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

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Is liberation for mind or Atman?

When we see all the practices from vedas, puranas, Yoga, and all scriptures, ithihasa, the theme has been to purify the mind and detach it from world. They never talked about on how to grow your Atman ...
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Is it true that the total number of souls remains constant as per Bhagavad Gita? [duplicate]

According to Gita,is it true that the total number of souls remains constant?
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What is the difference and connection between Atman and Nirguna Brahman [duplicate]

There is a question that asks for the difference between jiva atman, Atman and Paramatman and it does not answer my inquiry. I wish to know about the difference between Atmans Ananda essence and ...
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What scriptures talk of difference in leaving the body consciously and unconsciously which is death?

We have reference on what happens after death and before next birth of the soul. What will be the experience of us,as per ancient texts and how we will be if we leave this body at will, and leave this ...
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How did my existence is in place at first? Why am there as me and not as anyone? [duplicate]

This question could be a tricky one and may look confused but it's not so. Why my own existence is confined to "me" and why I did not exist as God or some other being? Why my existence came as my ...
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What is the difference between Nirvikalpa Samadi and Moksha?

When the jivatman unites with Paratman, Ananda of spirit is experienced is this Moksha or Nirvikalpa Samadi what is the difference ?
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Does the individual soul actually feel pleasure or pain?

In Gita ch.13 v23 , the Lord says that the Supreme Purusha in this body is the upadrista (observer) , the anumanta (permitter) , bharta (supporter) and bhokta (the experiencer / the one who ...
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Did Brahman split into multiple souls?

Here's a verse from Chandogya Upanishad , chapter six. "It (Being or Brahman) thought: ‘May I be many; may I grow forth." My question is, when Brahman, the supreme cosmic spirit , wished to ...
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Is the goddess Bhumi the Maya of Atman

Bhumi is the coat the dress of Atman so if all sentient beings are born. How did Atman become a jiva Atman ?
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What separates the Avatar from Atman and Paramatman

As the Avatar is seen or has been seen in his physical or ethereal body, both without and within. What separates him from Atman and Paramatman ?
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What is the Soul’s journey after death [duplicate]

What is the soul’s journey after the death? Where and how long does it travel? If a person was chanting Lord Rama’s name an hour before all his consciousness shut down and dying, where does his soul ...
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Is me and my body seperate?

If I survive after the destruction of my body then is it not true that me and my body are seperate ? If yes, then where do I live without the body ? ( Please answer according to the school you believe ...
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Is Guru-Shishya relation carry forward across multiple births? [duplicate]

Rebirth, a major tenet of Hinduism, is when the soul, which is seen as eternal and part of a spiritual realm, returns to the physical realm in a new body. There are multiple mentions of rebirth in ...
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Soul separation and diversification

When how and why did Atman separate from the greater Self and when how and why the diversification into the multitude of sentient beings ? Is this separation and diversification only an illusion ?
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What is the intention of the following Rigvedic verse to the Spirit

Rig Veda Book - 10 Hymn 58 is dedicated to Maanas which Griffith translates as Spirit. I am sharing the mantras here: 1 THY spirit, that went far away to Yama to Vivasvān's Son, We cause to ...
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In the Gita, the Lord said the soul does nothing. Then who does?

Krishna says in Gita that all the activities are done by the body and the soul does nothing. I find this statement hard to believe. We all know that without the soul, the body is nothing but a corpse....
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

I heard that an Atma (soul) will take 7 births on the earth. Is it true? If it is true, then seven janma-s apply only for humans or animals or combinations of them?
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Do different forms of life have different value?

In an answer I recently read: Do you not think the karma of killing a small insect is less than the karma of contributing to the death of a human? I do not know. Life is life, correct? Is it ...
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How can we identify a self realized person?

What are the symptoms of a self realized person? How can I know whether I realized self or not?
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Why and how are the no of souls n population of world increasing ? From where new souls are getting created ? Any guidelines in scripture [duplicate]

If souls reincarnate, why their no are increasing. Is there any scripture that has pointers on it.
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Which schools prior to the Gautam Buddha gave the finite size of the atma (आत्मा )?

Gautam Buddha is said to talk about Self in his teachings later during third turning of wheel (or call it whatever). He said about the self like this which is Advaitic & in agreement with both ...
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What is MANN and whom we say I (main). [duplicate]

i want to know what is mann. often we say mann nahi kar raha. either we say i don't want to do this. is I(main) and Mann are same.
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How many ways are there to realize self?

Can anyone list out the number of ways a person can realize his self? Apart from Bhakthi and Jnana, is there any other way to realize self?
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Different souls part of same Supreme soul?

It is said that all different souls are basically part of that one supreme soul and finally all merge into it. When a person is awakened he basically sees himself in everyone, hence doesn't criticize ...
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Death Time for Grandmother

My Grandmother(Father's mother) aged 88 has passed away on Thursday 22/03/2018 inbetween 3PM to 3:15PM due to natural death inside the hall of the house. Strange thing is that she said at 3:10PM ...
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How many souls are there in our universe?

When Lord Krishna was advising Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, Sri Krishna told that no one dies if we kill them.Those who are killed, start their journey as jiva and these jiva cannot be destroyed or ...
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What are the limitations of the Jivatma after death?

