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Top new questions this week:

How can consciousness and or Brahman be attached to maya?

I am confused by the whole mechanism of enlightenment or self realization. If one's self is actually the universal self or brahman which is beyond maya how can it get attached to it?

brahman maya consciousness  
asked by Ezio 7 votes
answered by TheLittleNaruto 4 votes

How can killing a Human being and killing an Animal be on the same level?

Why does Manu Smriti say that by killing certain Animals one should perform the same penance that must be done for killing a Sudra? Manu 11.131 - Having killed a cat, an ichneumon, a blue jay, a frog,...

animals smriti manu-smriti shudra prayaschitta  
asked by Sethu Srivatsa Koduru 7 votes
answered by Ikshvaku 3 votes

How does Kashmiri Shaivism explain the origin of bondage of souls?

I was having a conversation with a follower of Kashmiri Shaivism mainly Prathyabhijna System. He remarked that Kashmiri Shaivism explains the origin of bondage of souls better than Advaita Vedanta or ...

vedanta advaita vishishtadvaita dvaita kashmiri-shaivism  
asked by Mr Green Gold 5 votes
answered by GIRIBLR 4 votes

What is the explanation for Devi bhagavatam 4:20:36?

What is the explanation and commentary (if any) that Sri Nilakantha Dikshita has provided for Devi Bhagavatam 4:20:36-37? Is the translation for the same available? [Devi bhagavatam 4:20:36-37] : O ...

shiva-lingam devi-bhagavata-purana commentary  
asked by Pasham Vishnu Vardhan Goud 5 votes

Is it possible to cure diseases by accumulating good karma?

Everything that happens to us is due to good or bad karma. If we hurt people we will get bad karma and we might suffer due to it. So if someone got a disease(for example cancer) she might have done ...

karma health  
asked by Dark Knight 5 votes

Is there any relationship between fasting and karma?

I am eager to know and understand whether or not there is any sort of relationship between fasting(either food or water) and karma? Does any scripture clearly states that fasting helps in eliminating/...

scripture karma fasting  
asked by Just_Do_It 5 votes
answered by Rickross 2 votes

Should vrat be continued if it is interrupted by ashouch/sutak?

Let's say someone was doing vrat for the whole duration of Navratri. Then there is a a death in the family during this period. Should the person continue the fast or not? Is there a proper method ...

death fasting vrata navrathri  
asked by baba 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Name all the hundred Kauravas in Mahabharata

Name all the one hundred Kauravas (Dhritarashtra's sons) who were born in pots.

mahabharata kauravas  
asked by Bharatkmr 6 votes
answered by Keshav Srinivasan 18 votes

Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

mahabharata rituals practice cows sraddha  
asked by user31782 7 votes
answered by Keshav Srinivasan 7 votes

Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

What were the reason(s) behind the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu? I think the Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata narrates this incident. The story goes like this: Mahadev makes Goddess ...

shiva vishnu avatars harivamsa  
asked by Kiran RS 21 votes
answered by Keshav Srinivasan 24 votes

Why are the black colored clothes avoided when visiting temple?

Why is that black color clothes are avoided or not allowed to wear in some temples? They are also avoided when Hindus celebrate festivals like Diwali, Navratri etc, generally on auspicious days I ...

worship temple color  
asked by Mr. Alien 5 votes
answered by user3459110 5 votes

What is Nanda Vrata?

I heard about this Vrata, known as Nanda Vrata, kept for Lord Shiva, and is considered as the toughest of the Vratas kept for Lord Shiva. It is said that the Vrata helps oneself to destroy, Mai (...

shiva vrata  
asked by Mr. K 11 votes
answered by Triyugi Narayan Mani 4 votes

Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...

vedas scripture history  
asked by Questioner 13 votes
answered by Keshav Srinivasan 9 votes

Why does Lalitha Devi sit on Shiva?

Is Shiva really the āsana for Lalitha Devi? How to understand this? Who is her consort? If Shiva is her consort, why did she make him an āsana? Also, what is pancha bramha āsana's significance? Who ...

shiva shakti brahmanda-purana lalita  
asked by pbvamsi 14 votes
answered by Dee 14 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Which of the Dasha Mahavidyas are associated with each day of Navrathri?

In what order do the Dasha Mahavidyas correspond to each day of Navrathri?

dasha-mahavidya navrathri  
asked by chhatra 1 vote

Prophecies in Durga Saptashati

There are various prophecies made Mother Durga in 11 chapter of Durga Saptashati (also known as Devi Mahatmya or Chandi path) present in Markandeya Purana. These prophecies are made by Devi after ...

durga markandeya-purana durga-saptasati  
asked by RishX 1 vote

What is the significance of smearing of Kumkuma on the chest by women in the scriptures?

Srimad Bhagavatam, while describing the consorts of Lord Krishna, such as Srimati Rukmini and others, and the close associates of Lord Krishna such as the gopikas and the women in Mathura, frequently ...

mahabharata bhagavata-purana women tradition customs  
asked by Surya 2 votes
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