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Was there really a caste system in vedic period as it is perceived today by many? [duplicate]

With little to no knowledge of our scriptures now, can a person born in a brahmin family can rightfully be called a brahmin just by the virtue of his birth in that family?
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Who divided/rearranged the brāhmaṇas, āraṇyakas and upaniṣads?

According to SB 12.6.50 it appears Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) only rearranged the Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious stones of the same kind are ...
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Is Vyāsa being the compiler/divider/arranger of Vedas recorded anywhere in the Vedas themselves?

There are several Purāṇic references, e.g., SB 12.6.50 that say Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) arranged the disorganized Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious ...
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Is the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Puranas or Itihasas?

Do the Puranas or Itihasas talk about the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Since this is a historical event, it might be mentioned in the Puranas.
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

This table lists the Vedas and their extant śākhās under the Saṃhitā column. My question has to do with the śākhās. Note that the bracketed terms in the Saṃhitā column are names of the ...
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When were the Vedas classified into four?

It is said that Veda was one and later Vyasa arranged it into four ( rig sama yaju atharva) and then propagated through his pupil and hence we got shakhaas etc. What was time when vedas were ...
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Was Kumārila Bhaṭṭa the first to argue that the Vedas were apauruṣeya (authorless)?

Wikipedia says: 2. Every extant school held some scripture to be correct. To show that the Veda was the only correct scripture, Bhaṭṭa ingeniously said that "the absence of an author would ...
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Which characters of Mahābhārata are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Kṛṣṇa, Yudhiṣṭhira, Arjuna, Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Duryodhana, Draupadī, Vyāsa, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu....
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Which characters of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Daśaratha, Rāma, Janaka, Sītā, Viśvāmitra, Vasiṣṭha, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu. And by Vedas, ...
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Do the Vedas have 'commandments' similar to the bible? (E.g., does it forbid murder?)

I hope not to offend, but I should admit that I don't intend to read the entirety of the Vedas to find whether or not it forbids murder, rape, lying, hypocrisy, etc. As I am sure you are well aware, ...
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Is the proto-indo-european hypothesis consistent with the apaurusheyatva of vedas?

There is overwhelming evidence that sanskrit, greek, latin etc. are cognate languages and that they had all descended from a common ancestral language called proto-indo-european or PIE. It is quite ...
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Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river?

Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river? And Sutlej dividing itself into different channels to avoid that? Does this story has a Vedic ...
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In what ways vedas give equal respect to women?

Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. ...
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Do Vedas mention Suryavanshi kings or are they focused only on Chandravanshis?

Vedic Samhitas cover the glories of the gods as well as how they helped certain human kings but I find it surprising and perhaps suggestive of some later political intervention that there are NO ...
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What are some hymns elaborating and explaining about dasas in rig-veda?

wether dasas were monsters or they were evil of a man in vedas specially rig-veda. Some verses may show them living beings अकर्मा दस्युरभि नो अमन्तुरन्यव्रतो अमानुषः । त्वं तस्यामित्रहन्वध ...
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Which scripture gives oldest refrence to samudra mathanam (churning of ocean) [duplicate]

we know that samudra mathanam story is popular in epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana) but when its first roots were seen from vedic age and how the story evolved scriptures to scriptures.
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If the Vedas say human lifespan is 100 years, how can humans live for thousands of years in previous yugas?

This answer says that the Vedas say the average human lifespan is around 100 years. If so, how can humans live for 10,000 years plus in previous yugas? Since every word of the Veda is eternal, this ...
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What are the eight forms (Ashtamurti) of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva pervades the entire universe through various forms like that of Ekadasha Rudra, or PanchaBrahma and also through Ashtamurti form. Lord Shiva is also called by the name Ashta Murti, for eg. ...
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Value of Yojana in Sayana's commentary on Rig Veda

In his commentary on Rig-Veda, Sayana has talked about speed of light in terms of "Yojana". Historically, this term has had many different interpretations as described here. So what was the value of ...
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References of Sage Lagadh in scriptures and/or oral tradition

Sage Lagadh is the author of Vedang Jyotish, which dates back to atleast 1400 BCE. I wanted to know where all, has he been mentioned in other scriptures of Sanatan Dharm and oral history.
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About Devas and Asuras

I have read an article saying that the Asuras are historically referring to the people of Assyria and so Devas may also be refer to some kind of people historically. What are your thoughts about this. ...
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What is the History of Election/Voting system in Ancient India? [duplicate]

Wiki Source: In recent days Post-independence India held it's first elections. The rest of the India voted only in February–March 1952 for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. Polling was ...
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Where are the Sanskrit texts of Upanishads referred by Dara Shikoh?

Wikipedia states : Dara Shikoh subsequently developed a friendship with the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai. Dara Shikoh devoted much effort towards finding a common mystical language between ...
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Where do Vedas state Universe being a projection in space-time?

