Leeladhar: Respected Sir. I am writing this mail at last when i have exhausted every possible source at hand to answer——-books/saints/seniors etc. I am busy physician practicing medicine (MD) in RAJASTHAN. I am very sentimental sensitive , sincere and dedicated academician. I want to lead professional life in very disciplined way- sticking to time table, fixed hours working so that I can devote time to my own well being/devote time for professional reading/ spiritual learning/ meditation and little bit time for family but present schedule does not allow to do same which is affecting my health -physical and professional health. My fear is that if I fix working hours it may hurt many. MAY BE THAT IT WILL BE SIN. But at the same time I understand that working without rules, regulations may do more harm than good in long run. Please guide how to cope with this dilemma. What the SHASHTRAS SAY IN THIS CASE. PLEASE HELP BY EARLY GUIDANCE. I am burnt out. Please help help. Waiting for your blessings.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Every answer of the question exists in eternal knowledge of Vedas which emanates directly from God. Vedas preach to spend this valuable life as per the guidance mentioned in Vedas. If we see in ancient times, every King like Manu, Harishchandra, Dashrath, Sri Ram etc., followed Vedas and while discharging all duties towards family, society and nation, they also devoted time towards spiritualism i.e., Vedic philosophy. Because Vedas, like Yajurved 40/14 state that all human-beings must get progress in both worldly pious deeds as well as spiritualism simultaneously. Discharging of duties is also a worship of God if a person is also united with vedic worship daily, otherwise worldly tasks including earning is counted towards selfishness which never gives peace to anybody. So, I appreciate your views that you are also desirous of devoting time towards spiritualism.
So, I would advice you that you will have to fix your time to discharge your duties as a doctor. After devoting the time, you will have strictly to avoid patients. Your kind heart may, in the beginning, think it as unjust to patients but in the future, it will come into your practice and you along with your patients will become habitual. If you do not take the said decision, then one thing is clear that you are doing injustice to yourself and your family whereas strictness of time will in no case be injustice to the patient because they will also be habitual to seek urgent medical advice from other sources. This can be considered with an example that mostly the doctors observe Sundays as holiday and at that time the patients never call their family doctors but seek advice from hospital or other sources.
Our army is strict to discharge their duties well in time. So, when duty of a soldier for the hours given to him ends immediately the other soldier takes over his duty. Similarly, when you will be strict about your time schedule, the other doctors will be available for patients to give advice. Here, we must understand that main motto of human life is to realize God following Vedic path under the guidance of a learned acharya but Vedas add that the main motto to realize God, is to be achieved while discharging all other moral duties towards family, society and nation including earning. So, after finishing your duties as doctor, you must take care of your health, must devote your time towards family and spiritualism, say Vedas. So, you will have to think strictly about the injustice with patients, yourself (spiritualism), your family etc. Life is short but obstacles are more and more. So, we have to settle our life for main task which will be helpful to make our life happy in the present as well as after death.
You are always welcome and write to me again if not satisfied. I would like to present you some Vedic books written by me and some spiritual ACD preached and sung by me wherein pravachan and spiritual songs can be listened. This is presentation and you need not to send money thereof, please.
Rakesh: Pranam swamiji.
Swami Ram Swarup: Blessings. I would advice you that repeated prannam is not needed. I appreciate your faith and I bless you.
Rakesh: Hamen death se dar kyon lagta hai.
Swami Ram Swarup: Death se darr isliye lagta hai kunki hum death kee sachchayee ko nahin jaantei. Asal mein hum chetan jeevatma hain aur hamaree death nahin hotee.
Jab hum vedadhyayan , yajyen aur Yogabhyaas ke baad yeh jaan leingey tub hamara death se darna khatam ho jayega.
Achchha hai 8 saal ke andar karein. Reh jaaye to baad mein kar lein.
Chandrika: Swami ji, mujhe life mein log milte par woh mere saath acchaa nahin karte, mere horoscope mein yog theek nahin, kya karoon?
