Questions tagged [philosophy]

Questions about Hindu Philosophy, which is divided into six main schools: Sankhya (also called Samkhya), Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika(Vaiśeṣika), Mimamsa and Vedanta.

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Does accusation helps a person change his values or a better ways is to tell a story with moral?

I have a friend say Dev. He always involves himself in flattery of rich people knowingly or unknowingly. Its clearly visible that he shows off in front of rich people or try to gain their friendship ...
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Question for Advaitins: If I am Brahman, then why do I (who is already Brahman) need to find out that I am Brahman? Who is this “I”?

I am Brahman. I need to find out that I am Brahman. But who is this “I”? “I” refers to Brahman. So, Brahman needs to find out that It (Brahman) is Brahman. This makes no sense.
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Is anyone exempt from law of karma?

Does the law of karma applies to the millions of gods and goddesses and avatars?
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What is the subtle body? [duplicate]

It is called "Sukshma Sharira", or "Linga Sharira", but what exactly is it?
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Is Advaitha the only school of thought that gives highest possible status to a Jiva?

There are many schools of thoughts in Hindu philosophy. The most powerful or highest status is becoming a Brahman. Advaitha is the only school I know assuring that highest possible status to Jiva as ...
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What would one realise if they meditated without knowledge of any Hindu metaphysics?

Are Vedanta and other systems derived purely through logic or do they have an experiential basis too?
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What are notable contemporary Hindu apologists?

Christianity has a very mature body of apologists. Islam has its fair share of apologists too. But what about Hinduism? Wikipedia mentions a few authors, but I was curious to know if there are any ...
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How can insignificant beings (microscopic organisms, insects, plants, etc.) ever acquire enough merit to be born as humans?

And without earning a human birth, one cannot attain liberation.
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Is it true that, in order to finally attain a human birth, we must live as other beings, first?

Basically, what I am asking is whether all humans have lived as other beings or not. I heard that everyone attains human birth after progressing through 84 lakh (or 8.4 million) stages of being born ...
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Can literally everyone attain Moksha?

All these concepts regarding Nitya-samsaris and tamo-yogyas sound sadistic and cruel, to say the least, and akin to Abrahamic religions. If the supreme God is so merciful and all-able, then shouldn't ...
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What is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika school of philosophy?

Vaisheshika school is a school of philosophy in Hinduism that believes in God. So what is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika. Is God the creator of the universe? Is he omnipotent, omnipresent ...
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Do the karma continue to affect one's life even after death?

There are many people from the past who are remembered till this day. Like adi shankara, Netwon, Albert Einstein, Jesus and other great people. We respect them even after there death. So, is this ...
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What do the terms, "Sanchit Karma" and "Prarabdha", mean?

Pls explain. I don't know the meanings of these terms.
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Can a sinner attain liberation and avoid hell just through bhakti?

I saw a picture of an elephant being saved from a crocodile by Vishnu. The caption read that the elephant was supposed to represent humans, and the crocodile was meant to be the hardships (punishments)...
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Is there a ritual in Hinduism when son leaves parents house?

I'm just wondering, is there a ritual in Hinduism, where a son leaves the house of the parents if he is going to live in his own house alone?
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Why must there be suffering at all? [duplicate]

It seems that suffering is an important, yet disliked, component of all kinds of life, in every epoch. As if there can never be no suffering. If the Gods are eternally blissful, then why must ...
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Who is this Hindu spritual leader, who speaks on Krishna( mostly) [closed]

I have received some forwarded messages( the sender does not know the name) and he talks very good on Hinduism Krishna and philosophy. I will appreciate if this community help me identify the name of ...
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What are Prakṣipta? And are they as important as original verses?

Why do many people call Prakṣipta uncreditable? Are verse relating the philosophy of existence of one god Prakṣipta ?
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Did any school of philosophy ever criticized each other on path they choose to attain Moksha?

There are 6 schools of thought in Hinduism. All of them have different ways(yoga) to attain Moksha. So did any philosopher/scholar ever criticized each other on the path they choose to attain Moksha. ...
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Why is the supernatural so hard to find in the modern day? Why does Atheism exist? [closed]

Why is the supernatural so hard to find in the modern-day? Is there a conspiracy to keep it hidden? Why would a group do such a thing? Why do Atheists exist? While there is a lot of compelling ...
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Did adi shankara refuted Mimamsa's claim on Brahman's Omniscience?

Did adi shankara debated with mimamsa scholar are refuted them on Brahman Omniscience. Because mimamsa doesn't believe in Brahman or if they believe they do not believe Brahman alone exist or he is ...
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Does Hinduism have a heaven and hell of the Abrahamic kind? [duplicate]

In Abrahamic faiths, heaven and hell are physical destinations after one dies. In Hindu philosophy- there do seem to be heaven and hell- but also reincarnation. How are these two made compatible?
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Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful and omnipotent?

Did adi shankara believe that Brahman is all powerful or omnipotent?
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Did any indian philosopher try to address the omnipotent paradox?

Can [an omnipotent being] create a stone so heavy that it cannot lift it.(Source) So did an Indian philosopher or a hindu philosopher answer this question? Or is there any answer to this question ...
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What is Nyaya's respondes to the arguments made by Ramanuja against the design argument of Nyaya?

