The Vedas & the
Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji
by Triloki Nath Dhar
is the symbol of knowledge and enlightenment. The Vedas are the First Books on
Earth and the date of their compilation cannot be determined even approximately.
It is the recorded knowledge contained in the Vedas that disseminated throughout
the world raising the intellectual level of the mankind as a whole. Since Vedas
are the First Books on Earth it is logical to infer that Vedic civilization is
the primal civilization which sprouted and flourished in India. Vedic people did
not come from a place outside India as some Westerners and many Indians have
been preaching during the last century and the present one. There is no solid
proof to indicate that the Vedic Aryans infiltrated into India from the north
and gradually established their settlements in Afghanistan, the Punjab and the
The Vedas contain
references to almost all the branches of modern scientific knowledge. They are
hymns recorded in the most scientific language in perfect metres. The Vedas are
not "vague incursions into infinity" as Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru has
termed them. Being hymns only they couldn't be treatises on different subjects.
There is no aspect of knowledge which you will miss in the Vedas. Various
references are there to persons of scientific achievements but their works are
lost to us. For instance, it is mentioned that Matrishwa obtained fire from
water by means of a systematic process. What that process was, we don't know
As per the Vedas, fire and
thermal energy (having Agni Deva as the presiding deity) are indispensable for
sustaining life and global civilization. About electricity it is stated:
It is electricity which
activates rainfall. Through it oceans are under currents. Through it directions
are awake. Through it the world is animated with life. (Rig Veda 2/43)
It is indicated that heat
can manifest as electricity and vice versa.
The Vedas declare that
there is One and only One Reality and the wise describe that one in innumerable
ways (Rig Ved 2/43)
This fact is stressed at
another place by an interrogative riddle:
Is that unborn who
sustains the six worlds only One? (Rig Ved 2/43)
About jeeva we have:
Who saw the one who took
the first birth. That skeletonless adopted the skeletal one. Life-force and
blood (protoplasm etc.) arose from the Earth but where from did Atma come. (Rig
Jeeva is immortal but the
body is perishable. People know the body but concerning Jeeva they are
floundering in confusion. (Rig Ved 2/43)
In this connection one is
reminded of Thoreou's words: "The Light that puts our eyes out is darkness
to us:". And about the mind the Vedic sage asks:
Where from did mind,
capable of divine conduct, arise? (RigVed 2/43)
According to the Veda, all
immanent, self- existent Lord is Vishnu. And the Vedic utterance says:
Vishnu encompasses the
entire creation; Protector of all; Him no one can deceive; His will it is that
makes natural laws inviolable; He protects Indra, Mitra. (Rig Ved. 1/22)
According to the Veda this
world did not come into existence by a single act of creation but through
evolutionary Yagya guided by the power and intelligence of gods amongst whom
Indra is supreme. It is Indra's power and intelligent guidance which has brought
forth orderly world out of chaos. His power made the first clouds to shower rain
and free Water (which is at root of life) out of the clutches of Demon Vrita.
His power made rivers flow along a proper course.
What is Yagya?
Actions, reactions, and
interactions of matter with matter, of mind with matter (horological, spatial
and numerical), of astral with material, constitute Yagya.
And the Veda says:
Yagya is the navel of the
Yagya altar is the Earth's
The propelling force of
Yagya is due to the will of the Supreme Indefinable Being.
About Indra and Agni we
may quote a richa from Rig Veda:
O! Great Indra and Agni:
protectors of societies. Render eaters of humankind issueless. Awaken to give us
refuge for Truth; for performance of Yagya. ( Rig Ved 1/21)
Agni, transporter of
oblations (offered to gods); Inspirer of effort for attaining true knowledge.
Accept our Yagya alongwith immortal and famed gods! (Rig Ved l/l)
About Sun god the Vedic
All beings (mortal and
astral) and all the worlds are in the lap of the Sun. (Rig Ved l/22)
Beautiful, deeply vibrant,
animated, filling space with light...
Where does this Sun reside
and in which ether (aakash) do his rays sustain. Who can say all this? (Rig Ved
Sun, Agni, and Soma are
considered as inanimate by the modern. However, yogis are blessed with the
vision of Sun god and other gods with their eyes open. This Sun god is the
Master of the effulgent orb which everyday rises in the east. This orb of the
Sun is 12,00,000 times bigger than earth and sustains all biological and
physical and chemical processes on Earth. Sun god is all knowing and Soul of
It is indicated in the
Veda that Indra is the lord of the mind and coordinates the senses. His power is
explained by a very simple but wonderful example.
We know, human hand is one
of the greatest wonders of Nature. Enquire its importance from a painter, a
graphist, an artist, cartoonist, a musician, a surgeon, a barber, a typist, a
computerist, or a technician. In this connection, to explain the power of Indra,
the Vedic verse states:
Always in comradeship
Fingers perform innumerable tasks. All these sisters moving like housewives (in
a household) perform the service of Indra. (Rig Ved 1/62)
And for understanding
general meaning of Yagya we may quote following verses of Bhagvad Geeta which
have been misinterpreted by most of the commentators:
(Bhagvad Geeta 3/14)
Food grains sustain living
beings; rain makes food-grains to grow; Yagya causes rain; Karma brings forth
(Bhagvad Geeta 3/15)
Karma (inherent capability
for doing work) emanates from Brahma (immanent God); Brahma is the manifestation
of the Supreme Indefinable Being. In this way all pervading Supreme Reality is
ever involved in Yagya.
In the verses above Karma
needs to be understood in the context of rain formation. In this connection it
may not be amiss to add that rain formation occurs every time around this globe
whether men perform Yagya according to the Vedic prescription or not.
The thermal energy from
the Sun stirs up molecules of water over seas, oceans, lakes and rivers causing
vaporisation and formation of clouds. The clouds, in the higher reaches of the
atmosphere, undergo condensation resulting in showers or a downpour. A cycle of
changes is effected and the end product is the same and constitutes physical
change. In a cycle involving chemical change the end product or intermediate
products are different. Such type of cycles ever occurring in the biosphere of
the Earth for supporting life are nitrogen-cycle and photosynthesis. All these
cycles constitute Yagya and the propelling force of Yagya is karma. In all these
cycles thermal energy plays a crucial role. That is why the presiding deity of
thermal energy, Agni Dev, is worshipped throughout in the hymns of the Rig Veda.
In the ultimate analysis propelling force of Yagyas is the will of the Supreme
Indefinable Being. Therefore, a human being, though endowed with a little of
free choice, should ever remain engaged in detached Karma for the good of the
entire world. For this reason the Yagyas ordained in the Vedas are to be
performed for attuning ourselves with the Devas (Indra, Agni, Varuna, Mitra and
so on) of various energies for mutually assisting to evolve a beautiful and
harmonious world order free from sin, misery, turmoil, death and destruction.
The Devas have laboured for aeons through Yagyas for evolving this wonderful
Earth with atmosphere and ionosphere, and animal and vegetable kingdoms. Vedic
Rishis exhort us to protect this beautiful globe and build up a truly human
By following Vedic
injunctions India became one nation as early as 4th century B.C. In this
connection it is worthwhile to mention that Germany or Italy attained the status
of a nation only in 1870 A.D. and the U.S.A. began to breathe as a free nation
only in the 18th century. So these nations are just babies in comparison with
India. However severe campaigning against the Vedas by Lord Buddha and
subsequently by Buddhists resulted in stifling the Ved Vani. The result was
disintegration and chaos. But India, through the blessings of Vedic Rishis who,
according to Mahatma Gandhi, were greater geniuses than Newton and greater
warriors than Wellington, is again emerging as its former self.
Vedic Rishis were spurred
by insatiable love for God. They also had insatiable thirst for knowing the
truth and understanding reality in totality. For awakening latent powers within
they evolved a scientific system of yogic discipline.
However, its may take a
whole lifetime for awakening ones yogic powers of comprehension and direct
viewing. It takes around 20 years to have a peep into Aakashu through Aagya
Chakra by fixing gaze between two eyebrows in the manner prescribed in verse 27
of Chapter 5 of the Bhagvad Geeta. It is for this reason that when Ishwar
Swaroop Swami Laxmanji was asked in a radio interview why His Holiness didn't
marry and was it because His Holiness was against marriage, pat came the reply,
" I am not against marriage but couldn't get leisure for marriage."
I have given a concise
background of Vedic culture and knowledge to assist understanding why I consider
Bhagawaan Gopi NathJi a Vedic Rishi incarnate for guiding mankind from higher
From his early age
BhagawaanJi remained deeply immersed in the love of God. For overcoming
distractions induced by mind and matter he adopted a rigorous discipline of
sadhna to which he remained attached perpetually even, at times, doing without
food and water for days on end like his Guru Shri Shri Swami Zana KakJi Tufchi.
Our BhagawaanJi remained
celibate but remained in a household sympathetically attending to the problems
of his sisters and other kin. He was always eager to alleviate the sufferings of
the people. To the needy and sanyasins he helped with money.
Our Master's dhaarna was
mainly in Aagya Chakra (space between two eyebrows) and thus he remained gazing
up into Aakasha in which things, past, present and future exist simultaneously.
For this reason the Master read thoughts of anybody who approached him and was
aware of all mundane happenings in advance. Our sage had compassion for all and
malice for none.
Our master was continually
engaged in Vedic Yagya. A vedi on which Fire stood enthroned day and night was
always before the Master and from time to time he threw oblations (rice and
barley or some other Yagya material) into it to the accompaniment of mantras
(holy incantations) recited in whispers.
Professor A.N. Dhar has
made my mention in his article entitled "Rememhering BhagawaanJi"
published in July'95 issue of Patrika regarding some utterance whispered into my
ears by BhagawaanJi. I want to narrate the incident myself.
Professor A.N. Dhar and
myself were sitting before the Master at his Chandapora abode. I was nearer to
the Master. He whispered into my ears. The first part of the utterance I keep to
The second part of the
utterance was this:
(What have I achieved? My
gaze is fixed high up in Aakasha. I have welded everything into oneness) The
Master took up some oblation (barley and rice) and threw it into the vedi
(receptacle for hawan) adding "
" (Obeisance to Aakasha).
Offering oblations to
Aakasha through Fire is a significant part of Vedic Yagya.
Our Master was an epitome
of humility. In this connection I am reminded of an utterance of Vedic Rishi
Deergatama (who, besides being a Rishi, was a language scientist and master of
"I don't know what I
am. I am foolish and half- mad. Only when a glimpse of knowledge dawns on me am
I able to understand the meaning of a sentence. "
Late Pandit Nila Kanth
Wali of Ali Kadal, Srinagar, was amongst the great devotees of the Master. He
related an incident which throws sufficient light on the social wisdom and
humility of Bhagawaan Ji. He said that one day he was sitting before the Master
and he felt the call of nature. He went down into the lavatory. He was sitting
on the receptacle but there was no water for cleaning privy parts. In half a
minute Pt. Nila Kanth found the Master placing a pot of water before him. He
felt disconcerted beyond measure. After cleaning himself he went up and lay
prostrate before the Master and gradually composed himself.
Great savant late Shankar
Pandit held BhagwaanJi in the highest esteem though being elder to the Master by
a number of years. Savant Shanker Pandit had suffered an accident which had made
some defect in his legs. He could not therefore easily prostrate himself. But
whenever he went to have a darshan of BhagawaanJi he invariably prostrated
himself before the Master though it entailed a very painful effort.
To conclude this article I
might relate a vision I had about two years ago. I was meditating at the dhooni
of the Peerkhu Guffa temple, the shrine I hold in high esteem. Late Yogni Radha
Devi of Zaindar Mohalla, Srinagar, and BhagawaanJi appeared before me. They
appeared on my left-hand side in the same dress they were accustomed to wear.
Nothing was communicated. I couldn't decipher the meaning of the vision.