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When, How and Why soul take entry first time into cycle of birth and death? [duplicate]

It's usual to say that we take birth by birth into different species based on our Karm and desires until one gets Moksha. After Moksha one will not take any more births. This makes us think When, Why ...
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Last rite ritual Mantras for non-humans

Here is the situation. Assuming Aliens exist & they visit earth. In that process one of them dies. Are there any scriptural notes on such situations as to how the body needs to be cremated? And ...
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Are there any classifications of death

I wish to know if death has classifications and what type of death is the best amongst those classifications
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What is the view of Vedanta on rebirth after dying by suicide? [duplicate]

Hindu Scriptures, Gita and Upanishads. Complete works of Vivekananda
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Pitru Tarpan for childless parents or with children not following Sanatan Dharma

Traditionally, we perform tarpan kriya either daily or yearly for our ancestors so that they either become free from their karma phal or it's effects are reduced. However, with increasing ...
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When to perform Amavasya Tarpana if Amavasya begins after 12 noon?

When Amavasya starts only after 12 noon, should amavasya tarpanam be performed on the same day after 12 noon or in the following day?
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What are the other instances where death or pain is not experienced by individual?

There are some instances in scriptures, where an individual is not experiencing either death or pain due to some qualities, such as being jivan muktha etc., I know two such instances: Prahlada, ...
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Who are Veeras? Does a devotee after death becomes a Veera?

Veeras are described in the Tantrik scriptures as the souls who have attained special blessings from the Deity they chant name of. Does it mean a devotee after death becomes a Veera? There are many ...
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The husband of my father's own sister has passed away. Does this mean me and family gets sutak?

The husband of my father's own sister has passed away. Does this mean me and family gets sutak ? If yes, how long does this sutak last ? According to my father, we only need to leave out tonight's ...
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Why we don't do any puja when someone dies? [duplicate]

I have heard that whenever someone dies, their relatives dont do any puja till 11th or 13th day, not sure about time. Is it mentioned in shastras?
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How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?
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Does a Jeevatman have any gender?

As discussed in this question - Does a soul have any gender? : No. All souls that enter the human body are not male because the soul (or the Self) doesn't have any gender. However, most people ...
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A couple without a son (in any form) is never freed from the Pitṛ Ṛṇa and becomes a preta?

In this QnA discussion, we have a remedy for couples who lack a son to clear off their "ancestor debt - " Manu Smriti: 9.127. He who has no son may make his daughter in the following manner ...
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Is planting a Peepal tree a remedy for "afterlife tarpaṇa" rituals, in case a couple doesn't have a male progeny?

Recently on a dhārmika TV channel, I heard a pundit talk on the importance of the Peepal tree. What caught my attention was when the pundit proclaimed that - " Planting a Peepal tree as a ...
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Can ashes be stored in house?

I was told that if one is unable to disperse ashes in river immediately then the same needs to be hung from tree. But should not be stored in house. Are there any scriptural references on what should ...
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Havishyana and prohibition on use of oil and soap during sutak

There are some rules I read on multiple sites that need to be followed during ashouch/sutak. Only havishyana (i.e boiled food that can be offered in havan) should be consumed till the 10th day. ...
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Should vrat be continued if it is interrupted by ashouch/sutak?

Let's say someone was doing vrat for the whole duration of Navratri. Then there is a a death in the family during this period. Should the person continue the fast or not? Is there a proper method ...
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What are some similar verses to Gita 2:26

BG 2.27: Death is certain for one who has been born, and rebirth is inevitable for one who has died. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable. Can you give some similar verses from the ...
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Why many good people suffer during death? [duplicate]

Lord jesus, pitamah bhisma (mahapurush), our freedom fighters, army officers, many leaders in the history, many warrior in the past war, ........ - had death by tremendous suffering. NOW, the ...
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Do all Non-Hindus remain as Pretas after death?

The Jivatma will remain as a Preta unless Śrāddha is done, but non-Hindus do not perform Śrāddha.
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What's the significance of Mṛta Sanjeevani Vidyā, when sages (like Bhṛgu Rishi) can revive dead people just by their tapas itself?

As I ask in this Question about some of my doubts in reference to the Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र), similarly, there have been several instances when sages have been able to revive the &...
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Complete theology of Vaitaraṇî River?

In my local community area, the recitation and listening of the Garuda Purana from the 8th to the 11th day ( within the 12 day period of after-death rituals for the deceased) by the family priest and ...
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Why only humans become ghosts but never any other organism?

Why only humans become ghosts/returning spirit, while there are uncountable organisms dying but never turn ghost. Is it because of the subconscious mind and it's strong memories to achieve something ...
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Origin of "Rãma Nãma Satya Hai"

"Rãma Nãma Satya Hai" "राम नाम सत्य है" i.e. The name of Ram is the truth, is commonly chanted by Hindus while carrying a dead body to be cremated. What might be its scriptural ...
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Is there any good book to compare western philosophy with Hindu philosphy?

