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Questions tagged [scripture]

For questions about the holy texts of Hinduism. Please also use a more specific tag (e.g. [vishnu-purana]) if possible.

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Is there any Dharmic idea of unity on the basis of religion? Did the Aryans themselves treat Sanatana Dharma as a religion?

I am curious to know if Hindu Scripture mentions the idea of unity among people who are able to associate on the basis of a common belief, i.e., whether the texts anywhere proclaim the idea of ...
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What are the three types of languages of the scriptures?

In a book I got mention of the three types of languages used in scriptures: samAdhi-bhasha prathmA loukiki_iti tathA parA/ tritiyA parakiyapA_ iti shastrabhasha tridhA smrita// Meaning : There ...
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Does any scripture mention that forms of God or Goddess are symbolic?

Often I read different interpretations of the Forms of God. For example, the ten hands of Durga repesent the ten directions, the standing of Kali over Shiva repesent the Saguna Brahman or Prakriti ...
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Is Bhagavad-Gita an Upanishad according to the scriptures? [duplicate]

Bhagavad-Gita is simultaneously words of God, mentioned as an Upanishad, the 'Smriti-prasthana' and a part of the 'Itihasa-purana'. The scriptures mention a hierarchy as Vedas and Upanishads > ...
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According to Hindu scripture where is the center of universe?

Center of universe is Dhruv nakshatra (Pole Star) with simshumaradhi as antaryami.. that is why it stays in the same place. it wont appear to move even though every thing else around it move. Please ...
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Which scripture permits Bengalis to eat non-sacrificial meat and fish?

Many Bengalis and Bengali saints, such as Vivekananda, eat meat and justify eating meat. Some even say there are scriptures that justify this. Is there any scripture that permits Bengalis or ...
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Does any scripture say that a 'Jivanmukta' never suffers from disease?

Does any scripture say that a Jivanmukta never becomes ill or suffers from any disease?
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Why was Varna formalised?

My understanding is that caste is not a legitimate Hindu concept and that it is varna instead. From what I’ve read, varna is like the division of labour within society, but my question is, why was ...
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Is a bachelor or a widower person Godless according to the vedic scriptures?

According to this answer : What is the real concept of brahmacharya? Wife is the supreme deity required to be worshipped by the husband .. In the body of the wife reside all the devatA-s. Likewise, ...
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Is there any scriptural injunction that says leaving wife and family for attaining God-realisation is a sin?

Our scriptures depict a general person of the Kaliyuga as: 'stridevah kamakimkarah' i.e. who obeys wife as God and is a passion of lust. Is there any scriptural injunction also that says leaving wife ...
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What kind of scripture is the Naradiyakalpam?

What kind of scripture is the Naradiyakalpam? Medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Vedanta Desika cites this scripture in support of the view that the pranava in the secret Ashtakshara mantra important in ...
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What are the details of this process of identifying a thief in the scriptures?

'A red-hot axe was placed before two persons accused of theft charge and both were asked to touch the axe one by one. The thief got his hand burnt while the other one remained unhurt' the above is ...
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New to Hinduism [duplicate]

I am very new to Hinduism, and I'm looking for some form of text to study. All English translations of the Vedas seem inadequate. Please excuse my stark newness as well. I just found that what I ...
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What is scope of arthavada in Hindu scriptures?

What is the scope of arthavada in Hindu scriptures? It can be used to explain or explain away lot of inconsistencies in Hindu scriptures? Like an eulogy to a particular deity can be called arthavada. ...
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What are sat Sandarbhas? What is the content of each sandarbha?

What are sad Sandarbhas? What is the content of each Sandarbha? What is the autocommentary on Sat Sandarbhas about?
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What are the important texts of Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

I want to study Gaudiya Vaishnavism in deep. So I want to know the principal texts of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. I already know Bhagavatam enjoys great prominence. Here I am asking about texts by acharyas ...
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Classification of yoga in Hinduism

Is there any classification in Yoga? If yes, what are the names of different types of yogas along with further classifications?
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Is preaching recommended or mandatory to a temple priest?

Every temple in India has at least one priest. The act of preaching scriptures a recommended act or mandatory act for him?
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Did Swami Vivekananda talk about errors or inconsitencies or prakshiptas in Hindu scriptures?

I came to know that Swami Vivekananda told that there are some inconsistencies or prakshiptas(later insertions) or errors in Hindu scriptures but he did not rectify them intentionally. Is it true? ...
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Is there any mention to avoid non vegetarian food on every Hindu festival?

It is mentioned across Hindu scriptures to avoid non vegetarian food on certain days or months, which may include some festivals also. But, is there any mention to not eat non vegetarian food on ...
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What ancient texts talk about tantra? [duplicate]

I want to know about tantra, but I don't know which books to go to. Can anyone tell me which books should I refer to for learning more about tantra?
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Should Stotras and Mantras be recited aloud?

Should Stotras, such as Ganpati Stotra, Durga Stotra, etc., and Mantras be recited aloud or can they be recited just in mind? Also, does the absolute correct pronunciation of words in Stotras matter?
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Days of week by names of planets?

Is there any significance of Hindu days of week named by planets? And that each day, people are suggested to do certain activities to please the planet god, such as Shani? Also, do the Hindu days ...
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How knowledge of weapons (shastra) शस्त्र got lost?

