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Is all of Vedas (Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad) supposed to be completely infallible (errorless), authorless and eternal?

I have heard of the concept of Apaurasheya, being authorless, and that all of the six astika Darsanas considered Vedas either infallible or eternal or authorless. My question is, does that apply to ...
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What is 'ḍukr̥ṅkaraṇ'?

In the Moha Mudgara stotra by Shankaracharya, the sage advices an old man practising the rules of Paninian grammar in the streets of Varanasi to let go of all this, and worship Krishna. His advice is ...
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Why does shreemat bhagvatam padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram

In shreemat bhagvat mahapurana padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram why does these puran said this because vyas appear in treatayuga
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Procedure of panchayatana puja

Ik of the stones used and the placement according to ur ishta and that dwijas can use vedic suktas but what is the procedure for non dwijas? Should they use stotras/other mantras? And what is the ...
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Is Hamsa Yogi's Bhagavad Gita commentary really older than Adi Shankara?

In the Shakti Ank Of The Kalyan magazine of Gita Press, I came across the Claim that there's a commentary on Bhagavad Gita by a 'Hamsa Yogi' which is Older than Adi Shankara. This came as perplexing ...
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Do deities such as Rama, Krishna , Shiva etc exist in Advaita Vedanta?

I see that a lot of followers of Advaita Vedanta say that praying doesn't make sense since 'I' myself am Brahman. But the Swami they often refer to, Swami Tatmananda (Arsha Bodha) says otherwise. He ...
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What do Adi Shankara thinks about Bhagavad Gita?

I would like to know what do adi shankar thinks about Gita in general. About its philosophy, depth and loftiness Thanks
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Where can I find Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram?

I'm searching for Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram, probably written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Does any one have it?? Please provide a link to it.
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Aadi Jagadguru Shankaracharya: where is this shloka from ? - parasyeva brahmaṇaḥ praveśa śravaṇā tādātmyo upadeśā ca

Hi Trying to identify from where this shloka is: parasyeva brahmaṇaḥ praveśa śravaṇā tādātmyo upadeśā ca परस्येव ब्रह्मणः प्रवेश श्रवणा तादात्मयो उपदेशा च अरस्येव (arasyeva): Like the sap, as in the ...
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Brahm sutra number for pashvādabhis cha vīśekā

I am trying to identify the brahmsutra chapter and verse number for this verse pashvādabhis cha vīśekā पश्वादभिस च विशेका I came across this sloka in a lecture so might not have converted into text ...
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On a clarification regarding shankara bhashya gambirya nirnaya

so I was reading the introduction by radhakrishnan sir on advaitha dipika by pandith ananth krishna Shastri in that he(radhakrishna sir ) mentions that there is a work called shankara bhasya gambirya ...
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What did Adi Shankara say on idol worship?

Being a proponent of Advaita i wonder What did Adi Shankara say on idol worship ?
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What were Adi Shankara's views on Vedic Samhitas?

Some books keep mentioning that Karma Kanda is 'inferior' to Jnana Kanda. Well, Samhita in Vedas refers to ritual part. So did Adi Shankaracharya denounce Samhitas? Is there any explicit reference? Or ...
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What Adi Shankaracharya said on scriptures being contradictory with reality?

Can you tell me Adi Shankaracharya view on Scriptures being Contradictary with Reality?
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Authenticity of Jagannath Ashtakam being a composition of Adi Shankaracharya

As we know a lot of devotional hymns are misattributed to Shankaracharya with Jagannath Ashtakam being one of them. Some hymns are verified by the commentaries on them, some by the writing style and ...
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How do Advaitans refute the claim that their philosophy is wrong against Padma Purana

This is according to Padma Purana 6.236.7 which reads: Mayavada or Advaita philosophy is an impious, wicked belief and against all the conclusions of the Vedas. It is only covered Buddhism. My dear ...
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How does Adi Shankara refute the idea of dualism between Brahman and the Atman?

How does Adi Shankara refute the idea of the Atman and Brahman being separate? Does he use the Upanishads for proof or does he use logic/reasoning to prove the identity of the Atman and Brahman being ...
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Does Shri Adi Shankaracharya's Advaita say that all Jeevis get liberated at the end of the kalpa?

