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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Can we worship the Brahman as "Tadvana?

From this link,Taddha tadvanam nama tadvanam iti upasitavyam (Kena Upanishad) Meaning-"That is Adorable(Tadvanam); one should meditate on It as 'Adorable'." This is one Upanishadic meditation, ...
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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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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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Who is 'I' in this verse a specific deity or supreme Bramhan?

I don't know Rishi (my guess is that Rishi's are agniras and Atharvana/Bhrigu) or gods of the following verse of 11th hymn and 3rd kanda of Atharvana Veda यदि क्षितायुर्यदि वा परेतो यदि मृत्योरन्ति...
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Are Sri RamaKrishna's statements about attaining Brahman through Bhakti inline with Adi Shankara?

According to Shankaracharya, knowledge of Brahman can only be had through Jnana Yoga but recent Mahatmas like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa say that it can also be gotten through Bhakti Yoga. Why doesn't ...
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Anyone born an infant as per the vedas is a Brahman?

Is it really that we have not been following real vedas and the caste transformation is a trend brought down by the rulers in order to rule since as per vedas and Upanishads, any infant is a Brahman ...
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How this many caste classification occured - different in different states?

Was this many classification were there in ancient India .I believe there were only 4 classification of people in Purana. Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra Why we have this many caste ...
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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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Why did God manifest himself?

In the unmanifested state, there is no maya which means the soul was already in pure state. So why did God decide to manifest himself, why he created different universes? Under Maya, the same ...
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Are Brahmins really the main people of Hindus?

I know that Brahmins are very important in Hindu religion. Many rishis were Brahmins and some Gods were also Brahmins. Brahmins learnt the Vedas and taught the people. Does this mean Brahmins are the ...
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How can Brahman in unmanifested state reduce to the size of half a thumb?

Brahman has 2 states - manifested and unmanifested. The world we are living in is manifested. After Mahapralaya, everything is dissolved and all that remains is unmanifested state. In Gita, it is said ...
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What is Hierarchy/levels of beings from humans to Brahman?

In various references, incidents, anecdotes etc we come across beings like human, Deva, Gandharva, Yaksha, Pitru, Aditya, Rudra, Vasu (not Vaasu), Naga, Asura, Pitru etc. While the Bramhasutra ...
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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?
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Why does Adi Shankaracharya use “going to Brahman” metaphor in discussing why Brahman cannot be gone to?

As I discuss in the this answer, 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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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Here is What i understood after reading various stories from Puranas and Mahabharatha and theories of Creationism. Vishnu Purana states Vishnu is Supreme God or Supreme Brahman. Also I read ...
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Approach to the Ultimate/Absolute Truth (Jnana)

I want to get/achieve/realize/attain the Ultimate/Absolute Truth (Aatman & Brahman). And I think Jnana path is perfect for this. And I believe if one truly achieves Jnana, then one gets moksha ...
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Does son of a realized sage become Brahman by birth?

Will the child of a realized soul become realized by birth automatically?
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Are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh seperate or just different forms of Brahman? [duplicate]

Are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh present or these are just different forms taken by Brahman as per the action that needed to be performed?
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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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Has Hinduism ever tried to enfold Christianity (or other semitic religions)?

I am currently reading Swami Prabhavananda The Spiritual Heritage of India (1962) and find it very clear and informative (better than e.g. Heinrich Zimmer's Philosophies of India so far). Early on it ...
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What does the Vivarana school of Advaita believe about the nature of Avidya?

It's well known that the Sri Vaishnava sect, which subscribes to the Visishtadvaita philosophy of Ramanujacharya, is divided into two sects, the Thenkalais and Vadakalais as I discuss here. Less well-...
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Is it true that one who put ash to their forehead will go for Kailas after death?

Is it true that one who put ash to their forehead will go for Kailasa after death? This belief is trusted by smartha brahmins community
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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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Where is the passage about silence and Brahman preserved by Adi Shankaracharya?

In this excerpt from his book "Spiritual Heritage of India", Swami Prabhavananda quotes a number of passages from the Upanishads concerning the indescribability of Brahman. In particular, ...
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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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Good and Bad Creation

Somebody said in one of my other questions "In the beginning when creation occurs, God Himself enters the creation as good and bad and manifests as different material nature". But why would God ...
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Is there any scripture that tells story about Lord Vishnu and MahaVishnu?

As per the Shiva Purana, there is a main God Shiva who is Nirakara and thereafter his physical manifestation who is known as Shankara. I know that different Hindu texts about different Gods treat ...
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What is the meaning of 'fifth' in the following shloka?

भयद्सग्निस्तपति भयात्तपति सूर्यः || भयादिन्द्रश्च वायुश्च मृतुर्धावति पञ्चम: ||३|| Kathopanishad Chapter 2 valli (shloka/verse) 3 Meaning: From fear of bramhan fire burns, from fear(of bramhan) the ...
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Why does God allow us to suffer?

If God is a force of good then why is there so much suffering in this world? I thought I had understood the answer to this question after watching this video. Basically it says that if we ...
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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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Jivatma and Paramatma are totally seperate [closed]

Sri Sri Vijayeendra Tirtha (Paramaguru of Sri Raghavendra Tirtha) Explains through a simple analogy or Upamaanam. Â Mahan Sri Vijayeendra Tirthar jestingly asks: Â "Will a mother willingly and ...
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Who has created Trimurti? Adishakthi or Brahman? [duplicate]

In my childhood, I heard a myth that Goddess Adishakthi created Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu (I am familiar with this myth). But now I am listening new myth such as Brahman is the one who made Shiva, ...
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Can saints get back to normal state?

I would like to know whether saints can get back to the normal state like us after realization? I mean like us with desires, fear and dualities. Can they get back to state of normal people after God ...
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Is the ultimate consciousness infinite?

I would like to know whether the ultimate consciousness is finite or infinite. Can anyone know the supreme being completely or even for the liberated souls, there would be something still they should ...
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How applicable is the phrase “I am God” to Hinduism?

"I am God" if a human said it, truly believing it, that is. I know there are concepts like those of Brahman and Paramatma which indicate a unity of divinity, as well as the Sanskrit phrase "Tat twam ...
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Why do Hindus worship different Gods if they believe in only one God which is parabrahma?

Why do Hindus worship different avatars of Gods and aspects of nature like Sun, Snake, Cow etc if they believe in only God which is Parabrahma?
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What is the difference between God and Devi-Devta or are they same?

Is there a difference between God and Devi-Devta or are they same? As we know there are thousands of devis and devas, are they the same as God or is there any difference between them? If they are ...
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Does “day of Brahma” refer to the Trimurtic creator deity or to the supreme Brahman?

In Hindu cosmology, particularly long periods of time are reckoned in terms of units like "days of Brahma", where one day of Brahma is equal to 4.32 billion "human" years. I always thought that the "...
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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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