Ishwar: The word “akayam” yajurveda does it not imply that Bhagwan is with form?
Swami Ram Swarup: The meaning of ‘Kaya’ is body (form). When ’A’ is used in the
beginning of kaya, it becomes ‘Akaya’, the meaning of which will be without form i.e., formless. I also paste my article as under-
God is formless
Being formless there is no need of statue or temple of God according to Vedas. As a matter of fact, you, I or every human being, lives in a body. Body is separate, we are called souls. Vedas say soul has no form even. Then also we know each other. For example even if you have not seen the photograph of King Akbar then, you can know Akbar by means of the study of his qualities. So is the case with the God. If an aspirant really goes to his Guru and listens Vedas like Shri Ram, and ancient kings and their public then he will be able to know hundred percent about formless
God. Then comes realization for which Vedas (especially Samveda) says
that he who performs Yajyen, does jaap (according to Vedas) and practises Ashtang Yoga Philosophy while remaining in family like Shri Ram etc., he sure realizes, being eternal law.
If we will meditate concentrating outside our body which is also against Vedas/Ashtang Yoga Philosophy, then our attention will always naturally remain outside i.e., attached with outer world i.e., decoration/music/dances etc. In that case subject matter of God will be over. It will be converted into spending fun, doing dances and singing attractive songs by ladies and gents, which is totally against Vedas. Thus the chapter of praising God, True Acharya, Rishi-Munis, performing
Yajyen, practice of Ashtang Yoga, eternal knowledge of Vedas etc., will be over.
It is also baseless to say that study of Vedas and practice of yoga philosophy is difficult. It is self made story because Vedas are also called Shruti i.e., Vedas are to be listened first and not to be studied. So to listen to the Vedas, a learned Acharya is needed. The Acharya will explain the Ved mantras in the Yajyen in your own language i.e., in English or Urdu etc., and for an aspirant to do asan, pranayaam, meditation etc., is also not difficult. It is all difficult for those human beings, including present false prophets, (who are against the Vedas), who are lazy, can’t awake early in the morning to listen Vedas and fail to do practice of yoga philosophy. Those people are always after money, materialistic articles and pomp and show etc.
Vedas are not written or spoken by God. This knowledge is emanated from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis as stated above. God is Almighty i.e., He has all powers. So He needs no assistance to do deeds of universe. In human body alive soul resides and soul is dependent, soul
requires mouth to speak, eye to see, hand to write etc., etc. but not God. From His power God originates the knowledge of Vedas in the rishis without writing, or speaking etc. Vedas’ knowledge is divine. The fundamental of the Vedas is this that it was not written or spoken. The knowledge by the power of God was originated about one Arab 96 crore, 8 lakh and 53,111 years ago. Then first time the four rishis of nonsexual creation started pronunciation of the mantras by the power of God. God wanted them to know word meanings and sense of the mantras and therefore the rishis knew all. Then first time the four rishis started pronunciation of the mantras. They taught the mantras to other ignorant people. Then more rishis were produced who knew the Vedas by heart by
listening only. There was no paper, ink or pen there. The Vedas were being learnt orally and traditionally this process is yet in force. But mostly not by heart but taking help of the printed book. So printed books are not called Vedas but these are called samhita.
Samhita means the collection of Ved mantras. Therefore Present printed books cannot be considered as Vedas and will never be in future, but samhita. Kapil Muni throws light on this point in his Sankhya Shastra sutra 5/48 that when a rishi does tapsya in the shape of Yajyen, study of
Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga then the Ved mantras still (now also) originate in heart of the Rishi and the rishi pronounces the mantras. Those mantras are called Vedas, which emanate from God. So Vedas must first be listened (study) from alive Acharya (Guru who knows Vedas). Then only Samhita (books of Vedas) can help.
Ishwar: Why is Ved Vyas not mentioned as the main rishi for Arya Samaj but all the credit
seems to go to Swami Dayanand? What are good books to read to understand Vedas more clearly? I don’t want books that show a biased view. I want a good book that explains the slok/verses more clearly. Dhunyawad for your answer.
Swami Ram Swarup: Swami Dayanad Saraswati has always been praising every ancient
Rishi including Vyas Muniji in all his literature because the ancient Rishis only followed Vedic path. Moreover, at that time, except Vedas, no present sect (religion) came into existence. Present religions have come into existence only within two thousand to two thousand five hundred years whereas age of Vedas is One Arab, ninety six crore, eight lakh, fifty three thousand, one hundred and thirteen years. To enter into Vedas’ knowledge, I would suggest you to read following books, if you desire-
VEDANTA & ETERNAL VEDAS’ PHILOSOPHY PT I 31.00
VEDANTA AND ETERNAL VEDAS’ PHILOSOPHY PT II 20.00
YOGA – A DIVINE VEDAS PHILOSOPHY 65.00
VEDAS A DIVINE LIGHT Pt. I 80.00
VEDIC SATSANG SANGRAH Pt I (in Hindi) 120.00
Thirty percent rebate will be given to you. Study of above books will give you immense knowledge of Vedas and after studying above books, if you desire then I would advise you to study especially following books – Bhagwad Geeta Part I (in Hindi), Patanjal Yog Darshan Part I (in Hindi).
Ankita: Charan sparsh guruji.. hope you are doing good.. and wish you a happy krishna janmashtami.. take care guruji… 🙂 with regards
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter.
Ayesha: Namaste Swamiji. I have read light of truth by Dayanand Saraswati & I think he was great person who fought against all practices which were against Vedas.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaste, my daughter. No doubt, that Dayanand Saraswatiji was not
just great but greatest dignitary who enlightened human-beings to revert back to Vedas. In addition, he served the human-beings throughout his life.
S: Pranam Guruji, I was told not to perform any puja while having monthly problem. Is it true? Please let me know Thanks..
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
God has given knowledge of four Vedas to the souls which reside in human body. God has not given the knowledge to bodies. Soul realizes God and attains salvation and not bodies. Soul is unchangeable and immortal whereas bodies are changeable and are destroyed. So souls either in the body of man or woman is entitled to chant all the mantras, to listen preach and to worship God. According to Yajurveda mantra 31/11 there is no any caste system except humanity based on
good or bad qualities. Almighty God is the purest matter in the universe. You see God is
omnipresent therefore also is present in our stomach, stool, urine, blood, etc., but no any matter is able to touch Him. He (God) thus always remains the purest. So woman can continue her daily hawan also.