Gajraj Singh: Swamiji Namaskar! Would you please clarify the difference between Astrology and Astronomy? As far as I know Astrology is purely Pauranik and Astronomy is pure Vedic, would you please, elaborate more on Astrology as it has become very conventional these days and even literate people are becoming hypocrite and superstitious these days.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. Fundamental law of Vedas is this that whatever exists in Vedas, that knowledge is true otherwise false. Present astrology do not exist in Vedas, so is false. Astronomy (science of planets etc) exists in Vedas, so is true.
Onkar: What is karma-kand,upasana-kand,jyan-kand in vedas?
Swami Ram Swarup: In this regard, I paste my article as under-
There are three educations/preach about
(i) knowledge – science etc(Gyan) in Rigved,
At the time of every creation, knowledge of four Vedas emanates direct from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis in non-sexual creation. In the said process, first of all, the knowledge of Rigved advents and originates in the heart of Rishi Agni. In this Veda though the description of every worldly matter right from straw to God has been mentioned but it speaks especially about matters concerning science of the world. God has described qualities/nature of all materialistic articles of the universe. Therefore, the entire mankind must get the benefit of eternal knowledge of Vedas by knowing about right from straw to Brahma i.e., God. The meaning of “Ric” is that wherein the qualities and nature of all matters have been described and the meaning of Veda is knowledge i.e., true knowledge. These words are used in making the pious word “Rigved”.
(ii) In Yajurved, the form of true, pious deeds have been preached. So, in the absence of listening of Yajurved, we can’t know about real moral duties of students, married persons, vanprasthis and sanyasis. Even the moral and social obligations of King, parents, children etc., can’t be known.
(iii) In Samved there is preach about eternal true worship of God like Yajyen, name jaap, practice of Ashtang yoga by following which an aspirant realises God/attains salvation.
So, Almighty God who is formless, creates, nurses, destroys and again creates universe. This process is eternal and everlasting. So, at the time of beginning of each non-sexual, the knowledge of above four Vedas emanates direct from God and is originated in the heart of four Rishis. The knowledge is given by the God to the human-beings for their welfare/benefit because until the knowledge is given by somebody, no one can attain the knowledge. In the beginning of the creation, no preacher, guru, acharya, teacher is present there to teach. So, God gives the knowledge.
Anonymous: Can we do inauguration havan in Pitar paksh?
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, please. Haven is performed daily, in all circumstances as per the Vedic law. So, you please go ahead.
Arvind: Sir, If homa is compulsorily to be performed by all human beings twice daily, how many people can monetarily afford to do it and also find the time to do it, especially the poor people? In such a case, are the poor people all sinners and not capable of salvation? Is God Worship only meant for the Well to do persons? Why not just do meditation?
Swami Ram Swarup: If we study Vedas then Vedas preach us that those who perform daily agnihotra/Yajyen, their poverty is vanished away and they become rich by the grace of God. These blessings of God, I have seen in my life practically. We must know the history of India, which is written By Rishi-Munis in their Sanskrit religious granths that uptil Mahabharat period i.e. about One Arab ninety six crore years ago.There was not a single house, situated within which daily agnihotra was not being performed and Vedic education not gained from Rishis due to which every man and woman had good character and were rich because they used to perform daily haven and gained Vedic education from alive Rishi-Munis. After Mahabharat war, due to one or the other reason, people forgot to perform Yajyen/agnihotra and hence vices like anger, greed, sensuality, pride and other sins spread in the public. People donot know the eternal Vedic truth that like a sun which destroys darkness similarly Vedic education destroys illusion.
I have given the answer in very-very short manner because Vedas cannot be told here. I mean, to remove the illusion from the public, public will have to listen to vedas under the guidance of a learned Acharya/guru, who knows four Vedas and Ashtang Yog philosophy. Without such guru, illusion cannot be destroyed instead it will spread, which is being seen nowadays.
You see, Rigved states fundamental laws of God, made by Himself in Vedas cannot be changed. Nowadays, if one-fourth proportion of any country starts performing agnihotra, it will be benevolence for all public because agnihotra will affect living-beings and thus poverty of other human-beings who donot perform Yajyen, will be destroyed, making them rich. This is secret of Vedas, which I cannot explain here. Sorry, gentleman, mostly people start saying against Vedas without listening to them, hence problem. We remember, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna Maharaj, King Dashrath, Harishchandra, Yayati, Ashtak, Pandavas, Manu etc. Why? Because they were learned of Vedas, we donot remember Napoleon, Hitler, Aurangzeb, Jaychand etc. who were unknown of Vedic philosophy made by God.
