Aditya: Pranam Guruji. Is there anything mentioned in vedas regarding solar or lunar eclipse ? Like its significance or any do’s & dont’s. Because people normally say that we should not eat anything or have to take a bath after the eclipse, etc. Is there any truth behind such beliefs?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, beta. Every matter of universe is mentioned in vedas. So, solar and lunar eclipses also exist therein. No, the thing which you have mentioned are not therein vedas.
Anonymous: Please explain Yajurveda mantra 40/9. Does it promote idol worship?
Swami Ram Swarup: The mantra which you quoted does not promote idol worship.an explanation of mantra is appended below:-
ENTANGLEMENT IN WORLDLY MATTERS MEANS ENTANGLEMENT IN ILLUSION
Andhantamaha pra vishanti ye asambhutimupasatey,
Tato bhooya iv te tamo ya uu sambhutyaam rataaha.
(Yajurveda mantra 40/9)
The people who(upasatey) worship the (asambhutim) prakriti i.e., non alive matter which is the cause of creation (te) they (vishanti) enter (pra) completely (tamah) in the darkness i.e., illusion which is covered with (andham) lid i.e., false knowledge/ignorance.
Meaning– The people who worship the prakriti i.e., non alive matter which is the cause of creation they enter completely in the darkness i.e., illusion which is covered with lid i.e., false knowledge/ignorance.
On the other hand, (ye) those people who (rataaha) feel pleasure duly entangled (sambhutim) in the universe (te) they (pravishanti) enter completely (tamaha) in the darkness i.e., in the illusion/false knowledge (uu) undoubtedly (tataha bhooya iv) more than those who worship prakriti.
Meaning—- On the other hand, those people who feel pleasure duly entangled in the universe they enter completely in the darkness i.e., in the illusion/false knowledge undoubtedly more than those who worship prakriti.
Idea —– here we must know that prakriti has three qualities i.e., sato gunn, rajo gunn and tamo gunn and when the said qualities are not working (remain in dead state and not creating the universe) then this stage is called prakriti. At this juncture, the universe which we are seeing now is converted into prakriti. This is also called “final destruction of the universe”. Because at this stage whole world is destroyed and becomes unseen as quoted above. So, if people think that they would get peace if they are only after the realization of prakriti from which the whole universe is created, and for the same, they are fully dedicated to work hard, being scientists etc., and do not accept the existence of almighty God Who is the lord of prakriti and souls. On the contrary, they think that to know the prakriti is the only target of their lives and even is God for them then such persons enter completely in the darkness, which is covered by lid. Here darkness means illusion and lid means false knowledge.
So, those who are entangled in illusion due to false knowledge (i.e., being against the eternal knowledge of vedas, they enter into illusion) they suffer a lot in their present lives as well as in next births.
The meaning of word “ sambhutyaam” is universe i.e., universe is made from prakriti. Here, we must understand that when the period of final destruction ends then automatically the power of God acts in non alive matter prakriti, as a result, the first matter of universe from prakriti is created which is called mahat (intellect) then ahankar etc., (Samkya Shastra sutra 1/26 and Yajurveda mantra 31/3 refer).
Therefore, those people who consider to get the prakriti made universe (worldly matters like progress in science and are after the pomp and show, wealth etc., and thus have no time to get Vedic knowledge and do worship of almighty God) and its matter as the main target of their lives, they due to false knowledge become more sorrowful then those who worship prakriti, as quoted above.
Therefore to be completely indulged in the matter of prakriti and again in the matters which are created by prakriti, they are only after the worldly materialistic matters i.e., they only want to get progress in non alive prakriti made worldly matters.
Whereas vedas state that human beings must get progress in worldly matter (science etc.,) and simultaneously in spiritualism.
So main motto of the Vedic knowledge is to destroy the illusion of a devotee and to worship only one formless, almighty, omnipresent God Who creates universe from non-alive matter prakriti as cited above, by which the devotee destroys his sorrows and attains salvation. We must also not forget that while getting progress in said path, the simultaneous progress in worldly pious matters (science, agriculture, education, duties towards family, nation and humanity etc., as briefed above) is necessary because one sided progress is always harmful, say vedas.
In fact, Idol worship does not exist in four vedas.
Mei Kam: Dear Guruji, After Karnaveda Sanskar, how long should a boy wear earrings- for a certain period of time or lifelong? Please guide. Thank you very much!
Swami Ram Swarup: Blessings to you all, my daughter. It is upto the parents/boys either they can wear the earrings for whole of life or for certain time period.
DSS: Gurujii ko mera dandwat charan sparsh. Mera dil karta hai apke pas har wakt rahun Or apki sewa karun parantu samajh nhi aata ki jo karam ho chuke hain unko chodna sahi hai ki nhi jiske karan main sansar main lipt hun Gurujii aap hi rasta batayen kyaa karana chahiye.
Swami Ram Swarup: Mera aapko hardik ashirwad , beta. Beta yadi aap grihasth ashram mein hain tab grihasth ashram ke kartavya nibhate hue sath sath Ishwar bhakti, Guru bhakti karnee chahiye.
