun an ordinary human being has no ability to understand how creation issues from the Supreme Being, so I have given you this example of the long-living peepal tree.” Swami Chidbhavanada’s interpretation:
“The blessed Lord said: They speak of an imperishable Aswattha tree with its root above and branches below. Its leaves are the Vedas; he who knows it is the knower of the Vedas.” Aren’t the Vedas…or leaves…each person seemingly incarnated, each org or consciousness containing a part of the overall puzzle or God within? Like strands of an indestructible chain of pearls being contained and permeated by Brahmaa, the creator?
Perhaps I better take a look at a few Vedas. I wish you all the most effortless timelessness.
Swami Ram Swarup: BHAGWAD GEETA SHLOKA 15/1 is as under:-
“UURDHVAMOOLAM MADHAHA SHAKHAMASHVATTHAM PRAHURAVYAYAM
CHCHANDANSI YASYA PARNNANI YASTAM VED SA VEDVIT.”
(UURDHVAMOOLAM) whose root is upwards (ADHAHASHAKHAM) and whose branches are downwards (ASHVATTHAM) peepal tree (PRAHUHU) is called (AVYAYA) eternal. (YASYA) whose (PARNNANI) leaves are (CHCHANDANSI) Vedas (YAHA) the person who (VED) knows (TAM) the said tree (SAHA) he (VEDVIT) knows the Vedas.
Meaning: Whose root is upwards and whose branches are downwards that Peepal tree is called eternal. Whose leaves are Vedas, the person who knows the said tree,
he knows the Vedas.
Idea: There are two types of meanings of Vedas: (1) Spiritual and (2) Literal.
Bhagwad Geeta gives Vedic knowledge. When Bhagwad Geeta was written by Vyas Muniji and preached by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna, at that time present holy books did not exist, so the meaning of the shlokas of Bhagwad Geeta will ever base on Vedic knowledge and not on present views. Vedas are eternal and emanate direct from God which Sri Krishna Maharaj studied along with Sudama in the Ashram of Rishi Sandeepan. Vyas Muni was also the philosopher of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga. Vyas Muniji wrote Mahabharat epic and Bhagwad Geeta is an extract of Bheeshma parv of Mahabharat. So nowadays it is a true necessity that Geeta must be commented and preached by those who are philosopher of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga Philosophy traditionally, as were Vyas Muniji and Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj. Now, come to the spiritual meaning of the above shloka according to Vedas, please. (UURDHVAMOOLAM) urdhva means the highest i.e., supreme and Moolam means shelter i.e., He who is supreme and shelter of entire universe i.e., God He creates, nurses the universe and enters there in the beginning of the earth and i.e., why He is called omnipresent.
So it is clear that without His being Omnipresent, there will be no activity in living-beings and in non-alive matters of universe. That is why He is called Moolam -is shelter of entire universe. So the meaning of (UURDHAV) is supreme God and His reason (karann) to create the universe is Prakriti as is mentioned in Rigveda mandal 10, sukta 129. That is why shastras state “UURDHVADEV” that the name of God is “UURDHVA” because He is Supreme in the universe. Rigveda mantra 10/129/7 states that the God is Lord of Prakriti and souls i.e., whole creation.
Rigveda Mantra 10/99/7 also states about the God that (SAHA) the God (UURDHVA+SANAHA) is Supreme in the universe, based on his divine, unlimited qualities. So keeping in view the said eternal proof of Vedas there should not be any doubt about the
meaning of “UURDHVA”. Now come to “ADHAHASHAKHAM”. As stated above, the reason (karann) to create the universe is Prakriti because as per Yajurveda mantra 2/26 God is “Swayambhu” i.e., Neither God is made from any matter nor any mater can be made from God.
So God is “Nimit- Upadan Karann” of the universe i.e., God’s power acts in non-alive Prakriti and then creation starts i.e., God creates the universe from Prakriti. “ADHAHA” means downwards. God is “UURDHVA” i.e., Supreme so “ADHAHA” is Prakriti which is below to God and as per Rigveda mantra quoted above, God is also the Lord of Prakriti. (ASHWATTHA) means the whole world which is symbolically called here as the tree of Peepal. Rigveda mantra 1/164/20 also states the same truth that ( SAMANAM VRIKSHAM PARISHASVAJATE DWA” that God and soul, both reside in the body of whole universe.
Kathopnishad shloka 2/3/1 also states “ESHAHA SENATANAHA ASHWATTHAHA” i.e., this world has been called here (SANATANAHA) eternal (ASHATTHAHA) Peepal tree. The Peepal tree has been called here “SANATAN” i.e., eternal. The creation, nursing and destruction is eternal i.e., why “ASHWATTHA” i.e., whole universe has been called here eternal. That is why in above Geeta Shloka, the tree of Peepal is called “AVYAYA” i.e., eternal and when the creation begins and world gets created then one can say that the process of creation of the present universe begins (aadi). Vedas are the leaves of the world. In the world, when we see the trees, we know that they give us pure, fresh air to survive and save the traveller from hot sun rays and tired traveller feels fresh etc. Similarly, the knowledge of the Vedas, enables a person to destroy his previous lives’ sins resulting in removal of tensions, sickness, problems etc. Vedas give us eternal, pure, evergreen knowledge to live happily in the absence of Vedas’ knowledge, the life of human being ruins. The knowledge of Vedas gives permanent peace and even salvation.
So the Bhagwad Geeta shloka states that the person who knows this secret, he actually know the Vedas. Here it must be cleared that he who knows the literal and spiritual meaning of above shloka will not be called learned of Vedas.
Actually, as stated in Yajurveda mantra 40/7 that he who has studied Vedas first and after doing hard practice of ashtang Yoga, has realised God, he only overcomes the tensions, problems sickness worries and death etc. So, such person only knows the real meaning of above shloka, who has studied Vedas and has done practice of Ashtang Yoga. Mere bookish knowledge will not serve the purpose, but Kenopnishad shloka 4/8 states that mere bookish knowledge and its preach and listening is insult of knowledge of God. Upnishad further states that basis of attainment of knowledge and realisation of God is study of four Vedas, Brahamcharya and practice of Ashtang Yoga etc. So first study of Vedas, performance of Yajyen and practice of Ashtang Yoga under the guidance of learned acharya is stated to be necessary by the Vedas otherwise Kapil Muni states in his Sankhya Shastra sutra 3/81 “At It Andhparamapra”- there will be propagation of tradition of blind faith.
So your experience also counts here, because you yourself are stating that knowing of banyan tree does not mean that you have acquired the knowledge of Vedas. So in our country, until the tradition of self-made blind faith is stopped by challenging those who do not know Vedas and have not practised Ashtang Yoga Philosophy, the peace can not be maintained and corruption, blind faith, injustice dishonour to woman etc., can not be overcome.
Anonymous: Kya atma to karam karane me parmatma prenana deti hi?
Swami Ram Swarup: Asheerwad. Yadi insaan acche karmoin kee taraf bardta hai tab Parmatma usey achchye karam karne kee prernna deta hai, prnatu pap-karam karne kee prernna nahin deta. Eeseeliye kahtein hain ki Ishawr uskee madad karta hai jo apni madad apne aap achche karmoin dwara karta hai. Bure karam karne ke liye Ishwar rokta nahin hai. Yes, swayam atma se ek dar paida hota hai ki bura karam na karo prnatu adhiktar bhrasht man aur budhi ess achchee prernna ko dba deti hai aur jeev pap-karam mein lipt ho jata hai. Atah jeev achche yaa bure karam karta hai, Parmatma karmoin ke anusaar achcha yaa bura fal deta hai.
Dr. Udai Narain Sinha: Is there mention to Mahabharata or any other Hindu scripture in Quran? And if Mayan civilization are considered to exist in 3112 B.C then is their mention to Indus civilization in their scripture which say that there would be Mahapralaya in 2012 A.D.?
Swami Ram Swarup: I think there is no mention about Mahabharata and Hindu scriptures in Quran Sharif. There will be no Mahapralaya in 2012 A.D.
Nitu: How to improve financial condition?
Swami Ram Swarup: Financial condition is always improved by earning money, by doing hard work. If you are marries then your husband must seek the source of income through business or by doing overtime. If you are unmarried then your father, brother must do the same.
