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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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Are there any schools of hinduism that hold the Soul to be perishable / non-eternal?

Hinduism has a plethora of schools, All holding a wide variety of beliefs about the nature of the Atma. Are there any schools that hold the soul/atma to be perishable and subject to destruction?
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polygamy in hinduism

How were the Hindu mythology and history allowed to practice polygamy although it's forbidden in Hinduism? My follow up question will be how to choose between constitution and Hindu Text if there is ...
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Are there Any Annihilationist schools in Hinduism?

Among, All the schools of Hinduism, The Madhva school believes in eternal hell for Tamo-yogya Jivas who are beyond saving. There are a few other schools who also believe in the concept of nitya-...
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Question about omnipotence of God

If God is omnipotent then why can't parambrahm kill my soul(aatma) Can parambrahm parmeshwar make a rock that can't be lifted by parambrahm? Can God kill himself? I don't want to offend anyone but I ...
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Is Sri Krishna/Lord Vishnu also known as Mahakala

Hare Krishna Is there any name of Sri Krishna or Lord Vishnu as Mahakal
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Are there any schools of Hinduism which hold that one can be a non-theist and still get Moksha?

Are there any schools or belief systems in Hinduism where belief in Ishvara, (or any deities for that matter) is not a necessity for attaining Liberation?
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Any way to face consequence of all good and bad deeds in one life?

I have committed many paap/sins (broke promise, insult and abuse, dishonesty) and good deeds like helping people, charity. But good and bad deeds make one to continue material existence. What I want ...
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Need explanation on few statement of yaksha prashn

Who causes the sun to set? Dharma 1.See I am not taking it literally but light/sunlight is symbol of pure knowledge in most scriptures which kills ignorance, so how does dharma end(sets) this ...
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Is there any prayachitta for pornography(please tell from scripture verses if any)

Lord Shiva says in the Mahabharata: Those men who, impelled by desire in their hearts, cast their eyes on naked women, those men of wicked deeds take birth in this world to pass their whole lives in ...
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The concept of Shunya (Void) by Dattatreya

I came across a question quoting a verse from Avadhoota Gita: Some seek nonduality, others duality. They do not know the Truth, which is the same at all times and everywhere, which is devoid of both ...
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Living creatures and sins

I, myself have killed so many mosquitoes, pests in my life. Now, I have come to a thought that they too are beautiful expressions created by god. Every single being created by the supreme serves a ...
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Help with philosophical redefining of elements

So I am trying to re-explain the elements in the Brihat Samhita by looking at what each element brings to the table versus what it does on its own using atma. Here is the link to this verse: https://...
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Can anyone explain this?

क्रूराः कृतोऽञ्जलिरयं बलिरेष दत्तः कायो मया प्रहरतात्र यथाभिलाषम् अभ्यर्थये वितथवाङ्गयपांशुवर्षेर्मा माऽऽविलीकुरुतकीर्ति नदीः परेषाम् ।। 7 O HEARTLESS BARBARIANS! I HAVE ALMOST KILLED MYSELF WHILE ...
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Good introductory references on Shatdarshanas that covers debates, arguments and principles

As far as I know, only Advaita Vedanta has been well commented for principal Upanishad. It belongs to the Vedanta school. Is ther any single text like AdvaitaSiddhi that covers the arguments, ...
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The gods don't protect like a shepherd with a stick, why should we worship them?

This with reference to a verse from Mahabharata: न देवा दण्डमादाय रक्षन्ति पशुपालवत् । यं तु रक्षितुमिच्छन्ति बुद्ध्या संविभजन्ति तम् ॥ विदुरनीति ३-४० Translation: The gods don't protect like a ...
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What is the Hindu understanding of "the image of God" or "imago dei" as discussed in the western christian doctrines?

I didn't many posts around this topic. So, if anyone know or can come up with good thoughts, please do so. One concept was Bimba-Pratibimba. Somtimes namaskaar or pranaam is talked about bowing down ...
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Arguments: Re-birth

Is there any argumentative way to establish that rebirth exists? In shatdarshanas, it seems like a lot of them - samkhya, yoga, etc don't believe in rebirth. Although Yoga Sutras of Patanjali talk ...
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How Vaiṣṇavas resolve the paradox regarding belief in the transcendental world where a devotee comes after his death?

If Vaikuntha or Goloka is transcendental to material time, space, the entire material world, then how can we apply the law of causality to these spiritual world? Because if we say that our behavior in ...
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How do different Astika schools prove re-incarnation according to this verse of Bhagavad Gita?

Different schools - Shatdarshanas in Indian philosophy tackle the phenomenon of reincarnation differently. While there are sufficient yogic practices to experience past lives when on the path of self-...
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Incessant mind chatter and narcissistic parents

This really is a personal question but It needs a spiritual angle so that I could be set free from this endless cycle. My parents are not proud enough of me no matter what I accomplish and what I ...
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Did any Hindu philosophers/mystics ever explain if there were any benefits to going to a temple in order to worship and connect to Brahman?

According to this website, it is stated: Visiting a Temple plays a crucial role in the Hindu belief system. It is a way of improving our concentration and connection with the Divine figure However, ...
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Is post-Vedic Hinduism copied from Buddhism?

Is Hinduism copied from Buddhism? https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/2043 For example, as this answer says, and a lot of others in the same thread, "Hinduism" didn't exist in its present-...
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Shatdarshanas: Who is understood to be the one that grants liberation and enlightment?

