Quest – The Vedic Questions and Answer Part 4


 

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Chapter      No 4      

Quest      # 50: What is life and its importance?

Quest      # 51: What is the difference between death and sleep?

Quest      # 52: Why do we fear death?

Quest      # 53: Where do all live in the state of dissolution?

Quest      # 54: What are the causes of death?

Quest      # 55: How does the soul leave the material body at the time of death?

Quest      # 56: How can death be granted death?

Quest      # 57: Why does Nescience arise? What are the      causes of ignorance?

Quest      # 58: How should defected impressions be corrected and dispelled?

Quest      # 59: What is called a mistake, crime and sin?

Quest      # 60: Does God forgive the sins committed in ones full senses or in      ignorance, or if repented?

Quest # 61:      It is said that God does everything or makes us do everything, how far      is it true?

Quest # 62: If we are to get the fruits of our actions in      this world only, then what is the necessity of God?

Quest # 63: When-where-how      does an action bear its fruit?

Quest # 64: Is there any      proof in the Vedas that the fruits of our actions are under the      supervision of God?

Quest # 65: What are the      theories of “Karma-Phal” i.e. “the fruits of actions” and what are they?

Quest # 65 (A): Why do we      expect fruits when we sow seeds?

Quest # 66: What is time?      How one can utilize it efficiently?

Quest # 67: When did      “time” come into existence?

Quest # 68: What is the      difference between ether and space?

Quest # 69: How many      devtas*      [deities] are there in the Universe?

Quest # 70: What are called      “Siddhis” (psychic powers) and which is the best “Siddhi”      of yoga?

Quest # 71: The best “Siddhi” of Yoga is      “To experience God’s bliss”, then why should one desire      salvation in which too one gets a similar bliss of God.

Quest # 72: In the state of      “Moksha” i.e. “Salvation” or “Emancipation”,      does the soul become like God? Is it absorbed into God? How is the bliss      of God experienced?

Quest      # 73: What is the nature of “innate powers of the soul” and how      many kinds is it?

Quest # 74: Is it possible that with the      achievement of the power of yoga, that the soul of a yogi can leave his      body at his will and enter into another person’s body and thereafter come      back?

Quest      # 75: Can God take or put the soul of any one?

 

 

 

Quest      # 50: What is life and its importance?

Answer:      The      time between birth and death is called “Life”. The human race is      for the purpose of Yoga** and Bhoga.

[*Bhog      means to experience enjoy the fruits of his/her cumulative i.e. pleasure      or pain according to Species (Jati)      or Race (Life-State), (Aayu) Age (Life-Period), and (Bhog) Life-Experience.]

[**Yoga      the human has the chance to communion with God      and to experience His bliss, if he /she attains the state of realization].

Human      life is a very precious one because one is free to act according to      his/her will; the increment or decrement of the Jiva depends upon his/her      actions. If nothing good is done in this life (Human life), it goes waste.      One has to learn the art of living with a positive attitude. Each and      every moment of life should be enjoyed with happiness and love, and one      should be grateful to God for      the precious human life, which He has given us.

A      meaningful life is one when man leaves the world with his good deeds, he      should be remembered and appreciated by others for his work. No one knows      the time span of anyone’s life. One should be hopeful and must learn the      art of living, so that each and every moment should be lived with      happiness and we must thank God      for all that He has provided for our betterment. A useful life is that      which remains as a fond memory in the hearts of many people for years to      come, otherwise people come and go, some are worshiped like God      and others are simply forgotten. Those who are worshiped have really lived      their lives to the fullest.

Quest      # 51: What is the difference between death and sleep?

Answer:      There      are many similarities between death and sleep. While sleeping, one gets      relief from bodily tiredness of the entire day, and wakes up fresh and      energetic. In the same way, death removes tiredness of the entire life,      and the soul receives a new body. In the new body, the Jiva performs all      new actions with renewed vigor and freshness. The Jiva gets a new chance      to communion with the Supreme Soul by Meditation, which is available only      to the human race.

The      importance and necessity of death is more than that of sleep. Living      beings may sleep as much as they want in their entire life, but it is      death in which all have to take shelter in the end. Sleep is limited to a      few hours but death is a form of permanent sleep, from which no one can      ever wake up.

Sleep      is a shadow of death in which the body is relaxed for a few hours, but      death relaxes the body permanently. Death puts an end to all kinds of      diseases, pain and misery.

Now      days, many people suffering from insomnia (sleeplessness or lack of sleep)      take sleeping pills or other medicines to get a good sleep, but still they      are unfortunate and do not enjoy sound sleep. On the other hand it is the      death which gives sound and permanent sleep to all living beings once they      come in its grasp. Sleep can escape, but death never forgets to embrace      and give shelter to every one.

One,      who has taken birth, will have to enter the jaws of death. Life is a      journey between birth and death and to get rid of this, one has to take      the shelter of God.

Quest      # 52: Why do we fear death?

Answer:      Fear      of death exists due to our own ignorance, because we have not understood      the meaning of death properly. The fear will go away if we get correct      information on this subject. The fear of death is increased because of      love for self and fear of losing those who are near and dear to us. Death      is essential, unavoidable and certain, so why to worry or get afraid of      these things. Death becomes easy for those who have the right spiritual      knowledge, that after death they will take birth once again according to      their deeds, good or bad, in the present life. If their deeds are really      good then there is no need to worry, and if their deeds are really bad,      this is the right time for self-examination and improving our attitudes      for the remaining part of life.

Mostly      common man fears death when he sees it. On the other hand learned men, who      are spiritually enlightened and have gained the knowledge of the      Vedas want to conquer it by renouncing worldly pleasures and communion      with God so that they are free from the vicious circle of birth &      death and enjoy Emancipation without this physical body.

Quest      # 53: Where do all live in the state of dissolution?

Answer:      In      this mantra of Rigveda there is      your Quest and Answer also:

“Abhee Ye Devaha sthana      Trishvaarochane Divah, Kridha      Rritei Kadanrita Kwa Pratvaa Va aahutirvitam Me Asya Rodasee”(Rigveda 1-105-5)

Q–When      all the worlds in this Universe vanish i.e. in the state of dissolution,      where do they all stay? Where do all souls stay?

A–One      should know that—the Universe dissolves in its cause and stays in space,      the souls also live in God in      the state of deep sleep. God      sustains all worlds in the Universe under the gravitational force of their      respective Suns.

Pt.      Ramchand Dehlvi, the greatest wrangler,      has given clarification of this Quest in these lines —” long      duration of the dissolution (i.e.      432 million years) is not the same for all souls.      Because one cannot have the knowledge of time in deep sleep, so as all souls do in the long period of dissolution of the creation.      Emancipated souls live in God      with His knowledge and Bliss, whilst others enjoy the deep sleep without      any knowledge in that period of dissolution.

As      the world is created and dissolved there is a continuous chain of creation      and dissolution. The Universe is in the state of dissolution for 432      million years [Rigvedadi-Bhashya-Bhoomika,      (Sub: Creation of the Universe)]. God      always lives in the present.

Quest      # 54: What are the causes of death?

Answer:      There      are many-many causes of death. The main cause of death is non-obedience of      God’s commandments, but there      are other causes too such as accidents, sickness, unsystematic pattern of      eating and drinking, polluted environment, interrupted life style and our      own attitudes against the laws of nature. Old age death is a natural one,      because the materialistic body becomes old and useless, so the soul has to      leave the body, which results in natural death. Suicide and knowingly      ending one’s life is an abnormal cause of death. The three kinds of pain      — 1) that from physical disorders, hunger and thirst, etc., 2) from      other living beings and 3) from natural causes such as excessive heat or      cold, or excessive or deficient rain, or from the restlessness of mind and      the senses—are also the causes of death. In the modern day life style,      heart attack, tension etc are the common causes of death.

The      soul lives in a healthy physical body, made from five gross elements e.g.      earth–water–fire–air–ether. When the balance of these five elements is      disturbed, the body becomes ill. Increment or decrement of any of these      five elements effects the stability of health, and the soul is Eveready to      leave the unbalanced or disturbed body, until it gets well. In an accident      or suicide etc. water element in the body is reduced, hence death occurs.      In illness /sickness one should take care and get himself treated      otherwise the consequences will be nothing but death.

Yasyachchhayamritam      yasya mrityuh” The Veda says –God      showers His bliss (longer and healthy life) to one who is obedient to His      commandments, and in the reversed conditions i.e. he who does not obey      Him, experiences extreme pain which results in death.

The      great sage Manu Maharaj      has described more causes of death like –

“Anabhyasen      Vedanamacharasya cha varjanat Aalasyadannadoshashcha      mrityurvipranjadyasati” (Manu-Smriti 5/4)

Means:      –By not studying the Vedas,      acquiring bad habits and leaving good attitudes, becoming idle or wasting      time and eating impure foods death will kill the noble man. The noble man      cannot be killed by anyone but if there remain the above said impurities      then no one can rescue him from death.

Control      over sexual habits is life and discharging energy is death. Meeting      virtuous people is life and relationship with bad ones is death. Knowledge      is life and ignorance is death. Communion with God is life and communion with Prakriti      is death.

It      should be kept in mind that death comes to the body while the soul is      imperishable, everlasting, Undecaying and an eternal entity.

Quest      # 55: How does the soul leave the material body at the time of death?