Suman: Is it true that every person gets the fruit his/her deeds in next JANMA, not in the present Janma? If this is so, then who will care of doing good only?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, please. The result of pious deeds and sins of this life are to be faced in the next births and in the present birth we are facing the result of previous lives’ deeds. However, the sins done against a learned acharya of Vedas and yoga philosophy who has controlled his senses, perceptions and mind and always does the deeds of benevolence, will have to be faced in this birth. Vedas tell that we must never bother about past and future because human life will only be able to make future bright and to have long, happy life based on his present, pious deeds. For example- Patanjali Rishi in Yog shastra sutra 2/16 States “HAYAM DUKHAM ANAGATAM” that the sorrows, problems, death etc., which will have to be faced in the coming days, months or years must be destroyed now i.e., before facing them. It means our present, pious deeds based on Vedas kills our previous lives’ sins or bad deeds which we have to face in present life. So, one will have to bother about present pious deeds. If not, the nature will have its own course. So we get the result of present pious deeds in present life since our present pious deeds kill the result of bad deeds of previous life.
PSG: Why am I? Pranam Swami ji, For what I am here for, why am I not like a stone.? Like so many other people, they born they die, their existence rather makes a little or no difference at all to the surroundings or to the mankind or to the living/nonliving beings, same like a stone whose existence makes a little or no difference (until it is shaped-up in some useful tool or a brick). Am I a stone or my existence would ever have a value addition to mother earth and its constituents?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. We must understand the eternal knowledge of Vedas which says that our body is made of non-alive prakriti which gets destroyed one day but we reside within our body. Here the meaning of ‘we’ is alive souls which are innumerable, eternal and immortal. The soul comes in womb based on his good or bad deeds. The process of such birth and thereafter death and again birth is under the command of lord of universe i.e., God.
The said process of death and birth is also eternal and everlasting. Again see that you are eternal and immortal soul and you have also been blessed by God with human body.
As told above, soul being eternal has no reason of its being or not being. So soul is neither created, originated etc., nor dies. Therefore no question of – why am I? etc.
Being or not being is not in the hands of soul because soul is always under the control of
almighty God. Secondly, soul is bound due to his good and bad deeds of previous lives and present too which is the reason of his taking different types of bodies. Such questions arise actually when soul feels problems, tensions etc. God has given us the human body to burn all our previous deeds which are the reason of our birth and to attain salvation. The soul being indulged in illusion since last so many births is not able to understand the said spiritual knowledge and therefore takes birth(bodies), death and rebirth, etc.
For example: If a person does crime and is awarded ten years punishment of imprisonment. So in jail, he is not free to fulfil his desire to go out, to walk in markets etc. similarly, we are bound to spend our lives according to the rules and regulations of Almighty God, here our desire will have no value. So there is no value to become stone etc. We will be free only after attaining salvation, as quoted above.
When a person exists or dies, it cannot be told that his existence makes no difference to relatives or atmosphere. When a baby is born everybody becomes happy. The baby makes others happy and others try to make the baby by his nursing etc. When the baby gets education, is settled and enters family life then he makes several contacts with relatives. When he dies eventually, relatives start weeping and in some occasion due to his death, the family, business and other comforts of family are effected therefore death, birth of person affects the family, society and even nation. Example – John F Kennedy, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and other famous dignitaries died and their death affected the whole world.
Ajay Gayadin: Is the 18 books of purans important? Or our the 4 books of Vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: At the time of beginning of the earth, the knowledge of four Vedas emanates from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis. This knowledge contains the knowledge right from straw to brahma and is a self-proof. Our ancient rishis, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Dashrath, Harishchandra and their public adopted it and spread it all over the world for the benefit of the public. it is a matter of about one Arab, ninety-six crores, eight lakhs, fifty three thousands years ago. The learned of the Vedas and all
ancient Rishis whenever want to reach at truth, they tally all matters with Vedas which is unchangeable a fundamental law. Puranns have been written during the time of King Bhoj i.e., about seven-hundred years ago and Vedas are ancient as quoted above.
Vedas have not been written by any man, woman, Rishi-muni but Vedas emanate direct from Almighty God i.e., Vedas are the immortal preach of God. Whereas Purann have been written by men. So many saints say that Puranns have been written by Vyas Muniji but all the learneds who know Vedas and know qualities of rishis and who know Vyas Muniji, they do not agree with the said view. They say that in several issues Puranns do not tally with Vedas. Bhagwad Purann has been written by some Bopedev.
So Vedas are the eternal knowledge which emanate direct from God and is equivalent to God.
Tarun Goel: Thanks for appreciating and answering my views. Now you say go for an ACHARYA, study Vedas, know India, know Indian culture, etc. This life is short and we have got at the most 60-70 years. In these years we need to go to the school upto 18 years, for next 4-5 years we need to go to college. Now we become 23 years old, next 10-20 twenty years fight for survival. Now total becomes 43 years. If then we start looking for an acharya then God knows what will be a person’s age at the moment he achieves REAL KNOWLEDGE. Bhavishya Puran mentions about caste system.
Swami Ram Swarup: Once a disciple of Shankaracharyaji put forth a question to him that if whole world will be saint, then what will happen? Shankaracharyaji told, you are talking about the future, which is not good, you must deal with present only. So one should do pious deeds always in the present times, these pious deeds increase the life, comforts and maintain peace. Nobody can fix his age because it is always in the hands of God and God decides based on our previous lives’ good or bad deeds. The study of Vedas is an order of Almighty God and the said order is applicable to all humans, no caste system but God says that human-beings are free to obey or not, but the result of obeyance and disobeyance is awarded by God . But you must continue to be on your firm decision and worship God accordingly.
Prashant: If we all, i.e living and non-living are the particles and elements of Supreme Him’ then how come we can be different than him? I do believe that a ‘Brick’ used to built a ‘House’ is not a ‘house’ in itself; but surely it is a “Part’ of that House, Similarly don’t we complement each other, since we all are ‘His’ particles here or anywhere in the universe.? When they say a ‘Soul’ never dies and all the souls are a part of ‘Supreme Soul’ and after its due cycle of ‘Janam & Mrityus’ the soul lies in supreme soul; called ‘Moksh’, then how come we are separate? Swamiji, I do agree that ‘Neither this universe is created by us, Nor it is being run by us’, but certainly we do play an significant role as its constituents, as we are created by ‘Him’, so are we not ‘close’ to ‘Him’ if not like ‘Him’.? ‘Would ‘That’ always signify ‘God’.? Swami ji, I do not intend to offend you with my questions, please treat me a a fool or sheer ignorant who is trying get
enlightened through wise-men like you. Pranaam.
Swami Ram Swarup: All living and non-living matters are not particles of almighty God, please. Yajurveda mantra 40/8 clearly states “Avrannam” i.e., God can’t be broken into pieces. Brick is non-alive matter made of prakriti and is destructible but God has not been made from any matter and is also not destructible.
Soul is not a part of Almighty God because God cannot be divide into pieces. If soul would lie within or get merged in God then how soul would experience the divine pleasure in salvation? So, soul does not lie within or get merged in God. God does not create the soul. He creates human body. He clearly states in the Vedas that this human body is meant for the study of Vedas, discharging of moral duties and pious deeds etc., to realise God.
In Vedas there are three matters: non-alive prakriti, alive souls and alive Almighty God. God creates universe from non-alive Prakriti- including Sun, moon, water , air etc., including all bodies of living beings. Soul gets body according to his previous lives’ good or bad deeds, He , according to Rigveda mantra 10/135/1,2 , faces the result of his previous lives’ deeds and does new deeds in the present life which are to be faced in the rebirth. The soul who, while discharging all his moral duties and pious deeds, worships God under the guidance of a learned acharya, he gets salvation. My blessings to you for a long, happy life.
Gisele Beaupre: Yes I am sure there are still some adorable rishis still to be found in this realm. There are many temptations in this world and I myself have been subject to many of them. I am aware that we will all have to answer for our discrepancies etc. in the scenarios that we get to be reborn in, which are of our own design. I have had some glimpses of the reality of the One at the back of this very complex illusion but have not consistently been able to stay in a place of non-attachment or Vairaagya or self-realization. I am blessed though with some insight into who I am and what this world is. I have not studied the Vedas per se but have studied the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali, the Upanishaads, and the Ashtavakr Gita. All are wonderful books of pure knowledge which I truly value. I know they are real and powerful given the way they tend to illustrate themselves to me. My particular favourites are the first three verses of Patanjali, incl…Book 1 v23…Ishwaar pranidhanat va…and Chapter 7 verse 7 of the B.Gita. Can you suggest a particular version of the Vedas that has the Sanskrit and the transliteration? Perhaps something I could download? My little insights are minor still they falter…that is not very inspiring. They are however…out there as examples of what not to do I suppose. Perhaps that is their sacrifice. (Absolute power corrupts!) but in reality they are dust particles in the whole of the self…so its is important to keep it all in perspective I guess…which is difficult considering the vastness…of stillness. Good luck with your own practice and hopefully you will keep on track towards God realization.
