Questions tagged [brahman]

For questions about Brahman, the divine essence also called as Paramatma. Not to be confused with [brahma] or [brahmins].

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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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Who is Yakṣopendra, Viṣṇu, who is a Yakṣa? Is there any scripture that states or an implication by multiple scripture a form of Viṣṇu who is a Yakṣa [closed]

Source: Trial and error, with various scriptures from all over the place correcting me as I go along. Kubera is specifically the extension, the Yakṣendra and it is not as simple as that. From the ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering? Many Upanishads like Taittiriya say Brahman has infinite bliss: One hundred times ...
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What is the difference between Bramhan's witnessing and Jiva's perception ( act of seeing, hearing, thinking etc)?

Bramhan is Eternal Witness! Scriptures eulogise the Bramhan by various terms all Depicting His divine glory. Few such terms are Vishhudhha ( all pure and completely free from all impurities ) , ...
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Why is Parabrahman a supporter of dharma?

It is well known that Parabrahman takes the form of a human in order to establish dharma. In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of ...
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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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Who is Virat Purusha?

In Hinduism, there is someone called Virat Purusha. There is similar concept in Jainism where it is believed that the universe shape is in the form of a cosmic man - broader at the top and bottom and ...
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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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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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Where does it say that Brahman appears in any form worshipped by the worshipper?

I heard that the Bhagavad gita says this,and I read it in the mahaskanda purana.where in bhagavad geeta does it say this?and are there any other places that say this?
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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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How do you know Brahman is the cause of the universe vs a Jain model

lets say that the soul has always existed apart from the 5 elements individually but that the elements and the souls were always there?like the Jains believe.how can you claim Brahman is the material ...
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What are the etymologies of the words brahman (ब्रह्मन्) and brāhmaṇa/brahmin (ब्राह्मण)?

In Sanskrit there's brāhmaṇa (ब्राह्मण), which is a term used for people, and para-brahman (परब्रह्मन्), which is a term used for gods. What are the etymologies of the words brahman (ब्रह्मन्) and ...
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Prayers for Mind?

Are there any Vedic Prayer, Mantra, Stotra for/on Mind Śukla Yajurveda 34.1 Śukla Yajurveda 34.2 Śukla Yajurveda 34.3 Śukla Yajurveda 34.4 Śukla Yajurveda 34.5 Śukla Yajurveda 34.6 Can someone write ...
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What is the meaning of Brahman & Vasudeva?

As there is definite meaning of the names such as Lord Shiva, Indra, Vishnu etc. I want the meaning of Brahman Vasudeva By the word Brahman, I mean with ultimate reality. (Though personally, I ...
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How were the Trimurthi born?

In Hinduism, there are three supreme gods, Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva). Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer. But how were these gods born? Did the ...
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Verses related to Brahman? [closed]

what is biggest entity in hinduism, I thought its Brahman, If it is, then please write, mantra, stotra, or any verses related to Brahman
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According to Advaita, if everything is unreal or “in me” then why make an effort to help others?

Sanakaracharya inspite of being an enlightened being went about refuting other paths to enlightenment. Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna set up organisations like Ramakrishna mission, etc. to spread the ...
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When Brahaman is formless how can we have description of this aspect in Vedas through Abhetha, Betha and kadaka sruthis?

Here we are saying Brahman is formless. But in Vedas some truth is saying there is only one, in some it is saying it is having divine form, in some say soul and supreme soul are always different and ...
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Janeau wearing direction

Does the Janeau or Poonol (Yajnopavitham) for Brahmins wearing direction from left to right is for signifying that they have to be more Justice and Righteous oriented?
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How do Advaitins interpret Bhagavad Gita 7.24?

Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita 7.24 states: avyaktaḿ vyaktim āpannaḿ manyante mām abuddhayaḥ paraḿ bhāvam ajānanto mamāvyayam anuttamam Unintelligent men, who do not know Me ...
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Who is Ishwar according to Advait Vedanta - Lord Shiva or Vishnu?

Ishwar is Saguna Brahman who has created the world out of Maya according to Advait Vedanta. Although Ishwar too is illusion according to it, who is Ishwar actually - Lord Shiva or Vishnu as both can ...
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What is the position of different Vaishnavite sects regarding the Advaitic definition of Nirguna Brahman?

As I understand it, to them the absolute is a person - Vishnu/Narayana, Rama and Krishna being the most prominent. What is their stand on the Nirguna Brahman of Advaitists? I am not interested in ...
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How do Advaitins counter the rebuttal of Ramanujacharya on Advaita Vedanta in His commentary on Bhagavad Gita 2.12?

Shree Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita 2.12 states: "There never was a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these temporal kings. Nor will there be any time in future when ...
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Why has God created material system/universe?

