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Do you agree that the caste-centric sloaks in the Bhagvad-Gita are latter-day interpolations?

The Manusmriti, the social doctrine of yore, and the Bhagvad-Gita, the spiritual tome in vogue that lay down the discriminatory dharma (duties) of the four social classes (castes) have been the ...
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Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English?

Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English? Is there any online pdf?
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Is there any specific scripture that tells us how to live and what to do in Hinduism?

In other religions there are the books which tell you how to live your life, what is allowed what is not allowed etc. Is there such book in Hinduism as well, I've only read the summarised editions of ...
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Are scriptures censored?

Are the scriptures censored to be more palatable or understandable to humans or are they always completely honest? Does scripture have anything to say regarding this?
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Between Lord Kartikey and Pradyuman, who is more powerful?

After reading Bhagawat Purana, I was surprised that Lord Kartikeya had fled from Pradyuman in the Banasura battle? From every direction, Skanda was struck by Pradyumna’s showers of weapons. With ...
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Where can I read about real characteristics of lord Indra?

In which scripture, I can read the behavior, mind-set or characteristic of lord Indra. All the TV series I have seen so far depicted lard Indra as a jealous, selfish and practicing debauchery. In fact,...
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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Scriptural reference for the statement "gods reside towards our right side"?

Quoting from an article hosted at kamakoti.org "VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA (Regd.), Kumbhakonam, Publication No. 50": MORNING ROUTINE Everyone should get up from bed in Braahma ...
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What are the other instances where death or pain is not experienced by individual?

There are some instances in scriptures, where an individual is not experiencing either death or pain due to some qualities, such as being jivan muktha etc., I know two such instances: Prahlada, ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Is there any concept of sub-conscious mind in shastras?

And is causal body + subtle body, same as subconscious mind?
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Is Mahādeva from Maha+deva, Maha+adeva or both? [duplicate]

I know the conventional thinking is it is from Mahā+deva as Mahādeva is the great God, however, I think it makes more sense to come from both and mostly Mahā-adeva (a term sometimes used for Asura), ...
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Why we don't do any puja when someone dies? [duplicate]

I have heard that whenever someone dies, their relatives dont do any puja till 11th or 13th day, not sure about time. Is it mentioned in shastras?
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Where is the Puranic story of Sharangadhara receiving a dream from Shiva?

According to Dhanurveda, Śāraṅgadhara is "considered to be an expert in the knowledge of the Dhanurveda. Nobody but Sarngadhara is considered to be an expert in the knowledge of the Dhanurveda, ...
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Is there any explicit concept of working hours in scriptures?

In the current society, every one has a profession which provides her money and resources for survival. For a person having enough amount of money or other resources may consider the profession for ...
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Where can I find an English translation of Vaimānika Shāstra?

According to Wikipedia, there is scripture called Vaimanika Shastra. Where can I find it's original book and it's english translation?
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Are there any Hindu cults/sects that have new scripture from the modern era?

Is there any Hindu or Hindu adjacent cult that has modern era scripture? Like the Moonies have with the Divine Principle or even more scripture-like for a lack of a better term. https://en.wikipedia....
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How many days of humans are equivalent to 1 day of Pitris?

I want to know about the calculation of years of Pitris (manes) according to scriptures. 1 Pitri year = How many human years? 1 Pitri day = How many human days?
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Does constitution mean neeti shashtra?

Does constitution mean rajaneeti shashtra? Does any vedic scripture explain about rajaneeti shashtra?
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Should fire generated by match-sticks or petroleum-based products be used in homa?

In the Bṛhat Tantrasāra, it is stated that fire used for Tāntrika homa should belong to any one of the following categories : It should be generated by araṇi wood. It should be generated by stone (i....
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Why does the half-moon symbolize timelessness in Hinduism?

I've often seen Lord Shiva with 'half-moon' on his head which, I was told, as the timelessness of Lord Shiva; meaning Lord Shiva is beyond 'time' or he's the master of time and space as per Hindu ...
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Does the different texts within Vedas follow a certain hierarchy or any known order of authority?

In Vedas there are texts such as Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanisads, Samhitas etc. so in the case of differing views of various texts is there a certain order of which text view should be taken first? ...
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Why does Buddhism last so long into the future in Hinduism, while the other religions seem missing?