Swami Ram Swarup: Your views are highly appreciated and my blessings to you. You know at the beginning of earth, knowledge of the four Vedas, emanates from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis. So to determine the truth in human life, it is necessary to listen, study Vedas. In the absence of the Vedic knowledge under the guidance of an acharya, we have to study only the views of the person who has given his
own comments on Geeta, Patanjal Yog Darshan, etc. Whereas the said holy books were written by the learned of Vedas and knower of Ashtang Yoga Philosophy. So I would advise you to read the following books first to enter the Vedas knowledge if you so desire:
(1) Vedic Satsang Sangrah (in Hindi) -Part 1
(2) Vedas – A Divine Light (English)
(3) Yajyen- Karma Sarvashreshtha Ishwar pooja (Hindi)
(4) Patanjal Yog Darshan (Hindi- commented based on Vedas) part-1
(5) Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta (Ek Vedic Rahasya in Hindi -1st six chapters)
(6) Yoga- A divine Vedas’ Philosophy (English)
Books can be sent on receipt of your postal address please. I am sure the study of above books will give you vast knowledge about Prakriti, souls, nature, that too based on eternal knowledge of Vedas. Rebate can also be given to you on above books since you are an aspirant and study spiritual books.
K D Gupta: One writer says while explaining ‘shabdbrahmativartate’ that these days a common sadhak has become far from Vedas etc. and has wanting a narrow easy path to approach the Vedas knowledge. How if he attains from Ramchritmanas?
Swami Ram Swarup: If possible, please study first six chapters of Bhagwad Geeta written totally based on Vedas in the shape of a book named-“Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, -Ek Vedic Rahasya. The correct meaning according to Vedas of Stanza: “SHABDABRAHMAATIVARTATE” is mentioned therein. However, Shabda -Brahma
means Ved Mantras. Ativartate-means- to supersede. That is, the real aspirant does not need Ved mantras. Actually, it does not mean that aspirant need not to study the Vedas. Shabdabrahma means Ved mantras. In Shantiparv of Mahabharat, Bheeshma Pitamaha states to Yudhishthir that first of all knowledge of shade Brahma i.e., Vedas is attained and thereafter Parbrahma. Parbrahma means realisation of God. Samveda mantras states that the pious deed of listening of Vedas and to do the havan never goes in vain. It is carried in the next birth i.e., if an aspirant has studied Vedas in previous life then in present life, he will know the Vedas automatically without study. Similarly, Geeta shloka 6/44 states that the “POORVABHYASEN” due to the effect of the hard practice of Vedas and yoga Philosophy, the aspirant supersedes literal meaning of study of Vedas. Why does he supersede? Because he learnt the entire knowledge of Vedas in his previous
life otherwise there is no of question to supersede.
One thing more, no easy path has been made by God. However, self-made worships have created the same. So he who wants to worship the God by means of self-created bhakti of saints etc., they can go ahead otherwise fundamental laws of nature are unchangeable. Suppose, for the last about twenty-five hundred years the public is worshipping God without Vedas but before the said period, only knowledge of Vedas existed and was followed by the people because there was no other alternative path. So all our Rishi-munis, raj rishis and public did hard tapasya, to study Vedas, doing Yajyen and practice of Ashtang Yoga. Then they realised the Almighty God . Now, suppose, we follow the easy, narrow path which is not mentioned in Vedas. It means God did favour with the
public of Kalyug and as regards public of Satyug, Treta, Dwapur, God did not favour them instead asked them to do hard tapasya which is wrong because there is no favourism in Al mighty God and His fundamental laws are always unchangeable.
J V: Are there any cure for Thyroid problems by Yoga? Moreover, are there any specific yogas to be observed during menopause.
Swami Ram Swarup: In the initial stage of Thyroid, one should take about three leaves of fresh tree of Gauva, empty stomach in the morning. The leaves must be washed with fresh water, carefully so that no germs remain. Some asans and the method of Prannayam must be learnt personally from an acharya, so you can locate the Yoga teacher locally please, being away, I can not teach you from here. Daily havan even with Gayatri Mantra will also help. However, you should also take medical advice in addition.
C K Vatsa: Poojaya Swamiji, Dhanyawad. You have given the meaning in detail about the Mantra_ Yayu Anilam… Actually, what I meant was that if I concentrate on the meaning and Jap of Om, is that sufficient for me to leave this world and carry the necessary Samskaras to get a a human body in my next birth and carry forward my aim and mission to get out of the cycles of Birth and deaths at least in my next incarnation. I have no other desires left in me. Dhanyawad.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, the name jaap of Om and daily havan at this stage will fulfil your pious desire of getting rebirth in the shape of human-being. My blessings to you.
Sreelekha: Age of Sri Ramchandra at the time of exile in Ramayana?
Swami Ram Swarup: Sri Ram Chandraji was thirty-seven years old when he was exiled.
Vaibhav: Can chanting of Maha Mrityunjay Mantra daily is the remedy for ill effects of Shani Mahadasha?
Swami Ram Swarup: Knowledge of Vedas is eternal and emanates from eternal God whatever there is in Vedas, that is true and against the Vedas is not true. The mater of Shani Mahadasha does not exist in Vedas, please. So, no need to be scared. As regards, Mahamritunjaya, please locate its description on website, when you will open Ved-mandir site, you will find main updates in which you can locate otherwise you can write again to me.
N M: What should a lady do to prevent pain and side effects during special times?
Swami Ram Swarup: One should chew fresh guava leaves every morning empty stomach, should take Ayurvedic tablets M-2 tone (two tablets twice after meals) and two
tablespoons full of Ashokarishta twice a day after meals.
Sarwan Kumar: How did the sea water get salty?
Swami Ram Swarup: It is natural please. Not man-made. For example if somebody question how the water has formula of H2O then naturally, the answer would be the same i.e., natural. That is why , we must wonder and guess that the power who has made the matters in some fixed ratio/atoms which the mankind is not able to create , the name of such power is called Almighty and we must worship the Almighty God who is formless, omnipresent and creates , nurses and destroys the universe.
Tarun Goel: You yourself said that our society is responsible for caste system for 2000 years. Now what is society? I think society is a fake word, i say it doesn’t exist,and even if it
exists then it exists in term of a group of individuals existing individually not in crowd. I can see and talk about only my age i.e. 22 years, can’t say anything about past ages, who knows
they ever existed or not! We are having the fake societies around me and you, where people are not
there real selves but they are just mass and crowd. But I think and I believe that 2000 years before the regime of British and Mughals people were intelligent enough to “know” and “live”, and now you say that we are carrying these prathas and all with us since that time. This means people were as good at that time as they are now, no difference! And I don’t think this is possible, I really believe
in Hinduism and I really appreciate GEETA because I know it is eternal if understood properly, but if GEETA is to be understood then what’s the use? If Vedas are to be understood, Shastra are to be
understood then what’s the use? A common man is not supposed to understand such hard terms, he is supposed to earn his bread daily and then if someone or something is there to let him know about MOKSHA and all then he’ll get it otherwise he’ll just land in the CASTE SYSTEM. To make my point clear see I am an engineer student, and if I have to make my mother understand what I
study in college, I won’t tell her about geo-technical terms or structural terms rather I would tell her
about soil and roads, so same is the case with Vedas, why are they written in such language which is
equivocal enough to give rise to CASTE SYSTEM. Now second thing Ignorance in BHARAT doesn’t make any sense. What about the greatness of Bharat? What happened to all the Vardaans and blessings? Why we had to suffer? Why we are behind the western countries? What is the reason?Our DARSHAN is reason? or our ADHYATAM is the reason? Or the simple reason is we
don’t want to exist! We just want to follow, is this is the reason? Please answer. And if you find any of my words offensive then I apologize.
