K S: Charno me sadar pranam swikar karen guruji. I am very thankful to your holiness for the answer to my problems. My question is that I got diksha years back from our family guru ji but I never felt affection towards him as I couldn’t clear my doubts because of language barrier. As he belongs to orissa. And truth is that I was expecting a miracle from him to eliminate my past life karmas so that I become successful in this life. What ever I do I fail to do it. People get rude to me for no good reason. Am I a bad human?
Swami Ram Swarup: Aapko mera bahut ashirwad. As per eternal knowledge of Vedas, which emanates direct from God, Vedic deeksha is given by a learned acharya who knows Vedas and ashtang Yoga Philosophy. We should know that Sri Ram, got deeksha from Vasishth Muniji who had the said divine qualities. Similarly, Krishna Maharaj along with Sudama got deeksha from Sandeepan Rishi. You see, right from the beginning of the earth till present time, the learned Rishi-Munis have been giving deeksha based on the knowledge of Vedas. Accordingly, the disciple used to perform daily havan with Ved mantras, did name jaap of God, hard practice of Ashtang Yoga under the guidance of acharya while discharging all moral duties of family, society and nation. So, I do not know which type of deeksha you have taken.
To destroy the previous lives’ bad deeds, Vedas state that regular havan and the above quoted worship is required. You are not bad human please but you are a good aspirant who is eager to know the truth. Bad are those who have no interest in spiritualism or who for any reason follow falsehood.
BB: Pranam, Guruji. Charan Sparsh. After your last reply I was not able to send you reply on time so please pardon me. We are very thankful and obliged for your affectionate reply. With your blessings my worship is going on. But from last few days I had cold and cough due to which I was not able to do pranayam properly. Now I am feeling better and doing it. Therefore I had not called you to ask and learn about third pranayam. I still want to do more practice of second i.e. stambak pranayam and then for third I will seek your advice. Please guide. As suggested by you, I
have been giving basic knowledge of Vedas to my daughters. But guruji, one thing that important aspect about death, rebirth, we soul etc. I am not able to discuss with them thinking that they may become afraid to listen and learn about this. So please guide how to give them knowledge of this or at which age we can give this knowledge to children. Frequently I have been discussing with my daughters about Ved Mandir so now they are eager to come at Ved Mandir and see you for your darshan. We convey our regards to all at Ved Mandir. I have been noting questions seeking guidance from you while we come there. But for few other questions I seek your guidance here.
1. Whether Samadhi prapt Rishi can look in to the past and see life of any soul for e.g. as explained by you in your CD of Ram Katha that Valmikiji saw life of Sri Ram in dhyan. There are countless but constant no. of souls so whether power of yogi helps him to identify particular soul and see all his previous countless births.
2. How some persons are born talent in say particular sports, singing, writer, etc. Whether their karmas/deeds of previous life gives this talent. If somebody has interest in singing and wants to become famous singer or say someone wants to become famous sports person but cannot become in this life. So whether their good or pious deeds helps them in next human birth to get this achievement/fulfil wish. Or whether it depends on GOD that depending on karmas any talent on adhoc basis is given to soul to enjoy it or say to become famous. Please guide.
3. What is the source of story of Rishi Vishwamitra and Menaka. In which upnishad or book it is mentioned?
4. Which are the few worst sin or say highest kind of sin as per Vedas? Whether Vedas says on this. Whether blindness, deafness, mentally handicapped etc. are result of such worst sins? Please guide on above.
With Charan Sparsh.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my son. You are always welcome, my son. You
see, God states in Vedas that the deeds, either good or bad, done by a person never go in vain i.e., it will give its result in return in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. So, your deeds, of doing havan, which is also the best worship of God will never, go in vain. Presently, continue your asan, prannayam etc., as guided. When you will come here then next prannayam will be taught to you. The knowledge about death, rebirth and souls, is given by acharya first. So, when the daughters will come here, it will be taught to them and they will never be afraid etc. So, the daughters are always welcome here.
1. Yes, Samadhi prapt Rishi can look into the past and see life of any soul but referring to even the past ancient times mostly, no Rishi has interest in the same due to the reason that divine pleasure is the supreme attainment where baseless desires end. They only use the divine power for the benefit of human- beings as Rishi Valimiki did in case of Sri Ram.
2. Talents as based mostly due to the result of previous lives’ good deeds. However, if a person gets society of talented person and inspired by such people, he does hard work, he also becomes capable of acquiring talent. So, main thing is this that the person should do hard work in present life. If he has got benefit of previous lives’ good deeds then he make less effort and would get more benefit and rest of the persons will have to do hard work. If someone wants to become a successful singer or a sports person but he fails, it involves their laziness. No need to get good result in the next birth, but worldly progress or achievement is always required to get success in present life i.e., he may become famous singer or sportsman in present life itself by hard-working, devotion and concentration.