Swami Ram Swarup: Horoscope, kaal sarp yog, mangalik , vaastu , Pitri dosh, navgrah poojan aadi vedon mein nahin hai, isliye vidwan log isko satya nahin maantey kyunki yeh vedon ke khilaf hai. Doosree baat yeh hai ki koi hamara sath achchha dey, bure dey ya hamein labh athwa haani ho sukh ho ya dukh ho yeh sab pichhley kiye karmon ka phal bhogna hota hai is vishay mein Rigved kehta hai:-
Idea of Rigveda mantra 10/135/1, 2, 3
Rigveda mantra 10/135/1,2, 3 we’ve been blessed with the human body to face the result of our previous lives’ deeds – good and bad, in the shape of happiness and sorrows. When we’ve to face bad deeds then naturally everybody says that it is our bad luck but mostly people do not think that God has done justice and the sorrows/problems given by God is the result of our said deeds. Further, the ved mantras state that if a person makes contact with learned acharya of Vedas and yoga philosophy and becomes able to gain knowledge of Vedas and obey preach of Vedas then the effect of bad deeds is automatically destroyed and future becomes bright. Secondly, God helps those who help themselves. So, hardworking, devotion and dedication also makes future bright.
Isliye aap horoscope par na jayein yadi hamein sukhi rehna hai aur dheerey dheerey hamare dukhon ka nash ho to isliye hamein rozana Ishwar bhakti karne kee zaroorat hai. Ishwar bhakti bhi vedon ke anusar honee zaroori hai. Yadi aap chahein to main advise karoonga ki aap nimanlikhit karein:-
Hard working, devotion, dedication, honesty, services to the parents and elders to follow eternal religion mentioned in Vedas, practice of Ashtang Yoga, discharging moral duties to get progress in education, science simultaneously with spiritualism like, daily havan, to be in contact with the learned Acharya, to get his advice, are some of the pious deeds which make the future bright and obliterate the sorrows, problems, diseases, etc.
One must wake up early in the morning for early morning walk and exercises, must sit on meditation and chant holy name of God, must be away from any addiction and non-vegetarian. Such pious actions lead to long, happy life and bright future.
The Gayatri mantra is as follows —
OM BHURBHUVAHA SWAHA TATA SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGODEVASYA
DHIMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT
Meaning of Gayatri mantra stating each word is as follows. Its meaning is based on
Vedas and Sanskrit grammar. Grammatical hints are in short please.
Om has three Hindi words. Aa, Uu AND Ma. Aa is meant for Aakaar from which three
names of God are built, Viraat, Agni, and Vishwadi. From Uu = uukar from which
Hirannyagarbha, Vayu and Tejas names occur and Ma = makaar from which Ishwar,
Aditya and Praajyan aadi, holy names of God occur. Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says
God is one but His names are several. But here OM the holy name of God is only
VIRAAT = Viraat word is made from dhatu ‘Rajrideeptau’ i.e., manifest. Therefore
Viraat means He who manifests the universe. As God manifests the universe, thus
Viraat is the name of God. Rigveda mandal 10, sukta 129 states that like potter
makes pot from clay, similarly God creates universe from non-alive matter prakriti.
Prakriti is unseen matter. From unseen matter, the whole universe is created in the
visible form. Science also says that matter is never destroyed but changes its form.
Suppose a paper is burnt, paper changes its form into ashes. Then ashes are crushed
and thrown in air. At this moment, the paper changed into ashes becomes invisible
but was never destroyed. Similarly the whole universe at the time of final destruction
is turned into prakriti i.e., into unseen form.
AGNI = From dhatu, “ANCHU GATI POOJANAYOHO” the word “AGNI is made. Its
meaning is: He who is a form of wisdom. “SARVAJAYEN” i.e., Omniscient. That is,
knows each and every atom of universe and even beyond universe. He who is to be
known, to be gained and is worshipful. So Agni is the name of God.
VISHWA = Vishwa word is made from dhatu, “VISHPRAVESHANE”. Its meaning is He
in whom the universe is entering or He who is entering the universe. So being
omnipresent, Vishwa is the name of God.
HIRANNYAGARBHA = i.e., ” JYOTIRVAYIHIRANYAM”. Its meaning is, who is the base
of all sun, etc., luminous lokas or He who is the living place of all luminous lokas.
VAYU = from dhatu, “VA GATIGANDHANYOHO”, vayu word is made. Its meaning is
He who holds, gives life and destroys and is the mightiest amongst all. So the name
of God is Vayu.
TEJ = from dhatu, “TIJA NISHANE”, the word Tej is made meaning He who is self
made and self-enlightened and gives light to sun, moon, stars etc. God does not take
light from anywhere but gives light to sun, moon, stars, etc. so the unbroken,
unobstructed/unproduced and eternal form of light is Almighty God and not sun,
moon etc. So the name of God is Tej.
ISHWAR = from dhatu, “ISH ASHWERIYE”, the word Ishwar is made. Its meaning is
whose knowledge is thoughtful and true and He who has unlimited wealth, fortune
and glory etc. Therefore the name of God is Ishwar. Here it is not out of place to
mention that soul (man/woman) has limited qualities and are dependent whereas
God is independent and has unlimited qualities that is why He is God.