"Buddhists" are mentioned in the far future in multiple places like the Kalki and Bhavishya Puranas. This is over 400,000 years in the future for the Kalki Purana, so they can't be Buddhists ...
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Scriptural reference for dead humans turning into Yamadūtas?

I heard that sometimes the dead can turn into Yamadūta. Is there any scriptural support for this belief? https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/yamaduta
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Does smriti allows king to make new constitution?

Do smriti allows to make constitution ? My point is smriti is supreme constitution.under smriti can king can make new rules and new punishment . Do smriti/vedic/puranic scriptures given freedom to ...
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Do viruses, virods and prions have souls?

I would say yes as the most logical way for the soul to control the body is with the proteins that are able to form prions and RNA that behaves similarly, because they are in all life, spread out, are ...
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Should statues be worshipped based on Veda? [duplicate]

"Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste" "They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements" (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). "They sink deeper in darkness, those who ...
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Family Tree of Asuras

The most comprehensive one I know of is my own chart of the genealogy of sapient/civilization building races and their deity Upendra form I made through trial and error till I got something that made ...
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What is the scriptural stance on taking Datura Stramonium (Jimsonweed)

The main reason why Datura is different to the other intoxicants for scriptural reasons is that it is thoroughly unpleasant in terms of recreational use and thus it shouldn't be possible to get ...
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How should I start to learn everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma and Sanaatan (Hindu) Pauranika stories? [duplicate]

I want to know the sequence of reading Sanaatani (Hindu) scriptures to know everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma. I've heard that translated books often contain misinterpretations and opinions ...
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How powerful (literally) is a soul? Any physical reference points in scripture to calculate it?

If a soul can control its own body it has to be able to exert a force and do work. This is an important point that often gets overlooked because of the very powerful illusion of unity in being all ...
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting for Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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What is there a difference between Vanaspati and Vṛkṣa?

The Manusmṛti seems to indicate that Vṛkṣa are angiosperms and Vanaspati are all other plants. Is there any further explanation of differences between the two, especially with regards to their ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at-least five senses: Varna assigned ...
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How important is Yatra in TIrthayatra

This week Supreme Court of India and government of India didn't permit kanwariyas to bring "Ganga jal" from Haridwar. Instead they asked state governments to develop mechanism to make the ...
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Is there any counter example saying astrological varna and geetha varna are different?

Answers to this question says that astrological varna based on Zodiac sign of a person is same as the varna of a person assigned by Krishna. You can read the referred question for details. But still ...
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What do Gandharvas look like?

The closest thing to a description of them is the description of Kali, which I couldn't find an exact reference for. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_(demon)
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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Are muhurtas still relevant during Navaratris especially Ashadha gupt Navratri?

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that during Navratri the entire period is auspicious; shubh muhurta, Rahukalam, nakshatra, Chandrabalam, Tarabalam etc. do not matter for these nine days. ...
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Proportion of gunas in four varnas obtained by birth

I read the following lines by Ramanujacharya from this answer The nature of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras are due to their respective inherent dispositions. The meaning is that their past ...
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Actual references in scriptures which says Lord Shiva consumes cannabis? [duplicate]

Since we know that Lord Shiva exists in many different forms and worshiped through various forms throughout history, I've heard quite a few stories from people where they say, Lord Shiva consumes ...
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Is Ajanu (At / Below the Knees) Arms From Birth or can they be developed over time

We all know that the human body is temporary and changes over time (infant --> child --> adolescence --> adult ---> old ---> cadaver). We also know that practicing spirituality can ...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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Does karma kshyam (nullification of karma) happen for pisachas?

It is well known that karma kshayam happens for humans and other species. There are some states to be experienced by sinners other than the living species listed above. It includes pisacha state. I ...
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What are the days to avoid oiling of hair?

Many people say in general that on so and so day one(it applies to men/women/both) should not apply oil. Say for example they may avoid oiling hair on full moon day(i.e., poornima) or no moon day(i.e.,...
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Why does Krishna say that "I am the light of the sun and the moon..." when the moon has no light of its own?

Chapter 7 Shloka 8: O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man. Why did Krishna not ...
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Instances of rebirth in difference universe in sanathan dharma

Sanathan dharma has many instances regarding rebirth. For this question, I am classifying rebirth in to two categories according to the place of birth: Rebirth in the same physical universe Rebirth ...
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...

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