Balaji: I am a brahmin and I am doing my sandhya vandanam daily and perform agnihotra (once in a day) also (though I miss on somedays). I would like to know if there is small havan I can perform on either sundays/saturdays/mondays ? The other thing I always feel I should go off to some ashram and continue my spiritual quest as I am not able to practice my sadhana regularly at home due to lot of distractions. I am married and have 2 children also. I feel totally disinterested in working for earning but I like doing seva and helping people. Kindly advise. I would prefer your kind reply in English.
Swami Ram Swarup: As per Yajurveda mantra 31/11 the qualities of Brahmin is that he has control over his senses, mind and intellect, he performs daily Yajyen with ved mantras, he speaks truth, he does not favour anyone but does justice. He is habitual to do jaap and also does practice of Ashtang yog philosophy, daily. I appreciate you that you perform agnihotra. So, please try to follow the said Vedic preach, also. Yajurved mantra 40/2 states that the above quoted preach should be adhered to in the life while discharging all moral duties related to family, society and nation. So, please also pay your attention to your family and never think of being disinterested to earn money for family being a part of worship of God as said in Yajurved mantra. Also Brahmin never misses the agnihotra. So, try to perform agnihotra daily. I would advise you to study book named “Yajyen karma sarvashreshth Ishwar Pooja” (in Hindi) The price of the book is worth Rs. 65/- excluding postal charges. The book can be sent to you on receipt of your postal address, if you desire. Book will give you immense knowledge. Audio CD and video Cd is also available in this regard. Yes, you may make contact with any ashram where learned of Vedas and ashtang Yog sits otherwise, other ashrams where Vedic knowledge is not available are not recommended by Vedas. Yes, it is good to serve others but first of all, devotee must pay his attention to serve family members i.e., parents, wife, children and elders etc. My blessings are always with you.
Balaji: Namskar! In continuation to my earlier mail kindly let me know how to perform Gayathri havan. Pranam
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. In your previous question the matter has been explained, please. I would again advise you to study book and see video Cd from which you will be able to recite ved mantras easily and learn how to perform agnihotra with ved mantras. In the book, meaning of each ved mantras has also been described.
Gibran: Yours is a point of view where real intelligence shines through.
Swami Ram Swarup: Thanking you, please.