ABC: Pranaam Maharaj ji, Guruji, I am a school student. I wanted to ask that is it fine for a girl and a boy to be friends with each other? I mean only a friend like a girl is with another girl..and nothing other than that..Guruji please guide me.. Pranaam.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. I think my daughter, I have already replied to you but I again write that there are two words- bad society and other is good society. So, if a girl makes friends with another girl, she should ensure that other girl has good thoughts and good character. As regards friendship, nowadays, with a girl and boy at young age is not permitted by God. However, the boy and girl may talk and meet with each other in the school premises where several students are present but the boy and girl are not permitted to talk and meet alone in lonely place, lonely room etc. My blessings to you, beti.
Edward: Pranaam Maharaj, You said in all your preach that the names Siva, Brahma, Vishnu, Indra, Varuna, Agni etc are all name of one God and only one God in the Vedas but Sarasvati according to Rig Veda 1.164.42 that she is goddess, mother of knowledge and she is worshippable . I am a bit confused, can you please explain Sarasvati as individual goddess. Regards, Edward.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
You see, if there will be more than one God and in addition if there would be some Goddess then everybody will be holding his own Kingdom and thus there would be several kingdoms on the earth which is quite impossible. Vedas state “MAHITVA EK IT RAJA JAGATO BABHOOV” i.e., there is only One Lord of the whole universe.
In Rigved mantra 1/164/42 quoted by you there is no mention about the word saraswati. However the idea of the mantra is that from the VEDVANNI we get the knowledge right from straw to Brahma. So, in all Vedas, the meaning of word Saraswati is Ved Vanni, not ANY GODDESS. From Ved vanni we get all the knowledge as quoted above.
For example Rigved 1/13/9 states that Saraswati is Ved Vanni which gives the utmost knowledge of science- all matters of universe, God etc. So the meaning of Saraswati is Ved Vani and not Goddess.
Any Goddess etc., in the shape of statue cannot speak and therefore can’t give the knowledge.