Alex: Namaste, dear Swamiji. Thank you for your blessings and for taking the time to answer. I’ve misspelled – I ment Krishna. In literature it is writen as Krsna with two punctuations under the “s”. I presumed that translators have introduced extra vocals in order to make the word pronauncable to the westerners – ss prakriti in stead of prakrti, Rig in sted of Rg, Rishi in stead of Rshi. That is why I presumed that texts ment “Krshna” and not “Krishna”
Later on i realised that Sanskrit “r” can be pronounced differently and some say that correct pronounciation is more like “Krushna” then “Krishna” – but scholars are not sure. So, I ment Yajna for Krishna. Here I don’t mean actual ritual. I will try to explain. I need to move my Ego/mind from the center of everything in order to tame its cravings and demands. That is why I will like to remind me as often as possible about this. And as Lord Of Love’s avatara, Sri Krishna teaches us in Gita “Don’t do it for you, do it for me” im compelled to follow His teachings, accept this help He gives us and remind my self of it in Sanskrit as often as possible. Seccond question is about Mahabharata. Is it pronaunced with “H” or not? I know what “maha” means and that Bharata family name is pronounced without “H” – so is it Mahabharata or “Mahabarata” then? Although I live in Denamrk, my native language is Serbian, which makes possible for me to pronaunce otherwise (for westerners) difficult Sanskrit words. As ability is there it will be shame not to use it. I’m eternaly gratefull for any help you can give me. As much as I wish to send you my blessings, I’m afraid that I’m lacking the spiritual merit for producing blessings 🙂 with deepest respect and appreciacion.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In the correct grammatical Sanskrit; one will say- ‘Yajyen for krishn’. Mostly people pronounce Yagya which is not correct. The meaning of Yajyen is Devpooja, sangatikarann and daan. So, one who does Devpooja, Sangatikarann and daan, it means he is rightly doing Yajyen in accordance with Vedic knowledge. I mean to say, only to offer aahutis(ghee and other materials) in burning fire is not complete Yajyen. In this connection, I paste my article as below:-
Dev pooja means there are five alive devas which are- mother who gives birth, father who nurses, learned atithi who gives knowledge, learned Acharya who gives true knowledge and who kills all the sorrows etc., of the disciple and makes the disciple capable to follow the real path of Vedas to get long, happy life and salvation.
The fifth dev is Almighty God who gives us everything to live upon etc., and especially who gives us the knowledge of four Vedas at the beginning of the earth. The word “Pooja” as stated above has its meaning i.e., to give respect, to obey etc. So, the four devas i.e., mother, father, atithi and acharya are given respect in the shape of money, shelter, clothes, sweet speech etc. But Almighty God takes nothing and gives everything. So the real respect and worship of the God is that if we obey His divine preach given in Vedas. In this way we really worship the God.
The correct pronunciation is “Mahabharat” and not Mahabharata or Mahabarat.
I think you very well know about Mahabharat epic written by Vyasmuni, who was a great philosopher of Vedas and Ashtang Yoga Philosophy. Here, I mention all moral duties of human beings including religious matters, politics etc. It contains only ten thousands original shlokas(verses) i.e., four thousand four hundred were written by Vyasmuniji and five thousand six hundred were written by his disciple. At present about one lakh twenty thousand shlokas are there comprising Mahabharat.
It means about one lakh, ten thousand shlokas are false which have been added by arrogants. In the beginning, Vyasji named it as ‘Jay’ it was written about five thousand years ago.
You are always welcome, please. I wish you a long, happy life.
Raju: Namaste Swamiji. I will like to get the book of Yajyen karma. I live in Spain and it is very difficult to get the havan samagri for pooja. Please let me know if some items are not available.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaste. I heartily appreciate your interest in hawan which is the worship of God.
The book “ Yajyen karma- Sarvashreshth Ishwar Pooja” will be dispatched to you soon after receiving your postal address.
Yes, hawan samigri can be made at home. In this connection, I paste my article. you can mix only the matters which are available to you there.
Four matters are to be mixed to prepare havan samagri, the kinds of which are several:
1. Sweet matter like jaggery, honey etc. which are mixed on the same day when the havan is performed.
2. Nutritive matters like all pulses, flour, dry fruits, ghee etc.
3. Antibiotic like gyol etc.
4. Fragrant matters like guggal, chandan bala etc.
Atta, jau, kale til, rice, nagarmotha, balchhar, etc. can also be mixed.
21 best herbs for Havan
KASTURI, KESAR, AGAR-TAGAR, CHANDAN, JATAMANSI, ELAYCHI, JAYFAL, JAVITRI, GOOGAL, NAGARMOTHA, BALCHHAD, SUGANDHBALA, DALCHINI, JAU, GILOYA, CHUARA, BADAM, AKHROT, BANAKSHA, GUD, AND KISHMISH.