H: I saw a dead relative give me an ornament in my dream. I gave it back to her. What does the dream mean?
Swami Ram Swarup:According to Vedas, those who have left for heavenly abode should not come in dreams. Painful dreams leave effect on chitta. So, one should always worship God daily to be away from dreams. Though, dreams are always false. So, whatever she gave you in dream or you return to her have no significance. Please, forget it. For example- if a poor person sees a dream in which he acts as a king, the said dream has also no relevance because when he will wake up in the morning, he will remain as he was, but not the king.
V: Namaste Guruji, I’ve read all your 5 books “Vedas A divine Light”. It gave me a great knowledge on the Vedas. Thank you very much. Of course, I do not know everything and I never claim to understand every point you have stated in your book because some words are in Hindi and I’m absolutely ignorant about Hindi. I’m eagerly waiting for the English translation of the Bhagavad Gita based on the pious knowledge of the Veda written by you guruji. After reading your books, I’ve quit non-veg. But where I live, it is very difficult to be a pure vegetarian. I just get stick to eggs and that’s all but I know it is also a sin but here in France, eggs are pour into every meal. What can I do ?
Now, I have some questions if you don’t mind:
a). You said if a warrior dies in a battle, he will get moksha. Does that mean that all his previous sins will just disappear ? So Why should we struggle to live ? It is not a short cut to get moksha ?
b). Did God forgive sins ? You have stated that when we perform havan, some of our sins vanished. How is it possible ?
c). Some people says that Samkhya is an atheist philosophy, is that true ?
d). Is it true that the Vedas mention the Saraswati river which existed long ago ?
I would like to learn how to perform havan. It is described in your book but I don’t know if you have any video CD which can described it accuretly. Anyway, it is my primary motivation to learn the vedas from you. Please take all your time to respond, I know you are very busy. Thank you Guruji
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. Thanking you, please. I appreciate your views of taking interest in eternal Vedic knowledge. You have stopped taking non-vegetarian, is also a great achievement, on your part because in Vedas, Almighty God states that He never forgives but He forgives the sin of taking non-Vegetarian by the quitter.
I am sure that God will also help you to leave eggs in future.
1.) Here, the meaning of warrior is he who is like Arjun, Yudhishthir, Dronnacharya etc., who used to worship God daily based on Vedic knowledge and have controlled their senses. As regards, other warriors who leave the body in war, they get better birth in next life. Here, the better birth means they get dev Yoni and we should also think here that to be a impartial, faithful and learned warrior , is not an easy task. Secondly, any kind of warrior who fights for his motherland, reserves the special, kind consideration of Almighty God as per Samveda mantra 1409. So, to get moksha (salvation) there is no short-cut please. Sacrification is the best offering and therefore Almighty God in turn gives award to the warriors.
2.) Yes, please. God has given several fundamentals in Vedas, which are unchangeable. Vedas state that He never forgives but this is also His another law that He forgives those who perform yajyen in presence of learned acharya and listen to Vedic knowledge there. Thus, the aspirants under the influence of Vedic knowledge, slowly and steadily try to control their five senses and leave bad society and sins etc. At this stage, God states in ved mantras that sins are destroyed.
3.) No, please. Sankhya is not an atheist philosophy. Actually, people or any saint who do not study Vedas, they spread such misunderstanding. Kapil Muni was a learned of Vedas. In his entire Shastra, he has several times quoted and accepted heartily the Vedas and Almighty God from whom the knowledge of four Vedas emanates. Problem is this that Kapil Muni has quoted in his Sankhya shastra sutra 1/57 as “Ishwar Assiddhihi”.
The word by word meaning of said sutra will be that Ishwar asiddhh hai i.e., there is no God. But when the said sutra is studied in reference to context with previous sutras, then the real meaning will be that if anybody would ask that produce the Almighty God before him, which is quite impossible, unnatural and unauthentic. So, Kapil Muni states that somebody would demand to produce God before him, to see then ‘Ishwarassiddhihi’ that in the said circumstances, it will be assumed that there is no God. So, to clarify doubts, one should listen to Vedas and then study Sankhya Shastra. Why? Because Kapil Muni first studied Vedas, did hard practice of Ashtang Yoga Philosophy mentioned in Vedas, performed several yajyen, then he attained Samadhi and realized God but the people who are giving the meaning of above quoted sutras, do not know even elementary knowledge about Vedas, Ashtang Yoga philosophy, Almighty God, Yajyen and hence the problem.
