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

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Need help on Gita chapter 13 verse 22

It is mentioned in Gita ch. 13 verse 22, that the supreme purusha (paramatma) is a upadrashta (witness), anumanta (permitter), bharta (supporter) and bhokta (experiencer). I agree that It is a witness,...
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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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What is recommended meditation to know everything about self and surrounding?

What is recommended meditation to know everything about self and surrounding? Where self mean me, my mind, my soul, of course my body too (which contans many other living beings like cells, virus, ...
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Does a Jeevatman have any gender?

As discussed in this question - Does a soul have any gender? : No. All souls that enter the human body are not male because the soul (or the Self) doesn't have any gender. However, most people ...
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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

I have studied in our texts that a soul will have the memory of its previous births after death, and before birth. My question is when does the soul lose its memory when entering into a body for a ...
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Conflict between Bhagwad Gita & Garuda Puran regarding the Atma/Soul

In Bhagwad gita, Lord Shri Krishna said that Our soul/spirit is so small even smallar then the size of an atom. We cannot see, harm, or kill it and it is immortal. But Garuda Purana explains ...
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How does one start in Hinduism? [closed]

I know the basics of Hinduism, about Brahman being the universal principle, the term used to describe the entire universe and life on Earth. I understand that through Bhakti and Yoga, one is able to ...
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Where does a Soul attach to the Body?

A human is identified in terms of 3 bodies, 3 States and 5 Koshas or Sheaths. The Atman or soul is covered by three bodies, which are: Karana sharira (Causal body), Sukshma sarira (Subtle body) ...
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Is Atma affected by karma?

Ok first I am a Muslim and I don't get why God creates poor people and rich people, and why that kind of inequality needs to exist. That is why I am here, I know that I am not the body "I am I". I ...
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If atmas exchange bodies after death, does it mean the population/no. of bodies has to remain constant?

Quoting Bhagawad Gita 2.22 वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि। तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही।।2.22।। "As a person sheds worn-out garments and wears new ones, ...
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Are our actions outcome of mind & body or of soul?

I would like to understand this thing from our scriptures point of view: Are our actions outcome of our mind & body or of soul (Atma)? Please do cite authentic references with your answers.
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Is there anything in Hinduism to refute the idea that plant species are controlled by a single soul?

I feel like the most sensible answer to how plant souls work when plants can have cuttings is to say plants are single souled and the entire species is controlled by one soul. This makes sense with ...
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Was Arjuna's Destiny Predetermined?

In our scriptures it is said that destiny is given only according to Karma and is Not Predetermined As in mahabharatha Arjuna Lost his Archery skills and is said that arjuna's power's were Given by ...
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Is paramAtma/brahman just consciousness (awareness) OR is both, consciousness plus sentience (ability to perceive & feel)?

The current understanding is that that brahman/paramAtma/bhagawAn is that universal, inter-galactic & inter-multiverse consciousness. But is sentience ALSO an attribute of that paramAtam/brahman/...
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Are there any verses related to the beginning of everything?

To elaborate on the question, I am assuming that in the beginning there was no Atma stuck in maya, is there any information on how the perfect Atma got stuck in Maya? Is my assumption wrong? To build ...
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Reincarnation and past life ambitions and emotions

What does Hindu scriptures say about soul (atman) and it's innate characteristics? Can a jivatma have ambitions/emotions/fear/love ? How will these characteristics be reflected in his incarnations? ...
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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 difference between atma gayan and the knowledge of the Upanishads?

What is the difference between Atma gayan(the knowledge of Self) and the the knowledge of upanishad.
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What happens after death according to Adavita Vedanta?

According to Advaita Vedanta, the true Self is the immortal soul, which is never born and never dies. Then how does the law of Karma apply to this philosphy? What will happen to a person who has lived ...
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Do we remain unconscious or conscious after death

While I was search about Hinduism on internet, I got to know 2 contradictory facts. One said that we get unconscious after death for 2 to 3 months as we become while sleeping, Other said that we ...
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Is the atman in every being eternally unique and fundamentally individual?

In the Gita Krishna uses the word soul seemingly ambiguously, as it might be taken to mean the universal soul in the first few chapters, and the individual soul in the later chapters when he is ...
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Question on Gita 3.17 translation/interpretation

This question is about translation/interpretation of gita 3.17. The verse and some translations can be found here. यस्त्वात्मरतिरेव स्यादात्मतृप्तश्च मानवः। आत्मन्येव च सन्तुष्टस्तस्य कार्यं न वि...
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Why, when and how did the Atman acquire body consciousness?