Jagdeep: Charan Sparsh Swami ji, in the discussion of topic ‘Shradh’ with relative, I told him that God himself said in Vedas that soul get rebirth on 13th day after death. To give him the ved mantra reference I checked your mentioned Yajurved mantra 39/6 “स॒वि॒ता प्र॑थ॒मेऽह॑न्न॒ग्निर्द्वि॒तीये॑वा॒युस्तृ॒तीय॑ऽआदि॒त्यश्च॑तु॒र्थे। च॒न्द्रमाः॑ पञ्च॒मऽऋ॒तुः ष॒ष्ठे म॒रुतः॑ सप्त॒मे बृह॒स्पति॑रष्ट॒मे मि॒त्रो न॑व॒मे वरु॑णो दश॒मऽइन्द्र॑ऽएकाद॒शे विश्वे॑ दे॒वा द्वा॑द॒शे ॥६ ॥”. With my little understanding, it seems that this mantra says about first twelve days not about thirteenth day. Please clear, is this mantra says about thirteenth day or there is another mantra which say this.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, beta.
Idea of Yajurved mantra 39/6 is that in twelve days, the soul gets all divine qualities. Thereafter i.e., may be 13th day or more, the soul based on his previous lives’ karmas, enters the womb of mother and gets new birth to face the previous lives’ karmas (prarabdh).
Hari Das: Pranam! Some people say that the science in the vedas were discovered by rishis(which means it was there personal discovery and therefore they weren’t the words of God)
Could you please answer this?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, beta. Yes, Science in Vedas was discovered by Rishi-Munis after studying Vedas but due to study of Vedas and doing hard practice of Ashtang Yog Philosophy, the intellect and mind of every Rishi-Muni became benevolent. So, whatever they discovered they used to spread the same in public whereas normal man-woman, who are ignorant of Vedas, donot think welfare of the public. Secondly, as I have already told above, every word of vedas emanates directly from God vide Rigved mantra 10/181/1, 2 and every Rishi-Munis studies every mantra of four Vedas. So, whatever they discover, they discover from study of Ved mantras i.e., word of God.
God has made universe and blessed us with human body to do pious deeds to attain salvation only. He has not made any heaven or hell. All have to face the result of their deeds, good or bad here only, even by taking rebirth. (Rigved mantras 10/135/1,2 refer)
God has not only made universe but has also given knowledge of four Vedas where answers to your and everyone’s questions have been given. There are four Vedas:
1. Rig Veda – gives knowledge of science, matter of the universe like sun, moon, air, body etc., etc.
2. Yajurved – gives knowledge of all the deeds and duties to be performed by men, women, students, leaders, king, agriculturist etc., etc., etc.
3. Samved – gives knowledge how to worship God who gives peace and long happy life etc. In this way, details of Yoga philosophy, qualities, supreme deeds and nature of the God are also given.
4. Atharvaved – gives details of God, medical science and details of medicine etc.
Actually in four Vedas there is unlimited knowledge. Yajurved mantra 40/8 says that God is everywhere, is Almighty, formless, devoid of nervous system, purest, away from sins and does not have to face any result of any karmas (deeds), knows every soul, knows what is in everyone’s mind, no body has made God, but God creates universe, has given the eternal knowledge of four Vedas and always gives the said knowledge at the beginning of every universe to know the science and deeds to all concern. Similarly four Vedas say about God that God is an omnipresent, omniscient, formless, beyond imagination and beyond calculation. Actually God has unlimited qualities. There is only one God who creates, nurses, destroys the universe and recreates. Atharvaved mantra 4/1/1 also says that God gives the knowledge of Vedas at the beginning of the earth to four Rishis of non-sexual creation. And thereafter only public listens Vedas through Rishis- Munis as yet and become learned. Rig-Veda gives knowledge of Almighty, Yajurved gives knowledge of karmas (deeds), Samved tells about worship-Yoga philosophy and Atharvaved
about medicines and God. Actually all Vedas commonly says about God also, so this is about Vedas in short. But the knowledge of Vedas is endless.
It is a fundamental law that knowledge is always given by somebody. Otherwise knowledge can’t be gained at any cost. If a new born baby is nursed well in a dense jungle and is not educated then he will not be able to gain any knowledge even if he becomes young or old. So we have to think about the origin of the knowledge prevalent in the world today. In this connection the Vedas themselves say that God gives this knowledge to four Rishis. As said by Rishi Patanjali in Yog shastra sutra 1/26, God is the first Guru of the four Rishis. Yajurved mantra 31/7 also refers. This is all in short about Vedas.
The Vedas are not a book, rather it is a knowledge originated in the heart of Rishis. At the time of beginning of the earth those Rishis preached Vedas by mouth and all others remembered the same orally. At that time there was no pen, pencil, paper, etc. This process of studying Vedas orally remained till Mahabharata
time. Muni Vyas too remembered Vedas traditionally by heart. Then Muni Vyas for the first time wrote the Vedas on Bhoj patra about 5300 years ago. In 16th century when printing press came into existence then the Vedas were printed. Still Vedas are not those which have been printed but those which are preached by mouth by an Acharya/yogi and the printed Vedas are called Sanhita.
