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Is Bramacharya necessary for spiritual advancement?

Is there any scriptural representation showing that Bramacharya is necessary for spiritual advancement ? How is Bramacharya helpful?
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How were scriptures, stotras & other texts preserved from the ancient ages to the modern days?

We have two main itihasas, ramayan and mahabharat and hundreds of stotras which actually say in viniyoga that they were given by many ancient rishis or figures like bhishma or various gods and ...
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What is the best way to overcome or get rid of pitru dosh

What is pitru dosha according to scriptures and How to get rid of the pitru dosha?
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Where can I find some forgotten inventions of our Vedic Era?

I recently watched Sadhguru's video on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxPlm44PCK0) where he said that Pushpak Viman(aeroplanes) was already built by us in Vedic Era. I am aware that our ...
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Does naming a person according to vedic astrology have any benefits

I have seen so many astrology sites suggesting names for specific kundali. Does naming someone according to vedic astrology hold any specific benefits according to the so called swara siddhantha.
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What is kedar-kalpa?

Here it says - The Kedar-Kalpa is a relatively little-known Shaiva text; What is the origin or source of this text, and what all information is available about it? Any extant manuscript? Is it some ...
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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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Oldest Garuda Purana manuscript?

How many versions of Garuda Purana are available ? From which manuscript, the present form of Garuda Purana is printed ? How many manuscripts are there?
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What is brukta rahita taraka raja yoga

I have come to know about it a few days ago. But I’m kinda surprised that we haven’t heard anything about that philosophy in any scriptures. Do any scriptures mention details of shambhala or brukta ...
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Which god/goddess is associated with creative thinking and writing

Is there any particular god or goddess who could be worshipped for creative thinking and writing other than matha saraswati?
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Can prayers manifest a wish? Is there any significance to prayer according to hinduism

Do prayers hold any real benefit and significance with respect to the karmic functioning of the universe. Can communal prayers i.e. numerous people praying or asking for something manifest a wish?
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Is it not unfair for humanity to suffer based upon your past life karma which you aren’t aware of

I just feel its really unfair if life doesn’t give a chance for a human being to redeem his/her past life bad karma. If our past life bad karma can’t be escaped, at least shouldn’t we know what were ...
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Are any ancient team sports (not games or athletics) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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Can astrology (Jyotisha) predict one's destiny?

Can astrology predict or declare one's destiny like the future career or future spouse of a person? What is the role of free will of a person with respect to astrology?
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According to our manuscripts, what traits should a devotee have inorder to meet the divine

How a real devotee should be. What are the traits that are needed for a devotee to make his worshipping deity appear before him?
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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Is doing a good deed conscious of the resulting karmic reaction, bad?

If one wants to do some good deeds like feeding stray dogs,and he/she is consciously well aware that they are accumulating good karma based on the karmic law, Does the deed count as good karma?
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Is lord Dattatreya a Chiranjeevi?

I have read somewhere that guru Dattatreya still resides in the Sahyadri mountains. Is this true
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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What is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems and eye sight. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra.
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Are there any mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas

Are there any specific japa mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas? Are they mentioned in any sacred text?
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When one cannot escape one's prarabdha karma, why do some stotras say that they can clean up the sins of the last 7 births

Recently I have come across a few stotras with phalasruthi saying that these stotras can cleanse the past life sins. I'm citing Dwadasa jyotirlinga stotra as an example. एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं ...
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

According to yoga Vashishtha, can past life karma be trumped by present life good deeds? In this world whatever is gained is gained only by self-effort; where failure is encountered, it is seen that ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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What is the difference between pronounciation of alphabets श and ष in mantras [closed]

There are many mantras with the above two alphabets. Obviously both of them cannot have the same sound. What is the exact difference in their pronounciation. Official references are welcome.
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Who was the most powerful asura in history [closed]

I want to know if there is any asura who is touted to be the most powerful of all. Like top tier asura.
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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What is meant by "revolution of Sun's apogee"?

