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

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Why has God created material system/universe?

Was He not satisfied with His Transcendental worlds? Why He manifested His illusionary material potency "maya", somewhat a punishment based system of birth and death, heaven and hell, for jivatma (...
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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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Is there any verse in the Rig Veda Samhita that says only Indra existed before creation?

Here is the premise of the argument given by Shaivas and Vaishnavas to show that their deities are the supreme Brahman. Quoting and slightly paraphrasing from Nadadur Ammal's Para Tattva Nirnaya: ...
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Was there ever an Aindra sect? Devotees of Indra who believed that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman?

Many people today are saying that Indra is the supreme Brahman. This theory is primarily advocated by people who reject the Upanishads and believe that the Rig Veda Samhita is the only true Veda. ...
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Fundamental difference between jivan mukta and saguna parabrahman

Saguna parabrahman is a parabrahman with gunas (say Krishna). Jivan mukta is a person who attained moksha but living due to prarabda (say Jada bharata). What is the fundamental difference between a ...
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Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to claim that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman?

Many people today are saying that Indra is the supreme Brahman. This theory is primarily advocated by people who reject the Upanishads and believe that the Rig Veda Samhita is the only true Veda. Did ...
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Is there any refutation of the idea that Indra is Brahman?

Some people think that Indra is Brahman. The Vedas have lots of verses that say things like "Prana is Brahman", "Akasha is Brahman", "Indra is Brahman", "Shiva is Brahman", etc. Hence, some people ...
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Who created god (parabrahman)?

According to Hinduism scriptures, who created parabrahman? Is parabrahman itself created parabrahman (self-creation)? Or is there any other entity created parabrahman?
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Does the liberated human (Jivan Mukta) has the same knowledge as brahman?

If a person's soul get liberate(Jivan Mukta) and alive, then does his knowledge is equal to the knowledge of brahman?
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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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How can a brahmin attain powers in Kaliyuga similar to the Trikala Gnana brahmarshi's or Saptharishi's in other yugas?

How can a brahmin attain powers in Kaliyuga similar to the power of Trikala Gnana brahmarshi's or Saptharishi's in other yugas? Examples: Vasishta, Agasthya, Atri, Gautama, Kashyapa, Bharadvaja, ...
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lokavat tu lila kaivalyam [Brh. Su. - 2.1.33] - The creation is merely a sport of Brahman

lokavat tu lila kaivalyam [Brahma Sutras - 2.1.33] The creation is merely a sport of Brahman. So does it look like God created us for fun?
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Do anyone has infinite tapas Shakti (power) other than Brahman?

It is well known that Brahman has infinite power. Other than him, in general, sages have tapas power due to their tapas and can be used for their wish such as cursing someone or for own purposes or ...
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What is the Navavidha Bhakti?

Bhakti is intense devotion and supreme love for God. There is no expectation of anything in Bhakti marga. This higher feeling is indescribable in words. It has to be sincerely experienced by the ...
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Do vedas says that Ishwar is shapeless / formless?

Why and how The Ishwar is shapeless / formless ? Answer only if having vedic references
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How worship will help to merge with brahman?

How can worship help to get self-realization? If I chant 'Om Namah Shivaya' continuously, then will that give me moksha? If Chanting is also part of worship, what is the connection between chanting ...
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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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if Brahman has no attributes like mind,memory.Then how he created universe?

if Brahman has no attributes like mind,memory.Then how he created universe?if we say maya created with the presence of brahman. maya is jada.if i want to create some thing i have to use my mind to ...
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Is this statement supported or contradicted by the scriptures?

I read an opinion in a book that states All the doctrines (or 'Vada-s like Advaitavada, Vishistadvaitavada, Dvaitavada, Achintyabhedabhedavada etc) are partial truths because these are expressed by ...
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How do I remember “ब्रह्म”(Brahman) while working in office?

I have always been taught that one should offer all his work to "ब्रह्म" (Supreme God), which seem to be very difficult while working in office. I have been trying to remain conscious about what I do, ...
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What's the difference between nirguna brahman of Advaitins and impersonal brahman of Gaudiyas?

Gaudiyas believe in an impersonal brahman aspect of Absolute Truth. BG 14. 27 brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham I am the basis of the impersonal Brahman Hari Vamsa, Visnu Parva 114: tat ...
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What are the views of Achintya Bheda Abheda on Nirguna Brahman?

In the Advaita Vedanta, Nirguna Brahman refers to a formless God without qualities and is the supreme. In Vishishtadvaita, it refers to God without negative qualities. However, I want to know what ...
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Is there any influence of time on Brahman?

It is believed that the Supreme God is beyond the time. But this verse from Srimad Bhagavatham says Supreme God's one second (less than a second actually) is equal to life span of Brahma. कालोऽयं ...
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Why do Advaitins strive to realize Brahman if only Brahman exists?

If, as Advaitins say, only Brahman ultimately exists then why do saints like Shankaracharyas and others strive to realise Brahman and for that live an austere life? After all, in Advaita Brahman ...
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World is real even according to Advait Vedanta?

