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Silokas about “time, pradhana, maya are eternal” from the third person's view

Namaste(^o^) Srila Prabhupada wrote that the Supreme Lord, souls, prakriti and time are eternal in the Bhagavad Gita introduction. So, I need the silokas which tell that "time is eternal" ...
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Vedic point of view: are matter and energy interchangeable? [closed]

Namaste(^o^) According to theory of relativity, matter and energy are interchangeable. I'd like to know whether this theory are accepted by Vedic point of view or not. If not, I need the evidence ...
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The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn according to the Scriptures

Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe meetings of planets and other objects on our sky’s dome. They use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of Jupiter and Saturn, the two ...
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Shloka regarding pradhāna and prakṛti

I'm looking for the shloka which explains that there are two eternal principles: pradhāna or prakṛti.
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Sections of scriptures which deal with Bearing the Physical Pain

What sections of scriptures deal with Bearing the Physical Pain because of disease, old age or accident? What kind of discourse is given regarding the physical pain? Any lead would be fine, One can ...
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With which Devata is Gabriel (or Jibril) related? [closed]

Devatas and Angels are same. Only names are different. Gabriel or Jibril are called Archangel, the chief angel, therefore I guess Gabriel or Jibril is Lord Brahma or Indra. But I am not sure. Are ...
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When did Pashupati lose His horns?

According to different historical studies , seems like the figure of Shiva as Pashupati as been found in Harappa and Mohenjodaro as a Horned God of humans and animals. It looks weird that in modern ...
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evidence siloka that four YOGAs for self realization

Namaste (^o^),I need an evidence siloka that four YOGAs such as Bhakti,Karma,Gyana and Astanga are 4 principle margas for self realization.Thank you.
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Decreased sleep time for Yogis

We generally hear that yogis need less time for sleep compared to others. Are there any scriptural statements that validate this statement?
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Were Puranas extant during Mahabharata

Did the Mahabharata warriors know about the Puranas (except Bhagavata) during the time of war or before it? I doubt it, as if they knew the content of puranas, then they would have known that Krishna ...
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How debtor -creditor relationship problems within members of a family can be settled through contributions to the causes of Hinduism? [closed]

My question is How the contributions to the cause of Hinduism and Hindu religious activities including relief works solve the debtor-creditor problems of a number of unmarried members of the same ...
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definition of ākāśa in Sanskrit. Does ākāśa mean śūnya? [closed]

I'd like to know that in Sanskrit or in Sanskrit dictionary if "ākāśa" have the meaning of "śūnya",nothing or void or zero? Some Buddhist claim that ākāśa mean śūnya. Therefore ...
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Can one use right leg for siddhasana

Hatha yoga pradipika contains posture details of Siddhasana as follows Press firmly the heel of the left foot against the perineum, and the right heel above the male organ. With the chin pressing on ...
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How to understand Bhagwat Gita?

Every time I try to read Bhagwat Gita I feel confused. It feels like I have to follow life with restrictions. Like we can't have the desire, should not think of the result, wrong to have the material ...
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Sri Lalithopakhyanam telugu version

I want to learn and do parayana of Sri Lalithopakhyanam (contained in Brahmanda Purana). I am looking for any good telugu resources of the original sanskrit text and translations to telugu. I have ...
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The Rākṣasa-Yakṣa are twin races that could be considered paired races. Are all the races paired? Does a scripture validate this?

(Viṣṇu forms for each race above the race name.) Rākṣasa-Yakṣa have a mostly sweet pairing because they are complimentary at their birth and do not leave each other's side. That made me wonder if the ...
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Parents of Dhaumya

A Gandharva suggests Arjuna to appoint Dhaumya as (purohit)priest "The Gandharva replied, 'There is in these woods a shrine of the name of Utkochaka. Dhaumya, the younger brother of Devala is ...
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Are there really 330 million gods we worship? Where can we find a reference to this? [duplicate]

We as Hindus are encouraged to worship our own Ista devata but are told that there are over 330 million Gods whose blessing we seek during auspicious like weddings, etc. Where do we get this number ...
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Ancient texts on the art and science of debate

I thought 'tarka shastra' was the search text I was looking for, but the books I found were rather modern writer's literary text. What I was looking for the science written by the rishis, I just found ...
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Which scriptures did rakshasa use to study?

What did the rakshasa use to study? Did they also have some kind of their own Veda? What did Ravana use to study?
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evidence slokas for 3 divisions of the universe

I'm looking for the evidence slokas that the whole universe in the brahmandara are divided 3 parts, upper world where devatas and pious people live, middle world: bhumandala, and underground world ...
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evidence silokas: transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas

I need the evidence shlokas that explain that soul's transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas for convincing those who do not believe soul's transmigration among them.
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Evidence slokas that devatas are the agents who control the universe

I'm looking for the evidence slokas that devatas are the agents who control the universe.
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What is atom? What constitutes atom? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the "atom". According to Śrī brahma-saṁhitā 5.35, "yad-antaḥ aṇḍāntara-stha-paramāṇu-cayāntara-stham" Kṛṣṇa is present in His fullness in every one of the atoms ...
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Is Vasistha an (Biological) ancestor of Rama?