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas, shastras, Upnishads, Bhagwad Geeta and other ancient holy books written by Rishis do not say about caste system. If the public could have been learning the Vedas and said books from learned acharya then the public would have been learned and never had accepted caste system. After Mahabharat war, the education of Vedas declined gradually and then arrogant made their own ways of worship and caste etc., which is totally against the Vedas. So those who made their own ways of worship may be called society and public being innocent and have been accepting as yet. So there is a great need to spread knowledge of Vedas amongst public. The study of books alone i.e., science, maths etc., is not enough until simultaneously the study of Vedas also continues. Both the studies make the man learned.
Bhagwad Geeta is not eternal please because it was written by Vyas Muniji about five thousand three hundred years ago. And the matter which has been made is not eternal. Vedas, prakriti, souls
and God are eternal because the said matter has not been made by anyone. So they are eternal and immortal. Geeta and all scriptures, at the time of final destruction of universe, will also be destroyed and in the next new creation, the present books of any kind will not exist. However, Geeta, Valmiki Ramayan, Shastras, Upnishads etc., contain eternal knowledge therein which is based on eternal knowledge of Vedas because the said books were only written after studying Vedas. So Geeta contains eternal knowledge and is therefore accepted by all. Yet Geeta does not contain the vast and all subjects mentioned in Vedas because it was the limited Vedic preach by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj to inspire Arjun to take part in the religious war.
If the fundamental, eternal laws and the motto of the life is not understood then what is the use of life. We all are living in a society and a nation. Vedas tell us how to live in a society and in a nation and how to gain the motto of human life while discharging moral duties and what are those moral duties? Otherwise, there will be no difference between human-beings and living-beings. We need education, progress in science, we want army, police to maintain law and order and peace in nation and so other needful objects which have been fully described in Vedas. You see, what is the use of backward tribes living in dense jungles as uncivilised people. Had there been no use of Vedas then sure God had not blessed us with the knowledge of the Vedas, at the beginning of the earth. So there is a need to understand Vedas, please and when Vedas will be understood then all the matters and
holy books of universe will be understood.
Why a man is called a common man? Because, he by any means could not study Vedas and could not be a learned man for which there is no excuse, please. Because Vedas, Bhagwad Geeta, Valmiki Ramayan and other holy books reveal that motto of our human life is to make contact with learned acharya to listen Vedas to perform holy Yajyen etc., to realise God. When we are not following the path to realise God, while discharging our moral duties then what would be the use of human life, we will also be equal to animals as said by Vyas muniji in Mahabharat epic. So ignorance is not excused please.
Hard worker, who knows about the motto of life is never called common man even if he is poor like Kabir etc., and a rich man even if he is a king is worst than common man if he does not know the motto of human life like Ravann, Duryodhan, Kansa, Aurangzeb etc., that is why, in Vedas, ignorance is no excuse.
All Vardaans and blessings were obtained by Rishis, Rajrishis and public of that time who were hard worker, achieved progress in spiritualism and worldly pious affairs. Blessing is a personal matter and everyone should be hard worker like those ancient people whose pious deeds and character has been mentioned in Mahabharat, Valmiki Ramayan etc. because the main eternal Indian culture i.e., Vedas are not being studied. That is why, western culture is being adopted. I am pleased with your views, I bless you and you are welcome at all times, please.
Raju Paralkar: Respected Swami Ram Swarupji, Pranam . 1) Kindly comment on Yam and Niyama , How one can try to adher to same. 2) Are there any Asanas or SHUDHIKRIYA for restoring/repairing internal Stomach lining. Could you please advise? Pranam.
Swami Ram Swarup: (1) In short the comments on Yam and Niyam are as follows:-
i) Satya(truthfulness) -to adopt and practise truth in mind, in speech and through deeds.
ii) Ahinsa (non-violence)- to leave violence, at all times, in all places and to all living beings. So how a person would even think to kill or to harm, cow or any living being.
iii) Asteya (abstaining from theft)
iv) Brahamcharya (celibacy)
v) Aprigrah (not to store the articles more than requirement, self- abnegation)
i) shauch (cleanliness), ii) snatosh (contentment),
iii) Tap (austerity), iv) Swadhyaya (study of Vedas and holy granths, name-jaap of God as per Vedas)
v) Ishwar prannidhanani (complete faith in God and dedication of all pious deeds to Him i.e, to perform deeds without deserving the result)
(2) Balanced diet, morning walk , consumption of plenty of water daily, light exercise and practice of Yam, Niyam, asan and prannayam are beneficial please but Yoga philosophy is learnt personally from an acharya.
Chittaranjan: Poojaya Swami ji, I have been contemplating on the teachings of Ishopanishd for quite sometime now. I am 82 plus . I do not feel like reading anything else now except reading and to imbibe the teachings of Ishopanishad. I always recite and contemplate on “Vayu Anilam Amritam…” I would like to exit from this life on reciting Om and carry no other “vasnas’ or unfulfilled desires from my present life. Do you think it is a correct approach for me? I need your blessings.
Swami Ram Swarup: Ishopnishad is just similar to 40th chapter of Yajurveda.
The Yajurveda mantra 40/15 states: “VAYURANILAMAMRITAMATHEDAM BHASMANTANG SHAREERAM, OM KRATO SMUR, KLIBE SMUR, KRITANG SMUR.”
Meaning:- (KRATO) Oh! Soul, the doer of deeds, at the time of death (SMUR) remember (OM) the name of God which is Om. (SMUR) remember (KLIBE) your own form and God. (SMUR) remember (KRITAM) about the deeds done in whole of your life (VAYUHU) Dhananjaye air (ANILAM) holds the air from which it was made. Further the anil air merged (AMRITAM) which immortal matter. (ATH) and (IDAM) this (SHAREERAM) human body (BHASMANTAHG) is destroyed at the end.
The mantra indicates that at last the cremation of the human body is performed. Those who since the childhood remember the God by listening to Vedas, performing Yajyen and name jaap then the soul automatically at the time of death also remembers God. So a person must obey the preach/order
of the God in Vedas and must do worship accordingly. We have sure to face the result of all deeds so we must be careful to do only pious deeds and to follow eternal, religious path of Vedas and must ever leave the sins. So, it will be better if we perform daily havan even with Gayatri Mantra. Please, also chant the name of God, Om, daily and both times and study Vedic books. One must overcome the death but never be afraid of it. Based on his deeds one has to take rebirth, so the cremation will be of destructive human body and not of soul. Please, remember, everyone is soul and not body.
If you are able to see VCD, then I will sure send you my VCD in which Vedic preach is there. Please remember me if I can be of any help to you from here.
Rashmi: Dear Guruji at times the worldy things hold no meanings but you have to carry on with it. After hearing Vedas and studying the lives great siddha yogis and your teachings I have grasped a lot. Guruji I really want to follow Vedas and learn it. How can we enforce Vedic way of life in this modern world?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, worldly things have meaning my daughter if there are used to live upon happily and to continue real worship of God according to Vedas. That is why, Yajurveda mantra 40/2 states “Ten Tyakten Bhunjitha”. Worldly materials must be utilized to do pious deeds, duly detached otherwise mantra states “Ma Gridhaho” do not be greedy “Kasviddhanam” worldly assets, wealth, family has never been of anyone, permanently. But when the same is used to live upon, duly detached from greed etc., it becomes pious and helps to achieve the motto of salvation. So, again my blessings to you.
Shailesh Garg: I have partially read couple of your books. The knowledge contained in these books is truly remarkable. Only a ‘Sidh purush’ can write such words. I am convinced that this message should reach far and wide so that people have an opportunity to know the truth. I have a couple of suggestions – the readability of the books will be better if references
are given separately. For example there are many versions of Valimiki Ramayan and similar for Veda. A reference list will clarify which version (with publisher) is being quoted. Second suggestion is writing Sanskrit words in Roman. I suggest that Sanskrit words be written using Sanskrit fonts, even in English books. An English transliteration can be given alongwith. It is very hard to read Sanskrit written in Roman alphabet, as sounds differ greatly between Devnagri and Roman alphabets.
Swami Ram Swarup: Dear Garg, My blessings to you and your family. The study of Vedic books is a Tapasya. So, you are really doing Tapasya in family life. I have read your valuable suggestions and will sure think over it for implementations.
Goswami: Am I ‘That’?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please, you are not that, i.e., a soul can never be God. In Vedas, there are three eternal matters. Non-alive prakriti, alive soul and Almighty God and the said three matters are always separate from each other.
