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Recourse of dwijas who are born in Hindu Brahmin families against misuse of records of their past lives [on hold]

If dwijas born in a Hindu Brahmin families find their past lives,when they were Christians or Muslims are being misused.They were separate entities. ...
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Is any malevolent entity(like satan/iblis in abrahmic religions)present in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I would like to know if any malevolent entity is present in Hinduism which us equivalent to devil in abrahmic religions.If I remember correctly, once Srila Prabhupada compared Maya to satan/devil and ...
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Is yoga a religion?

Is Yoga a form of religious Hinduism? Are beliefs such karma, reincarnation or gods needed to practice it? Is appropriate to practice yoga if you are agnostic, atheist or believer in other religions ...
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On the status of other religions, between the sages of Advaita and the scriptures

The "modern" sages of the Advaita are part of the Traditionalist School: for them, the other religions are other valid paths to the Absolute. I will quote from Sri Râmakrishna to illustrate this ...
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How Does Hindu Dharma Differ from Other Religions? [closed]

There are so many religions and every religion believes that there is some God. There are good people who want to do good Karma. Why is the need for so many religions and why isn’t there only one ...
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Which scripture is the source of the following sloka?

Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath quotes one line of a sloka in one of His writings: na sikshed yaavanim bhaashaam na gachched jaina-mandiram meaning : One should not learn any European (Yaavani) ...
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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Conversion from Hinduism to other religions [duplicate]

Is conversion to other religions allowed in Hinduism? Are there any references in Vedic texts on this regard? Is it considered a sin? If so what happens to one who converts after death?
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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

Koenraad Elst in Who is a Hindu? claims the following: 6.7. Are travelling gurus Hindus? ... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) generally denies that it is Hindu,...
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Does Ramakrishna Mission consider itself a Hindu organisation?

Back in 1980s, Ramakrishna Mission tried to separate legally from Hinduism in order to consider itself as a separate religion (Ramakrishnaism). They claimed various philosophical differences. Like: ...
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Do the followers of Ramakrishna Mission consider bible and quran to be authentic and holy?

What are the views of Ramakrishna Mission on the authenticity of bible and quran? if they do then is it supported by the life and teachings of Ramakrishna?
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Ancient rishis were married, was sanyasa invented by Buddhists and Jains?

Ancient Vedic rishis (seers, sages) seem to be married householders e.g. Agastya was married to Lopamudra, Atri was married to Anasuya, Vasishtha was married to Arundhati, Jamadagni was married to ...
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Do Gaudiyas consider Allah and Jehovah also as “Supreme Personality of Godhead”?

From this article. We accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but the father of Jesus Christ, God, Allah, Khoda, and Jehovah are also said to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead. ...
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Does God want us to be subservient to him?

One of the things that disturbs me about abrahamic religions is that they consider secular movies, music and even job to be sinful. In Islam, music and poetry is considered is haram as they say it ...
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How have traditional Vedic commentators intepreted Rig-Veda 1.164.46?

Rig-Veda 1.164.46 states: इन्द्रं॑ मि॒त्रं वरु॑णम॒ग्निमा॑हु॒रथो॑ दि॒व्यः स सु॑प॒र्णो ग॒रुत्मा॑न् । एकं॒ सद्विप्रा॑ बहु॒धा व॑दन्त्य॒ग्निं य॒मं मा॑त॒रिश्वा॑नमाहुः ॥४६॥ English Translation: ...
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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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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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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?