G P: Pranam Swamiji, I want to stop my traditional way of worshipping & do havan daily, as suggested by you. But I do not know the exact method of doing havan. I am staying in Pune , Can you suggest anybody in pune whom I can approach & learn about havan? I would also like to know whether I should stop Sandhyavandanam.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. It is a great blessing of Almighty God on you that you would start havan which is an eternal way of worshipping God mentioned in Vedas. To know the method of performing havan, I have prepared video Cd in which even meaning of Gayatri mantra (both in English and Hindi) has been explained well. Video Cd shall be sent immediately on receipt of your postal address if you desire. Meanwhile, I paste my article in this regard-

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 Gaytri 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 AMRTO 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 Gaytri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gaytri 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 Yajna. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times.

You are also advised to read my book- Yajyen karma sarvashresth Ishwar Pooja (in Hindi) worth Rs.65/-, excluding postal charges in which detailed explanation of each ved mantra which are chanted in havan, has been given. If sandhyavandanam is based on ved mantras, then it should be continued.

Anonymous: Thank you Guru ji. Guruji , I try to go away from thinking but thoughts are haunting me.
i).One of my friends said/also seen in Internet, If in your previous births if one commits suicide,In present birth also they would commit suicide. Some negative energies go around these souls. Is this correct?
ii).If in previous birth, we have any fears/tendencies and if we die with suicide, would that negative energy follow us in preent birth also. The fears/tendencies as such. Or is that at birth soul is pure.
I landed now to a state where I am not believing myself. I think My soul is forcing me these thoughts and wanting me die. My soul is giving these ideas intentionally where I am suffering and could not escape from it. My soul is bad in previous birth where I am suffering like this But I know God is great. He had given me good family, husband ,kid,wealth,but somehow I am experiencing mental illness. With this mental illness how would I live .With these fears how should I take care of my family? You are great person. Please can you clear off my queries. Thank you so much in Advance.
Swami Ram Swarup: You are welcome, please.
i). My dear, it is clear that nobody can see the previous lives’ deeds. We should keep ourselves always away from false views. Secondly, suppose, if a person is a thief but he realises his crime and leaves forever the same bad habit and repents then it cannot be told that in the next life, he would again become thief. You see, worship finishes all the previous lives’ deeds otherwise there was no need of worship. Learned do worship of God daily while discharging all moral duties and even attain salvation. So, do not believe in false statements. Be brave, and try to learn Vedic knowledge which emanates direct from God wherein no such happenings have been mentioned. So, if we tell against the Vedas, about such happenings, it means we are against the Almighty God. You see, the result of deeds is decided by Almighty God and not by any astrologer, tantrik or guru etc. So, how can it be told that somebody has committed suicide in previous lives when previous lives’ deeds are known by God only and how a person can decide on his own, being against the God, that a person who has committed suicide in previous life would also commit suicide in present life. My dear daughter, the statements are totally self-made and false. God has given us life to make it long and happy by our pious deeds. If someone would try to think such bad thoughts, naturally it will effect heart and negative energies would go around these souls. So, these are only we who allow the tension with bad thinking and allow the pleasure with good thinking. Bheeshma Pitamaha states in Mahabharata that Oh Yudhishthir! You should always try not to allow entering of bad thoughts in mind, Yudhisthir obeyed and became a great monarch who spoke only truth. We have been blessed with human body to kill our previous lives’ sins and not to add to those.

ii). So, learned always close the chapter of previous lives naturally. We should also do so. We should pay our concentration to do pious deeds in present life only to finish previous life sins and to make our present life long and happy. Do not think about past but worry about present and future.

When you say that my soul is forcing me then you see, you are telling wrong, my daughter because I and soul is one and the same thing. We all are souls and we have been blessed with human body by God. So, soul (we) are separate and body is separate. I mean to say, you are yourself thinking bad. When you will start thinking good, every thing will be good, so again I tell you be brave. I would again advise you to read my one-two spiritual books and listen to my spiritual songs if possible, please. When you have been given good family, then enjoy my daughter. My blessings are always with you and your family. I would advise you to reply to me soon because I want that you should overcome the bad thoughts.

A P: Guruji, I am suffering from financial problem due to which I have to live & work with nastik people. Is there any way to get rid of poverty & live a pavitra life?
Swami Ram Swarup: In this connection, I quote a couplet-

“Jo Rahim Uttam Prakriti Ka Kari Sakat Kusang,
Chandan Vish Vyapat Nahin Laptat Rehat Bhujang.”

Meaning: If a person has attained good qualities by worshipping God and has attained eternal knowledge then it makes no difference for him if he lives all times with bad society in compulsion to do pious deeds. For example- the poisonous snakes encircle the sandal wood tree all times but their poison does not affect sandal tree at any cost. So, if you are doing job to earn money for your family, then you should continue, please.

It may be possible that your good qualities in future may transfer in their heart. Example is very clear about Vibheeshan who lived amongst devil minded persons of Lanka but he always kept himself pure. Secondly, you should also seek side business to increase income. If you try your level best then you would sure be successful.