Krishna Dutta Gupta: Ramcharitmanas is very authentic. Goswamiji writes prabhupratap sab sansay gayau; RAMSWARUP jan mohi parayu. How is that?
Swami Ram Swarup: Not only since the beginning of this earth but it is an eternal law that authentic/unauthentic matter is discussed based on mantras of four Vedas. Fact is stated by Rishi Patanjali in his Yog Shastra Sutra 1/7 clarifying that Vedas are self-proof. Therefore uptil now and this rule will remain forever that learned tally their views with Vedas to reach to the truth. If the views are in conformity with Ved mantras then they are true otherwise false. However, you may go ahead please with your views of Tulsidasji. My blessings to you.
SD: I am suffering from hair loss.
Swami Ram Swarup: It will be better if you please take medical advice immediately. You may consult Ayurvedic doctor also. However, ardh sheersha asan or sheersha asan will be beneficial for you. But, the asan or Yoga Philosophy must be learnt personally from Yoga Acharya.
Manish: Guruji I always feel that I have taken birth on this earth to do some important work i.e help the whole world & guide them to do good deeds. Is it possible for me to do it? And how could I do? Please guide me. I don’t have a Guru.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Yes, your views are really appreciated that you have realised importance of doing your moral duties regarding doing important work on this earth. Main aim of this life is to make contact with learned acharya to listen to Vedas. Why, Vedas? Because, Vedas are eternal knowledge which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth for the benefit of all human -beings and in this knowledge, it is preached that what is the main task of human-life. One has to gain three knowledge-science, deeds and worship. To listen and to adopt the said knowledge while discharging moral duties according to Vedas, the main motto of a person is to realise God. But before realisation, one has to learn all above three matters in detail, the description about which is mentioned in Vedas only. Sri Krishna Maharaj in Bhagwad Geeta shloka 3/15 straight away states that all knowledge about the deeds originates from Vedas and Vedas emanate direct from God. So, this is the answer that why a person must listen to Vedas. So, to help the whole world to guide them to do pious deeds is really a high thinking. But to fulfil the same, one has to know the form of pious deeds for which one must listen to Vedas first from a learned acharya. So, you are also advised to read some spiritual books based on Vedas to enter into the knowledge of Vedas. The books will be sent to you on receipt of your postal address, if you so desire.
It will be a religious achievement for you and I shall also feel happy if you come here for a day, or two or for as many days as you like because personal meeting is necessary to achieve spiritual knowledge.
D: If some one do havan with gaytri mantra and suddenly he sees himself in form of light than what is this?
Swami Ram Swarup: Light is seen and that is a very good achievement. Soul does not see himself, but knows himself. When all his faculties perceiving information through outside and keeping contact with outside world are completely stopped. This stage is realised long after studying Vedas, doing Yajyen, making contact with learned acharya, adopting pious path and doing hard practice of Ashtang Yoga, please. So, one should continue havan with Gayatri mantra and even try to do havan according to complete procedure i.e., along with other Ved mantras like that of stuti (praise of God), prarthna (prayer) and upasana (worship) and should also adopt the above quoted path.
Deepak Bhai: Charan sparsh! Is laxmishasranaam from Vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. No please. The description of laxmishasranaam has not been mentioned in Vedas. Vedas tell only to worship one, eternal, Almighty, formless, omnipresent and omniscient God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe.
Pinakin: Charan sparsh! If we deal in shares this is ok? Or we can buy for investments is it ok?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Though I have never thought about such business and uptil now nobody has asked me for the same. Yet, for the benefit of the family, you
may do any business, out of the above quoted two ventures, please.
Pinakin: I have noticed when we do puja path of devi devtas we are more success in shop or business while when we do havan we are not that success, and my friend just do beej mantra of his guru and meditation and he is very happy, and another friend also do beej mantra of mata with dhoop he is very happy.
Swami Ram Swarup: All four Vedas, give guarantee to achieve happiness and to fulfil pious deeds. And, since the beginning of this earth and even before (eternal Process) the people have been gaining benefit of doing Yajyen/havan. So, it can never be accepted that performing havan gives no success. However, Vedas tell that the procedure to perform the havan should be eternal and should be learnt under the guidance of learned acharya of Vedas. Samveda mantra 1017 preaches that the Yajyen/havan must be performed, duly indulged in great love with God just as a cow showers her love on the newly born calf. Secondly, the love with the God is generated in the heart of an aspirant when he performs Yajyen frequently. Where a learned acharya (Brahma) describes the Ved mantras quoting the divine qualities, deeds etc., of Almighty, formless God. In
the absence of listening of the divine qualities and other subjects of the Vedas natural love with God is not originated in the heart. In Vedas, there is no mention about beej mantra, please.
Ved mantra is knowledge direct from God and has the power in full according to its subject. In Vedas there is no mention about Beej mantra so need not to worry. One should learn Ved mantras with its words meanings, idea etc., etc., must perform Havan daily and should do practice of Yoga Philosophy which is mention in Vedas. We must always neglect the worship and Yoga Philosophy which has been made by men themselves
Vedas tell to worship only one God who is formless, eternal, Almighty, omniscient, omnipresent and Who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. In the beginning of the earth, God Himself
gives the knowledge of four Vedas. In Vedas, the knowledge right from straw to brahma is briefed very well. So the definition of “happiness” is also mentioned in Vedas. Vedas tell, he who listens to
Vedas, does daily Yajyen/havan, does practice of Ashtang yoga, speaks sweetly, has control on his
senses, perceptions and mind i.e., does not get indulged in sensuality (kaam), anger (krodh), greed(lobh), pride (ahankar), etc., he takes only vegetarian food, is completely away from addictions etc. Gaining such qualities generates happiness otherwise not. Merely getting money, comforts etc., is not the indication of happiness otherwise Ravanna, Aurangzab etc., would’ve been happy.
Kripa: Can we worship idols, demigods, and other gods-men like krishna, Rama, mentioned these days in the hindu scriptures. Is that not a sin according to the Vedas? Will God not punish you for not recognising that he is formless and he is one and not this many according to
Swami Ram Swarup: As regards eternal knowledge of Vedas which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth, God Himself preaches in Vedas that human-beings are to worship only one formless, eternal, Almighty, omniscient, omnipresent God Who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. Vedas do not accept Avtarwad (reincarnation) please.
Dharmendra: Swamiji, how can you say that puranas are not according to Vedas? In fact many Vedic mantra given in purana like gayatri mantra in bhagvat purana, mahamritunjay mantra in shiv purana etc? Please tell me the meaning of shloka(23,24,25) of bhagvad geeta aadhyay 7. Swamiji,if you read carefully all purana u will understood that puranas also tells that God never took avtar all these avtar like ram, shiv, narsingh, etc they are devta not God, God is only one that is lord krishna.according to bhagvad puran (ve sakshat mata devki ke samaksh apni char bhujao me pragat hue the).according to lord chaitanya God can be experience in three way (nirakar bramha, antaryami parmatma and sakshat bhagvan krishna). Please send your view on this.
Swami Ram Swarup: If someone says that (a+b)2 = a3+b3+3ab Then a qualified mathematician will oppose it and will tell the correct answer is (a+b)2 = a2+b2+2ab. The mathematician will tell that fundamental/authentic laws are never changed.
Suppose the formula of water is asked from a student and he states that H3+O2=water. So the
scientist will state that such answer is wrong and correct answer is H2+O=water (H2O). So is the case with Vedas. Rigveda Mantra 3/56/1 states fundamental law of the Vedas is unchangeable. So, the views, talk, path, deeds etc., which are according to Vedas, those are true and pious otherwise sins.
As stated by Rishi Patanjali in his Yog Shastra Sutra 1/7 and Kapil Muni in his Sankhya Shastra Sutra 1/66, the Vedas are self-proof. If we want to reach at truth, then the statement will be required to be tallied with Vedas otherwise, it would be wrong. So the said rules and regulations which emanate direct from Vedas can never be ignored, please.
So the statements even in Purannas, if are against Vedas that will not be considered true. However, if somebody has faith in Purann, he may go ahead accordingly, please.