Answer:      According      to the Brihadaranyak (4-5)—At the time of death the soul exists in five great elements i.e. earth,      water, fire air and ether. The soul cannot be broken or burnt like the      material body but it exists in the subtle body at the time of death. When      nervauric or vital forces (Pranas) leave the body, it becomes cold (Vedanta      4-2-11).

While      leaving the physical body, the soul lives in the atmosphere (Yama),      because it is said in the Vedas” Yama is another name for air.” Thereafter the Great      Judge —God — embodies that      soul according to the nature of its deeds done in the previous life.      Guided by God it enters the      body of some living creature with air, water, food, and drink or through      any opening in the body. Under the control of God’s      system it receives a new body. When-where-how etc. that depends upon the      soul’s past impressions of infinite lives deeds, which God      decides and makes arrangements for its future “Life-State, Life-Time and Life-Experience”, because only He is      just and the holiest (Yajurveda      23-3), who creates the bodies of all living beings.

The      soul is continuously chained down to this wheel of birth and death till by      the practice of the highest virtue and complete absorption into Divine      contemplation and the acquisition of the highest knowledge, it obtains      Emancipation. By the practice of deeds of the highest virtue, etc. It is      born as a good and great personage among men; and being freed from births      and deaths and the consequent pain and suffering, it enjoys perfect bliss      in Emancipation till the end of the Grand-Dissolution.

Quest      # 56: How can death be granted death?

Answer:      “Brahmchryena tapasa deva mrityumupaghnata” which means: —One who is a true yogi, a true spiritual teacher, a disciplined noble      person and one who always thinks of God,      only enjoys His bliss and conquers death, in other words those who follow      the instructions of their spiritual masters can reach the state of death      daily while living in this world, for this, one should live a renounced      life

“Vaidahamaitam      purusham mahantamadityavarnam tapasah parastat Tameva viditvati mrityumeti nanyah panthya      vidyateAyanaya” (Yajurveda 31/18)

That is the Answer to this Quest; for which      the soul receives many bodies. Death is the greatest unsolved mystery on      earth. Even the scientists are trying hard to solve this problem.

Yes!      It is death from which all creatures run helter-skelter to try and get rid      of, for they do not want to face it and try to find some way to leave it      behind them. All fear from death by just looking at it, be it a genius or      a fool –a child or an old person –poor or rich –a beggar or a king —a      demon or a virtuous man –everyone finds his/her own way to conquer death.      Everyone wants to be eternal and that is the purpose of human life.

“If man wants to enjoy the pleasure of      all worlds, he should know the Supreme Soul, who is self-illuminated,      All-blissful, away from any kinds of impurities and always lives in the      present, then he shall be separated from the sea of pain. This is the only      way to be free from the bondage of birth and death and there is no other      way for Emancipation.”

There      is no other way to conquer death other than to know God.

Quest      # 57: Why doesNescience arise? What are the      causes of ignorance?

Answer:      “Indriyadoshaatsanskaara Doshaachchaavidyaa” Vaisheshika      Darshana” (9-1-10)      which means that defects of the sense organs and defect of Sanskaras      are the causes of ignorance. If there is any disorder in the sense organs,      the knowledge remains incomplete and defected. If there are impurities of      the past impressions, the thing what is put in it, becomes impure too! So      until and unless the defected sense organs are not rectified and the      impure impressions purified, these ignorance will remain like darkness in      man’s life.

Quest      # 58: How should defected impressions be corrected and dispelled?

Answer:      The defected impressions of the past, which exists in man, should be burnt      out. If there are no defected impressions –hence no ignorance will exist.      (No defected impressions–No ignorance) Repetition of Vedic mantras,      stability in virtuous duties and study of the Vedic literature; and      self-examination, by these means one can get rid of all the defected and      impure impressions of the past.

1)Japa or Repetition of the Vedic      mantras: To recite and repeat God’s name with meaning, to acquire the attributes of the Supreme      Soul, in daily life style to improve attitudes towards life. Try to repeat      and practice the same.

2)Tapa or Stability in virtuous      duties: If any kind of hurdles come in the repetition of God’s      name and in the way of virtuous deeds, one should not give up or hesitate.      He should try to be stable and have courage, make no compromises in      rituals, no compromise with the truth, only to obey God’s      commandments (to go by Vedic way), to acquire God’s      attributes, all these combined are called “Tapa.

3)Swaadhyaya or Study: To      study the Vedic literature is called “Swaadhyaya”, because The      Vedas are the pillars of Virtue i.e. Dharma. The      great sage Maharishi Vyasa has explained the meaning of word      “Swaadhyaya” in Yoga      Darshana Swaadhyaya      Pranavaadipavitraanaam japah mokshaastraadhyayanam vaa” (Yoga      2/1 and 2/32). Repetition      of God’s personal and only      name “OM” and to      study The Vedas, Darshana      (philosophies of the Vedic literature) and Upanishad (how to communicate God with certainly) are called Swaadhyaya. In this way      virtuous attributes are born and knowledge is increased. And when man      acquires knowledge, he wants to perform actions.

Swa+Adhyaya      = Swaadhyaya i.e. self +      examination i.e. to examine own self at night for all that he has done      during the entire day, in this way our tomorrow will be better than today      by viewing our wrong attitudes and correcting them.

Human      soul is the knower of right and wrong —(Light of Truth –by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati)

Every      one knows his personal good and bad habits. Self-examination is the best      solution to rectify one’s bad habits in order to improve ones life style.

“Vedopakarane chaiva swaadhyaye chaiva naityake, NanurodhoAstyanadhyayehomamantreshu chaiva hi.”(Manu      Smriti)

The      great sage Maharishi Manu Maharaja      has said, “One should not waste even a day in not studying the      Vedas and self-examination plus performing Yajna.      These actions are to be performed daily without fail and not be      avoided under any circumstances.

(*Most      people pronounce the word “Yajna” as “Yagna” which is absolutely      wrong, the correct pronunciation is ‘Yajna’),“Mimeehi shlokamasye parjanyaeive tattanah,Gaya      gayatramukthyam” (Rigveda      1-38-14)

Means      one can change his lifestyle by Japa, Tapa      and Swaadhyaya and get      rid of bad habits and acquire good impressions.

Man      can improve his Sanskaras by true knowledge and defects can be rectified,      in this way the darkness of ignorance is removed.

Quest      # 59: What is called a mistake, crime and sin?

Answer:      The      mind’s forgetfulness is called a mistake, mind’s ignorance is called a      crime and mind’s weakness is called a sin.

Action      done because of the forgetfulness of the mind is called ” mistake      “, deeds done due to ignorance of the mind are called” crime “; and ” sins ” are those actions that are      a result of the weakness of the mind.

One should have      control over his mind otherwise sinful deeds will ruin his life.

Quest # 60: Does God forgive the sins      committed in ones full senses or in ignorance, or if repented?

Answer:      No! If God is to forgive the sins, His law of justice would be destroyed,      and all men would become most sinful. Knowing that their sins will be      forgiven, they will become fearless and will be greatly encouraged to      commit more sins, therefore, it is meant that God should give souls the      just fruits of their deeds and not to forgive their sins.

One      who has done anything in ignorance or purposely or in full senses, will      have to face the consequences. The fruits will be good if his actions are      good and results will be bad if the actions are bad; this is God’s      justice. In God’s justice one has to receive the fruits of his deeds, it is      certain in and cannot be changed or altered in any condition, whatsoever      it may be.

For      example: If purposely or ignorantly, someone’s hand is put in fire, what      will happen? Of course! Fire burns whatever is put in it so the hand will      get burnt. For every action there is a reaction, science also says the      same thing that “Action and      reaction are equal and opposite.”

Man      acts and God reacts or one can      understand it this way –one cannot escape the consequences of one’s      action even if the actions are done secretly. The fruits of all actions      have to be experienced by the doer i.e. the soul.

Of course, by      confession or repenting one improves him self and gets inspiration to      rectify himself, but once actions are performed its fruits will have to be      experienced in the form of good or bad — pleasure or pain — virtue or      evil.

Man rectifies      his mistakes only when he suffers and in the future he is more conscious      about his deeds. Million years have passed but people haven’t forgotten Ravana’s sin / mistake and they still burn his effigy every      year without fail to calm down their anger. Ravana (king of Lanka, in the Ramayana era) was a good philosopher of the four Vedas      but his attributes were opposite to his knowledge, one can understand by      this example that merely to study The      Vedas cannot do good if one cannot improve his deeds according to the      true knowledge.

God      is Benevolent Supreme and just.      No one can escape from the consequences of its actions either by thought,      word or deed. The doer gets the fruits of his actions. That is the eternal      law.

It      is written in manu Smriti that      by confession or repenting, sins can be forgiven and one can be free from      mental impurity:

“Prayo      naam tapah privatm chittam nishchaya uchyate,

Taponishchaya      samyuktam prayashchitamitati smritam.” (Manu. 11-47)

Confession is when one is certain and      pledged to perform all virtuous deeds hereafter.The      great sage Manu has shown the way “how to confess”: —

“Savitrim      cha japennityam pavitrani cham shaktitah,

Sarveshveva      vrateshvevam prayshchatarthamadritah.” (Manusmriti      11-225)

I.e.      he who wants to repent must repeat with his capability either the      Gayatri Mantra or those mantras that purify the mind. This is the best way      to confess and acquire all those attributes that are told in mantras to      purify his senses of thought, speech and action.