3. The story of Vishwamitra and Menka exists in aadiparv of Mahabharat commented by Paramhansa Swami Jagdishwaranand Saraswatiji.
4. The highest/worst/gravest kind of sin to push human-life in the ocean of sorrows is to go against the Vedas, God and learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga.
Suhaas: Kya hum pichle janam per vishwas kar sakte hai to mera kounsa janam hai aur my kitne baar janam le sakta hoan?
Swami Ram Swarup: Mrityu and punarjanam vishwas ke yogya hai kyunki yeh sab Vedo-shastron mein to kaha hee hai parantu is janam mein bhi jigyasu ko mehsoos hota hai. Jaise ki navjaat shishu chahe manushya athwa pashu-pakshi ka ho, weh janam leitey hee maut se darta hai. Usko yadi marne lagein to weh bhaybheet hota hai kyunki usney pichley kai janamon mein mrityu ko mehsus kiya hua hai. Nahin to janam leitey hee mrityu ka ehsaas kaise ho sakta hai. Janam aur mrityu anaadi hain isliye unkee koi ginati (counting) nahin kee jaa sakti. Kyunki jeevatma jo mata ke garbh mein shareer dharann kartee hai weh janam aur mrityu ko kabhi prapt nahin hottee. Weh avinashi tatva hai. Weh to kewal shareer dharann kartee hai.
Anonymous: Pranam Swamiji, my husband bullies me and he beats me often, I told my father he simply ignores it, my brothers are busy in their world, they also don’t care about me. Please help.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. I am really sorry to hear about
your state of affairs, my daughter. If you are educated then you should try to do some job to be financially independent. Moreover, you should try your level best to please your husband, also. I pray to God for your betterment of life. Meanwhile, you do Gayatri jaap and havan.
Please, start the day by chanting Gayatri mantra in the early morning sitting on suitable asan like Sukhasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan etc. concentrate on the point between two eyebrows which is called “Agyachakra”. The Gayatri mantra should be chanted along with its meaning both times. Also, please try to perform daily hawan even with Gayatri mantra. Then try to study any of my books daily and put up question if any.
After 15 days chant the Gayatri mantra only thrice thereafter do the name jaap of Almighty God-“Om”. The jaap must be done daily by heart and not orally.
The Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA
DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT
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 Hirannyagarbha, Vayu 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. That is, knows each and every atom of universe and even beyond universe. He who is to be known, to be gained and is worshipful. So Agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is He in whom the universe is entering or He who is entering the universe. So being omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANNYAGARBHA = 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.
VAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vayu word is made. Its meaning is He who holds, gives life and destroys and is the mightiest amongst all. So the name of God is Vayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made meaning He who is self made and self-enlightened and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take light from anywhere but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken, unobstructed/unproduced and eternal form 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 He who 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 meaning whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who knows every matter and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it is 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 Prann 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 the soul removes his own all sorrows after coming in contact with Him. 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.
VARENNYAM = 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, “SHUDH 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 Gayatri 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.
How to do havan
Please sit in the morning to perform havan. Havan must be in sunlight then it is more beneficial. Then half a bowl of fresh water with a tablespoon must be with you with small twigs especially of mango tree if possible, havan samagri, ghee, camphor and match box must be there with you. Please sit on sukh asan on four times folded blanket and blanket must be on mat.
Sukh asan i.e., sit on duly folded feet in comfortable position. Then first close your eyes and concentrate between two eyebrows and chant Gayatri mantra three times within heart and not by mouth. Then open your eyes.
Take one spoon of water in right palm. Chant this mantra, OM AMRITO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA and drink the water which you have put in your palm. Then again take the spoon of water in right palm then chant the next mantra, OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA, and drink the water. Then again take the water in right palm and chant the mantra, OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA, and drink the water. Then wash the right palm while sitting, with the same water kept in bowl.
Then put the twigs into havan kund with one piece of camphor and burn it. During this process chant the Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri mantra and at the last add the word Swaha and offer ghee with tablespoon, quantity equivalent to 4 to 5 drops. And if you are alone then also offer in fire pinch of havan samagri from your right hand’s finger and thumb avoiding forefinger. So this offering may be of 11 times, 21 times or 51 times as the time suits. It is the simplest way and I have not quoted the complete method of Yajyen. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times