Was He not satisfied with His Transcendental worlds? Why He manifested (tranformed into gross and subtle components) His illusionary material potency "maya", somewhat a punishment based system of ...
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Which scriptures or Vedic hymns declare the Sun as the Supreme God (Brahman)?

Most of the Indian philosophies establish hierarchies of their interest of Gods. Like There are many Lord Vishnus ( MahaVishnu- Supreme Brahman ) & Similarly many Lord Shivas ( Brahman is usually ...
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Where is the verse quoted in the Kaushitaki Upanishad about the Vedas as body parts of Brahman?

As I discuss in the this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage ...
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What is the difference between Narayana and Brahman?

I understand that deities are One while seeming distinct in our perception of reality. Yet we do differentiate between deities (e.g. Hanumān is seen as distinct from Gaṇeśa). So, before I read that ...
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Does the brahman have the prakrutik body just like human beings have?

Does the brahman has ears, eyes, legs and hands? If so, what are the sources which specify about the body structure for brahman? What do Dvaita, Advaita and Vishishadvaita say about it?
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In Advaita does “all religions are true” mean that the Saguna deity you pass through towards Nirguna Brahman doesn't matter?

This explains why Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was able to follow Hinduism, Christianity and Islam and reach the same state of realization at the end.
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Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation?

Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation? Many verses say only Brahman existed before creation. But what about Brahma and Shiva?
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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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According to Sri Vaishnavism, what happens to someone who worships someone other than Lord Vishnu as Brahman?

Bhagavad Gita says one who worships someone other than Lord Krishna is actually indirectly worshipping Him because He resides as the Indweller (Antaryami). In the Kaushitaki Upanishad also, there is ...
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What are proofs for brahman?

I want to know if there are any proofs or books I can read that prove brahman exists?preferably of the advaita variety,but dvaita is also good. how do I know shunyata isnt true above brahman?any ...
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Why aitareya brAhmana says that women cause trouble?

Surendra Kumar agyat in his book Kya Balu ki bheet par khada hai Hindu dharma (Does Hinduism stand on wall of sand) asks a question about the women. Below is the screenshot:- He quoted here a verse ...
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How do we know what is an auspicious quality of the Lord?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman is full of "auspicious" qualities. For example, in Ramanujacharya's commentary on the Brahma Sutras, he says: The conclusion therefore is that texts such as '...
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Is there any mention of Brahman in the Samhitas of any of the 4 Vedas? [duplicate]

Is there any mention of Brahman in the Samhitas of any of the 4 Vedas? Brahman is elaborately described in the Aranyakas and Upanishads of the Vedas, but what about the Samhitas?
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Is there a school of Hinduism that has similarities with the Sufi theological view?

In Sufi theology, the Godhood has three levels: -الأحدية=الذات the ego. -الأسماء الإلهية the Divine Names. -الأعيان الثابتة the primordial architypes. Humanity is reflection of the Divine Names. Is ...
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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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What is the significance of “Aham Bramhasmi”?

We Hindus believe that the supreme lord (Shiva/Vishnu) exists. Then why Aham Bramhamsi came into the picture?
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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What is the meaning of: merging with Brahman after Moksha?

We know that we undergo multiple incarnation until we get Moksha, then we get merged with Brahman after Moksha, and then there's no incarnation. What is the meaning of merging with Brahman?. Is this ...
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Why should the absolute Brahman of Shaiva be Shiva and of Vaishnava be Vishnu?

Absolute Brahman resembles One possibility of Perfection, not all possible Perfections, i.e: He is surely Perfect, but resembles One mode (model) of Perfection. Absolute Brahman is One. The ...
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Why does Brahman appear as Maya?

What is the need for Brahman to differentiate into Maya and allow sentient beings to exist and contemplate the meaning of itself. If Brahman is eternal consciousness, reality and bliss, doesn't it ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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What is the meaning of brAhmana, as mentioned in Rig Veda II.36.5?

Rig Veda II.36.5 says eṣa sya te tanvo nṛmṇavardhanaḥ saha ojaḥ pradivi bāhvorhitaḥ | tubhyaṃ suto maghavan tubhyamābhṛtastvamasya brāhmanādā tṛpat piba || Translation of Ralph T.H. Griffith is as ...
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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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Is Brahma the personified Brahman?

Is Brahma the personified Brahman?. Is there any sect or Philosophy or philosopher who think that Brahma is the personified Brahman?. Why not Brahma is the personified Brahman, aren't they both have ...
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Total number of saguna parabrahmans in Hinduism

Parabrahman is the highest supreme god in Hinduism. Saguna brahman refers to the parabrahman with gunas. Saguna brahman is also called as Upasya Brahman. Siva, Vishnu, Krishna, Rama, Balarama, ...

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