While      with repetition of the above said mantras, impurities of mind are washed      away and the soul becomes pure and by this means sins are removed by the      method of confession i.e. one has to be firm that in future he will not      commit any sin again. In this way one’s attributes will be changed and he      will not do those sinful acts.

“Kritva      papam hi santapya tasmat papat pramuchyate,

Naivam      kuryat punariti nivritya puyate tu sah.” (Manu 11-30)

Which      means when a sin is committed and he has confessed and pledged in his      mind, that he’ll never again do those sinful things, he becomes pure.

It      is to be kept in mind that even after death, one has to face the      consequences of his actions so it is advisable to think before doing or      saying anything and be sure that the laws of action and reaction are      eternal. Man acts and God      reacts.

Quest      # 61:It is said that God does everything      or makes us do everything, how far is it true?

Answer:      If God is the doer or make us      do anything, then He alone would be responsible for the consequences of      those actions. Why should we suffer to reap the fruits of actions? Those      who think like this are ignorant and doer of sinful acts.

Everyone must have observed at that very      moment feelings of fear, shame and distrust or Quest arise in the self      consciousness if the action is sinful and on the other hand feelings of      fearlessness, courage, and satisfaction or felicity spring up in the mind      from within, at that very moment when the act is God; these feelings are      promoted not by human soul, but by the Divine Spirit.

God      always warns us      but because of ignorance and impressions of past lives’ cumulative Sanskaras,      man does bad deed. . The soul is a free agent by nature hence it is called      “the doer”. It is an eternal law of the nature that the      consequences of all actions have to be experienced by the doer in his      lifetime or in his next births to come, but he (the doer) cannot escape      the fruits of his actions.

If      one believes that God is the      doer of everything, then that will be injustice, but God is Just. Even He cannot inspire anyone to do injustice, but He      punishes those who do injustice.

If      God is the doer of everything      or makes us to do everything, then why to worry and feel ashamed and      fearful while doing something wrong or unjust? Why to worship God      at all?

No!      No! God does not like or want      to make His eternal children suffer because of ignorance. On the contrary      He is all-blissful. One who performs glorification–prayer–communion to God      gets His grace and bliss.

The      main purpose of the Gayatri      Mantra is to acquire pure intellect, wisdom, for which one has to do      good deeds and be happy in his life. God      always gives inspiration for good and warns of bad actions, but it is man      who ignores His warning hence he has to face the consequences of his own      actions. The soul is a free agent and God      never interferes or obstructs one’s actions because He is Just and      Omniscient.

Quest      # 62: If we are to get the fruits of our actions in this world only, then      what is the necessity of God?

Answer:      If      some one feels that we get the fruits of our actions by itself in this      world, then why GOD has not      made all people equally in top positions? Someone takes birth in a rich      family and some one in a poor family, why so? If one gets the fruits of      his actions in systematical way by itself, then why are there so many      courts in this world, in every nation, in every city? Why are people not      getting proper justice of their deeds, why are they always upset, and      remember God in time of      difficulty. When we are in any difficult circumstances why do we remember God?      Why?The      only answer is that God is Great and Just. Just think with a cool mindand you’ll feel the same because we are really ignorant, that is why God      gives us justice and proper environment to reap the fruits of our actions,      no more no less, because He only, is just.

Sometimes      we do act with our mind, verbal, and corporeal, and then sometimes we      ourselves do not know actually what is it that we have done, but God      is Omniscient and always lives in the present, hence He knows and does not      forget anything. Suppose, if you are not getting the fruits of your deeds      now, don’t worry. God is always there to give you the fruits of your actions, sooner      or later, you will get the rewards according to your nature of actions,      because He knows better about when, where and how to give the fruits of      one’s actions. All souls are      with limited knowledge, so we have to believe in God      who is Just and All-pervading. He is the only witness of each and every of      our deeds because He lives within our soul. One should be aware that God      will not spare him from the fruits of whatever his acts –mental i.e.      through mind, verbal i.e. through its organs of speech, and corporeal i.e.      through his physical body, has to face the consequences of his actions      because fruits lie in the seeds itself.

What you sow so shall you reap. Once a person has done bad or good,      the results are never lost. The laws of Effect or Karma are equal for all.

Quest      # 63: When-where-how does an action bear its fruit?

Answer:      The Atharvaveda says in 10-10-30 –the      fruits of actions are under God’s      control. Our cumulative actions (Sanskaras)      are registered in our Chitta* [* Mind-Intellect-Chitta-Ego      these four combine is called inner-faculties or inner-consciousness or      Antah-Karan] and because of      these Sanskaras, God who      is our Great Lord has given us this present birth. One can have visions of      these cumulative actions in Samaadhi      i.e. the state of realization of God,      which is the last stage of Yoga.

When      four conditions, [e.g. place-time-cause-object] combine, the fruit of our      actions are ripe and spring out, because these fruits are hidden in its      actions.

The      Prakriti i.e. the matter, is      dead and inert, hence it can never create the environment for the fruits      of its actions. God influences      the nature, and we get the results of our efforts. Where, when, how all      these Quests are of no use to us, except God.      The subject of karma-Phal is      very deep and very difficult to understand by anyone except GOD.

Quest      # 64: Is there any proof in the Vedas that the fruits of our actions are      under the supervision of God?

Answer:     

“Vashaamevaamritamaahurvasham Mrityupaasate,Vashedam Sarvambhavad Devaa ManushyaaAsuraaha Pitara Rrishayah”.(Atharvaveda 10-10-26)

Which      mean — With God’s      Omnipotence, all living beings receive the fruits of their actions      accordingly i.e. bondage or      emancipation. Mystic and spiritual masters i.e. true yogis only experience      God’s potent, which is      All-pervading in the Universe.

The      fruits of one’s actions are under God’s      control. (Yajurveda: 7-48).

Quest      # 65: What are the theories of “Karma-Phal” i.e.      “the fruits of actions” and what are they?

Answer:      Perhaps the most accepted truth is that ” as you sow so shall you      reap”.      Once a person has performed his actions, bad or good, the results are      never lost. The law of Action, Effect or Karma is equal for all. “Action      and reaction are equal and opposite.” Time factor is always      there. It is not possible for one to get the fruits of any action at the      earliest, because every seed takes its own time to ripe its fruits. We      [the soul] are finite hence have limited knowledge and do not know the      exact time for the result of our actions.

As      stated earlier that Life-State,      Life-Period and Life-Experience (Jaati-Aayu-Bhog) are the parameters of our deeds. The moment man      acts [mentally, verbally or corporeal] he is fixed under the laws of      Divinity i.e. God decides and      makes the proper and suitable arrangements and creates environments for      the fruits for its actions. When, where and how no one knows except the      Benevolent Supreme God.

When four      conditions, [e.g. place-time-cause-object] combined exist, the fruit of      our actions are ripe and spring out, because these fruits are hidden in      its actions.

We      all are supplied with an important automatic instrument i.e. Chitta*      (commonly known as mind) in which all impressions of our past and present      lives are registered continuously. When our good deeds are more, life      becomes pleasant, and when bad deeds are more than good deeds, life will      be miserable.

[*Mind-Intellect-Chitta-Ego      these four combined are called inner-faculties or inner-consciousness      or Antah-Karan. One can      have visions of these cumulative actions in Samaadhi      i.e. the state of realization of God,      which is the last stage of Yoga.] [*The thinking apparatus is mind;      thinking, feeling, willing, memory, dreams and imaginations are various      facts of the mind, and these are to be co-ordinated in respect to what we      receive through our senses of cognition.]

The      time of death, the soul resides in God      with its subtle body in which all impressions i.e. Sanskaras      remains registered, and next birth is given accordingly as Jaati-Aayu-Bhog      by the divine power [GOD].      There are numerous races like man, animals, birds, insects etc. etc. God      only knows the Life-State, Life-Period and Life-Experience i.e. “Jati-Aayu-Bhog”of all souls.

[*      As said earlier that when an individual is born, the soul comes with a      subtle body, with its supragenetic code or “Jati-Aayu-Bhog”.Only human race is a free agent and rest all races are dependent in the      divine laws. Man has greater freedom of will than any other animal in the      creation.]

The      idea of good or evil, and of vice and virtue, is assigned to the extent      one is provided with freedom to will and work.

It      is again the freedom that imposes responsibility. Man alone is thus      responsible for his good or bad actions. The Quest of religions, morals      and ethics are applicable to him alone, and to no other species to this      extent.

The      average age of a man is nearly 100 years, If he lives his life according to the laws of nature, it can be      increased or decreased that depends upon one’s attitudes towards life. God      has provided all essential things for living being e.g. vegetables,      fruits, foods, herbals, etc. When good deeds exceed bad deeds it is      certain that the soul will get his next birth in the human race, and      result in animal races if the deeds are the reverse.

In      the Universe there are infinite worlds, in which exist many nations,      jungles, states, cities, villages, animals, birds, sea world, and man. It      is his Sanskaras that force him to take birth in king’s palace, poor man’s      hut, ordinary house, all depends upon his entire past. Someone is born      handsome/beautiful, fair, wheatish, black, tall, short, healthy, weak,      retarded, sick, etc. hence there is always one or other weakness or defect      or impurity in a man because of his entire past. What is received because      of one’s own cumulative actions is called “Fortune”,      “Luck”, and“Destiny”. Man is the builder of his fortune. What happens to      us directly or indirectly is the result of our action. We are responsible      for an action and it is we who have to face the consequences. The      consequences of all actions have to be experienced by the doer alone.

