J: Namaste Guruji Maharaj, Charansparsh. Is there a possibility that Almighty do test your devotion at times. He puts you through some difficult times and see whether ones belief is undoubted and divine. Charansparsh from Advait, Rashmi and Jay. Namaste.
Swami Ram Swarup: You know, Almighty God never takes any test/examinations of devotee. His fundamental laws are very clear that whatever we do, He awards the result of the same.
It is wrong notion/false belief that God takes test etc., of a devotee. Especially, false gurus who are against the Vedas, usually say that if a person who worships but faces difficulties, troubles etc., it means God is taking his examination. Such statements of so called Gurus is made to cover their (Gurus) shortcomings/falsehood.
Again my blessings to you all.
Mohit: How many people alive today according to old sahitya? For example, Hanumana and parshurama. Please tell me seven names except above example.
Swami Ram Swarup: The dignitaries who attain Samadhi after studying Vedas and doing Ashtang Yoga, their bodies are burnt, but they being should, do not die. In such category, several ancient Rishis, Hanumanji, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Vyas muni etc., are included.
Ans. the dignitaries who attain Samadhi after studying Vedas and doing Ashtang Yoga, their bodies are burnt, but they being souls do not die. In such category, several ancient Rishis, Hanumanji, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, Vyas Muni, Atri Rishi, Patanjali Rishi, Kapil Muni etc., are included.
Gajraj: Guruji Pranam We are a staunch follower of our eternal holy vedas and perform the “Nitya Karm Vidhi” according to Adarsh Nitya Karm Vidhi book.We would like to know the proper way of Oum Jap and for how long we have to do it?When we concentrate on our Aagya Chakra then we find it difficult to concentrate. How can we improve the concentration?.How to jap Gayatry Mantra and how long?
We ourselves and the whole Bharat must be proud of you who is spreading the true importance of our Holy Vedas and Sanatan Vedic Dharma to the humanity.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you.
Your deed is appreciated of performing daily Yajyen according to Vedas.
The proper way of doing Om Jaap is actually learnt in presence of an acharya. So, please either come here or seek any learned acharya of Vedas, locally for the same. However, In this regard, I paste my article below:-
Concentration is improved when an aspirant learns Ashtang Yoga Philosophy or starts learning from asan, prannayam, pratyahar and dharnna. Then, as a result, concentration i.e., to do meditation becomes very simple. At this stage, the aspirant can also concentrate on any worldly matter and gets success.
HOW TO ACHIEVE CONCENTRATION
Your question is a question relevant for all aspirants of the world. In Bhagwad Geeta chapter 6, it is stated-
When Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj asks Arjun to concentrate himself in God by stopping all his chitta vrittis i.e., (faculty which receives knowledge from five senses and passes the same to intellect, is called Chitta and Chitta stores the effect of various karmas to be faced by soul in future at a proper time) which are always attached with worldly materialistic articles, affairs, happening and illusion etc., then in turn Arjun replies vide Bhagwad Geeta shloka 6/34 that Oh! Krishna, the mind (mann) is unstable/fickle/unsteady and always remains indulged in thinking about unlimited matters of the world. It is very strong. Therefore, it is very difficult to control the mind like it is extremely difficult to control air in space. When Krishna heard the answer, in reply, adorable Krishna maharaj said that Oh! Arjun, no doubt, mann is unsteady/fickle and it is very difficult to control but there are two eternal and steadfast ways to control it. One is (Abhyas) practice and second is asceticism (Vairagya). So one must do practice of name jaap, yajyen, make contact with learned sant to learn the same. No doubt, it is very difficult to do the said practice but according to Vedas, shastras and other holy granths, it is also an eternal truth that it is quite impossible that without said practice no one can control the mann. In this connection, Guru bani also states-
“Jup Tup Sanjam Niyam Na Kamaya,
Sadh Sangat Na Jana Hari Raya,
Kaho Nanak Hum Neech Karma
Sharnna Pade ki Rakho Sarma.”
You can again send your question if more details are required or of the concepts are not clear, please.
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.
You may use kushasan if available there or chatai (mat) on the ground. On the chatai (mat) cotton quilt and thereafter on cotton quilt, cotton bed sheet can be put. Purpose of chatai, cotton sheet etc., is to break the earthing of electricity/heat generated in the body while doing asan, prannayam and meditation, chatai being bad conductor of heat.
The best asan nowadays is a blanket folded twice, then cover it with a cotton cloth. The asan must be on the ground and not on the bed.
Yet, if you are unable to understand the method of doing Om jaap, you may write to me again, then I would prepare VCD regarding preaching of Om jaap.
Again my blessings to you for long, happy life.