Ajith Ranjan: Respected swamiji please explain Yajurveda mantra (4.3.3) and Rigveda mantra (1.6.32). I am waiting swamiji your valuable answer.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Being a lengthy job and busy in routine spiritual task at present I’m unable to explain the ved mantras. Please send your postal address. I’ll try to send the same slowly-slowly by post. Please do not take it otherwise.
Sagar: Swamiji pranam: swamiji I read in one of your article the soul which gets moksha is free from cycle of birth and death and that particular soul can take birth on its own for the betterment of the world and krishna is the prime example.krishna took birth to establish dharma and get everything in order. To decide to take birth again for the betterment of world,it means the world was in a very bad state than today.before the Mahabharata war Krishna new that if the war takes place the divine knowledge of vedas will be vanished,as most of the learned and young who knew vedas would die in the war.As a result of the great war the knowledge of divine vedas declined and hence the illusion.so the question is was the purpose of Krishna to set the world in a better state was not fulfilled? Because in establishing dharma the world actualy lost the knowledge of vedas. I am sure there is lack of understanding on my part but it is just question that came to mind. swamiji please guide me.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my son. No doubt, Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj and even Arjun knew that the result of the war will be worst but at that time, Kauravas stressed Pandavas, forced Pandavas to fight the war. Sri Krishna Maharaj and Pandavas, at their level best, always tried to avoid the war but all in vain. In the last, Sri Krishna Maharaj thought that if the war would not be fought then the worst result which has already begun, will forcefully be spread quickly. The war will at least destroy the bad evil of Kauravas of spreading their views against the Vedas like drinking, dishonour to women, sensuality, gambling, insult of Rishi-Munis etc., etc. Secondly, Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj knew that war will establish Vedic dharma. I mean to say, Vedic dharma can never be destroyed from the earth by anyone because Vedic dharma relates to Almighty God. For example: – for some time, the black clouds may become able to cover the light of the sun but it does not mean that the light of sun has been destroyed forever. The sun at that time also has its hundred percent power within it except that it has hidden behind the clouds as soon as the clouds will disperse the light will become visible. This fact was known by Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj that even if the lover of Vedas will die in the war, the Vedic knowledge will ever remain alive. Here it should also be clarified that in the war only warrior who were learned and lover of Vedas like Dronnacharya etc., died but not any rishi-muni or learned of Vedas. So the world did not lose the knowledge of Vedas, Rishi-muni, learned of Vedas being alive.
Rashmi: Guru ji maharaaj, Pranaam n charan sparsh. What are mudras n hoa they are impotant in yoga shastra. Generally I ve seen yogis in mudras. How many mudras are there n how they help in astang yoga sadhan. With regards, Rashmi.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. The Ashtang yog vidya mentioned in Vedas is a vast and deepest matter which is learnt from a learned Acharya. So, I can here only say that in the books written by man or woman, the description of mudras are there but not in Vedas. However, Samved mantra states that in the heart of a yogi, several waves of divine pleasure start rising and the body of the yogi moulds accordingly which can be told as mudra. I did not like to mention such secret here because at present people are not taking interest in studying Vedas eternal knowledge. So, my views will never be accepted by anyone yet I’ve given some hint here. Khechhadi mudra, shambhavi mudra ,mahamudra, mahaband etc., have been mentioned in several books but not in Vedas. We’ve to follow Vedic path only which says that first become yogi by doing hard practice of ashtang yoga philosophy then there will remain no question about mudra etc. I paste my article below:-
REVERT BACK TO VEDAS
It is the essence of Vedic spiritualism that whenever an aspirant enters into it then learned acharya preaches him that Vedas are the divine voice of God, which by the power of God, are originated in the heart of four Rishis, at the beginning of each creation. Learneds who indulge in deep study of Vedas know that Vedas are alive knowledge which emanate directly from God and hence they have not been written by anyone on the earth, in the shape of a book. Since, the said knowledge is applicable to all humans right from the beginning of earth hence Vedas are not a sect.
Infact, Kapil Muni, after traditionally studying Vedas and realising the truth, after hard practice of Ashtang Yog, also states the said truth in his Sankhya shastra sutra 5/51 that Vedas are alive knowledge hence ved mantras wield the power and self-capability to make such faithful aspirants, who are involved in deep and sincere study of Vedas, to understand the meaning and idea of ved mantras. This is the reason that Kapil Muni states that Vedas are self-proof to justify the truth. To elaborate, knowledge given in ved mantra or any fact stated through ved mantras does not require to be validated/authenticated by other shastras or any other book [but like our Rishi-Munis, Rajrishis and their public used to study Vedas traditionally with faith and sincere efforts, being the Vedic order of Almighty God, for all human-beings, the said practice is not in vogue at present times].God knows when inhabitants of India would be able to adopt the said moral duties, entrusted by God, of studying and following the Vedas, which destroys all the effects of sorrows and makes our future bright with long life and also spreads international brotherhood along with other unlimited benefits.
Secondly, universe has been created about one Arab, ninety six crore, eight lakhs, fifty three thousand and one hundred and thirteen years ago.
So, logically, Vedas have also been created at this time-period. Rishi-Munis acquired Vedas’ knowledge by listening to Vedas traditionally from acharya and did agnihotra/yajyen, name jaap of God and Ashtang yog practice as preached in Vedas. In turn, they realised God and got the knowledge by doing pious deeds while leading the family life, making their future happy and bright, according to Vedas. Then they further educated people about the same because it has been the benevolent nature of every learned person, who gains Vedic knowledge and experiences divine pleasure, to share it with others. About five-six thousand years ago, Rishis wrote six shastras, Upnishads, Mahabharat (including Bhagwad Geeta) and Valmiki Ramayan much before other holy books, based on the knowledge of Vedas. All these great writers – the Rishis, have eulogised Vedas in their literary works and based on their experience have admitted that Vedas are the divine voice of God.
