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What exactly is the concept of Manonasha in Advaita?

What is the meaning and concept of Manonasha according to Advaita. It seems to imply destruction of the mind and sookshma shareera, as sookshma shareera is made of mind. Please answer with citations ...
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What is significance of cloth being tied to tree in this Sri. Shanskaracharya movie

I come across a scene at 29.13 second in the below movie on Shree Shankaracharya where he tied a cloth to tree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b6InzqxrrQ What is significance of this cloth?
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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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could someone provide solution to exorcism of human to human possession? remove astral attachment of another human being?

if astral travel is possible and then human soul can enter another living human..is there any way to remove that astral body of another living human being which has entered you? hope i have simplified ...
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Did any shakaracharya debate with adharmic religions?

Did any Shankaracharya debate with adharmic (like Islam,Christianity) religions.
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)?

What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)? Did he believe that Samhita are equal to upanishad and are authoritative and eternal? And should/can one follow the ...
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What were the views of adi shankara on beef eating?

What were the views of Adi Shankara on beef eating? Did he allow it or did he prohibit it?
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Was Adi Shankara Really aware that plants & trees are as much alive as any other living beings?

I've heard that Adi shankara believed that 'immovable (apparently inanimate) objects (like the tree) are endowed with sentience'. Evidently, Adi Shankara viewed 'the tree' as an object like the '...
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What was adi shankaracharya's views on Buddhism?

How did adi shankara view Buddhists. Did he consider them to be on right path or did he consider them to be on wrong path. Did he believe that, if so one follows buddhist philosophy (alone) will ...
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What is the Vedic view of the sattvik food?

Vivekananda claimed that food (such as the flesh of animals) obtained ' by taking the life of another ' is impure ' by its very nature '(Swami Vivekananda’s Quotes On Food). In the light of this view, ...
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on the Dharma Shastras?

Did Adi Shankaracharya follow any of the Dharma Shastras like Manu Smriti. And did he ask his followers (people who believe in Advaita Philosophy) to follow the Dharma Shastras? Or did he reject ...
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Did Adi Shankara logically prove the existence of heaven?

We know that Adi Shankara believed in heaven, but did Adi Shankara prove the existence of heaven with logic, like he proved the existence of Brahman and reincarnation? Also, did he use the concept of ...
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Is Adi Shankaracharya's commentary (some parts) Arthavāda?

Is adi shankaracharya's commentary(some parts) ARTHAVĀDA? For example : The ignorant following the diverse ways of ignorance, flatter themselves that their objects have been accomplished. As these ...
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Was adi shankara the first one to believe in advaita philosophy?

Did any one before adi shankara believe that only Brahman exist and the world is an illusion. Or adi shankara was the first one to bring this doctrine of non dualism.
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What does the Vedic term ' MAYA ' truly mean? [duplicate]

I've heard that by the Vedic doctrine of MAYA, everything that we see around is an illusion. Thus, by this doctrine, the sun, the moon, the billions of stars in the night sky as well as mountains, ...
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Acceptance of Mahavakyas in Shankara's time

The Vakyas 2 & 4 of four MahaVakyas clearly identify the Self with Brahman... as a Vedic tradition. Non-duality had always been a well established fact of Sanatana Dharma... right? Then why did ...
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Where can I read about the debates of adi shankara and charvakas?

Adi Shankara was a great philosopher. He debated many people. He might also have debated charvakas. So where can I find it.
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Did adi shankara refuted Mimamsa's claim on Brahman's Omniscience?

Did adi shankara debated with mimamsa scholar are refuted them on Brahman Omniscience. Because mimamsa doesn't believe in Brahman or if they believe they do not believe Brahman alone exist or he is ...
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Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful and omnipotent?

Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful or omnipotent?
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Did Adi Shankaracharya make an argument for a perfect God (Brahman) against Buddhist and atheist school?

Did Adi Shankaracharya give any argument to prove the existence of a perfect God (Brahman) against Buddhist and other atheist schools. I am not asking argument for Monism, or about only God exists, ...
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Scriptual references for Adi Shankaracharya and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj being Lord Shiva's avatars

I have read about Adi Shankaracharya being incarnation of Lord Shiva, similarly in many articles, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is shown as a Avatar of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the scriptural ...
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Reference from Shankaracharya's Prasnatraya for Panchayatna Puja?

Can anyone quote Shankaracharya's Bhasya in Prasnatraya to prove Non Duality between 5 Devas(Vishnu Shiva Devi Ganesha Surya) or Panchayatna Puja? Note : I am aware of quote in Mahabharata but I want ...
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Why is Veda Vyasa Siddhanta different from Vedanta Siddhanta in Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha?

I recently came across the book called Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha which is claimed to be written by Shankaracharya. Was this book written by Adi Shankaracharya? And, in the contents, Veda Vyasa ...
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Which Vedic ashrama is compulsory for all Sanatanis?

We know of four Vedic ashramas: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha & Sannyasa. Of these, only the 2nd one (Grihastha) seems to be meant for all varnas. The first, the third, and the fourth ones ...
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Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? [duplicate]

Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? If not why did he rejected the Puranas because they are also divine in origin?
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How is Adi Shankaracharya's Philosophy is it called Mayavadi Philosophy as called by many?

The Vaishnavas call the philosophy proposed by Adi Shankaracharya to be Mayavadi. On what basis is that said and is it correct if not why?
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Are there sources other than this Mahabharata verse where Shri Veda Vyas is told to be reincarnation of Sage Apantaratamas?

In Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Shankaracharya, while writing Bhashya for 3.3.32 Acharya says apAntaratamo nAma muniH kali-dvApara-sandhau vyAsatvena sambabhUva A sage named 'apAntaratamas' ...
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Do Adi shankaracharya mentioned Nalayira Divya Prabandam?

Do Adi shankaracharya mentioned Nalayira Divya Prabandam in this commentaries and his scriptures
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What argument did adi shankara made to prove Vedas are not authored by humans? [duplicate]

Advita Vedanta believes that vedas are authorless and not authored by any human. So what are the arguments of Adi Shankara to prove Vedas are authorless.
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Did Madhusudhana Saraswathi, in his Advaitha Siddhi depart and deviate from the opinions of Adi Shankaracharya regarding Advaita philosophy?

BNK Sharma, a well known scholar and author belonging to Dwaita school of Vedanta has written this in his book Advaita Siddhi vs Nyayamrita, an up to date appraisal. Here's the excerpt Is this true? ...
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How do our Past life desires and thoughts influence our nature in present life?

Shankaracharya in his Gita Bhasya 18.41 says " Karma is action arising from and fashioned by past thoughts and desires. The Gunas cannot manifest themselves without a cause. Nature is the ...
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Is panchayatan puja mentioned in bhagavatam?

Do bhagavatam mention punchayatan puja. And do bhagavatam says all five Gods(devatās) are equal?
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How is Nirguna Brahman Nirguna if he is Sachidananda?

We know that Nirguna Brahman is Sat, Chit and Ananda. Are not Sat, Chit and Anandas themselves gunas? As they are qualities. Reference, Tattva Bodha of Shri Shankaracharya.
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Does Puri Sankaracharya or other teachers say what aspects of the British Raj were divine and based on Manusmriti?

Hindi video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9eI-hC7Aqs around 8:05 Their (British) rule had its glaring negativities thanks to their mental devilry, but whatever trace of divinity it had was due to ...
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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13, last shloka

In this talk about different sampradayas, Shankaracharya Nischalananda says Adi Sankara and Madhwa agree on their interpretation of the last shloka of chapter 13 of the Bhagavad Gita. He also says ...
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Panchayata puja in vaishava puranas?

Do Vishnu Purana (or) bhagavatam tells about panchayata puja About five god worship which is given by adivata and Adi shankaracharya Padma purana tells about five god worship like that Vishnu Purana ...
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Do gita mentioned qualities of godhead?

Did bhagavad gita mentioned about qualities of godhead lord Krishna { do shankaracharya mentioned qualities of godhead in gita bhashya}
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Sex as Yagna by Adi Shankaracharya

Sex is an activity involving multiple benefits. In India, according to scriptures, the primary purpose of marriage is to have progeny and then the other uses are gaining sexual pleasure, the ...
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Which is the best translation for Shankracharya and Ramajuncharya commentary on Upnishads? [closed]

Which is the best translation for Shankracharya and Ramajuncharya commentary on Upnishads? I would prefer both hindi or English though I would prefer hindi more .
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How does Upadhi create Bheda in Abheda Brahman according to Advaita?

TLDR: It's easy to explain confusing a rope to be a snake. But how is spatial dimension imagined? Does Brahman have spatial dimension. If yes how is that not Bheda? If no, then how is spatial ...
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Does Shankara's Advaita Vedanta really assume the world to be an illusion?

In popular media and layman books, it is assumed that Vedanta states that the world is an illusion and Brahman alone is the reality. However, I think this position has been made popular by the British ...
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Do Advaitin's claim Brahman or Atman is Svaprakasha?

While I discuss Shri Madhwacharya's Mayavada Khandanam in this question, his entrie argument against Advaita seems to rest on the fact that Advaitins claim that Brahman or Atman is Svaprakasha (Self ...
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Which commentary of the Bhagavata Gita is the best? [closed]

Sridhara Swami, Adi Shankara & Madhusudana Sarasvati- these 3 stalwarts of Advaita philosophy have composed their respective commentaries on the Bhagavata Gita but neither of them can be ...
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Do advaita follower believe krishna Chaitanya Prabhu as Krishna avatar?

Do advaita followers believe lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as avatar of Lord Krishna When lord chaitanya mahaprabhu belongs to dvaita When lord chaitanya is Krishna avatar then advaita is true
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Advaita on other acharyas?

Do advaita believe that ramanujacharya is avatar of Adi sesha And madhavcharya is avatar of vayu And Krishna chaitanya is avatar of Krishna Any reference that Adi shankara charya obey that dvaita , ...
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What Advaita tells about Mlechha, Caste system, Varna Sanskara?

What Advaita tells about Mleccha can change religion to Hinduism? (Yes means which varna they will come. No means explanation of why they should not change religion) Please answer this question ...
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Reference form kalika Purana

Puri Shankara charya told that mayavadi means kapalika in YouTube video It is true means I want reference that kapalikas are mayavadi in kalika Purana
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Story of Adi Shankaracharya as per Siva Rahasyam

What is the life story of Adi Shankara Charya as per Siva Rahasyam
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Nirodhah and Asamsayam mahābhāo meanings in Dhyānayogo shl. 35 [closed]

Ch. Dhyānayogo , translated with "Il vero Yoga", = The True Yoga. Chapter number 6 for my edition. श्रीभगवानुवाच | असंशयं महाबाहो मनो दुर्निग्रहं चलम् | अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च ...
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Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha vs Sarva-Siddhanta-Sangraha?

What is the difference between the following 2 works? Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha Sarva Darshana Samgraha Is the SDS (by Madhvacharya) a detailed summary of the SSS (by Sankaracharya)? (The chapter ...

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