4.) Yes, Rigveda mantra 10/75/5 States about Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati but not that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati which are flowing on earth at present. we must know one thing that Vedas have not used any proper noun anywhere. So, fundamental meaning of Ganga is the river which starts from mountains and flows into sea. The other river which meets Ganga is named Yamuna and the point of meeting Ganga and Yamuna has been stated as Saraswati. The said rules apply for entire world that every river of any country that starts from mountains and ends into ocean is called Ganga and so on. I appreciate your views to perform daily havan. I am sure that God blesses you at this juncture. I have made audio Cassette and video cd on havan which can be sent on receipt of your postal address. Meantime, you can do the following, as under-
The Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA
DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT
Meaning of Gayatri mantra stating each word is as follows. Its meaning is based on
Vedas and Sanskrit grammar. Grammatical hints are in short please.
Om has three Hindi words. Aa, Uu AND Ma. Aa is meant for Aakaar from which three
names of God are built, Viraat, Agni, and Vishwadi. From Uu = uukar from which
Hirannyagarbha, Vayu and Tejas names occur and Ma = makaar from which Ishwar,
Aditya and Praajyan aadi, holy names of God occur. Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says
God is one but His names are several. But here OM the holy name of God is only
VIRAAT = Viraat word is made from dhatu ‘Rajrideeptau’ i.e., manifest. Therefore
Viraat means He who manifests the universe. As God manifests the universe, thus
Viraat is the name of God. Rigveda mandal 10, sukta 129 states that like potter
makes pot from clay, similarly God creates universe from non-alive matter prakriti.
Prakriti is unseen matter. From unseen matter, the whole universe is created in the
visible form. Science also says that matter is never destroyed but changes its form.
Suppose a paper is burnt, paper changes its form into ashes. Then ashes are crushed
and thrown in air. At this moment, the paper changed into ashes becomes invisible
but was never destroyed. Similarly the whole universe at the time of final destruction
is turned into prakriti i.e., into unseen form.
AGNI = From dhatu, “ANCHU GATI POOJANAYOHO” the word “AGNI is made. Its
meaning is: He who is a form of wisdom. “SARVAJAYEN” i.e., Omniscient. That is,
knows each and every atom of universe and even beyond universe. He who is to be
known, to be gained and is worshipful. So Agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is He
in whom the universe is entering or He who is entering the universe. So being
omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANNYAGARBHA = i.e., ” JYOTIRVAYIHIRANYAM”. Its meaning is, who is the base
of all sun, etc., luminous lokas or He who is the living place of all luminous lokas.
VAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vayu word is made. Its meaning is
He who holds, gives life and destroys and is the mightiest amongst all. So the name
of God is Vayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made meaning He who is self
made and self-enlightened and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take
light from anywhere but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken,
unobstructed/unproduced and eternal form of light is Almighty God and not sun,
moon etc. So the name of God is Tej.
ISHWAR = from dhatu, “ISH ASHWERIYE”, the word Ishwar is made. Its meaning is
whose knowledge is thoughtful and true and He who has unlimited wealth, fortune
and glory etc. Therefore the name of God is Ishwar. Here it is not out of place to
mention that soul (man/woman) has limited qualities and are dependent whereas
God is independent and has unlimited qualities that is why He is God.
ADITYA = from dhatu, “DO AVAKHANDANE”, Aditya word is made. Its meaning is the
one who cannot be broken into pieces and thus cannot be destroyed. So God’s name
PRAJAYEN (PRAGYA) = from dhatu, “JYEN AVABODHANE”, Prajayen word is made
meaning whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who
knows every matter and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So
God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it is not out of place to mention that illusion
can never attack on God and God is totally free from illusion.
BHUHU = “BHUHU ITI VAYEE PRANAHA” i.e., He who is the base of lives of universe,
is most beloved, even more than Prann i.e., breath. So Bhuhu is the name of God.
BHUVAHA= “BHUVAHA ITI APANAHA” i.e., He who is totally free from any sorrow,
and the soul removes his own all sorrows after coming in contact with Him. So the
name of God is Bhuvaha.