I came across this website which claimed, At the end of the kalpas, Lord Parameshwara, unites all those souls with the Nirguna ParaBhrahman. Is this true? Does authentic orthodox view of Shri Adi ...
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Position of Devatas in Panchayatana Pooja

The Narada Purana III.65.44-50 states:- "44-50.When he worships Visnu in the middle, he shall worship Vinayaka,Ravi(Sun) Siva and Sivaa outside them. When he worships Sankara in the middle, he ...
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Questions on Vedanta Philosophy

Advaita Vedanta does talk about one reality (Brahman) becomes many in the form of universe. Is there any explanation on why does one indivisible brahman becomes many? If one appearing as many is just ...
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Brihd Upanishad 3.9.4 says “Purusha Prana” not Organs (Karma-indriya). The same Upanishad is clear in using the term indriya in 6.4.5?

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.9.4 says “Purusha Prana” not Organs (Karma-indriya). The same Upanishad is very clear in using the term indriya in 6.4.5. There are 5 primary pranas & 5 Upa-pranas, ...
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Which book of Dr. Rangacharya throws light upon Shankara Vedanta?

The following lines are from a book of Dr. Rangacharya: "That the aim of Shankaracharya was to try to evolve what he himself took to be the teachings of the Upanishads out of the Vedanta Sutras ...
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Did Advaitins like Shridhara Swami and Swami Amalananda go against Adi Shankara's Brahma Sutra Bhashya regarding Pancharatra Agams?

Shri Adi Shankaracharya, famously in the Brahma Sutra Bhashya CHAPTER TWO: AVIRODHA ADHYAYA Section 2: Utpattyasambhavadhikaranam: Topic 8 (Sutras 42-45) clearly says On account of the impossibility ...
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Does Brahman in Shankara Advaita Vedanta know, perceive and act?

In Kena Upanishad we see it is Atman that does all the action, it is the one who forces the mind to think, eyes to see, ears to listen, and so on. केनेषितं पतति प्रेषितं मनः। केन प्राणः प्रथमः प्रैति ...
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What is the difference between Ganapadigal and Deekshathirs?

Can someone tell me the difference between Ganapadigal and Deekshithirs? Both are smarthas, right? What is the difference between the two sects?
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Which is the fastest way to increase your intelligence as mentioned in scriptures?

I'd there any methods mentioned in scriptures to increase intelligence
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Parakaya Pravesh Technical Question Decomposition

When AdiShankar & Tirumular did parkaya-pravesh, they would leave their old body for quite some time. Same with Matsyendra & Gorakhnath, of the Nath Sampradaya. Adi-Shankar left his body in a ...
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Advaita (Adi Shankara) School : Word to word meaning (bhashya) of Upanishads

I asked this question in Quora too but could not get any answers. I hope someone could help me. I love to read Upanishads bhashya translated as per Advaita School. I am looking for bhashyam where it ...
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How can there be waves in Brahman? Is Brahman like a three dimensional ocean?

Swami Vivekananda says this, Suppose there is a wave in the ocean. The wave is distinct from the ocean only in its form and name, and this form and this name cannot have any separate existence from ...
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Are there resources that categorize verses from Prasthanatrayi, mainly Upanishads, for the study of Advaita Vedanta?

I'm looking for sources that have compiled verses from Upanishads or Prakarana Grantha based on a broad outline of Advaita Vedanta. For instance, verses related to - Brahman, Maya, Ishvara, Avastha-...
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Do Humans achieve the state of Moksha or Turiya in deep sleep (Sushupti) according the Prasthana Traya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya?

There is a debate going on between the followers of school Shri Satchidanandendra Saraswati and Bhamati Vivarana schools of Advaita. Whether humans temporarily achieve the state if Moksha during sleep ...
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What is the chronological order of Adi Shankaracharya's compositions?

It is said that Adi Shankara was 8 years old when he first recited Nirvana Shatakam, I'd like to know the sequence for his other works.
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What exactly is Moola Avidya? Is it found in Adi Shankaracharya's Prasthana Traya Bhashya?