There is a story in Mahabharata that says about some key events in the life of Vasistha. It is a conversation between a Gandharva and Arjuna. In that conversation, it is clear that Vasistha ...
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Origin of Brihaspati Agama

Is Brihaspati the author of Brihaspati Agama? When did the scripture Brihaspati Agama has been revealed and what is the context?
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Do scriptures comment on materials used for bathing

It is well known that soaps, shampoos etc., are used as materials for bathing in India. They did not exist during Dwapara, Tretha etc., or might exist in another form. What are the materials used by ...
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What are the Scriptural definitions of Narakam?

Most of the people think Naraka as a loka. Although it is true, it is not a complete truth. The word Naraka can have different meanings. Loka in which sinners dwell and experience punishments is a ...
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Radha staying in Dwaraka

Till now, I thought that Radha generally live in Barsana and she never live in Dwaraka. But, the following statements clarify that Radha lived in Dwaraka also. After thus performing a rasa dance at ...
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Is the universe a manifestation of one's own soul?

We are living in a universe and each one may have different interpretations towards the universe and all the aspects of the universe. Is the universe (we are living in) is a manifestation of our own ...
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Is there any scriptural precedent for praying in the second person (using “you”)? Is this from outside Hinduism?

In modern times, when people pray, they do it overwhelmingly in the second person. In scriptures, however, the third person (or no person) is overwhelmingly the person the prayers are in, and I have ...
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Etymology of “priyā”?

What is the etymological meaning of Sanskrit term Priyā ? where can we find its usage examples in the scriptures?
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What is the role of pronunciation superiority while chanting Ramraksha or Atharvashirsha?

What role does superiority in pronunciation play in case of getting benefits of chanting Ramraksha or Atharvashirsha? If some pronunciations (say 30-40%) get mispronounced due to Sanskrit language ...
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Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta

I am looking for translated versions (English/Hindi) of Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta online .
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Code for Kshatriya [duplicate]

Are there any hindu texts written specifically for Kshatriyas (how they should conduct themselves,habits they should inculcate )?
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

Some observations: In a particular society in India, the repentance for consuming beef is that the "sinner" must put on the rope around his/her neck (i.e. the rope wound around a cow's neck)...
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What is the beejam of Lord Dakshinamurthy?

Every God and Goddess have their beejams. For example, Lord Dattatreya has beejam "Dram". What is Lord Dakshinamurthy beejam?
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Is it vedanta that reconciled all the religions(ways) in Bharat during dwapara and thretha yuga?

In Mahabharata and Ramayana, we can find wide variety of traditions, rituals. Each one was encouraged. We can see the shaktism, Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Saura etc., So, we can say that there are ...
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Physical characteristics of the four varnas

Is there any description of the physical characteristics of the four varnas in Scriptures?
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How did rishi Bhringi take birth with 3 legs?

There are many sculptures of rishi Bhringi in temples of South India; which show he has 3 legs. Is there any scriptural basis that he had 3 legs by birth or did he get them after birth? Here are some ...
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Are there any Hindu scriptures or tales from the modern era?

Are there any Hindu sacred texts from modern times, such as during the Mughal Empire all the way to the modern era? I feel some of the more recent scriptures don't get the love they deserve, mostly ...
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Marrying husband's brother during Dwapara and Kali Yuga

There are two related questions on this topic: Was marrying brother's wife an accepted in the society of the Ramayana or pre-Ramayana era? Is levirate marriage allowed in Hinduism? First one is ...
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Do sensory organs have their own consciousness?

Bhishma in conversation with Yudhishthira told the following words No act done with the aid of the five organs of sensual perception, is ever lost. The five sensual organs and the immortal soul which ...
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Is a menstruating woman allowed to eat non-veg during auspicious timings?

It is mentioned in scriptures that one should not eat non-veg food during certain times such as Amavasya, Pournami, Sunday, Ekadasi etc., According to scriptures, is it applicable for menstruating ...
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Why is Parabrahman a supporter of dharma?

It is well known that Parabrahman takes the form of a human in order to establish dharma. In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of ...
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Who is Daksha mentioned by Indra?

Consider the following statements of Indra from Mahabharata Assuming then the shape of a Brahmana, Sakra descended on the Earth and addressing the bird, said,--O Suka, O best of birds, the grand-...
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What is panchagni?

I have seen mentioning of panchagni several places; especially in Chhandogya Upanishad. There one sadhana is referred as "panchagni sadhna". Literal meaning of panchagni would be pancha + ...
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Looking for Vyom Samhita by Madhavacharya

I am looking for Vyom samhita copy online .Particularly want to find this quote often attributed to it. Bramhakaya samadbhooto kayastho bramhasangyakah;Kalowhi kshatriyah tasya japyagye surajanam.
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Are all ways to attain moksha pair wise compatible at implementation level?

It is true that all valid ways to attain moksha converges at the end. It means that they have same end result namely moksha. But the inner details (or) tasks to perform can be totally different for ...
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Cooking by men in family life

It is well known that most of the Indian women use to cook for family and is really a great opportunity for a woman. It is mentioned in Mahabharata that Nala, Bhimasena could cook food and performed ...

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