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Hindu Cosmology upholds the idea that creation is timeless, having no beginning in time. Each creation is preceded by dissolution and each dissolution is followed by creation. The whole cosmos exists in two states - the unmanifested or undifferentiated state and the manifested or differentiated state. This has been going on eternally.

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What is cosmic light referred to as?

In his book "God Talks with Arjuna", Paramahansa Yogananda says this: God manifests in creation as the Cosmic Vibration, which expresses itself as Cosmic Sound and Cosmic Light. The Cosmic Sound or ...
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Do Vaishnavism and Shaivism differ on whether all souls ultimately achieve liberation (moksha)?

There is a very short, one paragraph-long Wikipedia article on nitya-samsarins, or eternally transmigrating souls, as classified by Sri Madhvacharya. Sri Madhva also classifies souls into mukti-yogyas ...
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Do stars come back to the exact same positions after completion of the axial precession cycle?

Do stars come to exact same positions in next same age after completion of axial precession (after all other stars/ astrological sign ruling days are over, the current one comes again after full cycle)...
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Bhagvatam and planet Earth [duplicate]

In the cosmological section of bhagvatam (canto 5 i think) is there a mention about, Earth being flat ? Earth centered system (geo-centric theory) ?
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Agama and Purana cosmology

I have read about cosmology in Puranas as well as Agamas to an extent. What is the main difference between Puranic and Agamic cosmology? Is there any difference at all?
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What are the 7 continents as per Hindu Cosmology?

According to Bhagavata Purana, Agnidhara Idhmajihva Yajnabahu Mahavira, Hiranyareta, Medhatithi, Ghrtaprstha Savana Vitihotra Kavi These are the names of the Priyavrata. Seven (out of ten ...
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Kshira Samudra- The Milk Ocean

The Supreme Lord, Vishnu is said to recline on an ocean of milk. This is mentioned in Bhagavatam 8.5.24: śrī-śuka uvāca ity ābhāṣya surān vedhāḥ saha devair arindama | ajitasya padaṁ ...
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How does the concept of reincarnation fit in with heaven and hell? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand how the concept of the 7 heavens and 7 hells fits in with reincarnation in Hinduism. It was my understanding that a person with Sattvic qualities would be reborn to Sattvic ...
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Are devas stars?

Deva means heavenly, divine, bright, shining one Each Deva is not a permanent specific individual entity but the certain ruling position, titles each held by a reborn soul in higher dimensions that ...
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A question about kāla [closed]

kāla is a sanskrit Homonym word with two completely different meanings, one being time (concept of time) another one being anything related to black color, black, dark, darkness. I was recently ...
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What is the difference between Indra loka, Deva loka and Vaikuntha?

I want to know the differences if any among the following Lokas: 1.Indra Loka 2.Deva loka 3.Vaikuntha
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Where does Manu currently live?

Manu is supposedly the progenitor of mankind. Even the English word "man" is derived from his name. There are 14 Manus in each day of Brahma. The current Manu is Vaivasvata, and he is currently ...
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Scriptures about Atmosphere

In which scripture it is mentioned that there is no atmosphere outside the earth?
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Where do the Puranas say the Earth goes above Devaloka?

As I discuss in 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 Vyasa ...
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What are the names of the Kalpas as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavat Mahapurana or in any other scriptures?

Kalpa is a period of time as per Hindu scriptures - each Brahma Rules over various Kalpas, each Kalpa consisting of 14 Manvantaras. Can I have the names of all the Kalpas? NOTE: I want the names of ...
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The Bhumi Geetha

What is Bhumi Geetha and what is its effect in the present kali yuga? What is the universal history the special qualities of each age, movement of time, cosmic maintenance influenced in the Bhumi ...
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Could reincarnation be intergalactic?

According to any scripture, is the process of reincarnation within Samsara always intra-galactic (the self stays on Earth and reincarnates as people or animals), or are there any texts which could be ...
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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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What is the Story behind Jambudweep?

In this Shlokha, which talks about the geography of the Ancient India? Sloka as follows: Jambudveepe Bharatha Varshe Bharata Khande Here I got some different views from Different scholars ...
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What is the duration (Timeline) of the four “Yugas”?

What is the duration (timeline) of the four Yugas in Hindu cosmology?
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What scriptures describe Shwetadvipa being underground with gates at Tirupati and other places?

In Hindu cosmology, the Earth is said to have seven Dvipas or islands. Many people (myself included) believe that the seven Dvipas refer to the seven continents, which is why Hindu rituals in India ...
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Deluge in Hinduism - some clarifications needed [closed]

Trying to understand the great deluge in Hinduism, I am in need of some clarifications. Do not assume any prior knowledge. When did this great deluge exactly happen according to Hindu scriptures? Are ...
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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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What specifics can be known about past or future universes according to Hinduism?

Here is another quote from Swami Prabhavananda The Spiritual Heritage of India (1962) that offers a fascinating view on the physical world we life in: This process of creation and dissolution goes ...