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What or Who is a Brahman?

From the link https://vedicheritage.gov.in/brahmanas/ I seems to understand that the term Brahmana relates to knowledgeable information aka the vedas that described certain ways,processes,of ...
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How can Advaithans proove that Nirguna Brahman permanently exists?

Its said in some Upanishads that there is no consciousness after death. Yajnavalkya says in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.12 " The self comes out as a separate entity from these elements, and this ...
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Are there any references to Formless-Ishvara in scriptures or in Advaitic teachings?

Brahman is essentially Nirguna and Ishwara is Saguna Brahman via Maya. Whenever I come across the term Ishvara, an image of either Vishnu or Shiva pops up in my mind. But I've also heard that Ishvara ...
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Why do we signify particular aspect if parabrahman has all aspects?

Let us consider Ma Saraswathi for this question. The following are some of the sloka and names for the Saraswathi śaradiṃdu samākāre parabrahma svarūpiṇe vāsarā pīṭha nilaye sarasvatī namostute ॐ शिवा...
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What are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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How to prove that Brahman is eternal using Tarka alone?

Was Adi Shankaracharya (or later Advaitists) able to logically prove (i.e., by using tarka) that Brahman is eternal? I would like to see the logical argument without using shabda pramana.
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How do advaitians interpret this verse from padma purana (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21]?

The Padma Purāṇ states: yannakhenduruchir brahma dhyeyaṁ brahmādibhiḥ suraiḥ guṇatrayamatītaṁ taṁ vande vṛindāvaneśhvaram (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21] “The light that emanates from the toenails of God’s ...
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How does Veda Vyasa reconcile the praise of Indra as Brahman with this citation from Aitareya Brahmana?

Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to claim that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman? In answer to the above question, Mahabharata is cited: BhagavAn veda vyAsa considers Indra as the supreme ...
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What sectarian doctrines of sects that deny Indra is Brahman would be violated by scriptural statements that say Indra is Brahman?

(from quora) He has the power to resurrect the mortals and grant others immortality Anusure Mallikarjun My answer is based on vedas which says lord Indra is the name of supreme Brahman or supreme ...
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how do Srivaishnavites elaborate on the Shariri-Sharira relationship between God and humans?

Brahman = Vishnu in what follows. From what I understand, Srivaishnavites do not agree that we are all Brahman - but Brahman is our in-dweller and we are Brahman's body. (1) Are Srivaishnavites aware ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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Are all of us the same person?

Nothing other than Brahma exists. So, all of us are the same? Because only Brahma exists, So, all of us are the same Brahma. We are just under the illusion that we are different. Removing this ...
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Sects that offer proofs of which deities are NOT Brahman

Most sects cite scripture that says that their deity is Brahman. As far as I know, they do not offer elaborate refutations of scriptural claims regarding other deities. But Srivaishnavites not only ...
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Have Nandi,Hanuman and Adisesha been declared to be Brahman?

Apparently, Garuda has been declared so in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. Nandi, Hanuman and Adisesha have more or less the same status - are there scriptures in which they have been equated to ...
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How come Brahmins didn't have knowledge of Adhyatma-Vidya as per Chandogya Upanishad?

As per Chandogya Upanishad 5.3, Śvetaketu, son of Gautama Rishi, went to the court of the Pañcālas where the prince Pravāhaṇa, the son of Jīvala, asked him a series of questions related to adhyatma-...
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Advaita : Is there a contradiction in Vivarna's views on the Realization of Self?

Here's an excerpt from a book (title and author's name at the end of the post) which points out the differences in the views of the two sub-schools of advaita, namely bhamati and vivarna, whether ...
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The difference between the term ‘Maya’ used for Rakshasas and Brahman respectively

Maya, is a frequently used term across various scriptures with different connotations as below:- When talking of Brahman, Maya is used in the context of jada Prakriti tattva as is stated in the ...
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What's the point in striving for moksha?

Whatever we see around us (manifestation and everything) is nothing but Brahman's play/leela. This is told in a few texts.  Brahmasutra 2.1.33 लोकवत्तु लीला कैवल्यम्। lokavattu līlā kaivalyam। ...
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Interpretation of Rigveda verse 1.164.31 according to Advaita Vedanta

While looking up for verses on the Rigveda Samhita, I stumbled upon the verse 1.164.31 on a blog which says this: अप॑श्यं गो॒पामनि॑पद्यमान॒मा च॒ परा॑ च प॒थिभि॒श्चर॑न्तम् । स स॒ध्रीची॒: स विषू॑ची॒र्वसा...
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Advaita : Is there really oneness?

If i cut my hand, only i will feel the pain. Others won't feel my pain. So where's the oneness that Advaita speaks about? If there exists only ONE sentient reality, underlying all names and forms then ...
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Atman , brahman understanding self [duplicate]

What is the really said of Brahman (supreme reality) is different vedic texts? As described in the bagvad gita that "their is a like a tree whose roots are upwards and it's branches are ...
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As per Advaita, how does one realize Nirakara Brahman in deep meditation?

If Nirguna Nirakara Brahman is avyakta (unmanifested and formless) and cannot be seen or percieved by the mind or senses, then how does the Advaitin realize IT in deep meditation / samadhi / jivan ...
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Why would Moksha be permanent?

If individuals came from Brahman which is unchanging and perfect... then if we attain Moksha (merge into Brahman), what's to stop Brahman from creating us again? If we were created once, and Brahman ...
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As per Advaita, does Nirguna Nirakara Brahman has an Universal Mind?

