Dharmendra: Please tell me the meaning of shloka 11 in aadhay 9 in Bhagvad Geeta.
Swami Ram Swarup: 9/11 Geeta shloka
(MOODAHA) ignorant people (MAAM) me (MANUSHEEM) man’s (TANUM) body (AASHRITAM) holding (MUM) my (PARAM) the best/supreme (BHAVUM) natural/divine thoughts/feelings (AJAANANT) not knowing (MAAM) me (AVJAANANTI) ignore which is (BHOOTMAHESHWARAM) the best amongst all the living beings.
Dharmendra: Please tell me the meaning of shloka 11 in aadhay 9 in Bhagvad Geeta.
Swami Ram Swarup: 9/11 Geeta shloka
(MOODAHA) ignorant people (MAAM) me (MANUSHEEM) man’s (TANUM) body (AASHRITAM) holding (MUM) my (PARAM) the best/supreme (BHAVUM) natural/divine thoughts/feelings (AJAANANT) not knowing (MAAM) me (AVJAANANTI) ignore which is (BHOOTMAHESHWARAM) the best amongst all the living beings.
Idea: It is a well known fact that Shri Krishna Maharaja took birth from respected mother Devkee, his father was Vasudev jee. Vedas emanate direct from
formless omnipresent God and all Vedas tell that God is “AJ EK PAAD” i.e., God does not take birth, he is immortal and unchangeable. So, Shri Krishna Maharaja can’t be considered as God. However, Shri Krishna Maharaja was adorable Yogeshwar and Almighty God manifested within him. So he was equivalent to God but not God.
So in a stage of divine merriment, generally Yogi starts telling himself as God, i.e., equivalent to God. Here the idea of Shri Krishna Maharaja is that when Shri Krishna Maharaja was in his body (alive), at that time the ignorant people who did not agree with the eternal and divine Vedic views of Shri Krishna Maharaja for those Shri Krishna Maharaja states in this shloka that Oh! Arjuna! Such ignorant people are not aware of my eternal, Vedic views, so they ignore me because I am in a human-body. So they treat me as an ordinary man. Here it is to be noted that Shri Krishna Maharaja was not an ordinary man. He was supreme Yogeshwar.
Yet, people have faith in Shri Krishna Maharaja to worship him as God, it is their own belief and they may continue.
Anonymous: I am interested in a person of opposite gender but that person is not. I am facing trouble.
Swami Ram Swarup: When a person is not interested in you then you must forget that person forever. However, such love in not everlasting. You’ve been earning member. So first you must try to earn more and more then after stipulated period, you must think to marry to a suitable girl. In this connection you must also remember that your age must be above 25 years, please.
Narender Reddy: As per Vedas, Shiv is the name of God who gives peace. But Shiva is prayed in the form of lingam (black stone) which is against Vedas. It is been also told that Shri Ram has placed the shiv lingam in Rameshwaram before leaving to Lanka. Can you tell me about the fact of lingam?
Swami Ram Swarup: Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 (EKAM SADRUPA——-) states that God is one but his names based on His divine qualities are several. So, Shiv is also the name of formless, Almighty, omnipresent God. The meaning of Shiv is —- one who is beneficial to all. So really God is creator and is nursing us giving
benefit to all of us.
Because God is formless so question of Shivling does not arise. As regards worship of Shivling by Shri Ram before leaving for Lanka, the said incident has not been mentioned in Valmikee Ramayana which is an authentic Ramayana, contemporary to the period of Ram.
Dharmendra: If there was an Aeroplane in Vedic period then where is it now?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, the aeroplane did exist in Vedic period but when the Vedic culture was destroyed after Mahabharata war, the technology and the science declined. Usually it happens. You see Valmikiji has stated in Valmiki Ramayan that there was pleasant atmosphere. No one was poor, there was no person with bad intensions, anger, lust, pride etc because at that time Vedic preach was adopted by all. All had long happy life away from sickness, tension, etc., in the Kingdom of Dashrath. But now the time is totally against Treta yug. Why? Because nowadays the Vedic knowledge which emanates direct from God has been ignored and mostly the people have made their own path of worship which is mostly against the Vedas. So is the case of aeroplane and other matters please.
Dharmendra: Swamiji,swami prabhupad ek mahan sant jinhe vedo ka purn gyan hai ve sakar ishwar me yekin rakhate hai aapka mat.
Swami Ram Swarup: In all four Vedas, there is not even a single word of Sakaar worship (idol worship) please. And it shall not be out of place to mention will always obey the Vedas like Swami Dayanand Saraswati and others.
Shradhanjali: What does the name Avinash mean and where did it originate from? What is the kind of temperament does this kind of people have? When they are going through a very difficult time what doe they expect from their
Swami Ram Swarup: Avinash means which can not be destroyed. It is Hindi Devnagri script. All Hindi Devnagri words originate from Sanskrit. Actually name has got no concern with temperament etc.. However, as per eternal philosophy of Vedas, our Rishi- MUNIS HAVE BEEN GIVING THE NAME OF NEWLY BORN BABY AFTER 101 DAYS BY PERFORMING Naam Karan Sanskar. So with the new sanskar, the grown up baby had some affect of his name given by the Rishi from Vedas. Otherwise men or women have their own karmas effect where name has got no concern. You see, there is a name- Kaudimal which means he is the poorest but he/they may be multimillionaire persons. There are names like “Shanti Devi” but the name holders may be cruel and its examples are seen in the world.
Shradhanjali : Could you kindly tell where the name Shradhanjali originated from and what it means?
Swami Ram Swarup: Shradha means faith on truth. Anjali means a handful.
Pradeep: Why you don’t come to Middle east and hard core Christian countries who are hell bent to destroy your country’s identity?
Swami Ram Swarup: Country is only destroyed when its culture is destroyed. Regarding destruction of country, we will have to see if internal brothers and sisters are maintaining eternal culture of Vedas, shastras etc. and they discharge their moral duties with hard working and faith. If they are strong then naturally nation is strong and outside attack if any would go in vain, please. then their will be a benefit to go outside to promote International brotherhood.
Pradeep: Can you tell your message of sat gyan to CHURCH FUNDED Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, etc. and terrorist organizations?
Swami Ram Swarup: Any offer to go outside to spread Vedas’ truth will sure be considered sincerely.
Prem: How you can say all religion teach love to each other? Islam only cares about Muslims welfare & peace between themselves but with other it impose second class citizenship, barbarism to accept Islam. Christian are creating false atmosphere of heaven and hell to save the heathen, destroying the whole social
fabric of INDIANS AND ASIAN COUNTRIES.
Swami Ram Swarup: The main preach of each holy book is based on Two matters-1.God is one and 2.Live and let live, spreading brotherhood allover the world.
The said preach must be followed then their will be no problem. Preaches are several but nowadays, it is not possible to seek a true saint who has realized God. You see, God is one and He loves all. Either believer or atheist. Yes, in turn He awards the result of the deeds of the people- good or bad. But He treats the universe equally in the matter of nursing. Suppose the said formless, Almighty God who nurses the universe is realized by anybody, naturally, He (the one who realized God) will love the people as God loves the people. Then there will be no chance of hatred, war etc.
Arya Samaj Chicago: Namaste Swamiji the following questions were asked by our Arya Samaj children in Chicago. Please answer in simple detail for them. (ages 11 to 18). Who created God?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajurveda mantra 2/26 states that God is ‘Swayambhu’. Swayambhu means who is not made by anybody and from whom nothing is made. He is eternal. So God is not created by anybody and nothing is created from God. God has no mother, father etc., but actually God creates, nurses and destroys the universe therefore He is our true father/mother. He looks after us properly. This is a law that if a matter is made then sure it will be destroyed one day therefore God is eternal and is never destroyed.
Arya Samaj Chicago: 2. Why people suffer so much or die very brutally when we say God is merciful?
Swami Ram Swarup: God is merciful that is why He created the universe and according to deeds God gives us human body to attain salvation. Actually His mercy is showered upon us in the shape of knowledge of four Vedas without which nobody can be a learned and happy. But His mercy is never showered on those who do sins, bad deeds etc. God has unlimited names based on His divine qualities. One name of God is also “Rudra”. Rudra means He makes people to cry/weep when He gives punishment to face the sins etc. So death and birth, pleasure and sorrows etc., are due to the result of our previous lives’ deeds please. One thing more that God never forgives those who commit sins, until we take full shelter of eternal knowledge of Vedas.
Arya Samaj Chicago: 3. If we have to live by the results of our karma then why should we pray?
Swami Ram Swarup: Not only pray but to worship the God properly, one has to listen the Vedas and other holy books to pray, to praise and to worship God. So prayer, praise and worship all are required at a time to be performed by which we become able to love with God and follow the true path. Thus, we become able to do pious deeds, pray, praise, worship, name-jaap of God, holy Yajyen and practice of ashtang yoga while discharging all our moral duties with the result we destroy our sins and get long happy life. Nobody wants sorrows. So to obliterate the sorrows and to get the pleasure, the above said worship is required, please.
Subramani: Importance of Drishti in Ashtanga Yoga while doing Suyra Namaskar or vinaysa. What is the use of keeping Drishti (looking at Thumb, between eyes?) Does it improve concentration and eyesight?
Swami Ram Swarup: In this connection, I would again advise you to first please study my books on Yoga. I’m sure books shall clear your doubts. However, drishti on thumb is not required in ashtang yoga philosophy.
Deepak Bhai: I got your books thanks. I wanted to know one guruji name Rampalji Maharaj from Karontha Haryana is saying that kaal talked in Krishna body while he was saying Bhagwad Geeta and prakarti gave birth to Brahma Vishnu Mahesh from Kaal and Kabir is Parmatma who through out Kaal from Satylok so we should not do any Ved mantra, Bhagwat Geeta mantra havan cause that all goes to Kaal or Brahma Vishnu Mahesh. So we should take mantra from him which Kabir started to give and his shishy parampara has started to give that mantra and now guruji is giving can you tell me what to do? As few more persons are very confused that what to do..
Swami Ram Swarup: Shri Krishna Maharaj was a Yogeshwar and was equivalent to God. So it is not possible that kaal entered his body. Secondly, death is a bitter truth and is inevitable. Prakriti is non-alive matter. So how can Prakriti itself give birth to anybody else? Prakriti is not God. So Prakriti cannot give birth. Sant Kabir was born and he took Deeksha from Ramanandjee. First he was an ordinary man. Then he after taking Deeksha and doing name-jaap of God became a saint. However, Almighty, omnipresent and formless God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe never takes birth. Knowledge of Vedas emanates direct from God and Brahma in the ancient time got the knowledge of Vedas from four ancient rishis, at the time of beginning of earth. Vedas were followed by Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, all rishis, Raj-rishis and their public. God has stated in Vedas— that all human beings must listen Vedas and must do daily Yajyen with Ved mantras. So now we have to think, whether we should obey Almighty God or ordinary man.
