Anonymous: Pranam Swamiji, Thanks for replying to all my previous questions. We have been a typical, traditional Hindu family, worshiping idols for so many years. But Since I have got knowledge from You, I have changed a lot, started praying the only formless God & stopped wrong worshiping. But my parents & wife are not happy with this change & still wants to stick to the traditions. We have been worshiping Ganesh Idol for last 8 years, but this year I want to stop it but I am not being able to convince this to them. Swamiji , Please guide me, how should I convince them? They feel that, if we stop the tradition Lord Ganesh will curse them.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
You are most welcome, please. Neither truth nor falsehood can be shouldered to anybody. Actually, to spread the eternal truth of Vedas, we’ll have to follow the peaceful path i.e., occasionally, with a sweet, loving speech the concerned persons are preached the facts. When the true knowledge is attained by anyone, it works/effects like a sunlight in the darkness. I mean to say, when the sun shines, there does not remain any sign of darkness. Similarly when eternal preach of Vedas effects the heart and the mind is enlightened with the knowledge then all the illusion of the several lives, is completely obliterated and the person follows the true path lovingly. So, I would advise you my son that you continue your hawan, study of Vedic books and listening of Vedic songs but never go against the Idol worship of your parents. With your occasional preach of Vedas, the illusion will sure be destroyed and your family one day along with your parents would accept the Vedic knowledge happily and lovingly. It may take time but you see truth always prevails.
You are also advised to take CDs of Vedic spiritual songs along with preach sung by me, to listen there. This will also enable your family to turn towards Vedic path.
A list of Vedic books is also available on the website, to be selected by you for your study. I heartily say to you that for a person of your calibre, money is no problem. Cds and books as well may be sent to you free of cost to spread the knowledge of Vedas by which the sorrows are removed and family gets long, happy life. You may send your postal address again, please, if you desire to take the books and Cds.
Ajit: Guruji Saadar Pranam, I have a few queries request yourself to answer the same.
1. How to realise the potential of life?
2.It is said every human being is unique and has some kind of talent, is there a way to realise the same spiritually?
3. Where Atma resides in body?
4. What is the connection between past lives and present life? Can we take the benefits of virtures of our past lives in the present life? How come?
5.Can you elaborate the different stages in meditation. I have been told that Sant Gyaneshwar had moved the wall in his 4th stage of meditation, at 3rd stage of meditation people can move the body in air, he wrote Gyanashweri at 5th stage of Meditation and took Samadhi at 6th Stage of Meditation. I beleive strongly that human soul and mind are so powerful that it goes beyond the rules of Physics. Please elaborate wheteher all the rules of physics are applicable to atma.
6.How to know ourself? With warm regards,
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
1 The human life is invaluable because when a devotee has faith in God and follows Vedic path then he attains and realises surprising mental as well as physical strength. He then becomes able to destroy the sorrows and attain salvation. Thus he holds yogic perfection and experiences extra-ordinary powers/glory. He holds three education- (i) Perfection in science (ii) Perfection in deeds (iii) Perfection in worship. Thus he attains sixteen qualities – (1) Ikshan (2) Prann (3) shraddha 94) aakash (5) vaayu (6) agni (7) jal (8) prithvi (9) indriy (10) mann (11) ann (12) veeraya (13) tap (14) mantra (15) karma lok (16) naam.
I mean to say, such devotee actually realises the potential of life.
Otherwise, in the absence of eternal knowledge of the Vedas, life becomes usually dull, hopeless, full of tensions, miseries, diseases etc.
2. Talents cannot remain hidden and are observed at a stipulated time. Then the person should progress to get perfection in that talent by his hard working, devotion and concentration.
3. When we are awakened then soul resides in left eye, while in dreams, it is in throat and while a person is having sound sleep then soul resides in heart.
