Ashwin: Swamiji, my pranams to you. I heard somewhere that in Ramayana, Ravan’s sister once met Sri Rama and wanted to marry him. But Sri Rama asked her to approach Lakshman. After some incident, Mata Sita laughed at her and that made her angry and she tried to attack Mata Sita. Due to that,Lakshman cut off her nose and ears. So Ravan decided to abduct Mata Sita after hearing this incident. Is this episode really happened in Valimiki Ramayana? Also,who is bird Jatayu? How the bird fought with Ravan to prevent the abduction of Mata Sita? Please explain. Thank you very much.
Swami Ram Swarup: The hundred percent true Ramayana is Valmiki Ramayana written by Rishi Valmiki where such story is mentioned. But in turn Shri Ram ji objected and refused Shrupnakha’s proposal. Yes then Shri Ram told Shrpnakha to make contact with Lakshmann for the same. But Mata Sita never laughed because she knew Shri Ram & Laskhman’s Character. When Lakshman also did not accept Shrupnakhas proposal then according to the Atharvaveda Shri Ram being a prince of Ayodhaya ordered Lakshmann to cut nose of Shrupnakha as a punishment. So Shri Ram & Lakshmann obeyed the Vedas and not did any sin or bad deeds by ordering & cutting the nose. Naturally Shrupnakha then made complaint and wept before Ravann & Ravann made his mind to take revenge & accordingly with a plan abducted Sita Mata. The Jatayu was a king and not a bird. He was a close friend of Dashrath. He in the old age took Sansyas and as ascetic he entered the Jungle/forest to do tapsaya. When Ravann was taking Sita Mata he objected & had a fight against Ravann but was killed.

Bipin: Param pujaya Guruji, our charan sparsh & dandawat pranam at your pious feet. Guruji, as informed with your blessings we will come to Ved Mandir. We are impatient to take your darshan and can’t delay more. Guruji, our worship is going on. We are doing havan both times daily.. In evening I am daily reading /referring Bhagwat Geeta written by your good self. 1. We use word ‘Prabhu’ for Ishwar. At the end of Agnihotra we do prarthna in which also we sing ‘Pujaniya Prabhu hamare bhav ujjwal kijiye’. What is the meaning of word ‘Prabhu’ and whether it suggests any quality of GOD. Whether it is mentioned in Vedas.
2. Would you please send us meaning of mantras of which we are giving ahutis on Poornima & Amavasya. Pranam, Guruji. With charan Sparsh at your pious feet.
Swami Ram Swarup: 1.My blessings to you and expect your family’s presence in the Ved Mandir. The meaning of ‘Prabhu’ is the most supreme power i.e., the Almighty God. Yes it is also a divine quality of God. Yes it is mentioned in Vedas.

2. The Poornnima & Amavasya mantras are being published in our magazine and will be available in the month of May.

Somesh: Sadar Charan Sparsh Guru dev ji, I want to know the scientific reasons behind doing Havan.
Swami Ram Swarup: The scientific reasons/benefits of performing havan is lengthy therefore, cannot be mentioned here. However, on receipt of your postal address, it can be sent by post. However some details are as appended below in my article.

Benefits of Yajyen

Yajurveda gives knowledge to do pious deeds. The first mantra of Yajurveda (1/1) says that human beings must perform Yajyen in which offerings are put in burning fire with Ved mantras. Then mantra says it will prevent the infectious disease and will give constant pleasure. Samveda mantra 534 says that the ingredients like ghee and samagri when poured in fire while performing Yajyen, then these matters go in sky and cause rain and purify the atmosphere.

Samveda mantra 536 says that in YAJYEN, the matters (aahuti/offerings) go up to sun and give strength to sun to cause rain. Samveda mantra 537 tells the offerings in a Yajyen must touch the ray of light of sun. Samveda mantra 539 says that the offerings in a Yajyen, go to the sky to create rain so that the animal, birds etc., are increased in number. Samveda mantra 1379 says that Yajyen must be performed while chanting Ved mantras and mantra 1380 says that age is increased by Yajyen.

