Vishal: Namaste Guruji, I have listen from A Veda Scholar that Bhagawat Gita also not Authenticated book. Some verse are added after Veda Vayas ji in Gita. Like Krishna has shown his Sakar Rup to Arjuna which against veda if God is Nirakar how can he take form. And you have also translated Gita. So how you deal with verses which do not match with Veda. I also asked in my previous question about book on Gita written by you.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. Actually, Bhagwad Geeta has been named by somebody. Infact, it is an extract of Bheeshma parv of Mahabharat epic.
Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj first studied Vedas with Sudama in the ashram of Rishi Sandeepan. He did hard practice of Ashtang Yoga Philosophy mentioned in Vedas. Then he got the supreme title of Yogeshwar in the world. Secondly, the contemporaries of Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj named adorable Vyas muniji wrote Mahabharat epic and Bhagwad Geeta is an extract of eighteen chapters of Bheeshma Parv of Mahabharat epic. So, Bhagwad Geeta is not a separate holy granth being extract of Mahabharat, it is written by Vyas muniji, who was also a philosopher of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga Philosophy. Now, we should think deeply that how a person who is not aware of eternal knowledge of Vedas, which emanate direct from God can comment on shloka of Geeta. Whereas, Geeta’s Shloka have been written by the learned of Vedas, Vyas muniji and orated by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj who was also a philosopher of Vedas. I mean to say that in entire Geeta, Sri Krishna Maharaj has not stated himself as God. So, how can he state that he is in Peepal, cow etc. Vedas tell that Almighty God Who is Formless, Omniscient, Creates, Nurses and Destroys the universe is only Omnipresent and none else. Rigveda Mantra 6/50/14 states
“Ajah Ek Paat”
i.e., He is away from birth and death and is ever unchangeable. So, He was, is and shall always remain Formless and away from death and birth.
Vyas muniji and his disciple Geminiji have only written ten thousand original shlokas of Mahabharat which are authentic because Rishi-Muni never tell lies, as stated in Shatpath Brahmin Granth. To know the truth, proof of Vedas is required, as is also stated by Rishi Patanjali in Yog shastra sutra 1/7. So, the views which do not tally with eternal knowledge of Vedas are declared false by the learned. Therefore, to decide as to which shloka of Bhagwad Geeta is unauthentic, it requires to be tallied with Vedas. Now, here question arises that only a learned of Vedas is able to tally the shloka and decide the truth. Because, Bhagwad Geeta has been written by Vyas muniji and is stated to be told by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj, both of whom were philosophers of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga philosophy. In my view, uptil twelfth chapter, I have not found any shloka of Bhagwad Geeta as false. Now, I have started writing comments on Geeta from chapter 13-18. So, I am not in a position to comment on them. Yes, God is formless, omnipresent, so He cannot take avtar etc.
Rohit: Swamiji: pranam, i have a query regarding manu samrithi shloka which states that in childhood a female must be subject to her father in youth to her husband, where her lord is dead to her sons, a women must never be independent. (Manu Smrithi(5.148). So please enlighten me by explaining what Rishi Manu want to tell in this shloka, we should not let grant freedom to women or something else, eagerly waiting for your response.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In this matter, Manusmriti states that before marriage, a girl lives under the protection and nursing of her father. When she is married, then same responsibility lies on her husband. If in any case, her husband dies, then she seeks shelter of her sons. In this process, her freedom is not effected. She lives her childhood with freedom under the protection of her father, thereafter her husband and in case of being widow, then with sons as quoted above. Freedom is affected if she is forced to live as a slave/servant etc.
Anonymous: Swamiji I recently got married and we are planning to conceive a baby and we want our first kid to be boy. Can you please suggest any way?
Swami Ram Swarup: In this connection, I would advise you to first read my book- Brahmacharya- Ek Dukh Nivarak Divya Manni” (in Hindi) worth Rs.100/-, excluding postal charges, in which the matter regarding married life is also mentioned. After studying the book, you may put question again, if needed.