Quest      # 65 (A): Why do we expect fruits when we sow seeds?

Answer:      There is a nice biological answer. This is because fruits furnish seeds      and seeds come from the fruits and fruits come from the seeds; and the      chain goes on. Whether come seeds first or the fruits is a Quest that can      never be answered. It is a closed circular chain, each one preceding the      other. Why do we want to be rewarded when we do certain actions? The      answer is simple, because the reward would encourage us to take further      action. Action leads to rewards, and rewards to actions and it are      expected that the chain should never come to an end.

Of      course, actions are like seeds, which bear fruits. Fruits accompany      thorns. The actions reveal our innermost nature. Man is known by his      actions. Actions also transform one’s nature. Actions thus promote and      demote a man. And therefore, we are asked to be very cautious about our      actions.

All      of us intrinsically (on account of our infinitesimally) possess two      tendencies, i.e. good and evil;      you may as well call them desirable      and undesirable, or helpful      and unhelpful, Appreciatory and      Derogatory. The theism is based on the acceptance of a fundamental      principle; Whatever is God must be      encouraged and whatever is evil must be resisted.

This      encouragement comes through rewards,      and resistance through punishments,      the former gets manifested in what we call pleasure      and the latter in what we call pain.      Virtue and vice are other      terms for good and evil.

Rewards      and punishments are given by someone who is higher in rank to encourage      person to treat on the right path, and be safeguarded from being      distracted to a wrong one. This is known as the fruit of action. We are      the doers, whereas the fruit of our action comes from above, that is from      the Benevolent Supreme. We are free to act, but He is to judge our actions      and accordingly decide what is best for us.

Quest      # 66: What is time? How one can utilize it efficiently?

Answer:      Attributes      of time consists of a moment –millisecond–second –minute –hour –day      –night –week –fortnight –month –half year –year –century –era      –creation –dissolution –Pranta-kaal.

One      gets a jerk and awakens only when someone else’s life comes to an end, but      still he does not realize the importance of time, which is most powerful.      Each and every moment is precious and once it is gone, it never comes      back. There is a saying —“Time      and tide wait for none”.

{Time      is the key factor. Being organized is useless if you can’t meet deadlines.      The whole point in making a change is to improve the way an organization      functions.

Plan      and control your schedules with certain smoothness. Time-management      experts stress on Habit, Proper planning. Prioritizing Jobs and      Effectiveness. Be prepared to set goals, reduce your load and the garbage      on the table. You must always subtract and not to add to the list of      things on your table. You need to allocate time according to your work.

Organize      yourself:      *clear your desk of everything, but the project you are currently working      on. *Have a basket marked “in” which contains all the important      documents, and put it at a place where it won’t distract you. *Have a      visual area for creative thinking. *Don’t have your desk face the exit.      *Don’t have too many chairs in your office, it encourages people to sit      down. *At times, don’t do anything, Push tour chair away from the desk,      and think positive. *Always create a deadline. Remember that people cause      most interruption. Rule: Be firm. *Don’t let your impatience affect you.      *Cut down your impulse to socialize. *Talkativeness is a time waster.      Finally, remember you don’t have to be a genius to be an organized top      manager.

Man      is      here for some purpose i.e. to get Emancipation. If he is unable to achieve      his goal of life, he will be sorry for in the end. No one knows the last      moment of his lifetime is running so fast that no one can even see the      present, and the future becomes the past with the blinking of eyes. Time      cannot be stopped or caught or killed by anyone, but it is time that gulps      down the life of all living beings and still man does not awake from his      ignorance. He who has conquered time is called a wise person.

“Kaalo Ashvo Vahati Saptarashmihi      Sahastraaksho Ajaro Bhuriretaha, Tamaa      Rohanti Kavayo Vipashichatastasya Chakra Bhuvanaani Vishwaa” (Atharva      Veda 19-53-1)

Mantra      says: Time is very strong, very swift, all-pervading and illuminated like      the sun [in which seven rays spring out e.g. violet, indigo, blue, green,      orange, yellow and red.] Intelligent people flow with the tide, which      helps them to perform their duties and achieve their goal, in all      conditions. In other words intelligent people who know the precious value      of time do not waste their time and perform their duties well in time and      hence they are successful in life.

It      is advisable      not to waste time, do work hard, work for others, make your and other’s      life useful. Time is very strong. It is better to do something for our      betterment and acquire God’s      eternal bliss and be free from the bondage of birth and death. He, who has      understood time, has really understood the mystery of time.

[Inquisitive      readers who are interested in this subject should refer Atharva Veda      (chapter # 9, Sukta # 53, Mantras # 1 to 16) and(Sukta # 54, mantras # 1 to 5).]

Each      and every moment of time is precious and difficult to relive. Do enjoy      each and every moment. Forget the past and do not think of the future.      Always be in the present and do the best. He who understands time, time      goes with him, otherwise time runs away and the viewer is left behind. Be      hopeful which is the demand of the hour.

Quest      # 67: When did “time” come into existence?

Answer:      Time      functions along with the creation of the Universe. It also functions with      the existence of incidents. If there is no incident, there will be no      usage of time.

When      the combined state of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas is disturbed and the wheel      of incidents start rotating, time is said to be in function meaning time      comes into existence.

The      basic cause of the Universe i.e. the Prakriti is motionless and with the influence of Divine power [GOD]      it turns into Srishti by the creation of the first atom, which rotates in its      epicenter—with this incident the count down of time begins. At this      stage God decides the time for      creation and dissolution of the Universe. The wheel of time starts      rotating from here and hence time functions. This incident was the same as      it was in the past.

“Rritam      Cha Satyam Chaabheedhaatapasodhyayajaayata,

Tato      Raatrajaayata tatah samudroArnavah”. (Rigveda 10-190-1)

“Samudraadarnavaadadhi      SanwatsaroAjaayata,< is      just and the holiest (Yajurveda      23-3), who creates the bodies of all living beings.

The      soul is continuously chained down to this wheel of birth and death till by      the practice of the highest virtue and complete absorption into Divine      contemplation and the acquisition of the highest knowledge, it obtains      Emancipation. By the practice of deeds of the highest virtue, etc. It is      born as a good and great personage among men; and being freed from births      and deaths and the consequent pain and suffering, it enjoys perfect bliss      in Emancipation till the end of the Grand-Dissolution.

Quest      # 56: How can death be granted death?

Answer:      “Brahmchryena tapasa deva mrityumupaghnata” which means: —One who is a true yogi, a true spiritual teacher, a disciplined noble      person and one who always thinks of God,      only enjoys His bliss and conquers death, in other words those who follow      the instructions of their spiritual masters can reach the state of death      daily while living in this world, for this, one should live a renounced      life

“Vaidahamaitam      purusham mahantamadityavarnam tapasah parastat Tameva viditvati mrityumeti nanyah panthya      vidyateAyanaya” (Yajurveda 31/18)

That is the Answer to this Quest; for which      the soul receives many bodies. Death is the greatest unsolved mystery on      earth. Even the scientists are trying hard to solve this problem.

Yes!      It is death from which all creatures run helter-skelter to try and get rid      of, for they do not want to face it and try to find some way to leave it      behind them. All fear from death by just looking at it, be it a genius or      a fool –a child or an old person –poor or rich –a beggar or a king —a      demon or a virtuous man –everyone finds his/her own way to conquer death.      Everyone wants to be eternal and that is the purpose of human life.

“If man wants to enjoy the pleasure of      all worlds, he should know the Supreme Soul, who is self-illuminated,      All-blissful, away from any kinds of impurities and always lives in the      present, then he shall be separated from the sea of pain. This is the only      way to be free from the bondage of birth and death and there is no other      way for Emancipation.”

There      is no other way to conquer death other than to know God.

Quest      # 57: Why doesNescience arise? What are the      causes of ignorance?

Answer:      “Indriyadoshaatsanskaara Doshaachchaavidyaa” Vaisheshika      Darshana” (9-1-10)      which means that defects of the sense organs and defect of Sanskaras      are the causes of ignorance. If there is any disorder in the sense organs,      the knowledge remains incomplete and defected. If there are impurities of      the past impressions, the thing what is put in it, becomes impure too! So      until and unless the defected sense organs are not rectified and the      impure impressions purified, these ignorance will remain like darkness in      man’s life.

Quest      # 58: How should defected impressions be corrected and dispelled?

Answer:      The defected impressions of the past, which exists in man, should be burnt      out. If there are no defected impressions –hence no ignorance will exist.      (No defected impressions–No ignorance) Repetition of Vedic mantras,      stability in virtuous duties and study of the Vedic literature; and      self-examination, by these means one can get rid of all the defected and      impure impressions of the past.

1)Japa or Repetition of the Vedic      mantras: To recite and repeat God’s name with meaning, to acquire the attributes of the Supreme      Soul, in daily life style to improve attitudes towards life. Try to repeat      and practice the same.

2)Tapa or Stability in virtuous      duties: If any kind of hurdles come in the repetition of God’s      name and in the way of virtuous deeds, one should not give up or hesitate.      He should try to be stable and have courage, make no compromises in      rituals, no compromise with the truth, only to obey God’s      commandments (to go by Vedic way), to acquire God’s      attributes, all these combined are called “Tapa.