Now, consider Gayatri Mantra. Om is the name of formless, almighty God. Rigveda Mantra 1/164/46 tells “EKAM SADRUPA VIPRA BAHUDA VADANTI” i.e., there is only one, formless God but His names are several. We must know that there are unlimited divine qualities of God so accordingly, there are unlimited divine names of God. Therefore, if the names mentioned in Vedas are not being taught but names which have not been mentioned in Vedas are being taught, then latter will not be acceptable to learned of Vedas. But if somebody has faith in other names then he can go ahead, please.
Now, again Bhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha which are also the names of God. ‘Bhu’ means who gives breathing system (Prann) to the baby when he is in mother’s womb. ‘Bhauvaha’ means who kills the sorrows. ‘Swaha’ means who gives divine happiness to the worshipper. ‘Savitaha’ means creator of three lokas. So if such divine, eternal qualities are not being told in respect of adorable, formless, Almighty God but some other qualities against the said divine qualities in respect of God are being taught then the learned of Vedas will not accept please. However, if somebody has faith in other names, then he may go ahead please.
Now, come to ‘Mahamritunjaya jaap’. The said mantra is placed at 3/60 Yajurveda. So it must also be called that it is a Ved mantra. Mantra states ‘ Triambakam’ ‘Tri’ means three, ‘amb’ means eyes.
Meaning thereof that God is the seer of three time-periods i.e., past, present and future and therefore has been named in this mantra “Triambakam”. “Yajaamahe” means I perform Holy Yajyen with Ved
mantras. Yajaamahe is the verb means singular number so one should perform Yajyen chanting the said mantra and offering aahuti in Vedi/hawankund himself.
If, this procedure is being adopted then it is true otherwise wrong. So mere taking Ved mantras and pasting the same anywhere will serve the purpose only when we follow the rules, regulations and
instructions of the said Ved mantras.
I have been writing detailed comments on Bhagwad Geeta please. The comments are totally based
on Ved mantras. Six chapters have been completed and published in the shape of book named- Bhagwad Geeta-Ek Vedic Rahasya, now I have written uptil nine chapter but have not been published which shall be published on completion upto twelve chapters. I mean to say, the meaning as asked by you is a lengthy task. I shall send the copy of comments of Shloka quoted by you on receipt of your postal address, if you so desire, please.
Please note that Vedas tell about five alive Devtas only, i.e., alive mother, father, atithi, acharya and Almighty God. Vedas also tell about thirty-three non alive Devtas but worship of the same
is not told. Those are eight vasus, eleven rudra, twelve aditya, Prajapati and Indra. So no other Devta has been mentioned by Vedas. But, if a person has faith in Devi-Devtas, he may go ahead at his own, please. Again, Vedas never accept avtarwad (reincarnation). I shall advise you to study my book quoted above, if you desire. Vedas tell that God is “AJ EK PAAD” meaning that He never takes birth and the divine qualities of God like being formless, omnipresent etc., are unchangeable.
Tarun Goel: Thanks for clearing one of my doubts or may be ignorance. You made me understand the real difference between SHRUTI and SMRITI. Now if it was not MANU who divided the society into castes then who was the responsible person for this? And I accept that
nowadays we don’t have enough learned people but during that time say during the era of “LORD VIVEKANANDA” and DAYANAND SARSWATI we had had enough intelligent people, why didn’t they oppose this caste system which is eating up our country? You may say that it was their wish not to do so but then you also know that it can not be true and secondly I have never read or heard in my history books that there was someone who opposed this caste system (other than
Gandhiji). Does it not indicate that we gladly accepted this caste system and even now we are
following it blindly? And you have said that “it is some self made shlokas put into the MANU SAMRITI, now are Vedas and these samritis so easy to manipulate that anyone can “edit” them and then make the people follow them?
Swami Ram Swarup: Our society for last 2,000 years may be responsible for creating caste system to suppress humanity and to rule over it. But main reason is ignorance. Ignorance means the people have not been listening Vedas for last 5,000 years and hence the illusion. Vedas contain three knowledge- science, deeds and real worship. So main problem is this that due to lack of knowledge of Vedas, a person is not able to decide whether his deeds are pious or sinful. Sri Krishna Maharaj also states in Bhagwad Geeta shloka 3/15 that the form of deeds are originated by Vedas. So when people will not be listening Vedas, how the true deeds can be known? Illusion means sins are considered pious. So people must be inspired to listen to eternal knowledge of Vedas which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth. Then only the family, society, nation and all world will be able to adopt true path to maintain peace and to promote international brotherhood. You see, when in the morning, the sun rises slowly-slowly then wherever sun rays falls that part of earth becomes enlightened but rest of the part of earth remains dark. So, if some people are gradually trained to listen to Vedas, sure they would become learned and gradually their illusion, will become over and thereafter knowledge of Vedas will gradually cover rest of the part of earth. Otherwise, illusion has destroyed the humanity, even under the falsehood being spread by several saints who are against the Vedas.
Dayanand Saraswati strongly condemned the caste-system, sati pratha producing the proof of eternal knowledge of Vedas. So, mere condemnation will not serve the purpose until people are educated in the knowledge of Vedas where real condemnation has been taught.
If the people become learned of Vedas then neither condemnation nor problem will arise. People will be self-educated and will condemn the falsehood themselves.
Vedas are not easy to be manipulated but language and understanding of remaining shastras is quite easy to be manipulated. Our country has been slave for about eight-hundred years of Mughal rulers and thereafter for two-hundred years under British Government during which period such manipulation occurred. Aurangzeb forcefully turned the Hindus into Muslims and burnt Takshila and Nalanda university where eternal scriptures i.e., Vedas and related scriptures were maintained by Rishis. Several mishappenings thus occurred to destroy the Indian culture. The foreigners became successful and Indian public thus indulged in illusion of caste system, sati pratha, corruption , addiction injustice laziness, anti-national feelings , insult to women, blind faith, etc. My blessings to you.
Munish: I’m a layman please guide how to start Ajapajap, Lots of people learned of their own and practicing at home.
Swami Ram Swarup: I realised that you are a layman that is why I told that singing of gayatri mantra will require knowledge of Hrisva, deergha and plut which is not applicable to you until you come here. Vedas tell that one must not be a layman otherwise he will be indulged in illusion. So you are advised to come here to learn singing as well as Ajapajap.
Amiit: My father has an ashthama condition. Can beej mantras help him?
Swami Ram Swarup: I am sorry to listen about your father. I would advise you to do havan daily for him from Gayatri mantra. Your father must also chant Gayatri mantra daily both times to get blessings of God. In Vedas, there is no mention about any beej mantra, please. Though the smoke of havan is beneficial and is more beneficial if sticks (twigs) of mango tree are used
yet your father may be kept away from smoke if it does not suit him being an asthma patient. However, you are also advised that the fire in the havankund, while performing Yajyen must be kept burning well that it does not get extinguished, to avoid smoke. If the fire gets extinguished then it does not amount to sin and can be ignited again but only to avoid smoke to your father, you are being advised to do so. Secondly, the offering of aahuti is given in burning fire.
Amiit: I apologize that I couldn’t arrange pravachan. I will try to do again soon. When will you be available (perhaps October?). How much one needs to spend? Where should I learn yoga?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. To arrange Vedic parvachan and Yajyen, a suitable place keeping in view the number of persons who would gather, is required. If gathering is small then havan and parvachan can be arranged in room as well otherwise in open area. In open area, I think no tent etc., is required. Havan samagri and pure ghee about 1 kg, twigs of mango tree are required. Prasad is also required to be distributed after havan and parvachan. No more expenses, required please. You are in Delhi, so the expenses of samagri will be borne by my devotee for which you need not to worry. If you are not able to arrange, then you may come here to attend Yajyen, Vedic Pravachan and yoga education.
Varinder Kumar: I want to know that why is different theory of sanyasi and pandit regarding worship of God? Pandit said, “we can’t worship to god without ‘mantra’ ” and sanyasi said, “we can worship the god to take his name with heart and serve to the helpless person’s and with doing good deeds. I thinks that ways told by pandit are very costly and no one can easily afford it and the second way is very cheap. Like this problems comes in the way of Hindu Dharam.
Swami Ram Swarup: In Vedas, the sanyaas ashram has been stated. Vedas tell only to worship formless God. So Vedas tell to perform Yajyen, to listen Vedas, to do Ashtang yoga practice, etc. But for the last about 2,000 years worship against the Vedas has come into existence. So mostly pandits and even sanyaasis who do not know Vedas, tell the worship which has not been mentioned in the Vedas and hence the difference between Vedic and self-made worship. You see, when in the morning, the sun rises slowly-slowly then wherever sun rays falls that part of earth becomes enlightened but rest of the part of earth remains dark. So, if some people are gradually trained to listen to Vedas, sure they would become learned and gradually their illusion, will become over and thereafter knowledge of Vedas will gradually cover rest of the part of earth. Otherwise, illusion has destroyed the humanity, even under the falsehood being spread by several saints who
are against the Vedas.
