Nidhi: Swamiji Pranaam, You had explained the following mantra on your website on 18th January 2010. Could you please elaborate. If a female can worship God during this period why can’t her husband or any other family member come in contact with her? Please explain. Why should she be isolated and ask to do her own dishes or cook her own food? Excuse my ignorance if I have misunderstood the explanation.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. During such period, some germs come out of the body of the lady which prove to be harmful to others. That is why, for such particular period the lady should not be touched. As regards worship, God is formless and is ever away from the effect, any kind of germs etc. God being omnipresent, God also resides in germs, gutters etc., but being subtlest and minutest (most suksham), He remains separate. She should not cook for herself but other family members must look after her for food purposes. Yes, please, you have understood the idea of RigVeda mantra well.
Anonymous: I am asking this question with great sorrow. I am married before 20 years. For the last two years my husband doubting me that I am keeping some illicit relations. I don’t know how to give clarifications to my innocence. I am a god fearing lady keeping high moral values. After this I lost my sincere love to my husband. I like to keep away from him especially in physical contact This worsens the situation. What can I do
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. You see, my daughter, truth prevails. So, you should not be demoralized. Be brave and continue your path of discharging your moral duties for your husband and children. Such occurrences raised in several families but are settled with cooperation. You should shower your love, dedication to your husband more and more and one day he would be able to understand your pure heart and pure love. My blessings are always with you.
Vikas: Namste Swamiji. Charan Sparsh. Thank you for answering some of my questions previously. I have few doubts. The questions are:
1. Is it anywhere in Vedas mentioned about 84 lakh yonis of the soul. That a soul may be snake, human or even tree. Other than Vedas is there any Sanskrit scripture where it is mentioned?
2. Where God live? some says in heart. some says in some Loka. Is he reside in the heart of a criminal or terrorist?
3. In rudra prashanah (i think in Yajurveda, please correct me if i am wrong), Lord Shiva is mentioned as Neelgreevay or Neelkanthay. What they signify spiritually? Are they personification of God as literally these means haning blue throat or blue neck. I would be thankful, if you kindly clear my doubts.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. You are most welcome, please.
(i) Yes, please. In this regard I paste my article below:-
Rebirth and different yonis
Idea of Yajurveda mantra 39/6 is that after leaving the human body, the soul goes to several matters in the space etc., and then according to good or bad deeds takes next birth. Yajurveda mantra 39/7 states that those souls who do sins they take birth with violent nature like wolves, bear and those who give fear to others in human body, they take birth in body with dangerous nature like crocodiles, poisonous snakes, tigers, lions, wild boars etc., those who give fear to others, they will be of timid nature also like rabbits, deer etc. Those who give justice and make others fearless, they will take next birth in a fearless nature. Those who are indulged in illusion, they will take birth in a place where the atmosphere will be full of illusion (Yajurveda mantra 40/3 also refers).
Those who are learned Yogis but are not yet attained salvation, they will take next birth in a place where there will not be any illusion but divine enlightenment. Those who have not controlled their five senses, five perceptions and mind then in the next birth they will be of restless nature. But those who have controlled their senses etc., will be of calm, peaceful nature. Those who have followed eternal knowledge, they will also be of peaceful nature in the next birth.
Atharvaveda mantra 9/10/16 states that those who are not learned in this birth, they will get the birth as “sthavar” rooted plants etc., as birds and as animals etc., and those who are learned they take next birth as rishi-munis. So the soul based on his sins or pious deeds takes birth in upper class or lower class. The above said Atharvaveda mantra also states that the soul in the human body knows each and everything that is each outer matter of the world but due to involvement in illusion, soul does not know himself.
As Manusmriti states in shlok 1/43-46 the soul according to deeds takes birth as animal, non-violent deer etc., carnivores like tiger, leopards etc., devils, human beings. The said are of “jarayuj” type i.e., those who take birth from their skin i.e., tissue. Soul takes birth as “undaj” type i.e., those who hatch from eggs like birds, snakes, crocodiles, fish, tortoise, etc. Soul takes birth in “Swedaj” type i.e., those who take birth from sweat, humidity, moisture, for-example, lice, mosquitoes, flies, bed-bugs, etc.
Soul also takes birth in Udbhij i.e., who takes birth from within the earth like plants who emerge from seeds etc., and are stable at one place like trees etc. So there are four above quoted main origin (yonis) of which the total number comes as 84 lakhs.
Yet, if you have any query, you can ask question again.
(ii) God is everywhere but He manifests Himself within the heart of a Yogi, as is also mentioned in Rigveda 10/12/1.
Samveda mantra 9 also states that God manifests Himself (pushkaraat) i.e., in the space of heart of a learned Yogi.
Yes, Omnipresent God is everywhere, so He also resides within all the human beings but manifests Himself only in the heart of a Yogi. Otherwise, remains invisible everywhere due to the illusion in the human beings other than Yogi.
(iii) The literal meaning of the word “Rudra” is he who makes people to weep. So, there are three Rudras- God, soul and vital airs (prann).
When God gives punishment to the defaulters then defaulters and their relatives start weeping, so God is called Rudra. Earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc., are several ways and means of Almighty, Formless God to make the people weep. When, at the time of death, soul leaves the body and relatives start weeping, so soul is also called Rudra. At the time of death, breathing system gets stopped. So, vital airs are also called Rudra.
Such description is available in Yajurveda chapter 16 and Yajurveda mantra 38/1 as well as in other Vedas.
Yajurveda mantra 36/20 also states that Oh! God, we do stuti (praise) for you. You (asmabhyam) for us (Shivaha bhava) be benevolent and kind.
In Yajurveda mantra 34/12, it is stated that (Devanaam Devaha) the most learned of vedas amongst learned of vedas and (Rishihi) knower of knowledge of vedas (Shivaha Sakhaha) is your benevolent friend. So, the meaning of Shiva in vedas is formless, Omnipresent, Almighty God and learned of vedas as well.
“Neelangaha” word has been mentioned in Yajurveda mantra 24/30, the meaning of which is “whose colour is Neel i.e., blue”.
In Yajurveda mantra 24/23 “Chashaan” word has been mentioned, the meaning of which is “Neelkanth”. This meaning pertains to the bird which has the throat of blue colour.
Shivji Maharaj has been called Neelgrevay and Neelkanthey in present Puranns which normally do not tally with eternal knowledge of Vedas.
As regards God Who is Formless, Omnipresent and Almighty, He does not come within the category of colour etc.