3)Swaadhyaya or Study: To      study the Vedic literature is called “Swaadhyaya”, because The      Vedas are the pillars of Virtue i.e. Dharma. The      great sage Maharishi Vyasa has explained the meaning of word      “Swaadhyaya” in Yoga      Darshana Swaadhyaya      Pranavaadipavitraanaam japah mokshaastraadhyayanam vaa” (Yoga      2/1 and 2/32). Repetition      of God’s personal and only      name “OM” and to      study The Vedas, Darshana      (philosophies of the Vedic literature) and Upanishad (how to communicate God with certainly) are called Swaadhyaya. In this way      virtuous attributes are born and knowledge is increased. And when man      acquires knowledge, he wants to perform actions.

Swa+Adhyaya      = Swaadhyaya i.e. self +      examination i.e. to examine own self at night for all that he has done      during the entire day, in this way our tomorrow will be better than today      by viewing our wrong attitudes and correcting them.

Human      soul is the knower of right and wrong —(Light of Truth –by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati)

Every      one knows his personal good and bad habits. Self-examination is the best      solution to rectify one’s bad habits in order to improve ones life style.

“Vedopakarane chaiva swaadhyaye chaiva naityake, NanurodhoAstyanadhyayehomamantreshu chaiva hi.”(Manu      Smriti)

The      great sage Maharishi Manu Maharaja      has said, “One should not waste even a day in not studying the      Vedas and self-examination plus performing Yajna.      These actions are to be performed daily without fail and not be      avoided under any circumstances.

(*Most      people pronounce the word “Yajna” as “Yagna” which is absolutely      wrong, the correct pronunciation is ‘Yajna’),“Mimeehi shlokamasye parjanyaeive tattanah,Gaya      gayatramukthyam” (Rigveda      1-38-14)

Means      one can change his lifestyle by Japa, Tapa      and Swaadhyaya and get      rid of bad habits and acquire good impressions.

Man      can improve his Sanskaras by true knowledge and defects can be rectified,      in this way the darkness of ignorance is removed.

Quest      # 59: What is called a mistake, crime and sin?

Answer:      The      mind’s forgetfulness is called a mistake, mind’s ignorance is called a      crime and mind’s weakness is called a sin.

Action      done because of the forgetfulness of the mind is called ” mistake      “, deeds done due to ignorance of the mind are called” crime “; and ” sins ” are those actions that are      a result of the weakness of the mind.

One should have      control over his mind otherwise sinful deeds will ruin his life.

Quest # 60: Does God forgive the sins      committed in ones full senses or in ignorance, or if repented?

Answer:      No! If God is to forgive the sins, His law of justice would be destroyed,      and all men would become most sinful. Knowing that their sins will be      forgiven, they will become fearless and will be greatly encouraged to      commit more sins, therefore, it is meant that God should give souls the      just fruits of their deeds and not to forgive their sins.

One      who has done anything in ignorance or purposely or in full senses, will      have to face the consequences. The fruits will be good if his actions are      good and results will be bad if the actions are bad; this is God’s      justice. In God’s justice one has to receive the fruits of his deeds, it is      certain in and cannot be changed or altered in any condition, whatsoever      it may be.

For      example: If purposely or ignorantly, someone’s hand is put in fire, what      will happen? Of course! Fire burns whatever is put in it so the hand will      get burnt. For every action there is a reaction, science also says the      same thing that “Action and      reaction are equal and opposite.”

Man      acts and God reacts or one can      understand it this way –one cannot escape the consequences of one’s      action even if the actions are done secretly. The fruits of all actions      have to be experienced by the doer i.e. the soul.

Of course, by      confession or repenting one improves him self and gets inspiration to      rectify himself, but once actions are performed its fruits will have to be      experienced in the form of good or bad — pleasure or pain — virtue or      evil.

Man rectifies      his mistakes only when he suffers and in the future he is more conscious      about his deeds. Million years have passed but people haven’t forgotten Ravana’s sin / mistake and they still burn his effigy every      year without fail to calm down their anger. Ravana (king of Lanka, in the Ramayana era) was a good philosopher of the four Vedas      but his attributes were opposite to his knowledge, one can understand by      this example that merely to study The      Vedas cannot do good if one cannot improve his deeds according to the      true knowledge.

God      is Benevolent Supreme and just.      No one can escape from the consequences of its actions either by thought,      word or deed. The doer gets the fruits of his actions. That is the eternal      law.

It      is written in manu Smriti that      by confession or repenting, sins can be forgiven and one can be free from      mental impurity:

“Prayo      naam tapah privatm chittam nishchaya uchyate,

Taponishchaya      samyuktam prayashchitamitati smritam.” (Manu. 11-47)

Confession is when one is certain and      pledged to perform all virtuous deeds hereafter.The      great sage Manu has shown the way “how to confess”: —

“Savitrim      cha japennityam pavitrani cham shaktitah,

Sarveshveva      vrateshvevam prayshchatarthamadritah.” (Manusmriti      11-225)

I.e.      he who wants to repent must repeat with his capability either the      Gayatri Mantra or those mantras that purify the mind. This is the best way      to confess and acquire all those attributes that are told in mantras to      purify his senses of thought, speech and action.

While      with repetition of the above said mantras, impurities of mind are washed      away and the soul becomes pure and by this means sins are removed by the      method of confession i.e. one has to be firm that in future he will not      commit any sin again. In this way one’s attributes will be changed and he      will not do those sinful acts.

“Kritva      papam hi santapya tasmat papat pramuchyate,

Naivam      kuryat punariti nivritya puyate tu sah.” (Manu 11-30)

Which      means when a sin is committed and he has confessed and pledged in his      mind, that he’ll never again do those sinful things, he becomes pure.

It      is to be kept in mind that even after death, one has to face the      consequences of his actions so it is advisable to think before doing or      saying anything and be sure that the laws of action and reaction are      eternal. Man acts and God      reacts.

Quest      # 61:It is said that God does everything      or makes us do everything, how far is it true?

Answer:      If God is the doer or make us      do anything, then He alone would be responsible for the consequences of      those actions. Why should we suffer to reap the fruits of actions? Those      who think like this are ignorant and doer of sinful acts.

Everyone must have observed at that very      moment feelings of fear, shame and distrust or Quest arise in the self      consciousness if the action is sinful and on the other hand feelings of      fearlessness, courage, and satisfaction or felicity spring up in the mind      from within, at that very moment when the act is God; these feelings are      promoted not by human soul, but by the Divine Spirit.

God      always warns us      but because of ignorance and impressions of past lives’ cumulative Sanskaras,      man does bad deed. . The soul is a free agent by nature hence it is called      “the doer”. It is an eternal law of the nature that the      consequences of all actions have to be experienced by the doer in his      lifetime or in his next births to come, but he (the doer) cannot escape      the fruits of his actions.

If      one believes that God is the      doer of everything, then that will be injustice, but God is Just. Even He cannot inspire anyone to do injustice, but He      punishes those who do injustice.

If      God is the doer of everything      or makes us to do everything, then why to worry and feel ashamed and      fearful while doing something wrong or unjust? Why to worship God      at all?

No!      No! God does not like or want      to make His eternal children suffer because of ignorance. On the contrary      He is all-blissful. One who performs glorification–prayer–communion to God      gets His grace and bliss.

The      main purpose of the Gayatri      Mantra is to acquire pure intellect, wisdom, for which one has to do      good deeds and be happy in his life. God      always gives inspiration for good and warns of bad actions, but it is man      who ignores His warning hence he has to face the consequences of his own      actions. The soul is a free agent and God      never interferes or obstructs one’s actions because He is Just and      Omniscient.

Quest      # 62: If we are to get the fruits of our actions in this world only, then      what is the necessity of God?

Answer:      If      some one feels that we get the fruits of our actions by itself in this      world, then why GOD has not      made all people equally in top positions? Someone takes birth in a rich      family and some one in a poor family, why so? If one gets the fruits of      his actions in systematical way by itself, then why are there so many      courts in this world, in every nation, in every city? Why are people not      getting proper justice of their deeds, why are they always upset, and      remember God in time of      difficulty. When we are in any difficult circumstances why do we remember God?      Why?The      only answer is that God is Great and Just. Just think with a cool mindand you’ll feel the same because we are really ignorant, that is why God      gives us justice and proper environment to reap the fruits of our actions,      no more no less, because He only, is just.

Sometimes      we do act with our mind, verbal, and corporeal, and then sometimes we      ourselves do not know actually what is it that we have done, but God      is Omniscient and always lives in the present, hence He knows and does not      forget anything. Suppose, if you are not getting the fruits of your deeds      now, don’t worry. God is always there to give you the fruits of your actions, sooner      or later, you will get the rewards according to your nature of actions,      because He knows better about when, where and how to give the fruits of      one’s actions. All souls are      with limited knowledge, so we have to believe in God      who is Just and All-pervading. He is the only witness of each and every of      our deeds because He lives within our soul. One should be aware that God      will not spare him from the fruits of whatever his acts –mental i.e.      through mind, verbal i.e. through its organs of speech, and corporeal i.e.      through his physical body, has to face the consequences of his actions      because fruits lie in the seeds itself.

