Nasira: Namaste Swamiji, Assalamoakekum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatahu (Meaning may Allah send you forgiveness and grant your wishes). I am saying it have too you
because you understand Allah. What we read in Arabic you read in Sanskrit. I have no words to express my feelings. After reading you my belief is firm now that we all are one. One more question
Do you believe in idol worship or you bow down before unseen God? Who is one and doesn’t have any body and didn’t born. He was there when nothing was and he will be there. Mere liye dua kijega kuki aap Allah ke ek nek bande hen or men banna chahti hun. Muhe Hari OM ka meaning
pata kerna he. Regards.
Swami Ram Swarup: Waalekum-Aslam Beti, May God give you a long, happy life. Yes, no
doubt, we all are one. Formless, Almighty God has created this universe. So, He is like our father because He creates universe and nurses us. That is why, we are His children and He is our father. We are one and must promote international brotherhood because God is Formless, Omnipresent, Omniscient, unchangeable, unchallengeable. So, neither God takes Avtar nor He can be an idol. In this connection, I paste my article below-
Idol worship is not mentioned in Vedas
If an aspirant will concentrate over mouth of idol then for sometime he will concentrate on chin, nose, head etc., but concentration on one point will not be achieved. Secondly, Vedas do not preach to concentrate outside the body. Yog shastra sutra 3/1 also states, DESHBANDHASYA CHITTASYA DHARNA” i.e., concentrate on a point of body like agyachakra, tip of the nose or heart. So we cannot go against the ved-shastras. Yes, idol worship has been started within two thousand and five hundred years. That is why, Vedas do not tell for idol worship but if people desire, they can go ahead.
Pictures, drawings etc., may not be considered idols but it is an art and not worship of God. We must know that knowledge of Vedas emanates direct from God and idol worship has been made by human beings. So now we have to decide whether we obey God or human beings.
If we still follow the path made by humans then no problem, one must go ahead. On the other hand, follower of Vedas must continue his own path.
In four Vedas, the media to realize the God has been stated as – Study of Vedas under guidance of acharya which is a real media and as mentioned in the Vedas, one has to follow the preach mentioned therein viz., performance of Yajyen, name jaap of God , regular contact with learned acharya of Vedas, ashtang Yoga Practice under his guidance etc. The said media is stated by God Himself in Vedas. Man, an artist, clay and every matter right from straw to sun, moon, air, space etc., is the creation of God. It thus concludes that we have to worship and realize the creator and we must not be attracted towards creation. Attraction is the task of senses, perceptions and mind which is destroyed but the creator is immortal. No other media is stated in Vedas except the human body through which the said worship is done by a Yogi, Rishi-muni or aspirant.
Vedas-shastras state that God is omnipresent and according to Yajurveda mantra 40/6 it is true but other mantras state that God is “Ninnaya” that is hidden in the universe and we have to locate the
hidden God and not the visible, non-alive matters of the world.
T.V., radios etc., all articles are man-made and controlled by some mechanism. And examples of man-made mechanism are actually not applied on Almighty, omnipresent God. Any mechanism, for
example- rocket launching , launching of satellites etc., involves the mind of a man and mind has limited power otherwise mind could have searched the hidden Almighty God also but Vedas state that mind, intellect , senses etc., have limited power and God is beyond imagination , beyond description, beyond calculation. That is why, our ancient Rishis, Rajrishis practised Vedic path that is did practice of Ashtang Yoga Philosophy, yajyen etc.
As such they exercised control over mind, intellect, senses etc. A Yogi when makes the mind dead etc., and forgets even himself (soul) then he realizes the God. This eternal Vedic path of Yoga philosophy has been very well preached by Rishi Patanjali in his Yog Shastra.
God is not a matter to be seen with eyes. So how can He be seen alone in everything with the destructive eye?