4. Present life is awarded by God based on the previous lives’ good or bad deeds. Rigveda mantra 10/135/1,2,3 state that we’ve been awarded human body by the God to face the result of our previous lives’ deeds and whatever we’ll do in our present life, the same award of the deeds will have to be faced in our next births. That is why, Sri Krishna Maharaj states in Bhagwad Geeta that Oh! Arjun, your worship of the present life would not go in vain and you will get your future births in the family of a Yogi/noble people where you’ll be able to continue your worship further. Similarly, bad deeds also do not go in vain and the result of bad deeds in the shape of sorrows is to be faced in future lives.
So, virtues of the past lives are taken in present life.
5. Whatever, you’ve written about the stages of meditation, has not been mentioned in Vedas, please. So, I’ve no comments to make.
However, the glory of the meditation got by the Yogi in the shape of siddhis and divine pleasure etc., have been mentioned in detail by me, with the grace of God and Guru Maharajji, in the first and third paad of Patanjal Yog Darshan ( in Hindi) I and II worth Rs. 131/- and 300/- excluding postal charges.
I would advise you to study these two books to become learned of Yoga Philosophy. I’ve quoted Vedic references in support of Yoga Philosophy.
Physics, chemistry and other medical science etc., have all been already mentioned in eternal knowledge of Vedas. The present science is not as elaborate as the science mentioned in Vedas. So, naturally the divine mind of Yogi who attains Samadhi, goes beyond the worldly science. But science is always worthy to be respected because it emanates from Vedas and gives pleasure to the human beings and similarly the scientists are respectable as well.
6. I paste one of my answers-
Who am I and what is the purpose for which I have received this birth?
Relationship is always made at least within two matters which are always separate from each other. One says that this is his house. So house is separate and person is separate. Another says that this is my house, my son, my wife etc. So person is separate, his house, son and wife are also separate from each other. That is why the relation was made. Similarly when someone says that this is his head and leg, ear and eyes etc., so here also it is clear that the person who is making relation with head, eyes etc., is separate and the said organs and the whole body are separate. Otherwise relation can not be made.
No one on the earth says that he is eye, he is head, he is leg, he is body etc., but always says that all the organs of body belong to him. So naturally question arises that who, “He” is to say that this is his head. So “He” means “SOUL” who resides in the body.
Rigveda mantra 1/164/20 says that this body is like a tree. Tree is destroyed one day. So body made by prakriti’s five matters (earth, air, water, space, fire) is destructible, prakriti being non-alive. In said tree, God and soul also reside and both are alive matters. God is omnipresent but soul is not omnipresent and resides at only one place at one time.
Suppose we are sitting in a dark room in the night then we are unable to do any task like studying but in the light of electric bulb we become able to do job. Similarly human body only works when the soul resides in it. That is soul works like an electric bulb otherwise we daily see so many deaths of youngsters also whose healthy body is there but does not work, eye can not see, ear can not listen etc., so which matter (tatv) had left the body. Yes it is only soul. Purpose of human life is to overcome the sorrows, tensions and to attain salvation by worshipping God under the guidance of an Acharya.
Death and birth according to the deeds are eternal until the whole good or bad deeds are burnt by doing hard practice of ashtang yoga and study of Vedas, the same are not stopped. Human beings mostly take birth to face the result of previous sin/pious deeds. In the present life due to illusion they do several sins or other deeds to face in the future births.
Yajurveda mantra 40/2 states that we should discharge our moral duties and while doing pious deeds according to Vedas we get salvation. So deeds are to be done. The aspirant who gains knowledge of Vedas, ashtang yoga philosophy etc., he usually preaches the people also. So it is up to the people whether they are desirous of worshipping to kill the past deeds to get salvation or not. Mostly people are after materialistic articles/pomp and show etc. mere talking will do nothing. Why the voice of kings and the voice of learned Yogis are listened? Because they struggled for their motto and became an appropriate person.
Arun: Namaste Swamiji, Is jal neti good for health? How often should it be done? Can it be done everyday without having any side effects. I read in a book that doing jal neti keeps the eyes healthy too and it helps improving the vision.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaste. I cannot comment on Jal Neti because it is a hath Yog deed and has not been mentioned in Vedas. I can only say that jal neti is unauthentic deed being against the Vedas.