Sanjeev: PARNAM GURU JI,HOW TO DETATCH OUR CONCIOUSNESS FROM PHENOMENAL WORLD AND HOW TO BECOMEGOD CONCIOUS DURING EVERY TRIAL FOR WORDLY MAN.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In this regard, I paste my article as under-
Attachment in the world has been always sorrowful to all concerned. Lotus lives in a pond and its roots are in mud but lotus always makes contact with sun and not with mud. Sun rises and lotus blooms, when sun sets, lotus shuts down its petals. Similarly a person under guidance of a true spiritual master does real worship of God and while discharging all his duties, his mind makes link with God always with pious thoughts. He never becomes demoralized in life. In world, most
of the people have failed to live as stated above and hence, the problem like attachment, tension etc.
One should never try to experience life but should always try to make life healthy and wise. So, an aspirant should make the links with learned, spiritual master to get the same.
To serve the people is no doubt, a pious deed and God in time gives benefit for the same. But, it is a good thought that we need a social worker, social reformists all around the world but those who have reformed themselves first. Otherwise, selfishness etc., will tag behind you.
Yes, teachings of Vedas etc., has been passed down through ages but only few got peace and salvation who observed its teachings in life. But those who only studied and taught further etc., could not make the best use of teachings of spiritual books and therefore, could not get peace. So, teachings are still required to be observed and not merely, studied etc. The spiritual books, as stated above, are still open to give peace to everyone and invite to destroy one’s sorrows, tensions, problems and attain salvation.
Yes, several people have lost but not a single devotee lost, who observed teachings in life.To put into practice, is really a matter to think deeply. Suppose, a spiritual master teaches that one should not be angry. No doubt, it is a good preach but it cannot be observed in life, in all circumstances. At last, a person looses patience and anger is shown. To control anger is not only a matter of practice, but it is connected with spiritualism. I mean to say, all preach are connected with spiritualism. Spritual means practice of God’s name daily, listening to Vedas and other holy books daily and hard practice of Ashtang Yoga which in turn generates good qualities in devotees. In Ashtang Yoga, yam, niyam, asan, Prannayam, Pratyahaar, Dharnna, Dhyan (meditation), Samadhi exists, practice of which is strictly required to get peace and salvation. This is the eternal and everlasting path of Vedic philosophy, part of which is being seen in several religions, to dive deep into the soul. In this way, soul knows herself that alive soul resides in human body whereas human-body is non-alive matter.
So, human-body is separate and soul is separate. Soul is alive matter, the purest i.e., away from vices and immortal whereas Human-body is destructible. Soul, without indulging in practice of above quoted spiritualism, always remain indulged in vices and worldly affairs and materialistic articles, pomp and show etc. and hence the problem. We must not live for ourselves alone, this being selfish matter but must live to cooperate with others also. Reason, why we are less willing to
spend time and money to nourish our mind, body and spirit. First is that our mind and body along with mind is indulged in illusion and therefore, there remains no scope to spend time for spirit.
If you study Ashtang Yog Philsophy (book written by me, in Hindi, is available) and you find the first path- Yam and second- Niyam, as quoted above also. In Yam, we have to observe- Satya(truth), Ahinsa (non-violence), Asteya (Not to steal), Brahmacharya (celibacy), Aparigrah. Aparigrah means to gather only those household articles and other articles to live upon which are minimum required. For example- If one pair of shoes is sufficient, the second pair of shoes is not needed. So, is the case
in other things like clothes, food, shelter etc. So, is the problem for human-being that due to lack of knowledge of Vedas and spiritual books and observing it, people are indulged in illusion. Illusion means Avidya (in Hindi).
Avidya means to consider Sorrows as happiness, Impure as Pure, mortal as immortal and destructible as indestructible.
So, when a devotee listens Vedas, does daily name jaap of God (both times), daily does havan (with ved mantras) both times and also does hard practice of Ashtang Yoga under guidance of learned acharya of Vedas and Yoga, then his conscious gets detached from world and he discharges his duties well and he begins to feel the presence of Almighty God within him, and in others, all times.
Mrs. Chopra: Swaniji, we live in Mumbai and currently my husband seeks a change from his present job. Pl advise if he will get the change he is looking for and also if we will continue in Mumbai or will we relocate to any other place.
