Amar: Namaskar Swamiji, I want to ask what is the meaning of Neelkanthay and Neelgrivay as mentioned in Rudra Prashnah?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Neel means blue and kanth menas throat. Greev means neck.

Suryanarayana: Future life with dosha shanti remedies.
Swami Ram Swarup: Future is based on pious deeds, hard working towards a right path and God helps those who help themselves.

There is no such dosh mentioned in the Vedas. Really you need not to worry. Vedas are authentic proof being knowledge direct from God. Yajurveda mantra 7/48 states clearly that we are free to do good or bad/sins, deeds but the result is awarded by God in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. So please do not worry if results are not according to your wish. But it is also a fact that hard working towards right path never goes in vain. And god helps those who help themselves. Please continue your hard working and God will sure bless you. Also please do worship of God daily with prayers. Better if you do havan daily from Gayatri mantra.

Subhash Arya: Namaste Swamiji. I am confused about chetan. what , who is chetan and how much chetan. how is chetan working? What is identity of chetan?
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas state that there are two chetan (alive matters). First –Almighty God who creates , nurses and destroys the universe, second-souls who reside in all living bodies. On the bases of our previous pious deeds, we have been blessed by God with human body. Body is made of prakriti. Prakriti is non-alive matter so our body is non-alive. In our body five senses-eyes, ears, nose, skin, tongue and five organs of action – legs, arms, mouth, organs of excretion and urination. These are outer body parts. The inner body parts are mann (mind) , buddhi (intellect) , chitta (faculty which receives knowledge from five senses and passes the same intellect is called Chitta and Chitta stores the effect of various karmas to be faced by soul in future at a proper time) ahankar(feeling of existence). within our body, we (soul) reside. Soul is alive matter. Due to soul’s existence the body works. When soul comes out of body then it is stated that person is dead
and body thus does not work. Soul is the master of the body and above quoted senses, organs etc. In this connection, I paste few of my articles.

Soul’s existence

Soul, God and Prakriti are not made by anyone. These are eternal. The matter which is made is destroyed one day but God, Prakriti and souls being eternal truth, are not destroyed, but are immortal. Their existence is eternal and immortal that is why, in Vedas, these are called “SWAYAMBHU”. Swayambhu means which is not made. Souls are constant in number but innumerable in number. You see, even in a drop of water millions of bacteria are there which are souls. In air, there are unlimited bacteria, so are in blood etc., etc. All ants, birds, animals, human-beings, mosquitoes, flies etc., cannot be counted. So counting of souls by man is not possible.

Atma (Soul)

Atma consists of two meanings according to situation. For example when it is said that atma takes birth, then it means soul and when it is said that atma is Almighty and creates universe, then it means Almighty God. It is usually told nowadays that everything is atma which is false and not possible being against the Vedas. In Vedas, there are three eternal matters Almighty God, prakriti and souls. Almighty God and souls are alive matters whereas prakriti is non –alive matter. From Prakriti, all the matters of universe are created. But neither from God nor soul any matter is created. Soul can never be God being unchangeable and God can also never be soul being unchangeable. Soul due to the attraction towards prakriti is indulged in illusion and forgets his original form of immortal peace, purity etc. and has to face the birth and death again and again.

But Almighty being the commander of the souls and prakriti, is never attracted towards prakriti. He always remains purified. So, God cannot forget his original form and is never indulged in any kind of illusion. Therefore, everything like tree, tube light, stone, electric fan are made of prakriti and hence can never be God.

Soul is alive. Soul has to face the result of his deeds. Soul takes body of human beings, animals, birds, trees etc., according to deeds of past lives. Soul feels sorrow, happiness etc., through body. When soul leaves body, it feels nothing but carries all karma to be faced in next birth through his chitta’s (chitta) vritti (vritti).

Souls are innumerable but are constant in number having similar qualities like being pure, immortal, alive etc. Soul is infinitesimally small, is invisible. The bodies of all living beings contain souls.

Not God but soul has desire, hatred/malice, merriment, sufferings, attachment etc. While attracting itself towards materialistic articles made of prakriti soul forgets his original form. As a result, soul recognizes himself as body. This is the stage of soul being unwise.


(TAM) that God (NA) not ( VIDATH) known (YAH) who (EMA) all worlds (JAJANN) creates and (YAT) from you (ANYAT) separate from other souls(YUSHMAKAM) from you (ANTARAM) with in all (BABHOOVA) is (NIHAREINN) fog like smoke (YAT) that God (PRAVARITAHA) covered (JALAPYAHA) baseless discussion (ASUTRIPAHA) satisfied only in Prann [breathing system] (UKTHASHASAHA) only paying lip service (CHARANTI) deals or behaves.

Meaning: Like an invisible matter which is covered with fog similarly dealing in only lip service and indulging in baseless discussion and are satisfied in their breathing system, Oh! Man-woman, you do not know the God who creates the five matters/universe and the God who is separate from other souls and who is within all.

Mind and intellect

Mind i.e., mann collects the data from five senses and sends it to intellect (Buddhi). The buddhi then sends it to soul to decide action etc. So mind and intellect both are necessary to observe each matter of universe, to study, the Vedas, to do worship etc., to realise God.


Antakaran-mann (mind), buddhi (intellect) Chitta Vritti {(faculty which receives knowledge from five senses and passes the same intellect is called Chitta and Chitta stores the effect of various karmas to be faced by soul in future at a proper time), Ahankar( feeling of one’s own existence). So by studying Vedas, performing Yajyen, name jaap of God and Ashtang Yoga practice, the Antakaran is purified.