While reading a Jivanmuka Shri Ramana Maharshi I read the following passage (You can/should read more from here) - The Vedantins do not say that the world is unreal. That is a misunderstanding. If ...
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How long a day in brahmaloka releative to bhuloka [duplicate]

How long a day eclipsed in brahmaloka when compared to bhuloka and Brahmaloka is nothing but a blackhole??where time passes very slow??
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How could Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath accept Advaita Vedanta being in the Ramanandi-sect?

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, a renowned saint from Bengal was from the Ramanuja-Ramananda Sect. He used tilaka as per Ramanuja-Ramananda sect and was revered by many saints from all sects and religions ...
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Was Shankara a bhakta of Saguna Brahman Narayana or did he consider Nirguna Brahman to be supreme?

If Shankara considered Nirguna Brahman superior, or in other words, if he was a promoter of Nirguna Brahman, then why did he mention the name of Narayana (as his ishta devata) in the introduction of ...
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Is Brahman androgynous?

If Nirguna Brahman is really genderless, then why it's shakti (maya) is considered feminine, while the non-shakti part is considered masculine? Doesn't that make IT an androgynous being? It is ...
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How to pray to Brahman?

How do I pray to Bhraman to help me achieve unification with Him? I want to know how to meditate on Him. I want to achieve liberation. I want to end my desires.
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Why Does Torture Exist? [duplicate]

please give me your best explanation from a spiritual point of view (from Brahman's point of view). I am not talking about what can be called "meaningful pain." I am speaking of meaningless pain, ...
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What is the difference between Devata, Upadevata and Apadevata?

What is the difference between Devata, Upadevata and Apadevata? We have come across these terms several times and each is referred to the same entity consciously or not consciously. People use the ...
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According to Advaita, what is the difference between Ishwara and Brahman?

I would like to know the difference between Ishwara and Brahman. If Ishwara is saguna rupa of Brahman then is it real or maya?
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How can Brahman be the 'Anga-jyoti' of Sri Krishna?

The followers of Bhagavan Sri Chaitanya describes Brahman as the Aura or 'Anga-jyoti' of Sri Krishna. But according to our scriptures, Brahman is beyond mind and to be realised by the Self losing the ...
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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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In Which Upanishad Can I Find The Story of the Creation of the Universe by Brahman?

I only know a very basic narrative of the Brahman mythology - Brahman splits itself into Trimurti (Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu) and Trimurti give rise to countless other forms and consciousness. ...
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Some questions about Brahman [duplicate]

I recently became very interested in Hindu mythology and would love to hear from well-read individuals who really have a thorough understanding of the Vedas. I have just 2 questions for now: 1) Why ...
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Concept of Brahman according to different commentators of the Brahma-Sutra

Sri Adi Sankaracharya and the Acharyas of four major Vaishnava sects have written commentaries on Brahma-Sutra. How is the concept of Brahman different in each commentary from the other? A am asking ...
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Who is actually learning? Is it Atman or me?

If I am learning something like learning physics or chemistry or maths means who is learning? Is it Atman or my brain? If Atman means why can't it (Atman) realize after death that I belong to this ...
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Do any verses in the Vedas declare Agni to be the Highest Brahman?

After seeing this answer, I wish to know whether there are any verses declare Agni to be Highest Brahman (since he is frequently mentioned as Indra). Are there any such verses?
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According to ISKCON, what is the difference between Brahmavada and Mayavada?

As it is well known, ISKCON (and other Vaishnavas for that matter) strongly criticize philosophy of Advaita. Srila Prabhupada himself criticized Mayavada in his various commentaries on Vaishnava ...
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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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Are Rama and Krishna incarnations of Vishnu or Brahman?

Brahman , the all prevailing , the endless , the formless , the all-loving and merciful the seed soul of us all . And Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh are just the names given by us to HIM performing his ...
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How do Advatins classify Vaikuntha and other lokas according to their philosophy?

Do advaitins believe in Vaikuntha and other lokas and see them as eternal?
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Why does nirguna brahman manifest only in 5 forms?

I know that Shiva, Durga, Vishnu, Surya and Ganesha are counted as manifestations of Nirguna brahman. Or in other way when nirguna brahman is seen through lens of maya, it is seen in 5 different ways. ...
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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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Is the formless Krishna supreme?

I was told by an elder that according to the oldest Purana, the formless Krishna is supreme and he created the Trinity. He is not that Krishna who is lord Vishnu's avatar and all the other gods ...
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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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Differences in explanation for this verse “Yato vā imāni bhutāni jāyante” which describe the parabrahman

In few upanyasams by Srivaishnava scholars, on the question of what is Brahman, I have come across this verse from Taittirīya Upanishad - Yato vā imāni bhutāni jāyante; yena jātāni jivanti; yat ...
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What is the meaning of this shloka and in what context it was written?

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते। पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते॥ When I fed it to search engine, I got many explanations by different people according to their understanding. I ...