Vedas state about Cyclic nature of time as discussed in answer here. But are there any statement in Vedas which state about Universe being projected as space-time ? As a sidenote, Adi Shankaracharya ...
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Can a Sudra become a Brahmin in 'this' birth?

Scriptures have remedy for everything. Various mantras various austerities can give us miraculous position. For eg. It is possible to become Indra (who is King of Heaven) by performing 100 Ashwamedha ...
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How do the Vedas survive during the dissolution of the Universe?

Lord Shiva destroys the entire Universe when the Mahakalpa ends. Brahma too attains Moksha in that pralaya. Vedas in their personal form are also present in Brahmaloka along with Brahma. For eg. ...
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What was the period when vedic scriptures were put in written form?

Vedic scriptures were originally in oral form only. In which period were the scriptures put in written form?
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How Rudra became Shiva in Vedas?

There are four parts of Vedas; Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Among these Samhita are those parts which are directly revealed to the seers. ie. They are always eternal syllable by ...
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Where does Rig Veda states about Cyclical Nature of Creation?

It is a common belief in Hinduism that the nature of creation is cyclic. Continuous creation and destruction happens in certain intervals of time. Most of such ideas are found in Puranas and also in ...
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What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?

I am learning about Mount Kailash (Lord Shiva's abode). Somewhere I read that before people came to India from Central Asia (bringing Vedas, Hinduism, etc), the natives in Indian subcontinent ...
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Dates of Vedas and scriptures

How are dates assigned to Vedas and Scriptures according by historians? Do they really indicates the date of origin.
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How does western model of human evolution fit with Vedic literature?

As per western model of human evolution, modern humans are more advanced than our ancestors thousands and millions years ago. Then how could our ancestors could have built up such a massive literature ...
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How much earth year passes in 1 second of Brahmaloka?

Every religious book, Vedas and Purans , units of distances such as Yojana have been tried to be converted in English in modern age. In Such Situation How much is the 1 second of Brahmaloka on earth ...
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Scriptural mention of places other than India? [duplicate]

Besides the Indian subcontinent, are there any Puranic or Vedic references or mention of other places on Earth? I know about Sri Lanka mentioned in Ramayana. But other than Lanka and India, what do ...
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Were there any other religions during the treta and dwapar yuga?

I know that sanatana dharma is the oldest religion. But are there any evidences or any mentions of other religions in the vedas? If yes,what were the religions?
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What is the difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas?

Is there any difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas? What should we follow?
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Are Puranas rewritten or original?

How many Puranas are there actually and do we have the original ones with us? Most of them are translated by Western scholars who don't even know Sanskrit.
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History of the Vedas [duplicate]

Could someone shed some light on the earliest we know when the Vedas were taught? Also at what point in time they were written down? I'm aware they came from Brahman itself and were memorized and ...
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Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha

I am looking to ascertain my Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha. All that I know is, my name is Utkarsh Sharma. I read in my grandfather's diary, our gotra is Srivatsa. That's all. Now through a Google ...
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Is there anything against Islam in Hindu texts?

Is the Hinduism v/s Islam fight new or has been going on for generations? Is there a mention of Islam in ancient Hindu texts like the Vedas?
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Is Parvati mentioned in the Vedas?

The pretext of this question is Sati(from Swayambhuva Manvantra) is mentioned in the Vedas, but Parvati(of the current Vaivasvata Manvantra) is not. Correlating the absence of characters who come in ...
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Is Taj Mahal really a Shiva Temple in the past?

I have seen many blogs which claims that Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple in the past. Links for few those blogs are 1. The Tajmahal is Tejomahalay, A Hindu Temple 2. Taj Mahal A Shiv Temple Is there ...
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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas?

Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas? For example, a person x is a brahmin of some y class (Kanyakubja/ Kokanstha/Deshastha etc.) Then person x will be introduced or called as x person is a ...
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What caste are foreigners?

If a person is born in hindu religion, he will have some caste. And is there anything that mentioned about foreigners? There are some civilizations like babylon that started in mesopotamia, along with ...
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Most important scriptures to understand hinduism [duplicate]

It's practically impossible for any individual to read and understand all the Hindu scriptures. What is the minimum set of scriptures which a person needs to read and understand the philosophy of ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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When did the Gayatri-Mantra appear?

The Gayatri-Mantra appeared in the Rigveda, which was composed between c. 1700–1100 BCE. This Mantra has probably been transmitted from masters to disciples, a long time before being written. ...
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Did the science of mathematics begin with the Vedas?

The History of Hindu Mathematics (Bibhutibhushan Datta and Avadesh Narayan Singh) vol.1 p.1: The earliest works available, the Vedas (c. 3,000 B.C. or probably much earlier), although consisting ...
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...