P: One of our close friends whom we knew for the last 20yrs dies in an auto accident. Both husband and wife died on the spot. They left behind two kids age 10 and 12. I have been so sad since then very very sad and depressed. the only question that comes in the mind is- why God was so harsh and hard on them. God takes care of everybody but why did God not think about the little kids. You feel this is injustice. Also we are told everything happens for good. What is good in this? I have a fear for myself and my family all the time. Swami ji, what should i think to feel better and get rid of the fear that i have about me having similar incident and how to rebuilt the faith in God. Please help me.
Swami Ram Swarup: Sorry to listen about your friend and his wife who have gone to heavenly abode. Please, also convey my love and blessings to the children for their happy, long life. You see, God can never be harsh. He is our father. He gives us birth, nurses us and has provided us with beautiful land, sun, moon, vegetation, food, water, air and human body by which we enjoy the worldly matters. However, you see, the God is the form of pleasure and in the absence of worship and blessings of God, no one can attain happiness. Because, I again write, the happiness comes only after the worship of God. So, happiness/pleasure is within the God and not in any worldly article. Secondly, as also stated in Rigveda mantra 10/135/1, 2 that we take birth to face the result of previous lives’ good and bad deeds in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. And the deeds we do in present life will be counted in sanchit karmas and will be faced in future births. So, sorrows come due to the result of our own bad deeds. Almighty God is supreme judge and always imparts justice. I mean to say that death and birth are controlled by Almighty God to do justice. So, the death and birth are also based on our previous lives’ deeds. God only does justice. In the beginning of the earth, the knowledge of four Vedas emanates directly from God for the benefit of human-beings. So, everybody must listen to Vedas to follow it’s preach to get long, happy and fearless life. Vedas tell that he who does Yajyen, his life increases. Such person gets at least minimum hundred years of age. So, I also suggest you to get away from fear, you should start Gayatri jaap and havan.
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.
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 being explained.
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 is Aditya.
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 Yajyen. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times
Sourabh: Mere priyey guruji. Aadar aur prem bhaav bhara mera pranam apne paavan charno me swikaar karein.. Mera prashan hai k agar insaan present life me apna koi angg jaise ke aankhen (marne ke baad) daan kar de toh kya woh agle janam me andha paida hoga? Maine aasha ram ji ko aisa kehte suna tha. Kripya uttar de ke mujhe kritharth kijeye.
Swami Ram Swarup: Mera aapko ashirwad.
Aisa kabhi nahin hota ki apna koi ang merne ke baad daan karey to agley janam mein usko who ang nahin milega. Aisa kehana bhi ved vidya ke khilaf hai. Hamein samjhna chahiye ki Yajurveda ka 39th chapter balki saare hi ved yeh keh rahey hain ki jeevatma nikal jaaane par shareer ko bhasm kar deina chahiye kyunki jo jeevatma nikal gaye wahi to hum they. Us jeevatma ke sath uska suksham shareer jisme ankh itiyaadi bhi hain, weh uske sath rehta hai. Dead shareer ko nahin jaalayengey to bhi usey koi janwar kha lega yaa weh sad jaayega. Isliye Ishwar nein 40th chapter, Yajurveda mein gyan diya hai ki dead shareer ko jaala do, dead shareer ka agley janam se koi taluk nahin hota.
Nitesh: It is very difficult for me to get up at 4 am. Please tell me some way to accomplish this task. I also use alarm but when it rings I shut it off and again sleep.
Swami Ram Swarup: It has been preached in Vedas and shastras that due to lack of inspiration and hard working, nothing can be achieved. Further, you know that God helps those who help themselves. So, naturally, one should pay attention on his daily routine attentively. You’ll have to do your pious deeds yourself. Now, you can start awakening in the morning, first at 5:30 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. and do your routine work faithfully. This is required to get long, happy life.