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What is the meaning of dharma? [duplicate]

What is the detailed meaning of dharma? What does it mean for dharma to be mentioned as a goal in purushartha?
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Bhagvatam and planet Earth [duplicate]

In the cosmological section of bhagvatam (canto 5 i think) is there a mention about, Earth being flat ? Earth centered system (geo-centric theory) ?
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Which Hindu god should be prayed to in order to get good health?

One of my neighbor is having health issues, which Hindu god should be worshiped for good health?
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Bhagvatam and planet moon

While reading quotes of Prabhupada (bhaktivedanta swami) I found that Moon is farther than the Sun and the planet/satellite is not Moon. 1975 Conversations and Morning Walks Yes. It is far, ...
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Can I read Bhagavata Purana? If yes, what are the procedures and rules to be followed?

I wanted to know if I can read Srimad Bhagavatam on a daily basis at home. Either in morning or in evening. If yes, what are the procedures to be followed while reading?
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Did Krishna ever talk beyond the four caste system?

In this question, I am assuming the meaning of words caste, Varna, class stands for same. Don't consider tribes as same as caste. Consider the following talks by Krishna in Mahabharata From Udyoga ...
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What are the benefits of chanting gayatri mantra?

What are the benefits of chanting gayatri mantra, either spiritual, material, mental or physical?
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What are the benefits of visiting temples? [duplicate]

What are the benefits, either spiritual or material, mental or physical?
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How do we clear our debts?

As stated in one of the answer here: There is a variation in the thread count of yajñopavītam. Bachelors wear a single thread, married men wear 2, and married men with children wear 3. Each thread ...
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Why did God made mind so hard to control?

In Bhagwat Geeta Lord Shri Krishna talks a lot about controlling your mind. Like this saying from Bhagavad Gita: “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who ...
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

In this video, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudeva says that Shri Rama performed 1 year penance in Himalayas for killing Ravana, who was a great devotee of lord Shiva. Is it true? If yes, then how did he do ...
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Who was Rishi Etesha and why was he racing with Surya?

I had earlier asked a question on Indra taking away a wheel from Surya's chariot and from the answer by Pushkar it turned out that he had done that to help his friend Rishi Etesha: There was ...
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What is the meaning of various honorific prefixes with “Sri”?

We see many gurus, babas, saints with honorific titles such as Sri Sri 108 Sri 1008 sri etc What does these prefixes indicate?
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Why Casteism is there in Hinduism? [duplicate]

If we the people are the actual reason for building our own castes then why do gods (krishna as kshatriya, parasurama as brahmana) take birth in particular castes?
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Do any biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mention Him to be the founder of the Durga Puja tradition in Odisha?

According to this Gaudiya Vaishnava site, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought the tradition of Durga Puja in Odisha: It is a misconception among many Gaudiya Vaishnavas that worship of Lord Shiva or ...
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Scriptural basis for Draupadi's decision of denying Karna

From the following excerpt of the Mahabharata, it is clear that Draupadi rejected Karna based on his tribe. "And (some amongst) those kings in exerting with swelling lips each according to his ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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Why Kumarila Bhatta sacrificed his life?

Kumarila Bhatta burnt his body in front of the whole villagers. What was the reason behind this act of his?
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If rituals are performed imperfectly, then do they have effect?

If rituals are performed imperfectly, maybe due to human error, or lack of detailed knowledge, do they still have effect? If possible give quotes from scriptures.
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Did Rama know that he was God? [duplicate]

In Valmiki Ramayana, did Rama know that he was God before brahma revealed it to him after the war? Please answer the question based on Valmiki Ramayana alone. Thanks. I have seen previous answers and ...
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What are the eleven senses of Lord Brahma

As per common knowledge, humans have five senses: Vision, Hearing, Touch, Smell, Taste. From the following excerpt Srimad Bhagavatham, we come to know that Lord Brahma has eleven senses. Are the ...
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Is the EXACT same creation repeated in every Kalpa? [duplicate]

It is said that Brahma creates the world from his past impression. Does that mean everything is repeated again? Will I be asking his same question again in the next Kalpa?
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Complete Stotra of Shiva [duplicate]

It looks like the below stotra or mantra is not complete. This stotra of Shiva is taken from Yajurveda. Can anyone provide details about where in Yajurveda, this stotra is mentioned and also the ...
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Physical presence of Krishna at multiple places at same time

The following slokas from Srimad Bhagavatam indirectly says that Krishna is present at multiple places at the same time SB 10.59.43: The Lord, performer of the inconceivable, constantly remained ...
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Sanskrit Names of Naivedyams [on hold]

I was searching for Sanskrit names of various naivedyams offered in our rituals (in all regions and traditions) like pulihora, chakra pongali, and various fruits and juices etc. Is there any book that ...
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As per Hindu scriptures does lord Śiva explicitly claim himself to be a deity that has to be worshiped?

