G P: Pranam Guruji, As you said nothing is mentioned about castes in Vedas.And Vedas doesn’t approve caste system & discrimination based on caste system. Then when & how exactly the castes got created & why there is so much cultural differences amongst different castes?
Swami Ram Swarup: Caste system has been created within three-thousand years. After Mahabharat war, the eternal knowledge of four Vedas started diminishing and as a result, people have made their own path of worship due to lack of knowledge of Vedas. Differences of culture among different castes is self-made and therefore is totally against Vedas.
J K: Pranam acharyaji. mai roj subah uth kar omkar jap,anulom vilom pranayam,asan,aur bhajan nitya karta hu,lekin mai dhyan nahi kar pa raha hu,mere man me vichar aatehi hai,kya mai koi sangit lagakar dhyan karu ya koi aur upay bataye taki mera dhyan lage..
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
Jo aap sadhna karte ho , yeh bahut achchi sadhna hai par hamein yeh sochna hota hai ki Ishwar kee vanni/gyan chaar ved hain. Charon vedon se hee Omkar(OM) ka jaap, asan, prannayam jaisee mahaan ashtang Yog vidya nikle hai. Yadi Ishwar hamein pratyek prithivi bananaeke arambh mein ved-vidya na deita to hum Ishwar , Prannayam, bhajan aadi ke bare mein kuch bhi nahin jaante. Ved ne hee hamein vigyan (science), karmon ka gyan(karma kand) aur pooja bhakti(upasana kand) ke vishye mein achchi tarah samjhaya hai. Varna hum to agyani hee reh jaate . Mera kehne ka bhaav yeh hai ki yadi hum Omkar aur yog vidya kee sadhna karte hain parantu ved mantron se Ishwar ki stuti nahin karte to hum ahsaan-pharamosh bhi kehla sakte hain. Atah aap apnee sadhna mein rozana dono samay ka ved mantron se hawan aur Vedic pustak padne ka abhyaas bhi karein. Tab aapki sadhna poori ho jayegi aur phir dhyan mein bhi baithne lagoge aur dhyan lagne lagega kyonki dhyan bhi ashtang yog vidya ka seventh ang hai. Chahe aap shuru mein Gayatri mantra se hi hawan karein.
Shayal: What is sanchint karam? How many souls are there? Tell the total number.
Swami Ram Swarup: In this connection, I paste my relevant articles:-
Three types of Deeds
There are three types of deeds (karmas) – sanchit, prarabhadh and kriyamann. Suppose one soul has to take birth (body). It means he has to face total number of deeds of his all previous lives and these deeds are called sanchit karmas but sanchit deeds are huge/unlimited and cannot be faced in one life. So the karmas which can be faced in one life are called prarabhadh (luck-destiny). So God has not made our luck at His own but Almighty God has taken the deeds which we have already done.
Yajurveda mantra 7/48 clarifies that human being is free to do any deed good or bad but God only awards the result. Now the balance deeds from sanchit deeds will be counted in the next life. Now the deeds which we do in our day today present life are called kriyamann.
If we do pious deeds according to Vedas, shastras and holy books and based on pious preaches of Rishi, Muni/learned saints then our all sanchit deeds are burnt and we can get salvation. Human beings are free in the matter of doing deeds good or bad. But result will be awarded by God. So we must worship and do pious deeds under guidance of a learned Guru. One should go always ahead for hard working, pious deeds, worship to make future bright himself. One should always work hard towards a right path.
Worship does not mean that we are free to discharge only our family duties, education, etc., but rather it is a sin. We have to get progress in both way at a time i.e., spiritualism and worldly progress i.e., science, education, duties towards family etc. God creates the universe according to His eternal law framed in Vedas which are always unchangeable and unchallengeable. So we have to follow the law of God always to get long happy life.
REMOVING BINDINGS OF KARMA (KARMA BANDHAN)
Pain or suffering of karmas is unlimited since the load of sanchit karmas is uncountable. But all karmas (deeds- good or bad) can be burnt in the present life by doing real worship of God. It may take next birth also according to the amount of time and dedication with which an aspirant pursues his worship.
So the real remedy is to follow the eternal path of four Vedas. One should listen Vedas from an experienced Acharya who knows Vedas as well as Ashtang Yoga philosophy, which also exists in Vedas. Regular guidance of learned Acharya is needed by the aspirant.
Who says that God is sitting idle? Otherwise, who else is controlling the universe? Who is giving justice to human-beings in this divine court of law? How the wind is blowing, earth is moving, sun is revolving, sun and moon are bringing about the production of crops, who is controlling birth and death, who is laughing with in the blooming flowers? Who awakes us in the morning and under whose power do we retire to our beds to sleep and under whose supervision our digestive system works? Who has created the whole universe and matters etc.
We are taking rest but God never does so. He is our commander and He showers mercy on us by donating the whole world to us along with knowledge of four Vedas to make us learned but most of the people get indulged only in materialistic articles of the world and forget Almighty God and hence the sorrows, problems, tensions, diseases etc., devolve over them.
As regards war, hatred, terrorism, etc. it is man-made problem created because of lack of knowledge of Vedas. Yajurveda mantra 7/48 clearly states that human beings are free to do good or bad deeds but result is awarded by God accordingly in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively.
Number of souls
All souls are immortal and constant in number. We see only bodies, either of human beings or living beings, though counting of ants. mosquitoes and other insects living in dense jungle, are not possible. Moreover the bacteria in air and in a drop of water even cannot be counted. So there is no problem in decreasing or increasing of bodies because souls are always constant in numbers having invisible shape.
Though the souls are countless in number but they are constant in number. Actually first of all every soul does not become capable to follow the path of Vedas. Secondly, the salvation time is fixed. So, it makes no difference whether one soul in a yug or more souls in a yug get salvation.