SWAHA = i.e., “SWAHA ITI VYANAHE” who is omnipresent in the universe and is
holding the same. So the name of God is Swaha.
SAVITUHU = He who creates the universe. So the name of God is Savituhu.
DEVSYA= who gives all pleasure/merriment, so the name of God is Dev.
VARENNYAM = He who is the most supreme and acceptable. God is most supreme
and acceptable for worship.
BHARGAHA = the purest entity (though God is formless, but finding no suitable
English word of Sanskrit word, “SHUDH SWARUPAM” the word entity has been used.)
TAT = i.e., the God i.e., of the purest entity.
DHIMAHI = i.e., we must hold (sort of meditation) because
YAHA = the God
NAHA = our,
DHIYAHA = mind(i.e., in our minds)
PRACHODYAT = by inspiration (fulfil the mind with wisdom)
“We meditate the God who is the base of lives’ of universe, totally free from any sorrow, omnipresent, creates the universe, gives all pleasure/merriment, most supreme and acceptable, purest entity; May the God enlighten our minds with wisdom by His inspiration”.
Here it is not out of place to mention that idea of a (one) Ved mantra is based on ideas of several Ved mantras. So in the above Gayatri mantra, there are three things —-
Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha, Savituhu, Bhargaha, Devsya are some qualities amongst unlimited qualities of God. These are called Stuti i.e., to say about God with His real qualities and not self made etc.
Secondly Dhimahi means meditation i.e., one should always sit in meditation and do hard and pious deeds for which he will have to study Vedas in full, while discharging moral duties towards family and nation.
Third and last is DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT. It is a prayer to God explanation of which is cited above.
How to do havan
Please sit in the morning to perform havan. Havan must be in sunlight then it is more beneficial. Then half a bowl of fresh water with a tablespoon must be with you with small twigs especially of mango tree if possible, havan samagri, ghee, camphor and match box must be there with you. Please sit on sukh asan on four times folded blanket and blanket must be on mat.
Sukh asan i.e., sit on duly folded feet in comfortable position. Then first close your eyes and concentrate between two eyebrows and chant Gayatri mantra three times within heart and not by mouth. Then open your eyes.
Take one spoon of water in right palm. Chant this mantra, OM AMRITO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA and drink the water which you have put in your palm. Then again take the spoon of water in right palm then chant the next mantra, OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA, and drink the water. Then again take the water in right palm and chant the mantra, OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA, and drink the water. Then wash the right palm while sitting, with the same water kept in bowl.
Then put the twigs into havan kund with one piece of camphor and burn it. During this process chant the Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri mantra and at the last add the word Swaha and offer ghee with tablespoon, quantity equivalent to 4 to 5 drops. And if you are alone then also offer in fire pinch of havan samagri from your right hand’s finger and thumb avoiding forefinger. So this offering may be of 11 times, 21 times or 51 times as the time suits. It is the simplest way and I have not quoted the complete method of Yajna. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times.
Procedure of Chanting
Please, start the day by chanting Gayatri mantra in the early morning sitting on suitable asan like Sukhasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan etc. concentrate on the point between two eyebrows which is called “Agyachakra”. The Gayatri mantra should be chanted along with its meaning both times. Also, please try to perform daily hawan even with Gayatri mantra. Then try to study any of my books daily and put up question if any. After 15 days chant the Gayatri mantra only thrice thereafter do the name jaap of Almighty God-“Om”. The jaap must be done daily by heart and not orally.
Again, my heartiest blessings to you.
Harshal: We have a Krishna statue at home and it shows Krishna blowing a flute. Behind him is a cow. Can we keep such statues at home because many of my relatives say its not auspicious and brings bad luck. Can you pls tell me whether its good for my home or not?
Swami Ram Swarup: Statue of Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj as said by you is a pious one. He was a learned of Vedas, did several yajyen, spread Vedic knowledge, following vedic preach/education. Almighty God manifested within Him. Secondly, Vedas tell that-
“Gavaha Vishwasya Matraha” i.e., The Cow is the mother of entire world. Thirdly, flute signifies music which also emanates from Samveda, every part of statue is pious. However, Vedas tell that one should worship only formless God who never takes birth.
Anonymous: I want any 5 grant of Swami Dayanand
Swami Ram Swarup: Please, define the meaning of ‘grant’ because I could not understand your sentence.