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Questions tagged [atheism]

Questions related to disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.

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Can realized advaitins be called atheists?

According to Gaudapada Karika on Mandukya Upanishad 2.32: न निरोधो न चोत्पत्तिर्न बद्धो न च साधकः । न मुमुक्षुर्न वै मुक्त इत्येषा परमार्थता ॥ ३२ ॥ na nirodho na cotpattirna baddho na ca ...
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What is the punishment for simply being an atheist and not committing blasphemy?

I want to know what punishment is given simply for being an atheist. I don't want to know how atheism is accepted, but rather what the scriptures hold against you, if you practice atheism and do not ...
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Who are “they” in BG 16.8? Atheists? Cārvākas? Vaiśeṣikas?

Are these Bhagavad-gītā verses referring to a particular sect of people or addressing all bad people in general? Is verse 16.8 implying that those who don't believe in a god have no moral compass? ...
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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Is hetuvāda now a derogatory term? In what context did Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata use the word?

The Monier Williams dictionary defines hetuvāda as: हेतु--वाद m. a statement of reasons or arguments, assigning a cause, disputation MBh. R. I see two sources next to the meaning: MBh. ...
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Can I as an atheist still be Hindu? [duplicate]

I am an atheist(not going in detail about that one), and I heard people say that "Hinduism accepts you no matter what". So that must mean I am a Hindu. Great. But here is the problem (other than being ...
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What are the astrological combinations in a horoscope that predict the subject will be atheistically inclined?

Here, by " Atheist" i mean a person who does not have faith in God or one who does not even believe in his existence. One who does not care for religious instructions, religious scriptures etc. My ...
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What are some atheist teachings and arguments in Hinduism?

Hinduism is a vast religion, and it has great philosophies of theism. Probably there might be some atheistic philosophies too. It would be a great amusement to see if this thought of Atheism was also ...
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Do any scriptures condemn atheism? [duplicate]

According to most scholars, atheism is a part of Hinduism. However, are there any verses in the Puranas or the Mahabharata that condemn atheism?
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion

I believe that Hinduism could be regarded as both Atheistic and Animistic / Pantheistic, depending on how one defines the word "God". From my article The Atheistic approach to God… or how to bridge ...
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Why did Brihaspati establish Charvaka or materialistic philosophical Sect?

Brihaspati is DevaGuru, the spiritual Guru of the Gods. More so, He is the planet of Spirituality​. Brihaspati is the God of all knowledge and intellect. So Brihaspati could bring the philosophical or ...
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Is 'Why is there suffering?' a valid question according to Advaita philosophy?

Richard Dawkins in this debate argues that, in science, asking a question such as 'Why we exist?' or 'Why is there suffering in this world?' are not meaningful questions in the same sense as 'Why do ...
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Looking to learn about Hinduism?

I'm an American and a Christian, and I don't know a lot about it but I think Hinduism just seems really beautiful and intriguing. I've heard of Hindu Atheists and one person told me it's more a way of ...
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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God or any theory related to god? Do any Vedas mention anything regarding this?
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

What does Bhagavad Gita make of persons who just go about doing their swadharma, fulfilling their duties (being a good child to parents, is a good spouse, a good parent, citizen etc.) but don't ...
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What does the Hindu religion think of apostasy?

I'm just wondering what Hindus think of apostasy. Do we discourage it? think low of it? is it a crime according to Vedas?
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Purva Mimansa and Vedanta commentaries on RV 10.129

RV 10.129 also known as Nasadiya Suktam is vedic hymn which explain's act of creation of the universe. What is Purva Mimansa Sutra commentary on this hymn specifically 10.129.7 which is used by ...
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Are the terms 'secular', 'agnostic', 'atheist' used in today's India?

Are the terms secular, agnostic, atheist applied by Indian people themselves to characterize existing attitudes in today's Indian Hindu society? Added: Due to comment of @Whirl Mind I restrict my ...
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Does god even exist? [closed]

I was born to Hindu parents, my father used to bring books on the universe and planets. After reading many books, knowing about evolution, the periodic extinction of species, apes and primary beings I'...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

I have recently read somewhere that atheism is the pillar of Hinduism. If Hindus don't believe in God then why do they worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kali etc.? Is atheism followed by all Hindus ...
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Have there ever been Hindu atheist/agnostic communities?

While there is a history of atheist/agnostic thought within the Hindu philosophical tradition, have there ever been actual communities of atheist/agnostic Hindus?