That is why, Kapil Muni in his Sankhya shastra sutra 1/66 and Patanjali Rishi in his Yog shastra sutra 1/7 have shared their experience to educate us that the preach of any Rishi (Mantradrishta Rishi) is also considered as a proof to reach at truth. And also the holy books written by the Rishis based on Vedic culture are also considered as proof called ‘Partah Pramann’, Vedas being Swatah Pramann. Is it not our bad luck that the said secrets of Vedas are now mostly unknown to people and at this juncture, so called preach of any modern saint (sant who is against the Vedas) which does not tally with Vedic culture and which is definitely considered by learned of Vedas as totally false/unauthentic, is being accepted happily by the innocent public? If we consider impartially then we would find that the said matter is definitely harmful to the society, being against the Vedas because it does not come within the parameter of Vedic authenticity. Now, question is that who will bell the cat?
Duly indulged in illusion and mostly intention being after the materialistic articles etc., hardly anybody spares the time to study the literary works of Rishis like Upnishads, Shastras, Nighantu, Ashtadhyayee, Shatpath Brahmin Granth and above quoted holy books which contain abundant proofs of ved mantras.
Hence, when one will fail to study these great literary works of Rishis, under the guidance of learned acharya of Vedas, then naturally anyone will cast doubt over the Vedas which implies non-awareness of Vedic knowledge. Nowadays, people study the so-called spiritual books written by ordinary people but not those written by Rishis. It shall not out of place to mention here that Atharvaved mantra 7/105/1 preaches us to study Vedas or to study the spiritual books written by Rishi-Munis. The mantra strongly stresses not to study such books which are written by ordinary people. This secret has been made unknown to the public by several saints, by stating that Vedas, Yajyen and yogabhyas are difficult and need not to be studied/performed. People do not know that God states to study Vedas and perform daily agnihotra/Yajyen, name jaap of God and practice of Ashtang yog under the expert guidance of learned acharya.
Due to ignorance of the same, people are not able to understand that they are doing sins by not obeying the God’s order of studying Vedas and doing yajyen etc. On the other hand, they are accepting the juicy lecture of saints, who are against the Vedas and who are mostly professional. Moreover, all the present sects along with their pious books have emerged about two thousand to two thousand and five hundred years ago. As compared to this, Vedas have been on this earth since One Arab, ninety six crore, eight lakhs, fifty three thousand and one hundred and thirteen years. As mentioned above, Vedas are not a book. That is why, it has become difficult to repose faith in Vedas, in the absence of deep study under guidance of learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yog.
Yet, it is a well-known fact spread by the tapasvis, Rishis-Munis by their preach and above quoted spiritual books that Vedas are eternal and immortal knowledge which emanate directly from God. This fact is even supported by renowned scientists like Maxmuller and many others who believe in authenticity of Vedas. It is further a well-known fact that Vedas have been preserved in world libraries with respect and honour, accepting Vedas as first and the most ancient literature. I mean to say that Vedas are the first knowledge which came on the earth. It was spread orally through the tradition of acharya and disciple, right from the beginning of the earth, as mentioned above. So, Vedas were remembered by heart by everyone. About five thousand three hundred years ago, for the first time, Vyas Muniji, who himself remembered the Vedas by heart traditionally, wrote them on Bhojpatra for the benefit of mankind. He completed the said pious task on the day of poornnima, about five thousand three hundred years ago. Since, then the poornnima has been named and remembered as Vyas Poornnima. Further, when printing press came into existence in sixteenth century, the Vedas written on Bhoj patra by Vyas Muniji were printed in the form of book which is called “Samhita” and not ved. Samhita means collection of ved mantras which has been printed. Half of the intellectuals of the world believe Vedas to be the divine voice of God and yet half of the intellectuals believe that Vedas have been written by some great scientist who has no parallel to himself in the entire world. But learned of Vedas know that God is the scientist of all scientists and no one is born even equivalent to such God nor shall be born in future. Then what to talk about being above the God.
It is also pertinent to mention here that a part of Bheeshma parv of Mahabharat have been secluded, named and printed as Bhagwad Geeta (eighteen chapters). Infact, Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj has praised and eulogised Vedas in Bhagwad Geeta. The above stated facts are known only to learned of Vedas. The saints who are ignorant of the knowledge of Vedas are naturally ignorant of the Vedas’ knowledge contained in Bhagwad Geeta and are therefore compelled not to explain the shloka of Bhagwad Geeta, briefly and truly wherein the reference and truth of Ved mantras exists. Why? Because they have not studied Vedas.
However, most of the present literary works and most of the saints are reiterating the fact that Vedas are divine voice of God. In this connection, Almighty, omnipresent, formless God has already stated in Atharvaved mantra 12/5/40 that those who do not study Vedas but take a piecemeal (portion) of Ved mantras, only which suits them, by means of studying other books etc., or listening from anywhere else [not based on traditional study of Vedas] will be punished by me (God).
Isn’t it surprising that yet no one is taking the initiative to study Vedas. On the contrary, those deeds which are against the Vedas and promote blind faith are being done on large scale. To experience the truth, we will have to revert back to Vedas.