Shivanshu: Pranam Swamiji, Swamiji please explain in details the ten lashan of dharma as stated in Manu smriti and approved by vedas and why they are in this order, I.e., why dhairya comes first and not any other lakshan? Swamiji why kaikeyi asked king Dashrath to send Sri Rama on 14yrs of exile and not of 13 or 15 , is there any reason for it being specific 14? Swamiji please tell at exact what time we should eat food as you have said in your book that the last food should be taken before sunset so what are the timings of eating food? Swamiji please also tell from where to buy authentic Manu smriti and which book written by a rishi is on topic of economics and mathematics?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. In each and every case, first the practice/dhairya is to be maintained.
Ten signs of Dharma
Our Vedas, Shastras, Upnishads, Geeta, every true granth and ancient Rishis have first advised not to be demoralized, at any step of our lives. Manusmriti shlok 6/92 states ten pious qualities in man/woman who is religious/virtuous. Those are-
1. Dhriti (patience).
2. Kshama (forgiveness to those who are in pitiable condition).
3. Dum (control on senses, perceptions and mind so as to refrain from doing sins).
4. Asteya (not to steal).
5. Shauch (purity-external i.e., food, place of living body, surroundings etc., should be clean). Second purity is (internal) regarding purification of mind and intellect by virtue of following Vedic path wherein daily yajyen, havan with ved mantras, listening of Vedas, doing name jaap of yoga, practice of ashtang yoga is done. We must never think about bad subjects. Our thoughts must always be pure, then only will we ever be happy.
6. Indriya Nigraha (i.e., to control one’s organs of action and perceptions (sense) as well as mind (mann) and channelizing them towards pious deeds following true path of Vedas.
7. Dhee (i.e., to make the intellect pure for which above quoted Vedic path is required to be adopted. Intellect becomes pure by attaining Vedic knowledge. So, one should try to listen Vedas as to obey the same.
8. Vidya (there are two matters- vidya and avidya. Yog shastra sutra 2/5 states four signs of avidya-
(i). Anitya-Nitya:- If we consider the destructive matters of the world including our body as eternal yet due to indulgence in avidya, we try to gather worldly articles and keep them forever.
(ii). Ashuchihi- Shuchi:- To consider impure matter as pure. For instance, the human body is not pure as it contains excretory materials like sweat, urine, filth in eyes, ears, nose etc., yet, we love our body and do not use it to do true worship of God, explained in four Vedas.
(iii). Dukhaha- Sukhaha:- In the absence of the worldly as well as spiritual education people always remain unsatisfied, worried and sorrowful. But when they meet anyone, they state that they are fine etc. here, the person tries to show that he is fine/alright. That is, in reality, he is sad. But shows as if he is fine etc.
(iv). Anatma- Atma:- Soul is eternal and never takes birth but takes body in the womb of adorable mother. When any death occurs everybody starts saying in ignorance (indulgence in illusion) that man-woman etc., has died. Infact, soul comes out and the body as quoted above is already destructive. Then why do we people weep. It is due to lack of knowledge of Vedas.
The reverse knowledge of above quoted avidya is called vidya i.e., to think about reality only and not illusion.
9. Satya:- to be truthful. Shastras state- mansa, vacha, karmanna i.e., true thoughts must always be in mind. Similarly, true speech must be there and the action must always be true. So, accordingly in the matter of faith i.e., God, listen eternal truth, think truth and our action in the shape of worship must be true. You know, God is eternal truth. He has blessed us with eternal knowledge of four Vedas, so until and unless we listen to Vedas and obey them, how would we be able to think/listen, speak and act in true manner.
10. Akrodh:- always to avoid anger which is the most harmful for human-body. Several sins are committed when a person indulges in anger. Bhagwad Geeta states that he who indulges in anger, he will be destroyed very soon.
You see, the above ten pious signs of righteousness (Dharma) have been stated by Manu Rishi who did hard study of Vedas and practised Ashtang Yoga Philosophy mentioned in Vedas. Then only he became able to write Manusmriti, wherein above quoted ten signs of righteousness have been stated. So, is the case in respect if Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Yudhishthir etc., and their public.
So, first of all, I would advise you to avoid tension and saying that you are in mental state. Everybody must always be brave which is first sign of religious matter. I mean to say, he is religious person who by virtue of above quoted Tapasya has attained above quoted ten qualities of righteousness in his conduct, otherwise not.
So, try to listen to Vedas, which is eternal religious path made by God. Some religious books based on Vedas, can be sent from here, if you so desire. The books will be sent on the receipt of your postal address. It will enable you to understand Vedic philosophy.
The views of two persons are not alike similarly the views of Kaikayee do not tally with others. So, Kaikayee very well knew to ask for fourteen years of exile for Sri Ram.
Breakfast must be taken upto 9:00’ o clock lunch between 12:00-1:30 p.m. and dinner before sunset between 5:00-6:30 p.m.
To obtain authentic Manusmriti you may please contact with:-
M/S Vijay Kumar Hassanand, Nai Sadak, Delhi-110006.
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In this connection, you may contact with —-
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Shivanshu: Pranam Swamiji, Swamiji what is non violence and Kshatriyas are allowed to kill but what are the rules they should follow so they do not commit sin of not following non violence? What order is given by God in vedas on topic of non violence that a person must follow? I do not eat non veg , onion and garlic apart that what all types of food should I not eat so that I can follow brahmacharya?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
Kshatriyas who defends/guards the national border, even by killing the enemies similarly our internal force like police etc., when awards punishment to criminals, the said pious deeds are not called violence, say all four Vedas. On the contrary, if a person takes law and order in his own hands and becomes criminal, so whatever, he does deed, those deeds are called violence.
Non-violence means (Ahimsa) that nobody should harm others and should not even hurt the feelings
Even if a Kshatriya suppresses the innocent, he is doing violence. So, the public must seek the justice from the court/government. Fundamental is this that the person should not take any kind of addiction and non-violence. Nowadays junk food is also prohibited to maintain brahmacharya.