Vinay Arya: Namaste Swamiji I want to learn Sanskrit. But,the fact is that I want to learn the real Sanskrit. I have searched everything. It is the only Arya Samaj which can teach me the right Sanskrit. Please,tell me some book which can teach the right Sanskrit:like Ashtadhayyi, Mahabhashya etc., but not kapolkalpit books like amarkosh, siddhant kaumudi, etc. I have read in Satyarth Prakash that one should read Paninimunikritshiksha before reading ashtadhyayi. Sir, please tell me,where is that? On Internet or any shop. Can I on my own translate and understand the real meaning of Ashtadhyayi sutra and Mahabhashy sutras? Please guide me.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. Your views to learn Sanskrit are appreciated. So, you are advised to make contact with Shastriji of local Arya Samaj. He will guide you properly, please. You may also write to Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar for the same.
B B: Pram pujaya Guruji, our charan sparsh & dandawat pranam at your pious feet. With your blessings we all are fine here and our worship is going on. Guruji, as informed we (myself, wife & daughters) will reach Ved Mandir as scheduled and will stay there for 4 days. Pranam, Guruji. With charan Sparsh at your pious feet.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you all, my son. You all are welcome here in Ved Mandir.
S: Pranam Guruji, Guruji when anyone says any bad thing to me or tries to subdue me, I become totally helpless now, probably due to the teachings of my home, I am not even able to give them replies to defend my self, Guruji due to it I am loosing my confidence to a large extent . Please guide me should one defend himself or let it go as it is. pranam Guruji
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. To become helpless is a sign of cowardness. In the said situation, one should keep silent and be calm and should oneself busy in other good deeds. I mean to say, such bad things and pressure put on you etc., should be neglected totally because Atharvaveda clearly preaches us that such bad events never affect us but hundred percent create problem for the creator. Defence is only necessary if you have mental and physical power to defend otherwise to neglect and keep silence is the best way out. Also, to inculcate physical and mental strength along with peace, it is necessary that we should worship God daily because He protects us. So, you are advised to do the following as under-
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
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.
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.
Again, my blessings to you.
J S: My partner left me 6 years ago after putting me in a lot of debt, which is on interest.
Swami Ram Swarup: In such cases, one should forget the past but should concentrate on the good deeds of present time which makes future bright. If you will be unable to forget then the past happenings will start teasing you and create several mental and physical problems.
Dron: Namaste swami ji, kindly answer my question- Kya gautam buddh ka vairagya patanjali yog darshan ke anusar sachcha tha ? Mujhe ek swami ne bataya ki “unka vairagya sachcha tha lekin Apar-vairagya tak thoda pahunce. Par-vairagya thik se nahi hone ke karan ve ishwar tak nahi pahunch sake” KYA YAH SACH HAI SWAMI JI ?
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. Hamari sanskriti yahi kehti hai ki pichchle mahapurushon ke jeevan se hamein jo-jo achchee prernayein miltee hain hum unhein apney jeevan mein dharann kar lein. Is baat ka ab koi mehatva nahin reh jaata ki kisi sant, mahapurushon nein Ishwar ko paa liya ya nahin paa liya. Kyunki aisee batein humko aaj shanti nahin dey sakteen balki samaj mein burai aur mazhab ki ladai paida kareigee. Bus hum itna hee jaanein ki weh Mahapurush they. Aaj to is baat ka mahatava hai ki kya humne Mahatma Budh jaisee tapasya kar lee hai athwa un jaisee mann mein shanti prapt kar lee hai aur hum bhee unke bataye ahinsa ke marg ko jeevan mein dharann kar chuke hain ya nahin.
Rohit: Swami ji pranaam I was debating with a Muslim he was trying to prove me that Vedas are corrupt. Please give answer in detail so I can remove his misconception.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Vedas are knowledge which emanate directly from Formless, Almighty God. Now, we have to think that when God is the purest then automatically His knowledge in the shape of four Vedas would be the purest and not corrupt. If we will call it as corrupt then it means it has come out from the corrupt God which even cannot be thought because such ill thinking awards us with several sins.
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