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Atma or Atman means our soul (Jivatma) or the supreme soul (Paramatma)

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Are there any schools of hinduism that hold the Soul to be perishable / non-eternal?

Hinduism has a plethora of schools, All holding a wide variety of beliefs about the nature of the Atma. Are there any schools that hold the soul/atma to be perishable and subject to destruction?
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What happens to someone who dies without any thoughts as per Hindu scriptures?

Bhagavadgita 8.6 says यं यं वापि स्मरन्भावं त्यजत्यन्ते कलेवरम्। तं तमेवैति कौन्तेय सदा तद्भावभावितः।।8.6।। Which means whatever entity one thinks of at the time of death, he attains the state of that ...
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If everything has taken on forms from eternal past in various rebirths, why are we not already born with self realization of moksha?

I have read that the soul is eternally present. Since the eternal past it has undergone an infinite amount of rebirths without beginning. Why is the realization of moksha needed at that specific point ...
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Which is second best life form after human

It is said that the human life is achieved by good deed (karma) and soul has to go through 8.4 million life forms before becoming human. So if suppose God has a point score that any soul that scores ...
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As per Advaita, Atman/Self/Brahman is unborn and doesnt "pass" away when body dies? What is the reference for it?

As per Advaita Vedanta, its the Sukshma Sharira(Subtle Body/Mind) which reincarnates after a body dies and Atman/Brahman/Self does not "pass away" or "leave" when body dies. But in ...
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Bhagavata saptaha for wandering souls

A priest in a prashne had advocated bhagavata saptah for one of my relatives who had lost his ancedtors (coming under sapindikas) in the pamban train crash in 1964 and the bodies were never recovered. ...
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How does Advaita Vedanta assert and prove the eternality of cognition of Non dual Atman?

This article [1] says Śāntarakṣita has however refuted the Upanishadic non-dualism in the Tattva Sangraha’ chapter 7, section 5. In his refutation of the Upanishadic view he has referred to the ...
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Difference between Atman, Chetna and Chaitanya?

In my understanding of the scriptures, it's mentioned that Atman, a small part of Brahman, resides within every living entity, giving rise to Chetna, which we can equate with consciousness. So, is it ...
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Why and how do Advaitans reconcile that one's true nature is Atman/Brahman alone?

While I understand that Upanishads try to reconcile and prove logically that Atman is the true witness, why can't it be that Subtle body alone is our true nature ? Where and when was this subtle body ...
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Is experience of Self/Atma not a mystical experience as per Traditional Advaita Vedanta? If so how can it be experienced?

Padmapāda, in his commentary upon Sankara’s introduction to the Brahmasūtras, explains that there are two factors involved in the very notion of ‘I’: there is the ‘not this’ (anidam amid) aspect which ...
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How does a Jnani forbearer various unpleasant events from perspective of Atman?

Swami Sarvapriyananda while quoting Gita 2.14, 2.55-57, writes , "Events which would make most ordinary men miserable, leave him unshaken, for he sees the same infinite Atman shining through (or, ...
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What happens to sukshma sharir after death?

We leave the gross body behind, the aatman is reincarnated in another life form based on our karma, but what happens to the subtle body? Where does it go after death? What happens to it once we die? 🙏...
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Uniqueness question : How to identify a Soul as it doesn't have name, body, religion, country etc etc! How to differentiate a soul from another?

What is the id of the soul? How to identify it? As body , mind nothing is permanent how we can define a soul? Ex: How to identify the soul of Karnan? It is said that, karma will follow each births ...
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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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In advaita, does the drop (atman) transmigrate?

In Advaita tradition, the word "soul" is rightly used by some advaitins to refer to the mortal jiva or sookshma sharira that transmigrates to heaven, hell, various lokas or other physical ...
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Regarding rebirth of animals and other non humans

The human birth is considered to be an opportunity to realise oneself and attain moksha through punya karmas. Hence only the vedas propound such truths. My question is regarding animals, how could ...
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What is Pind Deh? Does it attach to Soul and transmigrate to next life, imparting karmas etc?

What is Pind Deh? Does it attach to Soul and transmigrate to next life, imparting karmas etc? Karma, influence of previous birth, reincarnation.
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Need help for my friend's soul after he passed

my dog was euthanized, it was not long before he would have died naturally. Is there anything I can do for the soul to pass on more easily, and not suffer more bad karma in the next body/life due to ...
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Do Our Thoughts come from the Cosmos?

I have been learning more about the nature of the mind, pranayama and, in general, the Hindu view of reality. One thing I’ve really been exploring as of late is this idea that we are not our thoughts ...
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Why Atma is interpreted as a witness.?

Namaste, please help with the understanding of Atma is a witness or Sakshi. Reference: BG 9:18. In the materialistic world, the act of witnessing requires something (perhaps light) to enter something (...
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Can two spirits / atma enter the same body

I have see this answer below but it's not clear if two souls can enter the same body at the same time: https://www.quora.com/What-will-happen-if-two-souls-enter-one-body
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Who is it that is looking for Brahmgyan?

My long quest for the Brahma gyan or moksha has led me to a lot of reading, research and meditation and today a question just popped in my mind that seems to be absolutely essential for me to get ...
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Atma(n) of human, animal, vegetal, mineral forms of existence

Is Atma(n) the same, identically, in human, animal, vegetal, mineral forms of being, or is there a difference in grade, in degree between them? So to speak, if every species has its own form of ...
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Do each of the manifestations of the devas have their own jiva?

