R: My Mother-in-law is always shouting on me and on my husband on such wasteful matters and I always bear that but I only need a advice from you, what should I do? She also everyday pray god(Bhagwan Shiva),then why she do all this? Please Swamiji, get out my life from all these controversies.

R: My Mother-in-law is always shouting on me and on my husband on such wasteful matters and I always bear that but I only need a advice from you, what should I do? She also everyday pray god(Bhagwan Shiva),then why she do all this? Please Swamiji, get out my life from all these controversies.
Swami Ram Swarup: I appreciate that you are already behaving ideally and as I advised. But, my daughter, I used two words which you and even all other families must think over. The words were “loving manner” and “happily”. I always try to advise that it is not a big deed if we listen to elders’ harsh spoken abuses/ bitter words and our mind/inner fabric is not calm. Instead we are forcefully suppressing our selves and we are not showing our anger, protests, etc. At this stage we are burning in rage but forcefully keeping silent. Actually, the real stage to bear the bitter words etc., of elders is this that we are really keeping silent observing peace , remaining calm and our mind/inner self is totally quite and stable as if nothing has happened.

Actually, the said task is very difficult to adopt and I know after controlling for some time, people starts saying that it is “Too much” and simultaneously indulge in quarrel. So I advise you that the nature to actually bear the bitter word is inculcated by aspirant if he starts worship of God. For example chanting of Gayatri mantra with its meaning and doing daily hawan with gayarti mantra both times.

Gayatri mantra

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 Hiranyagarbha, Vaayu 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. I.e., knows even every atom of universe and even beyond universe too. He who is to be known, to be gained and worshippable. So agni is the name of God.

VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is in whom the universe is entering or He is entering the universe. So being omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.

HIRANGARBHA = 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.

VAAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vaayu word is made. Its meaning is He who holds, gives life and destroys and the mightiest amongst all. So the name of God is Vaayu.

TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made who is self made and self-enlighted and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take light from anywhere else but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken, unobstructed/unproduced and eternal shape 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 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 whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who knows every Manner and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it 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 Pran 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 with whose contact, the soul removes his all sorrow. 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.

VARENYAM = 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, “SUDH 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 Gaytri 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.

In the above mantra we pray to God but mere prayer does not solve the purpose until we do hard work according to the prayer.

My daughter life is short, I mean to say hardly of hundred years but task is huge. The task means that while discharging of family duties faithfully one should worship God daily by chanting Gayatri mantra , doing name jaap of God – Om, listening of Vedas, practice of ashtang Yoga etc ., by which a person maintains permanent peace and achieves a goal of human life i.e., realization of God . This goal was achieved by Sri Ram, Mata Sita , Sri Krishna Maharaj , Rukmani, King Dashrath, Harishchandra , Bharat, Vyasmuniji, Atri Rishi, guru Vasishth i.e., several Rishi-Munis , Rajrishis , their families and their public.Now, most of the people are after materialistic articles, have forgotten God and hence the problem.

All four Vedas, shastras, upnishads, Geeta , Ramayan and other holy granths preach that without
worshipping God , no one on the earth can attain peace , happiness and ill free human body with long life etc., but due to indulging into illusion mostly people think that they will achieve peace by earning money, by marrying , getting children, owing a house, vehicles etc., i.e., materialistic articles. Vedas and Almighty God condemn the said thinking and preach that a person must attain progress simultaneously in both ways i.e., in worldly matters i.e., science, engineering, attaining wealth etc., as well as in spiritualism. One sided progress is always harmful and destroys the life.

Nirmala: Namaskar Swamiji, Question:
1.You have studied a lot (your profile on the web). So Question arise: are you equivalent to God?
2.Why one must offer twenty one ahuties during havan? Why not more or less? Please clarify this.
3.What does the Vedas say about the Indus Valley?
4.You have said “In dreams soul sees his past and present experienced scenes”. What do you mean by this?
5.Rigveda 1.164.49 Does this refer to Sarasvati?
6.Rigveda 10.16.3 What does this mantra means?
Hope you hear soon from you.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter, for a long, happy life.
(a) Your question is very interesting. I would try to give its answer. Suppose , a load of four Vedas, six shastras, upnishads , Mahabharat (Bhagwad Geeta), Valmiki Ramayan and several other holy books etc., is placed on the back of a donkey , would you feel that he has become a learned person or equivalent to God? Rigveda mantra 1/164/39 states that if an aspirant does not realise God by studying Vedas etc., then what kind of benefit would be given by the Vedas to him i.e., his study will be futile. So, study of Vedas is merely knowledge of Shabda Brahma and it is of no use unless a Yogi realises God and thus attains salvation. And the Yogi who has realised God would never say about his realization. Does diamond reveal its value itself? Therefore God states in the Vedas that an aspirant must make contact with a learned acharya/Yogi and there he must spend lot of time to listen to the preach. Then the aspirant would himself get the experience with in him whether his acharya is experienced acharya or not. That is why, Atharvaveda mantra 1/1/3 states:
“SHRUTAM MAYI MAYI EV ASTU” i.e., go and sit before the learned acharya and listen to the knowledge of Vedas, Yajyen, Ashtang Yoga etc., and may the said knowledge be established within the heart of the aspirant.

Atharvaveda mantra 1/1/4 states either we invite the acharya or Acharya should invite us to give the knowledge and “ SHRUTEIN MA VIRADHISHI” the process of listening to the knowledge of Vedas may not be isolated/discontinued.

(b) Aahutis are the matters concerning availability of time. So, there is no limit (less or more) to offer aahutis, please. If, some one has sufficient time, he can offer 31, 41 51, 101 aahutis and would get more benefit . If another has no time, he can offer 21, 11 or less aahutis, please. You see , it is mentioned in Mahabharat that Karann used to offer aahutis daily and if he had nothing to do in a day sometime then he used to offer aahutis right from the beginning to the day till sunset. Thus, he achieved “protection cover”.

(c) In Vedas, neither proper name nor any story/ history of a person etc., has been mentioned , please. However, description of rivers based on fundamental laws have been mentioned but not by name.

(d) Yes, in some dreams, soul sees the experience of his previous and present life. For example- A person has not seen a fountain in his present life while living in a backward place like in a dense jungle where live the tribal people who have not made contact with civilized persons. But, he has seen water only. However, he sees the fountain in his previous lives. So, he would see a dream in which he would see fountain i.e., combination of water and fountain. He will naturally feel surprised as to what has been seen by him which he has never seen i.e., fountain. However, fact remains that he saw it in previous lives. So, a person in his present life sees some scenes which were seen by him in previous lives and not in present life and thus he feel surprised.

(e) Rigveda mantra 1/164/49: In the mantra, the word” saraswati” is there which pertains to a woman who is the learned of Vedas. The idea of the mantra is that a mother nurses her baby by providing with breast milk similarly a woman who is learned of Vedas protects the entire family by providing them with nutritious food, purity, education, etc.

(f) Mantra pertains to death. Idea of the mantra is that when the dead body is placed on pyre then the five matters of the human body i.e., fire (agni) , water (jal) , space (akash), earth (prithvi), air (vayu) merge into their respective cause and the immortal soul after wandering in several places i.e., sun, moon etc., take next birth based on his pious deeds and sins .