Now if somebody worships a statue etc., then it is their own creation please but Vedas deny. According to Vedas the best worship of the God is Yajyen for which all Vedas are self-proof. Yajurved mantra 31/16 says that the learned persons worship God by Yajyen.
So many people have asked me that most of the scholars/preachers of different religion state that their religion incorporates all matters of the world including science. What about Vedas? I wrote so many Ved Mantras describing science matters therein. For example, Yajurved Mantra 3/6 states
“Ayam Gauhu Swaha Pitram Puraha Prayan Mataram Prishnihi
This earth revolves around the Sun in the space and it also rotates on its own axis. Vedas are eternal like God because Vedas emanate from God. Now, according to Vedas, this present creation is about 1 Arab, 96 crores, 8 lakh 53,111 years old. So are the
Vedas but as said in Rigved Mantra 10/191/3 the present creation is same as was the previous one and this process of creation is eternal. So are the Vedas which emanate from eternal God. This all concludes that Vedas are the oldest in this creation also and no other book of
science, maths or pertaining to spiritualism is written before Vedas.
Like the above example of rotation and revolution of earth, the significance of whole present science is mentioned in Vedas. We can see that whatever is happening in the universe, is all according to the Vedas. For example, occurance of six seasons, actions of Sun, moon, process of death, birth, worship, yoga philosophy, atomic energy, agriculture, animal husbandry, knowledge of politics, administration, architecture, solar energy, knowledge of home appliances like mixer, grinder, business rules, about men, women, children, marriage, Brahmacharya, education, clothes etc., etc., i.e., knowledge right from a straw to Brahma is all in Vedas. God is Almighty and has unlimited powers. So through His power He is able to originate the knowledge of Vedas in the heart of four Rishis without pencil, paper, help of mouth or any other worldly assistance.
We, i.e., the whole world depends on Almighty God but God is forever independent. That is why, He is God. We are the souls who reside in human bodies. We need assistance of senses, perceptions, mind and body to do deeds but not God.
Nowadays, so many saints are writing books. What is the background to write their books? Background is clear that they have first studied or listened the preach from their Gurus, keeping aside the matter of truth or falsehood. And after studying or listening the same, they became able to write the books. So this is also fundamental law, based on which, the ancient Rishis first listened Vedas and when they became learned then only they wrote the Vedic books like Valmiki Ramayana, six shastras, Mahabharat (Bhagwad Geeta), Upanishads, etc., etc. So, first the knowledge of Vedas is initiated in the universe and afterwards other books come into existence.
Somebody may say that human beings have knowledge by their nature to create anything like books etc., but we see that the newly born baby who is nursed in a jungle, in the absence of knowledge of a learned person, he becomes incapable to do anything. Thus, he can’t be M.A, M.Sc, doctor etc. So there are two types of the words and meanings. First, eternal which are from Almighty God and second, natural made by human beings. Eternal word meanings are always from Vedas i.e., from God. After listening/studying Vedas, human beings become learned and then too based on their own natural knowledge, they make their own words and meanings, literature etc. But it is very much clear that in the absence of knowledge of Vedas, no one can become learned. Nowadays, also people live in dense jungle and do not lead a civilized life because they are not learned as cited above. Vedas are not sects because they emanate direct from God and God is one for all human beings. God creates sun, moon, air, water, food etc., which are meant for the best use of all human beings for their long, happy life, so are the Vedas.
So all human beings must accept Vedas as an eternal knowledge from God, for the benefit of whole creation.
Hari Das: Pranam! You are saying in many answers that we should accept the teachings of Prophets! So according to vedas, have there been any prophets on earth? And is it written anywhere in the Vedas that Vedas are eternal? Is there eternal heaven and eternal hell according to Vedas? Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) taught that only people who accept islam will be given heaven? What do Vedas say about this sir?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. About 2500 years ago, the sects have come into existence whereas Vedas are eternal and everlasting. If we pay our attention towards Yajurved mantra 31/7, Rigved mantra10/181/1, 2 and several other ved mantra, we find that mantras state about the vedas being eternal, immortal and divine knowledge. Because every ved mantra emanates directly from God because God is immoral, eternal, omnipresent etc. So, the same divine qualities exist in every ved mantra. There are several true prophets/acharyas/gurus on the earth but those cannot be met until aspirant start searching them. Several prophets are in dense jungle, who are doing hard tapasya according to vedas. Vedas being eternal and everlasting. In four vedas, there is no existence of heaven and hell. However, those who believe in the same, they may continue. Vedas are eternal and everlasting, so in vedas, neither name of any sect nor name of any prophet, not even of Sri Ram, Sri Krishna etc., exists.