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Where can I get AtharvaShiras Upanishad with Sanskrit & english translation?

Where can I get AtharvaShiras Upanishad in english translation with Sanskrit Sloka in pdf?
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Is the concept of Chalit Chart mentioned in our scriptures related to astrology?

We know that there is a concept of Chalit Chart in Astrology where a planet changes it's house but the aspects of the planet is to be seen with the Lagna Chart. There are 3 types of Chalit Charts: ...
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What is the source of "VishvAdhiko Rudro Maharshi" (विश्वाधिको रुद्रो महर्षिः)?

I'm finding Source for "VishvAdhiko Rudro Maharshi" Mantra. विश्वाधिको रुद्रो महर्षिः VishvAdhiko Rudro Maharshi
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Were haldi ceremony and mehendi rasam a part of vedic weddings?

Is there any reference in Hindu scriptures about Haldi ceremony Mehendi rasam in hindu marraige ceremony? My personal understanding is that while haldi ceremony is on Indin origin, mehendi rasam is ...
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Is Chandogya 5.10.7 authentic?

It seems highly likely that verse 5.10.7 of Chandogya Upanishad is not authentic. The first reason is that there are multiple versions and manuscripts of the Chandogya Upanishad that do not have verse ...
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How to start kriya yoga?

What are preliminary steps in kriya yoga. I have read that you have to practice and when you will be ready your guru will find you what kind of practice do I need to do before finding a guru
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Something for carrer growth and getting better in my art (like acting,music)

Any kind of mantra(which doesn't need initation) or anything else like any simple ritual etc
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How many Verison of Shiva sahasranama is there?

How many versions of shiva Sahasranama are there?
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Are there any references to Formless-Ishvara in scriptures or in Advaitic teachings?

Brahman is essentially Nirguna and Ishwara is Saguna Brahman via Maya. Whenever I come across the term Ishvara, an image of either Vishnu or Shiva pops up in my mind. But I've also heard that Ishvara ...
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How do you learn and understand Vedas? What is the proper method if I can't go to a vedpathshala?

I have tried reading the vedas and it didn't make any sense to me. It just seemed like praises to vedic deities. Later I came to know that you have to learn about vedas from a proper Vedacharya. But I ...
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What are the marriage conditions for an offspring boy of sagotra vivah?

Marriage in Kaliyug is to be within castes not outside, but not sagotra as well or else the offspring is Varnasankara. The pramana for this is given across Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and Puranas. I am born ...
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Where can I get Smritis in english or Hindi Translation?

I was searching over the Internet for a long time to find and read the Smriti but it didn't help. Is there any source where I can read all 18 major & minor Smritis online or offline with ...
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Are the Puranas superior to the Smritis? [duplicate]

Do the Puranas have a greater authority than the Smritis? Or do the Smritis have a greater authority than the Puranas?
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Do ancient astrology books say to wear gemstones to increase the effects of planets?

Do ancient scriptures like Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra or Brighu Samhita or Brihajjatakam etc. say anything on wearing gemstones to increase the effect of a Planet? Like we have: Ruby for Sun Pearl ...
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How to do trataka on sri yantra?

I want to know how to do trataka on sri Yantra I, mean where to focus on it and for how much time etc and how to visualize it
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Do any of the Hindu Scriptures have any perspective on loneliness and/or how to deal with mental health in general?

I've lately been feeling quite lonely, due to - at least what I feel is a lack of - deep/meaningful connection. I am not sure where this sudden desire for community/friendship came from. I'm a ...
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Telugu books dedicated for namajapa

I asked several questions related to namajapa on our site. Some of them with short answers are given below Can Rama Nama Japa give moksha? Yes Is any god name eligible for nama japa? Yes Is there any ...
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Is there any tradition of anagogical interpretation in Hinduism?

The word “anagogical” is used by Christians to describe one of the four senses of interpreting biblical scripture, historical, allegorical, moral, and anagogical. The anagogical sense was about ...
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If a Purana Contradicts Another Purana

If a Purana contradicts another Purana, how do we know which one to go with?
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Do the Vedas say they are eternal?

Many Hindu theologians, especially those of the Vedanta school, believe that not just the meaning, but the very words and sentences of the Vedas are eternal. Is there any support in the Vedas ...
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Which texts are infallible and inerrant?

The Vedas must be infallible, as they were authored by God, or by rishis under the inspiration of God, who is the “Truth of Truth”. Therefore every passage of the Vedas is true, whether literally or ...
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Is it valid to quote half-lines of ślokas?

While reading nibandhas like Nirṇayasindhu & Smṛtitattva, it is found that the authors often quoted half-verses instead of the entire verse. For example, Kamalākara Bhaṭṭa quotes 'शरत्काले महापूजा ...
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How to get more punya and attain moksha

I've listened that there are 2 separate accounts of Karma: Like one is for Papa (sins) and one is for Punya. Both get accumulated as per our activities. Only when both are equal, we get Moksha. My ...
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How can one define which one is a "Satvik" and not "Asat" Scripture

In Bhagwat-purana's many verses , Skand-purana's some verses , Brahma-purana , even in Mahabharata there were mention of Apsara's sexual relations with the peoples who will reach the Swarga , some ...
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Can white chickpeas (chana) be offered as naivedyam in Puja?

