Ramneet Sahota: Namaste swami ji. Thanks for answering and I have one more question how do you count eighty Lom-Vilom pranayaams like the whole circle or just in-haling? And is it OK if do it for eighty times a day and it exceeds 20 minutes?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Inhaling and releasing is one prannayam, please and count accordingly. Yes, eighty times a day is required but it should be gradually increased by one prannayam daily to reach eighty. After completion of eighty numbers, the next prannayam to inhale, stop and releasing the breath is to be learnt from an acharya and lom-vilom prannayam then are to be done. Only eleven to twenty one and not more than it.
Bipin Badheka: Swamiji, Pranam and charan sparsh. Thank you very much for your such a detailed answer. I and all readers are grateful to you for all this Vedic information and knowledge which perhaps we could not have obtained elsewhere. Please keep on your such blessings on us. Pranam.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you and you are always welcome.
Mangala Kumar: Pranams Swamiji. Thanks for your blessings through answers. Swamiji I have a doubt… I heard that for normal men we should fold hands(joining palms together for welcoming with namaskars)near chest and for Gurujis we should fold our hands near head and for God we should fold our hands above our head. Kindly clear my doubt as what is the significance in folding hands at different levels?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. We have ten fingers in two hands. Folding of hands before God, acharya or elders etc., that you have controlled your five senses, five perceptions and with a adorable and respectful manner, you are bowing before him. You have become humble before him. To fold hands above head is not necessary. God is formless and is everywhere. Actually, the real namastay to God is to follow his Vedic path and to do daily havan etc., as is also mentioned in Samveda mantra
Shashikant Pandey: Swamiji,i wanted to perform yoga regularly but due to lack of dedication or some other reasons, daily I missed yogic exercises – please give me some tips or techniques which make my dedication power strong ? Mera pranaam preshit ho aapko.
Swami Ram Swarup: In every department there is an importance of work on priority basis. First of all, we the human-beings must know that the most immediate even operational immediate task is to worship God first and then to start the daily routine. So, the person should wake up early in the morning at 4’O clock to continue worship and daily routine. So, preach of Vedas and shastras are required to be listened to make our decision firm of not breaking the daily worship like name jaap, practice of ashtang yoga and havan etc. So, try to listen Vedas locally or study Vedic culture regularly. I have written some books based on Vedas’ philosophy and CDs of Vedic pravachan and spiritual songs. The same can be sent to you, if you so desire which will give you immense knowledge to increase your dedication to worship God. In Yog shastra, the following obstacles have been stated which are required to be overcome by an aspirant. Those are:-
1. Vyadhi- imbalance of vital minerals (iron etc.) in the body which leads to various diseases.
2. Satyaan:- not feeling to do hard work due to laziness.
3. Sanshaye:- instability of mind/intellect. One is confused regarding correctness of one’s path.
4. Pramaad:- not to devote time of one’s life in worship of God.
5. Aalasya:- laziness, inactiveness.
6. Avirti:- Chitta being completely indulged in worldly matters keeps soul entangled in attachment and greed.
7. Bhranti Darshan:- It is to consider wrong as right. For example- to consider untruth as truth, ignorance as knowledge etc.
8. Aalabdh Bhoomikatva:- If while doing Tapasya, aspirant does not attain any siddhi (no accomplishment made) then he leaves meditation etc., due to his fickle mind.
9. Anavasthitatva:- not to maintain/secure the status/position attained by practice of Ashtang yoga.
Actually, to worship God the food, house and other household things are required for which God states in the Vedas to study science, maths and do hard job to earn the money as well. Simultaneously, the worship of God based on Vedas needs to be continued. Mostly, the people are indulged in illusion, pomp and show and earning more and more money to satisfy themselves, which is against the fundamental law of nature. God states materialism i.e., pious deeds of the world and spiritualism, simultaneously.