Chetan Kumar Gossai: I have no formal guru. My father is a trained purohit however not physically practicing. I don’t ask him too many questions as he’s not supposed to be my Guru. I do pujas daily and havan now sometimes. Will my efforts and prayers be fruitless if I have no Guru diksha? I learn by myself and say Guru Bramha Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara…. before my nitya pujas
Swami Ram Swarup: First Guru of a person is mother then spiritual Guru is necessary. When we look into the past history of Satyug, Treta and Dwapur where the knowledge of Vedas was put into practice by all human beings. Those people were living together as a family. There were no ravages of hatred, corruption, injustice, etc. The study of Vedas reveals that only two dignitaries right from the beginning of the earth till its final destruction, will be our true relatives. First is Almighty God and the second is the acharya, who is philosopher of Vedas and ashtang yoga philosophy and thus who has controlled his five senses, five perceptions and mind. Nowadays people have been misled from the eternal knowledge of Vedas and in-spite of man-made worship, corruption, blind faith, tension, diseases, injustice etc., are increasing. So, it is a proof that the knowledge of Vedas unites. For-example your views that children should serve the parents are one sided and even (please don’t mind) are full of selfishness. Every parent wants that children must serve them but the parents must also look into their past that whether they themselves served their parents to the extent that their parents were/are totally satisfied with their service. Secondly Vedas tell to perform holy
Yajyen. The meaning of Yajyen is to serve mother, father, atithi (who has at least knowledge of one Veda), acharya, Who gives full knowledge of divine Vedas to make long happy life and to get final liberation. Fifth dignitary is almighty God. Vedas emanates direct from God so the worship of God is only to follow the preach of Vedas which is being over-sighted. So the saying that, Children must serve parents and it will be the real worship, is not complete, saying i.e., why to know the complete knowledge we will have to follow the preach of Vedas and Vedas give complete knowledge which must be made a saying that “all must serve good parents, atithi,
acharya and Almighty God” as stated above.
Mother, father may be indulged in illusion and may not be good like Hirannyakashyap, Kaikayee etc., That is why Vedas tell to serve the good parents and it is the duty of parents to be good first by serving above said five alive devtas. They should also listen Vedas for perfect knowledge. Your views to serve only God will be against Vedas, because God in Vedas does not tell to serve God alone. The worship starts from home for which one should listen Vedas and must chant Gayatri mantra both times and must do havan with gayatri mantra daily. Almighty God is like our father because He only nurses us by providing with all the goods of the universe. But parents give us birth and look after under the eternal administrative system of God. So the birth from parents is considered not good being outcome of sensual union mostly. But when a person takes Deeksha from an acharya who is philosopher of Vedas and ashtang yoga, then the person is called Dwij, i.e., the person has taken second pious birth by which his first birth has also been counted as pious. Now, the person has his spiritual father i.e., his acharya, then only the person knows real pious deeds and the real religion. I would like to tell you to read some of my Hindi and English books to gain Vedic knowledge and to enter Vedas’ knowledge.
So, a spiritual Guru is necessary otherwise one has to face result of his good/bad deeds. If salvation is required then spiritual Guru who knows Vedas and ashtang yoga philosophy is required.
Harish Arya: How much time a medical student should sleep? How can we improve our memory power?
Swami Ram Swarup: Six hours sound sleep in the night is sufficient for a student. Daily morning walk and light exercises and practice of asan, pranayaam and meditation makes memory sharp.
Anonymous: I am not getting sanctions from government..
Swami Ram Swarup: To give sanction is an official deal. It is our bad luck that the official work is usually slow. Better if you dig out the case by making contact from your parents etc. You should also send reminders to office to give sanction at the earliest. I will advise you to chant Gayatri mantra daily both times and pray to God.
Narender Reddy: Please tell me the birth secret of Balram and Shri Krishna. Is it true that Balram was moved from womb of Devaki to Vasudev another wife’s womb?
Swami Ram Swarup: No please, Balram was not son of Devakee. Shri Krishna, was son of Vaasudev and Devakee Mata.
Narender Reddy: Why did kunti had 6 husbands and a son from each husband. Please explain me clearly.
Swami Ram Swarup: Kunti was wife of Pandu. Pandu was only her husband and none else, please.
Deen: I have read your book on Brahmcharya. I think it is essential to be read and implemented in life of everyone. In the book, it is mentioned that Swami Dayanand has said that eating ‘jootha’ of someone promotes rift and enmity with people. Should we not eat ‘jootha’ of a rishi? Usually food is served to rishi first with respect but a lot of times disciples eat the leftovers from plate, out of love, as prasad.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, jootha (refuse leaving) must not be served, please.
Deen: Following Vedic dharma promotes long life for self and family. How did Sri Krishna’s family get wiped out even though he followed the path of Vedas in every bit of his life?
Swami Ram Swarup: No doubt, that study of Vedas and performing of holy Yajyen awards long, happy life. But first of all the condition of Samveda and other Vedas are to be fulfilled. For-example, Samveda states that in ekagra vritti (with full concentrtation) aahuti must be offered along-with the pious love like a cow who likes her calf. So there are so many examples in Vedas to offer aahtui ib bedi which are to be fulfilled.
Secondly, if we one does holy havan/Yajyen daily yet he does not give full respect and services to a learned acharya of Vedas and even he has some doubt then the Yajyen/havan will not help him. However, the case of family of Yogeshwar Shri Krishna Maharaj jee is of separate type. There is one story of Mahabharta that son of Shri Krishna made spending fun of Rishi and Rishi gave the curse (shraap).
Secondly, in Striparv of Mahabharta Gandharee has cursed Shri Krishna that the family of Shri Krishna will be destroyed. So curse of a Rishi and a faithful, virtuous (Pativrata) wife never goes in vain. In addition it is also surprising that Yogeashwar Shri Krishna Maharaj in turn said to Gandharee that O! Gandharee I already know that this fate is to be met by my family and you are only saying what is to happen already. Shri Krishna added that there is no doubt about the destruction of Yadavas.
Siddarajamma: I have one severe problem. Please tell the reason and how it would be solved. I have two sons. Both are having same medical problem, same educational problems. We are having very good beliefs in our religion, god, elders and as well as our surroundings. We are performing all poojas and other religious customs sincerely. But till today we are not getting rid by these problems. Please guide us how to come over these problems.
Swami Ram Swarup: As said in Yajurveda mantra 7/48 that human beings are free to do good or bad deeds but result of the deeds in the shape of happiness and sorrows etc., is awarded by Almighty God. So problems are only due to the result of previous lives’ deeds, please. The present human life has an extraordinary chance by which we can destroy all our previous bad deeds which will then not be faced in the life. The chance is only availed by following the eternal path of Vedas. Vedas state that one should work hard and simultaneously must worship God according to Vedas because God helps those who help themselves. So your hardwork to look after your sons in the matter of providing best medical facilities and simultaneously worship of God according to Vedas will be helpful to you, please in getting rid from diseases.
According to Vedas, your family must chant daily Gayatri mantra. In addition, name-jaap of God i.e., “OM” should be done daily, both times, havan from Gayatri mantra must be performed daily. Please also try to listen Vedas from any learned acharya. I think God will sure help you.
Deen: Will our nation ever return on path of Vedas like in Satyug? What can we do to help?
Swami Ram Swarup: Though this matter has become a diseases like cancer yet scientists are also after the solution. So we must also work hard, day and night, to spread the knowledge of Vedas, to again make our country healthy, wealthy and wise.
Des Raj Chhabra:What Sanskara (s) is/are to be performed when a person dies? When and how the asthies are to be disposed of?
Swami Ram Swarup: As stated in Yajurveda mantra 7/48 a person (soul) is free to do good or pious deeds but result is awarded by Almighty God in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. In this matter Rigveda mandal 10 sukta 135 mantra 1,2 states that all human beings take birth to face the result of previous good or bad deeds and good or bad deeds done in present birth will be faced in the next births.
So according to his deeds when the death of a person in human body occurs then “ANTYESHTI KARMA” is to be done. It is not “ANTYESHTI SANSKAR”. Because when soul leaves the body then no sanskar is achieved by the soul. Soul only makes sanskar in the human body while doing deeds. So the dead body is placed on the pyre for cremation and the said action is a deed and not sanskar.
Antyeshti karma (deed) is the last deed of the body. It is called “Narmedh , purush medh and dah karma yaj”. In this connection Yajurveda mantra 40/15 clearly states-” VAYURANALIM MRITMATHEDAM BHASMANTAM SHAREERAM” i.e., air named DHANANJAYA holds “Anilam” i.e., the minutest air , and the minutest air holds, ‘AMRITAM’ i.e.,immortal matter. Therefore “IDAM SHREERAM” i.e., dead body “BHASMANTAM” is to be burnt at last. So the mantra tells that the dead body is finally burnt on pyre and thereafter there is no deed/sanskar left to be done for the dead body or for the soul who left the dead body. This is the order of God which must be obeyed by all human beings.
So those who do Shradh etc after the death is against the Vedas because soul after thirteen days takes new body according to good or bad deeds and is nursed in womb of mother. The said soul had left his body which is burnt, soul is dependent so soul cannot do any deed, can’t see, eat, listen etc., without organs. so how the soul will consume, take the food of Shradh?
According to Yajurveda mantra 39/1 when a person is dead then the dead body must be placed on well-made wooden pyre (bedi).The dead body must be provided with woods over it also then camphor etc., must also be placed on pyre then fire must be ignited in the pyre. Then the mantra of 39th chapter of Yajurveda must be recited and on every mantra, aahuti of havan samigri and desi ghee (equivalent to weight of dead body should be already arranged) must be offered. Aahuti of ghee must be given from a spoon bound to long bamboo sticks which keep the person away from burning fire.
The ashes must either be placed inside the pit dug on the banks of river or must be thrown in flowing river.
Hemant: Can you please explain me in detail how is Trikaal Sandhya performed as per Vedas? Please explain me the meaning of Gananan twa, I have heard this being a vaidok mantra, in which Veda it is explained, Please explain.
Swami Ram Swarup: Sandhya means to concentrate well/meditate well to worship God. So when an aspirant does stuti (praise) Upasna (worship) and prarthana (prayer) while chanting Ved mantras, he should concentrate fully on each Ved mantra. In Vedas some mantras will be described being the divine qualities of Almighty God which is called stuti. In some mantras there will be a prayer addressed to God which is called prarthana and in some there will be way of meditation being described which is called upasana. In Vedas like Samveda mantra 14 Sandhya must be performed in the morning as well as in the evening. However, if somebody has no time then he can perform Yajna in afternoon or at night but mostly Sandhya is performed both times i.e., in the morning and evening. So, according to Vedas there is no trikaal Sandhya but simply Sandhya word is there.
In Rigveda mantra 2/23/1 there is a word, “GANNANAAM TWA GANNPATIM HAVAMAHE”. In the mantra Gannanam means who is Supreme, amongst all the matters of universe, i.e., God and Gannapatim means he who is Supreme Lord of the matters of the universe i.e., God , “TWA” means you i.e., God, HAVAMAHE means accept that is accept for worship.
Idea of the mantra is — one should always worship the God who is Supreme commander of the universe, who is omniscient and Almighty.
Hemant: In each & every house there is a temple the place where the temple is to be kept & in which direction. Please do explain as stated in Vedas.
Swami Ram Swarup: In Vedas, provision of Yaj-shala have been mentioned and not of temple, please, because Vedas tell for worship of formless, omnipresent, Almighty God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe, He never takes birth/avtar.
Authentic, i.e., true proof of qualities of Almighty God is only available in four Vedas wherein it is stated in the Yajurveda mantra 32/3 that, “NA TASYA PRATIMA ASTI” means there is no shape or statue of Almighty God. He being omnipresent and in mantra 31/2, it is stated that only one God is there who creates, nurses and destroys the universe and after destroying again creates and so on. Thus at that time the necessity of temple was not deemed fit.
