Sudhir G: I have been reading your website and am trying to do my best to implement what I am learning, I have been working towards maintaining brahmacharya, and am going to start doing the Arya samaj sandhya prayers. My question to you is, you have mentioned how it is necessary to have a proper guru to learn meditation, pranayam, and yoga techniques, otherwise they can be harmful. I am therefore confused, as I want to progress and eventually realize my own soul and God one day… but I don’t know what to do at this point, when I am in the US at a
university where I have no such acharya available to me. For almost one year I was practicing a Buddhist meditation, where one places his focus simply on the breath, and watches his breathing. It was helping me become more calm and relaxed, however, I stopped when I read somewhere that meditating improperly could cause a kundalini awakening. Would it be safe for me to practice the sandhya prayers as I have not been instructed by a guru? I’ve read that improper spiritual practice can cause a harmful “kundalini awakening”. Can you give me something to practice please?
Swami Ram Swarup: I shall prepare and send a C.D to preach you something. Cd along with English books written by me can be sent on receipt of your postal address, if you so desire.
I appreciate your views regarding your effort to maintain Brahamcharya and to perform Sandhya-mantra. It will be beneficial to make your future bright with the blessings of Almighty God because yajyen/Havan is the worship of God and God has briefed in four Vedas that He is pleased and showers His blessings to those who perform Yajyen/Havan daily with Ved mantras.
Yes, a learned acharya of Vedas and Yoga philosophy is essential under whose guidance a devotee learns Vedas and yoga knowledge. So, I shall try to send CDs as quoted above. Then there shall be no harm done to you. Yes, to do sandhya prayers is beneficial for you as you are discussing the matter with the acharya. On receipt of my Cds, you can do yoga practice and sandhya prayer etc., fearlessly.my blessings to you.
Pankaj: Sir, Charan Sparsh, Sir, On 22nd of July the Surya Grahan will happen & as well as amavasya. Can we donate any thing while grahan and amavasya and what should it be? Can we do havan in that particular time and what mantra should we recite for both grahan and amavasya and what would be the time of surya grahan? Need your guidance as well as your blessing.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Yajyen/Havan and donation should be continued for the entire year according to caliber. However, Yajyen/havan gives extra benefit if it is performed in presence of a learned guru of Vedas and donation offered on Amavasya and poornima. Actually, there are three meaning of Yajyen – to serve mother, father, atithi, acharya and Almighty God; second is Sangatikaran i.e., to serve and satisfy an acharya, who is learned of Vedas and yoga philosophy to learn spiritualism from him in turn and third is daan i.e., donation. So, one should try to perform Yajyen daily otherwise daily havan should not be discontinued and the Yajyen, wherein the presence of Brahma i.e., learned of four Vedas is required, should be done timely.
If you have my sandhya mantra book then special mantras to be recited on Amavasya and Poornima days are quoted there with the meaning. As regards, Soorya Grahan etc., daily havan from Sandhya mantra will serve the purpose. If the book is not with you then please send your postal address.
Subhash Arya: Please clarify me that who is God and where is living soul in body? Who is soul? How to reach to God? And how I can identify God?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. God is formless. He has unlimited qualities amongst which few are- He is Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient, creates, nurses and destroys the universe. Real qualities, His worship and His realization is known when a devotee regularly listens to Vedas from a learned acharya, does daily name jaap, Yajyen/havan and hard practice of Ashtang Yoga philosophy mentioned in Vedas. I would advise you to read some spiritual books based on Vedas, written by me, which can be sent to you, on receipt of your postal address. Study of the books will clear all your doubts. However, I also paste some of my articles for your knowledge.
God is formless
Being formless there is no need of statue or temple of God according to Vedas. As a matter of fact, you, I or every human being, lives in a body. Body is separate, we are called souls. Vedas say soul has no form even. Then also we know each other. For example even if you have not seen the photograph of King Akbar then, you can know Akbar by means of the study of his qualities. So is the case with the God. If an aspirant really goes to his Guru and listens Vedas like Shri Ram, and ancient kings and their public then he will be able to know hundred percent about formless God. Then comes realization for which Vedas (especially Samveda) says that he who performs Yajna, does jaap (according to Vedas) and practises Ashtang Yoga Philosophy while remaining in family like Shri Ram etc., he sure realizes ,being eternal law.
If we will meditate concentrating outside our body which is also against Vedas/Ashtang Yoga Philosophy, then our attention will always naturally remain outside i.e., attached with outer world i.e., decoration/music/dances etc. In that case subject matter of God will be over. It will be converted into spending fun, doing dances and singing attractive songs by ladies and gents, which is totally against Vedas. Thus the chapter of praising God, True Acharya, Rishi-Munis, performing Yajyen, practice of Ashtang Yoga, eternal knowledge of Vedas etc., will be over.
