Mallika: Swamyji, I am facing lot of financial difficulties. I had lot of loan transaction in the bank. Please help me.
Swami Ram Swarup: You see, life is a struggle and we all have to face happily, not intentionally. Financial difficulties can only be finished by more earning and doing hard work. We must also not forget that happiness and sorrows came due to the result of one’s own previous lives’ deeds. Vedas say if a person wants to destroy his sorrows/problems, he must follow Vedic path and do worship daily both times. For this purpose, he’ll have to make contact with learned acharya of Vedas to listen Vedic preach and to know the process of doing daily hawan with ved mantras. Worship of God surely, helps us. In the, meantime, you are advised to do the followings:-
Hard working, devotion, dedication, honesty, services to the parents and elders to follow eternal religion mentioned in Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga, discharging moral duties to get progress in education, science simultaneously with spiritualism like, daily havan, to be in contact with the learned Acharya, to get his advice, are some of the pious deeds which make the future bright and obliterate the sorrows, problems, diseases, etc.
One must wake up 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 Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA
DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT
Meaning of Gayatri mantra stating each word is as follows. Its meaning is based on
Vedas and Sanskrit grammar. Grammatical hints are in short please.
Om has three Hindi words. Aa, Uu AND Ma. Aa is meant for Aakaar from which three
names of God are built, Viraat, Agni, and Vishwadi. From Uu = uukar from which
Hirannyagarbha, Vayu and Tejas names occur and Ma = makaar from which Ishwar,
Aditya and Praajyan aadi, holy names of God occur. Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says
God is one but His names are several. But here OM the holy name of God is only being explained.
VIRAAT = Viraat word is made from dhatu ‘Rajrideeptau’ i.e., manifest. Therefore Viraat means He who manifests the universe. As God manifests the universe, thus
Viraat is the name of God. Rigveda mandal 10, sukta 129 states that like potter makes pot from clay, similarly God creates universe from non-alive matter prakriti.
Prakriti is unseen matter. From unseen matter, the whole universe is created in the visible form. Science also says that matter is never destroyed but changes its form.
Suppose a paper is burnt, paper changes its form into ashes. Then ashes are crushed and thrown in air. At this moment, the paper changed into ashes becomes invisible but was never destroyed. Similarly the whole universe at the time of final destruction is turned into prakriti i.e., into unseen form.
AGNI = From dhatu, “ANCHU GATI POOJANAYOHO” the word “AGNI is made. Its meaning is: He who is a form of wisdom. “SARVAJAYEN” i.e., Omniscient. That is, knows each and every atom of universe and even beyond universe. He who is to be known, to be gained and is worshipful. So Agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is He
in whom the universe is entering or He who is entering the universe. So being
omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANNYAGARBHA = i.e., ” JYOTIRVAYIHIRANYAM”. Its meaning is, who is the base
of all sun, etc., luminous lokas or He who is the living place of all luminous lokas.
VAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vayu word is made. Its meaning is
He who holds, gives life and destroys and is the mightiest amongst all. So the name
of God is Vayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made meaning He who is self
made and self-enlightened and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take
light from anywhere but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken,
unobstructed/unproduced and eternal form of light is Almighty God and not sun,
moon etc. So the name of God is Tej.
ISHWAR = from dhatu, “ISH ASHWERIYE”, the word Ishwar is made. Its meaning is
whose knowledge is thoughtful and true and He who has unlimited wealth, fortune
and glory etc. Therefore the name of God is Ishwar. Here it is not out of place to
mention that soul (man/woman) has limited qualities and are dependent whereas
God is independent and has unlimited qualities that is why He is God.
ADITYA = from dhatu, “DO AVAKHANDANE”, Aditya word is made. Its meaning is the one who cannot be broken into pieces and thus cannot be destroyed. So God’s name
PRAJAYEN (PRAGYA) = from dhatu, “JYEN AVABODHANE”, Prajayen word is made meaning whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who
knows every matter and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So
God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it is not out of place to mention that illusion
can never attack on God and God is totally free from illusion.
BHUHU = “BHUHU ITI VAYEE PRANAHA” i.e., He who is the base of lives of universe,
is most beloved, even more than Prann i.e., breath. So Bhuhu is the name of God.
BHUVAHA= “BHUVAHA ITI APANAHA” i.e., He who is totally free from any sorrow,
and the soul removes his own all sorrows after coming in contact with Him. So the
name of God is Bhuvaha.
SWAHA = i.e., “SWAHA ITI VYANAHE” who is omnipresent in the universe and is
holding the same. So the name of God is Swaha.
SAVITUHU = He who creates the universe. So the name of God is Savituhu.
DEVSYA= who gives all pleasure/merriment, so the name of God is Dev.
VARENNYAM = He who is the most supreme and acceptable. God is most supreme
and acceptable for worship.
BHARGAHA = the purest entity (though God is formless, but finding no suitable
English word of Sanskrit word, “SHUDH SWARUPAM” the word entity has been used.)
TAT = i.e., the God i.e., of the purest entity.
DHIMAHI = i.e., we must hold (sort of meditation) because
YAHA = the God
NAHA = our,
DHIYAHA = mind(i.e., in our minds)
PRACHODYAT = by inspiration (fulfil the mind with wisdom)
“We meditate the God who is the base of lives’ of universe, totally free from any sorrow, omnipresent, creates the universe, gives all pleasure/merriment, most supreme and acceptable, purest entity; May the God enlighten our minds with wisdom by His inspiration”.
Here it is not out of place to mention that idea of a (one) Ved mantra is based on ideas of several Ved mantras. So in the above Gayatri mantra, there are three things —-
Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha, Savituhu, Bhargaha, Devsya are some qualities amongst unlimited qualities of God. These are called Stuti i.e., to say about God with His real qualities and not self made etc.