While reading Translation of the Surya Siddhanta and of the Siddhanta Siromani(1861) - Bapu Deva Shastri, I stuck in the follwing. Chapter I, verse 41 & 42 In a KALPA (4.32 billion years), there ...
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Details on the Original Upāṅga viz. Dharmaśāstra of Prajāpati Manu and the abridged one by Sumati

Understanding Scriptures - Part 1 Summary: through this question I would like to gain as much insight as possible about the original Dharmashastra of Manu containing 1,00,000 verses and also try to ...
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What verses talk about other universes in the Puranas? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Puranas talk about countless other universes?
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How old is the Mahabharata manuscript? [closed]

Many people say that the Mahabharata is from 5000 B.C How old is the Mahabharata? Is there any proof that Mahabharata is as old as 5000 B.C? Is the Mahabharata manuscript written by Ganapati available ...
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Punishment for the crimes committed by the head of the house?

The Smriti texts and other religious treatises deals with a lot of prescriptive rules on the householder' lives and rituals. A commonly pointed out situation is of discipline, crime and subsequent ...
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The confusion between fruits & vegetables

Science classify several eatables, which in layman vernacular are called vegetables, to be fruits and vice-versa. Kind of oxymoron in itself. For example:- Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Capsicum, Bell ...
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Time period of Kapila muni

If Kapila muni lived during Svayambhuva-manvantara, did he live approximately 426 Maha-yugas back?. Reasons for this question: Current Manu is 7/14. Swayambhu Manu is 1/14. Each Manu rules 71 Maha-...
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Are there universes without any deities?

As per Section III. Utpatti Prakaranam - chapter 29-30: Of those countless universes, O Rama, in some there are only plants; some have Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and others as the presiding deities, and ...
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Which book or books contains all the Stotra of Bhairav

Books or Scriptures which contains all the stotras of Bhairav
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Regarding the validity of Smritis

I have read the following claims regarding Smritis countless times : ... what scriptures also say. They say that you should keep the Desha (country or place) and the Kaala (time) in mind when you ...
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Are any palm leaves of puranas preserved and available today?

Are there any palm leaves of hindu scriptures (especially puranas) available for us to read today? Also I am interested to know whether any ashramas or certain brahmin families have the oral ...
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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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Can anyone provide download links of Shabar mantra books?

Download links of real shabar mantra books.
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difference in relationship between a human mother and the divine mother

I'd really like shlokas from scriptural sources to verify your ideas. And as the question states, what is the difference in relationship that a son has with his mothers, his human mother and his ...
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Ancient texts on Karnavedha

Are there any quotes from ancient texts that talk about Karnavedha? Although there are various reasons that are cited to justify it as in it helps regulate menstruation in women, or that it helps in ...
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Do we have complete knowledge/texts of Shaivism & Vaishnavism?

Bharata is a country where many invasion took place: Alexander, Chengiz Khan, Mohammed Bin Qasim, Timur, Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali, and British etc. And, many of them tried to destroyed our ...
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Do ancient Devanagari / Sanskrit manuscripts avoid ligatures? [closed]

I am looking at (for example) this: In it, each individual character is isolated, as opposed to the "bar" that runs across modern Devanagari text. This got me wondering, are they not using ligatures ...
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What other yoga scriptures has kak bushundi or bhushundi maharaj gifted to mankind?

Kak bushundi or bushunda maharaj or kagabujandar as he is referred to in south India has written yogic scriptures such as Kagabujandar upanishad. Kagabujandar pernum noel kaviyam 1000 Yoga vashista ...
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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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Does anyone have access to bheedaa panchanga from 'Dashavidyaa Rahasya' of Rudrayaamala Tantra [closed]

Three panchaangas of the 'Dasha vidyaa' part form of the parishishtha of Devi Rahasya by Ramchandra Kak and Harbhatta Shastrii. Those are 1) Jvaalaamukhi 2) Shaarikaa 3) Mahaarajni In other material ...
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What manuscript is this illustration from? [closed]

What manuscript is this illustration from?
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How do we know whether the BORI people are qualified (to do what they do) and what are their methods?

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute or BORI prepares critical editions of Hindu scriptures. They also seem to remove portions from ancient manuscripts deeming such portions as interpolations. ...
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