Jayakumar: Namastey Guruji Maharaj, Charan Sparsh from all of us. I was thinking the real meaning of giving daan (offerings). As you have said many times that Ramji used to give daan like great realised yogis. I would like to know whether giving food and clothing to poor, etc. also come in this category. Isn’t it their previous life’s deeds that they are going through as you said earlier? As we give our excess items or even part of our earnings to them then is it a pious deed? How to make out they really deserve else we may be doing another paap? Kindly elaborate. Charan Sparsh.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you all, my son. Yes, please. In daan, food, clothing, land, gold assets, several articles and physicals services are included.
Yes, food and clothes given to poor come under daan but to those who are genuinely needy and not others, otherwise, it will promote beggary and weaken our country.
As you’ve said also, the poverty and sorrows etc., are the result of previous lives’ deeds to be faced as are awarded by God Himself.
Actually fundamental law of donation is that we must give food etc., to needy people only. For example I’ve seen and read in T.V. and newspaper that the son, daughters, relatives of beggars are doctors, engineers and well settled in life yet the begging is continued as profession. Needy means that someone is dying without food and clothes.
Shiv: Parnaam Thanx for enlightening me with this sacred knowledge. Yes it is all right that Krishna was a liberated soul and that only formless GOD put his power into him. He came to the earth to guide people and establish dharma. I agreed 100% that that GOD is above 3 mode of nature (STAYA, TAMAS, RAJO) and all incarnation came into human form then how they
could not escape these human conditions. So it proved that are liberated soul only with GODLY power. 2ndly, if BRAHMA,VISHNU and MAHESHA are same names of formless GOD then how we can describe/distinguish these so called BRAHMA,VISHNU and MAHESHA whose life in front of us? It must be confusion free. We cant simply say “yes these names are names of same formless GOD.or you meant these deities have no life but only names in Vedas? In Vedas, we have INRDA, VAYU, AGNI, BRAHMA, VISHNU, MAHESHA, ASHWANI KUMARAS, ADITYAAND, VARUN, PUSHADEV, VASHISTH ALL RISHI and worship of these deities. And the same is done in purana then how can we say that all puranas are not tallying with Vedas?(excluding some extra exaggeration which is beyond understanding) and if we are said to be worshipping that formless GOD then why there is worship of all these deities? And in Vedas, as I read from your A and Q columns, that we have instructions to follow and on the contrary puranas display the life of all those so called deities including trinity because after all life is never stopped there up to whose instructions but coming down generation after generation. Yes, in Tulsidas Ramayana Shri RAM worshipped Lord Shiva before crossing the sea and also established Shivalinga there and Sita also worshipped GAURI mata.anyway this is a ritualistic way of life. It is true GOD is formless but it is mentioned in Yajur veda ” that since he is unborn and undying and even then he is coming into so many form”. Thanking you, so much Regards.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Avtarwad (incarnation) is quite impossible as per eternal Vedas’ philosophy, made by God Himself. In this connection, my article is pasted below-
God is only one who creates the universe and no other can create the universe except God. Please think deeply is any one except God empowered for creation, etc.? The pious qualities of God are unlimited whereas qualities of soul, which resides in human body, are limited. That is why He is God. This fact is also mentioned by Rishi Patanjali in his Yog shastra sutra 1/24, “KALEASHKARAMVIPAKASHYAIHI APRAMRISHTAHA PURUSHVISHESHAHA ISHWARAHA” i.e., He who is not indulged in any sorrows/sufferings (kalesh), in any kind of deed (karma) and result thereof (vipakya), He is supreme in souls and is called Ishwar (God), whereas, soul is indulged in all the said matters according to deeds done in previous, and in the present life. So this is also a difference between God and souls and therefore soul can never be God based on the different qualities.
Amongst unlimited qualities of God, few may be enumerated-that God creates, nurses and destroys the universe. God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent and Almighty, beyond description, beyond imagination, and beyond calculation. Nobody on the earth can deny such qualities, but these qualities are to be discussed and considered deeply and he who does the same is called MUNI as per Vedas and shastras.
Let us think over one quality of God – Being Almighty. Almighty means God has all powers and thus God, to control the universe and to do any kind of deed for the same, can not be dependent on another, at any cost, being Almighty. Again shastras say, which is a true saying too, that there must be reason behind for any creation, matter etc. God is a reason to create the universe. Parents are the reason to give birth to a child. Ravana took Sita forcefully which became a reason for war between Shri Ram and Ravana etc. So as per Vedas there must be a reason of avtar and after studying eternal knowledge of Vedas and thinking deeply, there seems no reason to take avtar by Almighty God. As in Yajurveda mantra 2/26, so is in Shwetashwaropnishad shlok 6/8 wherein it is mentioned that there is no reason to form a God and thus God is also formless i.e., nobody can make God but God creates universe from non-alive prakriti. Secondly the said Upnishad says that the
deeds of God of creation, nursing, and destruction of universe are eternal, natural, and automatic. So naturally God needs no avtar to destroy Kalyug, earth, or devils etc., being Almighty i.e., God has all powers and is independent. Not God but only His powers are enough to control, create, nurse, destroy the universe. That is why Upnishad says that God has no desire to create etc., but it is eternal and natural and this sort of desire is named “IKSHAN” and not desire to create etc.
Suppose God has to kill a devil and He takes avtar and God kills the devils by arrow etc. It means God is not Almighty and independent because God has taken help of Avtar (Human body) and arrow, gun, etc., which is impossible.