It is also baseless to say that study of Vedas and practice of yoga philosophy is difficult. It is self made story because Vedas are also called Shruti i.e., Vedas are to be listened first and not to be studied. So to listen to the Vedas, a learned Acharya is needed. The Acharya will explain the Ved mantras in the Yajna in your own language i.e., in English or Urdu etc., and for an aspirant to do asan, pranayaam, meditation etc., is also not difficult. It is all difficult for those human beings, including present false prophets, (who are against the Vedas), who are lazy, can’t awake early in the morning to listen Vedas and fail to do practice of yoga philosophy. Those people are always after money, materialistic articles and pomp and show, etc.
Vedas are not written or spoken by God. This knowledge is emanated from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis as stated above. God is Almighty i.e., He has all powers. So He needs no assistance to do universal deeds. In human body alive soul resides and soul is dependent, soul requires mouth to speak, eye to see, hand to write etc., etc. but not God. From His power God originates the knowledge of Vedas in the rishis without writing, or speaking etc. Vedas’ knowledge is divine. The fundamental of the Vedas is this that it was not written or spoken. The knowledge by the power of God was originated about one Arab 96 crore, 8 lakh and 53 000 years ago. Then first time the four rishis of unsexual creation started pronunciation of the mantras by the power of God. God wanted them to know word meanings and senses of the mantras and therefore the rishis knew all. Then first time the four rishis started pronunciation of the mantras. They taught the
mantras to other ignorant people. Then another rishis were produced who knew the Vedas by heart by listening only. There was no paper, ink or pen there. The Vedas were being learnt by mouth to mouth and traditionally this process is yet in force. But mostly not by heart but taking help of the printed book. So printed books are not called Vedas but these are called samhita.
Samhita means the collection of Ved mantras. Therefore Present printed books cannot be considered as Vedas and will never be in future, but samhita. Kapil Muni throws light on this point in his Sankhya Shastra 5/48 that when a rishi does tapsya in the shape of Yajyen, study of Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga then the Ved mantras still (now also) originate in heart of the Rishi and the rishi pronounces the mantras. Those mantras are called Vedas, which emanate from God. So Vedas must first be listened (study) from alive Acharya (Guru who knows Vedas). Then only Samhita (books of Vedas) can help.
Are Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh Gods?
Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh are not God. Vedas tell that there is only one formless God who never takes birth. He creates, nurses and destroys the universe. His power is enough to create and control the whole universe. He is Almighty i.e., He has all unlimited powers and therefore He does not need any assistance to create, nurse and destroy the universe by Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. If God needs assistance then He will not be called Almighty. So God does not need any support but we all humans as well as all living beings need His support and blessings every time. However, in Vedas, there are innumerable names of Almighty God according to His divine qualities. So Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh etc., are also the names of the formless Almighty God. Brahma means the greatest. Vishnu means omnipresent and Mahesh means the greatest.
It is the personal matter of worship or not to worship. So atheists are also there. But it is very clear that God in Vedas as clarified that He Has blessed the human being with human body to worship and realise God. Nobody can attain happy life in the absence of worship of God. One more thing is clear from Vedas in which God states –Oh man/woman you live on the earth given by God and all comforts provided by the God. And if you do not remember/worship God then it is sin and punishment is awarded by the God.
Very few persons know that present science has also come out from Vedas, especially Rigveda. The knowledge of Vedas also emanates from God. So, it is clear that scientist also enjoy science which is given by God. God is not only the matter of blind faith. It is the matter of discussion with a learned acharya of Vedas and Yoga philosophy who from Vedas, shastras and Upnishads etc., and scientifically also prove the existence of God. For example- we see the creation and can think deeply that who has created it or is it a job of man/woman, scientist etc., then automatically after long discussion we would reach on the conclusion that men/women/scientist have not created the universe and then He who has created is called Almighty God.
Atma consists of two meanings according to situation. For example when it is said that atma takes birth, then it means soul and when it is said that atma is Almighty and creates universe, then it means Almighty God. It is usually told nowadays that everything is atma which is false and not possible being against the Vedas. In Vedas, there are three eternal matters Almighty God, prakriti and souls. Almighty God and souls are alive matters whereas prakriti is non –alive matter. From Prakriti, all the matters of universe are created. But neither from God nor soul any matter is created. Soul can never be God being unchangeable and God can also never be soul being unchangeable. Soul due to the attraction towards prakriti is indulged in illusion and forgets his original form of immortal peace, purity etc. and has to face the birth and death again and again.
But Almighty being the commander of the souls and prakriti, is never attracted towards prakriti. He always remains purified. So, God cannot forget his original form and is never indulged in any kind of illusion. Therefore, everything like tree, tube light, stone, electric fan are made of prakriti and hence can never be God.
While awake, soul resides in left eye, while in stage of experiencing dreams, it is in throat and while taking sound sleep, it is in heart.
There are four antahakaran- Mann, Buddhi, Chitta and Ahankar. Mann does sankalp and vikalp i.e., always thinks on several matters etc. mann takes information from five senses and passes them forward onto buddhi to decide relevant action and to further send them to soul.
Faculty which receives knowledge from five senses and passes the same to intellect is called Chitta and Chitta stores the effect of various karmas to be faced by soul in future at a proper time.