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If god is one then why there are different ending to the world according to different religion?

I am really confused every religion seems to claim the message of god then why they are so different?Why there are different endings.There is second coming in the Christians?Every religion seems to ...
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Have you ever had a godly experience?

Have you ever had any experience with god?
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Do Demons ever pretend to be Gods?

Do Demons ever appear to people on Earth, disguised as Gods, in order to promote immoral and blasphemous behaviors? If so, how can we tell the difference between a real God and a demon pretending to ...
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How do Devas experience time?

I just realized that as the Devas created this world, (which includes our space and time), they must experience space and time in a way that is not just quantitatively different, but also ...
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When will god protect?

I have heard god protects the good. I have heard Krishna saying jab jab dharm ki hani hoti hain tab tab main ata hu. But then why is not adharm getting over. Why god doesnt stop crimes.It is making me ...
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Have any theologians speculated about the nature of Devas?

Have any scholars throughout history done any in-depth thinking on the subject of what Devas (such as Indra, Surya, Agni) are? On their nature and mode of existence? I'm not just looking for ...
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How many devas are there in total?

There are 33 devas mentioned in Vedas and more in other scriptures, but are there more devas that are not mentioned in scripture and are unknown to us? Is there the possibility of an infinite number ...
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Can you give me examples where riteous people used deceit?

How many incidents are there in the Mahabharata, Srimad Vagbat Gita, and Ramayana where riteous people (gods, avatars, or saints) used deception to achieve their purposes? Can you list those?
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How do we know if god is angry on someone?

What scriptures mention about when god is angry on anyone? Will he be angry if we wont give much attention to him? I rarely went to Ganesh mandap during these 9 days Ganesh utsav, will he be angry on ...
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Equivalent of Seven Archangels of Zorastrianism in Vedic Religion?

Zorastrianism and Early Vedic religion ar every similar, scholars even opine that they were one religion and got split into two, or one originated from the other. Now in Zorastrianism there are seven ...
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Do Devas normally have a physical location?

Devas have bodies that are made of a matter very different from the matter of our experience. Do devas normally have a physical location, under typical circumstances? Please source your answers from ...
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How do you debate an atheist as a practising hindu?

In today's world it is inevitable that you would run into atheist of any kind(neo-atheist, celebrity atheist etc.) and they are always trying to bring you down for being a believer. How do you counter ...
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Do Devas Serve Bhagavan?

Do Devas serve Bhagavan? Are they obedient to Bhagavan? Cite theologians please, not just scripture alone.
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Where there any theologians who held that devas don’t have independent jivas?

Where there any Hindu theologians throughout history who held that devas don’t have independent, separate, jivas in the same sense that a living organism has a jiva? I’m not asking for your view. I’m ...
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Are the devas immortal?

Do the devas have finite lifespans? Or do they live perpetually? Please cite scholars, not just scripture alone.
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Can two devas occupy the same space?

Can two or more devas occupy the same space? Another question: Can a deva be in two or more places at once? Cite theologians please.
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Do devas have length, height, and width?

If devas have a length, width, and height? Or do they have no physical size? Another question: Do devas have a physical location, or are they without any physical location.
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Is a belief in god required to be Hindu?

I am reading Shashi Tharoor's take on Hinduism, the following is written: There are simply no binding requirements to being a Hindu, not even a belief in God. Could the truth or falsity of this ...
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Do devas have physical bodies?

Do devas have bodies? Or are they purely spiritual beings? If they do have bodies, what type of matter is it made out of? If they don’t have bodies, then do they have physical location? Do they have ...
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Do devas commit sins?

Do the devas ever commit immoral actions? Or are they always morally perfect? If they do sin, then in what manner do they sin?
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Existence of Maya

Would God help only those who are Good ( I know this is false as there are many stories in which he helped people who were under Maya ) still what I don't get is Why can't he help everyone know that ...
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Meaning of "becoming Pure" by reciting a slokha

Slokha:- Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-Avasthaam Gato-[A]pi Vaa | Yah Smaret-Punnddariikaakssam Sa Baahya-Abhyantarah Shucih || Meaning:- 1: Om, if one is Apavitra (Impure) or Pavitra (Pure), or ...
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Is there a database of all the divine, human and demonic characters in Hindu scriptures and Mythology?

We have so many the divine, human and demonic characters in Hindu scriptures and Mythology. Is there a database of all these characters? If not I was thinking of creating one but I know that this will ...
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Who is the king of Paathal lok? Bali or Mahiravan?

We know that Vaman avatar is before Ram avatar. If Bali is king of Paathal lok then who will be Mahi Ravan who ruled Paathal lok during Ramayan? i.e. Bali is temporary king?
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Why we cannot touch Lord Shani idol?

I am not finding any answers for why someone should not touch Lord Shani idol, so I am asking here. Last time I visited a Hanuman temple where as usual I touched feet of Hanuman and put on my eyes, ...
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Why are the GODS described as 'wicked' in RAMCHARITMANAS? Why could they not stand AYODHYA's Prosperity?

In AYŌDHYĀ KĀND, after the coronation of SHRĪ RĀMA is announced, the GODS are said to be distressed at the news, and pray to GODDESS SARASWATĪ to manipulate the circumstances such that SHRĪ RĀMA may ...
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Isn't it time to stop using the term "god" or "goddess" for our ideals?

