Anonymous: Swami ji pranam. I remember that from early stages of childhood I was inclined toward God but this dedication grew up with time although I was just concentrating on my studies but I always felt God as my friend and everything..but in past 6 years this connection grew up and all the rituals that I believe or not I get informed in my dreams..and in my dream I use to find myself in a journey without any pain, fear, emotions and voice..when I wake up in morning I get shocked. Sometime when I tell my mother that I have a dream like this I find some connection of it with rituals and festivals…but then also I am not so much concern about rituals and festivals.. I think God wish to recognise Him get connected with Him..but most important thing is that now I wish just to pray him everytime without any reason and do want to get married…but I don’t know that I can fullfil this whole life or is this possible? I want to fulfil all other duties but just want to marry God. matlab kya mai apne maa-pita ke prati ,sansar ke prati kartavya aur isvar bhakti saath mai nahi kar sakti?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. Yajurveda mantra 40/2 states that human beings must worship God daily, both times, i.e. morning and evening, while discharging all duties towards family, society and nation. So, sanyas is not needed at this stage. Moreover, mostly saints have tarnished the image of sanyaas ashram by doing illegal and immoral deeds. This is often seen on T.V. and in newspapers. Especially, a girl must never think about observing sanyaas ashram. If the rules/preach of Vedas is well observed in family life then also sanyaas is not needed. Sanyaas is actually a matter of great, brave ascetic who while discharging all duties in family life and worshipping God according to Vedas has controlled his five senses, mind and intellect otherwise sanyaas/to become a saint has mostly become a fraud and mere source of income.
Your views for worshipping God are highly appreciated because it is the moral duty of human-being. My daughter, you are still a student so you should concentrate on your hard study and health. You must also try to do name jaap of God- ‘OM’ both times, daily and havan with Gayatri mantra. Cds preaching the process of havan and book, briefing the words and meanings of Gayatri mantra and other mantras can also be sent from here, on receipt of your address if you desire. Always try to do pious deeds and always keep yourself away from bad society. An article in this regard is appended below-
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.
Rashmi Sahu: Respected Guru ji maharaj, Paranaam and charan sparsh. Guru ji maharaj is the Genetically modified crop good for eating? I have read in an article at Vijayvani it has lead to death of millions of honey bees in North America and ecological disaster. Further guruji Consumption of coconut(raw coconut scrap, esp used by Keralites, Tamilians for cooking vegetables) in every meal increases which Guna raj, tama or sttava.? Guru ji maharaj manusmriti says women should wash long hair only once in week, what is the reason behind this? Is this should be followed?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. As far as Vedas are concerned, we should not disturb the natural genetic make up of crops and therefore it should always remain in original shape. Coconut is a vegetarian food. When an aspirant is indulged in daily Vedic worship then, coconut gives no harm to him. Manusmriti does not state that woman should wash her hair once a week. You know, several shlokas of Manusmriti are false i.e., have been added by arrogant later on. So, the shloka read by you is unauthentic. My blessings to you, all, my daughter.
Rakesh: Pipplad rishi krit shani strot kya hai batain koun sa hai?
Swami Ram Swarup: Pipplad rishi is writer of Prashno upnishad and not shani strot please.
Anonymous: Difficulties in job. When will I get a new one?
Swami Ram Swarup: He should try hard to seek new job. Obstacles always get over by daily worship of God. So, he is also advised to do daily worship of God who will sure help.
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.
The Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NHA 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 Hiranyagarbha, Vaayu and Tejas names occur andMa = 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 finaldestruction 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 even every atom of universe and even beyonduniverse too. He who is to be known, to be gained and worshippable. So agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is in whom the universe is entering or He is entering the universe. So being omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANGARBHA = 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.
VAAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vaayu word is made. Its meaning is He who holds, gives life and destroys and the mightiest amongst all. So the name of God is Vaayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made who is self made and self-enlighted and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take light from anywhere else but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken, unobstructed/unproduced and eternal shape 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 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 whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who knows every Manner and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it 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 Pran 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 with whose contact, the soul removes his all sorrow. 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.
VARENYAM = 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, “SUDH 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,
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 Gaytri 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 AMRTO 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 Gaytri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gaytri 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.