While living, a Jivatma through a body can think, walk, talk etc...but can it do such things after death? For 10 days, Jivatma remains at familiar places and afterwards is carried away to the abode of ...
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What are the four Quarters of Purusha as per Purusha Sukta?

Can Somebody explain me, what are the four Quarters of Purusha? As mentioned in the Sukta, I've been searching for a valid concrete answer for a long time, However I've personally come to certain ...
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Is Atman really Brahman? [duplicate]

Recently I am going through Adhvaita Vedhanta. It is said that brahman present in every one's body as Athman. Athman is nothing but consciousness. May be at the time of Adi Shankara, science is not ...
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Death of persons by God

There are many stories about Hindu gods killing bad persons(Asuras). When they are killed, do the bad persons feel pain? Or do they just vanish from the universe? What will happen to them after ...
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How and why was the first ever thought generated?

We have certain posts which discuss about how the universe was created OR how Brahman imagined to become from one to many. This Qn is about the situation earlier to that. Anything which is ...
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How does Advaita interpret the devatas to the Isha Upanishad mantras?

Advaita is a non dual philosophy which says there is no distinction between Jivatma and Paramatma (Brahman). There is only one soul which is Brahman. In the Isha Upanishad or Ishavasyopanishad which ...
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How is Buddhism's “Shunyata” (void / Nothingness) interpreted in Hinduism to represent God?

Some time back I got a perception that "Shunyata" (absolute nothingness) of Buddhism and "Me" (ParamAtma / True self) referred by Krishna are same. Because both refer to the ultimate reality in an ...
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What is the source of “thoughts”: Mann(mind), Buddhi(intellect), Atma(the Self)?

Scientifically the thoughts are generated from brain. However in spiritual world, from where do they originate? Also in case if the source of thoughts isn't in one's own control, then why many ...
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Is meditation the only technique for self-realization?

Apart meditation is there other paths that one can take to understand oneself?
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Is the mind a product of maya?

A pure soul is considered to be the same as the Supreme Soul,i.e Brahman.As per my knowledge,I know that the soul consists of: 1.Mind 2.Intelligence(Buddhi) 3.Ego(Ahankar) If a pure soul merges ...
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Apart from living beings, does Paramatma exist in atoms of non living material world also?

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that ParamAtma exists in the hearts of all living entities. Question: Does he exist even in atoms of the non living material world?
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Who are the Ātivāhikas who guide the soul to heaven or hell?

The Sanskrit term Ātivāhika literally means ‘one who leads beyond’. This Hindupedia article mentions them as the deities or divine guides who lead the jīva to the next destination in its onward ...
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Do Hindu gods have an atman?

I have looked both online and in a library for a source that contained information about this question, but could not find it. Could somebody tell me if Gods have an atman?
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On what basis is a soul born as male or female?

From this question Does a soul have any gender? it is known that soul doesn't have any gender. But when a child is born from mother's womb it does have a gender (male, female, or neuter). So, why is a ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

Normally we consider Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh as the Supreme God and as stated below all souls are part of this Supreme soul. yathā sudīptāt pāvakādvisphuliṅgāḥ sahasraśaḥ prabhavante sarūpāḥ ...
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Is the feeling of “Deja Vu”, a glimpse of self realization?

As per below post, a philosophy called "Eternal Return" states that all events are repeating infinitely & hence predetermined. Does "Free Will" really exist, even if universe repeats ...
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What and how many forms of Spirit (आत्मा) are considered?

I was asking someone that why sometimes we call it soul and sometimes as spirit. I found that Spirit (आत्मा) same as the Soul (अन्तरात्मा). And he said jivatma and pretatma are forms of soul in which ...
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Do any of the darshanas believe that Buddhi is the Self?

Descartes supposed have said "I think therefore I am". For him thinking entity is the Self. While Hindu sankhya-yoga system puts, both mind and intellect in products of prakriti/pradhana, separate ...
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Which is responsible behind worldly relation?

Which makes relationship (like mother-son or husband-wife)? The body or the Atma? Is there any role of Paramatman in this regard ?
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Why did Dasharatha possess a Brahmin who had come to Rama's hut in the forests for food?

In Garuda Purana, there is a story of Brahmins appearing before Rama and Sita for food. One of the Brahmins then gets possessed by the late Dasharatha's soul which Sita recognises. Why did Dasharatha ...
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does the soul go somewhere when we deep sleep? [duplicate]

I listen our soul goes to Yama when we deep sleep and records our every karma daily. I don't think it happens with us and we couldn't know/remember that event
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How do different Astika schools prove the existence of the soul?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. Astikas accept the authority of the Vedas, whereas Nastikas reject the authority of the Vedas. The Astika schools are part of ...
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What is the size of the soul according to the different Astika schools?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. Astikas accept the authority of the Vedas, whereas Nastikas reject the authority of the Vedas. The Astika schools are part of ...
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What is Madhvacharya's argument against Brahman being the material cause of the universe?

Madhvacharya is the proponent of the Dvaita school of Vedanta because he doesn't believe that Brahman is the material cause of Jivatmas and Prakriti. But what is his main argument against it?