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disciplined and dedicated practice or learning, especially in religion or music.

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Who controls the mind according to Advaita Vedanta?

According to Advaita Vedanta if I am always the witness consciousness, Brahman, then who 'controls' the mind? Mind control is an important part of most Sadhana, and if I am the watcher of my thoughts, ...
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Wearing chakra specific color clothes?

We know that each chakra has a specific color associated with it and that there are certain types of food or gems specified in our texts for each chakra that helps balancing/activating/aligning that ...
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Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case?

Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time (say, 40 days). Most householders cannot adhere to this. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case? If yes, ...
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Is listening to music bad for moksha?

Many people listen to music,this is a fact,Carnatic Music being one among them. A spiritual aspirant is advised to shun all sense pleasing actions. Since listening to music that he/she likes,...
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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Benefits of devi 'Durga' naam jap with proofs scriptural reference from sāshtras

I want to know the benefits and results of chanting Durgâ name only. Can we chant Durgâ name without guru dikșha? And, what if I chant it constantly for some years? Can I get siddhi from it? Will my ...
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What makes Brahma muhurta special for sadhana? [duplicate]

Why is brahma muhurta given so much importance? What exactly is its significance as per shastras? I heard that at the time of brahmamuhurta all rishis on earth release their spiritual energies and ...
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Are there any mantras or sadhanas that enable one to remember the current birth in the next birth?

How can we ensure remembrance of all knowledge gained in current birth in the next birth if moksha is not achieved?
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Are there any ragas/musical instruments associated with each chakras/energy centres?

I am interested in knowing and understanding if there are any Indian classical ragas/ musical instrument associated with the chakras/energy centres? Reason am asking is coz we have seed syllables/beej ...
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Touching water after daily puja - sãdhanã bad?

I have heard that one must not touch water after having finished their daily pújã/upãsanã - पूजा/उपासना. This is because, that due to mantra-uccharaña - मंत्रोच्चारण while doing sãdhanã - साधना, a ...
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Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana

What is Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana, can it be used for the recovery of a person. I want to know everything about the mantra, the pros and cons of it, and whether I have to offer any puja to Kali? If ...
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How to become a disciple of Devi and see her as Guru?

This question the accepted answer to which further links to this blog post details a procedure for one to became a disciple of Lord Dakshinamurthy. This discipleship is mainly for the purpose of ...
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Guru mantras for people without a guru: Is there any scriptural support?

The general consensus appears to be that a living guru who is accessible and can give initiation to the seeker is absolutely essential for any form of progress in Sadhanas. However, in his book "...
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Are there any associations between Dus (Dasha) Mahavidyas and Shreman Narayana and or Shree Vishnu?

In the many manifestations of Maa Shakti as Adi ParaShakti, we encounter the Dus Mahavidyas which some practicioners in tantra sadhana consider also to perform the bhakti and the sadhana towards Maa ...
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Is it possible to live like in Krita Yuga [Satya Yuga] for an individual, despite being in Kali Yuga?

Being inspired by this very extensive answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/9205/22667 to a question about Yugas, I would like to know if, applying all the human efforts and energies to sadhana ...
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Why do Hindus worship rats and Monkeys? [closed]

Why do Hindus Animal Worship ?
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Fear and negative thoughts [closed]

I do everything: pooja and Pranayam, but still I always get negative thoughts. It always seems that only bad things will happen with me. I do read sunder kand daily. Please advise. why it is like ...
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How to practise 'Prati Prasav Sadhana'?

I read online that 'Prati Prasav Sadhana' is helpful to recall ones past lives. But I couldnot find anywhere how to do it. Can you please let me know how to practise it at home.
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Why it is said to recite any mantra 108 times? [duplicate]

In order to complete any prayer or sadhana, it is said to repeat any mantra for at least 108 times ? What is the significance and importance of that ?
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Need to know precise steps for tattwa shuddhi sadhana?

As the title says I need to understand in brief precisely all the mandatory steps a sadhak needs to follow for tattwa shuddhi sadhana. Please cite authentic references.
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What happens if a mantra / sadhana is siddha?

Basically we everytime come to know that in order to make a mantra / sadhana work for you, it should be siddha first. There are different types of sadhana / siddhi for different purposes. I wanted to ...
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Can I do Pitru Paksha rituals while my parents are still alive?

I would like to do Pitru Paksha rituals, such as offering black til seeds and water to my ancestors, like my grandfather and great grandfather and maternal grandmother. My paternal grandmother and my ...
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What are the different kinds of Viveka and how can we develop them?

What are the different kinds of Viveka and how can we develop them? Is questioning enough or is ceiling on desires a must?
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How do I find a spiritual Guru for this particular Indra sadhana?

I am in need of a Guru who can help me in performing the Indra Sadhana (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOo5m4azAN8). How to perform the yagna ? Who can help me on this ? How can I prosper ? I am ...
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What is the difference between Mantra-Siddhi and Bhagavat-Praapti?

What is the difference between Mantra-siddhi that is described primarily in the Tantras as success of the sadhana and Bhagavat-prapti which is thought as the ultimate goal in the dvaita bhava upasana?
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What is the REAL MEANING of cutting Maa Kali by sword of Jnana by Sri Ramakrishna during Advaita Sadhana?