Anonymous: Dear Guruji, I would like my two toddlers joining me for havan. However, the problem is that when they sit with me in Havan, they tend to make a mess (e.g. putting ghee and samagri all over the floor, drinking water directly from the aachman cups, eating prasaad even before offering it in Havan, etc.) Please advise. Thanks very much!
Swami Ram Swarup: Blessings to you all, my daughter. You can sit for hawan with one or two members who can look after your children.
Anonymous: How to obtain success as a student?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. Every human being is asked by four vedas to follow the Vedic path. So, we must obey God because vedas are the preach of God. In vedas /Hindu scriptures a student should study hard and simultaneously, he must follow vedic teachings. I also paste my article in this regard:-
How to obtain success as a student
A student must do hard study with firm mind to get success. However, ‘WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY’ AND IT IS ALSO SAID THAT “NEVER BECOME NERVOUS AND TRY, TRY, TRY AGAIN.”
Hard working, devotion, dedication, honesty, services to the parents and elders to follow eternal religion mentioned in Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga, discharge moral duties to get progress simultaneously in education, science and in spiritualism, do daily havan, to make contact with the learned Acharya, to get his advice are some of the pious deeds which make the future bright and kill the sorrows, problems, diseases, etc.
One must awake 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 HARD STUDY DONE BY STUDENTS AND THEIR GOOD HEALTH WILL SURE GIVE THEM SUCCESS TO MAKE THEM A GOOD EARNING HAND. THE STUDENT MUST ALSO CHANT GAYATRI MANTRA DAILY.
Anonymous: Pranam guruji Thank you for answering me. I do hawan daily (except a few days of the month) but I used do it only in the morning, now I will perform it twice and with proper vidhi. I have got the book of sandhya mantras too. And I will try to keep my mind away from negative thoughts and only positive thoughts would be there in my mind.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. You are welcome, please. You are doing the best worship of The God by performing daily hawan. My article is also appended below:-
God has given knowledge of four Vedas to the souls which reside in human body. God has not given the knowledge to bodies. Soul realizes God and attains salvation and not bodies. Soul is unchangeable and immortal whereas bodies are changeable and are destroyed. So souls either in the body of man or woman is entitled to chant all the mantras, to listen preach and to worship God. According to Yajurveda mantra 31/11 there is no any caste system except humanity based on good or bad qualities.
Almighty God is the purest matter in the universe. You see God is omnipresent therefore also is present in our stomach, stool, urine, blood, etc., but no any matter is able to touch Him. He (God) thus always remains the purest. So woman can continue her daily hawan also.
Tejaswini: Sadar pranam guruji 🙏 Kai baar logon se charcha karte hue Dharma ka prashna uthta hai. Kyunki log Vedvani se door ho gaye hain kai prakar ki bhrantiyan Dharma ke vishay mein utpanna hui hain. Kai log hamare Dharma ko religion se jodte hain to koi kehte hain ki ye sirf way of life hai. Kripya Dharma ki sahi paribhasha ka gyaan karayen. Dhanyawad 🙏
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. Vedon aur shastron mein dharma ke vishay mein vistar se samjhaya hai. Maine bhi ek pustak mein dharma ke vishay mein likha hai aapko weh pustak yahaan se mangwakar padnee chahiye kyunki aap Brahma kee jigyasu hain, sankshep mein dharma useY kaha jata hai jo karma vedon kee prernna se kiya jaaye aur vedon kee prernna to useY hee aayegee jo guru se ved sunta rahega. Vedon mein hindu, muslim , sikh, christian, parsi, jain etc., ko dharma nahi kehte. Dharma to vedanusar kiye hue kartavya karma ko kaha jaata hai. Swayam nirmann kiye hue niyam par chalne ko dharma nahi kehte.
Saumya: There are various references on internet saying that some saint told that ghosts are really powerful. So please tell me that this is fake or not?
Swami Ram Swarup: Totally fake because authenticity is only four vedas and in four vedas God has not told about ghosts. So, ghosts are self-made system of mankind are totally unauthentic. I mean to say, ghost matter does not exist on the earth.
There is no existence of ghosts. But mostly the people who want to earn money or try to take enjoyment make it popular through falsehood and self- made frauds. They only spread such false worship of ghosts. They only promote the said worship by giving false proof of existence of ghosts and people are attracted and accept the same as if it is true.
In short I give two instances:
A poor man met me. He was suffering from acute stomach pain. He told me that his relative had taken him so many times to a baba who used to do treatment of ghost. The man was beaten badly there number of times, to accept that there was a ghost in him. The poor man said to me that at last helplessly, he (poor man) accepted that the ghost is within him, only to save himself from beating. But the fact was that he was having acute stomach pain. When such person accepts existence of ghost under pressure then the people who are present there, accept and start saying that they are eye-witness when the person accepted the existence of ghost.
This is what the false worshippers of ghosts want. They actually thus achieve the result of beating of the poor people. I suggested him some medicine and yoga asan and he became all right soon.
