Yashwant: Who is akbar: Allah of the 7th heaven or omnipresent Aum?
Swami Ram Swarup: The meaning of Akbar is most supreme.
Amit Bajaj: PRANAM SWAMIJI,in Aitareya Bramana there is a menshion of pashu bali (animal sacrifice) many times and the vidhi for performing these sacrifices according to rig vedic rituals. Please throw some light,thank you.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In Aiteerya Brahmin, there is no mention of any kind of animal sacrifice. Secondly, how can Vedas tell about sacrifice when all four Vedas promote non-violence and clearly state to observe non-violence in yajyen. However, if anybody states the same then ask him to quote the reference. In advance, I may tell you that if somebody quotes the reference then 110% his interpretation is false and totally against eternal knowledge of Vedas.
Sudip: Can you please give mantras from the four vedas which says that idol worship is sin and against god will?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajurveda mantra 32/3 states “Na tasya Pratima Asti” i.e., Almighty God can never be measured. Rigveda mantra 6/50/14 States “Ajah Ek paat” i.e., God never takes birth and is always unchangeable i.e., He is formless, omnipresent, Almighty, creates, nurses and destroys the universe. So, amongst the unlimited divine qualities, the said qualities (along with unlimited qualities) will ever remain same i.e., unchangeable. So, according to Vedas, Almighty God can never take Avtar and His idol cannot be made. In this connection, I also paste my article as under-
Reason for idol worshiping
The God’s worship is in Vedas which emanate direct from God, wherein idol worship is not mentioned. I have previously quoted several examples that idol worship is not required. For-example you know me and I also know you, we both reside in bodies, being souls and souls are also shapeless. So we know each other, but how? Only on the basis of qualities and not on the basis of statue/photos etc. If you or I will try hard then we can also meet together. This is worldly example even.
So on the basis of the qualities of the God, as mentioned in Vedas, God is known and when an aspirant follows/obeys the path of Vedas i.e., worship, Ashtang yoga practice, listening of Vedas, Yajyen etc., under guidance of an acharya, then he attains samadhi i.e., realizes God too. So, as per Vedas, no need of idol worship.
If someone believes that God is everywhere then why does he avoid wine, smoking, theft, etc., etc. inside the temple and does outside? Actually realization is subject of deep study of Vedas and to observe thereon. Sagunn means with eternal qualities mentioned in Ved mantras because the meaning of Sa+Gunn means ‘with qualities’. So God has unlimited qualities like formless, omnipresent, etc., etc. and nirakar means shapeless. One can not break the rules and regulations of God mentioned in Vedas. Vedas are self-proof and cannot be denied.