Ashwin: Swamiji, my pranams to you. Patanjali Maharishi has written that evolution is the rule of creation. Do Vedas support this anywhere or even hint about this? Please clarify me. Thank you.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
Patanjali Rishi has not stated that evolution is the rule of creation. Patanjali Rishi has only written world famous Yog Shastra, based on four Vedas in which the said comments have not been given by him and Vedas never support it. In this connection, I paste my article:-
The creation is eternal and automatic. There is no date of creation of the following:
(A) Almighty God who is alive, immortal, formless, creates, nurses and destroys the universe. He never indulges in any maya, mahamaya, illusion and deeds (good or bad. Yajurveda Mantra 40/8 and Yog shastra Sutra 1/26 also refer)
(B) Soul: Soul is alive, the purest, away from sins etc. but illusion covers the soul due to which soul forgets his original form and hence remains in sorrows, problems etc.
C) Prakriti: Non-alive and has three qualities. i.e., Raj, tam, Satva. At a proper time, the power of God acts in prakriti and the universe is created. So the creation is eternal and automatic.
Raj, Tam and Satva are the three qualities of prakriti. When the said gunnas remain idle dormant i.e., do not work, then combination of these three gunnas(qualities) in dormant stage is called prakriti and this time is called “final destruction” of the universe. When an appropriate time comes, the creation is to be started again. Then the power of God works in the above three gunnas i.e., in the prakriti and immediately the creation starts. Rajo gunn is a sign of sensuousness etc., Tamo gunn signifies laziness and sato gunn signifies ego, pride. Our human body is also made of the said three gunnas.
Vedas tell that there are three eternal/immortal matters- first: Almighty God, second: souls, third: prakriti. Almighty God creates, nurses and destroys the universe and again creates it. The said process of creation is eternal/immortal/everlasting. Almighty God creates the universe from prakriti. When the raj, tam and satva gunnas of prakriti remain idle (dormant condition/inactive) then creation does not take place. At an appropriate time, a power of Almighty God acts in prakriti (i.e., in Raj, tam and satva gunnas). Immediately the process of creation starts and the first matter of prakriti is made which is called –Mahat i.e., mind; from Mahat- ahankar is made, from ahankar panch (5) tan matrayein, from panch (5) tanmatrayein, panch (5) mahabhoot are created. From panch mahabhoot, the entire matter of universe i.e., Sun, Moon air, water , our bodies, bodies of other living beings etc., are created. The whole creation is thus created from prakriti and remains still (in active) like a statue. This creation is called non-sexual creation. In the said creation, the young human bodies are created which are neither old nor babies. Then by the power of God, in the said bodies, breathing system (prann vaayu) starts operating. At last, God enters into the universe and immediately all the humans and other living beings become alive and start functioning. Similarly, the non-alive matters like Sun, moon, earth, air, water etc., start their respective functions.
Creation, Science, worldly matters etc., is not possible until the same is created by someone. Secondly, knowledge is attained when knowledge is imparted by someone.
Rigveda mantra 10/129/ 1-6 throw light about creation that at that time, there was nothing and no living beings did exist. So there was no learned acharya who could give the knowledge to the newly created living beings like parents who educate the children to make them able to speak language and to know about the matters like crow, animals, chapati, ghee, sun, moon i.e., all matters of the world. See, if a newly born baby is managed to live in dense jungle and nursed well but he is not given education about the worldly matters etc. i.e., mathematics, science, animals, sun, moon etc., then even at the young age of 20-25, 30 years, he will not be able to speak any language and when he will be brought out of the cave of dense jungle and will be asked about the sun, moon, animals, birds before him, then he will not be able to reply because he was not given the said knowledge.
When we see towards sun, moon, air, space, human body etc. It is clearly understood that the said creation has not been made by any human being but Almighty God, from whom the knowledge of four Vedas emanates. In Vedas, the knowledge right from straw to Brahma has been mentioned. So in the beginning of non-sexual earth, the Vedas originated in the heart of four rishis: Agni, Vaayu, Aditya and Angira, and from the rishis the knowledge of science, deeds and worship along with every matter is being given to the public by which the public became educated scientist and wrote books, etc.
In Vedas as well as in fourth chapter of Yog Shastras of Rishi Patanjali, it is mentioned that those who do not believe in God are provided more and more facilities by nature and such people get spoiled etc.
On the contrary those who worship God, they naturally try to kill their desires and accordingly under the law, nature, help them to follow the true path to realize the God.
It is also pertinent to mention here that in Vedas, there is no mention of avtarwad or any proper noun, please. Vedas do not even contain any story or past, present or future life of anyone. Vedas contain knowledge i.e., entire science, form of deeds/duties and worship of God. Actually Vedas give knowledge right from straw to Brahma (God) of entire universe.
All four Vedas tell to worship a formless, Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. God was one, is one and shall ever remain one. He is unchangeable, unchallengeable and beyond description. He has unlimited qualities and thus unlimited names but is one. Because He is Almighty and needs no help of anyone to create, nurse and destroy the universe therefore no need to take avtar.
Ambrish: If Tantrik Kriya not Valid then why we have many old script of Tantrik Kriya related to Kali & Shiv?
Swami Ram Swarup: Old means that the old scripts of tantric kriya have come into existence within (may be) not more than thousand years. Problem is this that till Mahabharat war i.e., about 5,300 years ago, Vedic culture was only in vogue. When after Mahabharat war, it started declining due to one or the other reason (reason being lengthy cannot be briefed here), people have made their own paths of worship.
Yet, if we’ve to come to truth, we’ve to tally our views with Vedas. If views tally with Vedas then they are authentic otherwise not. Yog Shastra sutra 1/7 in this connection also refers.
A W: Dear Guruji, I have been advised by my son the benefits of Havan. I then started doing the Havan but I have noticed that once I start doing it for about a week I get swarmed by all sorts of problem to the point I have to stop doing havan. Its happened on 4 occassions sequentially and I am confused as to whats all this. I get a feeling that its the havan or at least it seems like that. Guruji my son says to continue with the havan. Please help.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessing to you, my daughter.
Problems are destroyed by performing hawan and you see, problems do not come by performing hawan.
According to Rigveda mantra 10/135/1,2,3 we’ve been blessed by God with human body to face the result of previous lives’ deeds good or bad in the shape of happiness and sorrows please. So, don’t worry please. Continue your hawan God will sure help you.
I would also advise you to read some of my books to know Vedic philosophy,
i). “ Vedas- A Divine light Part I”
ii). “Yajyen karma Sarvashreshtha Ishwar Pooja.”
iii). “ Vedic Satsang sangrah Part I”
Hawan is real worship of Almighty God mentioned in Vedas, so please continue.