What you sow so shall you reap. Once a person has done bad or good,      the results are never lost. The laws of Effect or Karma are equal for all.

Quest      # 63: When-where-how does an action bear its fruit?

Answer:      The Atharvaveda says in 10-10-30 –the      fruits of actions are under God’s      control. Our cumulative actions (Sanskaras)      are registered in our Chitta* [* Mind-Intellect-Chitta-Ego      these four combine is called inner-faculties or inner-consciousness or      Antah-Karan] and because of      these Sanskaras, God who      is our Great Lord has given us this present birth. One can have visions of      these cumulative actions in Samaadhi      i.e. the state of realization of God,      which is the last stage of Yoga.

When      four conditions, [e.g. place-time-cause-object] combine, the fruit of our      actions are ripe and spring out, because these fruits are hidden in its      actions.

The      Prakriti i.e. the matter, is      dead and inert, hence it can never create the environment for the fruits      of its actions. God influences      the nature, and we get the results of our efforts. Where, when, how all      these Quests are of no use to us, except God.      The subject of karma-Phal is      very deep and very difficult to understand by anyone except GOD.

Quest      # 64: Is there any proof in the Vedas that the fruits of our actions are      under the supervision of God?

Answer:     

“Vashaamevaamritamaahurvasham Mrityupaasate,Vashedam Sarvambhavad Devaa ManushyaaAsuraaha Pitara Rrishayah”.(Atharvaveda 10-10-26)

Which      mean — With God’s      Omnipotence, all living beings receive the fruits of their actions      accordingly i.e. bondage or      emancipation. Mystic and spiritual masters i.e. true yogis only experience      God’s potent, which is      All-pervading in the Universe.

The      fruits of one’s actions are under God’s      control. (Yajurveda: 7-48).

Quest      # 65: What are the theories of “Karma-Phal” i.e.      “the fruits of actions” and what are they?

Answer:      Perhaps the most accepted truth is that ” as you sow so shall you      reap”.      Once a person has performed his actions, bad or good, the results are      never lost. The law of Action, Effect or Karma is equal for all. “Action      and reaction are equal and opposite.” Time factor is always      there. It is not possible for one to get the fruits of any action at the      earliest, because every seed takes its own time to ripe its fruits. We      [the soul] are finite hence have limited knowledge and do not know the      exact time for the result of our actions.

As      stated earlier that Life-State,      Life-Period and Life-Experience (Jaati-Aayu-Bhog) are the parameters of our deeds. The moment man      acts [mentally, verbally or corporeal] he is fixed under the laws of      Divinity i.e. God decides and      makes the proper and suitable arrangements and creates environments for      the fruits for its actions. When, where and how no one knows except the      Benevolent Supreme God.

When four      conditions, [e.g. place-time-cause-object] combined exist, the fruit of      our actions are ripe and spring out, because these fruits are hidden in      its actions.

We      all are supplied with an important automatic instrument i.e. Chitta*      (commonly known as mind) in which all impressions of our past and present      lives are registered continuously. When our good deeds are more, life      becomes pleasant, and when bad deeds are more than good deeds, life will      be miserable.

[*Mind-Intellect-Chitta-Ego      these four combined are called inner-faculties or inner-consciousness      or Antah-Karan. One can      have visions of these cumulative actions in Samaadhi      i.e. the state of realization of God,      which is the last stage of Yoga.] [*The thinking apparatus is mind;      thinking, feeling, willing, memory, dreams and imaginations are various      facts of the mind, and these are to be co-ordinated in respect to what we      receive through our senses of cognition.]

The      time of death, the soul resides in God      with its subtle body in which all impressions i.e. Sanskaras      remains registered, and next birth is given accordingly as Jaati-Aayu-Bhog      by the divine power [GOD].      There are numerous races like man, animals, birds, insects etc. etc. God      only knows the Life-State, Life-Period and Life-Experience i.e. “Jati-Aayu-Bhog”of all souls.

[*      As said earlier that when an individual is born, the soul comes with a      subtle body, with its supragenetic code or “Jati-Aayu-Bhog”.Only human race is a free agent and rest all races are dependent in the      divine laws. Man has greater freedom of will than any other animal in the      creation.]

The      idea of good or evil, and of vice and virtue, is assigned to the extent      one is provided with freedom to will and work.

It      is again the freedom that imposes responsibility. Man alone is thus      responsible for his good or bad actions. The Quest of religions, morals      and ethics are applicable to him alone, and to no other species to this      extent.

The      average age of a man is nearly 100 years, If he lives his life according to the laws of nature, it can be      increased or decreased that depends upon one’s attitudes towards life. God      has provided all essential things for living being e.g. vegetables,      fruits, foods, herbals, etc. When good deeds exceed bad deeds it is      certain that the soul will get his next birth in the human race, and      result in animal races if the deeds are the reverse.

In      the Universe there are infinite worlds, in which exist many nations,      jungles, states, cities, villages, animals, birds, sea world, and man. It      is his Sanskaras that force him to take birth in king’s palace, poor man’s      hut, ordinary house, all depends upon his entire past. Someone is born      handsome/beautiful, fair, wheatish, black, tall, short, healthy, weak,      retarded, sick, etc. hence there is always one or other weakness or defect      or impurity in a man because of his entire past. What is received because      of one’s own cumulative actions is called “Fortune”,      “Luck”, and“Destiny”. Man is the builder of his fortune. What happens to      us directly or indirectly is the result of our action. We are responsible      for an action and it is we who have to face the consequences. The      consequences of all actions have to be experienced by the doer alone.

Quest      # 65 (A): Why do we expect fruits when we sow seeds?

Answer:      There is a nice biological answer. This is because fruits furnish seeds      and seeds come from the fruits and fruits come from the seeds; and the      chain goes on. Whether come seeds first or the fruits is a Quest that can      never be answered. It is a closed circular chain, each one preceding the      other. Why do we want to be rewarded when we do certain actions? The      answer is simple, because the reward would encourage us to take further      action. Action leads to rewards, and rewards to actions and it are      expected that the chain should never come to an end.

Of      course, actions are like seeds, which bear fruits. Fruits accompany      thorns. The actions reveal our innermost nature. Man is known by his      actions. Actions also transform one’s nature. Actions thus promote and      demote a man. And therefore, we are asked to be very cautious about our      actions.

All      of us intrinsically (on account of our infinitesimally) possess two      tendencies, i.e. good and evil;      you may as well call them desirable      and undesirable, or helpful      and unhelpful, Appreciatory and      Derogatory. The theism is based on the acceptance of a fundamental      principle; Whatever is God must be      encouraged and whatever is evil must be resisted.

This      encouragement comes through rewards,      and resistance through punishments,      the former gets manifested in what we call pleasure      and the latter in what we call pain.      Virtue and vice are other      terms for good and evil.

Rewards      and punishments are given by someone who is higher in rank to encourage      person to treat on the right path, and be safeguarded from being      distracted to a wrong one. This is known as the fruit of action. We are      the doers, whereas the fruit of our action comes from above, that is from      the Benevolent Supreme. We are free to act, but He is to judge our actions      and accordingly decide what is best for us.

Quest      # 66: What is time? How one can utilize it efficiently?

Answer:      Attributes      of time consists of a moment –millisecond–second –minute –hour –day      –night –week –fortnight –month –half year –year –century –era      –creation –dissolution –Pranta-kaal.

One      gets a jerk and awakens only when someone else’s life comes to an end, but      still he does not realize the importance of time, which is most powerful.      Each and every moment is precious and once it is gone, it never comes      back. There is a saying —“Time      and tide wait for none”.

{Time      is the key factor. Being organized is useless if you can’t meet deadlines.      The whole point in making a change is to improve the way an organization      functions.

Plan      and control your schedules with certain smoothness. Time-management      experts stress on Habit, Proper planning. Prioritizing Jobs and      Effectiveness. Be prepared to set goals, reduce your load and the garbage      on the table. You must always subtract and not to add to the list of      things on your table. You need to allocate time according to your work.

Organize      yourself:      *clear your desk of everything, but the project you are currently working      on. *Have a basket marked “in” which contains all the important      documents, and put it at a place where it won’t distract you. *Have a      visual area for creative thinking. *Don’t have your desk face the exit.      *Don’t have too many chairs in your office, it encourages people to sit      down. *At times, don’t do anything, Push tour chair away from the desk,      and think positive. *Always create a deadline. Remember that people cause      most interruption. Rule: Be firm. *Don’t let your impatience affect you.      *Cut down your impulse to socialize. *Talkativeness is a time waster.      Finally, remember you don’t have to be a genius to be an organized top      manager.

Man      is      here for some purpose i.e. to get Emancipation. If he is unable to achieve      his goal of life, he will be sorry for in the end. No one knows the last      moment of his lifetime is running so fast that no one can even see the      present, and the future becomes the past with the blinking of eyes. Time      cannot be stopped or caught or killed by anyone, but it is time that gulps      down the life of all living beings and still man does not awake from his      ignorance. He who has conquered time is called a wise person.

“Kaalo Ashvo Vahati Saptarashmihi      Sahastraaksho Ajaro Bhuriretaha, Tamaa      Rohanti Kavayo Vipashichatastasya Chakra Bhuvanaani Vishwaa” (Atharva      Veda 19-53-1)

Mantra      says: Time is very strong, very swift, all-pervading and illuminated like      the sun [in which seven rays spring out e.g. violet, indigo, blue, green,      orange, yellow and red.] Intelligent people flow with the tide, which      helps them to perform their duties and achieve their goal, in all      conditions. In other words intelligent people who know the precious value      of time do not waste their time and perform their duties well in time and      hence they are successful in life.

