Anonymous: I am interested to admit my two daughters in your ashram (details provided) for complete spiritual education. Even I would like to join and serve as a volunteer.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you all. I’ve received your postal address. You see, I live in Himachal Pradesh which is far away from your town but the distance shall not be obstacle in your pious desire to come here. So, in vacations of the school of your daughters, you may come here anytime with family. Boarding and lodging is always free here.
Aman: It is said that God is formless and one. My question is what is meant by formless? Whether a particular thing is in shape or not what difference that makes? I mean whether Veda says that God is some point or dot or is it invisible. Why you don’t believe in God’s form? Secondly
whether God with form or without form will be doing work through its unlimited power, then why you opposing deity worship?
Swami Ram Swarup: Formless means who has no shape, has not been created from any matter and form Him nothing can be made further. He can’t be seen through eyes. I also paste my article in this regard.
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.
God is not some point or dot, please. He is the minutest in the universe, that is why, He is called Omnipresent. Based on individual qualities, the matter is recognized. For example- cow, buffaloes, gold, silver, air, water are recognized based on their particular qualities. If some body say that why don’t you accept the shape of air or shape of heart feelings, emotions etc., then naturally the answer will be these matters do not have a shape. So, when God has no shape then how can a learned of Vedas accept God in a shape. No ancient/present Rishis accepts the shape of God, based on His divine qualities. God is controlling the universe and doing His divine deeds in His Formless shape and not in idol shape, please. Idol shape is not doing any deed of universe.
Anonymous: Pujya Guruji maharaj, Pranaam and charan sparsh, Guruji maharaj I am
discussing persisting health problem of a family member. His BP has increased in past few months as per medical checkups. Both of us are continuously doing havan and yoga abhayas as per your guidance. Please guide me, further what asanas specifically will help him and restriction on food. We eat very less spicy and salty food. With pranaams from all of us.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you all, my daughter. B.P nowadays is not a problem and is controllable through medical treatment. In addition, regular yoga asan and prannayam would definitely give fruitful results in this matter. Shavasan continuously for twenty minutes, both times, taking two glasses of water empty stomach in the morning and intake of plenty of water right from morning till retiring to bed helps a lot in this problem. If I have taught you Gaumukh asan, the same should also be continued both times. One should always be away from any tensions etc. My blessings are always with you and every thing will be okay.