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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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How can one achieve happiness?

I have heard discussions of Hinduism scriptures telling how to achieve fulfillment, divinity etc but I have yet to hear one talking about how to achieve happiness. Is this covered in Hinduism? If so, ...
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What is Srikantha's Visisthadvait Philosophy?

Does any one know what Siva Visishtadvaita (Shrouta Shaiva Siddhanta) philosophy by Srikantha Acharya is all about? I know what is advaita philosophies but not this one.
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How to prove that Brahman is eternal using Tarka alone?

Was Adi Shankaracharya (or later Advaitists) able to logically prove (i.e., by using tarka) that Brahman is eternal? I would like to see the logical argument without using shabda pramana.
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How is the Advaita Brahman a controller?

In Aparokshanubhuti 18th shoka it says But how can the Brahman be the controller as it is akartha(non doer) and cannot influence maya at all?
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About Saura Tantra?

While exploring about Tantra, I came to know there is Saura Tantra too. It might be very ancient. So want to know the core philosophy and what are the principle Texts/Scriptures of Saura Tantra?
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Is Spinoza's philosophy the same as advaita or vishistadvaita philosophy of India?

Spinoza's philosophy speaks about oneness of the universe. Is it the same as advaita or vishistadvaita which also speaks about untiy. As per wiki Article: After stating his proof for God’s existence, ...
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If a parent has one and only child, will he not be able to learn to play the flute?

My father said, "If mom and dad have only one child, then that child will not be able to learn to play the flute." I asked, "Who told you that ?" He said it was forbidden in ...
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How are sages able to travel the multiverse?

From what I understand this can only be accomplished by the help of at least 1 deity?
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Wouldn’t life had been better if one suffers his prarabdh karma in the same life time [closed]

I am aware of the three types of karmas. But wouldn’t the creation be better if the beings experience their prarabdh karma in the same life time instead of the next life? Maybe in that way everyone ...
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The Best method for attaining Krishna

In every Yoga of the Bhagvad Gita (especially from the Gitas I hear or read), Lord Krishna prescribes the superiority of that Yoga over the others. Which one is the best one in reality? Or is there ...
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What is the Sankhya view on creation?

Why was the cosmic delusion created? Why does it exist? Why was parabrahma partitioned into nature and man?
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Relation between Modern Physics and Hinduism

I have been reading Parahamansa Yogananda's book for some time and I have noticed some relation between String theory, modern physics and Spirituality (sankhya yoga). We say in Sankhya yoga that we ...
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When the soul does Dharma or Karma, does the intellect rise or the consciousness level?

It is given that the soul is ever still, non moving, constant and the same eternal every time. SO when the soul does dharma or karmas to uplift consciousness, does the human intellect rise or the ...
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can there be any philosophical interpretation of story of Menaka and Vishwamitra?

According to the story, Indra tried to lure vishwamitra, now the question arises is that, why a god and almighty like Indra became afraid of a sage, even with all his learned powers, the sage can not ...
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Does the soul have thinking power?

Does the soul have thinking power? Or all the experiences are stored as latent memory that later builds karmic tendencies, the phase transition point for them being Self Realization?
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Why is the Spine so important in spiritual activity?

I am currently reading God talks to Arjuna, by Paramahansa Yogananda, and I find the knowledge of chakras and the body very confusing, especially the importance of spine. What is it that makes the ...
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Durga Mata is the power of both the Sat and Asat?

The word of Durga Saptashati is that Durga Mata is the power of both the Sat(Real) and the A-sat (non-existent). But the unreal does not exist. So how she is power of unreal?
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How do Adi Shankaracharya or later Advaita Philosophers deal with Brahma Sutra's criticism of Vijñāna vadīs?

As per my understanding, both Buddhist idealists and Advaitins hold the external world to be unreal. Also, according to Shankaracharya's own commentary of Brahma Sutra, the doctrine of unreality of ...
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What are the best websites/books/ translations of works of Vallabhacharya and Shuddhādvaita?

I want translations of works of Vallabhacharya, and Pushti Maarg such as the Gita bhashya and Bhagwat Purana Bhashya in Hindi/English. Along with that what are the best websites to learn about Rudra ...
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What happens to our Philosophies if "Karma" is rejected?

What Happens to our philosophy if the concept of "Karma" is rejected? What will be its effect on ADvaita, Visistadvaita, Dvaita, Bheda-Abheda? What will be its effect on Nyaya, Yoga, Sankhya?...
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Why is eating not included in Karmendriyas?

Karmendriyas literally means ‘organs of action’. Every human being is endowed with eleven indriyas or sense-organs. These organs are five jñānendriyas, five karmendriyas and a mind. The five ...
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Do Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka?

In Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya 9.135 we find the mention of Brahma Tarka which the Davitins believe in. Do the Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka too?
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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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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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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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