RDS: Ram Ram Can I do PIND DAAN for myself while I am still alive?
Swami Ram Swarup: Pind daan is not mentioned in Vedas, so being against Vedas, learned do not accept it. You see, all the organs of dead body are burnt, then how a soul without mouth can eat. So, Vedas tell that we have to serve our alive parents, learned atithi and learned acharya of Vedas and Yoga Philosophy to gain knowledge.
The person who renders such services, he thus holds one part of Yajyen.
Second part is Sangatikarann i.e., services to learned acharya and to satisfy him with service to gain Vedic knowledge in return. Third part is daan i.e., donation to authentic/right person.
We’ve been blessed with human body to perform Yajyen which is the best worship of God.
RPK: I have seen bhasya allegedly by Shankaracharya and he has written things against women and vegetarian food.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. It is the fundamental law of Vedas that the act which is in conformity with Vedas, is pious act otherwise a sin. So, the statement, as told by you related to Shankaracharya is totally against the Vedas, please and is not accepted by learneds. However, this will be a separate question that whether the statements actually relate to Adi Guru Shankaracharya or have been added in his granth.
L: If negative thoughts are coming in mind and we want relief from them then what to do? Please send the answer as soon as possible.
Swami Ram Swarup: Negative thoughts in Vedas are called ‘vikalp’ and positive thoughts are called ‘sankalp’. Vedas tell that with firm conviction/decision, try your level best to think only sankalp and not ‘vikalp’. In this connection, Ved mantras state:-
Tat Mein Manaha Shiv Sankalpama Astu
i.e., my mind should only harbour pious thoughts which are beneficial for mankind.
Actually, negative thoughts are also the result of previous as well as present lives’ bad deeds. To kill them, one should always perform daily yajyen, do name jaap of God, practice of Ashtang Yoga which is our main motto of life.
Still when bad thoughts start coming, we should with firm decision kill them on spot, not allow them to enter our mind and divert our mind towards pious deeds, study and listening of bhajan etc.