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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 life on the other 8 planets according to Hindu scripture?

Is there life on the other 8 planets according to Hindu scripture? I know there's life on the Sun (Suryaloka) and the Moon (Chandraloka).
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Breaks in Brahmacharya

Could anyone point me towards any scriptural reference that explain the breaks to a celibacy vow? I have read of Swami Sivananda explain the below as breaks to Brahmacharya: Darshan – looking at a ...
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On what basis do Hindu philosophies say Sabda Pramana is infallible?

Almost all Hindu Philosophies accept at least three Pramanas: Pratyaksha or direct sense perception, Anumana or Inference and doubting, Sabda or word testimony. Now the common argument in many ...
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Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food?

In many families, they ask women to take bath before preparing food. Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food? Note: This is regarding morning food and ...
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Did Sayanacharya believe in the authority of Ithihas and Puranas?

As you might be knowing, Sayana is one of the classical commentator on Vedas. My question is what was his opinion on the authority of Ithihas and Puranas? Did he believe in them?
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Is there a Hindu equivalent of the Buddhist Dukkha?

I really like the Buddhist teaching on suffering-unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha), a characteristic of existence and how to get rid of it. I was wondering if there was a Hindu equivalent? A similar ...
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“Cows are sacred” & at the same time “It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal” - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Can scriptures ever be properly translated into English or any other languages? [closed]

Hindu scriptures are written in Sanskrit. We know Sanskrit is a language where each word has multiple meanings. Most of us are ignorant about Sanskrit. If we translate a sanskrit word into English, ...
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What is the order of the importance of Hindu texts? [duplicate]

In Hinduism, there are many classes of books such as Vedas, Puranas, Smritis etc., Suppose any two texts from a different class of books either contradict each other or provides an alternative way ...
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What is the source of the verse “Ajnanta-jnapanam sastram”?

There is a popular Sanskrit phrase Ajñāta-jñāpanam śāstram which means scriptures are meant for something which cannot be known through empirical evidence. What is the source of this phrase?
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What are nigamas, agamas, tantras and yamalas? [duplicate]

How is any scripture classified as nigamas, agamas, tantras and yamalas? What is the origin of each? Where can I find them online?
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Which is the earliest reference to Upavedas?

We know that there are four Upavedas associated with four Vedas (Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva). While reading some encyclopedias, I found that core things are not clear or there are different opinions....
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What are some of the most logical and rational Hindu text?

I am interested in old texts which uses rationale and logical arguments only to reach to conclusion or prove some axiom. Are there such text which can be rightfully called logical treatises, ...
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Are there any instances in scriptures of husband & wife separated AND remarried, because of reasons accepted by shastras?

In this question about remarriage, the reasons for a husband leaving a wife, or a wife leaving a husband, are listed. Are there any actual examples in Smriti of this happening - where husband ...
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Can Sanyasis be rulers according to scriptures?

These days, many Sanyasis have entered politics. The most notable example would be perhaps Yogi Adityanath, the chief-minister of the largest state in India, Uttar-Pradesh. However, many spiritual ...
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Scripture to learn about manas, chitta, ahamkar and buddhi in detail?

Is there an authentic ancient scripture to study about manas, ahamkar, buddhi, chitta, chit, chit vritti etc. in detail, so one can exactly know what they are and how they differ? For example, to ...
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Why water is considered as an indispensable commodity in a charity ritual?

According to the scriptures a ritual involving charity (DAnam) will not be successful without the use of water. For example, while going through a Tantra related book that I have I found the following ...
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Is complete Srimad Bhagavatam not available since total verse count is not 18000? [duplicate]

Upon counting the number of verses in Bhagavatam which has 335 chapters from http://bhagavata.org/downloads/bhagavata-compl.html Canto Chapters Verses 1 19 ...
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What do sciptures say about partial fasts in Kaliyuga?

I have seen almost every people in today's time don't do fasts with shastriya vidhi OR we can say they don't follow full rules of fasts. For example: If we read fasts vidhi about any fasts then we ...
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How is being born on Nag Panchami beneficial?

I was born on Nag Panchami. Being a Narcissist, I wanted to know the advantages one gets if born in Nag Panchami. What do the scriptures or astrology maintain on this?
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Mentions of bacteria, viruses, or microbes in Hindu scripture?

Are there any references to microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, in any Hindu scripture?
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Does Mimasa philosophy believe in Ithihasa and Puranas?

Though various devatas and gods are mentioned in Karma Kanda of Vedas, Mimasa doubts their existence. But there are many Puranic characters mentioned in Samhitas. Even Brahmanas of Vedas contain ...
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Where can I find Hiranyagarbha Samhita?

I was looking out for sometime but couldn't find it.e-book, online text,book for sale or any format will be helpful.
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Are there any popular works attributed to Govinda Bhagvatpada?

