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

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What happens to the soul if a womb is aborted?

What happens to a soul if the womb is aborted? Does the soul take another birth or it attains salvation?
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Is Atma the same as the body?

What logical arguments do our scriptures advance to show that Atma is not something material like the body? How do the six astika schools of Hindu Philosophy(Mimamsa, Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika ...
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How could Bharata and Shatrughna be incarnations of inanimate objects?

From this answer, we find Continuing with the tale of Sri Ram, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati–Dasharath requested Vashishth to perform the Jaatkarm Sanskar of Sri Ram. In course of time Kaikeyi gave ...
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regarding some questions on souls [duplicate]

I heard that souls( atma) never born, never died. Its target is unity with paramatma and atma accomplished this through different births. My question: Since total population is increasing then from ...
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Do conjoined twins have same soul?

The picture you see is of - Abigail Hensel and Brittany Hensel, two conjoined twins. Wikipedia- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_and_Brittany_Hensel Do conjoined twins have different souls? Both ...
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Does Adi Shankaracharya believe the existence of the soul requires scripture to establish?

In Hindu philosophy there are three main Pramanas or valid means of knowledge: Pratyaksha or sensory perception, Anumana or inference, and Shabda or revelation/scripture. And there is a hierarchy of ...
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One's wife's or death of beloved ones can be the result of sins committed by ancestors?

My questions are. Sequential and untimely deaths in a family by accident can be the curse of one's forefathers ? Does one's jeevātmā wanders due to death in young age? Is there any remedy or ...
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How many times jeeva gets human birth?

As per Hinduism we get 84 lakh yoni time birth on this earth. So how many times we get birth as human being ? is it true that we get human birth only once out of 84 lakh yoni ? Please let me know If ...
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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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What are the main differences and similarities between the christian heaven and moksha [closed]

Hinduism and Christianity have few similarities. What are main similarities and differences in the concept of christianity heaven and Hindu moksha?For example how to get there? What does it mean to ...
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According to Viśiṣṭādvaita, how does Ātman relate to Brahman?

Apart from understanding the relationship between Ātman and Brahman, I'm also interested in the prescribed techniques & modes of realising and sustaining this understanding. please assume no ...
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Did Shankara reject some doctrines of Atman or Brahman in order to reconcile Atman and Brahman?

Natalia Isayeva's 1992 Shankara and Indian Philosophy, p. 2, says that Shankara was "the most brilliant personality in the history of Indian thought" and that because he united Atman and Brahman, he ...
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If we desire to live without desire will it be a desire?

EXPLANATION : People live with many desires and karmas of good and bad come according to the kind of desire A man who perform's his duties without any desire and submits the results to god will not ...
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How does Vishishtadvaita interpret “One without a second”?

There are some Advaita sounding verses in the Upanishads which declare that there is only one without a second in the beginning: Aitareya Upanishad 1.1.1: ॐ आत्मा वा इदमेक एवाग्र आसीन्नान्यत्किंचन ...
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Do Hindus mourn the death of animals the same way they mourn their deceased relatives?

Hindus remain austere and refrain from participating in any religious ritual for a specified number of days (mostly 13) when any family member expires. The popular thought is that the home becomes "...
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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

As most people know when a Hindu takes up sannyāsa, he no longer performs the daily and other rituals like the śrāddha that normal householders do. Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati in the book Hindu ...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

I had a big doubt from many years, but didn't get a chance to get it clarified. As we all know punarapi jananam; punarapi maranam from Adi Shankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam which means until all of our ...
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How Universe has No beginning?

Universe has No end can be understood but No beginning cannot be understood There should be a definite point that the Lord Started this process and it should work forever. Anything cannot start itself ...
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After a plant dies, will its atma get a human birth directly? [duplicate]

All plants are harmless and they won't be doing any sin during their plant birth. Then what determines which birth they are going to take up in their next janma?
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Status of world during first time lord came to create souls? [duplicate]

If souls are situated in material bodies(Bhramana,Kstriya,Vasiya,Sudra,Animals,Rakshas,Asuras,etc) ,then in the beginning of the universe the souls will have their first birth and will have no karma ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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When does the soul enter the body at birth? [duplicate]

I know this is kind of an atheistic and weird question. But people have asked me this in discussions and I was never able to answer it. And it seems a plausible argument against the theory that there ...
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How many human births does the soul take before it merges with the Almighty?

The soul passes through a cycle of successive lives (samsara) and its next incarnation i.e., birth is always dependent on how the previous life was lived (karma). Finally, the soul travels back to ...
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What is color of Purusha(jivatman) according to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Brihadarnaya Upanishad Chapter II 3rd Bramhana 6th verse describes one of the attributes of Purusha its color as: तस्य हैतस्य पुरुषस्य रुपम् यथा महारजनं वासो यथापाण्ड्वाविकम् यथेन्द्रगोपो यथा...
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Atma and cells in the body

The Atma resides in the body and the body is made up of billions of cells. So lets say someone donates blood or simply some of their cells are isolated, do the blood cells and the isolated cells also ...
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What is the difference between living beings and dead matter according to scriptures?

I am trying to understand from a spiritual point of view what distinguishes the dead from the living. I read in Bhagavad Geeta 7.5 that there is an inferior and superior nature of the self. The ...
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“Chaitanya” (चैतन्य) and “Soul” (आत्मा) , Same or Different?