I know Atman is self aware but I don't know why that Atman lost his self awareness that he is unlimited and beginning-less and instead acquiring limited body awareness. Even though I am a Muslim, ...
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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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Is the universe a manifestation of one's own soul?

We are living in a universe and each one may have different interpretations towards the universe and all the aspects of the universe. Is the universe (we are living in) is a manifestation of our own ...
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Is there any difference between soul and self?

Sanskrit dictionary say this So there is a clear difference between soul and self according to the dictionary MY QUESTION : Is there a difference between these two thing mentioned in the scriptures.
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What is the Jiva Atma? What is the Paramatma? Are they Different? Is the Jiva-Atma the Mind, Or Are They Different? [duplicate]

Basically, the title are my questions. I have heard the jiva atma and the paramatma used interchangeably, but then they are separated in, for instance, Vaishnavism. Is it the case that when we are in ...
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Do advaitins meditate on Nirguna Brahman?

I have always heard people saying that scriptural or bookish knowledge of the Self is not sufficient and that one needs to realize the Self within. My question is, how does one realize the Self within?...
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How can Brahman/consciousness be all pervading including living and non living things?

Brahman is defined as Existance,Consiouness and Bliss(Satchitananda). Aitareya Upanishad 3.1.3 says Brahman is consciousness and pure awareness. Isa Upanishad 1 says its all pervading. 1)But how can ...
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What should be order of reading Hindu scriptures and texts for understanding Soul, God, Karm, Moksha and purpose of creation? [duplicate]

I do want to understand fundamental concepts like Soul, God, Karm, Moksh and of course purpose of this life or creation that include everything at more deeper and detailed level. I guess main sources ...
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Does the body have to die for the soul to leave the body?

At the time of death the soul leaves the body, but the body also suffers destruction first before the soul leaves the body, like disease, brain failure, etc. My question is, is it possible for the ...
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What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after death? What will happen after death according to Hinduism?
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Is distinguishing Body from Atman as Non Self and using terms like Anatma a Buddhist influence on Hinduism?

Prof Peter Harvey writes "Both Buddhism and Hinduism distinguish ego-related "I am, this is mine", from their respective abstract doctrines of "Anatta" and "Atman". ...
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Will every soul become god in the end?

As in the title. Also, please show scriptures or quotes from gurus to support your view. Thanks in advance for an answer. Sorry for my english, it is my second language.
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Is there any mention of evil ghost or atma or spirits in the Vedas, Upanishads and Gita? [duplicate]

Is there any mention of exorcism in the Vedas, Upanishads and Gita? Can a ghost attack a human? Can a ghost have a gender? Can they remember their life(when they were living)? Can they interfere with ...
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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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What happens to a person who commits suicide according to Vedas and Bhagavd Gita [duplicate]

Can an atma harm or kill someone, can it gain superpowers like shape shiting and superhuman strength? Can it on constant humans(living) can it communicate with other souls? Can it climb up the atma ...
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Relationship between Jiva and Sukshma Sharira

It is my understanding that the Jiva-Atman is the same as the Atman, it is just this all pervasive consciousness reflected in a body and seemingly trapped in Samsara (correct me if I'm wrong). But I ...
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Is Enlightment the destiny of every soul?

Is every soul bound to be liberated eventually? Does the timing depend on the soul, or divine intervention?
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Which other texts apart from Shri Bhagvad Gita talk about the indestructible nature of human soul/atman?

I was wondering that Hinduism had so many different sects for different deities, was this belief of the soul being indestructible followed by Vaishnavism? also lord Shiva has been called the destroyer ...
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How can we know that an Aatma got Moksha?

As per Adwaitha - Siddhantha, after a person's death, Aatma will merge with supreme one, called Paramathma. My question is, how can we know that an Aatma got Moksha? Is there any way to identify it?
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If the nature of consciousness is permanent how can there be sleep and conflicting emotions?

How can there be dreamless sleep and differing emotions and sensations if consciousness is the self and is permanent like in Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri shaivism?
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What are the main arguments in favor of the Ātman view over the Anātman view?

The main difference (I know) between Hinduism and Buddhism is that the first defends Ātman theory whereas the second defends Anātman theory. Shankara is known for having debated (and won) with ...

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