It      is advisable      not to waste time, do work hard, work for others, make your and other’s      life useful. Time is very strong. It is better to do something for our      betterment and acquire God’s      eternal bliss and be free from the bondage of birth and death. He, who has      understood time, has really understood the mystery of time.

[Inquisitive      readers who are interested in this subject should refer Atharva Veda      (chapter # 9, Sukta # 53, Mantras # 1 to 16) and(Sukta # 54, mantras # 1 to 5).]

Each      and every moment of time is precious and difficult to relive. Do enjoy      each and every moment. Forget the past and do not think of the future.      Always be in the present and do the best. He who understands time, time      goes with him, otherwise time runs away and the viewer is left behind. Be      hopeful which is the demand of the hour.

Quest      # 67: When did “time” come into existence?

Answer:      Time      functions along with the creation of the Universe. It also functions with      the existence of incidents. If there is no incident, there will be no      usage of time.

When      the combined state of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas is disturbed and the wheel      of incidents start rotating, time is said to be in function meaning time      comes into existence.

The      basic cause of the Universe i.e. the Prakriti is motionless and with the influence of Divine power [GOD]      it turns into Srishti by the creation of the first atom, which rotates in its      epicenter—with this incident the count down of time begins. At this      stage God decides the time for      creation and dissolution of the Universe. The wheel of time starts      rotating from here and hence time functions. This incident was the same as      it was in the past.

“Rritam      Cha Satyam Chaabheedhaatapasodhyayajaayata,

Tato      Raatrajaayata tatah samudroArnavah”. (Rigveda 10-190-1)

“Samudraadarnavaadadhi      SanwatsaroAjaayata,

Ahoraatraani      VidadhadhviWishvasya Mishato Vashee”. (Rigveda 10-190-2)

In      these two above-written mantras, there are many mysterious and scientific      truths, which are the subject of discovery.

There      exist three eternal entities —God,      Matter and an infinite number of infinitesimal souls. Apart from these      three, whatever is seen or unseens are created things and it is certain      that what is created will be dissolved in its cause. Time was in existence      before the creation of the Universe but its function was not there.

“Time      is beginning-less due to the flow of events” hence it has no      existence of its own, that is why the great sage of our modern Era Swami      Dayanand Saraswati [founder of Arya Samaj] has said that “time is      beginning-less and endless”.

Quest      # 68: What is the difference between ether and space?

Answer:      Very      interesting Quest indeed! Mostly people cannot differentiate between ether      (sky) and space. There are five gross elements e.g.      earth, water, fire, air and ether. The earth is grosser than water and      water is grosser than fire and so on. Ether is the subtlest element in      these five gross elements. The thing that is very subtle (Sukshma)      cannot be seen with these eyes. Earth, water and fire can be seen but air      and ether are so subtle that they are not visible.

[Fire      is also subtle but it is visualized when the minute substances burn      because of heat and they illuminate. The illumination that we see is not      actually fire; it is the vision or subtle element of fire. Vision is the      cause of its effort, fire. Everything is visualized because of the subtle      element called “vision”. (Vaisheshika      Darshana 2-1-3)]

There      is a boundary of gross substances they acquire place to exist, in the same      way ether being a gross element has its boundary. The boundary of ether      exists unto where the gravitational force of the earth exists or you can      say unto the length of the existence of air element.

The      attribute of ether is sound. (The gross element ether is created      from its subtle element sound.)

One cannot hear the sound where there is no      air or beyond the limit of ether. The sound vibrates only in ether.

The      area beyond ether is called “space. In space no sound vibrates      because of absence of air. In this vast universe there are heavenly bodies      like galaxies, suns, stars, planets, satellites etc. and all have their      own gravitational force. The vacuum between the gravitational force of all      these heavenly bodies is called “space.”And all these heavenly bodies stay in space.

When      scientist send a rocket or a spacecraft into space for some scientific      experiments. And when the spacecraft returns from space to earth’s      gravity, its body stars burning because of friction. At that time the      scientist on the ground become sure that the spacecraft has entered in the      limit of earth’s gravity or in the atmosphere.

Earth,      water, fire and air stay in the sky (ether) and all these five gross      elements stay in the space.

Now      we see from the scientific point of view, the difference between ether      (sky) and space. There      is a vast difference between space and ether .The attribute of space is to      provide or to give place. Philosophers say that attribute of ether is      “sound.” And science says that sound travels from one place to      another by motion waves. Hence ether is not vacuum, it is a gross element      whose attribute is to create motion waves.

In      the Vedic theory, which is ancient and proved to be, right say that space      is all-pervading.

In      the year 1929 AD British scientist professor Dirac      had announced an all-pervading element i.e. which he named as “antiparticles”      or “extra-ordinary electron” This element is called as “Dirac      Ocean”.

[The      Dirac Ocean is uniformly distributed on all sides and extends into      infinity in all directions. The particles constituting the ocean have      negative inertial mass. If one of the particles is absent leaving a hole      in the ocean, this hole represents lack of negative charge and is      equivalent to a positive charge and a positive mass. The holes in the      Dirac Ocean behave as ordinary particle carrying a positive electron      charge and a positive mass. These are known as anti-electrons or positrons.]      The theory of Professor Dirac is approved to be right in the science      world. [Inquisitive readers can      study the subject in this mantra —(Rigveda 1-24-8)]

Vaisheshika      Shastra believes in nine elements      in which except the soul and the mind, rest other seven elements are the      cause of the material world. These seven elements are —1) earth, 2)      water, 3) fire, 4) air, 5) ether, 6) dik i.e. directions and 7) time. This      philosophy is called Vaisheshika because of these two extra elements dik (direction or      space) and time otherwise rest five Darshana      are believed only in five elements.

Ether is one of the five gross elements      (earth–water–fire–air–ether) and vacuum place is called space. All      five gross elements live in space.

Quest      # 69: How many devtas* [deities] are there in the Universe?

Answer:      [*the      orthodox pundits and European scholars erroneously translate the word “Devataa”into God. Late Pandit Guru Dutt      Vidyarthi, M.A, has translated the word “Devataa” according to the      Nirukta (vii, 15) as follows:– “Whatsoever or whosoever, is      capable of conferring some advantage upon us, capable of illuminating      thing or capable of explaining things to us, and last of all, the Light of      all lights –those are the fit subjects to be called Devataa.]

Maharishi      Dayanand Saraswati has written in his immortal book “Satyarth      Prakash” i.e.      “Light Of Truth” —“Whatsoever or whosoever possesses      useful and brilliant qualities is called a Devataa, as the earth for      instance; but it is no-where said that it is God      or the object of our adoration. Even in mantra (Rigveda      1-164-39) it is said that He, who is the sustainer of all the Devataa,      is the adorable God, and is      worthy of being sought after. They are greatly mistaken who take the word      Devataa to mean God.”

There      are thirty-three Devataa or prominent demigods described in the      Vedas. The greatest of all Devataa is God      that is why He is called the      greatest Devataa of all Devataa —Mahadevaa.

“yasya      Trayastrinshad Devaa Ange Sarve Samaahitaa,

Skamma      Tam Bruhi Katamah Swideva Sah”. (Atharva Veda 10-7-13)

Which      means: with God’s influence,these thirty-three demigods      sustain the world. They are —8-Vasu, 11-Rudra, and 12-Aaditya, 1-Indra      and 1-Prajaapati.

8      Vasus—earth, water, fire, air, ether, moon, sun, and star. They are called Vasus,      because they are abode of all that lives, moves or exists.

11Rudras —the ten Pranas (Praana–Apaana–Vyaana–Samaana–Udaana–Naag–Kurma–Krikal–Devadutta      and Dhananjaya) —nervauric forces —enliving the human body and the      eleventh is the human spirit. These are called Rudras because when they      desert the body, it becomes dead and the relations of the deceased,      consequently, begin to weep.

12Adityaas —the twelve months      of a year called Adityaas, as they cause the lapse of the term of      existence of each object or being.

1the (all-pervading) electricity is      called Indra, as it is productive of great force.

1      Yajna is called Prajaapati      because it benefits mankind by the purification of air, water, rain and      vegetables and because it aids the development of various arts, and in it      the honor is accorded to the learned and the wise.

·“Trayaa      Devaa Ekaadasha——Devaa Devairantu Maa” (Yajurveda 20/11)

·“Yasya      Trayastrishaddevaa—–Brahavido Viduhu” (Atharvaveda 10-7-27)

·“Trayastrishddevataastreeni—–Krinavad      Veeryaani” (Atharvaveda 19-27-10)

·“Yasya      Trayastinshad Devaa—–Swideva Sah” (Atharvaveda 10-7-13)

·“Yasya Trayastinshad Devaa—–Devaa      Abhiyakshaya” (Rigveda 10-7-27)

·“Ye Trinshati Trayasparo      Devaaso Bahirraasadan”(Rigveda      8-28-1)

·“Ye Stha Trayashcha      Trinshacch”(Rigveda      8-30-2)

·“Vishve      Devaastraya Ekaadashah” (Rigveda 9-92-4)

·“Girvana      Trayastrinshatamaa Vahaa” (Rigveda 1-45-2)

·“Patneevatastrishatam      Treenshcha Devaan”(Rigveda      3-6-9)

All      the above said Vedic mantras say that there are 33* Devataas [*Not 330      million as Hindus believe. Because there is no any proof] by virtue of      possessing useful and brilliant properties and qualities. Being Lord of      all and greater than all, the Supreme Being “GOD” is called the      thirty-fourth Devataa who alone is to be worshipped.

