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Other Religions-Which are different from Hinduism.

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References to Zoroastrianism in Hindu scripture?

Are there any references to Zoroastrianism in Hindu scripture? The reason I ask is because Zoroastrianism might have come from Hinduism.
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Taking an oath in hindu religion [duplicate]

According to hindu religion, Can u get punished if you break your oath.? I broke the oath that I took And my father got really sick Can someone bears punishment of someone sins.?
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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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Within the all seeing eye I am [duplicate]

I see that I am in the limitless ocean of the all seeing eye . Through the eyes of Prajapati I see, my breath is the Cosmic wind which moistens the soil of emptyness and the vortex of acreation is ...
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Why Hinduism isn't a religion? [duplicate]

Many people consider Hinduism as a pseudo-religion. Why? (And why not?)
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Marici (Mareechi), in Jainism and Hinduism. Are they the same?

Hinduism has Rishi Marici, who is one of the Saptarshis. Wikipedia says that he is the founder of Vedanta. However the first systematized book on Vedanta is the Brahma Sutras, composed by Badarayana. ...
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Was Buddha a Hindu? [duplicate]

I was wondering where to post such a question. I chose Hinduism because it is the most liberal religion. My question is: Was Buddha a Hindu? Was he a Kshatriya?
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Is Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim?

Was Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim? If he was a Hindu, then why did he distribute non-vegetarian food as prasada to people?
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Is it ok to paint Hindu deities even though you are another faith

There are a mix of Hindus and Sikhs in our family. Am really fascinating by Ramayana, Mahabharata, what Hinduism really is (philosophy, way of life) I am more comfortable and gravitate towards ...
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Can Sanyasa be given to non-Hindus?

https://openlibrary.org/works/OL1628976W/The_ochre_robe So that was young Leopold Fischer who landed in India with the sole desire of becoming a Sanyasi. (One has to be initiated into Sanyasashrama ...
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Who is considered Hindu?

Keeping geographical location aside, who is considered to be a Hindu? (i.e. not belonging to other religions) Should that person accept authority of someone (Vedas, some God, philosophy etc.)?
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc., based ...
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Are the scriptures aware of the existence of other religions in Kali Yuga?

Hindu Dharma or the Sanatan Dharma claims Universe is cyclic. Currently we are living in Kali yuga. Scriptures predict arrival of Kalki Avatar. However, I guess, scriptures do not mention existence of ...
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Are there any influences of other religion on Hinduism?

In ancient time, Hindu tradition and culture had been ruled many regions in the world. But, when time passed other religion had come. So, they were taken and debt some traditions. So, Which influences ...
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What is Hinduism's stand on “circumcision”?

Though there is no mention of circumcision in our scriptures. Neither it prohibits it, nor allows it. Circumcision is often related with jews and muslims customs. But can a Hindu get circumcised for ...
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Which scriptures describe the 22nd Jain Tirthankara Neminath?

According to this Jain site, many Hindu scriptures mention the 1st Jain Tirthankara Rishabha (who the Jain tradition considered the founder of their tradition) and the 22nd Tirthankara Neminath: ...
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How does the Karnataka's Lingayat community worship differently compared to other Shiva Linga devotees? [duplicate]

The community name is derived from the "Linga", & hence it should be part of Hinduism. However, recently Karnataka government proposed special religious status to the Lingayat community. Is the ...
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Where is the mention of Jain tirthankars in Yajurveda?

According to wikipedia article on Rishabhanatha - The Yajurveda mentions the name of three Tīrthaṅkaras – Ṛṣabha, Ajitanatha and Arishtanemi, states Radhakrishnan, and "the Bhāgavata Purāṇa ...
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How is Buddhism's “Shunyata” (void / Nothingness) interpreted in Hinduism to represent God?

Some time back I got a perception that "Shunyata" (absolute nothingness) of Buddhism and "Me" (ParamAtma / True self) referred by Krishna are same. Because both refer to the ultimate reality in an ...
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Is there a reference to Muslims, Parsis and Christians in Hindu scripture? [duplicate]

Wiki says : "the first ship bearing Muslim travellers was seen on the Indian coast as early as 630 CE. H.G. Rawlinson in his book Ancient and Medieval History of India[21] claims that the first ...
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Is there a punishment in hell for people who are converted to other religions?

I want to know if there are punishments after the death of a person who have converted from Hindu to some other religion (on his own decision may be) having any punishments are waiting on the hell? ...
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Do scriptures say anything about amalgamating practices of other religions into Hinduism?

Many Hindus, especially those abroad, love Christmas - for example Christmas at a Ram mandir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV2DzaAsADc . Rajiv Malhotra can be seen hand-wringing at the end of the ...
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Do scriptures talk about performing samskaras for non Hindus?

I have seen Americans who didn't seem to be Hare Krishnas get Hindu priests to perform sacraments for the success of their business. Are Hindu priests allowed to do this according to scriptures?
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Are Yazidis of Iraq related to Hinduism?

I saw a video on youtube and read about Yazidis: The Yazidis are monotheists,believing in God as creator of the world, which he has placed under the care of seven holy beings or angels, the ...
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According to Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, can multiple religions be followed at the same time?