Note: I have limited knowledge in these matters. But I am a curious person and go with reasoning. I want to know that in which all Hindu's divine/sacred scriptures lord Śiva has claimed or explicitly ...
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Age of sanatan dharma till today [duplicate]

What's the exact age of sanatan dharma ? And when it started. whats the date it started.?
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Nasta Moha in Bhagavad Gita

last time i was reading the bhagavad Gita, i found one word very curious that is nasta Moha . Nasta Moha in Bhagavad Gita? what is exact meaning of nasta Moha ? why lord krishna used ...
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What's difference between Rishi, Rajarishi, Maha Rishi, Brahma Rishi and Saptarishi? [duplicate]

I have heard a lot about those rishis. I know these are categories or may be level/rank of rishis. "Rishis" are bottom level and "Saptarishi" are top level. But what made them any of these? I mean, If ...
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Why have we celebrated Dussehra today instead of tomorrow?

Whatever I know for consideration of Tithi from Panchangam is whichever Tithi falls on the sunrise, that is considered for whole the day. For example, yesterday there was Ashtami on sunrise and ...
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Can Grahas be influenced willingly?

So based on how Sanjay Rath defines, a Graha is something that causes Grahana. Or in other words, they eclipse (Not in a necessarily negative way) the houses they sit on and force the Jataka to do ...
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Mandir Darshan while some distant relative died and visit a mandir and then do Aasthi Visarjan [closed]

1) Can I go for Mandir Darshan while some distant relative died 5 days back? 2) Can I visit Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Mandir and then do Aasthi Visarjan of my father (who had died one & half ...
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What is the source of Sat Chit Ananda Moola mantra?

|| Aum Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma Purushothama Paramatma Sri Bhagavati Sametha Sri Bhagavate Namaha || What's the source of this Mantra?
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Does Arjuna ever ask Krishna to prove Himself?

In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna (or any of the others) doesn't ask for Krishna a proof of His supremacy/divinity/Godliness. He just assumes Krishna to be divine and correct. Is there a dialogue (chapter ...
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Was Kumārila Bhaṭṭa the first to argue that the Vedas were apauruṣeya (authorless)?

Wikipedia says: 2. Every extant school held some scripture to be correct. To show that the Veda was the only correct scripture, Bhaṭṭa ingeniously said that "the absence of an author would ...
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Why was Shishupala born with three eyes and four arms?

From this answer by Keshav Srinivasan, Shishupala had three eyes and four arms. When Shishupala was born, he had three eyes and four arms, which terrified his parents, the king and queen of Chedi. ...
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how can I start Tantra sAdhnA? which all are the scriptures I need to study to have in-depth knowledge?

I am new here and have many questions. I am interested in Tantric sAdhnA and first I need to study the Tantric scriptures in details. I have studied yogA-VedAnta and Buddhism in detail also mahAmUdrA ...
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Which schools of Indian philosophy consider the Vedas to be apauruṣeya (authorless) and which don't?

Are Vedānta and Mīmāṃsā the only schools that believe the Vedas to be apauruṣeya? Are there any other schools? And those that didn't believe this, did they agree with each other on the human ...
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Are there any restrictions on consumption of alcohol on special occasions [duplicate]

Are there any restrictions on consumption of alcohol on special occasions? please give the references from the sacred texts.
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is there any relation between Sperm and Human Soul? [duplicate]

I am curious to understand the relation between Sperm and Soul, is there any relation between human birth,soul and sperm? If there is no relation when Soul enters in human body during pregnancy?
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about some rituals

Are all the poojas done to god? Are there any poojas done seeking the help of evil spirits for any favour? I have heard of 'sathru samhara pooja.' Is doing 'koodothram' against hindu tradition?
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Does the fragmental Atman travels?

Shankara in one of his verses gives the definition of jiva -""When the omnipresent Atman is limited or embodied by the mind,ego of subtle body, it is called jiva"". I think what he means is, once the ...
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Which is correct Vishnu saharsranama or Shiva sahasranama? [closed]

In Vishnu Shahasranama Yudistira asks Bhishma and he gets answers about Vishnu being supreme God but in Shiva Sahasranama it is stated that same Yudistira gets answers from Bhishma that Shiva is the ...
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What was the Self-enlightenment which was got by Nachiketa?

When Nachiketa had gone into the Yamaloka at that time he got the self-enlightenment. How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj? Here, I got some point about Self-enlightenment. But, ...
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Is there a curse associated with misuse of Tantra?

I have heard that Tantra has a curse associated with it; that any misuse will lead to Naraka. rauravaM cha pade pade "In every step you take a very great hell by the name raurava awaits the ...
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What is the story of Rishi Shakti?

Shakti is the father of Parashara and son of Vashishtha. Vashistha is well-known sage, Guru of Sri Rama, seer (द्रष्टा) of Vedic hymns and is among one of Shaptarshi. Parasara is also well-known sage ...
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References to Zoroastrianism in Hindu scripture?

Are there any references to Zoroastrianism in Hindu scripture? The reason I ask is because Zoroastrianism might have come from Hinduism.
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What is the Purāṇa Saṃhitā? Is there an English translation of it?

What exactly is the Purāṇa Saṃhitā? Some say it was created by Vyāsa as a blueprint for all Purāṇas that came later. Do any Purāṇas discuss what's it about? Do the terms Purāṇa Saṃhitā ...

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