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How did the Advaita Acharya Gaudapada meet Vyasa's son Shuka?

The most prominent thinker of the Advaita Vedanta school is Adi Shankaracharaya, but he wasn't the founder of Advaita; Adi Shankaracharaya's guru Govinda and Govinda's guru Gaudapada were also ...
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Do any Acharyas support a return to Hindu monarchy?

Throughout most of its history, the system of government in India was Vedic monarchy (the claims of P.C. Dharma notwithstanding). But in modern times, India has turned into a democracy. My question ...
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What surviving works of the Rudra Sampradayam are there before Vallabhacharya?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karna is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karna was a ...
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Does any scripture mention about Chanakya other than the Srimad Bhagavatham?

Srimad Baghavatham has an indirect mention to Chanakya A certain brāhmaṇa [Cāṇakya] will betray the trust of King Nanda and his eight sons and will destroy their dynasty. In their absence the Mauryas ...
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Is there any evidence to support Dayananda Saraswati's unorthodox claim that the medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya was a Muslim?

Hindu-reformist Dayananda Saraswati claimed that the medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya was a Greek or Muslim who was originally called "Yavanacharya". From Life of Dayanand Saraswati: ...
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What was the debate where Ramanandi tradition defeated Ramanuja tradition in 1921 Ujjain Kumbh mela?

From wiki The 1921 Simhastha is notable for a historic debate in which the Ramanandi Sampradaya defeated the Ramanuja sampradaya (Shri Vaishnavas). The debate was to address the question whether ...
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Did Vishnuswami write a commentary on the Brahma Sutras?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main ...
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Was Guru Nanak's son a follower of the Hindu philosopher Nimbarka?

I live in America, and a few days ago I visited a Vishnu temple near my house. It's called Ved Mandir, and it's run by followers of Gangeshwar Maharaj, whom I had never heard of. So I did a little ...
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Is the Satvata Samhita, the oldest Pancharatra text, available online in English?

Before the time of the sage Vyasa, people had a very different understanding of which gods were important than the understanding we have today. The Vedic mantras had not yet been compiled into the ...
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What is the most recent reference to wild Sharabhas existing?

Most people only know the story of how Shiva took an incarnation as the half-lion half-bird Sharabheshwara in order to try to subdue Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha, as I discuss here.  What's not as ...
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What is story of Ati Varadar Swamy?

The main deity (moolavar) of Ati Vardar Swamy of Swamy Varadaraja Perumal is immersed in nearby pushkarini . It is taken out for public worship every 40 years, next time this is going to happen in ...
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What are the Pravaras used at the time of sankalpam?

What are the Pravaras used at the time of Sankalpam? I used to utter srimukh shandilya gotrah Tri Pravarah. Is there any scripture which define Pravara?
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Who is sage Jalabimba and what is his connection to Vishnuswami and the Rudra Sampradayam?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
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Has the current day India become a mlecchadeśa? Is it still fit for sacrifices?

Commenting on Manusmṛti 2.23, Medhātithi says: In fact, the name ‘mlecchadeśa’ is to be taken literally, in the sense that it is ‘the country of mlecchas’; so that if mlecchas happen to conquer a ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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Who are these first commentators on Bhagavata?

Sridhara Svami's Bhavartha dipika is the oldest full commentary extant now. Before Sridhara, however Madhvacharya commented whose commentary is also extant called Bhagavata Tattparya Nirnaya. It is a ...
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who is Audulomi who appears in Brahmasutras?

What is the history of Audulomi who appears in Brahmasutras of Vyasa
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Was Nathamuni originally an Ekadandi Sanyasi?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting ...
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Who coined the term "neo-vedanta?"

Some folks on this site are saying: This term was invented by Western Christian orientalists to denigrate the Hindu religion... Paul Hacker coined Neo-Vedanta for spread of Christianity and ...
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Did Ramanujacharya perform Sharanagati in Madhurantakam?

The Gadya Trayam is a set of three prose hymns composed by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati or complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of attaining Moksha. ...
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What was the dialogue (debate) between YajnaMurti and Ramanujacharya?

While reading the biography of Sri Ramanujacharya, I've read one story of YajnaMurti (यज्ञमूर्ति), (You can read it from Internet Archive pg. 107) who was the believer of Advaita. He was pundit of ...
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Where does Nammalwar say that he was born right after Krishna departed the Earth?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Who was the first Sri Vaishnava Acharya to quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Among the eighteen Mahapuranas, perhaps the most popular one among Vaishnavas today is the Bhagavata Purana, AKA the Srimad Bhagavatam. Yet Ramanujacharya, the most prominent member of the Sri ...
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Was the Sarangapani temple ever converted from Thenkalai to Vadakalai?

The conversion of the great Kanchi temple from Thenkalai to Vadakalai is a well known fact (lot of documentation in the court cases). Can somebody provide historic records (court records etc) or ...
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Is it true that Lao-Tzu is actually Siddha Bhoganāthar?

