Q: Pranam Guruji, According to Bhagwat Geeta, even the person who has committed very serious sin can be considered as a saint if he/she becomes the total devotee of Lord Kishna. Please correct me if I am wrong. Question is: Lord Krisna is not a formless God but Vedas advises the devotion towards formless GOD. What is the truth? How can we achieve forgiveness from other human beings (against whom we committed sin)or God to get freed from our sins?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Yes, in Bhagwad Geeta shloka 9/30 it is stated that Oh! Arjun, a sinner becomes a saint and his sins are pardoned if he goes under the shelter of a learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga and starts worshipping God. So, its correct meaning is that when a sinner takes shelter of learned acharya of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga and while following the Vedic preach starts worshipping God, he becomes incapable to commit any sin again. I would advise you to read detailed comments on every shloka of Bhagwad Geeta based on ved mantras, including the above quoted shloka. Yes, Sri Krishna Maharaj was a Yogeshwar and the formless God who is omnipresent, had manifested within the body of Sri Krishna Maharaj. So, Sri Krishna Maharaj was equivalent to God but not God. When Sri Krishna maharaj had acquired body, he used to give Vedic knowledge to everyone, as he had got from Guru Sandeepan in his ashram. Then the devotees used to start the worship of formless God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. Fundamentals of Vedas are ever unchangeable and it is also a fundamental law that God is omnipresent, Formless, Almighty, beyond description, beyong imagination etc., and He never takes avtar.

Study of the above quoted Bhagwad Geeta (comments on shloka) will give you immense knowledge about God and Sri Krishna Maharaj Yogeshwar. The book is in Hindi.

Biju: Definition of Hindu and Hindusthan :- “Aa sindho: sinduparyantham yasya bhaaratha bhoomikaa maathru bhoo: pithru bhoo (punya) schaiva sa vai Hindu iti smruthaaâ€
�: whomsoever, is considering the land between the sapta sindu ( Indus valley river) up to Indian ocean as the motherland/ fatherland and holy land, is known as Hindu. Please tell me which Veda contains the above sloka and explanation.

Swami Ram Swarup: In this connection, I paste my article. You may send your query again, if any, after studying article.

About Hindus

The word Hindu was used for all the citizens who lived in India across Sindhu River. This word was used for the first time by Greeks and Unanis. Thereafter Arabians and Farsis used this word. So in reality Hindu means all the citizens, whether Sikh, Muslim, Christian or others, of India. Just like in America all type of citizens live there but are called citizens of USA i.e., Americans.

Nowadays it is called that Vedas, shastras, Geeta, Ramayana and some other holy books of Sanskrit languages are related to Hindus. Vedas are the eternal holy knowledge of the world given direct from God always, at the time of creation. I have written a lot about this and would request you to please read www.vedmandir.com.

However, shunya (zero) is created but God is not made by anybody else instead Almighty God creates universe. Shunya is also space, which is also created by God. So God is above space, beyond calculation, beyond imagination and beyond description. Yet God has unlimited qualities for
example, Yajurveda mantra 40/8 says that God is everywhere, He has no shape, no nervous system, nobody can make hole in Him, He is Almighty and does not require any assistance from anybody else. He is eternal, self sufficient, cannot be seen with eyes, beyond mind. He creates universe, nurses and destroys and again nurses and again creates. Just a small portion of His power creates universe and His great quality is also this that the whole universe which is seen by us is nothing because the Almighty God is greater than this creation. He gives birth according to our deeds (karmas). He is witness of all karmas being omnipresent and omniscient, etc., etc., that is the God has unlimited qualities and powers.

India at the start of the earth

Non-sexual creation took place in Trivishtap, which is now called Tibet. But at the time Hindu word was not in existence. They all were Arya and those arya migrated from trivishtap to present pious land of mother India. Manusmriti shloka 1/140 to 142 (2/21 to 23) further clarify about the said land of India.

Word “Hindu” came afterwards. India is situated on the back of river Sindhu and I have already told you that how the word “Hindu” came into being. But still it is a truth that all the residents of India whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists etc., were called Hindus, as they were/are living in India. So we have forgotten our ancient name Aryan and we have adopted our new name-Hindu. So, entire mankind did not originate at a time in Tibet.

They were of non-sexual creation and were thousands in number at young stage. Thereafter, by parents the generation started taking birth and generations multiplied. In the said generations, those who adopted Vedas were called Arya, being gentle and others were called Anarya i.e., Dacoits, etc. When the people started increasing in number then aryas and anaryas started quarreling with each other. With the result, Aryas left the place and came to the present pious land of mother India. So aryas did not come from outside.

At that time, there was no question of political division of earth into countries etc. Vedas do not tell about proper noun or any history etc. Vedas give knowledge i.e., of science, etc., form of pious deeds and the eternal path of worship of formless, omnipresent, omniscient, unchangeable Almighty God. I would also advise you to read some of my books written on the basis of four Vedas, if you so desire.

Can you please explain the meaning of this mantra with words
Swami Ram Swarup: RIGVEDA MANTRA 8/33/17-


This mantra has reference to context with the previous mantras wherein it is stated that he who is able to control his five senses, perceptions and mind by studying Vedas and doing hard practice of ashtang yoga, he is only able to get peace and long, happy life. So, this mantra states-

(CHIT) again (INDRAHA GHA) totally controlled learned person also (IDAM) this (ABRAVEET) states.

MEANING:- If still a complete learned person, who has full control on his mind, intellect etc., states that (ISTRIYAHA) his wife’s (MANAHA) mind (ASHASYAM) is difficult to follow his Vedic path (UTO AHA) and definitely her (KRATUM) mind and action is (RAGHUM) feeble/weak i.e., if the learned person states that the views and mind of his wife are not according to his Vedic philosophy and it is not possible to turn the wife because her mind and the power to do pious deeds is weak then what to do? The answer of this question is given in the next mantra 18 that husband and wife both carry the family life like a chariot but the responsibility of the husband to bear the load is more than wife.

Deepak Tiwari: Swami Ji Pranam, Main Janna chahta hoon woh shalok jis main shri Krishanji ji kahte hain ki tum mere iss viraat roop ka darshan karo .
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Vishwaroop darshan ka poora varnnan Bhagwad Geeta ke gyarvein adhyaye mein hai. Shloka 11/4 mein Arjun Sri Krishna Maharaj se prarthna karta hai ki hey! Krishna, aap apne avinashi swarup ko mujhe dikhaiye aur 11/5 mein Sri Krishna Maharaj Arjun ko keh rahein hai ki hey Parth! mere alaukik roopon ko dekh. Shloka 8 mein Sri Krishna Maharaj keh rahe hain ki Hey Arjun! tu mere ko apne netron se dekhne mein Samarth nahin hai isliye main tumheih divya chakshu deita hoon iske baad shloka 9 mein Sri Krishna nein apne divya swarup dikhaye.

Anonymous: Swami ji pranam,Swami ji ghar me choohe, makdi, bichchoo, keede madode ityadi ko marna paap hai kya?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In sub ko marna paap nahin hai. Han! Weh hamare ghar ke andar aatein hain tub. Agar Yeh sub bahar jungle mein rehte hain to inko marna paap hai.

Ankita: Namaste, I would like to suggest you a hindi philosophical novel. It is a beautiful work in the field of Hindi Literature and has received immense appreciation.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. I would try to go through the website, please. Thanks.