Swami Ram Swarup: Everybody must look after the best prospectus on his own because
progress in life must be there. However, I would advice that one-sided progress is not recommended in Vedas. So, therefore, one should worship God daily. I would advise you to do the following because worship of God and not money alone, gives peace.
Hard working, devotion, dedication, honesty, services to the parents and elders to follow eternal religion mentioned in Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga, discharging moral duties to get progress in education, science simultaneously with spiritualism like, daily havan, to be in contact with the learned Acharya, to get his advice, are some of the pious deeds which make the future bright and obliterate the sorrows, problems, diseases, etc.
One must wake up early in the morning for early morning walk and exercises, must sit on meditation and chant holy name of God, must be away from any addiction and non-vegetarian. Such pious actions lead to long, happy life and bright future.
The Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA
DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT
Meaning of Gayatri mantra stating each word is as follows. Its meaning is based on
Vedas and Sanskrit grammar. Grammatical hints are in short please.
Om has three Hindi words. Aa, Uu AND Ma. Aa is meant for Aakaar from which three
names of God are built, Viraat, Agni, and Vishwadi. From Uu = uukar from which
Hirannyagarbha, Vayu and Tejas names occur and Ma = makaar from which Ishwar,
Aditya and Praajyan aadi, holy names of God occur. Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says
God is one but His names are several. But here OM the holy name of God is only
VIRAAT = Viraat word is made from dhatu ‘Rajrideeptau’ i.e., manifest. Therefore
Viraat means He who manifests the universe. As God manifests the universe, thus
Viraat is the name of God. Rigveda mandal 10, sukta 129 states that like potter
makes pot from clay, similarly God creates universe from non-alive matter prakriti.
Prakriti is unseen matter. From unseen matter, the whole universe is created in the
visible form. Science also says that matter is never destroyed but changes its form.
Suppose a paper is burnt, paper changes its form into ashes. Then ashes are crushed
and thrown in air. At this moment, the paper changed into ashes becomes invisible
but was never destroyed. Similarly the whole universe at the time of final destruction
is turned into prakriti i.e., into unseen form.
AGNI = From dhatu, “ANCHU GATI POOJANAYOHO” the word “AGNI is made. Its
meaning is: He who is a form of wisdom. “SARVAJAYEN” i.e., Omniscient. That is,
knows each and every atom of universe and even beyond universe. He who is to be
known, to be gained and is worshipful. So Agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is He
in whom the universe is entering or He who is entering the universe. So being
omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANNYAGARBHA = i.e., ” JYOTIRVAYIHIRANYAM”. Its meaning is, who is the base
of all sun, etc., luminous lokas or He who is the living place of all luminous lokas.
VAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vayu word is made. Its meaning is
He who holds, gives life and destroys and is the mightiest amongst all. So the name
of God is Vayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made meaning He who is self
made and self-enlightened and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take
light from anywhere but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken,
unobstructed/unproduced and eternal form of light is Almighty God and not sun,
moon etc. So the name of God is Tej.
ISHWAR = from dhatu, “ISH ASHWERIYE”, the word Ishwar is made. Its meaning is
whose knowledge is thoughtful and true and He who has unlimited wealth, fortune
and glory etc. Therefore the name of God is Ishwar. Here it is not out of place to
mention that soul (man/woman) has limited qualities and are dependent whereas
God is independent and has unlimited qualities that is why He is God.
ADITYA = from dhatu, “DO AVAKHANDANE”, Aditya word is made. Its meaning is the
one who cannot be broken into pieces and thus cannot be destroyed. So God’s name
PRAJAYEN (PRAGYA) = from dhatu, “JYEN AVABODHANE”, Prajayen word is made
meaning whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who
knows every matter and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So
God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it is not out of place to mention that illusion
can never attack on God and God is totally free from illusion.
BHUHU = “BHUHU ITI VAYEE PRANAHA” i.e., He who is the base of lives of universe,
is most beloved, even more than Prann i.e., breath. So Bhuhu is the name of God.
BHUVAHA= “BHUVAHA ITI APANAHA” i.e., He who is totally free from any sorrow,
and the soul removes his own all sorrows after coming in contact with Him. So the
name of God is Bhuvaha.
