Prem: According to Bible murti pooja is paap. Why?
Swami Ram Swarup: Reason for idol worshiping

Prem: According to Bible murti pooja is paap. Why?
Swami Ram Swarup: Reason for idol worshiping

The God’s worship is in Vedas which emanate direct from God, wherein idol worship is not mentioned. I have previously quoted several examples that idol worship is not required. For-example you know me and I also know you, we both reside in bodies, being souls and souls are also shapeless. So we know each other, but how? Only on the basis of qualities and not on the basis of statue/photos etc. If you or I will try hard then we can also meet together. This is worldly example even.

So on the basis of the qualities of the God, as mentioned in Vedas, God is known and when an aspirant follows/obeys the path of Vedas i.e., worship, Ashtang yoga practice, listening of Vedas, Yajyen etc., under guidance of an acharya, then he attains samadhi i.e., realizes God too. So, as per Vedas, no need of idol worship.

If someone believes that God is everywhere then why does he avoid wine, smoking, theft, etc., etc. inside the temple and does outside? Actually realization is subject of deep study of Vedas and to observe thereon. Sagunn means with eternal qualities mentioned in Ved mantras because the meaning of Sa+Gunn means ‘with qualities’. So God has unlimited qualities like formless, omnipresent, etc., etc. and nirakar means shapeless. One can not break the rules and regulations of God mentioned in Vedas. Vedas are self-proof and cannot be denied.

Geeta: Swamiji Namaskar, please tell me if somebody is doing Paranayama (i.e. lom vilom) when will he/she gets positive results. What is the duration one should do lom vilom. Is this useful in lung disease?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. First of all any kind of prannayam must be learnt in presence of an experienced and learned acharya who knows Vedas and ashtang Yoga philosophy because before Prannayam – Yam, niyam, and asan which are parts of Ashtang yoga Philosophy are to be learnt and practised carefully. Good result thereafter is obtained based on the regular practice done for long time or less time. Mainly the prannayam is meant for concentration. However, some benefits are also there.

Amit Bajaj: Pranaam, swamiji, please tell me who wrote Mahabharata first? And then who made changes in the sacred text?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Mahabharat that it has only 10,000 shlokas written by Vyas Muni ji which are true. Uptil now, Mahabharat has about one lakh twenty thousand shlokas i.e., about one lakh ten thousand shlokas are fictitious which have been added. I also paste here one of my articles —

There is a statement by King Bhoj in his book “Sanjeevini” about which Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati too states:
“Vyasji wrote 4400 shlokas of mahabharat to which another 5,600 authentic shlokas were added by the disciples of Vyasji. During the reign of Maharaja Vikramaditya another 20,000 shlokas were added. Further Maharaja Bhoj says that during the reign of his father 25,000 and during half of his life time 30,000 more shlokas have been added to the Mahabharat book. If this process of addition of shlokas continues then the time is not far when Mahabharat book would have to be compared to the burden loaded on a camel.”

There have been false additions to Mahabharat epic from time to time. Regarding this Kashinath Rajvade writes:

“The present Mahabharat is a corrupt and enlarged edition of the ancient Mahabharat. This ancient work has been diluted from time to time with all sorts of additions and has grown in proportion on that account.”

N: My sister is not getting married.
Swami Ram Swarup: Marriage is in the hand of Almighty God. However, God helps those who help themselves. So your parents must do their best to seek a suitable match for your sister. She with whole family must also do daily hawan with Gayatri mantra both times. In the end of hawan, she must pray to God daily for His blessings for the same. It will be much better if she also, chants the Gayatri mantra in heart without speaking it, sitting on any asan, along with its meaning.