Sri Ramakrishna, the 19th century mystic monk, devotee of Goddess Kali and regarded as an incarnation of Shriman Narayana by His followers; was a well-known harmoniser of all paths and religions. He ...
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Why is the language of avesta and Vedas similar?

Doesn't the language similarity between avesta and Vedas put "apaurausheyata" of Vedas to question? Many verses of vedas are repeated in avesta.
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Is Advaita's Nirguna Brahman same as Madhyamaka's “emptiness of emptiness”?

In Adi Shankaracharya's Advaita Vedanta, Nirguna Brahman (Brahman without form or qualities) is the Para Brahman (Supreme Brahman) according to this Wikipedia article. This is the Ultimate Reality of ...
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Do Hindus think two Sikh clans are descended from Lava and Kusha?

It is said in Sri Dasam granth, authored by Guru Gobind Singh, that the Bedi and Sodhi clan of Punjab are descendants of Kush and Lav respectively, the sons of SriRama. It is said the Bedis got ...
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What are the main theological differences between Hinduism and Jainism?

I know Jains do not accept the authority of the Vedas. But what are the main theological differences between Hinduism and Jainism?
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Are Merkaba and Sri Yantra the same thing?

I was reading an article about Merkaba and it says: A merkaba is a star tetrahedron, a three dimensional 8 pointed star made from two triangular pyramids, one pointing up and the other down. ...
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Is Guru Nanak's advent present in any scripture?

According to this website, the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism religion, is said to have been foretold in the scriptures. Though most of the verses they quoted were feeble attempts to ...
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Is the Star of Bethlehem mentioned in Hindu scripture? [closed]

I was watching a BBC program The Real Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Special recently that tried to solve the mystery surrounding the Star of Bethlehem. The show concluded the "star" was most likely a ...
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Can a Mleccha become a Brahmana or Kshatriya or Vaishya or Shudra? [closed]

Mlecchas are those who live outside Bharata Varsha. As they live outside India, they don't have any Varna and they should be considered as lower than all Varnas. But if a Mleccha convert to Hinduism, ...
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Are Yakshinis succubi?

I was going through the Wikipedia article on succubus where I found Yakshinis being referred to be succubi in Hindu tradition: In India, the succubus is referred to as Yakshini and are mythical ...
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What is the earliest Hindu work refuting Mleccha religions or philosophies?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. Astikas accept the authority of the Vedas, whereas Nastikas reject the authority of the Vedas. The Astika schools are part of ...
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Are all God same fundamentally?

People say all gods are same. It's a one God in different avatars, if so then why there are many differences in their beliefs, why God allowed himself to be in different scenarios if he is one. I ...
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Did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa accept Jesus Christ as the begotten son of God?

It is a well known fact that the 19th century mystic saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa practiced other religions apart from Hinduism. Well known examples are Christianity and Islam (particularly Sufism). ...
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What happens to non-Hindus in the afterlife?

How is the soul of a non-Hindu processed in the afterlife? Is it as decribed in Hindu scripture, or is it as described in the scriptures of the religion that they belonged to?
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Are other religions just an illusion to end kaliyuga? [closed]

I respect all human beings, but I did not get their religion, it is more like illusion to me. illusion is something like human can't escape from it, Here is my opinion about how world can end, or how ...
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Is “Dera Sacha Sauda” part of Hinduism or a different religion?

Recently after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, I was wondering if the Dera Sacha Sauda is merely a cult or a part of Hindu religion? What kind of philosophy do they believe in?
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Is Ganesha created based on Gautama Buddha?

Is Ganesha created based on Gautama Buddha? I have read in many articles from several social platforms that the concept of Ganesha is derived from Buddhism. Various names such as vighnaharta and ...
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what is the significance of tulsi at homes? [duplicate]

I have seen Every Hindu having a Tulsi plant at home and being worshipped everyday....In Modern days as today why would one need a Tulsi Plant at home? Is it useful or just because of rituals Why do ...
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion

I believe that Hinduism could be regarded as both Atheistic and Animistic / Pantheistic, depending on how one defines the word "God". From my article The Atheistic approach to God… or how to bridge ...
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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

Witchcraft has been one of the most controversial issues in the West. Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Christianity & Islam consider it a sin against God but what does Hinduism say about it? ...
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Scriptural reference in Hinduism about shortness of human lives

Many religions says that human life is short. Humans are temporary and running behind wealth is waste of time. Are there scriptural evidences in Hinduism saying that human lives are short?
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How come there are nearly 6 billion people but only few attain perfection(self realization)?

Why do some people naturally get inclination(a quest or sometimes a thirst) on life to know about God? Are they any pious activities that leads to this state in life after life? Please justify with ...
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Is the word “Gandharva” related to the conception of an embryo?

In Pali Buddhism, the word "gandhabba" is used in relation to the conception of an embryo. In the following passage, the question is asked to & answered by Brahmins. Therefore, it seems this ...
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Is everyone a Hindu?

From Wikipedia: Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor ...
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Why does Hinduism not encourage converting people of other religion?

I have asked many people but haven't got a satisfactory answer. Not only Hindus reluctant to convert other people, but also it is extremely difficult for people from other religion to become Hindu. ...
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Why hinduism did not get propagated to entire world?

Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is considered to be one of the oldest religions. (Christianity came after Christ 2017 years ago or Islam came mostly after Paigambar). What could be the reason that being ...