We generally regard the term "Chaitanya" (चैतन्य) for liveliness or the force responsible to carry out lively activities. And the soul as part of Parabramha or Supreme soul (परब्रह्म). My questions ...
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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Does the soul remain at home for 10 days after death?

When a person dies, what happens after that? Does he go to Yama Loka like this answer suggest: What happens after death? or he remains at "familiar" places for 10 days? Swami Sivananda says: The ...
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Soul-creation and Vedanta [duplicate]

Do all VedAnta philosophies, that is, philosophies based on badarAyana's brahma sutra, reject creation of souls by God?
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How does dvaita theory counteract/explain BG 10:20

Bhagwad Gita Chapter 10 verse 20 अहमात्मा गुडाकेश सर्वभुताशयस्थित​: ॥ अहमादिश्च मध्यं च भुतानामन्त एव च ॥ Meaning I am the Self, O Gudakesha (Arjuna —Conqueror-of-sleep), dwelling in the hearts of ...
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How can a person die if soul never leaves the body?

Soul is infinite, omnipresent, i.e, it is present in our body and outside our body. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda [Volume 2/Jnana-Yoga/The-Atman] :- It is the Atman, beyond all, the Infinite, ...
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Will Yashoda's soul be Krishna's mother again in the next Dwapara yuga? Do relationships with God's incarnations remain same across yugas?

It is clear from Geetha that a soul takes rebirth until it attains moksha state. It is also clear from Geetha that Krishna reincarnates as himself for the establishment of dharma. Do Krishna's ...
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Lokayatas about Brahman and Atman

Do we know how the Lokayatas thought about the two fundamental concepts of the Upanishads Brahman and Atman? I understand that one original meaning of Brahman is "magic force", in Vedic times ...
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Why does the word “Atma” in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad refer to the mind rather than the actual Atma?

In Adhyaya 3 Brahmana 9 of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the sage Yagnavalkya tells Vidagdha Sakalya what the eleven Rudras are associated with: katame rudrā iti । daśeme puruṣe prāṇā ātmaikādaśas ...
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According to Advaita is there any difference in the atman before entering maya and after exiting maya?

According to Advaita is there any difference in the atman before entering maya and after exiting maya? In other words, does the atman gain or lose anything e.g., knowledge? Does it gain any ...
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What is the highest state Swami Vivekananda is referring to?

Complete Works > Volume 7 > Conversations and Dialogues > From the Diary of a Disciple > scc_ii: Whatever man knows to be the truth is of a like nature: some are lesser truths, others, higher ones ...
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Do souls (jeevas) meet or associate even before their first physical encounter?

As said by one of the famous writers the important encounters in our present life have been planed by souls even before the bodies (in control of these souls) have met each other. Is it true that our ...
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How does the soul returns in the dead body when a dead person is revived using Amrita?

There are many references in our scriptures when deads are revived to life using Amrita and Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya.. A common accepted vedic doctrine is that soul (along with manomaya, vijnamaya and ...
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Is every Jeeva “eternal” like the ultimate God (nirguna Brahman) or “temporary” within cycle?

"Temporary" vs "Eternal": "Temporary" (may be sat-asat) means, something which keeps changing. It survives by repetition. "Eternal" (may be param akshara) means,...
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What is the difference between Buddhi (बुद्धि) and Mann (मन)?

I know Buddhi (बुद्धि) means intelligence/intellect and Mann (मन) means mind. But what is difference between them?
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Who is the consumer of our Karmas, if the Atman is merely a silent witness? [duplicate]

Atman resides in the body as a silent witness and it's not affected (untouched) by anything. Then upon what, our Karmas get transmitted to our next lives? In other words who is the enjoyer/sufferer of ...
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What exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

How to visualize the Hindu lokas, Satya-loka or Brahma-loka, Pātāla-loka etc.? What exactly are they? Are they like planets or galaxies made up of atoms and chemical elements? I am not asking why ...
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What exactly happens during Parakaya Pravesha?

Parakaya Pravesha is power of entering into body of another person through Yoga. Sri Adi Sankara entered the body of King Amaruka of Benares. Tirumular in Southern India entered the body of a ...
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What is the relation/difference between Brahman(ब्रह्म) & Parabrahm(परब्रह्म)?

Actually first thing to know is: The relation/difference between Atman & Brahman but that question is closed as the duplicate of this. I don't know the exact reason may be Brahman of a question ...
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Do plants have atman?

Animals and humans have atman. killing an animals is sin because it has soul. Do plants have Souls? is killing of Plants Sin or not?
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Size of soul in Hinduism texts

Is there any text mentioning about the size of soul in Hinduism? If there, then what is the size/volume of soul according to it? Is it a physical thing and has same size for all organisms? What I ...
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Can the intellect (buddhi) be equated with Ishvara?

Since Ishvara is the ruler of the universe, the Lord, can we say that, in our microcosm, our buddhi (intellect - the decision maker) is equivalent to Ishvara?
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Why does soul leave the body only when the body cannot support further life?

Suppose a person X had a severe accident, body almost completely destroyed. If we think of X only as a body, then he will surely die as the body cannot support further life. But we define death as ...
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The difference between Atman and Brahman [duplicate]

Like the Brahman, the Atma also has several similar qualities like opminpresence, omnipotence, divinity etc. Then what is the difference between Brahman and individual Atma?