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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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Scriptures about announcement of possessing mantra siddhi

Suppose a person attains siddhi over a particular mantra. Is it recommended by scriptures to hide about possession of such siddhi from public?
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What is the exact scriptural meaning of Shraddha?

In chapter 4 verse 39 of Geetha, lord Krishna told that a person with Shraddha achieves gnanam. In this context what is the exact meaning of Shraddha according to scriptures?
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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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Example for a kulapati in scriptures

In scriptures what is the eligibility for a person to attain the status of kulapati? Is there any example of kulapati?
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Substitute to Madi Clothes

For those who don’t know, Madi clothes are clothes which are washed after which it is left untouched, thus making it pure. The cloth material can be touched next, only by the person who is going to ...
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Any scripture describes five types of Brahmins?

In Dona Brahmana Sutta, a Buddhist scripture, Buddha reminds a Brahmin named Dona about five types of Brahmins as described by Vedic Seers. The blessed one said, "Dona, those ancient sages the ...
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What other yoga scriptures has kak bushundi or bhushundi maharaj gifted to mankind?

Kak bushundi or bushunda maharaj or kagabujandar as he is referred to in south India has written yogic scriptures such as Kagabujandar upanishad. Kagabujandar pernum noel kaviyam 1000 Yoga vashista ...
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How to identify correct readings in scripture in case of ambiguity?

How to identify actual reading in scripture when the reading of the verse is ambiguous which occurs because of the way sandhi can be resolved? For eg: While all others take the Chandogya Upanishad ...
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Are Dharma sutras different from Dharma Shastra?

When one searches for Dharma Shastra, books like manu smriti, and various other smriti comes, but when one searches for dharma sutras, baudhayana sutras and the likes come. What is the difference ...
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What to do when scriptures go against conscience?

TL;DR WHAT TO DO WHEN SCRIPTURES GO AGAINST CONSCIENCE? What to do when Parshara Smriti go against my conscience? How can I treat a chandala (I do not even know what that means, except that it is a ...
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Permanent sutak on festivals

In my ancestory, no one celebrates Diwali. The reason for this is given that a long time ago a female member died on the day of Diwali. In the Garud Purana, there is description about period of Sutak ...
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Which scriptures say that “Durga Devi is ignorant about Spiritual Life”?

As per the question : What is the source of "ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param" (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)? His Holiness Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami ...
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Any root scriptural basis or notions for Preaching & Conversion to Sanatana Dharma - Eternal way? Like Matthew 28:19? [closed]

NOTE: I'd like to bolster this question more (dont mind making it community/ wiki types if needed at some point), but the thought came to me while trying to find basis for "conversion and preaching" ...
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Which of the Hindu texts mostly concern with scientific studies of the past? [closed]

I understand that Hinduism has a rich body of scriptures. I know that Mahabharata and Ramayana are the epics from which ordinary people are entertained and derive values from. And there are the Vedas, ...
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Is there any writing in the scriptures that tell us how the caste system went from fluid to rigid?

As I had read in books on Indian History (which certainly do not discuss ideas in detail), the caste system as had been originally devised was not rigid; in other words, a person 'born into' a caste ...
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How to reconcile the two sayings of the scriptures?

Our scripture says: महाभारते । १ । १५९ । २७ । “आपदर्थे धनं रक्षेत् दारान् रक्षेत् धनैरपि । आत्मानं सततं रक्षेत् दारैरपि धनैरपि ॥”) AtmAnam satatam rakshet.(Mahabharata, 1.159.27) One should ...
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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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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 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 ...