Ego is not one-sided matter. If there is ego, neither a formless God is realized nor difference between idol or formless God is established. It is ego that most of the people respect the idol worship as well as formless God’s worship mentioned in Vedas but when an aspirant follows the Vedas, his mind becomes stable, then he only accepts worship of formless God and not others. Whereas, the worshipper who worships idol, he accepts formless God also i.e., he cannot ignore Vedas and can not accept one path alone. We must deeply think over it that why is it so?
God being formless has not preached regarding any of His substitute or symbol, so the aspirant who knows Vedic philosophy accepts the God’s preach accordingly. When God in four Vedas, has not
stated about His mark or representative then how the follower would accept the same? Vedas have been preaching the formless worship as quoted above eternally whereas the worship of idol has been made for the last about two thousand five hundred years ago by the human-beings. So there is difference of worship of formless God and idol.
Idol worship is the worship where the sentiments and emotions of heart are involved and all the said involvements are man-made as well as destructible. How a mind/intellect having limited power can dig out the Almighty, formless, hidden God from the creation? God is Almighty i.e., He has unlimited powers whereas soul who is being assisted by mind, intellect and senses etc., has limited power.
Yajurveda mantra 1/5 and Rigveda mantra 3/56/1 states that even God cannot transgress His rules. So how can God be transformed according to our emotions and be forced to accept our sentiments which are not according to His laws of nature.
All Vedas state that His laws of creation remain unchangeable. So there is no value of our sentiments etc., contrary to His rules and regulations. In the said Rigveda mantra, God strictly
states “that all mountains, seas, rivers and even the Yogis who have realized Him (God) are incapable to change His rules and regulations and the way of worship etc.” So our self-made worship, emotions and sentiments etc., are of no use until these are according to Vedas.
As regards flag, yes it is invaluable not only for soldiers but for countrymen as well. However, the flag of each country is different. Will any other countryman sacrifice his life for our Tiranga? We, the Indians are enough to sacrifice our lives to maintain the dignity of our adorable Tiranga. So flags are different, the countries being different but God is one and only one for entire universe. So worldly example in the matter of formless, Almighty God is not applicable, please.
Also the matter of image being very clear to the devotee when it speaks to him in his own language of devotion, forces a learned man to say that the said speech between his mind and soul is worldly
speech and even destructible whereas when a Yogi realizes God, he is completely unable to speak, hear, see, smell, eat, think etc. In this connection, the description of Yog shastra sutra 4/30,31, 32
pertaining to Dharmamegh Samadhi refers.
Yes, only currency notes are valuable. Similarly the Yogis –like Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj, Sri Ram, Vyas muniji, Guru Vasishth, Atri Rishi, Patanjali Rishi and the present Yogis-Rishis –Munis who have realized God, following the Vedic path are valuable. The stamp of beloved God is everywhere that is in sky, water, vegetation, in each living being etc. But as far as worship is concerned then the follower of Vedas only worships formless God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe, alone being Almighty. He is Almighty, therefore, He does not need any assistance from anyone.
This is never forgotten that the image has been brought from Jaipur etc., so if one can worship an image then why can’t one worship all pervading, omnipotent, omniscient, merciful God, who is
the source of everything, who is eternal, unchangeable, life of life and soul of soul etc. Why do we change Him from being unchangeable to changeable idol?
Practice makes man perfect. So the beginner will get the sanskar (effect) on his chitta of idol worship and the same will never be omitted again. Secondly, according to the Vedas idol worship is not authentic. You see, there is no shape of soul. Atharvaveda mantra 10/8/25 states that size of soul is less than the tip of hair i.e., soul is the minutest matter which remains unseen. But when an aspirant tries to know about the soul, he knows based on qualities. We know about a person according to the description of his qualities- good or bad. Accordingly, we know Ravanna, King Harishchandra etc., based on their bad and good qualities respectively. So is the case of formless
God. God has given His description/His divine qualities in Vedas only.