How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? As can be seen in Ramayan and Mahabharat, Gurus used to give knowledge of weapons to their shishya which were ...
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What do the scriptures mention about Cleansing of Bodies before conception?

Do the scriptures mention about the process of cleansing the bodies before conception?
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Who decided to include only three particular texts in the group called “Prasthanatrayi”? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: Prasthanatrayi (Sanskrit: प्रस्थानत्रयी, IAST: Prasthānatrayī), literally, three sources (or axioms), refers to the three canonical texts of Divine philosophy, especially of ...
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Ramayana of how many mahayugas are available now?

Valmiki ramayana is said to be the Ramayana of 28th mahayuga. As per my knowledge, Padma purana contains the Ramayana of 24th mahayuga. Are there any more Ramayanas of other mahayugas? In total, ...
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Scripture(s) saying not to look at the sun during his rising and setting time

Consider the following statements of Bhishma from Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata One should never look at the rising sun, nor at the setting sun. Nor should one look at the sun when he is in ...
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Which one of these two mantras is more powerful?

This was new for me when I heard the mantra: Aum Namah Shakti Shivay Normally we chant: Aum Namah Shivay My questions: For knowledge sake I would like to read references from our scriptures ...
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Bad Karma and Moksha

Can a person who has done bad karma and not yet received its fruits, still achieve moksha? What do the scriptures say about it?
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What is deva year?

How do the scriptures differentiate between a Deva year and a normal human year? Which beings and Lokas are under the effect of Deva year?
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Does bad karma done in God's consciousness have consequences?

Does a karma which is considered bad, but is done in God's consciousness have consequences?
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What are the characteristics of the 4 Yugas?

What are the characteristics of the 4 yugas? What is the quality of souls in each of those? What are the other things which would be observed in each of the yugas as per the yugas? What marks the end ...
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What is the relation of Aditi and Daksha?

Recently I ended up with a Facebook post from Molee Art Daksha is Aditi's father, and Aditi is Daksha's mother, yet both are a married couple in the Vedas. Explain why and how. But this part ...
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What are the sources of Shubhashitani (sanskrit sayings/proverbs)?

Shubhashitani (good sayings) are proverbs in Sanskrit that teach good morals, practices and advice. e.g. विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम् । पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम् ...
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What do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?

Do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?
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Is auspicious place for marriage as important as auspicious time?

In Hinduism, it is customary to consider auspicious time for marriage. It can be found across several scriptures. Consider the following as an example for it from Valmiki Ramayana "Oh, Brahman, the ...
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Is time taveling possible according to Hinduism? [duplicate]

Not necessarily sending body to past or future but also transferring consciousness to different time periods.Is it supported in Hindu scriptures? The only time I know about transfering consciousness ...
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Can firm calendar dates be assigned to scriptures and events described in them?

A book I read recently says that the only firm date is the history of ancient India is the invasion of Alexander (327-326 B.C.). Can anything more be said about this?
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Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures?

Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures mainly upanishads, any gita or any puranas or brahma sutras? When did the tradition of commenting texts start? Who is the commentator? It can be ...
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What is meant by Karika bhasya?

What is meaning of Karika bhasya(commentarary)? How is it different from normal bhasyas? What are examples of few Karika bhasyas apart from Gaudapada Karika bhasya on Mandukya upanishad?
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Is there any example for 'divide and conquer' strategy in Hindu scriptures for solving a problem? [closed]

In computer science, 'Divide and conquer' is an algorithm design technique. A typical Divide and Conquer algorithm solves a problem using the following three steps. Divide: Break the given ...
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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If some preacher utters ill words about some other preacher or saint, can he be treated as Adhikari to preach the Sanatana Dharma?

In Gita, Sri Krishna repeatedly mentions that a spiritual soul should be Advesta, Maitra, Karuna, ie He should be free from bigotry, be friendly to all and be full of compassion. Sri Chaitanyadeva ...
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Is Baskala Shaka of Rig veda Authentic?

Vedas are the primary and oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Many sages wrote them and they are pure authentic and most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. Entire Hindu philosphy is based on them. The four ...
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Will there be ill-effects from universally disseminating scripture to non-Dvijas?

Westerners who are not Dvijas and are probably not Hindus have done yeoman service in translating Vedas and other scripture into English. The prohibition against writing down scripture has universally ...
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Is there any mentions in scriptures about the usage of gemstones in astrology and their relationships with the navgrahas?

In vedic astrology the usage of precious gemstones is common practice to resolve issues in a person's life related to the navgrahas. However,which scriptures mention the relationships of those ...
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What is this verse in Garbha Upanishad trying to say?

Garbha Upanishad mentions following: If the father’s seed is more potent, it becomes male; if the mother’s seed is stronger, it becomes female. If the seeds are equal, it becomes an intersexual....
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Is Yog Vasistha authentic scripture?

Yoga Vasistha is claimed to be written by Valmiki ji. The first written copy of Yog Vasistha is estimated around 6th century according to Wikipedia. But I haven't heard about this text like ...
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Which scriptures talk about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars?

I wish to know the scriptures which mention about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars.