[Swamiji’s concluding remarks on the final day of the Chaturveda Yajna, 10 February. Below is the 26-minute audio recording, followed by the text of a clarified version that Swamiji edited after the event. This is a revised version of the original post.]
Blessed Divine Beings, great mahatmas, saints and seers!
On the concluding day of the Chaturveda Yajna I am prompted to share with you the purpose for which I decided to organize this yajna for the first time in Kali Yuga. I have tried to strictly follow the guidelines of the Vedas. During the last 5000 years nowhere on Earth a complete Veda Yajna was performed. This is the reason not only the knowledge but also how to perform Veda Yajna is lost to mankind.
I accepted the responsibility to conduct the Chaturveda Yajna after receiving a divine command. Except for a few devoted and pious souls, I have not asked for any financial support from anyone to organize this yajna. Rajasuya Chaturveda Yajna is not performed with the wealth of kings and emperors, nor with raising money on a mass scale. It is supported by the voluntary participation and spontaneous contribution of all. This is the reason why in spite of facing tremendous financial constraint and hardship, I did not allow public donations to be raised nor approached wealthy businessmen to collect money for this yajna.
One of the main purposes of Chaturveda Yajna is to give back Veda to mankind. Veda, the sacred sound, was revealed for mankind. It was not revealed for a man or a woman. When Veda was revealed, there was no country, no continent anywhere in this planet, there was no nationality, no religion, no culture, no tradition, because Veda is prior to all. It is prior to all the gods we are invoking and worshipping in this yajna pendal, prior to all seers and avatars. When Veda was revealed there was only the Absolute, the Brahman, the pure awareness.
Due to ignorance it is wrongly assumed that Veda is a Hindu scripture but truly speaking Veda is the revealed words and it is for the whole mankind. A myth has been perpetuated for thousands of years, especially after the decline of the Vedic culture, that Veda belongs to India, Veda is the scripture of the Hindus, and only some people, some individuals, have the right to chant Veda, read Veda, and perform yajna. This is a myth that no one dared to challenge. Today I am demolishing this myth. I declare: Veda belongs to mankind. Every human being, irrespective of place of birth, nationality, religion or culture, has a birthright to study Veda, chant Veda and perform yajna.
This is the reason the Chaturveda Yajna is being organized by Satyachetana International Spiritual Movement. It is not done by a Swamiji nor a saint nor a seer. To do this yajna I have received support from the whole Earth, from the entire mankind. I had assured that I would free the Vedamata from the cage of orthodoxy, cut the fetters of the decadent tradition and give Veda back to mankind. For that purpose I conducted the Chaturveda Yajna.
Today is the last day of this Yajna. For nine days, in four Veda kundas, we have performed havana for all the Vedic gods. No one can really tell how many gods are there in the Vedas because there are many, many mantras in the four Vedas where the name of the god is not mentioned since these are addressed to Divine forces.
The purpose of Veda is to guide us, the humans, to have a life of fulfillment on Earth. It is not meant only for brahmins, saints or seers, but also for the common men. In spite of the impact of time, we have preserved the Vedas, the mantras and the texts, through a long tradition of gurukkula parampara. Our Vedic chanters and priests have protected the purity of the mantras. I now request them to support me to revive the spirit of the yajna.
For the first time today we are going to perform the gayatri havana in Brahma kunda where everyone—irrespective of caste, creed and religion—is invited to join with me and chant the gayatri mantra and perform havana in the havan kunda.
I have learnt we human beings suffer in life due to two complexities. One is the superiority complex. The other is the inferiority complex. When someone feels, “I am superior to others,” he is actually acting, thinking and behaving against the spirit of Veda, and when someone thinks, “I am inferior to someone,” he is also similarly acting, behaving and thinking against the spirit of Veda, because Veda says all humans are embodiments of the Brahman only. That is also my realization.
I request those who are having the inferiority complex to overcome this complex. Those having the superiority complex of “I am or we are superior to others,” I request to get rid of this false feeling. No human being is superior or inferior to another human being—this is what Veda declares.
Mankind now needs a rational interpretation of the Vedas. If Veda mantras can be translated correctly as per the spirit of the time, everyone—man, woman, saint, seer—all can feel, “I am the child of Vedamata.”
I will strive until the last breath of my life to restore Veda to its original purity and glory. This is the message I’m giving to all. I appeal to all the saints, seers and priests of India to open the door of Vedamata for the whole mankind, whole humanity. We all are human beings, and we belong to one race: the human race. Today we are inviting the gods and offering oblations, and we are not making any distinction between the gods, whether it is Indra, Agni, Varuna, Rudra or Vishnu, we are not creating a hierarchy of gods. Why should we make any division between human beings? Why should we divide human beings based on religion, culture and skin color?
Veda is the only force on Earth that can not only unite the world, but also promote the welfare of the entire brahmanda. We as human beings carry that responsibility. The time has come. The Satya phase in Kali Yuga has begun. This is the message that I heard from Veda and this is the message I’m giving.
Today, the concluding day of this Chaturveda Yajna, is a great day in human history because today I am freeing Vedamata from the fetters of orthodoxy. Let us break the wall of superstition, break this wall of division. We all are human beings; we all are children of Vedamata. We are not Indians, Asians, Europeans, Americans or Africans. We are human beings and Veda is our mother and together we all should revive and restore the glory of Veda.
Look at the West. The Western world achieved perfection in material science but did not restrict its spread. Technology travelled all over. The whole world benefitted. Let India show to the world that the knowledge of the Vedas also can travel to the whole universe. Secrets of Veda should be available to the whole mankind. If this is done, there will be integration of matter and spirit, and this integration will ensure a new phase of evolution. A new era will dawn when there shall be peace, progress, harmony and unity among all human beings. That is the day for which the gods in heaven are waiting. That is the day for which the seers are waiting. Let us take the resolve today to fulfill this purpose.
This is my appeal to all. I know there are hundreds and thousands of awakened beings in many countries of the world and they are eagerly waiting to know what Swamiji said at the end of the Chaturveda Yajna. I am not speaking to any individual, nor to any country or culture. I’m speaking to the soul of humanity. I’m speaking to the whole universe. Let us take this collective resolve today and actively collaborate with Vedamata to restore her glory, revive her purity.
Today the brahmin priests are sitting in the yajna pendals. They should travel to every country all over the world and spread the message of Veda and teach others how to perform yajna. No human being is untouchable and no one is superior or inferior to another human being. We all are one. We all are sparks of Divine.
This is the message of Veda, this is my realization and this is my resolve. May Vedamata give us the power and the strength and the will and the determination to fulfill this pledge. For the first time in Kali Yuga, in this capital city of Odisha, the place of Lord Jagannath, the real place of Chaturveda, from here let a message go to the world that we all will work together and revive the glorious tradition of the Vedas and create the paradise that is mentioned in the Vedas. It is possible. It is inevitable. All glory to Vedamata. All glory to human aspiration. And all glory to the saints and seers and noble souls of all ages, all religions and all countries.
My humble salutations to you all. Let peace, progress and harmony be on Earth.