After studying the Vedas, we first know the God based on Shabda Brahma i.e., ved mantras. Thereafter, when we worship Him according to Vedas, we attain Samadhi and realize Him. This fact has also been mentioned in Shantiparv of Mahabharat wherein Bheeshma tells Yudhishthir that
Oh! Yudhishthir, he who gets perfection in ved mantras first, then he realises God.
When Formless, Almighty God has not stated in any ved about the idol worship then how will He be pleased by idol worship? Yajurveda mantra 32/3 states “NA TASYA PRATIMA ASTI” i.e., God cannot be measured. So there cannot be any idol of God because He is immeasurable. However, if people get peace in following idol worship, they may continue. Here I am only discussing the fact of Vedas.
Touching of hand and body etc., is materialistic matter which can only please mind, intellect through skin but it can’t be quoted in respect of Formless, Almighty God.
Whole world can be considered as the body of God but in reality God does not have body because God is alive whereas world is non-alive matter. So God is separate and world is separate. God
remains immortal whereas world is destructible.
The image will be destroyed one day but not God. When there is no body of God then how will we be able to offer flowers, sandal wood paste, food etc., to Him. Yajurveda mantra 40/8 states God to be the purest and He needs not to be purified by bathing, changing clothes and applying sandal wood paste etc. It is an idol or body of human-being which requires purification again and again.
External form of worship will strengthen the idol only because we will be singing, describing the attributes of idol/creation and not to Formless God. If we in the beginning are not able to judge the true, divine qualities of formless God then our love and faith will remain unstable.
Such aspirant will only feel nearness to the idol and not formless God who is already within him and who already resides the nearest to the soul i.e., within the soul.
We will have to study the Vedas which state that idol worship is not permitted by God. Yet, if an aspirant wants to worship an idol then I am telling again and again that he can go ahead at his own. On receipt of your e-mail, I am giving answer based on Vedic philosophy only that what Vedas say about idol worship. Vedas do not speak about idol worship and avtarwad. However, people are free to go ahead on their own and do whatever they like.
When I will see any art which is liked by soul through eye, definitely it will be admired and the scene which is disliked will be ignored. So if many people admire the idol of Ganesh sitting on conch, admiration is natural. As far as Vedas-shastras and other holy ancient books written by Rishis are concerned in the worship of formless God, spirit has no concern. Neither spirit exists nor has any concern with the worship of God.
In Rigveda mantra 1/1/1, it is preached that first is God i.e., Allah. That is why, He creates the universe. I mean to say when there was nothing neither being nor materialistic world. In this connection, I paste my article below-
Learned Metterlic in his book “The Great Secret” he states-
“Let us once give ear to Rig-Veda, the most authentic echo of the most immortal traditions, let us note how it appreciates the formidable problem.
“There was neither Being nor non-Being. There was neither atmosphere nor heavens above the atmosphere. What moved, and whither? And in whose care? Were there waters and the bottomless deep?
“There was then neither death nor immortality. The day was not divided from the night. Only one breathed in Himself without extraneous breath and apart from Him, there was nothing.”
“There for the first time desire awoke within Him, this was the first seed of the spirit. The sages, full of understanding, striving within their hearts, discovered in non-Being the link with Being. (Rig Veda 10.129.1, 2, 4)
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Beti, main aapke liye hamesha us Sarvashaktimaan, nirakar, parmeshwar jisey Hum Allah ke naam se pukarte hain, us-sey hamesha tumhare liye dua karta hoon.
