Bipin: Param pujaya Guruji, our charan sparsh & dandawat pranam at your pious feet. Guruji, I had earlier read both part of Bhagwat Geeta written by your good self. Accordingly, I have noted respective questions. Hereby I would kindly request you to please guide us based on Vedas knowledge.
Bhagwat Geeta Part-1
1. Shlok 2/21 (page-98) = It is stated that “atma swayam anu nahi hai” i.e. soul itself is not matter. We know qualities of soul like it is ajanma, pure, avaykta etc. It is shukshma. But even though it is shukshma, it must be made of something since it has existence. Guruji please guide whether soul is shukshma only & whether it is made of nothing/no matter/no anu. (I think same quality applies to Ishwar also i.e. He is also not made of any matter or thing, He is sukhshma but unlike we soul Ishwar can adopt virat swarup i.e. He can spread Himself beyond this universe also i.e. He can spread without any end). Please guide on this quality of soul. Whether same thing applies to man, buddhi etc. since they are also sukhshma.
2. Shlok 3/42 (page-396) = It is stated that “iss shareer ke andar anandmay kosh main birajman Ishwar”, so here what is the meaning of “anandmay kosh”. I think Ishwar resides in each cell of our body & even between each space of cells also i.e He is in our entire body but He manifests Himself in the heart of yogi during smadhi avastha. So is there any specific meaning of “anandmay kosh”. Please explain its meaning.
Pranam, Guruji. With charan Sparsh at your pious feet.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you all, my son.
Soul is sukshma i.e., subtlest/minutest. But has not been made from any matter.
You see, the matter which is made will be destroyed one day but in case of soul, soul is immortal. Anu means the minutest and not matter, made of any substance. No, same thing does not apply to mann, buddhi etc., because these are made of prakriti. But soul is not made from any substance/matter.
(2) In anandmaya kosh, soul is also there. God resides within soul. When the soul attains Samadhi, he realizes God within him along with divine pleasure. So God is everywhere, but manifests within heart of a Yogi.
Sukanya: Respected Swamiji, why people take bath after the death of particular man and women? what reason exactly behind?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. To take bath after death is a custom made by us.
Raj: Is there any prohibition in eating meat according to Vedas? Also what about the yagnepavit according to Vedas? Please.
Swami Ram Swarup: Vegetarians and non-vegetarians are two categories. Accordingly the construction of body i.e., teeth, small intestine and large intestine, and digestive system has been made by God.
Human beings come in vegetarian category. Our teeth and digestive system always differ from cat, dog, lion etc. Some animals like cow, buffalo, goat, elephant etc., also come in Vegetarian category. We take water by sipping but the animals who are non-vegetarian i.e., meat eater they do not sip but lick. Whatever we eat, that food develops our mind, body and creates natural behaviour. For example if we take a cub who is newly born and nurse him by giving milk and thereafter vegetarian food only and on the other hand to another cub we provide him meat, then when they will be younger their habit will differ. The cub taking vegetarian food will not be as violent as the cub who took meat.
Now medical science also says that the energy in vegetarian food is more than that in non-vegetarian food. Vegetarian food gives long and ill free life. Vegetarian elephant is stronger than non-vegetarian lion.
Nobody can take meat until one gives violence to animals or birds etc., which is a sin. Our stomach becomes a graveyard where we gather meat by eating. As regards life in vegetarians it does not harm to them while plucking from plants etc. because every vegetarian plant has short life and is meant to give food to the human life. But to us meat is not entitled. Science has recently told that non-vegetarians are more susceptible to cancer disease and teeth degeneration as compared to vegetarians.
Non-vegetarian food is prohibited as per Vedas, shastras, Upnishads and all the ancient holy books. In vegetarian food an ocean of calories and vitamins is available by the mercy of God. Please check from a dietician about the same. Because it is lengthy one and I cannot explain here. For example dal, is full of proteins, soybean has more protein than any non-vegetarian food, which has ability to inhibit cancer also where as non-vegetarian does not. Green vegetables like palak, methi, etc., are the richest source of iron and vitamin A. So is the case of milk, curd, rice, fruit, etc.
The knowledge of Vedas emanates direct from God at the time of beginning of earth. So in this creation, the Vedas are the oldest knowledge originated about one arab 97 crore years ago. In all four Vedas, God has prohibited non-vegetarian, please.
Atharvaveda mantra 6/140/1 also states that Oh God! May my teeth, like the teeth of wolf not take non-vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian has only some limited energy and vitamins whereas cow-milk is a complete food. Dry fruits, vegetables, curd, fruits etc., i.e., all other vegetable food has been made by God for us which are more beneficial than non-vegetarian food. Manusmriti shloka 2/177 strictly prohibits to take non-vegetarian food and any type of addiction. The nature of the animals or human beings who take non-vegetarian food is more violent than those who take vegetarian food. In this connection, you may consider lion, tiger, wolves, jackals etc. As regards power of vegetarian you may think about elephant who is the most powerful than other human/living beings and is vegetarian.
Onion and garlic are included as vegetarian food and full of vitamins, they protect from heat stroke, make stomach strong and make strong eye sight etc., but both are of Tamogunni nature and therefore only Brahmachari must not take the same.`
In Rigveda mantra 10/27/6 God states that (Darsham) I see and know them (Annindran) who do not have faith in the [God] and are atheists and (Shritpaan) who devour the flesh of others.
(Eshu) upon them (Uu Nu) definitely and soon (Pavyaha Va Vrityuhu) befall My punishments.
Idea of the mantra is that The God is Omniscient i.e., He knows everyone. So, He knows thse persons as well, who consume non-vegetarian. The said act being against the Vedas becomes a sin and God sooner or later punishes such people.
According to Vedas, Yajopaveet should be held between the age of six to eight years by performing yajyen with ved mantras. Person who holds yajyopaveet gets the benefit of offering aahutis in yajyen.
Yogesh: How can I know my past history before my birth and future?
Swami Ram Swarup: No body is able to know the past history of the previous life, please. The vedic knowledge says that forget the past, do not worry about future but value the present time because if a person discharges his moral duties following the eternal religious path of vedas, he destroys his previous/present lives’ sins and makes his future bright. If a person had been capable to know his past then surely, he would realize his sins and worst deeds etc. Then what will happen? I mean to say that he would not be able to spend his remaining life peacefully. He would repent on his past and would not value his present.