Can white chickpeas (chana) be cooked and offered as naivedyam in Puja? Thank you.
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"Women are gateway to hell" . From which scripture this quote come from?

There is old saying in hindi "स्त्री नर्क का द्वार है" which translates to "Women are gateways to hell". From which scripture this quote comes from ?
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What do our Hindu scriptures mention about helping people?

What do our Hindu scriptures mention about helping people? Are we interfering with other people's bad karma when we help them? Example, lending people money because they need to pay for their ...
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How to forgive/overcome from the pain of accidentally killing a parrot

I have never had any pet. I don't keep them because it hurts when they leave you :(. But, the day before yesterday , an orphaned parrot came to my home randomly. I loved it, so I kept it with me in a ...
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What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga?

What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga? Nowadays in the Kali Yuga there are scriptures like the Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana which Shudras can either read by themselves ...
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Are there any instances in our scriptures where sagotra marriage was done?

Q:-Are there any instances where sagotra marriage was carried out? Q:-How the outspring of sagotri marriage were looked upon? Q:- Is there any prasyachit for doing sagotra marriage?
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Can Sandhyavandanam be performed by Sanyasis?

Can Sandhyavandanam be performed by Sanyasis? I am not sure of this topic and there are different answers which state otherwise. Can someone please clarify who and all can perform Sandhyavandanam and ...
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Reason behind crossed eyes of Gnana Saraswati Devi

In Sanatan Dharma, the forms and shapes of any goddess are not random. Great rishis experience the form and shape of Goddesses along with the knowledge of details of those particular forms and shapes. ...
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Is Ravana Samhita authentic?

There was a note in the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal that the Sanskrit manuscript of the Ravana Samhita is in the Institute of Oriental Studies of Bhandarkar: https://fdocuments.in/document/...
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Does any scripture contain details about the life of Samvarta?

Brihaspathi is well-known as a guru of gods. He has a brother named Samvarta, who is an avaduta. The following lines are taken from the Introductory Note of the scripture named Tripura Rahasyam ...
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Yogic Theory of Intelligence for AI

What are some yogic texts which discuss the precise, scientific nature of the components of the mind and how the human intelligence operates in great detail? I am aware of the Nyaya Sutras, but I was ...
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What is the authentic Mula Mantra of Kala Bhairava?

On the Internet, without any difficulties, you can find many different mantras of Kala Bhairava, but the specific source of origin of these mantras (Tantra, Agama, Grantha, etc.) is always not ...
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Verses about incompleteness of logic in Vedas

Sanathan dharma gave an appropriate place to the logic, according to me. Logic is called Tarka by the ancients. There are scriptures dedicated to logic in Hinduism. There are several questions 1, 2, 3,...
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Is Bramacharya necessary for spiritual advancement?

Is there any scriptural representation showing that Bramacharya is necessary for spiritual advancement ? How is Bramacharya helpful?
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Correct direction for sleeping? [duplicate]

As per this article on correct direction of sleeping: Which Direction Is Best to Sleep in? According to ancient traditions like vastu shastra, the best direction to sleep in is toward the south. This ...
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By performing what acts does a brahmin become outcaste?

I want to know about all the acts on doing which a brahmin becomes outcaste or chandala!
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Rules for Tirth Yarta

What rules must one follow while on Tirth Yatra? How must one start and end the yatra? I came across these lines in Brahma Puran, If merely going to a tirtha is enough to purify, then the fish of the ...
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Instances of deity granting improved version of boon

In broad, one can classify the boons granted by deities to devotees into three categories: Boons that enhance the intention of a devotee Boons that diminish the intention of a devotee 1 2 Boons that ...
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Does Hindu scripture talk about rights?

Does Hindu scripture talk about fundamental rights of humans like right to speak and others ?
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Why should we not get haircut and shave (trimming nails) when wife is pregnant

Can someone tell me what are the rituals to be followed by a brahmin when the wife is pregnant? I've heard that we should not cut hair and shave? Is it only shave or haircut also? Should both be ...
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Is 'nama japa without bhava' automatically converts into 'namajapa with bhava'?

Some sadhanas in sanathan dharma automatically promote sadhaka to the next levels. If a sadhaka shows perseverance and consistency in sadhana, there are more chances for automatic upliftment. I want ...
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Do's and Don't during shravan maas(month) according to scriptures?

I want to know what are the do's and Don't particularly in shravan month according to scriptures
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Story of Suvarchala asking for a blind husband who can able to see

I read a story of Suvarchala from Mahabharata in the Telugu language. But I cannot able to find the same in this English translation. The following is the storyline There was a viprarshi named Devala....
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What are the writings of 'devarshi charitha' by Gargeya?

In a conversation between Yudhistrira and Bhishma, I encountered the following statements, which occur in a conversation between a guru and disciple At the end of every (celestial) yuga (when ...
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What are the important shastrath debates in ancient india?

I have heard of only one debate which was between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandana Mishra. Can you list some important debates other than the aforementioned one? Are there any scriptures/books which ...
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How many authentic Gitas are there? [duplicate]

How many authentic 'Gitas' are there? Is there any scriptural reference listing them? I have heard of Bhagavad Gita, Ishvara Gita, Ashtavakra Gita. I would like to know the total Gitas present and if ...

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