G: Is there a concept of “defamation” according to Hindu Dharma, and a prescribed punishment for one person writing about another person, being considered as a defamation ? Does Hindu Dharma permit a fact to be spoken and written freely, and not considered defamatory ? Thank you.
Swami Ram Swarup: Democracy permits to write and speak freely but keeping in view the rights of other people. Vedic Dharma states to avoid violence. We may not harm anyone. We should not break anyone’s heart. We should not spread ravages of hatred. Unparliamentary language should never be used. So, if anyone breaks the rules and regulations of Vedic Dharma, Vedas tell that the King should punish him accordingly. Otherwise Almighty God punishes because He is the Supreme Judge. So, rules and regulations have been framed by God in Vedas and the defaulter is punished severely. So, you can write and speak freely but keeping regard of good manners and speaking sweet language, says Rigveda. In case of speaking and writing in bad sense etc., Atharvaveda states that such abuses revert back to the user as a token of punishment.
Anand: Param Pujya Swamiji, Please give us word to word translations of these verses” Rig Veda III.34.9, IV.5.14, IV.17.10-11, IV.28.3-4, VI.75, VII.83, VII.86.5-6, I.31.6,42, I.100.18 and
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. It is a lengthy task to give translations of mantras given by you. I shall try to translate the mantra in Hindi language if it suits you. Then the translated paper will be sent to you, by post on receipt of your postal address.
Anonymous: Pranam Swamiji, my daughter in law curses me,my father,brother sister,sister in law, husband,daughter curses me,please help…
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. If, the family members are cursing you then there may be some reason behind-either right or wrong. So, if possible, please intimate the reason then I would be able to guide you suitably.