SWAHA = i.e., “SWAHA ITI VYANAHE” who is omnipresent in the universe and is
holding the same. So the name of God is Swaha.
SAVITUHU = He who creates the universe. So the name of God is Savituhu.
DEVSYA= who gives all pleasure/merriment, so the name of God is Dev.
VARENNYAM = He who is the most supreme and acceptable. God is most supreme
and acceptable for worship.
BHARGAHA = the purest entity (though God is formless, but finding no suitable
English word of Sanskrit word, “SHUDH SWARUPAM” the word entity has been used.)
TAT = i.e., the God i.e., of the purest entity.
DHIMAHI = i.e., we must hold (sort of meditation) because
YAHA = the God
NAHA = our,
DHIYAHA = mind(i.e., in our minds)
PRACHODYAT = by inspiration (fulfil the mind with wisdom)
“We meditate the God who is the base of lives’ of universe, totally free from any sorrow, omnipresent, creates the universe, gives all pleasure/merriment, most supreme and acceptable, purest entity; May the God enlighten our minds with wisdom by His inspiration”.
Here it is not out of place to mention that idea of a (one) Ved mantra is based on ideas of several Ved mantras. So in the above Gayatri mantra, there are three things —-
Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha, Savituhu, Bhargaha, Devsya are some qualities amongst unlimited qualities of God. These are called Stuti i.e., to say about God with His real qualities and not self made etc.
Secondly Dhimahi means meditation i.e., one should always sit in meditation and do hard and pious deeds for which he will have to study Vedas in full, while discharging moral duties towards family and nation.
Third and last is DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT. It is a prayer to God explanation of which is cited above.
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 Gayatri 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 AMRITO 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 Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri 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.
Procedure of Chanting
Please, start the day by chanting Gayatri mantra in the early morning sitting on suitable asan like Sukhasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan etc. concentrate on the point between two eyebrows which is called “Agyachakra”. The Gayatri mantra should be chanted along with its meaning both times. Also, please try to perform daily hawan even with Gayatri mantra. Then try to study any of my books daily and put up question if any. After 15 days chant the Gayatri mantra only thrice thereafter do the name jaap of Almighty God-“Om”. The jaap must be done daily by heart and not orally.
Amit: Swamiji, sab kehte hai ki bhagwan ka swarup nirakar hai, magar swamiji prabhu toh sabme he chahe wo sher ho, chahe chiti, ya hathi, yaha tak ke sansar ke har prani me har jeev me wo verajit hai bus hume us param pita parmeshwar ko janene bhar ki der hai. to kya swamiji
hum ye nahi kah sakte ki weh sakar hai. kripya iska samadhan de swamiji..
Swami Ram Swarup: Han! Prabhu sabmein hai chahe sher ho chahe chintee ityadi aur who sabmein isliye hai kyunki woh nirakar hai.. Suksham se bhi ati suksham hai. Agar Prabhu sakaar ho to harek kee body mein kaise ghuseiga. Udhranann ke taur par taar mota hai lekin current suksham
hai. Isliye taar mein current flow karta hai. Agar current suksham na hota toh taar mein kaise ghusta aur Ishwar toh current mein bhi hai isliye current se bhi suksham hai.
Doosree baat hamein yeh dhyan mein rakhnee hai ki Saare Ved aur Rigveda bhi kehta hai ki Ishwar (Ajah Ek Paat) hai. Ajah ka arth hai mata ke garbh mein nahin aata, janam nahin leita. Ek paat ka matlab hai, har halat mein weh ek sa rehta hai. Aisa nahin hota ki kabhi sakaar ho jaye kabhi nirakaar ho jaye, kabhi chidiya ka roop ley ley, ityadi, aisa nahin hota. Isliye Ishwar kee pooja vedon ke anusaar, yajyen, havan, naam jaap aur Ashtang Yogabhyas se kee jaati hai. Iske liye ved aur Yog vidya ke gyata acharya avashyak hai. I also paste my article as under-
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 Yajyen, 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 Yajyen 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 deeds of universe. 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 53,111 years ago. Then first time the four rishis of nonsexual creation started pronunciation of the mantras by the power of God. God wanted them to know word meanings and sense 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 more 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 orally 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 sutra 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.