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Life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased (death), or because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate.

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Is the ultimate purpose of life only to serve God?

I wonder at this question, because as with most major religions, it seems all you are mostly meant to do is to serve/devote yourself to God. It also seems that even in Hinduism this is the only way to ...
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Is organ donation allowed? Have any Hindu acharyas commented on this practice?

According to some religions, donating the human organs (especially after one's death) is considered a good practice. So is it a good thing to do according to Hindu scripture? Have any Hindu acharyas ...
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Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is bothering you

Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is wandering around your apartment or just because it is bothering you? I've seen people killing small insects just because it is wandering/jumping/hiding ...
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What is the core message of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā that one can refer to, to enrich life in general?

What is (or what are) the core message(s) of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā, that one can refer to, to enrich life in general? This question is inspired by Core messages ...
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Is Life after Moksha possible?

Is it possible to re-enter the birth and death cycle of life after one has achieved Moksha/Nirvana ?
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Reference request for Swami Vivekananda's quote on life coming from the moon

Swami Vivekananda makes a passing remark in one of his lectures (Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, V2 p90) of the following: By the by, it may interest some of you to know that there are ...
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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Do people inherit characters from their past life?

Are the characters of human influenced by his/her past life? or is it only because of present life? Is it mentioned in any Puranas/Vedas?
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What is the story of Sage Suta?

Sage Suta, is well known for narrating most of the Puranas and the Mahabharata, in the forest of Naimish. (We can read about the importance of Naimisharanya in this other question Naimisharanya in ...
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Why Karn Chhedan sanskar is required?

There are 16 sanskar in Hinduism in which 9th sanskar is Karn Chhedan. Why is it required ? I googled and found it is done for good health. Can anyone explain it logically. I don't see it relatable.
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What is the difference between Prana and Akasha?

Prana is said to be an energy and is said to be universal. Akasha is said to be very subtle form of energy. Both of these two are subtle to see and are present in all places. MY QUESTION : How do we ...
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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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Does Karma of our previous lives determine the lifetime of our present birth?

Karma gives the situation, parents, physical body,etc,... to a soul according to type of Karma that it accumulated. Living beings face untimely death and face unexpected problems in which they didn't ...
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If everything is based on Karma, does one’s blessings have any effect on someone’s life?

Young ones often are blessed by the parents, grand parents etc etc. the blessings are rendered useless if everything forms part of Karma?
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Are there any specific Mantras mentioned in scriptures that reduce sexual lust?

My question is more pertaining towards sexual lust/desires/infatuations. I want to know if our scriptures have mentioned specific Mantras or something related that can be done by a devotee to reduce ...
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Is abortion permissible if life of mother is in danger?

I understand abortion in general is a sin as per the answers to this question here But what if mother's life is in danger due to a complicated pregnancy. In that case is it permissible ? If not ...
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What is death and life?

Sometimes I'm very confused about what is life and death. Why are we living and why will we face death? In Vedic shastras, there is detail explanation on what happens after death, what we have to do ...
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What is the life story of Sri Lakulisha?

Sri Lakulisha was the famous propagator of pAshupata tradition of Shaivism. He is considered as an incarnation of Shiva. What is his life story? What are his main teachings? Are there any miracles ...
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Why don't we remember our past lives?

If we remember our past lifes' mistakes then there are less chances of making that mistake again, at our good times we can understand it as result of our past good deeds/punyam and at bad times we ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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According to Hinduism at what time the life begins?

In my view the life begins at the time of forming zygote inside the mother's womb. My question is that what is the view of Hinduism about "the beginning of a life"?
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Are there explicit statements in the scriptures about the purpose of human life?

Some suggest the purpose of human life is happiness, but no references to explicit statements in the scriptures were provided. Are there explicit statements about the purpose of human life in the ...
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How can I stop regretting about the mishappening in the world?

I am a student whose duty is to study but it worries me that I cannot contribute to betterment of world or society. Do our Hindu scriptures says anything about our duty towards world or society? Or ...
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What happens to the spiritual progress achieved in this life after death?

Bhagavad Gita states that: On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort towards spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear. - Bhagavad ...
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What are Vasanas?

Ramana Maharishi in his talks state that: “Experience gained without rooting out all the vasanas cannot remain steady. Efforts must be made to eradicate the vasanas. Otherwise rebirth after death ...
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What is the story of Sage Shaunaka?

Sage Shaunaka, is well known for being an active listener of the Mahabharata which was narrated by Sage Suta. The Wikipedia page on Sage Shaunaka is a bit ambiguous. It mentions that Shaunaka ...
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Is 'Why is there suffering?' a valid question according to Advaita philosophy?

