K D Gupta: Pranam swamij. I have found the name Rama and Krsna in Rig and Yaj. I have seen in many mantra. Krsnasur moving with his wives along Yamuna river, etc. Some people say Gita is not as per vedas. Kindly guide me please.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Yes, it has been a tradition of Rishi-Munis to name the newly born baby from Vedas. This tradition was fully followed uptil Mahabharat period.
Thereafter, due to lack of Vedas knowledge, mostly people do not perform name ceremony under the guidance of learned acharya who knows Vedas. So, names of Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Sugreev, Arjun, Yudhishthir, Mata Sita exist in Vedas but it does not mean that they are God etc. I also paste my article in this regard-
Meaning of Ram
The meaning of Ram is pleasant, merriment, beautiful etc. The word Ram is also in Vedas but it is not the name of God.
Actually it has been a tradition of our ancient and present Rishis Munis that while performing namkaran sanskar of a child, they give name to the child from Vedas. Shakuni, Arjuna, Sita etc., are also the names given by those Rishis to them so it does not mean that Shakuni, Arjuna, Sita etc., are the names of God. In Atharvaveda mantra 1/23/1 it is said, “AUSHDHE NAKTAM JATA ASI” means – O Medicine! you are born in the night. It means the whole floras (vegetations) are fed with flavour/extract by moon in the night. And therefore, “RAME KRISHNE (real word is Ram and Krishna but in Sanskrit language saptmi Vibhakti has been used here stating Rame, Krishne. So one should not have any doubt because it is a fundamental law of eternal Sanskrit grammar.) ASIKNI CH” means – your names are Ram, Krishna and Asikni. Ram means – gives beauty, Krishna means – you remove out all the defects/faults (bacteria, germs) and Asikni means — you put away the white spots from the body. So here Ram, Krishna and Asikni are the names of medicine.
As regards Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, it is an extract of Mahabharata epic written by adorable Vyas Muniji who was a learned of Vedas and Ashtang Yog. There is a truth which is also told by Yagvalkya Rishi in his holy book Shatpath Brahmin granth that Rishi-Munis who are learned of Vedas and Ashtang Yog always tell truth whereas human-beings mostly tell lies. So, Bhagwad Geeta written by Vyas Muniji, even whole epic of Mahbaharat is true. I also paste my article as under-
How do we know that only 10,000 verses of the Mahabharata are the real?
There is a statement by King Bhoj in his book “Sanjeevini” about which Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati too states:
“Vyasji wrote 4400 shlokas of mahabharat to which another 5,600 authentic shlokas were added by the disciples of Vyasji. During the reign of Maharaja Vikramaditya another 20,000 shlokas were added. Further Maharaja Bhoj says that during the reign of his father 25,000 and during half of his life time 30,000 more shlokas have been added to the Mahabharat book. If this process of addition of shlokas continues then the time is not far when Mahabharat book would have to be compared to the burden loaded on a camel.”
There have been false additions to Mahabharat epic from time to time. Regarding this Kashinath Rajvade writes:
“The present Mahabharat is a corrupt and enlarged edition of the ancient Mahabharat. This ancient work has been diluted from time to time with all sorts of additions and has grown in proportion on that account.”
Varun: Pranam Guruji Guru ji while studying late at night at about 12:30 am I usually feel hungry. So Guru ji should I eat at that time or should avoid eating at such hours. Pranam Guruji.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessing to you. If you are feeling hungry, then you can take some fruit or milk i.e., light meal. However, student must retire in bed atleast at 11.00 p.m and get up early in the morning at 5.00 a.m which is beneficial for the health. I would advice you to read my book named Brahamcharya- dukh nivarak divya manni ,(in hindi) worth Rs.100/-, excluding postal charges. It can be sent on receipt of your postal address, if you desire.
Sachin: Please send me Patanjal Yog Darshan – Part 1.
Swami Ram Swarup: Book is being sent to you.