Shree Satchdanandendra Saraswati Swamiji claims that Moola Avidya is an add on concept which was later inserted into Advaita by Bhamati and Panchapadika Vivarana school. He says it is not found in the ...
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Did Pre-Shankara scholars of other darshanas consider Vedanta to be Advaita only?

Shri Sacchidananda Sarawati in his Introduction to the Brahma Sutra Bhashya Kannada translation, Part 1, page 14, which says, Translation As in Vedanta other Darshanas are taken up for refuting them,...
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Piercing Knots Ay?

Granthi is a Sanskrit Name for a Knot. In all Chakra meditation, Kundalini related books, one can find this 'neural knots' mentioned in the path of an ascent of a yogi. The 7 chakras & the ...
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What verse of Bhagavat Gita, according to scholars explicitly favour Advaitic interpretation?

Everyone knows that the Bhagavat Gita has been interpreted according to various Vedantic schools of Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita and Advaita etc. There are some verses which are explicitly dualisitc which ...
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Adi Shankaracharya as the author of Vajrasuchika Upanishad

There is an Upanishad named Vajra-sūcika, which contains details about the nature of Brahmin Varna. It discusses the qualities of a Brahmin. I came to know about the existence of this Upanishad ...
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What are the important shastrath debates in ancient india?

I have heard of only one debate which was between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandana Mishra. Can you list some important debates other than the aforementioned one? Are there any scriptures/books which ...
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Is Advaita refuted by Brahma Sutras?

Adi Shankaracharya taught: If the universe be true, let it then be perceived in the state of deep sleep also. As it is not at all perceived, it must be unreal and false, like dreams. Vivekachudamani ...
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How to prove that Brahman is eternal using Tarka alone?

Was Adi Shankaracharya (or later Advaitists) able to logically prove (i.e., by using tarka) that Brahman is eternal? I would like to see the logical argument without using shabda pramana.
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How is Brahman Anantam?

Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahman (Taittariya Upanishad 2.1.1) Anantam means end less, which means you must be able to traverse it. As Brahman has no attributes an is devoid of differences how is it ...
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How is the Advaita Brahman a controller?

In Aparokshanubhuti 18th shoka it says But how can the Brahman be the controller as it is akartha(non doer) and cannot influence maya at all?
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How can Dvaita explain splitting up of soul?

I was researching Dvaita vs Advaita and came across this really interesting question. According to Dvaita, a person can split his soul and take multiple bodies and dissolve karma. But how is this ...
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न तस्य कार्यं? Isn't Ishwara Nimitta Karana?

It says here that Shri Adi Shankaracharya says this in his Brahma Sutra Bhashya. Now this Saguna Brahman is he with a particular form as per Shankara, let us look at what he says “मन्त्रौ चेमावी...
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What is the form of Ishwara according to Advaita? [duplicate]

NOTE: I'm not asking about Brahman which is attribute less. I'm asking about Saguna Brahman or Ishwara according to the orthodox Advaita Vedanta of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Here this blog says ...
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Where and by who has the Narayana Upanishad been Quoted?

From what I have heard so far, it is said that the Narayana Upanishad (not to be confused with the Mahanarayana Upanishad of Taittiriya Aranyaka) has been quoted by Shripaada Adi Shankaracharya and ...
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What is the source of Shri Adi Shankaracharya saying "ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः" or "Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha"?

In some religious discourse given by Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, I heard him say that Shri Adi Shankaracharya had said ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha What is the source of it?
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If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists?

If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists? And if it does exist, then isn't "existence" one of its attributes (guna)? Then how can we say Brahman is ...
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Synonymous word in hindi or kannada language [closed]

In vedanta an upadhi is a limiting adjunct. Here is my doubt. What is the translation word for limiting adjunct in hindi or kannada language. Because I nowhere find the translation word for limiting ...
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Can someone please provide the meaning of the Hari Sankara Stotram by Adi Sankara from MAdhaviya Sankara Digvijayam?

I'm looking for Hari Sankara Stotram By Adi Sankara and a breakdown of the words in the stotram, along with the meaning of the verses.
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