Quest      # 70: What are called “Siddhis” (psychic powers) and which is      the best “Siddhi” of yoga?

Answer:      What      is achieved or acquired is called a Siddhi.      It is possible to get any material thing by hard work, but to acquire the      true spiritual knowledge of soul and Super Soul; it is extremely essential      for one to practice Yoga. Without practicing Yoga one cannot experience the soul and God. To receive, acquire, achieve and to get anything one should      have proper knowledge of that thing, then proper action and lastly he      should be present where the thing is available respectively.

The      Super most entity i.e. God can      be acquired* by holy knowledge, holy action and Holy Communion which is      possible only by practicing Yoga.

[*      Here the meaning of to acquire is to realize God’s      bliss. God is not a material      thing that can be acquired; it is a holy bliss, which can be experienced      only by the soul with a clean mind.]

The      best Siddhi in the practice of Yoga      is ” the realization of God’s      bliss ” which is possible only with a pure mind.

There      are eight steps or divisions of Yoga i.e. YamaNiyamAasanPranaayaamPratyaahaarDharnaaDhyaan      and Samaadhi. It is said that a true Yogi acquires eight kinds      of “Siddhis” (psychic      powers) or “achievements”, which are ArimaaLaghimaaMahimaaPraaptiPrakamyaVashitva–Ishitva      and Kamvasayitva.

It      should be borne in mind that these acquisition are acquired by the mind      and one should not give importance to these Siddhis but to God’s      acquisition, which is the prime object (Goal) of man’s life. These      achievements are not considered as miracles but Yogic-Siddhis.

To      achieve anything is called a “Siddhi”. What is achieved in Yoga      is called psychic powers or Siddhi.

Quest # 71: The best “Siddhi”      of Yoga is “To experience God’s bliss”, then why should one      desire salvation in which too one gets a similar bliss of God.

Answer:      It      is worthy to achieve Emancipation because one cannot always attain the      state of Samaadhi i.e. the realization of God’s      bliss, in his life. There exists increment (attachments) and decrement      (detachment) in man’s mind, and when attachment is increased man’s      attitudes goes out towards nature’s passions, and when detachment is      increased he is attracted towards spiritual world and achieves the state      of Samaadhi in which he enjoys God’s      bliss. Mind is not stable, it always flickers because it is difficult to      have control over it. The state of Emancipation stays for Parant-kaal,      i.e. the period of creation and dissolution for 36000 times and the      emancipated soul experiences uninterrupted happiness and true knowledge of      God.

So      readers must think what is better –Yoga for short period or the Bliss      of God for a long time of      Emancipation i.e. 31,10,40,00,00,00,000      years.

Quest      # 72: In the state of “Moksha” i.e. “Salvation” or      “Emancipation”, does the soul become like God? Is it absorbed      into God? How is the bliss of God experienced?

Answer: In the state of Salvation or      Emancipation i.e. Moksha, the soul remains in its own personified state      and keeps its own individuality and it is not absorbed into God.

The      soul retains its innate powers, activities and attributes but no physical      body. The soul, even when emancipated remains finite in knowledge, though      pure in nature. Its attributes, powers and activity, all remain finite. It      can, therefore, never be God.

“It      retains its separate individuality, for should it get absorbed into the      Divine Spirit, who would then enjoy the bliss of emancipation. Besides,      all the hardships borne, all the efforts made and all the means employed      to obtain Emancipation would become useless. Absorption of the soul into      the Divine Spirit is not Emancipation but its death or annihilation. It is      only the soul that obeys the Will of God,      follows the highest virtue, associates with the good and the great      practices and Yoga and employs      all the aforesaid means, that obtains Emancipation.”(Light      Of Truth–IX.)

“The      soul that knows the Supreme Spirit Who is All-truth, All-knowledge and      All-Bliss and resides in the very interior of the soul and the principles      of discernment, finds rest in the Omnipresent Great God.      And thereby, being in harmony with the Infinite Omniscient Supreme Being      all its (righteous) desires are gratified. In other words, whatever      happiness it wishes for it obtains.” (Taitreya      Anandvalli: 1)

An      emancipated soul has no physical body or bodily organs but it retains its      pure natural attributes and powers. By virtue of its innate powers, an      emancipated soul has the principle of hearing when it wants to hear, the      principle of touch when it wants to feel, the principle of sight when it      wishes to see, the principle of smell when it wants to smell, the      principle of thought for thinking, the principle of judgment for      ascertaining truth, the principle of memory for remembering, the principle      of individuality for feeling its individuality. It can possess this      so-called body–composed of the principle of sensation and thought, etc.,      at its will. Just as when the soul is embodied, it depends upon its      physical body and bodily organs to carry out its will, so does it enjoy      the bliss of Emancipation through the use of its innate power.” (Shatpath      Brahman, Khanda, 14.)

Quest      # 73: What is the nature of “innate powers of the soul” and how      many kinds is it?

Answer:      It is written in “Satyarth Prakash” chapter 9. :      —

“Really      it      is of one kind, but it may be said to consist of the following 24      varieties: —

(1)      Strength; (2) Energy; (3) Attraction; (4) Suggestion; (5) Motion; (6)      Intimidation; (7) Analytic Power; (8) Skill; (9) Courage; (10) Memory;      (11) Discernment; (12) Desire; (13) Love; (14) Hatred; (15) Association;      (16) Dissociation; (17) Dividing power; (18) Combining power; (19) Power      of sight; (20) Hearing; (21) Touch; (22) Taste; (23) Smell; and (24)      Knowledge.”

By      help of these very powers the soul attains and enjoys happiness even in      Emancipation. If the soul, when emancipated, were to be absorbed into      Brahma, who would then enjoy the bliss of emancipation. Those who regard      the dissolution of soul as emancipation are no Quest immersed in      ignorance, because the emancipation of the soul consists in its exemption      from all sin and suffering and in the enjoyment of perfect bliss in the      All-pervading, All-blissful, Infinite, Omnipotent God.”      [* Brahma means who is great, i.e. GOD]

Quest # 74: Is it possible that with the      achievement of the power of yoga, that the soul of a yogi can leave his      body at his will and enter into another person’s body and thereafter come      back?

Answer:      It      is possible for the soul to leave the body with its will, But once the      soul is out, it can neither enter someone else’s body, nor return to the      same body at its will. The body becomes dead inert matter once the soul      leaves it. No one not even a true yogi, a saint, a mystic, a sage, a      spiritual teacher or a master whoever he may be, can make their soul enter      into any other person’s body, at their will. It is a wrong conception that      a true yogi can do anything he wants. Once the soul has left the body,      will remain in the atmosphere, in the laws of Divine soul (*Yama).

[*An      another name of God]

The      Divine laws are eternal;      hence no one can change, alter or break these laws, as Omniscient,      Omnipresent and Omnipotent God create them. It is cognizable proof by      sight, that until now, the person once dead cannot come back to life i.e.      once the soul is separated from the body it cannot come back into that      dead body, once gone it can never return. The deeds never come back. The      best Siddhi of Yoga is “Realisation      of God” i.e.      Visualization of God with      spiritual eyes and enjoy His bliss.

The      soul can enter the body, Only under God‘s instructions. To acquire the knowledge of reading the mind of      another person is something, which is possible by the practice of Yoga      and one assumes this power, as the soul entering into another body which      is a wrong concept.

These      are possibilities that with the practice of Yoga one can have many achievements but it is impossible for one      soul to enter another body. To claim that this is possible is fraud,      cheating, or ignorance.

Quest      # 75: Can God take or put the soul of any one?

Answer:      No      action exists without a cause and no action is done without a doer. “An effect resupposes a cause.” (Vaisheshika Darshana: 4-1-3).

There      are two conscious entities, God      and the soul. Prakriti is dead inert matter. The main reason of death of      the body is due to the soul’s separation from the body. In natural death      the body decays in old age i.e. complete age. Birth and death are natural      and God gives the soul, race-age-passion, according to its cumulative      impressions of past lives.

GOD      does not take anyone’s life without any cause. [“Where      there is no cause, there can be no effect.” (Vaisheshika Darshana:      4-2-2)]. There are many other causes of death, and no soul can come      back to its body once left behind. Even God      cannot give life to the dead, because He is Omniscient and cannot change      or alter His laws once created in nature. God’s      laws are eternal i.e. unchangeable –unaltered –unbreakable, which is why      they are called “Ritta”      meaning they are true.

Hence      no dead person can become alive or no one can die without any proper      reason.

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Posted on November 2, 2011, in FAQs. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Can anyone suggest me name of this book? As I want to purchase hard copy of this.

  2. The name of the book is ” QUEST The Vedic Answers”
    Author:- Madan Raheja.

    Available at http://www.vedicbooks.com
    Price. Rs 95/-

  3. Some people claim that after par-vairagya , sanyaas should be quickly taken. whats ur views on it dr. vivek ji?

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