God needs no assistance. The Upanishad says— “TAD SRISHTA TADNU PRAVISHT” means God created universe and entered therein. So He is everywhere and omnipresent. To realize God, chapter 7 of Yajurveda and other three Vedas clearly says that Yajyen, study of Vedas and holy books and especially ashtang yoga practice is required in family while discharging the duties. For this very purpose a real spiritual master, i.e., philosopher of four Vedas and ashtang yoga (practically) is basically required. During this materialistic period this traditional task has been ear-marked tough by saints and public under influence of so called saints. For-example, Tulsi says in Ramayana “DWIJ SHRUTI BECHAK” i.e., present Gurus have sold Vedas, means they never study Vedas and know nothing about Vedas and yoga. In next he says “SHRUTI BIRODH RAT SAB NAR NARI” means men, women and their children have been taken bold step against the Vedas.
There are so many chopayees (couplets) in every kand of the Ramayana giving knowledge of the Vedas and yoga, but it is a blow to our traditional culture of Vedas that mostly present saints or katha-vachaks avoid its explanation to the public for one or the other reason.
You see if there is no sun then there is no light. This is fundamental law. Similarly if there is no knowledge of the Vedas, there will be no wisdom about matter, soul, Almighty God and difference between the qualities of said true matters.
Up to the time of the Mahabharata there was no temple. Thereafter the knowledge of the Vedas decreased and between two to three thousands years the temples have been made. It is also true that the Vedas knowledge is also available in Valmikee Ramayana, which is the first holy book on the earth written about one crore eighty lakhs years ago. Secondly the Mahabharata and the Bhagwad Geeta (an extract of Bhisham Parva of Mahabharata) thereof, six shastras, the Upanishads and other holy books related to the Vedas, like Shatpath Brahmin Granth etc. But the problem is this that description, comments and explanation has been based mostly on sects or on self-made views of some of the present saints whereas the said books written by ancient rishis (and not by saints because at that time there were only rishis, munis and ashtang yogis available who were philosophers of Vedas and no other holy books of present time were written) are totally based on Vedas and not based on present sects.
So the reason for the existence of temples is only due to decrease in knowledge of Vedas for about three thousands years because before this period there was no temple i.e., since the time of creation i.e., for more than one Arab and 96 crores years. Temple provision is only in the sects and not in the Vedas and above said holy books.
Hemant: During special times of a woman what should be done and what should be avoided. How she can worship the almighty during this period (smaran & stavan being the only way from my point). Please explain in detail is this rule applicable to her husband also when she is in this period. Is this rule applicable according to Vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: She should not enter the kitchen, avoid hard working. Mostly she should take rest. She must be completely separate from her husband but she shouldn’t stop havan/worship.
Hemant: The one who believes in one and only one almighty God from my point there is no need of bhaiya upchara (all sort of upcharas offered to God in sagun form) the almighty God being nirgun the only way from my point of view is nitya stavan & smran. My question is I think this is enough for a sadhak to achieve salvation (moksha). Please explain is this appropriate but I cannot smar him always I try my level best & request him to help me in his smaran, than also there are lot of destruction which come in my way & obstruct my mind. Please suggest some appropriate measures. There are a lot of things which are mentioned and carried out which are according to shastras. Is these rule or niyams to be followed or shudh nirmal bhav is more than enough for the Almighty God to be praised?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, Vedas tell to worship formless Almighty God who is omnipresent, omniscient, who creates, nurses and destroys the universe.
Daily name-jaap of God according to Vedas along with Yajyen/havan and practice of ashtang yoga under guidance of Vedic acharya must be done because the said pious deeds are mentioned in the Vedas. Name-jaap (smrann) must be done both times in the morning as well as in the evening for which guidance of acharya is necessary. Whole time name smrann is not necessary but practice of both times i.e., morning and evening must be continued first.
To purify the body one must take daily bath and wear always clean clothes. And to make the heart, mind intellect pure, the above said worship is necessary. Merely saying that ‘I am pure’ is totally against the Vedas. Purity is the always the result of tapsya. You’re advised to read some of my Vedic books like— VEDIC SATSANG SANGRAH in Hindi and VEDAS-A DIVINE LIGHT in English which will give you immense knowledge, please. Books can be sent on receipt of your postal address.
Alvin Lal: Purans. Being stories, are the stories based on facts, i.e. actual events that happened or are they a part of someone’s imagination? i.e. fiction.
Swami Ram Swarup: Facts/truth are always tallied with Vedas as said in Yog -shastra sutra 1/7. Vedas are our self-proof being divine knowledge which emanates direct from God. Secondly, science and logical discussion also prove the truth. Now I state here a story of Purann, please. First of all see Yajurveda mantra 32/6 , “YEN DYAU RUGRA PRITHIVI CHA DRIDHA” The meaning and idea of the said mantra is that the earth is rotating and God holds it with the result, the earth for the last about
one Arab, 96 crores, 8 lakhs and 53 thousands and 108 years is functioning well and is rotating in space without any other assistance. Mantra states that the earth has been well held by God i.e., under the control and administration of the God, the earth rotates.
Now, the story of Purann tells that a devil named Hirannyakasha captured the whole earth turning it like a mat. Then he slept keeping the earth under his head like a pillow. Now, Vishnu took avtar of boar and the boar (varaha) then snatched the earth and took it into his mouth. Then a fight ensued between boar and the devil Hirannyakasha. In the end, the boar killed the devil. Now, we have to discuss on
the said point that when an Almighty God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe and nobody can even be equivalent to the Almighty God and when the Almighty God has held the earth and has been nursing well then how a devil Hirannyakasha dare to capture the earth and when the earth had been captured then on which earth the feet and rest of the body of the devil was resting and can the earth be turned into a mat?
So, please you yourself think whether the said story be considered true or not. Secondly, as per Yajurveda mantra 1/5 and Rigveda mantra 3/56/1 the fundamental law of nature is unchangeable. So nobody can capture the earth and God can not take avtar, under the firm and unchangeable law of Vedas.
Alvin Lal: Are there any parts of the Vedas that can be learnt from these purans?
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas are to be learnt only under the guidance of a learned acharya who has studied and knows all Vedas. Vedas can not be learnt from Puranns as stated by you.
Hemant: I truly believe that in this world no actual relation with anybody except the creator (almighty) who has created us but in this present stage each & every child is thought to serve his parents they say that the service to parents is service to God is this right when the almighty is the creator only than he is my parent (mother, father and all relation are bound to him) so I think this is the only actual or truth relation from my point of view. Here I am not disregarding the ones who have given me birth I have my duties towards them surely but almighty god is my mother only.this is the stage where sometimes I have to think about pls explain me what actually would be the truth according to the Vedas which are actually originated by almighty and contains only truth specified.
2) What exactly should be done is this case because there are 2 ways leading ahead & I have to choose one please help me in selecting one way which would be the
most appropriate from your point of view the two ways are 1) the way which leads to karma & dharma (devoting full life for karma & dharma.) 2)the other way leading to vikarma & being away from contact, sensation, samsara & devoting full life to almighty Concentrating on almighty, Meditate on almighty, and lastly with his wish Realizing almighty. So pls suggest me which would be the best option for me.
From my point of view I would adopt 2 way but here a query arises that what have I done for my dharma? Am I selfish? Selecting second way which leads to only my & my progress.or can I think that atma or jiv has nothing to do with dharma or karma he has only his way to reach almighty. Pls reply to query.
Swami Ram Swarup: When we look into the past history of Satyug, Treta and Dwapur where the knowledge of Vedas was put into practice by all human beings. Those people were living together as a family. There were no ravages of
hatred, corruption, injustice, etc. The study of Vedas reveals that only two dignitaries right from the beginning of the earth till its final destruction, will be our true relatives. First is Almighty God and the second is the acharya, who is philosopher of Vedas and ashtang yoga philosophy and thus who has controlled his five senses, five perceptions and mind. Nowadays people have been misled from the eternal knowledge of Vedas and in-spite of man-made worship, corruption, blind faith, tension, diseases, injustice etc., are increasing. So, it is a proof that the knowledge of Vedas unites. For-example your views that children should serve the parents are one sided and even (please don’t mind) are full of selfishness. Every parent wants that children must serve them but the parents must also look into their past that
whether they themselves served their parents to the extent that their parents were/are totally satisfied with their service. Secondly Vedas tell to perform holy Yajyen. The meaning of Yajyen is to serve mother, father, atithi (who has at least knowledge of one Veda), acharya, Who gives full knowledge of divine Vedas to make long happy life and to get final liberation. Fifth dignitary is almighty God. Vedas emanates direct from God so the worship of God is only to follow the preach of Vedas which is being over-sighted. So the saying that, Children must serve parents and it will be the real worship, is not complete, saying i.e., why to know the complete knowledge we will have to follow the preach of Vedas and Vedas give complete knowledge which must be made a saying that ” all must serve good parents, atithi, acharya and Almighty God” as stated above.
Mother, father may be indulged in illusion and may not be good like Hirannyakashyap, Kaikayee etc., That is why Vedas tell to serve the good parents
and it is the duty of parents to be good first by serving above said five alive devtas. They should also listen Vedas for perfect knowledge. Your views to serve only God will be against Vedas, because God in Vedas does not tell to serve God alone. The worship starts from home for which one should listen Vedas and must chant Gayatri mantra both times and must do havan with gayatri mantra daily. Almighty God is like our father because He only nurses us by providing with all the goods of the universe. But parents give us birth and look after under the eternal administrative system of God. So the birth from parents is considered not good being outcome of sensual union mostly. But when a person takes Deeksha from an acharya who is philosopher of Vedas and ashtang yoga, then the person is called Dwij, i.e., the person has taken second pious birth by which his first birth has also been counted as pious. Now, the person has his spiritual father i.e., his acharya, then only the person knows real pious deeds and the real religion. I would like to tell you to read some of my Hindi and English books to gain Vedic knowledge and to enter Vedas’ knowledge.
So the soul (atma) as said in Yajurveda mantra 40/2 should follow the Vedic spiritual path while discharging all moral duties.
AG: I want my self in yours sharan before coming to you plese tell me what should I do to join as yours desiple I want to shave my head and keep shikha plese tell how is it possible who will help me doing this job. When can I see you, where to see you?
Swami Ram Swarup: Your views are highly appreciated, so please send the information about your age and occupation. I mean to say if you’re independent, then you’re welcome any time, here. And if you’re dependent on your parents then acceptance of your parents is first required.
Joe Brooke:I sincerely wish to find out all about the benefits of listening to a “Vishnu Sahasranam” CD which contains the 1,000 names of Vishnu. I know I had purchased such CD from the TM Center, and have already contacted them for info about it from them. What is the most specific benenfits of listening to the Vishnu Sahasranam 1000 names of Vishnu
Swami Ram Swarup: As said in Rigveda mantra 1/164/46, God is one
but his names are unlimited based on His unlimited qualities and powers. So according to Vedas Vishnu is also the name of formless and Almighty God. The
meaning of Vishnu is omnipresent. So based on omnipresent, divine qualities, the name of Almighty God is also Vishnu. So to know the qualities of God and the benefit of listening ved mantras and names of God, one should study Vedas from a learned acharya. As regards benefit of listening of Vishnu Sahasranam, I am not aware of the same as it is not mentioned in Vedas, please.
Harish Arya: What is benefit of awakening early in the morning and sleep early in the night? What is physiology behind it? And how can i get your free book
Swami Ram Swarup: Benefit of awakening early in the morning and going to sleep early at night are also mentioned in Brahamcharya book, please study the book and then you may put question, if any. Book can be sent on receipt
of your postal address.
