Ishwar: Guru shabd ka arth?
Swami Ram Swarup: Guru shabd ka arth hai updesh karne wala. Vedon mein guru shabda ka arth bhaar (weight) bhi hai.

Nav: Most of the people use to wear different kind of stone. I just want to know that is it mentioned in Vedas? Are we supposed to wear stones if we follow the path of Vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please. It is not mentioned in Vedas that wearing of stones will change the effect of good and bad deeds.


Yajurveda mantra 7/48 and similar types of several mantras of Vedas state that we, the human beings are free to do pious deeds or sins. But result thereof is always awarded by Almighty God in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. Everybody knows that Almighty God is supreme judge, so how can a man, woman or a gem change the result of the deeds of a person. For example- God has given punishment to a person due to his sins of previous lives and person has to face sorrows, accident etc., then how can an astrologer or gem change the award of Almighty God. Actually, due to lack of the knowledge of Vedas, fundamental law of nature/God has now become unknown to the innocent public, with the result, several man made worships/rules etc., have been forced on the innocent public and in this way, the public is being divested of money and happiness. Our country has been a land of rishis and munis who have never deceived the people. Instead, they serve the people whole heartedly and maintain peace. Yes, somebody can claim that he has been benefited by wearing gem, present astrology and by following the path of false saints etc. But, it is not a reality, say Vedas. Actually, what happens is that the benefit achieved by such people is due to the result given by God to them based on their pious deeds of previous lives. Vedas –shastras further tell that even in the absence of adoption of the said false path, the benefit would have inevitably accrued to the person. Otherwise several people adopt the false path, which is against the Vedas, but only few get the said benefit. If the path had been true according to Vedas then everyone could receive the benefit. Our pious human body has been blessed by the God to achieve the true path stated in Vedas by which final liberation is attained.

Future is based on present pious deeds. If anyone wants to make his future bright, he is required to do hardworking, pious deeds to maintain honesty, firm decision and daily worship of God. Yajurveda mantra 7/48 states that human beings are free to do pious deeds or sins but result is awarded by God in the shape of pleasure, long, happy life and sorrows respectively. So why to worry about the future. In fact we should be concerned about our present pious deeds which will make our future bright. It is a fundamental law of Vedas that present pious deeds alongwith eternal worship of God based on Vedas destroys the result of previous lives’ sins which have to be borne in our future or present life.

So instead of wasting our energy in baseless thoughts or worries about future, we should channelize our energy in doing pious deeds in our present time.

Chandan: Swamiji Namaste. Some people says Mahabharata is 5th veda. So, please clarify..Further, please give proof from Mahabharata to prove Mahabharata’s stand on Vedas and that Mahabharata considers Veda samhita as authority. Are bramhanas and upanishadas also shruti? Further, are they also authority as Veda samhita? Do they contain verses and consider authority of Veda samhitas? If yes, please provide.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji.No, please. Mahabharat is not 5th ved. In all Vedas like Yajurved mantra 31/7, there are only four Vedas, knowledge of which emanates directly from Almighty God, in the beginning of every creation.

Yes, Mahabharat epic, is written by Vyas muniji who was learned of Vedas and Ashtang yoga philosophy as well as all other ancient Rishis, first studied Vedas and then wrote Mnahabharat, Valmiki Ramayan, Upnishads, Brahmans, shastras etc., based on Vedas’ knowledge . That is why, their scriptures are considered true being based on Vedas.

Brahmanas Granths and upnishads are not shruti because as told above, these granths were written after study of Vedas and Vedas are named as shruti also. Yes, the above holy granths written by Rishis are considered as proof/authority, being based on Vedas. Vedas are considered (swatah praman)

And the above granths are called as partah pramann.

Your question “please provide” is not clear to me please clarify.