Second instance is that one of my followers brought a gentleman to me. He told that his friend’s daughter is caught by five witches. He further told the story that when the girl goes to bathroom in the morning, there the five witches slap on her upper arms and the sign of slaps of fingers exist on arms. The girl faints. So this story also looks a true one. But a learned person of Vedas, who is aware of the fundamental law of nature never accepts such stories at any cost to be a true one.
According to Yajurveda chapter 39, the fundamental law states that when alive soul leaves the human body, the soul remains under control of sutratma Vaayu by the power of God. At this time the soul always remains in sushuptwastha i.e., like in comma till rebirth. So how a soul can be a ghost? And in a stage of comma (sushuptwastha) how a soul can give harm to anybody?
I thought if I will straightaway refuse the existence of ghost, then the problem will not be solved, because the father of the girl was firm believer of ghost. So I told that this girl must come to me along with her parents daily at least for 10-15 days then she will be okay.
When first day the girl came to me, I asked her to tell all about the witches/ghosts etc. She repeated the story and told that her parents had spent lot of money to cure her. Her parents used to take her to such persons who dealt with such cases of ghosts. The persons used to ask her parents to offer wine, chicken etc., which her parents provided. She used to sit before them continuously for full night also. She was beaten by them with iron chains a number of times.
The second day I started giving her preach of Vedas. After one week, with the result of preach of Vedas, I was able to make her understand that there is no existence of ghost on the earth and she agreed.
Based on fundamental law of God I already knew that there is no ghost on the earth and the girl is telling all lies. Then in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere I told her that O daughter! When you have understood the fact of non-existence of ghosts then tell me truly about the story of witches and the signs of slaps with five fingers on the upper arms and what about fainting. I myself made a promise to her that I shall never tell her statement to anybody. Then she told that she is a student of class 9th and she never wants to go to school. But forcefully her parents used to send her to school then she thought to play such game.
When she was about to go to school in the morning she used to enter the bathroom and used to beat herself on both the upper arms leaving the signs of fingers thereon. She used to do the acting of fainting and afterwards she used to tell her parents that in the bathroom she saw five witches who beat her. With the result of such drama she used to enjoy the remaining day as holiday.
Then I told her that if she does not want to go to school, whatever may be the reason, I will make her parents agree, but she should stop doing such acting. And I will not tell anything to anybody. She agreed.
Next day I called her parents without girl and told them that I have cured their daughter. Now the witches will not come again but in this process they should stop their daughter from going to school. I asked them to arrange her education privately. Now she is married having sons and daughters.
After a lapse of six years I told the above true story in one of my regular preach where my follower who brought the case to me, was sitting in the public. Now he is a retired Govt., servant from a higher gazetted post. He was very much surprised after listening the fact.
So we must follow the fundamental law of nature only then there will be no problem to understand the truth.
Daya: Gurujii ko mera charan sparsh mera sawal hai ki jo janau hum pahnte hai usmain teen dhagon ka kyaa rasya hai suna hai Gouruji esi ke dwara shisya ki raksha karte hain kya ye baat satya hai Marajji margdarshan karen
Swami Ram Swarup: Aapko mera ashirwad,beta. Teenon dhagon ka arth hai- rajogunn, tamogunn, satogunn. Ye hamne ganth bandh dee. Arthat hum par asar na karein. Is Vishay mein mera article padein.
Janeyu (the holy thread)
According to the true Vedic philosophy the custom to wear the Janeyu is eternal made by God. Janeyu has three threads which are indication of Raj, Tam and Satv gunas. There is a knot in the thread which indicates and reminds every time that we have taken oath to bind the said three gunas because the gunas have proud, anger, laziness, greed and various sins.
Further the said three threads also remind us to discharge duties towards Rishirin, Pitririn and Devrin. Rishirin means we have to serve the learned Rishis to obtain knowledge both worldly and spiritual. Pitririn means after completion of brahmacharya ashram our parents entered Grihasthashram (family life being married) and gave us birth. This tradition we have to follow and we have to serve the parents also. Devrin means after completion of grihasthashram we have to enter Vanprasth ashram to learn and donate the knowledge to the society. In a Sanskrit shlok it is mentioned that the Yajopavit gives us long happy life.
Rules for Janeyu
Janeyu is also called Yajopaveet. It is worn generally, at the age between 6-8 years while performing upanayan or Vedarambh sanskar. However, everybody can wear it after performing Holy Yajyen from Ved mantras. In the Yajyen, a learned acharya (Brahma) must preside over it. According to the true Vedic philosophy the custom to wear the Janeyu is eternal made by God. Janeyu has three threads which are indication of Raj, Tam and Satv gunas. There is a knot in the thread which indicates and reminds every time that we have taken oath to bind the said three gunas because the gunas have proud, anger, laziness, greediness and various sins.
After wearing janeyu, one must always be vegetarian, he must do daily havan with gayatri mantra. He must chant daily gayatri mantra and name jaap of holy name of God – Om sitting on siddhasan or Padmasan along with its meaning, daily. He should try to listen Vedas. You may please contact local Arya Samaj on the subject or you may come here.