Anonymous: I will like you to study scientific miracles and tell me your opinion.
Swami Ram Swarup: To learn the science subject is really appreciated by even Vedas because all science originates from Vedas. But as far as miracle is concerned, it is against the Vedas, please. However, Yogi attains siddhis after studying Vedas, doing Yajyen and hard practice of ashtang yoga philosophy
but he never tells about any miracle. Our motto is to realize God and not to describe about any miracles etc.
Mumbai: Swamiji, what do our Vedas, Upanishads and Purans say about the Vedic Rituals that Hindus, Hindu Brahmins, in particular have to do in their lifetime. Also please enlighten me about what Vedas say about Solah Sanskars. Pranams.
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas are not only for Hindus or Hindu Brahmins. God has created the universe in which four Vedas are included as whole matter like sun, moon, air, earth, water, fire, vegetation etc., are applicable and useful for all living beings, so are the Vedas please. According to Yajurveda mantra 31/11 he is the Brahminn who performs daily Yajna/havan, studies Vedas, has control over his five senses, five perceptions and mind, does practice of ashtang yoga philosophy daily, has realized God and preaches Vedas. He is kshatriye who protects the nation, he is vaishye who has full control over business and thus provides services to human beings to distribute the good without favourism etc.
He is the shudra who couldn’t get education and thus serves all others faithfully. So as per Vedas, caste is not by birth but by deeds, please.
Ajit: I believe that the human race is coming to an end very
soon. There are reasons for it like the speed of dvelopment of destruction of environment is higest in the history of EARTH. The global warming is taking its toll. The digital revolution has added much speed to this act of destruction. Swamiji, i hope you understand what I am poiting to. How this binary magic happend in the present time? Why the development or events are perfectly sequensed like from steam engine to electric engine and so on? Why not the binary magic happend at
the time of ARYA BHATT? Why this time? Why we think in sync with such chronology? Why donot we retreat to past activities? This ia very much possible we may travel without body in years to come. We can communicate to each other without cellphones. Whos is giving us the ideas and timing it? Are we degrading?
Swami Ram Swarup: The creation, nursing, destruction of the universe is eternal and natural at a stipulated time. So the destruction of the universe will take about more than one arab years, please. However, due to not worshipping God according to eternal knowledge of Vedas and not discharging duties according to Vedas, people will be facing more and more trouble day by day. The diseases, tensions, problems, corruption, blind-faith, insult to women, injustice etc., etc., will not remain in the control of human beings. Unnatural death will increase. So the people will have to live in dangerous situation like a small bird which has come before the hawk and she is trembling with fear. So this situation will be more dangerous and painful than destruction. The binary magic quoted by you is a case to be indulged in illusion by the people due to not following the preach of Vedas, please. Such perfect sequence etc., as quoted by you shows the greedy mind of the man who is only after the materialistic benefits, assets, pomp and show etc., avoiding Almighty, omnipresent God who has blessed us with human body for worshipping Him while discharging all our moral duties like Shri Ram, Mata Sita and several other rishis, Raj-rishis and public of ancient times, following the preach of Vedas. No magic could happen as the same is not mentioned in Vedas. Vedas tell about hard working towards right path of Vedas to get long happy life.
There is no change is ever-seen in the matter of creation, nursing and destruction, hunger, thirst, birth and death etc., since the time of creation. However, we people change our mind, thoughts etc., and we start saying that we are changing ourselves with the time. In this connection beautiful sutra had been quoted by Kapil Muni Samkhya Shastra,(6/41) “KARAM VAICHITRYAAT SRISHTIVAICHITRYAM” its meaning is that human beings do surprising deeds at their own and by mistake we think that the world is astonishing. Otherwise, if human beings are ready to discharge their duties according to Vedas, we will be back in ancient times of Satyug,
Treta, Dwapur etc., where peace was maintained everywhere. There were no ravages of hatred amongst human beings. We are souls and not bodies. Soul is always dependent, how can soul move without body, can the soul see anything without eyes? Communication can be made by replacing cell-phones but not without any technology. We are ourselves giving ourselves the ideas and we are timing it after over-sighting the Vedas. For-example—- who gave the idea of making hydrogen bomb and dropping it at Hiroshima. Answer is human beings. Yes definitely when a student will not be able to get high education definitely he is degrading himself with his own sins.
Alvin Lal: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Purans being stories and being against the Vedas are not the truth,as you stated previously.
However my questions are:
a) What is the origin of the Puran’s, Shiv Puran, Vishnu puran…etc…?
b) who were the authors, how did they come about in originating this stories?
c) Being stories, are the stories based on facts, i.e. actual events that happened or are they a part of someone’s imagination? i.e. fiction.
d) Are there any parts of the Vedas, that can be learnt from these purans?
Swami Ram Swarup: About Puranns, I have clarified that those who believe in Puranns may go ahead. However, study of Vedas which emanates direct from God reveals that the matter of Puranns is against the Vedas.
Purann’s chapter is lengthy one, please. In a ancient hand written book Himadri of the time of King Bhoj, it is written that Bhagwad Purann has been written by Bopedev. So, the aspirants must search out the fact too and based on the above quoted book, learned of Vedas accept that Purann has been written by Bopedev. Puranns as a whole are not according to Vedas because the writer would have been ignorant about the eternal knowledge of Vedas which emanates direct from Almighty God in the beginning of the earth, at the time of creation. However, those who have faith in Puranns may continue. But the learned of Vedas do not consider the Puranns as an authentic book. People follow the Purann then it is their own wish. However, who starts study of Vedas, he leaves the Purann and concentrates himself in the knowledge of Vedas only.
Shama: Swamiji, does sole experience any sort of pain at the time of
departure/death, can it see, can it feal the fealings of relatives or when time comes it
immediately goes to its destination without lingering around body , who show him his path for 13 day. During these 13 days does sole remember all his janam? During these 13 day of his journey are the relatives supose to perform any Yajay or puja? In Manusmriti page 104 it is written that students use to remove there hairs because hair restrict the inteligence level. What about girls though they were studing Vedas in gurukul they were not supposed to remove hairs also they were not suppose to ask Bhiksha also not supose to go in jungle and bring some pieces of woods. Swamiji I highly admire the gurukul system in Vedic age. Today our children are not in safe hands even if we switch to gurukul system. From where we are going to bring those learned rrushis and all that knowledge which we already lost in process of time?
Swami Ram Swarup: God Himself is the protector of soul under whose eternal system, the soul leaves body. Yes, not only at the time of death but soul starts feeling more and more pain, tensions, sickness, sorrows etc., when the age of human-body starts getting old day by day. The leaving time is not known by anyone but if soul leaves the body amongst relatives then some souls are aware of the relatives then some souls are aware of the relatives being in sense and some being in unconsciousness, coma etc., then soul does not know.
About his relatives, etc. Soul leaves the body under the full control of Almighty God. Just after leaving the body or in a stage of unconsciousness within body, soul does not know about relations, births etc., because the soul remains in Sushupt stage i.e., like in coma. Yajyen /havan should be performed since childhood and therefore especially the havan should be performed within the thirteen days.
In Brahamcharya stage when students were involved only in study, they did not cut the hair.
Yes, we have really lost the ancient time of Gurukul due to not studying the Vedas regularly. Nowadays, many paths against the Vedas have been made and eternal culture of Vedas has been minimized. This is a great loss to whole humanity that human- beings are not in a position to listen, learn and act according to eternal knowledge of Vedas which emanates direct from God and we have been forced to follow the man made worship etc.
Shama: What is Pitar Rinn? Should one continue asan, prannayam, etc. if the body is producing a lot of heat?
Swami Ram Swarup: We have to follow the Vedas which emanate direct from Almighty God at the beginning of the earth to give knowledge to us. Vedas give us knowledge right from straw to brahma. Vedas are self proof. Whatever is there in Vedas, it is all true and now a days the views which have not been mentioned in Vedas are not authentic. The matter of Pitr rinn is also mentioned in Atharvaveda mantra 6/117/3 . the mantra states that Rishi rinn is fulfilled by studying the Vedas and completing the education. Dev rinn is fulfilled when we obey the Vedas and do holy Yajyen, name-jaap of God-OM and do practice of ashtang yoga philosophy etc. Pitr Rinn is paid when we enter the married life and discharge all our moral duties faithfully while serving parents, elders, atithi and acharya including worship of God. Yajyen if performed by Yajman, Hota, brahma alongwith public with Ved mantras is acceptable by God. That Yajyen can be performed anywhere either at home or at any place in the world.
If body produces lot of heat then one must get medical checkup as well. If medical authority states that nothing is wrong then asan, prannayam etc., must be continued, please.
Dr. Harish Arya: What is the benefit of upwas (fasting)? And about how much time it should be in normal healthy hostler medical student? And what is anema and is it necessary after upwas and how is it performed? How much time we should wait between two upwases (fastings)?
Swami Ram Swarup: Upwas is beneficial if done once in month or two, keeping health point of view in mind, can be done otherwise. upwas has no relation to spiritualism. During upwas we must take sufficient water, lemonade and fresh fruit juice. Anema has no concern with upwas, please. The spiritual meaning of upwas is —– up= near, was= reside i.e., to reside the nearest to God. Now, God is omnipresent and is within us as well but realization of God is not there. So when we listen Vedas and other true holy books, do name-jaap and practice of Ashtang yoga philosophy, it means we are in an atmosphere which is nearest to God i.e., by the said process we will be able to realize God.
Anonymous: Swamiji, I have to give some of my views and request you to comment on it— Vedas are Apara knowledge. God can not be attained through Vedas. Vedas are only worldly knowledge. However, it is “Para knowledge” which is attained from present Guru(saint) by which God is attained so one should seek shelter of present sadguru. Name (Guru-mantra) received by present Sadguru helps to escape from narak. One does not need to study Vedas then. If you don’t know the Guru-mantra of present Guru then study of Vedas will be of no use.
Swami Ram Swarup: Without apara no para and without Vedas, no apara and para, please. Vedas contain both Apara and Para vidya. It is well-known fact by present and ancient rishis that without Vedas God cannot be realized. If one is unknown in an unknown city then he himself will give his identification and then only others will know him. In the beginning of earth no guru was there as all had left their bodies in previous universe. Then who would give the knowledge of matters and God at that time except God who is never dead. That is why God gives knowledge of Vedas in beginning of creation, which is authentic and acceptable by all. So we should never go against the God i.e., against Vedas. Study of four Vedas is called “Apara Vidya”. It is a scientific knowledge.
Manusmriti in its shloka 1/23 also states that in the beginning of universe the knowledge of four Vedas emanates from God and is originated in the heart of four rishis. So God is the first guru of the four ancient rishis, says Yog shastra sutra 1/26 too. From four rishis an aspirant named Brahma studied the same. In Vedas he is alive Brahma who has got the knowledge of four Vedas from a learned acharya. So, the said study of four Vedas is called Apara Vidya which is essential to realize God. From Para Vidya God is realized. In Shanti Parv of Mahabharta, Bheeshma tells to Yudhishthir that he who gets perfection in Apara Vidya by studying four Vedas from an acharya, thereafter only he becomes able to know “Akshar-Braham” i.e., the stage of realization of God. Para Vidya is actual practice of the teaching of Vedas in life. i.e., one will have to observe all the teachings of Vedas in life. For-example— Vedas tell to do Yajyen, to do name-jaap of God which is mentioned in Vedas, to do hard practice of ashtang yoga philosophy etc. All the above statement is according to Vedas from which knowledge emanates direct from God, which is unchangeable. So Para and Apara, both are required to be observed in life and not one.