Marshall Govindan wrote the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. Here is the summary of Chapter 8. Siddha Boganathar: An Oceanic Life Story. A mission to China and ...
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How does the Ramanandi sect originate from the Sri Vaishnava Parampara?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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Who was the Yoga Guru of Swami Vivekananda?

I know that Swami Vivekananda's Mantra Guru was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But this is about his Yoga Guru (if he had any). In Hinduism the importance Guru is paramount. Swami Vivekananda himself ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava Acharya drew this world map based on the Mahabharata?

This picture, showing a world map based on the Mahabharata, is often circulated on the Internet: It’s based on this chapter and subsequent chapters of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata. But my ...
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What was the lifestyle of Gaudapada?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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Who is King Yavana mentioned in Anushasana Parva of Mahabharat?

In Anushasana Parva (165), Bhishma tells Yudhishthira about the names of the deities, Rishis and Kings to be duly recited for efficacious cleansing of all sins. The following is the (abbreviated) ...
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What are the different sampradayas under the "shanmatha" branches?

Like the various Vaishanava sampradayas, what are the major disciplic lines for the other 5 sects... Shaiva, Shakta, Ganapatya, Kaumara and Saura?
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Is Velukkudi Krishnan from a Swayamacharya lineage?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) is divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Both Thenkalais and Vadakalais have Mathams, similar to the ...
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How has been the religious exchange among India and the West after Vivekananda's Chicago speech?

Swami Vivekananda in his time had stated that spiritualism grew at a faster rate in India contrasting to the West, where materialism developed faster. In his later life he had in fact been ...
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Why did Mandana Mishra defend the Sphotavada theory of language?

Mandana Mishra was a Purva Mimamsa philosopher who became an Advaitin after losing a debate to the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. He's often identified with Sureshwaracharya, although that's ...
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Who are these tribes mentioned in Hindu scriptures?

Section LXV of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata mentions a conversation between Indra and Mandhatri that is narrated by Bhishma Pitamah to the Pandavas. It mentions many tribes: Mandhatri said, 'What ...
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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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Is Vrindavan in India the same village which is described in Bhagavatam?

The tenth canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) describes the pastimes of Lord Krishna in detail. The pastimes of Lord krishna are also summarized in KṚṢṆA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead ...
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What references are there to Vamana's ancient Tika on the Brahma Sutras?

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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Is it possible, by any means, for a brahmin to perform nitya karmas or any rituals with sikha untied?

AFAIK, any act done without wearing the upavita and the sikha tied is like an act not done. These are the first prerequisites and there are obviously few others as well. Now, the doubt arose in my ...
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Were the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis actually carried out or they merely served as a deterrent?

Were some of the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis like the Manu actually carried out (any real examples?) or they merely served as a deterrent? From Manusmṛti: On abusing a Brāhmaṇa the ...
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Does the concept of Longitude and Latitude finds explicit mention in the canonical texts?

Latitude and Longitude are the units that represent the coordinates at geographic coordinate system. Our ancient knowledge of Jyotiṣha śhāstras based on the pañcāṅga and knowledge of relevant ...
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List of scriptures translated by Max Muller

Translation of Hindu scriptures is not an easy task and requires a lot of knowledge and even experience in different domains. Linguistic expertise is not the only one required to do it. Many of the ...
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How has Devī Lakshmī 's understanding developed, starting from the Vedic literature up until the recent times?

Similar to this question, which tries to discuss about the trajectory of Lord Vishnu's theological development and understanding, from the Vedic period to the Paurāṇika period. I'd like to get an ...
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What leisure activities found in Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa & Purāṇa-s?

The modern world has got sports, degenerated cinema, etc. for leisure activities. I wonder what all our ancestors did as pastime?
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Does any sacred Hindu text have knowledge of electricity?

At many places our ancient books exhibit deep knowledge of various branches of maths, and that is discussed a lot. For instance, Yuktibhasha, a 15th century Malyalam textbook of maths teaches ...
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Does the tradition of writing Rama Koti have any scriptural basis?

Rama Koti is a practice in Hinduism in which a devotee of Rama writes the name of Rama in a book for one crore times. Is this tradition of writing rama koti mentioned anywhere in the scriptures or ...
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Is yoga an independent philosophy as classified in shad-darshan? or was it later incorporated in Tantra? or is it a part of tantra itself?

There is a separate school in Āstika tradition of Sanatana dharma as "Yoga". Also, the tantrik texts consists a section as Yoga itself. So how does the yoga as mentioned in Shad-Darshana differs from ...
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Was the Rig Veda organized into "Books" or "Mandalas" before it was written down?

I am reading on Wikipedia about how the Rig Veda was orally passed down "with unparalleled precision". And how it is divided into 10 books, with books 2-7 being the "family" books which are older and ...
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Where did Thirumangai Alwar meet Narasimha?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the Alwars was Thirumangai Alwar, aka ...
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