I feel like the Western philosophy is inherently depressing and their world-view is mostly nihilistic, I want to juxtapose the Western philosophies with Hindu/Indian philosophy. Are there any good ...
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what is Nava Shraddha, Nagna Srardham , Vrishotsarga, Ekoddishta, Sapthaham, Maasika

In relation to rituals after death, I am looking for better clarity on the following topics:- Nagna Srardham Nava Shraddha Vrishotsarga Ekoddishta Saptaha Maasika: This is last chapter in the karma ...
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Defining Number Of Days For Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death within bloodlines (relatives)

I wanted to understand regarding the Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death of a relative. I wanted to know regarding number of days for Ashoucha(sutaka), and when and how we should follow the sutaka. And ...
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Does the body have to die for the soul to leave the body?

At the time of death the soul leaves the body, but the body also suffers destruction first before the soul leaves the body, like disease, brain failure, etc. My question is, is it possible for the ...
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What does Hinduism say about keeping the photo of a deceased child (who was a young adult)

What does Hinduism say about keeping the photo of a deceased child who was a young adult at the time? Can his/her portrait be kept in the living room surrounded with garland?
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If a person dies unnatural death accident or by murder, then is it also due to his/her karma?

We know that if a person does good or bad karma then he/she has to suffer during his time of death. So if a good person dies unfortunately by an accident or if he is murdered then does that also is ...
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Which scripture mentions about Kayarohana?

Kayarohana is a practice in Hinduism in which a person disappears instantly if (s)he wishes to die. Which scripture mentions about kayarohana?
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Is it mandatory to shave beard also along with head

After someone's demise, I know family member's go through a ritual where they shave off their head but I heard a new thing from my house Pandit Ji, he said now it is mandatory to shave beard also, ...
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Geeta somehow says do not grieve over the death of loved one: so are we doing adharma?

Geeta somehow says "do not cry when someone you love dies, keep doing Karma, birth and death are parts of life". I don't know the exact words, but it somehow says this (If someone could correct the ...
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Is this true that a person who dies in Kashi never gets reborn?

I heard that who are living in kashi, they never born after death in kashi, why they never born, is this speciality only for kashi (or) any other city it has, and why their life span of time move fast....
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What are the consequences of not doing shraddha for the departed ancestors?

I have heard people say that they can be bad. Are there ways to compensate for missed Shraddhas?
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Is it forbidden to unintentionally enter temples during Sutak?

There was a death in my family (my grandmother's brother), which I was unaware of, when visiting a nearby temple. I am aware that we should not be visiting temples during the after death rituals, ...
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What is the significance of Suutak? [duplicate]

When a family member dies, generally every member of that family observes a 13-day mourning period called Suutak. What is the significance of observing this period? meaning.. a person is not allowed ...
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Why is burial preferred over cremation for enlightened beings and children? [duplicate]

For enlightened beings and children, the order of preference is burial over cremation, there are exceptions though like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda were cremated. Some people ...
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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have came across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, Channelers in the West, who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...
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Near Death experience

I have heard this narration from one of my aunt and cousin. Narration 1 : My cousin's grandpa was an Acharya and in his old age, he was on bed and his son (my cousin's dad) went near him at night, ...
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Baby's Ashes Scattering Question [closed]

Our Baby boy was born early at 25 weeks. He passed away at 32 weeks. This happened in the US, and we cremated his body. I was advised by some people that babies/children's bodies usually is buried ...
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or conspiracies. ...
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Why the head of a dead person is hit when the body was consigned to the flames?

As a ritual, during Antyeṣṭi, the dead person's head is hit with a bamboo stick in between the burning of the whole body. As far as my understanding goes, this is done so that the person won't ...
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Does next birth take place instantly after death? [duplicate]

Personally I feel our thoughts will never be destroyed after death. Let me explain what I feel: If I die the world won't stop. Now I can't imagine the state after death. I mean it doesn't seem ...
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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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Should marriage happen within a year of losing of parent? [duplicate]

One of my Hindu friend from Maratha community lost his dad in an accident. Right after the last rites his relatives are forcing him to marry within a year or else he'll have to wait for 3 years as a ...
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Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? [duplicate]

Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? Is it moral? What does Hinduism say?
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During leaving body, does chanting and remembering eternal one help? [duplicate]

During leaving body, does chanting and remembering eternal one/parmatma affect next life? If yes, how? What's logic behind it? Are there references?
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Which species are Urdhvochhishta, Ardhochhishta and Ubhayochhishta?

The Dharma Kanda (Preta Kanda) of Garuda Purana contains a great detail on description of hell, the journey of our soul after death. It also contains detailed explanation of cremation rites to be ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...