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I have intrusive thoughts about God [closed]

So I have a psychological problem where I get intrusive thoughts. These intrusive thoughts are usually about God/Devi's. These thoughts are really bad. They consist of sexual thoughts about the Devi's ...
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Has Balaram ever reincarnated in this world?

Scriptures say Balaram the older brother of Krishna departed this world whilst in a mediative state and the white spirit snake left through his mouth, and not through Brahmarandhra. Does that mean he ...
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What scripture is Manavala Mamunigal referencing where the Devas do Sharanagati after being defeated by the Asuras?

The Sri Vachana Bhushanam is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Pillai Lokacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Sriman Narayana as a means to attain Moksha and ...
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Why do Gods interact with just humans and not animals?

From the Kurukshetra war to Ramayana, Gods have always to come to play their role among humans only and do not interact with animals. Why do the Gods only perform deeds with humans? like Indra ...
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Can somebody be happy?

Nobody in the world is absolutely happy. If a person does bad karma in previous life/this life, the person is punished. If this is not the case, god is happy with the person. But in many stories (like ...
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Significance of certain deities using a particular animal as their vehicle

The Hindu texts are replete with references of deities using a particular animal as their primary vehicle. E.g., Ganesha has a mouse for his vehicle, Shiva uses an ox (Nandi), while Karthikeya is ...
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Does any scripture mention that forms of God or Goddess are symbolic?

Often I read different interpretations of the Forms of God. For example, the ten hands of Durga repesent the ten directions, the standing of Kali over Shiva repesent the Saguna Brahman or Prakriti ...
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Is there any god / deity for the mathematics?

"An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God." Famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan was a very religious person. So much that, despite having health issues in ...
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Battle between devatas in the Vedic shrutis

The puranas and Itihasa are famous for several battles between devatas and/or their own incarnations. At the highest level there are accounts of Shiva fighting with Vishnu , Vishnu fighting with ...
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Attitude towards other devatas

A sadhaka is focused on his or her Ishta devata. What should be his/her attitude towards other devatas? What do our scriptures say in this regard?
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What scriptures say that Prana Pratishtha is removed by a Chandala's touch?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Why is an 'a' added at the end to names of Hindu gods and holy books? [duplicate]

Shiv became Shiva, Ram became Rama, Ved became Veda, Ramayan becomes Ramayana, Mahabharat becomes Mahabharata, and the list goes on. Why did the names change? Not just in Hindus but also in other ...
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Cow and position of Devas

The picture shows the sacred cow, Gomata, and the position of Devas (Gods) in Gomata. How was the position of Gods determined? For example, why is Shiva shown between the eyebrows? Why are Bhairava ...
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

I am talking about monotheism and polytheism. When we refer to bagavat Gita we can see that bagvan gives answer to this, he is the creator, preserver and destroyer.
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Can gods appear to a turiya person

Can gods appear to a turiya person, by doing tapas or mantra with pure devotion combined with bodily spiritually purity, , as well as is it possible to ask for and get boons or astras? Considering ...
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Where all gods left? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, at the start of Kaliyuga all gods left from earth and no one knows where they went. Till Kaliyuga they were staying on earth so where they all went and how/when will they come ...
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Indra and Vritra – The Tale of the Vajrayudha

The legend is as follows: Indra, the King of the Devas, was once driven out of Devaloka by an asura named Vritra. This asura was the recipient of a boon which made him invulnerable to any known ...
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How did the rishis know what the gods looked like?

In Hindu texts (such as Mahabharata) god is depicted with features more or less similar to homo sapiens. So how did the rishis/munis who wrote Vedas/Purans after listening to Ākāśavāni predicted how a ...
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How Skanda in North India to Kandha (Lord muruga) in South India?

While reading an article I got this line, The references to Murugan can be traced back to the first millennium BCE. There are references to Murugan in Kautilya's Arthashastra, in the works ...
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Does any of the gods or goddesses ever cry?

Does any of the Gods or Goddesses ever cry even up to this very day like we humans do?
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Did Lord Muruga and Lord Ganesh have their navels from birth?

Lord Muruga (Kartikeya) born from the third eye of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh was made as a doll and given life by Goddess Parvathi. So both of them didn't have their own navels. Generally navel is ...
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Does god forgive those who are not aware of hindu traditions?

In recent days, when you ask someone that what is hinduism, there are many chances that you will get incorrect answers. This might be because the current education system that does not teach about ...
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If God exists why doesn't he want to be seen?

It is a question which has bothered me for a while. If we know that God exists why doesn't he want to be seen? Why is it that no human being has a true description of the God?
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The Epicurean Paradox or the Riddle of Epicurus goes something like this: If God is willing to prevent evil but not able, then He is not omnipotent. If He is able (to prevent evil) but not ...
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Was Rama a god?

Rama was born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha and become the ruler of Ayodhya Kingdom. Can Rama be considered as Lord.
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Which god is responsible for smarana in humans?