Vedon mein aur achhey Sanskrit ke granthon mein hari ka arth zyadatar arth Indriyan ya ghode aadi kaha hai. Hari ka arth kahin-kahin dukh aur agyan ko harne wala arthat dukh aur agyan ko khatam karne wala bhi hai lekin hari ka arth Ved-Shastron mein Ishwar nahin hai. Jaise Rigveda mantra 10/96/3 mein kaha-
(ASYA SAH VAJR YAH HARITAHA AA YASAHA GABHASTYOHO HARIHI) Iska matlab
hai ki us Parmatma ka weh shastra vishesh hai jo dukh ko door karne wala Tejasvi hai aur dukh aur Agyan ko door karne wala hai. Om Vedon mein Ishwar ka pavitra naam kaha gaya hai jiska nitya jaap kiya jaata hai. “Avrakshanne” dhatu se Om shabda banta hai jiska arth hai Raksha karne wala. Jub hum us ishwar/Us Allah ka naam japte hain, usey yaad karte hain toh weh hamari raksha karta hai. Om ke kai aur bhi arth hain-
Meaning of Om
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= uukaar from which Hirnnyagarbh, Vayu and Tejas names occurs and Ma = makaar from which Ishwar, Aditya and Praajyan aadi, holy names of
God occurs. Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says that the God is one but His names are several but here only the said names are given.
Viraat means he who creates the universe. Therefore His name is Viraat. Agni means he who is knowledgeable, omniscient, to be known and adorable. Therefore His name is Agni. Vishw means in whom the space, fire etc., i.e., all bhoots are entering or he who is in all these bhootas and is omnipresent. So His name is ‘Vishw’.
‘Hirnnyagarbh’ means in whom these sun, moon i.e., dyulok , reside and originate, that is why His name is Hirnnyagarbh. Vayu means by whom the universe is held, who gives lives and destroys and is the supreme power, that is why His name is Vayu. Tej means who is a form of light Himself, i.e., God does not take light from anywhere. But gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. So the unbroken, unconstricted/unproduced and eternal form of light is Almighty God and not the sun, moon, stars, candle or any lamp of the world or any light of the world because all these lights are broken or
get exhausted one day, but not God. Ishwar means who and whose knowledge is always a never dying truth and who has unlimited pleasure or merriment in Him. Aditya means one who cannot be broken into pieces and thus cannot be destroyed. So His name is Aditya. Praajyan means He
who knows every manner and behaviour of whole of the universe without misunderstandings. So His name is Praajyan.
Anonymous: Swamiji, We have one brother who is born in jyesta star. He has b been a problem to the whole family since he would always counter our parents as he is very argumentative and litigant. We withstood him till recently. Out of us sisters two are unmarried and three are married including the brother. Since beginning our brother felt it was not his duty to stay closer to his parents and help our parents who are now deceased and left without a will 13 years ago. We sisters now face a problem as he has moved a case seeking his share of the property and this has put
out the self-esteem of our pious parents . What can I do to see that his case will be automatically withdrawn and he attains common sense to settle family matters with mutual consent and patience. We also want that he realise the damage he wreaked on the family because of his selfish attitude and don’t care attitude. I am praying to Lord Hanuman and Shirdi sai for his sake. But I do not know if my prayers will be answered. I am very exhausted and do not know what doshams I did to have such a bad brother.
Swami Ram Swarup: Star matter does not exist in Vedas. So, due to the lack of knowledge of Vedas and also in the absence of listening of preach from any learned acharya, the effect of previous lives, deeds of your brother is not destroyed, hence problem. Vedas clearly tell that the
responsibilities lies on the shoulder of the sons. But, as I have written about that in the absence of Vedic knowledge, most of the sons do not observe the same and thus, they become defaulters. In such all cases, they do not know that God punishes. We must know the rules of the Almighty God from Vedas. At this juncture, when sisters are to be married, raising of case regarding partition of property is further does not look nice. Now, I will advise you not to worry but to face the problems happily. Nobody should try to make quarrel with him instead some old family members should try to educate him in family matters with patience and in loving manner. No doubt, in the circumstances when a family member has become greedy, the situation is not settled easily. Yet, you should try always. I would also advise you and your family members to get the blessings of Almighty God to help in the matter to settle by performing daily havan from Gayatri mantra. God will help you.
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.