What happens today is that a learned acharya of Vedas chants Ved mantras and its explanation and followers listen. This is eternal and traditional or a present Guru will have to speak before his disciples to teach them. From where does the present Guru teach? Definitely from Geeta, Ramayana, shastras, Upanishads and other holy books.
He has also to remember so many stories, then he speaks. I mean to say both acharya and Guru will have to study first then they are able to speak further, either on Vedas or as per Vedas or against the Vedas. It means apara knowledge i.e., knowledge by studying books or by listening from acharya/Guru is necessary.
So how apara Vidya is not required? For-example— everybody says God is everywhere. Think from where an acharya or Guru is telling such words. Definitely he has studied or listened from his Guru. So the study of books or listening from leanred acharya is Apara Vidya which is necessary. Para knowledge is attained from present acharya/Guru but see Para knowledge is Akshar knowledge of Vedas and present acharya/Guru should know the apara knowledge first and then the present acharya/Guru will observe the teachings of Apara knowledge in life, then he will be able to experience the Para Vidya i.e., Akshar Gyan i.e., knowledge of God.
Narak and swarg both are here on earth which i have explained a lot on this web site. God has given His name in Vedas. In Vedas, the best name of God is OM. However, God has got unlimited names according to His unlimited divine qualities. For-example— Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 states—
INDRAM MITRAM VARUNNAMAGNIMAAHURATHO DIVYAH SA SUPARNNO GARUTMAAN.
EKAM SADVIPRA BAHUDHA VADANTYAGNIM YAMAM MATRISHVAANMAAHUHU.
i.e., some of the names of God in this mantra are Indra, Mitra, Varunn, Agni, Matrishva etc. God is the first Guru of four rishis and thereafter the Rishis after getting the knowledge from four rishis have been traditionally giving us Para and Apara knowledge of Vedas till date. It will continue forever i.e., after the destruction of this universe too.
So present Guru, if he is learned, always gives the name from Vedas please and he always respects the Vedas being the knowledge direct from Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient, adorable God. How a learned, present Guru insult the God?
As regards name of God, it may also be kept in mind that when we open the first page of any Ved mantra of samhita (book), it starts from the holy name of God. So we start Apara Vidya first by chanting the holy name of God, so How the study of Vedas go in vain? For-example— Rigveda came first on the earth. Its first mantra starts from “AGNI MEEDAY” here the meaning of agni is omnipresent God. Every mantra actually starts from OM which is the best name of God.
So is there any person on the earth who does not agree that God is omnipresent? Yajurveda mantra starts “OM EESHAY TVORJEY_ _ _ _ _ _”. OM is the name of God.
Eeshay means food- grains and energy and so we are under the mercy of Almighty God to get food-grain and energy etc. Do all people of universe do not require food-grains and energy? And do not ask the same from God and if they do not know Vedas then from where did such type of prayer come first time in the world? Definitely from God’s Vedas!
So why do we speak against Vedas, because we do not study Vedas. Guru Nank Dev Sahib studied Vedas and has beautifully written in Shri Guru Granth Sahib——–
” VED KATEV KAHO MAT JHOOTHE,
JHOOTHA SO JO NA VICHARE”
MEANING— Vedas are not false. On the contrary, he is false who does not study the Vedas.
Third veda i.e., Samveda came on earth. It’s first mantra is “OM AGNA AA YAHI”. OM is the name of God and Agni i.e., Agni is also the name of God.
Fourth Veda is Atharvaveda and its first mantra is “OM YE TRISHAPTA_ _ _ _ _” and in this mantra there is a word, “VACHASPATI” and its meaning is God, who is most knowledgeable. So when we chant Vedas we automatically start from holy name of God.
In the last chapter of Yajurveda, God states: “OM KRITO SMAR”, i.e., Oh man or woman! While performing all moral duties, you do the jaap of OM. Nowadays all the Gurus tell to do name jaap of God. But from where did they get the knowledge to tell the disciple to do name-jaap of God? Definitely from book or from their Guru. But from where did their Guru get it? Definitely from his Guru. So this process goes up to the time of beginning of creation where only one Almighty God was Guru of the four Rishis. So we must accept the Guru of ancient four Rishis i.e., Almighty God and His four Vedas which is learnt from present learned acharya who knows four Vedas.
Otherwise traditional knowledge of Vedas which starts always from beginning of earth, will be hidden and false prophets will become able to spread the illusion. For-example— Kapil Muni in his Samkhya Shastra sutra 3/81 states —– if the present Gurus will not be getting knowledge of Vedas—Apara and Para both, then new tradition of blind faith will start.
Study of Vedas never goes in vain, please. Shastras state, “SHRUTAM TAPAH”, i.e., mere listening of Vedas is the great (tap) austerity of aspirant.
Anonymous: It is often said that God is the acharya (Guru) of the entire world. Please comment.
Swami Ram Swarup: It is a basic principle that knowledge is only attained when the same is given by any preacher.
So the preacher of eternal knowledge of Vedas is God Himself, who originated the knowledge of Vedas in the heart of four Rishis at the time of creation of this universe. Thereafter the knowledge has attained from Rishis by an aspirant named Brahma. Brhama spread the knowledge of Vedas to others and up-till now the acharya have been giving us the eternal knowledge of Vedas. So Almighty God was the first Guru of the ancient Rishis at the beginning of the earth. Thereafter the alive Rishis Munis have been giving us the knowledge of Vedas up-till now and will be giving traditionally till the time of final destruction of the universe. In the new creation the said process will automatically take place.
Pradeep: If there are five live God then what about the Hindus and Hindus culture who believe in plethora of gods? As per your answers it means Hindus must stop all ritual and way of Pooja and start life as per Ved. What you say on Quran
and Bible? Torah which claims exclusive right over God and messengers? The above mentioned do not believe in coexistence. It meant Ram, Krishan, Shiv, Durga, Kali, etc. temple we destroy and made the temple without statues. Who is this Ganesh whether Ganesh is one more form of God or this is also false because it is not
mention in Ved?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please there are not five alive Gods. According to Vedas, there are five devs i.e., devtas. In this connection, he is the dev (devta) who gives us something for our betterment. Mother gives us birth so she is first Dev-Devi. Father looks after us and nurses with his hard working earning. So he is second dev. Atithi is the third dev. Here atithi means learned of at least one Veda and thus the atithi also gives us knowledge. Fourth Dev is an acharya who knows four Vedas and yoga philosophy etc. By the services of acharya we get whole knowledge and become able to attain the salvation.
In addition, the supreme Dev is Almighty God who gives us everything. So we have to serve the said five devtas first to attain long, happy life. Vedas emanate direct from God, in the beginning of creation. Until and unless, one is able to understand
Vedas after listening the same from an acharya, nobody is able to understand about the real worship, science, form of pious and bad deeds etc. Vedas give the knowledge right from straw to Braham. Deep study of Vedas as well as the views of ancient rishis reveals that in Vedas God Himself states His qualities, divine deeds, nature, way of real worship etc. All shastras of ancient Rishis state that Vedas are self proof i.e., whatever has been preached in Vedas is true being eternal and immortal knowledge of God. Secondly, the deeds, worship etc., are made by human beings as well as is also mentioned by Tulsi das in his chaupayee:
“SHRUTI SAMMAT HARI BHAKTI PATH SANJUT BIRATI BIBEK.
TEHIN NA CHALHIN NAR MOH BAS, KALPANHIN PANTH ANEK.”
Meaning: Tulsi states that there is an eternal worship based on Vedas, which gives us asceticism and factual knowledge but the people are not following the path of Vedas due to attachment (attachment with materialistic pomp and show, family, etc.) and people make their own several paths of worship. So who are not able to understand Vedas, they may continue their own path so is the case of sects, please.
Pradeep: Can you stop the suffering of human being who r following the Veda directly or indirectly in following countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tibet, Afganistan, Middle East, Christian hegemony. All my questions are related to pain of my brother and sisters, who are suffering for last 2000 years slavery. Suffering are related to our past karmas that’s why these question.
Swami Ram Swarup: If so, then my sympathy for such aspirants are always with them. I also know that mere sympathy will do nothing. But I believe that true prayer to God never goes in vain. So I pray for their betterment. However, no religion teaches about ravages of hatred. If we follow the real preach of all holy books then we will find the main fundamental law of those pious books:
(1) God is one who nurses all the human -beings without following any sect.
(2) Live and let live by promoting brotherhood between all human beings.
So, I think, all the religious books have base of the above two fundamental laws. If all the sects are able to follow the above laws in action, in their lives, then remaining problem will be solved itself i.e., would not require the consideration of human-beings. So keeping aside all other problems we must try to make understand whole universe about the above fundamental law of all religious books wherein above teachings must be observed in action.
In the light of the above quoted teachings, the remaining teachings will be useful not only for the sects but for whole universe. So first we must try to burn the ravages of hatred amongst human-beings.
No doubt, suffering is due to the result of our past lives’ deeds and for the last 5,000 years the teachings of four Vedas too maintain unity between whole universe has been minimized to an extent where the human beings have been misled and the earth has been divided into small nations. So it is my thought that our past deeds at least for 4,500 years or more are not according to Vedas.
Secondly, the present deeds kill our all past deeds, say Vedas, shastras, upnishads, Bhagwad Geeta and other holy books of the world so why do not we follow the teachings of Vedas as followed in the previous yugas and the people were united. However, I again stress that main teachings of Vedas and other holy books have been quoted above which must be followed by all human beings faithfully.
Protimesh Gupta: This is for the first time I had come across your website and I was delighted by the Q&A placed there. Guruji I had two questions or problems. How to maintain our resolutions? How to ensure that we sleep and get-up on time?
Swami Ram Swarup: Every problem is overcome through knowledge. Eternal philosophy of Vedas which emanates direct from God state that knowledge is Ved i.e., God has given all knowledge of universe in Vedas. So how to live long, happy life is also a subject of Vedas to understand. First of all I would advise you to come here at least for 3, 4, 5 days, to discuss the problem personally and to overcome the same. Otherwise please a seek a learned acharya of Vedas locally. One should make contact with learned acharya to listen advises from him for getting peace. Secondly, you should learn asan, prannayam, how to do holy name jaap of God and meditation. Avoid loneliness. Please and keep yourself busy to discharge your moral duties daily. Read full newspaper, daily. Awake early in the morning for long, morning walk and light exercises, take at least 20 glasses of water daily since morning uptil night. Try to study even one page daily of any holy book like Ved, shastras, upnishad, Bhagwad Geeta, Valmiki Ramayana etc. Though the said teachings to be observed in life are not so easy but human body has been blessed by God only for the same. So, please leave the laziness if any and be brave to do hard
work/tapasya daily to get sound sleep and long happy life.
Deepak Bhai: I have noticed so many persons who are taking guru mantra who give name or guru mantra the name of any avtar. They followers are progressing good after doing that mantra or follow any guru. While gurus don’t teach them anything about Ved than how come they start to progress suddenly? While there was not any avtars and so many gurus claiming that with their own mantras they are curing cancer, AIDS and so many diseases and really patient and doctors are surprised that how come report turned in negative after they doing mantras.