Why and How Ramanuja Rejected Nyāya Arguments for the Existence of God JONATHAN B. EDELMANN (A) While certain features of the natural or organic world might resemble artifacts, can reason establish ...
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If God alone exist(advaita) then what's wrong with following materialistic desire?

According to advaita only God exists and every thing is the manifestation of God(Brahman) so even materialistic desire should be God's manifestation. So if one goes for lust(kama) which by default is ...
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Do any Veda take about expanding universe? [closed]

Does Rig Veda or any Veda say about expanding the universe?
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How is Adi Shankaracharya's Philosophy is it called Mayavadi Philosophy as called by many?

The Vaishnavas call the philosophy proposed by Adi Shankaracharya to be Mayavadi. On what basis is that said and is it correct if not why?
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Why is our universe the smallest kind in existence?

I read that our universe is the smallest kind, because the Brahma in this universe only has four heads, while in larger universes Brahma has for example, a million heads. Why does a universe kind ...
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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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What are the differences between Nyaya and Navya Nyaya philosophies?

There are six orthodox Hindu philosophical schools. Nyaya is one of these schools. At some point, the Nyaya philosophy got heavily criticized by the Advaita school. It led to the reformation, where ...
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What exactly is Abhinava Anyatha Khyati of Madhwas?

Khyativada is the theory of error in Hindu an Indic philosophies There are eight other Khyatis (Refer for detailed information) Atma-Khyati A-Khyati Sadasat-khyati Anirvachniya-khyati Asat-Khyati ...
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Why materialism is bad in Hinduism?

Why materialism and materialistic people are bad. One can be materialistic by enjoying all kinds of legal thinks like alcohol, cigarette, meat and party and girls(i. e sex). As Long as you are not ...
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Can deities from other universes hear our prayers?

Can deities inhabiting other universes hear our prayers, or is it just the presiding deities of this universe?
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Is an evil, but devoted, person more valued by the Gods than a good, but an atheistic, person?

The example of Ravana comes to mind, because he was a Bhakta of Prabhu Shiva. It seems like an awful lot of terrible people, like Ajamila, are forgiven just due to their devotions, and their sins are ...
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How is our physical body made of Panchabhutas?

Indian Philosophy says Panchabhutas make composition of our body. Panchabhutas are Earth Water Air Fire Sky. How can they make our physical body? Isn't our Physical Body made of cells as science ...
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Should a Brahmin strictly follow vedas?

Should a Brahmin or a normal person strictly follow vedas to attain good birth or to attain Moksha.
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Why do advaita vedanta believe in authorless vedas even though it follows monism?

Advaita vedanta is a monistic school of thought. Which means it believe every thing is God. Which by default should include vedas. As vedas are a part of universe(just like car, pen, sun, humans). But ...
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Learning the Vedas and other scriptures [closed]

I would like to read and learn our Hindu scriptures. I do not know where to start at. As I understand the primary source of all knowledge is from the Vedas. I have a very basic understanding of ...
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Is there any difference between soul and self?

Sanskrit dictionary say this So there is a clear difference between soul and self according to the dictionary MY QUESTION : Is there a difference between these two thing mentioned in the scriptures.
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Which school of thought is correct. And they belief is the truth? [closed]

We know that vedas can be interpreted in many way. That's way there are different schools of thought in Hinduism. All of these schools understand vedas.in there own. And they controdict each other a ...
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Is it possible that we had been born as humans before this very life?

Is it that Human births for each soul take place after long periods of time?
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Is the eternality of the Vedas contradicted by brihadaranyaka upanishad 2.4.10?

As from a fire kindled with wet faggot diverse kinds of smoke issue, even so, my dear, the Rg-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, Atharvahgirasa, history, mythology, arts, Upanishads, verses, aphorisms, ...
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Is happiness possible without body?

We feel joy in our bodies because of the release of dopamine and serotonin, two types of neurotransmitters in the brain. Both of these chemicals are heavily associated with happiness (in fact, people ...
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What is the most logical argument can be given against charvakas materialistic philosophy by any astika school?

Charvakas believe in materialism and they reject almost every thing about spirituality, and they reject reincarnation, karma, Moksha, and God. So is there any good and logical arguments against this ...
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Is life predestined or on the freewill? [duplicate]

If someone is in hard times, should he has to think that these problems are because of his past karmas for which he has to suffer or he should make an effort in order to get off of such situation? If ...
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Do all astika schools of thought in Hinduism believe that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are really historic and not mythology?

There are many schools of thought in Hinduism So, do all astika schools of thought believe that Ramayan and Mahabharata are real history and not mythology?
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Vedas as authoritative but not eternal?

What if someone unequivocally accepts vedas as the Supreme authority for their philosophical and theological beliefs, but do not concur with them being either God authored or eternal (Apauruṣeyā) ? ...
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Why Sikhism isn't a philosophical school in Hinduism? [closed]

Sikhism is a religion that has the concept of reincarnation and pantheism like Hinduism. They reject vedas like jainism and Buddhism. So why it isn't a philosophical school even thou it follows ...
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Why do enlightened people contradict each other?

Why do enlightened people contradict each other? For example, Adi Shankara was enlightened and he taught Advaita Vedanta, while Mahavira (founder Of Jainism) was also enlightened and he taught and ...

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