A person may have so much knowledge and the required knowledge has to be remembered at a particular time to accomplish a task. It is called as smarana (getting remembrance). Which god is responsible ...
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Reconcilling Vedas with existence of Rama, Krishna and related questions

I've read Satyarth Prakash and my religious notions held for decades were shaken. I need to know answers to the following questions. If Vedas say God is unborn formless, how were Rama and Krishna ...
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Do Gods help us in controlling desires?

I am asking this question because I went to Shani Deva temple, and I asked to walk with me and help me control lustfull thoughts. And it has worked. Shani Deva helps me to control my lust. I want to ...
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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

Please mention the shloka that explicitly states that there are 33 crores of Hindu Gods. Please do not quote Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, because I think it just states that there are 33 gods. Not 33 ...
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What is the meaning of 33 koti in reference to Hindu gods? [duplicate]

In a TV series it was mentioned that 33 koti does not mean 33 crore which is what the general public including me know about the number of Hindu gods. It means 33 important gods which includes adityas ...
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Belief In God or Knowledge Of God. Which is better?

A lot of people in the society believe in God, but barely have knowledge of God. Does God help them? Belief is better or knowledge of God? Or belief after knowledge of God? The question arises: ...
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Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of the Parameswara Tantram and the Vadavanaliya Tantram?

Paarameshwara tantra ( Contains Unmatta bhairava panchanga) Vaadavaanaliya Tantra ( Contains Shweta Kaalii panchanga) Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of these two Tantras? Is it ...
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How many indra are there till now?

I came to know that "Indra" is nothing but a designation/post given to a person. so I want to know that how many Indra are there till now and what was there family background (like there real name,...
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In which scripture does the Sun named Gabhasti appear

In the Hanumatsahasranaama from Rudrayaamala one of the name is Gabhastigraasako. A few years ago I came across a stanza in sanskrit which roughly translated meant " ...At that time, in the ...
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Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā

I've compared these two wives of Kaśyapa, Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā, and it seems like they're both said to have given birth to the Apsaras Alambuṣā, Miśrakeśī, Vidyutparṇā, etc. Are these different sets of ...
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Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
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Do our scriptures talk about life span of Tridev? [duplicate]

Brahma, Vishnu (Vishnu of the Universe, not eternal Maha Vishnu who resides in Paramapadam), Rudra (not the eternal Shiva) are the trimurthis where Brahma's life span is 100 years is defined. ...
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How Does Hindu Dharma Differ from Other Religions? [closed]

There are so many religions and every religion believes that there is some God. There are good people who want to do good Karma. Why is the need for so many religions and why isn’t there only one ...
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Are the eight directions and their deities associated with eight orifices of body?

Are the eight directions and their deities associated with eight orifices of body? If so, can someone please list the deities associated with each of the orifices, and their associated organs?
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Should we worship God according to our ability?

I've seen videos on the internet where people are worshiping god, almost all the time... They suggest to do so too... It really makes me uncomfortable, as I am not much spiritual. Is it necessary to ...
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What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda?

In Bengal, there are many temples of 'Panchananda'. I do not know whether any temple of this deity exists outside of Bengal. What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda? ...
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Does Hindus believe that one can see god after death as per Advaitha?

Can we see god after death as per Advaitha. Advaitha says that we can see the god when we went into deep medidation state, then what about death? so as death is not that deep meditation state, then ...
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Does bacteria and virus have souls in them? [duplicate]

Even bacteria and virus have souls in them.? According to vedas how many living species are in to this world?
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Is it necessary to do meditation on God?

Okay. So I've been doing meditation. It has lots of techniques, I do it from a meditation app. Is it necessary that we do meditation in concentration of god? I just take the name of the lord and ...
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Following Your Passion/ Dreams against Hinduism?

A lot of people are talking about following their passion and living the life they dream of. Living the life of freedom. That makes complete sense to me as one should live life rather than making it ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita a success manual?

A lot of people I see refer to Bhagavad Gita as success manual, many successful people like Dr. Vivek Bindra, Mahatma Gandhi, and even Einstein. Have referred to it. Does Bhagvad Gita prepares us for ...
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How can all deities be equal when the Bhagavad Gita says the opposite?

Modern Smarthas often claim all deities are equal and that worshipping any deity grants liberation. However, we find in the Bhagavad Gita that Krishna makes a fine distinction between Him and the ...
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Devayana, Pitrayana and Progressive Salvation

Hinduism talks about paths a a departed soul would take Devayana- Path for liberated souls Pitrayana- Path of Ancestors , taken by not so sinful souls Adhoyana - Path of sinners , directly to hell. ...
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Whom do I worship? [duplicate]

I am really confused now, which god one should worship. Is that one should worship all the gods? or according to ones needs, or ones material nature?
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Is there any avatar supposed to be born between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki?

I am curious if an avatar between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki is supposed to be born no matter of what god we are talking, no matter if its an incarnation of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, ...