There are 33 devas but thousands of thousands of manifestations of these 33 devas. Do each of these manifestations have their own jiva, or do they share there jiva with other manifestations of the ...
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Self atman or anatman?

Im trying to understand the idea of an unchanging Self in Hinduism, though I come from a Buddhist background I am very open. Have not given the idea of the Self much consideration before I wonder how ...
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Did soul of Sati talk with Parvati ? Can soul of one's previous birth from heaven talk with body of one's next birth?

In this episode of hindi serial it is shown that soul of Sati talked with Parvati (who was alive). (Watch from 26:23) Also It was shown that Shiva used to meet and talk with soul of Sati secretly from ...
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What does "killer of soul" which is written in Śrī Īśopaniṣad, Mantra no 3 means?

In Śrī Īśopaniṣad, Mantra no 3 its quoted:- "asuryā nāma te lokā andhena tamasāvṛtāḥ tāṁs te pretyābhigacchanti ye ke cātma-hano janāḥ" which means "The killer of the soul, whoever ...
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Do individuals in this world have their own fixed identity?

Everyone born into this world gets a name—lets use x. x goes to school, eats, sleeps, does whatever they want, marries, has children, goes to work, retires, and dies. Per reincarnation theory, they ...
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How would Hindu theologians respond to this quote by Plato?

"The evil is that the soul of every man, when it is greatly pleased or pained by anything, is compelled to believe that the object which caused the emotion is very distinct and very true; but it ...
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What is the concept of mind/intellect and body in Nyaya philosophy?

How did Nyaya theologians think about the mind and intellect in their philosophy? What is the relation between self, intellect, and body in their philosophy?
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Does soul have an identity after it departs the human body?

So, it is said that human body is just a cover/dress which everyone leaves at death to continue their journey according to their Karma. But the human body has an identity, name, religion, community it ...
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Does jivatma have physical location?

Does our jivatma have a physical location in space while it is incarnated in a physical body?
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How does the atma divide or individualize if it is always in existence?

I am listening to the Bhagavad Gita audiobook and in Chapter 3 Krishna is saying to Arjuna how while the body may be killed (be born and die), the atma remains unchanged, etc.. But my lingering ...
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Are we(atma) god himself or amsh(part) of god?

Some saints say we(atma) are god itself and some say we are amsh(part) of god! For eg lets take the verse from nirvana shatakam composed by shri adi sankaracharya Mano buddhi ahankara chittani naham ...
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What is the difference between jiva and atman [duplicate]

Im pretty confused about this topic. I have read many answers to it on the web and every one is different. One says that they are the same, other say that the jiva is the mind and body while atma is ...
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Who performed the funeral rites of Pandavs? Are their souls still "stuck" on Earth?

In Mahabharat, what happened to the dead bodies of Pandavs & Draupadi? I think towards the end while climbing some mountain one after the other they all get tired, fall to the ground and die. Did ...
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Was there ever a mortal restored to life after having succumbed to death?

I heard that the son of Brihaspati was restored to life. Was there ever an ordinary human being restored to life after death?
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Brahma-Sutra 2.2.25 and memory as evidence for soul

Here are two translations of Brahma-Sutra 2.2.25: And (a permanent soul has to be admitted) because of the fact of remembrance (ie., memory). (Translated by Swami Gambhirananda here) And on account ...
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What exactly can be the concept of possessing in this context?

We frequently encounter the phenomenon of "someone possessing the others" in the scriptures. One example can be found here. I provided below another example of kali possessing Nala. "...
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Where do souls of animals go after their death?

Does the scriptures say where they go after death? Do animals go to heaven like humans?
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When, How and Why soul take entry first time into cycle of birth and death? [duplicate]

It's usual to say that we take birth by birth into different species based on our Karm and desires until one gets Moksha. After Moksha one will not take any more births. This makes us think When, Why ...
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explain with reference to bhagavat geeta "why humans feel "I"

With reference to chapter 7 sloka 6 and the commentary offerred by sri T.N.Sethumadhavan at esomskruthi.com (a) the three divinly components viz para, apara prakruthis and the soul are ...
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Total number of souls in the world [duplicate]

I learned that souls are never created, all souls existed, exists and will never cease to exist. from this answer So, are there a number to how many souls are there, let it not be exact but some ...
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Do viruses, virods and prions have souls?

I would say yes as the most logical way for the soul to control the body is with the proteins that are able to form prions and RNA that behaves similarly, because they are in all life, spread out, are ...
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How powerful (literally) is a soul? Any physical reference points in scripture to calculate it?

If a soul can control its own body it has to be able to exert a force and do work. This is an important point that often gets overlooked because of the very powerful illusion of unity in being all ...
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What is there a difference between Vanaspati and Vṛkṣa?

The Manusmṛti seems to indicate that Vṛkṣa are angiosperms and Vanaspati are all other plants. Is there any further explanation of differences between the two, especially with regards to their ...
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Do Karma of others benefit/impact us (atma)?

It is very discussed that Karma of this life carried to next life. My question is whether Karma of someone else impacts us? People say "it's due parents punya/papa". Vyasa also says, for ...
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Can a person see his family after death?

Is it possible that a person can see his family after his death? If yes, then how is it logically possible without eyes? I am not asking for vasanas that a person carries from one birth to another ...
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What is a para-aatmaa?

Hinduism believes in the highest concept of supreme soul called as Param-Atma. I have doubt if there is something called as Para-Atma in Hindu religion?
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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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