Pankaj: Guruji you said that there is no ghost no horoscope no jyotish no planets no grah, etc. so can you brief some that Ravan was a gyata of all four Vedas but he was also a jyotisha charaya too. He has written samhita (thumb impression ) I had listen that some rishi muni
also wrote some samhita (janmkundlis) the rishi were August, Kshyap, Ravan about all the person which has been dead or which has been living ok now according to you Vedas does say that there is no jyotish.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, there is no ghost, no mention about present astrology, horoscope in Vedas but existence of grah/planets is there. Grah/planets are non-alive and hence their worship is not required. They even do not effect the human life except scientific effects like rays of light of sun, moon etc. But as far as to face the result of pious deeds or sins is concerned the grah or planets do not affect as the result of pious deeds and sins is awarded by Almighty God, Himself.
No, please. Ravanna was not a learned of four Vedas, however, he may be listening to Vedas. If he
had been a learned of Vedas, how could he abduct Sita and how could he disturb the holy Yajyen of
Samhita means collection of vedmantras which Vyas Muni wrote. The samhita which are being told nowadays, are not known by me, please. Moreover, the subject of present astrology is not mentioned in Vedas.
As told above, the result of deeds is awarded by God then what jyotish will do in this matter and how any alternative to avoid facing the result of deeds, being awarded by Almighty God, is possible.
S: I know as per Vedas there is only one formless God, but my parents believe this deity and they have taught me to believe in it. I pray that God, I also recite gayatri mantra but we have a small puja area in our house wherein we have idols of different Gods. I was taught to pray the images and idols of god from childhood, so whenever I see any idols or images of God I voluntarily start praying, my grandmother have told me several times to 1st take the name of ganapati, then the name of kul dev and kul devi, and then the name of other Gods. If I pray as told by you they say I am doing wrong and if I pray according to them it will be against your teachings as per Vedas. Can you please explain me in detail how I should overcome the fear of not worshipping the different idols?
Swami Ram Swarup: Dear Daughter, My blessings to you for a long, happy life. Yes, please. There is only one formless God to be worshipped under guidance of a learned acharya of Vedas, and ashtang yoga philosophy. Vedas are eternal which tell about Yajyen, worship of formless God and practice of Ashtang yoga philosophy. Now, for the last about 2,500 years several sects have originated. Our old parents or forefathers/mothers have been telling about the worship which was originated for the last 2,500 years. Definitely, after breaking the eternal tradition/knowledge of the Vedas, they would have come in contact with sects/persons who taught them the worship against the Vedas. But as I have told above, the worship taught in Vedas is eternal and taught by Almighty God Himself. So it is upto a person whatever he likes, he may do.
Vedas’ path is being told wrong and may be stated to be wrong but that does not effect its veracity/truth of being eternal and having been emanated from God. Aurangzeb dreadfully destroyed our Vedic culture especially preserved in Nalanda and Takshila university but all in vain. The knowledge of Vedas is still alive. However, you can go ahead according to your parents, please, if you so desire.
S: When are you planning to visit Mumbai?
Swami Ram Swarup: Dear Daughter, I am so busy in my life that I could not spare time to come to Bombay as yet. Still I am on the project of writing of two books which will further take four to five months in completion. Thereafter, I shall try to come to Mumbai because for last so many years several devotees have been asking me to visit there. I understand my daughter and therefore I have never asked you and other students to come here but I assure you that I shall come to Mumbai, soon. Again my blessings to you for a long, happy life.
NK: While the child grow what precaution to be taken to make the child spiritual and good thinker?
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas tell even before taking the birth of a child, Garbhadaan sanskar, punsvan sanskar, seemotonayan sanskar i.e., three sanskars are required to be performed while performing holy havan with Ved mantras which make effect on baby to gain good qualities. Just after taking birth jaat-karma-sanskar is necessary. The knowledge regarding sixteen sanskars
has been pasted on this website. Please arrange next sanskar of your child.
Secondly, parents must themselves be learned. They should listen Vedas regularly along with their
children. So, contact with a learned acharya of the children sure makes the children learned. Then
children attain long, happy life. They become hard workers and gain several good qualities. I have written a book on Brahamcharya in Hindi, in this connection. It is beneficial for the parents, children, youth, students etc. The book must be read and education thereof given to your children, please.
Ajay: Is there anything in the Veda’s/purans about good/bad ghost, black magic,tantric mantric, etc. Why you can do bad things with this? What you can do if you have problems with this things?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please, there is no mention about good/bad ghost, black magic, tantric, mantric etc. When we say that there is no mention about all such things, it means things have no existence in the world, being false. So nobody must be afraid of the said matters
being unauthentic. As stated in Yajurveda mantra 7/48, we have to face the result of our own deeds-good or bad, in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. We do deeds and result is awarded by Almighty God.
Magrajh Rampersad: Is killing of animal as a sacrifice to any God or Goddess provided for in the Vedas? If so which Veda and the stanza number will be appreciated. I do not accept that God as Creator will sanction animal sacrifice in his name, for he is the preserver and destroyer. But other internet sites say that animal sacrifice is provided for on the Vedas as a ritual to be performed by human beings. Is this not an inhuman act? Please forgive me for such questions. I live in South Africa and believe that the Vedas are our true scriptures but when we are told that the
Vedas provide this ritual then I am confused. Please advise.
Swami Ram Swarup: Atharvaveda mantra 6/140/1 states that Oh! God, my teeth may not consume flesh. Secondly, there is no mention about sacrifice of animals in Vedas. I have
written a book on this topic, named- “Protect the holy Cow- say Vedas”. In the book I have given proof of several Ved mantras which say to protect, rear the animals, birds, etc. You see, God creates the universe in which all human- living beings reside. In Vedas, God is also called like our father who nurses us then how can father allow the killing etc. Due to lack of knowledge of Vedas, people have been misled by arrogant. If you can arrange my preach there, then I can come for a week to clear all the doubts in every regard. However, I would again advise you to read my book.
PK: How to feel happy when you have so much sadness around you or you know that in the future some problems would be coming up that will disturb you?
Swami Ram Swarup: When sun rises then only the darkness of night gets over. Except sun, there is no alternative to destroy the darkness. Similarly, when knowledge is gained then illusion gets over. It is illusion who creates problem, sadness, sickness, tension, corruption, blind faith, early death etc. Everybody can tell the definition of knowledge at their own but the real definition of the knowledge which has been made by God Himself is Vedas. From “Vid” dhatu, ‘Ved’ word is made, the meaning of which is knowledge. So there are three types of knowledge in four Vedas.
(1) Knowledge of all matters i.e., science etc.,
(2) Knowledge of pious and bad deeds and
(3) Knowledge of eternal worship of God.
So when the aspirant starts study of Vedas and follows preach there of and thus starts performing Yajyen, name jaap and practice of Ashtang yoga philosophy while discharging all moral duties for family, society and nation, then only he gets internal peace inspite of sadness, problems etc., all around him.
Jiten Mathur: Could you kindly enrich me by referencing Bhagwat Gita only, on the meaning of “Drishta”?
Swami Ram Swarup: Geeta shloka 18/18 states about (GYAN) knowledge (GYEYAM) to be known (GYETA) who knows. Here knowledge means the knowledge of Vedas which is known by Gyata (knower). Here the knower is soul and Gyeyam, the matter which is to be known, here Gyeyam means the Almighty God. So God is to be known. Rigveda mantra 1/164/20 states (SUPARNNA) having brilliant, shinning wings (SAYUJA) having related with each-other (SAKHAYA) like friends (DWA) two birds (SAMAANAM VRIKSHAM) at the same tree (PARISHASVAJATE) live i.e., there are two birds who live on a tree. Here two birds mean one soul and other is Almighty God. (TYOHO) between them (ANYAHA) one (PIPALAM) ripened fruit of the tree (ATTI) eats (SWADU) with taste and (ANYAHA) another bird (ANSHNAT) not eating the fruit (ABHI, CHAKSHEETI) is drishta i.e., who looks only. Meaning: Here the tree is human body, who like a tree gets destroyed one day. In the human body, Almighty God as well as soul reside. Soul faces the result of his good and bad deeds through human-body whereas Almighty God only witnesses all the deeds of human-beings. So Almighty God is only Drishta i.e., one who sees. Therefore, there are three eternal matters- Almighty God, Soul and prakriti. Almighty God and soul are alive matters and prakriti is non-alive. All non-alive matters of universe like sun, moon, air, water etc., are made by God from prakriti. God is eternal truth so neither God is made from any matter nor any matter is made from God.