Please explain and now days all gurus are giving mantra s of devi devtas also.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajurveda mantra 33/79 states that God is the supreme power and in the universe God does not move being omnipresent. God never takes birth. He nurses the universe and discharges all His natural deeds without taking birth etc. So, the Ved mantras emanate direct from God which can never be false. So as per Ved mantras God is Almighty i.e., He has all powers to look after and to do His natural deeds without taking birth/Avtar. So the above mantra also states that worship the God who is omnipresent, Has all powers, needs no birth, is supreme i.e., above all and even there is no one equivalent to Him and will not be in future too. He is the most knowledgeable and omniscient. I mean to say that God has unlimited powers, qualities, form of divine pleasure, etc., etc. In Vedas God has Himself given His unlimited names as Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 and Yajurveda mantra 32/1 like Indra, Varunn, Agni, Vaayu etc. The best name of God in Vedas is OM which is also mentioned in Yajurveda mantra 40/15.
God states in Vedas that do jaap of His name as per Vedas. Entire India must study the Vedas to be a learned nation. However, if people have faith in their saints and do jaap what the saints advice, then it is their own discretion.
To be rich or poor is a worldly matter and spiritual, worldly as well as spiritual, both matters have been mentioned in Vedas. Vedas state that to be a rich person is the result of previous pious deeds as well as present efforts and blessings of Almighty God based on previous pious deeds whereas poverty is the result of previous sins etc. That inspite of hardworking man is enable to become rich. So to kill the poverty one should do real worship of God according to Vedas. By doing the same, bad deeds will be burnt and hardworking of the person will give him good result to become rich.
However when pious deeds get exhausted then the bad days, according to sins, start. So, in Vedas poverty or richness has no meaning. One should be satisfied with his earnings. One should try to attain the main motto of human life i.e., to attain salvation while discharging all moral duties.
Only those acharyas who know Vedas teach Vedas to the disciples. But who do not know the Vedas or under compulsions they cram small portion of Ved mantras and that too with the aim to criticize/condemn the Vedas then how can they teach Vedas to disciples? Can any electrical engineer teach medical science to students? Definitely not – because he does not know about medical science.
Mantras never cure any diseases, but suitable medicine cures. In this connection, proof is required that somebody has been cured by mere mantras. As regards medical report, that too requires investigation that whether the report pertains to the same person who has been cured merely by mantras. Because fundamental law of God and that of science is unchangeable i.e., disease is cured by suitable medicine and not by mantras.
Deepak Bhai: Should I keep repeating mantra Om or Gayatri or Mahamurtunjay in heart whole day while I am working and how long time I should meditate after yoga minimum?
Swami Ram Swarup: Om, the holy name of God is enough for whole day in respirations including aahutis in the havan-kund with Gayatri mantra and other Ved mantras is also the worship of God. Gayatri mantra should also be chanted in the morning and evening along with its meaning. My blessings to you!
Jitendra Bhadauria: What is the significance of Ekadashi Vrat and how it can be observed / done?
Swami Ram Swarup: About Ekadashi or any other kind of vrat, its description is not in Vedas. So can not be considered authentic please. However, if anyone does the same it is his own description please.
Garima: Gayatri mantra gives me please. Should I meditate on it?
Swami Ram Swarup: God has given us human life to face the previous lives’ good and bad deeds and the result of deeds done in the present life will have to be faced in future births in the shape of happiness and sorrows respectively. So the ups and downs which come in the life are due to the result of our own previous lives’ deeds. To kill the bad effect of deeds. Almighty God has provided us the human body to worship Him under guidance of learned acharya of Vedas. I would advise you to do hawan as well with Gayatri Mantra daily. It will increase peace in your life. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra with its meaning is also the worship, prayer and praise of God. Please continue the same. Your attention which is diverted which is also a cause of disturbances of your mind.
G: How do we know that love is true or not for marriage?
Swami Ram Swarup: Nowadays it is very difficult to decide the fair love. One should check if it is based on physical charms only being serious life matter. Matter connected with marriage must be opened before the parents to decide, please. To keep oneself happy is not a solution of life. Question arises whether you or your partner will keep each other happy for whole of the life. Wherein unselfishness and control over senses is the main matter and all matters are only solved with knowledge, i.e., knowledge of pious deeds, maintaining good character, hard working, discharging of moral duties etc. the said knowledge is attained by listening preach of the learned acharya of Vedas, please. So, please be alert in life.
Vedas clearly preach that the God is formless, Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient and has unlimited other qualities. He is the purest. So He knows everyone. He helps those who help themselves. And also he who is right person is helped. If you and
your partner both are with purest heart then prayers (with Gayatri mantra, etc.) will help you otherwise it will go in vain.
If one becomes weak then the said weakness is due to lack of control over your senses, perceptions and mind. If it is so, really you are inviting a great unsolved trouble in your life. So, please check yourself. Otherwise, Vedas say that no question of weakness arises before marriage. Even, before marriage, nobody must talk or touch each other (opposite gender). Yajurveda clearly, states that boy or girl must not surrender their hearts to opposite gender before marriage. To be father before marriage is a great unpardonable sin and marriage must be considered keeping in view the above points please.
Deepak Bhai: I see so many persons doing mantra of avtars and they are progressing. Even they don’t do havans and yoga etc they are rich and even happy also. So why is that?
Swami Ram Swarup: To be rich or poor is a worldly matter and spiritual, worldly as well as spiritual, both matters have been mentioned in Vedas. Vedas state that to be a rich person is the result of previous pious deeds as well as present efforts and blessings of Almighty God based on previous pious deeds whereas poverty is the result of previous sins etc. That inspite of hardworking man is enable to become rich. So to kill the poverty one should do real worship of God according to Vedas. By doing the same, bad deeds will be burnt and hardworking of the person will give him good result to become rich. However, when pious deeds get exhausted then the bad days, according to sins start. So, in Vedas poverty or richness has no meaning. One should be satisfied with his earnings. One should try to attain the main motto of human life i.e., to attain salvation while discharging all moral duties.
Vikas L. Acharya: Science of KARMA cannot be ignored. Each KARMA outcome has to be faced by human being. Even outcome of bad KARMA committed accidentally or unknowingly has to face by human beings. E.g. small animals (ants, flies, bacteria etc) which are also souls get killed by us accidentally. By such deeds, no one ever be free from KARMA? How is it possible to nullify bad KARMA done accidentally or unknowingly in present birth? I believe MOKSH is not possible without freeing from all bad KARMA’S. What is the definition of MOKSH? Does soul ever get free from cycle of Birth & Death? Or soul only enjoys his good Karma, and come back on this earth again and again?
Swami Ram Swarup: One should do daily havan, name jaap of God and practice of ashtang yoga philosophy. Make contact with learned acharya of Vedas to listen to Vedas and to take his advice while discharging all moral duties. The said pious action will kill the bad deeds of previous lives to exempt from sorrows, etc.
Moksh means to be free from all good and bad deeds to be faced.
Himanshu: They say that “God is biggest creation of mankind” and faith, religion and Sanctity were created when man got Civilised from food gatherer to food producer and all religious books were written in that course of time. On the Other hand religious books tell us that our religion and Deities are eternal. Some consider religion just as one Course of study and others like us (Hindus) need religion for making not only important even trivial of our lives decisions. What Adds to my surprise is that those who openly condemn religion and are visibly atheist are greatly productive and providing Human race a lot of products and Services including Modern Machinery, Modes of production, Softwares , Banking, Telecom, IT and even this internet. On the other hand we as a nation which are full of Believers (Both Hindus and Muslims) and hard working rank very low in terms of productivity and respect from other nations why is it so and How much, decisions made/ not made on ground of Dharma responsible for our present state? Swamiji Please comment and let us know the insight.
Swami Ram Swarup: The views that “God is the biggest creation of mankind”, and faith, religion and sanctity are totally false and show lack of study of Vedas. On the other hand, it is true that ignorant people who do not know Vedas have created so many God at their own. The said false statement may be linked with the above quoted views that “God is the biggest creation of mankind” and faith , religion and Sanctity, otherwise in Vedas, God is called Swayambhu i.e., nobody can
create God. He is eternal, immortal, unchangeable and everlasting. Tulsi has also told in his Chaupayee that “SHRUTI SAMMAT HARI BHAKTI PATH SANJUT BIRATI BIBEK. TEHIN NA CHALHIN NAR MOH BAS, KALPANHIN PANTH ANEK.”
MEANING— TULSI STATES THAT THERE IS AN ETERNAL WORSHIP BASED ON VEDAS, WHICH GIVES US ASCETISM AND FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE. BUT THE PEOPLE ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE PATH OF VEDAS DUE TO ATTACHMENT (ATTACHMENT WITH MATERIALISTIC, POMP AND SHOW AND FAMILY ETC.) AND THE
PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN NEW SEVERAL PATHS OF WORSHIP.
Creation, Science, worldly matters etc., is not possible until the same is created by someone. Secondly, knowledge is attained when knowledge is imparted by someone.
Why the said knowledge emanates because the Almighty, formless God who is one, creates the universe. Thereafter, He creates the living beings’ bodies.
Rigveda mantra 10/129/ 1-6 throw light about creation that at that time, there was nothing and no living beings did exist. So there was no learned acharya who could give the knowledge to the newly created living beings like parents who educate the children to make them able to speak language and to know about the matters like crow, animals, chapati, ghee, sun, moon i.e., all matters of the world. See, if a newly born baby is managed to live in dense jungle and nursed well but he is not given education about the worldly matters etc. i.e., mathematics, science, animals, sun, moon etc., then even at the young age of 20-25, 30 years, he will not be able to speak any language and when he will be brought out of the cave of dense jungle and will be asked about the sun, moon, animals, birds before him, then he will not be able to reply because he was not given the said knowledge.
When we see towards sun, moon, air, space, human body etc. It is clearly understood that the said creation has not been made by any human being but Almighty God, from whom the knowledge of four Vedas emanates. In Vedas, the knowledge right from straw to brahma has been mentioned. So in the beginning of non-sexual earth, Vedas originated in the heart of four rishis and from the rishis the knowledge of science, deeds and worship along with every matter is being given to the public by which the public became educated scientist and wrote books etc. In Vedas as well as in fourth chapter of yog shastras of Rishi Patanjali, it is mentioned that those who do not believe in God are provided more and more facilities by nature and such people get spoiled etc.
On the contrary those who worship God, they naturally try to kill their desires and accordingly under the law, nature, help them to follow the true path to realize the God.
Queen: How can the Hindus be united?
Swami Ram Swarup: Unity of R.S.S, V.H.P, ARYA SAMAJ, BRAHMO SAMAJ, HINDU MAHASABHA and all present saints is the only way to unite Hindus.
America is the combination of several religions/sects. Therefore the above quoted religious parties may spread their own views but must not criticize others because all are Hindus. It is a separate issue that how will the people be happy but unity is strength to build the nation strong first.
Tamilian: Karunanidhi claims that Ramayan was a war between Aryans and Dravidians. He claims that Aryans came from outside India. He also claims that Ram did not exist and he could not have built a bridge since he didn’t have an engineering
degree. He claims Ramayan is a story. Is he correct? How can we counter his argument?
Swami Ram Swarup: The views of Sri Karunanidhi are objectionable. Our country has been slave of British Government for 200 years and of Mughals for 800 years. The said people have tried to obliterate our real history. It may be possible that Sri Karunanidhi has adopted their views. It is a bitter truth that Sri Ram took birth from mother Kaushalya. At present, we must arrange Yajyen with Ved mantras and give speech to prove the existence of Maryada Purshottam-Sri Ram. I don’t have
much time to explain here in detail but I am also trying to arrange Yajyen in near future where I shall give proof of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ramji.