Few days ago I was going through a post. I don't remember the exact question or who asked it, but i think the question was something like this - why did Brahman create the universe or why did Brahman ...
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Which scripture or advaita text says that the world of multiplicity is Brahman's lila?

Can someone provide verse from Shastras or Advaita texts where it says that this jagat with all its multiplicity is Brahman's lila?
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Who controls the mind according to Advaita Vedanta?

According to Advaita Vedanta if I am always the witness consciousness, Brahman, then who 'controls' the mind? Mind control is an important part of most Sadhana, and if I am the watcher of my thoughts, ...
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In Advaita, what is space, time and causation and how do they operate in relation to Brahman?

Firstly, i would be thankful if someone provides me a simple explanation of space, time and causation. Secondly, Vivekananda said in his books, that Brahman, the Absolute has become the universe by ...
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How can Formless Brahman create this universe?

If Brahman as per Advaitha was Nirguna, how can it assume forms and create everything ? How can something which is formless take forms and create all materials in universe ?
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Non-dual Hinduism : Good ego vs Bad ego

We clearly know we are not the body but something else. Something spiritual. The non-dualist hindus believe the functions of mind/ego are witnessed by the Higher Self (Brahman) in a dream state ... ...
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Why is Shiva called as Brahman by Tulasidasji?

Tulasidas ji writes "jeev anek, ek srikanta" Or there are many jivas but only one god, the husband of Shri. So that would imply that one and only God is Lord Rama ie husband of Sri, then why ...
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Advaita : Does Brahman remain actionless?

The Gita says Brahman/Atman is simply a witness and its the Maya or prakriti that acts. The Advaitins also holds the same belief. If Maya is not a separate entity, i.e. if Brahman and Maya are ...
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Brahman (ब्रह्म) Tarapanam - meaning?

I am currently reading Sadhanas From the Ribhu Gita by Swami Shantananda. In chapter 5 (Page 34 of http://swamishantanandapurimaharaj.org/publications/Sadhanas-from-Ribhu-Gita.pdf), have come across ...
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How do the Vedas sing, at the beginning middle and end, of Brahman?

(At least read the main Question portion, the explanation before it and the note below it are very long) One has to understand a scripture gets its sanctity when it is attributed to wholly to Brahman. ...
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What is difference between Saguna Brahman and Abrahamic religion gods? [closed]

What is difference between saguna Brahman and Abrahamic religion gods like Jehovah , Allah.
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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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Does RgVeda support the view that Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh are names of the same Brahman the Absolute?

Why should Brahman the Absolute love to be called by three, and only three, different names? Do they Really love to be called so? Are Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh names of the same God? Why should God ...
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Reincarnation and Atma

Atma or Brahman is considered as not having any properties(Nirguna). Then why the karma that lead to reincarnation attaches to it? Is Pind-deha has any connection with this?
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How many are the RgVedic Devatas or gods in number? [duplicate]

We've heard of 33 crores of Devatas. We've heard of armed conflict between Devatas and Asuras. We've also heard of the RgVedic Brahman the Absolute claimed to be the True God the Almighty who's One ...
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What is the concept of the RgVedic 'Brahman' in true essence?

The RgVea has many gods: Indra, Agni, Vayu, Vishnu, etc. It also talks about a God the Absolute called ' Brahman '. What is this ' Brahman ' actually? Agni (fire)? Vayu (wind)? Or something else?
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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Was Adi Shankara Really aware that plants & trees are as much alive as any other living beings?

I've heard that Adi shankara believed that 'immovable (apparently inanimate) objects (like the tree) are endowed with sentience'. Evidently, Adi Shankara viewed 'the tree' as an object like the '...
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Is the concept of divine retribution(punishment) mentioned in the Vedas and upanishades?

Divine retribution : Divine retribution is supernatural punishment of a person, a group of people, or everyone by a deity in response to some action. Many cultures have a story about how a deity ...
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Understanding Purusha aspect of Brahman and the difference between the two. Also why is the Male God personified as Purusha?

Gist: Understanding the Purusha or chetana aspect of Brahman and reason for overlap between Brahman and Purusha as also the reason for personification of Purusha as only the male god. An answer to ...
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Present Moment realization and Brahman realization same?

Many have realized present moment by reading the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle It is a book which can give realization by the time you end reading the book. Eckhart teaches present moment is ...
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What are Sat Chit and Ananda attributes of Nirguna Brahman?

Upanishads do say Brahman is formless. So how can formless Brahman be Sat(Existence) Chit(Consciousness) Ananda(Bliss)? Without attributes how can we define these 3 features for Brahman?
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Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful and omnipotent?

Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful or omnipotent?
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Did Adi Shankaracharya make an argument for a perfect God (Brahman) against Buddhist and atheist school?

Did Adi Shankaracharya give any argument to prove the existence of a perfect God (Brahman) against Buddhist and other atheist schools. I am not asking argument for Monism, or about only God exists, ...
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The Akshar-Purushottam darshan concludes that there are two distinct Brahmans. Is this conclusion supported by scriptures?

Akshar-Purushottam darshan is the youngest branch of Hindu Philosophy. It is based on the teachings of Sri Swaminarayan. Following the tradition, Sadhu Bhadreshdas composed commentaries on ...
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Is Brahm Gyan and Moksha same?

Brahm gyan, atma gyan and moksha are same? When do we get brahm gyan? Or does moksha means permanent staying in nirvikalpa avastha?
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Does Mahabharata say anywhere that sun is parabrahman

Valmiki Ramayana contains Aditya Hridayam which (at-least indirectly) says that sun is parabrahman ? He is Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector of the Universe, Lord Shiva the god of destruction, ...
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