Consider this question as the sequel to: Foundational texts of Shatdarshanas Out of shatdarshanas: The Vedanta school has primarily three sub-schools: Advaita Vedanta, Vishishtadvaita and Davita. ...
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Foundational texts of Shatdarshanas

The six orthodox schools are called as shatdarshanas and include Nyaya, Sankhya, Yoga, Vaisheshika, Purva Mimamsa, and Uttara Mimamsa (Vedanta Philosophy). Most of these schools of thought believe in ...
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Is this a hoax or genuine? This claims to be a prediction of Muhammad from hindu scripture but I can't find it [closed]

I haven't been able to find the source, so would appreciate it if someone could reference this in hindu literature or prove that it's a hoax. Thanks.
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Reference Request [Upanishads]: Chitta and Vrittis

Are there any good references that discuss the concepts of Chitta and Vrittis used primarily in Samkhya Philosophy in Upanishads? To the best of my knowledge, Upanishads are advaitic majorly. How Yoga ...
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Why Does the Avadhuta Gita 1.36 say that The Absolute truth is devoid of Both Duality and Nonduality?

While Going through the Avadhuta Gita recently, I came across the following verse. Avadhuta Gita 1.36:- Some seek nonduality, and others duality. They do not know the truth, which is the same at all ...
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What does knowing one’s soul mean?

When describing virtuous people one of the phrase that’s repeatedly used by Valmiki is विदितात्मनः valmikiramayana.net translates this to the knower of self. Bibek Debroy (Chapter 5(2), Para 3) ...
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Is Rama giving contradictory justifications for killing Vali?

I have been stuck at the Vali sarga for over a week now because there was something here that was bugging me the cause of whom I now seem to have recognised. Rama justifies the reason of killing Vali ...
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Does Hinduism have different types of rebirths?

Does Hinduism have a Wheel of Samsara like Buddhism and Jainism, which categorize 6 different options of possible rebirths based on past karma? Or in Hinduism the only possible rebirths are human or ...
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Sampradayas and Injunctions

We know there are different Sampradayas(Sects) and sub sects and each have their own injunctions about the social life/interaction as well as devotional/spiritual/ritual interaction. Which among ...
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What are some of the scriptures which talk about Human Psychology at length?

So we have a group of scriptures called Darshana, which I think is possibly close to philosophy text from a Western perspective, We have scriptures for Tantra and Vigyaan, similarly what are some of ...
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Are there any philosophies other than Dvaita that have the concept of Nitya Samsari?

I have heard that the Dvaita school of Madhvacharya has the concept of 'Nitya - Samsarins'; which means that as per them a particular class of souls would perpetually be bound in the cycle of rebirth. ...
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Are there any rules for a Snataka?

Every ashram has its own rules and duties what are the duties of a Snataka?Just finding a job?
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Why are 'HUMAN BEINGS' different, according to Hindu Philosophy?

All of us inherently recognise the concept of fundamental human dignity - that human beings are BORN FREE and EQUAL. But why are they, what is its philosophical basis in HINDUISM? What is the basis of ...
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A philosophical question about karma

A philosophical question about karma My question is based on two common assumptions: Karma is the cause of one’s suffering Any bad karma can be reduced to basically causing harm (In any possible way) ...
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Is there a book of logic by god , god giving reasons?

God talking about why did he create universe particularly why? Did god ever give his discourse on reason, why did he not create everything peaceful? God talking by logic, just pure reasoning?
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Character who repeatedly fails even after trying?

Is there any character in epics/scriptures (Mahabharata, Ramayana, etc.) who does not gain a skill they have worked on for long? What is their thought process after this; what do they do? For example,...
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Surrender vs medication?

I wanted to find out what Hinduism says about this matter: Its a bit hard to put into exact words, but basically, if a person has a medical condition and is given prescription medication by a doctor, ...
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Why they keep on changing god?

when i was a child they used to say me parents are god after that they used to say me teachers are god then they say me god is in everyone and now they are saying god is formless, why are you changing ...
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What is meant by experiencing god?

Let us take an example of a person suffering from famine, what he needs is food what he will ask for is food, experiencing god will not come to his mind first, so what does god want us to experience?...
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What's the difference between the chariot and the two birds?

In the Upanishads, there are two metaphors that are both included. These are "The chariot" and "The two birds" but what is the difference between the two?
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Explain the metaphysics (the nature of Ultimate Reality) of the Upanisads as expressed in the metaphor of the “chariot” and the “two birds”.?

Critically explain the metaphysics ( the nature of Ultimate Reality ) of the Upanisads as expressed in the metaphor of the “chariot” and the “two birds”. Clearly bring out their differences. What ...
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Do any of the other classes of beings lack gross bodies?

I heard on this site that the Devas lack gross bodies, and only have causal and subtle bodies. If this is true, does this mean that some other classes of beings, for example, Asuras, lack them as well?...
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Do non-human animals have all five koshas?

Do non-human animals have all of the five koshas? What about plants?
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Gandhi's superstitious gambit

Mahatma Gandhi attributed the 1934 earthquake that killed 20,000 ppl to collective karma. i guess he was attempting to arouse the emotions of his countrymen regarding the caste system. as you ...
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Is someone bound to the religion he is born into by birth?

Is someone obligated to follow a certain religion that he/she is born into or does that person has the freedom to leave it based on Hinduism? The reason I'm asking this question is a Hindu family I ...
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My question is on the Bhagavad Geeta Chapter 1 verse 1.?

In Chapter 1 and 1st verse of the Bhagavad Geeta, Dhritarashtra said.: "O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pändhu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, ...
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Is it true we cannot change the minds of the Gods?

Is it true that we cannot change the minds of the Gods, and that we cannot change their plans? I assume it is true that we cannot change them, but I'm asking to see if there are any scriptures or ...
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Are the Brahma Sutras saying that idols are the physical forms of the Gods?

If it be said that (the corporeal individuality of the gods involves) a contradiction to (sacrificial) works; we deny that, on account of the observation of the assumption (on the part of the gods) of ...
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