Richard Dawkins in this debate argues that, in science, asking a question such as 'Why we exist?' or 'Why is there suffering in this world?' are not meaningful questions in the same sense as 'Why do ...
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Which deity should be worshipped to have marriage or son early in life?

What should one do to have marriage or son early in life? Which deity should be worshipped for this purpose?
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Did Lord Rama or Lord Krishna ever convince any Rakshasa?

Did Lord Rama or Lord Krishna ever convince any Rakshasa and also did the Rakshasa changed his attitude to only spiritual life leaving behind all his sinful actions and follow them?
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What is the meaning of Life if all is pre-written or controlled by the will of God?

Assumptions: God is the supreme Everything that we do is the will of God which may or maynot have an effect on the future Our purpose in life is to submit to God, Do good deeds, acquire punya In the ...
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Some daily-life hacks to always keep remembrance of God / Isht Devta or Devi

Life has lots of challenges, ups and downs. It is very easy to forget your Isht Devi/Devta (God), while enganged in worldly activities. What are some life hacks to stay connected to God, while ...
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According to scriptures, from when is the foetus/embryo considered to be alive? [duplicate]

According to Hindu Scriptures, from what stage of prenatal development is the human organism considered as being alive? In particular, do the Vedas talk about this anywhere? Note: The question ...
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Any rules that I need to follow if I want to read the Bhagavad Gita? [duplicate]

If I want to start reading the Bhagavad Gita. What rules, if any, that I need to follow before I start reading? For example: Do I need to perform any religious rituals before reading the Gita? Can I ...
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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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Does Hindu scripture have statements approximating "you can't step into the same river twice"?

https://theinvisiblementor.com/you-cannot-step-into-the-same-river-twice/ you cannot step into the same river twice because you are changing and the river is changing I think this describes the ...
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Punishment in garuda-purana

a) If someone is really depressed and want to commit suicide, are there any punishments for this also in garuda-purana? b) Doesn't it means that they have more pain than they could bear so it's not ...
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To kill harmful animals [duplicate]

Considering that kill can bring bad karma, what must be done with some harmful animals like aedes aegypti, triatoma infestans, ticks etc., when it is on our way? And if they can be killed it means we ...
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What could be the reasons for someone falling down from spiritual life?

Is there any scriptures says some reasons for someone falling down from spiritual life?
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What is the explanation given for souls who are currently living in animal bodies?

Do the animals have these bodies because of their past Karma? Or will they eventually progress into human and then higher forms and eventually seek liberation?
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Is this life cycle never ending one?

Just wanted to understand if this life cycle of birth and death is a never ending one? We know that a person/soul/jeevatama can get out of this cycle under certain conditions/circumstances by ...
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A few questions about being Hindu in America [closed]

I am involved in a class focused on studying different civilizations and cultures. I chose to study Indian culture and focused on religion. If anyone is willing to give me a few answers, I would ...
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Why is only Earth (Prithvi) chosen for life of human beings?

According to astrology (Jyotisha), there are nine planets (Graha). Brahma created many planets and among all planets, He made only earth (Prithvi) livable for humans. He established life only on earth,...
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Do different forms of life have different value?

In an answer I recently read: Do you not think the karma of killing a small insect is less than the karma of contributing to the death of a human? I do not know. Life is life, correct? Is it ...
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Does Sanatana dharma differentiate between living and non-living entities?

I entered into a debate with my friend regarding origins of life and on why classifying objects as "living" and "non-living" is one of main problems of science, since this immediately raises the ...
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Can one be reborn as a rock?

I know that reincarnation is an important part of Hinduism, but I always thought that a person could only be reincarnated as a plant or an animal (a living thing). However, this passage from ...
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What is the purpose of life? [duplicate]

This question may be childish or even rubbish but I have had this doubt for a long time. According to my religion, Hinduism (Sanathana Dharma), God has created all from grass to all forms of life. ...
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Sri Keyuravati of krama tradition

I would like to know information on Sri keyuravati of Kashmir shaivism who was a central figure in krama lineage. Would like to know about life. Important events and books written if any. Also about ...
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Meditation, Eternity, Immortality and Asuras

It is said that if we medidate and remember GOD always, we will reach Vaikunth i.e. the abode of Lord Vishnu. We can become Eternal and Immortal. Basically we will live with the GODs. Does that mean ...
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On affirming life

I have good understanding of Advaita and Kashmir Shaivism but I'm specifically looking for verses from Puranas or anywhere else which informs an individual on the importance of affirming life. I'm ...
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How a Teenage student should behave?

Is there any specific quote or reference in Hindu scripture related to the behavior and lifestyle of young Lerner. I understand that Sanatan Dharma is never about to-do and don't list but I believe ...
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