Govind Bhagvatpada was Guru (teacher) of Adi Shankaracharya who has preached Advaita (one of the most popular philosophy/doctrine of Vedanta). According to Advaita Guruparampara, he was Shisya (...
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Scripture for Ashwini Mudra

In which scripture Ashwini mudra is mentioned? Ashwini mudra is a beginner yoga technique that involves contracting the anal sphincter in a rhythmic way in order to direct prana (life force energy) ...
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Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

Should the king weigh the potential damage done to his own people and kingdom before declaring a war? Should he try and make his best effort to avoid the war? Are there any circumstances when a war is ...
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Who is the Rishi Hiranyastupa of the family of Angiras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.6.4 mentions that Indra after hurling the thunderbolt at Vritra, hid himself and certain divinities were deputed to find him: Agni of the deities, Hiranyastûpa of the ...
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

Is sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths such as suicides, accidents prescribed in scriptures? Some random sources say it's not allowed, and few say it should be done on Amavasya. ...
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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras: He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and ...
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Is consuming non vegetarian food allowed in case of survival?

Is non vegetarian food allowed to be consumed in case of survival? Is there any reference in the ancient scriptures?
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about the shape of the Earth? [duplicate]

Religious scriptures of other religions like Christianity say that the Earth is flat, however debunked by Science. But as it is a general belief of Hindu scriptures being more sceintific, what do they ...
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What is the purpose of Navnath? [duplicate]

I heard that Navnath are the 9 saints who were born in Kaliyuga. They were so powerful and full of spiritual energy that even Devas were unable to defeat them. Question is, in Kaliyuga, how those ...
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Do we have scriptural reference on Ashta Bhairava incarnations?

Lord Shiva took the avatar of Kala Bhairava to kill the ego of Lord Brahma is the first Bhairava avatar of Shiva. Do we have reference to Ashta Bhairava stories in our texts?
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Mahabharat, Vana parva, tirtha-yatra parva https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-third-book/d/doc7362.html. Says: One should next proceed to the excellent tirtha of Brahma. ...
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How do Rakshasas look? Physical appearance of Rakshasas?

What are the various physical appearances of Rakshasas?
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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

I have studied in our texts that a soul will have the memory of its previous births after death, and before birth. My question is when does the soul lose its memory when entering into a body for a ...
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How can a person increase Shraddha (faith) in Hindu scriptures and gods?

Nowadays it is very difficult for almost everyone to have full faith in god and scriptures(Vedas, Ithihas, Puranas, etc). In what ways a person can increase faith in the above mentioned things?
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Who were Varasikha and Abhyavartin Cayamana?

In Rig Veda (RV.6.27.4 & 5) it is described that Indra killed people of Varasikha and drove away VRcis in the aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana. Griffiths translation follows :- 4 This one great power ...
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Does any scripture say or imply observer is observed?

One of the basic tenet of Jiddu Krishnamurthy teachings was observer is observed. It means the observer is not different than the psychological states it observes. Below is one of the explanation - ...
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What is the meaning of Rig Vedic 'Jishnu' in scripture?

In RV.7.35 Rishi Vashist MaitraVaruni describes various gods, things and places which were auspicious. Here in the hymn 5 we find a term jishnu - sham no rajsaspatirstu jishnu T.H.Griffith ...
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What are first step towards starting tapasya ? What scripture describe Tapasya at best and it's methodology? [duplicate]

Tapasya (Tapa) is said to be part of realizing your inner strength and much more. Our Rishi, kshatriya, everyone who have a glorified description in our scripture have been a tapasvi. In modern days ,...
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What do our scriptures say about naming a child?

Do Hindu scriptures provide details on how to properly name a child? If there are any do’s and don’ts. Is it really necessary to name child based on month or tithis?
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Ganapati Shodasa Nama Stotram source

Sumukhaschaikadanthascha, Kapilo Gaja Karnika, Lambhodarascha Vikato Vignarajo Vinayaka Dhoomakethurganadhyaksha Phalachandro Gajanana, Vakra Thunda Soorpakarno Herambha Skanda poorvaja ...
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Sannyasa after death

I hope you can help me as searching on Google has not helped that much. My father passed away in February. I wondered whether anyone knew whether the soul can take Sannyasa? My father identified with ...
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Any rules for drinking water?

We all are aware of different types of food i.e satvik, rajas and tamas also why some type of food should not be eaten by the yogis or how many times a yogi must eat during the day but my question is ...
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The name of the Golden egg that is filled with Ananda

When the consciousness has so to speak - gone beyond, all together beyond the temporal realm of the phenomenal and gone beyond altogether beyond the realm of Nirguna Brahman and enters the realm of ...
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What is karma vipakam in hinduism.

I heard that there is book by this name. It states the karmas and the results of them.
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What are the most accepted and authentic Hindu texts across the different traditions?

I don't understand Hinduism, so I'm looking for the most accepted and the most authentic texts to read. I've been attempting to discover what those texts are but, so far, I've only concluded that this ...
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I want puranas in TRANSLITERATED format.transliteration of Sanskrit into roman script [duplicate]

Ebooks, online or books for purchase also acceptable. Please can anyone help me? Links to all major scriptures is what i need.Thank you!