As per Sri Sri Ramakrishna-Leelaprasanga, Sri Ramakrishna while doing medidation under the guidance of Totapuri, cut Maa Kali in two pieces by the sword of jnana when She appeared before Him. He ...
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How is Ishtadevata determined according to the SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURES (NOT ASTROLOGY) [duplicate]

Is Ishsta-devata determined by the family tradition (Kula-Devata) or personal liking or something else? Are there any injunctions of the spiritual scriptures? If it is determined by the injunctions of ...
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Where can I find the sadhana for the Vidyadharas?

Where can I find the mantras and sadhana for the Vidyadharas? I was able to find some information from a Buddhist source, but not from any Hindu one. Which Hindu scriptures would most likely mention ...
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How safe it is to perform Das Mahavidya anushthanas or sadhanas?

I want to perform Das Mahavidya sadhanas. But I don't know how safe are they? Does anyone has experience of such sadhnas? Which mahavidya sadhna is beneficial to attain success in any field?
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What is anAhata nAda?

Its an important part of spiritual sadhana. What is it fundamentally ? How it's related to spiritual progress ?
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What is Sahaja Pranayam?

It is said that even though there are many varieties of pranayam, the natural pranayam which one gets from birth i.e. Sahaja Pranayam is the best. This Pranayam was given by Lord Sri Krishna to his ...
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Is initiation/diksha carried over to the next birth?

When we are on the path of self realization we know the first step should be to get initiated/diksha from a guru, but my question is if the person/soul was initiated in the previous birth and before ...
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What is cosmic light referred to as?

In his book "God Talks with Arjuna", Paramahansa Yogananda says this: God manifests in creation as the Cosmic Vibration, which expresses itself as Cosmic Sound and Cosmic Light. The Cosmic ...
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What does Parayan(पारायण) mean? and how to do it?

I have certain question related to Parayan. What does Parayan(पारायण) mean? Is there any ritual to do before & after Parayan? Importance & Use of Parayan. Is there any reference for Parayan?
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Why do Devas stop people from attaining Brahma Vidya?

Why is it that gods do this? Adi Shankaracharya says there are 3 people stopping one from self-realization: The individual himself Other people Devas Swami Sarvananda in his commentary on the ...
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What does it mean by Not accepting Murti puja? And how to do it

From last few days I am reading Shri Sai Satcharitra. and in Chapter 41 there is something "Baba Abdul Rahiman is against murti puja or image-worship". Refrence Shri Sai Satcharitra Chapter 41 As ...
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Sri bhagavad ayya says "There is nothing to be done" [closed]

"Everything which is achieved, has to be loosed away" which means Liberation is not a sate which can be attained because we are already liberated, we just have to see it. Liberation is very simple ...
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Can mantra siddhi once gained be lost due to some reasons?

A Sadhaka gains full mastery over a particular Mantra after obtaining it from a Guru and doing the japa as prescribed. This process is often called "Mantra Sadhana" or "Mantra Puruscharana".Now the ...
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Why and when does a Sadhu(Sanyasi) become Mauni(silent)?

It is said that a Sadhu/Sanyasi can be of two kinds viz: 1) Vakta - One who communicates with the world through speech. 2) Mauni - One who does not speak and keeps silence. O dear Parvati, listen ...
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How to know level of mantra siddhi?

How to know whether I've attained mantra siddhi? How do I understand that how far I'm in attaining it?
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How many mantras one can take as upadesha?

Is there any limit to number of mantras one can take as upadesha? Are there any checklist of mandates to be fulfilled before we take new mantra as upadesha? Is that fine to stop chanting of old ...
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What happens if upadesha mantra is not chanted regularly?

What may happen if mantra chanting is stopped for few days because of busy life schedule? Will the punya or power earned by chanting it will be lost if chanted irregularly?
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What are best practices in chanting a mantra?

To my knowledge, mantra if chanted by knowing the meaning gives more result than chanting it without knowing the meaning. How do we know what will happen if a particular mantra is not pronounced (...
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What is aparigraha vrat?

Can anyone start this practice? Is it a lifetime process or can we practice it for few weeks or months like deeksha? Does it have any limitations/exceptions? To what extent does it permit to depend ...
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What is the significance of practicing silence?

How practice of mounam/silence helps a in spiritual level enhancement of sadhak? What does our vedic texts say about its practice & benefits? Can we break the silence when truly necessary if not ...
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What are the best days to do fasting?

As a continuation to this question, What is the best day for fasting? As a techie I can comfortably fast only on weekends! So, can I do fasting on any day where I get less work? Are there any best ...
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What are types of fasting, does all yield same result?

I've seen good questions on fasting here. I would like to know types of fasting like some do it half day, some full day, some previous day noon to next day noon, some takes only lime juice, some takes ...
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What does Hinduism say about harming the body?

Sanathana Dharma followers does rigorous practice of worship by various ways to lessen the love on one's own body like taking cold water bath even in winter, walking on burning coal, fasting, ...
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What are different types of Rishis?

The types I know are Maharshi, Devarshi, Rajarshi, Bramharshi. What is the difference among them? What is their chronology? Who awards/grants them those titles? What kind of sadhana/practice ...
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How do I find the right Guru?

How can we trust someone and accept him as Guru? Can we know or assess the spiritual level of a person? Are there any references for choosing one? What should we do if we realize that the guru we ...
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