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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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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 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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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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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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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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Which sadhana can make one omniscient?

There are various sadhanas of different deities prescribed in Tantra that produce different types of siddhis. Is there any sadhana mentioned in any Tantra that makes one sarvajna, ie knowing ...
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What are the 18 bhavas in which Sri Ramakrishna was siddha?

According to Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna was siddha in 18 bhavas.Can anybody mention what are these 18 bhavas according to our scriptures?
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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 Sound or ...
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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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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 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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How can one know which path among karma, bhakti and jnana is suitable for him?

The few known ways to reach god are bhakthi marga, karma marga, gnana (jnana) marga & yoga marga. How one can know the best way which suits to him? Are there any references? For this ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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, ...