Aashish Kumar: Swami Ji Namaskar. I want to know can we start some work for my marriage in Shraad Pakash. is there any restriction?
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaskarji. Yes, anyone can start any kind of pious deed in shradh or any suitable day. I also paste my article on this regard:-
All the days, week, month, years, minutes, seconds have been created by God and thus are always pious. Regarding the philosophy of deeds, Vedas tell that we have come here to face the previous lives’ deeds (good or bad) according to Rigved mantra 10/135/1,2 and we have to face the said deeds in the shape of pleasure and pain respectively. So, the days are not concerned with auspiciousness or bad omens. If we do pious deeds today then one day we will enjoy pleasure and if we do bad deeds then in the future on any day we will have to face sorrows awarded by God. So, the day becomes full of pleasure or full of sorrows when we face our deeds as said above. So, days are never good or bad but always pious and gifted to us by God to always do pious deeds to enjoy life.
Also the days, nights and times are never ashubh (unfortunate) being created by the purest God. Only deeds done by us are bad or good. And based on the previous lives’ deeds we have to face the result thereof accordingly on one particular day and time. So, days are not good or bad. It is our own deeds done by us which are bad or good.
So one can enter at one’s own convenience or suitability in his newly constructed house, shop etc., or start any pious work at any time. However, one should perform havan with Ved mantras before ensuing any of those works. It does not depend on any name and date of birth etc. because it is not mentioned in Vedas. We must be always away from blind faith.
P V: Dear Sir, I have been asking the guidance of God. I usually get revelations during my dreams. I woke up clearly remembering something I think is a mantra, which I never heard before. It sounded like “Om Hare Om Hare Om Balaha Ye”. How I would like to know its meaning. Would you please tell me what this mantra means in English? Thank you!
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
OM is the best name of Almighty God, say all vedas but here word is not meant for God. Regarding Om, I paste my articles below:-
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. I.e., 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 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 is Aditya.
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 (fulfill 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, Devasya 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.
As regards dream, dreams are always false.
I paste my article in this regard:-
The dreams are mostly false. Dreams are based on the scenes, stories listened in previous life as well as in present life. Samved is upasana kand and tells worship for one immortal formless God, Who is Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient. He creates, nurses and destroys the universe and again creates, Vedas say that no one was equal to God and neither no God took birth in the past at present and will never take birth in the future too. There was one God, is one and will ever remain one. He is only everlasting eternal and unchageable king/lord of the universe. So we all must worship him only. In this connection guidance from a learned acharya of Vedas is necessary.
It is true that dreams come on the basis of the scene which we have seen in present as well as previous lives’. For example- if a person has never seen a fountain and he sees fountain in dream, it means he had seen the fountain in his previous life, the effect of which was imprinted on his chitta (mind).
Secondly, dreams are false. Dreams may give some pleasure but become painful sometimes. If a business man observes that he was a king in the dream but when he will wake up, he remains business man only and not the king. Vedas state that one should try to do worship of God to remove the occurrence of dreams in sleep.
Future is always based on past birth’ deeds or is based on present pious deeds. future is therefore in own hand, he who discharges his moral duties faithfully does hard deeds, pious deeds with full concentration, devotion and dedication, his future is always bright. One should attend satsang making time available to learn truth and know pious deeds to make future bright.
About dreams, Atharvaveda kand 16 sukta 5 throws light. Conclusion of the mantras is that one who weeps for those who have gone to heavenly abode, his age is also reduced.
Atharvaveda mantras 16/5/1,2,3 states that the dreams is the reason to create early death. Dreams is sorrowful like death. Next mantra 4 also states that dreams creates early death. Next mantra 5 states that dreams minimizes the wealth. Again, mantra states that dreams causes loss. Dreams is the reason for defeat. Atharvaveda mantra 7/100/1 states that impious dreams create sins in mind. Atharvaveda mantra 7/101/1 states that dreams are not true yet create above quoted problems. So, in several ved mantras, dreams are stated to be harmful.
Rina: 1)hanumanji ne balpanme kin kin mayavi vidya ka nash kiya?
2)hanumanjine sanmohan vidya ka nash kaise kiya?
3)hanumanjine shriramjiko aur lakshmanjiko mayapash se kaise aur kis ke yaha se chudaya?
4)hanumanko lanka jate samay tapomurti stri kaha mili?
Swami Ram Swarup: (1) Hanumanji ke bare mein Valmiki Ramayan mein, jo pramannik Ramayan hai usmein ek sachchi katha hai ki jub Sri Ram evam Laxman ji Sita Mata ko khojte hue jungle mein ja rahe they tub parvat par baithe Sugreev evam Hanumanji nein unhein dekha. Sugreev nein Hanumanji ko Sri Ram aur Laxmann ke pas Brahmin ke roop mein bheja, yeh pata karne ke liye ki yeh dono kaun hain. Hanumanji jub unke paas gaye aur Sri Ram se vartalaap kee to kuchh der baad Sri Ram nein Laxmann se kaha ki dekho hey! Laxmann, yeh Brahmin charon vedon ka gyta, mahaan tapasvi hai. Yeh vyakarann shastra ka bhi gyata hai. Isnein abhi tak bolne mein koi bhi vyakarann shastra ke anusaar koi galti nahin kee hai. Isee prakar, Valmiki Ramayan mein unke Vishay mein, Barhmacharya aadi ke Vishay mein aur gunnon ke Vishay mein sachchai kahee gayee hai. Isliye Hanumanji ek brahmachari, vedon ke gyata aur mahaan gunnvaan , poojneeye tapasvi hue hain. Aisa koi varnnan pramannik granthon mein nahin hai jismein kaha gaya ho ki Hanumanji nein balpan mein mayavi vidya aadi ka nash kiya.
(2) As stated above
(3) As stated above.
(4) Hanumanji, vanon ke andar bani ek gufa ke andar baney sundar sthan mein Merusavarnni ki putri Swayamprabha (tapsi) se miley, yeh sthan vindhyachal ke junglon mein tha.
Ayesha: Namaste swamiji. Is love marriage allowed in vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaste, my daughter. No, please love marriage is not allowed in Vedas because Yajurved states that before marriage opposite sex should not give their heart to each other and even cannot touch the body.