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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-shifting or superhuman strength? Can it communicate with other souls or with other living souls? Can it climb up the atma rank (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Soul never dies as per Gita. So does the memory always remain with the soul or it gets wiped out when a person dies? [duplicate]

So as per most of the Hindu scriptures, a soul never dies with the death of the body. Now a lot of memory, karma, bonding, etc has been accumulated by the body and soul during the tenure as a living ...
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Does Atman in Turiya or Nirguna Brahman know itself or is aware of itself through subtle cognition state?

Advaitins say that Turiya is not a separate state that is found in isolation of three states (awake, dream, deep sleep) but it is the reality that is underlying all those. But this only caters to a ...
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Does the story of Madhavrao Peshva contradict the BhavaghadGita? [duplicate]

I would like to hear ideas on whether the story of Madhavrao Peshva (a brahmin-born who performed the duty of a warrior) contradicts the Gita's teaching that one should perform their own duty (and ...
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Why do Atma and Parmatma split if they are one after all?

As per Advaita philosophy, the ultimate goal of an Atma is to merge into its source, the Parmatma just like drops of water merge into the ocean but my question is how and why do Atma and Parmatma ...
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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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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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Verse Describing Potential of Soul and Human Body in Sanskrit?

Is there Any song, shloka, mantra, stotra in Sanskrit, Tell Us About the Powers of our Soul, Greatness of it. Tell Us About Our Potential, Powers of this human body, the amazing abilities of soul, ...
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Is there only one soul that is incarnated again and again at different times?

According to this video, there is only one soul in the universe which is incarnated at different times. Do scriptures agree with this theory? Edit: If Link Dies here is the story
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If soul is everywhere, then what is leaving the body at the time of death?

If the whole universe is soul itself, then what is leaving at the time of death? i.e. if the soul is in me, and the same soul is in air, then what is leaving the body? If the soul is everywhere, then ...
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Where does a soul go after complete liberation?

If the only purpose of death and rebirth is to break away from it, why does it exist in the first place? When a soul is liberated and free from rebirth, can it still return if it wants to?
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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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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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how to understand this body is also conciousness?

I can understand mind is conciousness because mind resolves into conciousness during deep sleep but how to understand body is also conciousness.
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Earliest scriptural reference to atma

The question is more or less in the title - what is the oldest scripture to reference the term atma? I know some of the Upanishads expound on the concept; are there even earlier references?
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Besides memory and recognition,what are the best arguments against a momentary consciousness?

Shri Shankaracharya pointed out that memory and recognition prove consciousness is not momentary,but some Nastikas will say that memory is stored in the alaya vijnana storehouse,and that Consciousness ...
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What is the difference between Brahman,ParaBrahman,Bhagvan,Ishvara and ParamAtma?

What are the differences between the various terms. I assume Ishvara might be Sagun Rupa of Brahman but so is Isvara? Are they all same?
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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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Do gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and Yama, in their Lokas, have bodies or are they just Atmans?

Life after death is found in Hinduism, the Atmans are taken by Yama then they are judged and go either to heaven (abode of Indra) or to hell (abode of Yama), however this residence is temporarily and ...
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Is paraatma microBrahman living beside atma or it is Brahman himself present metaphysically beside atma?

All of us know that para-atma present beside atma as a witness, the question is: are para-atmas microtheoi present beside atmas or all para-atmas are one entity, i.e: Brahman, present metaphysically ...
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Who owns a soul?

I understand the cycles of Janam, Aatma, soul visits the Material Loka to finish the cycles of Karma. I was explaining one person that we do not own soul, soul keeps changing the body. He asked me ...
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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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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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Atma ( Soul ) in Hindu Scriptures

I am very emotional, attached to my family and I am not able to socialize with people. I am a devoted Hindu. And I often feel proud and boast about my Lineage (Caste) . My question is did my Atma in ...
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Where is it stated in scripture that individual jivathma is not the doer?

I wanted to know where all is it written in the scriptures that individual is not the doer.
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Why can't you go outside after midnight?

My pundit has told me several times that I cannot go outside after midnight because of bad spirits. What does he mean by this? Is this mentioned in the scriptures or is it just superstition? And what ...
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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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Do scriptures say anything about dead spirits or ghosts changing into beasts?

I am wondering if scriptures say anything about dead human spirits or ghosts changing into something else after death, or after being dead awhile?
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What is Advaita?

(Using the "body" and "hand" instead of "Brahman" and "Atman") Ramanuja says, "the hand is the same as the body but the hand is not the body itself". Madhu says, "the hand is not the body and the ...
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Why do some souls remain on earth after leaving the body after death?

When death happens, the soul should leave the body and it should go back to it's original realm (whatever or wherever that place is). But we encounter stories of ghosts or spirits on earth. Why do ...
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Can atma enter into other living jivas?

There are few things confuse me about what happen to atma after death, even after reading this thread. There are some slokas which are used in narayan bali puja, I think those slokas are from vedas ...
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Who or what attains moksha?

When we talk about liberation among the living i.e the jeevanmukts, is it their aatman which has achieved realization? If not the aatman, that what/who? For those who have done good karma in this ...
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Where do souls stay until they reincarnate?

I'm certain that they do not reincarnate as soon as they die. So where do they stay until they reincarnate?
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How does one know that how many births he/she is yet to take? And is his/her present level of conciousness?

As per the book Immortal talks, every soul has a level like T12 or T13; T14 being the highest. How do we know which level soul are we?
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