Yadav: Arya Samaj says that Vedas are the books of all knowledge. Are Vedas a book?
Swami Ram Swarup: No, please. Vedas are not books. Firstly, when an aspirant listens to Vedas, from an learned acharya and adopts the Vedic path wherein he does daily Yajyen/havan, name jaap and hard practice of ashtang yoga by maintaining Brahamcharya and good qualities etc., then the Vedic mantras are produced in his heart which he did not know.
Secondly, after creating universe, the knowledge of four Vedas emanates directly from formless God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis. The said knowledge of four Vedas is originated and not given orally or by writing etc., then the other men listens Vedas and become learned of Vedas. They further preach Vedas to others. So traditionally the knowledge of Vedas is spread by speech. No book was written at that time. Vyas Munijee has written Vedas first time before 5,300 years on bhoj patra. His collection of Ved mantras in the shape of books is called “Samhita”. In the market too, Samhita printed by press are available which can be termed as books.
Truth Path: What are the paths to realize God?
Swami Ram Swarup: As said in Yajurveda mantra 31/7, the knowledge of Vedas emanates direct from God at the beginning of earth wherein paths to realise the God have been preached that is why Almighty God is the first guru of the four rishis of non-sexual creation, as said by Rishi Patanjali in his yog shastra sutra 1/26. Thereafter Rishis-Munis have been preaching the eternal knowledge of Vedas. I mean to say that real path has been mentioned in Vedas by God and at present, whoever desires to realise God, he will have to listen to Vedas from an alive acharya, now. We will have to follow the Vedas’ path of God and not self-made path of human-beings. However, the main teachings to realise God in Vedas is- Listening of Vedas, to do daily Yajyen by Ved mantras, to do holy name jaap of God, daily. To make contact with learned acharya of Vedas, to listen their preach, to maintain Brahamcharya in family life also. To listen, to observe the truth and to speak the truth about God etc., and to do hard practice of ashtang yoga daily under guidance of learned acharya. The said path is also maintained in the family life while discharging moral duties daily as Shri Ram, Mata sita, other ancient Raj Rishis, Rishis and their public did.
Sinner: How can sins be forgiven?
Swami Ram Swarup: As per the rules and regulations of Vedas made by God sins, are never forgiven until the result or sins is faced as awarded by God. However, Vedas state that when an aspirant performs Yajyen, does ashtang yoga practice under guidance of the acharya of Vedas then listening of Vedas and practice of ashtang yoga will enable him to maintain good character and brahamcharya by which the sins are burnt in the divine fire of tapasya.
Divine: There is one Amma who gives ‘spiritual hugs’ which she claims cures diseases. Is it authentic?
Swami Ram Swarup: As per Vedas it is not authentic please. Sorrows ,tensions, sickness, problems are awarded by God himself as per Yajurvaveda mantra 7/48 which can not be finished/minimized. However, listening of Vedas, to do daily Yajyen by Ved mantras, to do holy name jaap of God, daily, to make contact with learned acharya of Vedas, to listen their preach, to maintain Brahamcharya in family life also, to listen and to observe the truth and to speak the truth about God etc. and to do hard practice of ashtang yoga daily under guidance of learned acharya. The said path is also maintained in the family life.
F: I am expecting a baby in the coming month. I got to know that from 5 oct – 12 oct there is a Mool nakkshtra. And baby born in this nakshtra is very stubborn, shot tempered and heavy on one the parent. Kindly tell me more of the positive and negative points of this. And help me let me know how to deal with this.
Swami Ram Swarup: Rigveda mantra 10/190/3 states that all days, minutes, seconds, time , years, months have been created by Almighty God. Time is non-alive matter like a wood. Wood, iron, stone etc., can not harm anybody until a man or woman uses the same to harm others. Similarly, time can not harm any body being non-alive matter. As per Yajurvaveda mantra 7/48 and other mantras also. It is our own good or bad deeds, the result of which in the shape of happiness and sorrows is awarded by Almighty God to be faced. That is why, the description of mool nakshatra, navgraha, vastu shastra, kaal sarp yog, pitra dosh, ghost worship,
mangalik doshetc., etc ., are not mentioned in Vedas, so the same can not be considered authentic. Please welcome your newborn baby whole heartedly and shower your blessings and love on him.
Amartya Modi: I wanted to know the best age to marry according to our Vedas? What should be the age difference between the Bride and the Groom?
Swami Ram Swarup: Bride must be above eighteen years and groom twenty-five years of age and above.
Shradhanjali: What does my first name mean?
Swami Ram Swarup: Shradha-means eternal truth and anjali – handful.
Rashmi Sahu: Guru ji please explain Yajuveda. I have read two shakha are there Krishna Yajuveda and Shukla Yajurveda. Which one is authentic? Similarly what is ashataka reccesion of Rigveda. Further I have read there are various methods of chanting Vedas. Can you please highlight it and which one is authentic? Ghana method of chanting is authentic or not. Swami ji who was the father sage Vashistha and who was his son. How many years he lived on this planet?
Swami Ram Swarup: Shakha means preach. The knowledge of four Vedas emanates direct from God. Nowadays, the Vedas have been printed. Printed book is called samhita. Therefore mantra samhita is a correction of Ved mantras which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth whereas Shakha is famous with the name of Rishis. There are 1127 shakhas. For-example— Taitireeyopnishad’s shakha is of Yajurveda which is famous in south as Krishna Yajurveda.
As I have told above, the shakha has been written by Rishis based on Ved mantras. For-example— the preach of Taitiree Shakha (Taitireeyopnishad) is based on Yajurveda first mantra i.e., “EESHAY TVORJEY TVA_ _ _ _ _” , so shakhas have been written by Rishis and not by God.
If we have time, we must also study the shakhas. Eeytaryopnishad is also a shakha which is related to Rigveda etc.
So Krishna Shakha or shukla Shakha, both are authentic but its present explanation, description must be done by present learned acharya of Vedas.
Kathopnishad is also Krishna Yajurveda’s Kath shakha.
Kenopnishad comes under Samveda’s Brahmann Granth.
Ashataka recession means the calculation of Rigveda mantras. Rigveda starts from
mantra — “AGNI MEEDAY PUROHITTAM _ _ _ _” and ends with “SUSAHASATI”. So first mantra to the last mantra there are Ashta Avashtkaha (Ashta recession). Each shtka contains some varg. So you can say that it is a sort of calculation of mantras. In Rigveda there are Ashtakas and each Ashtaka contain eight chapters. Therefore total number of chapters is 64 and total number of varg of eight Ashtaka is 2024. Rigveda contains 10 mandals. Total Rigveda mantras are 10589.
Every method is authentic if the pronunciation is done keeping in view Uddat,
Anuddat and Swarit and Ekshruti, which is a grammatical skill.
Alvin Lal: Aren’t all living things (jeev) on earth also include plants? So how come Vedas states it is ok for one type of Jeev i.e. plants to be eaten, but NOT
another type i.e. Animals or meat? Isn’t Jeev a Jeev whether it be plant or Animal?
Swami Ram Swarup: Vedas emanate direct from God. Vedas contain rules, regulations and orders of God which we have to obey. In Vedas green vegetation have been earmarked by God as vegetarian food and killing of animals, birds and to eat their meat has been earmarked as non-veg. So, there are two types of food -vegetarian and non-vegetarian (meat). Meat is prohibited. Vegetarian food is not prohibited in Vedas. Secondly all the fruits, crops, vegetables are to be used when they are fully ripe.
Alvin Lal: (I understand you have stated the the purans (Shiv, Vishnu Puran) are not on par with the Vedas, therefore not true) However, All the Puran’s state that Ravan was a maha pandit of the Vedas, this includes the Ramayan which also says the same. How is it possible that one who has attained the knowledge of the 4 Vedas and who is so proficient in them, that he becomes evil and arrogant, i.e. Ravan?
Swami Ram Swarup: Actually, the study of Valmiki Ramayana reveals that Ravanna used to take wine etc. Secondly, as you said the learned of Vedas never abducts any woman, Ravanna abducted Sita. So, he was not learned of Vedas. Rigveda mantra 1/164/39 states that if there is a reader of Vedas but if he does not know God then too mere study of Vedas will not save him or will not be beneficial to him.
Sadhna: How is my life? What is swarg-narak?
Swami Ram Swarup: Life becomes long and happy when aspirants listen Vedas and obey the Vedas preach. One should do havan daily and name-jaap of God. One should also practice ashtang yoga philosophy in family life too. The main motto of the life is to realize God while discharging all moral duties. As regards swarg, the long, happy life with family while following the preach of Vedas, like Shri Ram and Sita is swarg on earth. Otherwise, it is narak when a person will have to face several
types of sorrows, tensions, problems, sickness etc., etc.
So swarg-narak, both are here on the earth in the present life. Otherwise, there is no swarg and narak in the sky etc., say the Vedas.
Amit: Should household insects be killed?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yajurveda mantra 1/7 clarifies that the snake, scorpion, spiders, mosquito, house-fly or any type of insect or animal which is harmful to human life and if it enters your premises, then it must be killed immediately keeping in view, the great value of human-life which will not be a sin.
Kedar Nath: I am very curious to know all about Pitr Dosh and its Nivaran. useful remedies as suggested in our Vedas. Also please clarify what is the best time to do Sharrad’s, in the early morning, afternoon or evening. Your valuable expertise and guidance will surely give a new path of light.
Swami Ram Swarup: Pitr means those who look after us to educate, to nurse, and to protect us etc. So the said dignitaries are mother, father, grandfather, elders, acharya, etc., so the pitr who have gone heavenly abode, for those no pitr dosh is there.
Vedas are eternal knowledge direct from God wherein such kaal sarp yog, pitr dosh etc., are not mentioned, please. So you need not to worry. Please try to do havan daily even from gayatri mantra, which is a great worship of God and will give you benefit. The meaning of kaal is also time. So death comes according to time for which the God has given life to us. This is all based on our previous lives’ pious deeds and sins. So there is no effect of kaal sarp yog, pitr dosh etc., in the life, but effect of deeds (karmas) only. So, one must do always pious deeds to be happy. Present pious deeds can burn our previous deeds also and life’s time can also be extended wide Yajurveda mantra 3/62.
SHRADH-at the time of death, the soul comes out of the body and when a person is dead, his body is burnt on pyre. When soul resides in human body, person uses his mouth to eat, ear to listen, eye to see, hand to work, legs to move etc. Now the body has been burnt and the soul remains alone. Alone soul can do nothing but remains in the stage of Sushupt i.e., like in coma. Then after thirteen days, the soul takes rebirth. So how the dead person would eat the food which is made for him during shradh? So shradh is not mentioned in Vedas. Vedic meaning of shradh is to serve the alive parents and elders by providing them with food, bedding and necessary goods etc., faithfully and lovingly. My blessings to you.
