HR: Dear swamiji, what is dashkriya vidhi, and meaning of performing 11th 12th and 13th day after death of a person? Are the well defined in Hindu dharma? Please guide me. I am confused aboutvperforming them. My father has expired recently, and need your guidance before I go ahead in performing these rituals.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Dashkriya vidhi and performing of rites on 11th, 12th, and 13th day after death of the person are the customs made by us. In Vedas, such customs have not been mentioned. You see, when soul leaves the body then no result of deed can be attained by the soul. The pious deeds are done and its result is obtained only when the soul lives in body.
Even cremation is done of the dead body and not that of soul. Cremation is done in accordance with 39th chapter of Yajurveda to avoid deterioration of dead body, bad odour, spreading of germs etc.
so, the result of cremation of dead body as a pious deed is not obtained by the soul but is obtained by the persons who do it. After cremation nothing is required to be done and no one gets the result of any pious deed etc., say Vedas.

Mawaram: Namaskar Swamiji, I am in possession of the Mahabharata four volumes and English translation. I was searching for this information: After Bhishma was shot by Arjuna, he
was able to survive for a number of days. I was trying to locate this information from the Mahabharata but I was unsuccessful and I need this info in the shortest of time. Please let me know which volume and the page number in order to find this info plus the number of days Bhishma was able to survive. Once more, many thanks for your quick response and I wish you and your staff long life in order to continue this wonderful work in enlightening the Hindu world. Yours faithfully, Mawaram
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaskar. Bheeshma Pitamah was hit by Arjun on the 16th day of Mahabharat war. This fact has been mentioned in Bheeshma Parv of Mahabharat commented
by Swami Paramhansa Jagdeeshwaranandji Saraswati, Pubilished by M/S Vijay Kumar Hassanand, Nai Sadak, Delhi-110006. He left his body on 58th day i.e., after being hit by Arjun. This fact has been mentioned on 1204 page, Anushasan Parv of Mahabharat as published by M/S Vijay Kumar Hassanand, Nai Sadak, Delhi-110006 as quoted above. The above quoted book may please be obtained from the above quoted address of M/S Vijay Kumar. My blessings to you.

Lalit: In Satyarth Prakash , Dayananadji says that upto 10 children are allowed to a husband-wife. Can you give me the Vedic mantra that support this view, please? Regards
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, Swami Dayanand ji has correctly stated that upto 10 children
are allowed as quoted in Rigveda mantra 10/85/45.

Mawaram: Namaste Swamiji, After receiving an answer from you in connection with the Mahabharata with 10,000 verses , you mentioned to contact M/S Vijay Kumar Hassanand Nai Sadak of Delhi to obtain a copy of the said book. Unfortunately, I do not have a website or email address to make the necessary contact. I will appreciate if you can supply one or both, the email address and the website to make the necessary contact for purchasing the Mahabharata with 10,000 verses. Many thanks for your kind consideration. Always a faithful devotee, Mawaram.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. The website of M/S Vijay Kumar is My blessings to you.

Deepak: Swamiji charan sparsh I do daily yoga havan and meditation with your blessings, i wanted to as should I change havan kund, as I am using for 2 years, and can I do havan in night at 10 pm when I come back from shop? Swamiji I want to buy one good shop. Can you please give me blessing I get good shop for bright future.. charan sparsh
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Your faith in Vedas and doing hawan is appreciated and sure God gives blessings to you. In addition, you should sit on any asan and do name jaap of God- Om, both times, with full concentration. Yes, your decision is good to purchase another shop to increase the business which is beneficial for family and yourself. If the condition of the hawan kund is not good then you can change it otherwise you may continue the same.
Again my blessings to you.