ADITYA = from dhatu, “DO AVAKHANDANE”, Aditya word is made. Its meaning is the
one who cannot be broken into pieces and thus cannot be destroyed. So God’s name
PRAJAYEN (PRAGYA) = from dhatu, “JYEN AVABODHANE”, Prajayen word is made
meaning whose wisdom is totally without any misunderstanding and thus he who
knows every matter and behavior of whole universe without misunderstanding. So
God’s name is Prajayen. So here also it is not out of place to mention that illusion
can never attack on God and God is totally free from illusion.
BHUHU = “BHUHU ITI VAYEE PRANAHA” i.e., He who is the base of lives of universe,
is most beloved, even more than Prann i.e., breath. So Bhuhu is the name of God.
BHUVAHA= “BHUVAHA ITI APANAHA” i.e., He who is totally free from any sorrow,
and the soul removes his own all sorrows after coming in contact with Him. So the
name of God is Bhuvaha.
SWAHA = i.e., “SWAHA ITI VYANAHE” who is omnipresent in the universe and is
holding the same. So the name of God is Swaha.
SAVITUHU = He who creates the universe. So the name of God is Savituhu.
DEVSYA= who gives all pleasure/merriment, so the name of God is Dev.
VARENNYAM = He who is the most supreme and acceptable. God is most supreme
and acceptable for worship.
BHARGAHA = the purest entity (though God is formless, but finding no suitable
English word of Sanskrit word, “SHUDH SWARUPAM” the word entity has been used.)
TAT = i.e., the God i.e., of the purest entity.
DHIMAHI = i.e., we must hold (sort of meditation) because
YAHA = the God
NAHA = our,
DHIYAHA = mind(i.e., in our minds)
PRACHODYAT = by inspiration (fulfil the mind with wisdom)
“We meditate the God who is the base of lives’ of universe, totally free from any sorrow, omnipresent, creates the universe, gives all pleasure/merriment, most supreme and acceptable, purest entity; May the God enlighten our minds with wisdom by His inspiration”.
Here it is not out of place to mention that idea of a (one) Ved mantra is based on ideas of several Ved mantras. So in the above Gayatri mantra, there are three things —-
Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha, Savituhu, Bhargaha, Devsya are some qualities amongst unlimited qualities of God. These are called Stuti i.e., to say about God with His real qualities and not self made etc.
Secondly Dhimahi means meditation i.e., one should always sit in meditation and do hard and pious deeds for which he will have to study Vedas in full, while discharging moral duties towards family and nation.
Third and last is DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODYAT. It is a prayer to God explanation of which is cited above.
HOW TO DO HAVAN
Please sit in the morning to perform havan. Havan must be in sunlight then it is more beneficial. Then half a bowl of fresh water with a tablespoon must be with you with small twigs especially of mango tree if possible, havan samagri, ghee, camphor and match box must be there with you. Please sit on sukh asan on four times folded blanket and blanket must be on mat.
Sukh asan i.e., sit on duly folded feet in comfortable position. Then first close your eyes and concentrate between two eyebrows and chant Gayatri mantra three times within heart and not by mouth. Then open your eyes.
Take one spoon of water in right palm. Chant this mantra, OM AMRITO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA and drink the water which you have put in your palm. Then again take the spoon of water in right palm then chant the next mantra, OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA, and drink the water. Then again take the water in right palm and chant the mantra, OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA, and drink the water. Then wash the right palm while sitting, with the same water kept in bowl.
Then put the twigs into havan kund with one piece of camphor and burn it. During this process chant the Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri mantra and at the last add the word Swaha and offer ghee with tablespoon, quantity equivalent to 4 to 5 drops. And if you are alone then also offer in fire pinch of havan samagri from your right hand’s finger and thumb avoiding forefinger. So this offering may be of 11 times, 21 times or 51 times as the time suits. It is the simplest way and I have not quoted the complete method of Yajna. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times.
Procedure of Chanting
Please, start the day by chanting Gayatri mantra in the early morning sitting on suitable asan like Sukhasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan etc. concentrate on the point between two eyebrows which is called “Agyachakra”. The Gayatri mantra should be chanted along with its meaning both times. Also, please try to perform daily hawan even with Gayatri mantra. Then try to study any of my books daily and put up question if any. After 15 days chant the Gayatri mantra only thrice thereafter do the name jaap of Almighty God-“Om”. The jaap must be done daily by heart and not orally.