Ravi: When we recite shanti paath, should we say Om after reciting shantih, santih santih. Please explain your answer also.
Swami Ram Swarup: Both the methods are correct. The name of God- Om can be chanted after shantih, Shantih, Shantih. Mostly Om is not chanted after Shantihi, Shantihi, Shantihi.
Dharmendra: Swamiji, after attaining moksha where actually soul goes (like soul of Krishna, Rama)? Swamiji there is one person who says that by just doing pooja of idol of kali maa he become great yogi.
Swami Ram Swarup: I have several times stated earlier that neither my views nor views of anybody else will solve the purpose. Only the views, education, preach mentioned by God in four Vedas are true and therefore, we have to follow the Vedas. Vedas are eternal knowledge which emanate direct from God at the beginning of the earth, for the benefit of the human-beings. In Vedas, God has described every matter in Rigveda- there is knowledge i.e., science etc., form of pious deeds are described in Yajurveda whereas true path of worship is in Samveda. In Atharvaveda, medical science has especially been mentioned along with all subjects of three Vedas. Vedas tell that a person who studies Vedas, performs Yajyen, does name jaap of God and does practice of Ashtang yoga under guidance of a learned acharya and thus worships formless, Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe and again creates, he thus realises God and becomes a yogi. Uptil Mahabharat war, the knowledge of only four Vedas existed thereafter study of Vedas and worship as quoted above started deteriorating, with the result people started making their own ways which are not mentioned in Vedas.
Anirban Mitra: Whether an Indian women specially a Hindu women can worship Lord Hanumanjis Idol?
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas emanate direct from God at the beginning of the universe, so Vedas are themselves God’s immortal voice. In Vedas, there is no mention of idol worship, please. According to Vedas, a person has to worship, formless, Almighty, omnipresent God who is eternal. Hanumanji was a great warrior, he also know four Vedas and did practice of Ashtang yoga. In Valmiki Ramayan, when Hanumanji met Sri Ram and Laxman for the first time in jungle and had a talk with them then Sri Ram himself told Laxman that Hanumanji has been described as learned of Vedas and yogi and not monkey because a monkey can’t study Vedas. So, we must follow Hanumanji. We must adore him to attain his divine qualities by following his path of studying Vedas, observing Brahamcharya and doing Ashtang yoga while remaining in married life. Hanumanji worshipped Almighty God mentioned in Vedas and served Sri Ramji. We must also follow Hanumanji by worshipping Almighty God.
NK: In four of the Vedas to read, to start with? Which one and why?
Swami Ram Swarup: At the beginning of the earth, Almighty God originated knowledge of four Vedas in the heart of four Rishis in a sequence. Rigveda first come on this earth then Yajurveda, after that Samveda and last of all Atharvaveda. So better if we adopt the Vedas accordingly but it is clear that the Vedas’ knowledge is gained under the guidance of a learned acharya of Vedas. It is a tradition made by God Himself in Vedas. Before entering the knowledge of Vedas, some books written by present learned may be read, which are useful to begin with. Books can also be sent from here, if you so desire.
K D Gupta: Actually Vedas and other Hindu granthas are unaffordable and inaccessible to a common Hindu. Therefore Ramchritmanas is very suitable from professional babas and dadis money earning programmes. Therefore ATMANEVEDINAM seems to be a good way of worshipping.
Swami Ram Swarup: Nothing is impossible after taking the birth as human-being. However, there must be firm desire and hard working accordingly. Especially, in the spiritualism, while following the path of Vedas, Almighty God Himself helps. I quote here a true story of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. When he reached to his spiritual acharya: Swami Birjanandji. At that time Swami Dayanandji was living hand to mouth but he had firm desire to gain the knowledge of Vedas. With the blessings of God he met with a rich person who gave him money to purchase the spiritual books like Ashtadhyayee and arranged food and living accommodation etc. So, it is not good to say that a poor cannot study Vedas. Mostly the people are not interested themselves to listen to Vedas. Why? Because nowadays mostly the saints are telling that Vedas are difficult and Yajyen is only meant to attain swarg and not salvation etc. This all is false. So innocent people have started telling the said falsehood. Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Dashrath, Sri Krishna Maharaj i.e., every dignitary listened to Vedas first and did Yajyen and practice of Ashtang yoga philosophy also. And it is a preach of pure shastras even that we must follow the traditional path of Vedas. However, it is one’s own decision as to what person wants. But Vedas are not difficult, please. There are several ashram of Arya Samaj throughout the country where anyone can go and listen to Vedas free of cost.
Aparna: Guruji, Is it true that ladies should not chant Gayatri mantra? I have also heard people tell me that ladies should not chant Lalitha Sahasranam also. Is all this true? I am very much interested in chanting both chants. I am pregnant now and would like to know which chants are beneficial for my baby’s physical and mental development and my easy delivery.
Swami Ram Swarup: Lady or man means soul. The sin or the pious deeds in the shape of sorrows and divine merriment are to be experienced by soul and not bodies. The soul gets salvation and not the body. Therefore, the preach of all four Vedas is meant for everybody – man
or woman, son or daughter etc. So not only gayatri-mantra but all Ved-mantras should be chanted by lady. Lalitha Sahasranam is not mentioned in Vedas, please. However, chanting of the same gives no problem to anyone. Gayatri mantra is beneficial being the Ved-mantra. It will be more beneficial for you if you also do daily havan with gayatri mantra, both times.
Alok Sadana: Although the Vedas were written hundreds of years before and the knowledge provided in the Vedas is commendable. However I always wonder as a normal Hindu person of the baby boomers generation that WHY these Vedas were confined to the knowledge hoping the the whole world resides in India. WHY the knowledge of Vedas NEVER included and includes to be honest ( unless somebody misinterpret ) the knowledge for the Hindus as they would be exposed to the RACISIM in the other part of the Planet. WHY the knowledge of Vedas and understanding never included the people from all the parts of the world. The Vedas never included any knowledge of the RACISM.
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas were not written, please. Veda is not a book, no human being has written Veda. The knowledge of Vedas was given by God at the start of creation, as enlightenment in the heart of four Rishis. The Vedas have been transferred to subsequent generations as an oral tradition in the ‘Guru-Shishya parampara’ (An institution of transfer of knowledge from teacher to disciple orally). Vyas Muni also listened the Vedas from Rishi-munis and learnt them by heart.
The knowledge of Vedas vide Rigveda mantra 10/109/1,2 emanates direct from God and originated in the heart of four Rishis. A person named Brahma served the four Rishis and listened four Vedas from them, then Brahma became learned of four Vedas, first time on the earth. At that time, it is a matter of about one Arab, ninety-six crore, eight lakh, fifty-three thousand years ago .Brahma transferred this knowledge to Suryadev. Suryadev to Manu, Manu to Kshipt, then to Vishipt. This fact is also quoted in Bhagwad Geeta Shloka 4/1. Manusmriti Shloka 1/36,141, & 2/17 states that in the enite universe, man was first created in Tibet. At that time, Tibet was known as Trivishtap.
Then our ancient forefathers came to India and made their residence here. Then the population
increased and migrated to adjoining areas. Uptil Mahabharat war, there used to be only one Monarch who ruled over entire world. That is why the knowledge of Vedas upto that time existed in whole world. Vedas preach for entire mankind and not particularly Hindus, please, being the knowledge of Almighty God. Almighty God is the father of whole universe. So His Vedas are always universally applicable for entire universe. But for last about fifty-three hundred years, people have made their own ways of worship and Vedas have been left for Hindus only. Please see that Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs and Christians and other communities did not exist at the time of giving of knowledge of Vedas. The said communities have come into existence within twenty-five hundred years only. As I told above, Vedas give the knowledge to humanity and not to special race, caste or creed. Actually, caste, creed, race etc., have not been mentioned in Vedas. This is our own creation.