Balaji: I always feel that our Vdas and upanishads have described this world and universe in detail. So why not we find solutions and give credit to our
ancestors? Is it because we have lost the real meaning in transition? Pluto was lately disqualified as a planet. Can this be compared with our nava grahas because we include sun as an graham?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, knowledge of Vedas emanates from God and God has described in Vedas all about creation and worldly matters. However, it is sad that most of the saints are against the Vedas and they scare the people by telling them that Vedas are difficult and should not be listened and Yajyen is only karmakand which will hardly provide you swarg but not salvation. The said views are not of the Vedas. So people have become ignorant about the truth of worldly matters and God. Now mostly the saints try that their fame must be spread and not the fame of Vedas, of our ancient as well as present Rishi-munis.
So every citizen of India must listen to Vedas to know the reality as was listened by public in satyug, treta and dwapur yug.
As regards separation of Pluto the fundamental law of God mentioned in Vedas is eternal, unchangeable and everlasting. So no addition or alteration can be made by any scientist.
Alvin Lal: What are the defined limits of Parents and children as you mention below?
Swami Ram Swarup: First of all, parents must be learned of Vedas, so that they may teach the children well. Parents have to look after the children/to do proper nursing about maintaining their good health, good qualities and highest education along with the knowledge of spiritualism. Their children must maintain
brahamcharya, good behaviour, honesty and respect for parents and elders. They should always speak truth. They must play as well as do hard study. Children must avoid bad society, they must be hardworking. Actually there are several good qualities mentioned in Vedas which are too lengthy to be described here.
As regards the limit of children, they must obey the above teachings.
Alvin Lal: What is the connection of Ayurved to the Vedas? If we want to study Ayurved, how do we go about that? Any good books?
Swami Ram Swarup: In all Vedas, there is description about maintaining good health and medicines but especially in Atharvaveda huge knowledge about medical science has been mentioned. So, the Ayurveda actually is generated from Vedas. If you are not living in India then any local market of books may be approached for good books on ayurveda. Charak Samhita is also a good book on Ayurveda.
Alvin Lal: What is Soma juice?
Swami Ram Swarup: Soma juice means experience of having realization of God. When a Yogi attains Asampragyat Samadhi, he realizes divine pleasure. God Himself is a form of divine pleasure. This realization of divine pleasure is called Som Ras. However, those who do not know about the fact of Vedas they have made their own views about Som Ras, they use addiction of various kinds and they define the addiction as Som Ras.
Alvin Lal: Vishnu seems to be mentioned a lot, in the English translations of the 4 Vedas, yet you mention it is only a name of God, and the name depends on what task he is doing at the time. I didn’t see Brahma and Shiv being mentioned.
Swami Ram Swarup: As Yajurveda mantra 32/1 and Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says that God is one but His names are unlimited according to His unlimited qualities. For-example— God is omnipresent and the meaning of word Vishnu is omnipresent, hence the name of formless God is Vishnu. The meaning of Brhrama— “the greatest” i.e., there is no one even equal to Him. So the name of formless God is Brhama. The meaning of Shiv is kalayankari i.e., beneficent. So the name of formless God is Shiv, etc.
Alvin Lal: Apart from ashtang yoga and Acharya like yourself, do we need to learn Sanskrit to understand the Vedas? If so what is the best method of learning Sanskrit? Any good books?
Swami Ram Swarup: The name of Vedas is also “Shruti”. Shruti means “to listen”. So, better if we first of all listen the Vedas from a spiritual acharya who knows Vedas. In this way there is no need for the adults to study Sanskrit. Yet, hardworking towards study of Sanskrit is appreciated. However, the children must study Sanskrit in childhood.
Nitin: Some of the saints state that although God residents in each human being but a person does wrong only when God sleeps inside his body. After God wakes up, He asks the wrongdoer to forget everything and move ahead. Please comment.
Swami Ram Swarup: Rigveda mantra 1/164/ 20 clearly states that there are two matters within human body. One is soul and second is Almighty God. Mantra states that soul faces result of his previous lives’ deeds -good or bad and also does new good or bad deeds of present life. But God never faces any type of deeds. God is always awake and is witness of all types of deeds of human to give the result thereof. Vedas state that neither God nor soul takes sleep. However, only soul is bound in his deeds and illusion with the result soul does not know Himself and has to take births and faces so called births of bodies. But Almighty God never takes any birth etc. When soul starts study of Vedas from acharya and follows the teachings thereof, then only soul becomes able to know himself and then he realizes God. You can say that at this stage soul has awakened because soul has become free from illusion. Otherwise soul was enjoying short lived pleasure of worldly articles and was indulged in kaam, krodh, mad, lobh, ahankaar (lust, anger, pride, greed, ego etc.). So in fact neither soul nor God ever sleep. We must study Vedas to know the fact but false prophets try to mislead the people about not listening the Vedas and thus the ignorant people accept the concept of so-called false prophets.
Sagarika: Please comment on the statement that Vedas say Krishna is the greatest God.
Swami Ram Swarup: Formless, omnipresent, Almighty God remains always unchanged i.e., neither He can be small nor big etc. In this connection we will have to study the Vedas wherein the qualities of God are unlimited. But one quality of God is that He never takes birth because He is Almighty and needs no birth to do any kind of deed of creation.
When God is Almighty, then how can He take assistance of anyone? If God takes assistance then he can not be God. I have already explained this matter above which may please be read carefully. In this connection Yajurveda mantra 32/3 states ” NA TASYA PRATIMA ASTI” that God can not be measured i.e., He has no dimensions. Shri Krishna maharaj took birth from Mata Devaki. It is a reality. He studied Vedas along-with Sudama in ashram of Rishi Sandeepan. He became renowned Yogeshwar i.e., Almighty, formless God manifested within him.
Janaki: Please comment on the statement that if a mother touches her child with her fingers then child gets sleep. Similarly, when a Guru touches his disciple with his fingers then the disciple gets Samadhi.
Swami Ram Swarup: The child may get sleep by touching the fingers of mother when she pats her child to sleep by singing a lullaby etc. But in Vedas, it is not mentioned that when Guru touches his disciple with fingers, disciple gets Samadhi. Actually, God says in Vedas and the said fact has been mentioned by Rishi Patanjali in his Yog shastra sutra 1/7 that whenever any body states anything on earth his views must tally with Vedas otherwise will be considered false. It is said that most of the people do not study Vedas and therefore being ignorant accept the views of the saints who are against the Vedas philosophy which is a divine gift by God to human beings. Since Vedas do not tell about the touching matter of Guru to give Samadhi to a disciple, so the same, being against the Vedas, is not acceptable to God as well as to learned of Vedas. So, we must listen to Vedas to know the fact.
Swati: When illusion (Maya) and soul get the power of God then both Maya and soul wield unlimited energy/power. Please comment.
Swami Ram Swarup: In Vedas, the symbol of unlimited power is only formless, Almighty, omnipresent God and not soul etc. So soul never gets unlimited power of God. But by studying Vedas, doing hard practice Of Yajyen and ashtang yoga philosophy soul realizes God, gets surprising powers etc., becomes away from sorrows etc., and gets salvation.
Khushi: Is the meaning of Swaha – please accept now?
Swami Ram Swarup: There are 7 meanings of Swaha. Swaha means a true deed. So when we study Vedas and offer aahuti in havan kund/bedi with Ved mantras then we are doing true deed, the result of which will remain with us to save us from sorrows etc. Swaha means whatever is in our heart, the same is in our speech.
Swaha means we must not use for our own purpose, any article or good entrusted in our custody by someone. Swaha means the purest views of heart etc. So when the ancient or present Rishis/public do the holy Yajyen with Ved-mantras, the above quoted result is blessed by God to them and thus they get long, happy life by performing the best pious deed i.e., Yajyen. Now, most of the saints have been telling not to perform the Yajyen and thus we have been debarred from the above quoted divine good result with other several good qualities. So we must listen the Vedas from an acharya to know the fact.
Govind: Indra has thousands of eyes. He likes music, dance, playing, etc. Please comment.
Swami Ram Swarup: In Vedas, the meaning of pious word “Indra” is Almighty God who is formless and Himself a form of divine pleasure. So He never needs the low kind of pleasure. Secondly, all four Vedas which emanates direct from God never accept the existence of so called swarg-narak. So there is no Indra in any swarg who can be considered the king of swarg having thousands of eyes etc.
However, Yajurveda mantra 31/1 states that God has unlimited eyes i.e., God is omnipresent, lives within us as well and is witness of everyone’ good or bad deeds.
Sandesh: Is easiest way to achieve God is worship of Krishna, if the condition is that the worship is done without desire?
Swami Ram Swarup: In Vedas, we have to worship only one, formless, omnipresent and Almighty God who creates, nurses and destroys the universe. He never takes any birth etc. So we must follow the Vedas.
Urvi: Please comment on this mahamantra: Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.
Swami Ram Swarup: Mantras are mentioned in Vedas’ samhita or Ved mantras are pronounced by learned acharya of Vedas. Now-a-days, Hare Ram Hare Krishna is called “guru mantra” which is given by some present saints. Nowadays, the meaning of ‘Hare’ is address to God and in the said Guru mantra, Shri Ram and Shri Krishna are being chanted as God. However, in Vedas it is not mentioned. In Vedas, there is only one God who is formless, Almighty and He creates, nurses and destroys the universe.
Yogesh:How do we identify whether a person teaching yoga has attained samadhi or not?
Swami Ram Swarup: There is only one way to identify that yoga teacher first will not take any charges for preach. Secondly, he will be preaching Vedas along-with teaching of performing holy Yajyen daily with Ved mantras. He can not be professional. Please read the article on ‘About Gurus’ and ‘True Saints.’
Baby: Is yoga taught by Baba Ramdev Vedic? Does it affect health and cure diseases like he says?
Swami Ram Swarup: I have never attended the camp of Baba Ramdev and even have no time to watch T.V. etc. As regards Vedas and Patanjali Yog shastra sutra, the meaning of Yog is Samadhi. Samadhi means when an aspirnat studies Vedas from learned acharya, does daily Yajyen makes contact with learned acharya, follow Vedic path, does hard practice of ashtang yoga philosophy under guidance of learned acharya and after practising ashtang yoga well i.e., Yam, niyam, asan, prannayam, pratyahar, dharnna, dhyan, he attains the 8th stage of Samadhi where he realizes God. So the stage of realization of God is called Yoga where all chitta vrittis of aspirant are stopped. So yoga is not asan, prannayam or meditation.
There are parts of yoga. So practice of ashtang yoga is done to realize God wherein automatically the aspirant becomes free from all kinds of diseases but according to Vedas, the practice of ashtnag yoga is not targeted to be free from diseases alone.
Yes, if a person gets perfection in first two stages of ashtang yoga i.e., yam and niyam and then he starts practice of asan and prannayam definitely he will be free from diseases because he has got perfection in yam and niyam i.e., he has maintained in his life— satya, ahimsa, astya, brahamcharya, aparigraha and sauch, santosh, tap, swadhyaya, Ishwar-prannidhanani.
I will advice you to please read my book Patanjali Yog darshan-with Hindi detailed description to know about Yam, niyam and rest of six parts of ashtang yoga.
Rupesh: Can yoga be done with music? Is it an exercise?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yoga is last 8th stage of ashtang yoga philosophy where all our chitta vrittis are stopped and the aspirant becomes unable to listen, to see, to taste, to touch, etc. He even forgets his body and himself. Before the said stage is attained, an aspirant starts practice of ashtang yoga philosophy in lonely place under guidance of learned acharya. Our ancient as well as present Rishis -Munis have been studying Vedas and practising ashtang yoga philosophy even in caves of dense jungle. So according to Vedas, real ashtang yoga practice is not done with music. On the contrary, it requires lonely place without any disturbance.