Dharmic traditions are not encoded "belief systems", so why borrow terms from Christianity or Islam? Some may argue that we can use such terms "generically", but why? Does Deva, ...
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Esoteric meaning of bhagwan and bhakta

In general, by calling "bhagwan", we refer God only and by "bhakta", we refer Devotees only. Is there any esoteric meaning to these terms which goes beyond general understanding? ...
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Are there any other incidents/writings that explicitly support the existence of 'crores' of divine beings?

Many experts in Sanathan dharma may hold different opinions on the existence of thirty-three crore of gods/goddesses. Our site has also questions related to it 1,2. Although this question is not ...
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Is any god name eligible for nama japa?

Although, in general, it takes more time than mantra japa to achieve results in nama japa, nama japa is a great path for all people in Kaliyuga. It is extremely simple and needs no strict rules and ...
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Are there texts classified as Brahmanas that contain Taratamya of deities?

Taratamya: Gradation, proportion, relative importance, comparative value. The Paingirahasyabrahmana is alleged to do so: Does this alleged extended citation from Paingi Rahasya Brahmana invalidate &...
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What are all the entities that are induced by ones kula (कुल)?

The word कुल is used across scriptures in different contexts. I am using the meaning of family here. Many entities are induced in an individual born in a kula. I want to know all the entities that are ...
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Is there a hierarchy of power among humans,Devas and Gods?

In Greek mythology, humans sometimes defeat Gods - for example, in the Trojan war, the Greek hero Diomedes is said to have wounded goddess Aphrodite and even the God of war, Ares himself. Are there ...
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What if someone makes a two contradictory vows to a god?

What if someone makes two contradictory vows to a god? Would they be unable to ever achieve moksha?
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Is the deity of the Sun (Surya) a 'Devatā', or a 'Bhagvān, ' according to major sects?

What's the status of Surya as a deity as per acharyas of major sects (currently Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shaktas)? Adi Shankaracharya listed him as one of the five equally worship-worthy Pañcayatan deities. ...
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Favourite colour of Vishnu

I am planning to buy a Rose plant, I would love to know Maha Vishnu's favourite colour (Probably Krishna's and Narasimha's, as they are my ishta and kula devas), I would love to buy the rose colour ...
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Do different stotras for same god have different effects?

Do different stotras for same god have different effects? For example, if I want to recite stotra for god Hanuman, should I recite Maruti Stotra (in my mother tongue Marathi, written by Swami Ramdas) ...
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Is there any scriptural proof that shri krishna's name is three times more powerful as of Shri Ram

I came across many gaudiya Vaishnavas saying such. Is there any scriptural proof??
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How are sages able to travel the multiverse?

From what I understand this can only be accomplished by the help of at least 1 deity?
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Which Gods and other immortals are living on the Earth today?

Lord Shiva is said to live on Mount Kailash which is said to be in Tibet. People claim to have sighted Ashwatthama in northern India. Any others?
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Is god ultimately responsible for cancer?

Does Hinduism have a monotheistic god? If yes, is he/she/it ultimately responsible for diseases like cancer? On one hand scientists are trying hard to find a cure for known variants of cancer and god ...
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Growing animals and killing for food is not a sin?

I have heard a lot about the killing of animals as a sin. Some say it's a food cycle that can be justified. But why one should grow to kill that in unconditional ways? A normal chicken growth takes ...
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Who is the god of soil?

Who is the god of soil in Hinduism? What is the name of the god of soil in Vedas or Puranas or in any other Hindu scriptures?
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Gods and respective Chakra

Which Chakra is associated with which Hindu God? Please use the current Hindu Gods, and not only the Vedic ones.
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Does any scripture say that chanting the name of a god exactly three times at the time of death yields Moksha?

In one of the comments in an answer on this site, I read this assertion that if the name of God is chanted three times exactly at the time of death, the jivātman will attain Moksha. Here Yes. It is ...
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What will happen to God when the universe ends?

Unlike humans who are mortal, what will happen to God/The creator when everything in the universe ends someday and there's no more life? It's fascinating how they live forever
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Seeking elucidation on an apparently ambiguous Śloka from the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa

There's a popular Śloka found in the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa. बृहद्धर्म पुराण नास्ति गंगासमं तीर्थं नास्ति विष्णुसमःप्रभु । नास्ति शम्भुसमः पूज्यो नास्ति मातृसमो गुरुः॥ १.२.३४ ॥ There's no tirtha (...
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Which other texts besides Padma Purāṇa describe a deity having scriptures as parts of their body?

In the Svarga Khaṇḍa of the Padma Purāṇa, we get a beautiful composition, where various Purāṇas are described as parts of the body of Śrī Hari Viṣṇu himself. Here's the description: श्रीपाद्मे महापुरा...
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In hindusim what forces control the body/mind?

For example, Is a person walking just an illusion and it is God moving the person who thinks they are in control, or is the person actually exerting true free will, or is it an interplay of "...
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If it is so difficult to see god through mantra japa, why should we do it

What is the use of mantra japa if it’s really difficult to attain siddhi of any mantra for physical interaction or getting any wish fulfilled by god. If materialism doesn’t matter in our lives, what ...
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