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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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Vedanta and prayer

Is praying, and asking a God for things, useful/beneficial in advaita védanta? Since Isvara is considered to be only conceptually true, and ultimately non-existent, can he really be helpful?
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Truth in Advaita

To which theory of truth does the advaita vedanta relate? The correspondance theory, the coherence theory, or another one? If truth, in Adi Shankara's comprehension, is understood as the ...
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Which is right varna based on birth or varna based on Guna and karma?

Which is right varna is based on birth or varna is based On guna and karma ? In view of advaita followers The kamakoti peetham tell that varNa is by guNa but guNa is by birth But vaishanvas tells that ...
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Did Kumarila Bhatta and Shankaracharya persecute the Buddhists?

In the description of this question, the questioner gives proof from Biographies of Shankaracharya and Kumarila Bhatta that Buddhists including women and children were killed. Is this true?? Do Vedas/...
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Where can I find the audio of Hari Sankara stotra by Adi shankaracharya?

I'm looking for the audio pronunciation of Hari Sankara Stotra .
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Why does the Universe exist?

If I am Brahman as Shankara states: I am other than name, form and action. My nature is ever free! I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman. I am pure Awareness, always non-dual. — Adi ...
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Do migrated brahmin person children will Become brahmin or non-brahmin?

Do migrated brahmin person children will Become brahmin or non-brahmin ? For example Vishwamitra became kashriya but vishwamitra children became brahmin Do shudra came brahmin when that shudra ...
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Does Shankaracharya of Puri consider that Varna is based on birth? Is this consistent with teachings of Adi Shankara?

I found this YouTube video (with English subtitles) of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, the current Shankaracharya of Puri, but don't quite understand what he's trying to convey. Can someone summarize ...
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Cognitions cannot be self luminous?

https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/115370/12/12_chapter%204.pdf Page 126 says that Shankara refuted the vijnanavada view that cognitions are self luminous.where does he do this in his ...
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Did Shankaracharya mention Saraswati as Para Brahman?

Did Adi Shankaracharya (directly) mention anywhere in his writings, Saraswati as Para-Brahman?
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Where does Shankaracharya cite the Narayana Upanishad in his Vishnu Sahasranama Bhashya?

The Narayana Upanishad (different from the Mahanarayana Upanishad), declares Narayana (Vishnu) to be the creator of Shiva and Brahma: NarayanAt brahmA jAyate NarayanAt rudro jAyate This Upanishad ...
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When Devi Bhagavatam says Gods as doers of karma and that they are sinners, how they can remove my sin?

According to the following chapters of Devi Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu and lord Rudra are doers of karma and thus sinners. • Devi bhagavatam: 4 book: 2 chapter: 8-9 • Devi bhagavatam: 6 ...
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Can anyone identify as to the scripture in which Sri Sankara stated sloka?

The following is from Letters from Sri Ramanasramam. Sri Ramana Maharshi quoted therein a sloka from Sri Adi Sankara. Can anyone identify as to the scripture in which Sri Sankara stated so?
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What are some arguments given by Adi Shankaracharya against Buddhism?

What are some arguments given by Adi Shankaracharya against Buddhist monks? I'm interested in the core of the arguments he used against Buddhists. Is there any advantage to Advaita against Buddhism ...
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Where are the tatastha lakshana and svarupa lakshana defined?

Which scripture defines tatastha lakshana and svarupa lakshana and where these terms are mentioned by Shankaracharya?
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Please try to help us all to ‘see more clearly now’ the great teaching of Advaita Vedanta - ‘Sat cit ananda’ [duplicate]

‘Sat cit ananda’ meaning, as translated by Warwick Jessup, in his book translating a Shankara teaching 'The Eternal Way' is ‘being-consciousness-bliss’. Jessup is a life-long student of Sanskrit and ...
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Where i get pdf of Madhaviya Shankara Digvijayam slokas [duplicate]

Where i can find pdf of Madhaviya Shankara Digvijayam slokas with Hindi/English translation
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What subcommentaries on Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhagavad Gita Bhashya are available online in English?

The oldest surviving commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhagavad Gita Bhashya. Now the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya’s Bhagavad Gita Bhashya has ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya establish Akharas in addition to mathas?

Quite a few websites have popped up that claim Akharas were set up by Adi Shankaracharya. Some sites have even claimed that the Naga Sadhu order was organized into a mitary order by Adi Shankaracharya ...
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Which Sri Vidya Guru Parampara does Adi Shankaracharya fall in?

Adi Shankaracharya aside from being a Vedantin scholar is also described by many to have been a Sri Vidya Upasaka. The Soundarya Lahari, a principle Sri Vidya text, is often attributed to Him. In ...
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Did Shankaracharya refer to Buddhism's Suññatā? [duplicate]

Namaste, I am interested to learn what was Shankaracharya's view on Buddhists' Suññatā. Is there any documented reference of Him on that ? J.P
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Is it true that Adi SankarAcharaya cursed Hindus of Kerala?

I read somewhere that Adi SankarAcharya cursed Keralite Hindus. Basically, the post claimed that dwindling numbers of Hindus in Kerala is due to Adi Sankara's curse to Kerala that the people there ...
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Can anyone please give pdf link for Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya in Kannada?

Is there any online link available with Shri Adi Shankaracharya's Brahma Sutra Bhashya in Kannada?
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Reference for Shankaracharya quote?

Does anyone have original reference and source for this quote? "Shrutis are authorities only in the matter of things we cannot decide by our instruments. They tell us what is beyond knowledge, not ...
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Fire and water in the process of creation

The process of creation is accepted as: Akash → Vayu → Agni → Water → Earth This is said by Sri Shankaracharya in the BU (Brihadaranyak Upanishad) 1.2.1 commentary: As he was worshipping, water, an ...
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Are advaitha peetadhipathis necessarily jivan mukthas?

Is it mandatory that the Peetadhipathi of Advaitha Peetas has to be liberated?
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What Ayurvedic texts describe shadows as sweet or cold?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Motivation of Adi Shankara in his own words

As is well known, the Adi Shankara had extensively toured to spread Hinduism in India. Right from the start what actually was his motivation to undertake his (seemingly self inspired) life mission ...
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Do rituals require faith to be successful?

According to Adi Shankaracharya, Vedas consist of three parts- Karma kand (rituals like yajna, nitya karma etc.) Upasana kand (praying to devas etc.) Bramha vidya (denunciation of world, sameness of ...
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Do Vedas/Smritis sanction genocide of non-believers (buddhists etc)?

Among the most famous hagiographies of Adi Shankara is the Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya. This work has significant importance in advaita tradition. https://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/sankara-vijayam....

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