This all I have told based on fundamental law of eternal knowledge of four Vedas. Yet if anybody says about avtar then it is their own views and they are satisfied with their views and can not be commented because they could have been realizing at their own but so far as eternal knowledge of Vedas is concerned, Avtar is not possible.
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 Yajna, 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 Yajna 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 universal deeds. 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 53 000 years ago. Then first time the four rishis of unsexual creation started pronunciation of the mantras by the power of God. God wanted them to know word meanings and senses 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 another 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 by mouth to mouth 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 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.
There is only one God who is formless, creates, nurses and destroys the universe. He is Almighty and supreme, beyond description, beyond imagination and beyond calculation. He is omnipresent and omniscient. Divine qualities of Almighty God are described in eternal knowledge of Vedas. Vedas emanate direct from God. So all Hindus and others too believe in Vedas.
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are the name of one said God. God has no wives please because He is Almighty and needs no assistance etc. No one is above God please. All religions tell to worship God.
Are Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh Gods?
Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh are not God. Vedas tell that there is only one formless God who never takes birth. He creates, nurses and destroys the universe. His power is enough to create and control the whole universe. He is Almighty i.e., He has all unlimited powers and therefore He does not need any assistance to create, nurse and destroy the universe by Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. If God needs assistance then He will not be called Almighty. So God does not need any support but we all humans as well as all living beings need His support and blessings every time. However, in Vedas, there are innumerable names of Almighty God according to His divine qualities. So Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh etc., are also the names of the formless Almighty God. Brahma means the greatest. Vishnu means omnipresent and Mahesh means the greatest.
It is the personal matter of worship or not to worship. So atheists are also there. But it is very clear that God in Vedas as clarified that He Has blessed the human being with human body to worship and realise God. Nobody can attain happy life in the absence of worship of God. One more thing is clear from Vedas in which God states –Oh man/woman you live on the earth given by God and all comforts provided by the God. And if you do not remember/worship God then it is sin and punishment is awarded by the God.
Very few persons know that present science has also come out from Vedas, especially Rigveda. The knowledge of Vedas also emanates from God. So, it is clear that scientist also enjoy science which is given by God. God is not only the matter of blind faith. It is the matter of discussion with a learned acharya of Vedas and Yoga philosophy who from Vedas, shastras and Upnishads etc., and scientifically also prove the existence of God. For example- we see the creation and can think deeply that who has created it or is it a job of man/woman, scientist etc., then automatically after long discussion we would reach on the conclusion that men/women/scientist have not created the universe and then He who has created is called Almighty God.
Vishnu is also a name of formless, Almighty God based on quality. Quality is a sunder- “Vishnu” word is made from “Vishlari” Dhatu and the sense of Vishlari” is omnipresent. So he who has the quality of being Omnipresent at all times without a second’s break, He is Vishnu and no other Vishnu exists equivalent to this God. Similarly, Brahma= “Vri Vridhau” i.e., the biggest amongst the universe. Naturally, He is Almighty God. So, the name of Almighty God is also Brahma. Similarly, according to Yajurveda mantra 16/41 Shiv means he who is beneficial/causes welfare, is Shiv. The most beneficial, who creates and nurses the universe is Almighty God. So, Shiv is also name of Almighty God.
Learned of Vedas do not accept puranns which are against the Vedas’ philosophy. Every truth is established by furnishing Ved mantras in support. For example- There is no mantra which states about avtarwad (incarnation) i.e., my avtarvad is not possible. There are countless names of Almighty God amongst which Agni, Vayu, Surya, Chandrma are the names of Formless God. So, worship is performed in respect of Almighty God and not in respect of God’s name only. That is why, God’s names- Agni, Vayu, Brahma are not worshipped but Almighty God is worshipped by repeating his pious name. Yet, at present if somebody wants to worship Devi-Devta etc., then he may go ahead but Vedas do not accept the same. After Mahabharat war, the listening of Vedas was given up mostly so nobody could be learned of eternal truth and hence people started making their own ways of worship, leaving behind the eternal worship of Almighty, formless, omnipresent God.
Devi-Devtas are also those who followed and at present are also following the path of vedas. Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Harishchandra, Manu, Vyas Muni and several Rishi-Munis adopted Vedic path and followed the rules and regulations mentioned in Vedas. Hence, the dignitaries were called Devi like Mata Sita, Madalsa, Anusuiya and Devtas.
So, Vedas tell to follow the path which was followed by ancient Rishi-munis and our forefathers. Otherwise, to accept Avtarwad and only to do worship of the same is not accepted by Vedas.
Authentic Ramayan is Valmiki Ramayana which is accepted by Rishi-munis and present learned persons of vedas. So, in Valmiki Ramayan bhakti of statue, water, air etc., has not been told. So, Sri Ram did not worship Shiva and Shivling.
Yajurveda or any Ved does not tell that God is unborn but even then he is coming into so many forms. Sri Ram, Sri Krishan Maharaj, Manu Bhagwan, Vyas Muni and several Rishi-Munis, Rajrishis, Mata Sita, all learned men, women followed eternal Vedic path. Therefore we should also follow it and protect our eternal Vedic philosophy which emanates direct from God.
Your questions are appreciated and I bless you again, my son.
Dinesh: I want to ask if after death I can go to swarg.
Swami Ram Swarup: One should do daily worship of God based on eternal, Vedic philosophy. There is no swarg, narak in sky but if a person does daily worship of God, makes contact with spiritual master he can attain salvation which may be called Moksha.