Secondly Dhimahi means meditation i.e., one should always sit in meditation and do hard and pious deeds for which he will have to study Vedas in full, while discharging moral duties towards family and nation.
Third and last is DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT. It is a prayer to God explanation of which is cited above.
HOW TO DO HAVAN
Please sit in the morning to perform havan. Havan must be in sunlight then it is more beneficial. Then half a bowl of fresh water with a tablespoon must be with you with small twigs especially of mango tree if possible, havan samagri, ghee, camphor and match box must be there with you. Please sit on sukh asan on four times folded blanket and blanket must be on mat.
Sukh asan i.e., sit on duly folded feet in comfortable position. Then first close your eyes and concentrate between two eyebrows and chant Gayatri mantra three times within heart and not by mouth. Then open your eyes.
Take one spoon of water in right palm. Chant this mantra, OM AMRITO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA and drink the water which you have put in your palm. Then again take the spoon of water in right palm then chant the next mantra, OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA, and drink the water. Then again take the water in right palm and chant the mantra, OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA, and drink the water. Then wash the right palm while sitting, with the same water kept in bowl.
Then put the twigs into havan kund with one piece of camphor and burn it. During this process chant the Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri mantra and at the last add the word Swaha and offer ghee with tablespoon, quantity equivalent to 4 to 5 drops. And if you are alone then also offer in fire pinch of havan samagri from your right hand’s finger and thumb avoiding forefinger. So this offering may be of 11 times, 21 times or 51 times as the time suits. It is the simplest way and I have not quoted the complete method of Yajna. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times.
In the end of hawan, please pray to God to fulfill your desires. I hope God will sure listen to you.
PROCEDURE OF CHANTING
Please, start the day by chanting Gayatri mantra in the early morning sitting on suitable asan like Sukhasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan etc. concentrate on the point between two eyebrows which is called “Agyachakra”. The Gayatri mantra should be chanted along with its meaning both times. Also, please try to perform daily hawan even with Gayatri mantra. Then try to study any of my books daily and put up question if any.
After 15 days chant the Gayatri mantra only thrice thereafter do the name jaap of Almighty God-“Om”. The jaap must be done daily by heart and not orally.
Krishna: Namaskar swamiji my name is Krishna and I am the only daughter my father recently passed away and I am taking care of my mother and I loved a person named of a different caste. I dont belive in caste and all I only belive in god and grace of god towards us can I marry him. I a Brahmin and he is from a Scheduled Caste. Please suggest me he takes care of me and my mother perfectly and never love me seeing my beauty as I am not at all beautiful at all.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessigs to you, my daughter.
I’m sorry to listen about your father that he has gone to heavenly abode. May God give peace to you and your mother and other family members. Surely, it is heartbroken situation.
It is very difficult for me to give decision about your love and marriage with that person. If your father had been alive and if your financial condition would have been good then the boy could be faithful to you, these are my views. Because the present situation of the whole world would does not look nice in the matter of love marriage. If you deem fit then you can go ahead. I also paste my article below:-
It is not wrong if boy is settled well and both sides agree and boy and girl are having good qualities and are of a required age.
Inter-caste marriages and Varna sankar
When there is no caste system then all the Vedas and ancient holy granths state that marriage must be performed based on good qualities from both sides. Marriage must be performed on mutual understanding and good qualities.
Ram married Sita, Yudhishthir married Draupadi etc., based on good qualities only. Yudhishthir was under the garb of Brahmin when kshtriye king Drupad accepted him as a son –in –law. Bheem married Hidimba, who was at that time was declared demon but sure she harboured good qualities and gave birth to Ghatotkach, a brave warrior. Same facts in detail have been mentioned in Geeta.
Varnna sankar has been quoted in Geeta shloka 1/42 and is based on the situation of Mahabharata war. But it is not meant for inter caste marriage. If the meaning of varnna sankar could be that inter-caste marriage must not be performed then Prashar Rishi was Brahmin and Vyas muni was born from Prashar Rishi and satyawati. Satyawati was a Nishad Raj’s daughter and not Brahmin. Further, from Vyas and Ambika and Ambalika, Pandu and Dhritrashtra were born wherein also castes were different. So the meaning of varnna sankar is the case when a man who is culprit and may be a lady-culprit too, gives birth to baby based on lust/crime, sinful course and not based on good qualities or religious purpose based on Vedas/Shastras, etc.
Arjun told that when warriors will be killed in the war then there will be no one left behind to look after the ladies and the culprits will forcefully take them away and with the result the off-springs based on such sinful course will be of sinful nature and will not take care of the old ladies, etc. Maryada is crossed when eternal laws of Vedas/religion/moral duties/pious deeds are violated.
Soul is dependent and therefore cannot do any deed etc., without senses, perceptions, mind and body. Whereas, God is independent. He is Almighty and needs no help from anybody to control the universe. So He never takes any assistance/help, like of any human body or of bow-arrow, gun etc., to kill anyone. At the time of death, soul goes out of the body and body with mouth, ear, eyes etc ., is burnt . Thirty-nine chapter of Yajurveda throws light that at this stage, soul remains in Sushupt stage i.e., like in coma, because the soul has no assistance like mouth, ear etc. So he cannot take in food, drink water, do any thing. After thirteen days the soul based on his previous lives’ deeds enter the womb. Therefore neither soul can be ghost nor can he take food etc. So according to Vedas, shradh, tarpann can not be done. No doubt soul has to face his karma- both karmas i.e., pious as well as sins. Please refer to the article on karmas.