Samveda mantra 1363 says that one who loves Yajyen, he only concentrates/meditates. Samveda mantra 1270 says that the offerings in Yajyen go in the sky through ray of light of sun. Yajurveda mantra 1/2 says that Yajyen purifies the earth. It reaches to ray of light of sun and goes to sky and sun through air. Yajyen purifies the air and holds the universe spreading pleasure all over. When Yajyen is performed then air touches the burning fire and scientifically is purified just as water is boiled on fire and becomes purified. Then the pure air goes up (on being heated) and the impure air starts touching the fire and after becoming purified goes to sky and this procedure is continued till the end of Yajyen.

Yajyen is basically performed by using wood of mango tree. A scientist named Trelle of France did experiments on Yajyen. He found that Yajyen is mainly performed by using mango tree. When the wood is burnt then a gas, “formic aldehyde” is liberated which destroys the harmful bacteria and makes the atmosphere pure. Then only, the scientists made “formalin” from “formic aldehyde” gas. He also did experiment on jaggery/Gur (in Hindi raw sugar) and found that on burning the jaggery, jaggery also generates “formic aldehyde” gas.

A scientist named Tautlik came to know that if we stay in a Yajyen and its smoke for half an hour then the germs of typhoid are destroyed and all these matters are used in Yajyen.

Yajurveda says that four types of things mainly used to prepare offerings for a Yajyen:
1. Sweet Like honey, jaggery, raw sugar etc.,
2. Antibiotic herbs like gyol, etc.,
3. Nutrition like pure ghee, dry fruits etc.,
4. Fragrant materials like elaichi (cardamom) dried petals flowers etc.

When all these are offered then it happens that just as a household lady in her kitchen fries chilli in ghee then you know the effect of the chilli through air even goes to a far distance like drawing room and other rooms too. So is the case of Yajyen and similarly the offerings of all the things goes to the sky and to sun making contact with air and ray of light of sun.

Chilli leaves its bad effect to the nose whereas the above said things used in Yajyen leave the best affect in atmosphere according to the qualities of each thing. That is why Samveda mantra 3 says that burning fire is like messenger/ambassador which does work to carry the effect of all above things to the sky i.e., spreads them in atmosphere. Everybody knows that things/matters are never destroyed but change their shape only. There is also a misunderstanding that in a Yajyen/havan, carbon dioxide gas is generated. Carbon dioxide is available in whole of universe. Its huge quantity is harmful but when carbon dioxide comes out from havan, duly mixed with ghee and other things it becomes beneficial to all human beings. Secondly, burning of mango twigs does not liberate much of carbon-dioxide. Scientists also say that carbon dioxide is taken by human beings in soda lemonade which becomes digestible. Therefore the holy Yajyen in addition is a scientific action which is beneficial to the whole universe.

Dr. Kundanlal (M.D.) was an allopathic doctor, he took twelve test tubes made of glass, duly purified scientifically, six sets of two test tubes each made and each set was filled with milk and food i.e., six were filled with milk and six were filled with food. In six test tubes, there was air of
Yajyen/havan. In other six test tubes there was only ordinary air of garden filled. Now Dr. Kundanlal started regular watch on each set of test tubes. He found the result that the food which was filled by ordinary air of garden started decaying and giving bad smell quickly whereas the food with air of Yajyen/havan started decaying slowly. This experiment was based while performing a single havan but a spiritual havan containing all things (minimum 21 herbs) will give the best result.

Therefore there are unlimited benefits of Yajyen which cannot be explained in full, being very lengthy. I have forgotten about an article I read in a leading newspaper of India about ten years back, in which it was mentioned that in a country, a jungle up to the area of 30 miles started getting dried up due to a disease in herbs and trees. The Govt. tried level best to nurse the jungles but all in vain. The country came to know from somewhere about Yajyen and not Yajyen but a simple havan without Ved mantras was started there and slowly, the whole jungle was recovered and became green, duly free from disease. Yajyen in the night will contain only spiritual effect but the physical effect for causing rain and purification of atmosphere will be decreased as all the things used in Yajyen/havan will be unable to go to sky and even to sun in the absence of ray of light of sun as mentioned in above mantras.