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In Hinduism, what does “immortal” mean? Is there a limit on an immortal's lifespan?

I would like to clarify that this question is not about immortals, or about how to become an immortal. It is about the word immortal in Hinduism. We have a very brief idea, that an immortal is only a ...
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Are scriptures authentic or fictional? [closed]

Personally, I believe there is no fiction in our scriptures (I will neglect very minute ones) Rather I've heard and read people calling the scriptures as fiction, using questions like 'were Hindu ...
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Who are the immortals(semi) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I heard that there are 7 (or 8) immortals mentioned in our scriptures like Hanuman and Ashvathaman, I know only two of them, and I want to know others, with their brief enlightenment. I used the word ...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram Yajnopavitam ...
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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras

Why people are not allowed to take images of god/goddesses in Garbha gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of a temple. Is it a sin according to scriptures? or any other reason behind such restriction? In ...
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What is the importance of Brahmacharya (Celibacy) in Hinduism?

Many saints and yogis practice Brahmacharya(Celibacy) for whole life. What are the benefits of Brahmacharya and how important is this practice according to Sanathana Dharma? What are the rules to be ...
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What scriptures did Kalidasa use in his Raghuvamsa?

Kalidasa is most famous for being a Sanskrit playwright who wrote plays based on stories from Hindu scripture. But Kalidasa also composed epic poetry on the same subject, most notably Raghuvamsa, ...
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Reference to the 7 chakras in Hinduism

Where are the details about the 7 chakras mentioned in Hindu scriptures? What is their significance?
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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How do I explain akasha (sky - one of the Panchamahabhuta) to a scholar?

Out of the Five-Elements only akasha is the one I am unable to understand till now. How is it related to the earth or a material body? Though we know it's different from air and recedes into outer ...
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Story of origin of the Godavari river?

I heard that the Godavari river is believed to be "river Ganga of South India" and has some story behind the origin of it. Can someone please explain the origin of Godavari river as per scriptures?
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What is the significance of the “Hare Rama” mantra? In which of the texts is this mentioned?

The "Hare Rama" mantra is very famous among Hindus. Why is this mantra so important? Is it mentioned in any texts/scriptures?
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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Do Hindu scriptures acknowledge the presence of Dinosaurs? [closed]

Do Hindu scriptures acknowledge the presence of Dinosaurs?
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Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures?

Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures? If there are, then in what perspective is the comet depicted as?
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how make dharmic decisions [closed]

In everyday of our life we fall in dilemma in making dharmic decisions like whether to use pesticides and save plants or not whether to kill (green leaf) plants to cook or not whether to steal milk ...
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Fulfilled prophecies in Hinduism?

Have there than any recorded prophecies in the Bhagavad Gita or other major Hindu writings that, according to a significant number of Hindus, was later fulfilled in an event known to history?
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Why is the concept of Divine judgement not given much importance in Hinduism?

Divine judgement and the concept of the soul going to either heaven or hell based on actions on Earth is present in many religions. But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism - rather ...
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What is the concept of “a day” in Hinduism?

We are all practicing westerners time format means a day is starting at midnight 00:00 . What about Hinduism? Does any Hindu scriptures mention about it?
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Are there references to sharks or dolphins in hindu mythology?

Both sharks and dolphins have been known to live in and around India. The Irrawaddy dolphin and the Ganges shark are species that actually live in seas or swim up rivers. It seems like there should be ...
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At what age was Lord Krishna killed by the hunter?

Does anyone know at what age Lord Krishna was killed by the hunter (the rebirth of Vali)? Are there any scriptural references available for this?
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What are the exact ten avatars of Vishnu?

I know that there are many avatars of Vishnu but some say that the famous Dashavatar include lord Buddha (Wiki) and some say as Balarama (hinduism.about.com). but Mohini avatar is not considered as ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

Well, I think the Indian society is very orthodox and can't generally accept things like an unmarried girl walking with or talking to a boy. So is an unmarried girl or boy having sexual intercourse ...
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What is the basis for worshipping Sai Baba? Are there are references to him in the Vedas or other Vedic literature?

Recently, Dwarka Shankaracharya, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati stirred controversy by claiming that since Shirdi Sai was a human and that there are no mention of him any Hindu scripture, he shouldn't ...
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Are there other Brahmas and universes?

Lord Brahma is said to be the creator of Earth but what about other planets? Who created them? I have heard that for every planet there is a creator like Brahma. I have also seen an incident in ...
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Are there any scriptures in Hinduism equivalent to the Vedas?

The Vedas are in sanskrit. Are there any scriptures which are considered equivalent(i.e as respected) as the Vedas? They do not necessarily have to be in sanskrit. In Tamil, the Divya Prabandham is ...
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What scriptures describe Shanta as Dasharatha's daughter?

Most people are only familiar with Dasharatha's four sons - Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. But there is a common story that Dasharatha also had a daughter. The story as I understand it ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

There is so much emphasis on Meditation in Hinduism. Can common meditation techniques of today be traced to scriptural sources? I have heard through word of mouth that Transcendental Meditation ...
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The origin of “Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu”?

Most of us heard this famous quote "Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu" (let everybody live peacefully). Where it is originated from and which shloka mention this line and from which text ?
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How accepted are the Smritis?

According to Wikipedia there are two main types of scriptures, the four Vedas (which are seen as eternal), and the Smritis (which are seen as revealed). I was wondering what the current Hindu thought ...
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Does the Gita have any apocrypha?

The Abrahamic religions have Biblical apocrypha, sections of the work claimed by some to be authentic but excluded by the main body of the religion. Does the Gita have any similar sections?
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What is the significance of the saffron color?

Hindu sanyasis/monks wear saffron colored robes. Is there any scriptural reasons for saffron? Or is it just cultural since Buddhist monks also wear saffron ?
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Where does Manu currently live?

Manu is supposedly the progenitor of mankind. Even the English word "man" is derived from his name. There are 14 Manus in each day of Brahma. The current Manu is Vaivasvata, and he is currently ...
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Did Hindu scriptures predict Muhammad and/or Jesus?

There are some claims that ancient Hindu scriptures have mentioned Jesus Christ or the Prophet Muhammad. BBC - "Hinduism: Jesus in Hinduism" "Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Hindu scriptures" at Islam101 ...
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Does Hinduism acknowledge the existence of other religions?

Hinduism isn't a religion but a way of living. Koran and Bible both mention Hinduism, Islam and Christianity and treat Hinduism and themselves as a religion but nowhere in a Hindu text Hinduism is ...
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What are the Hindu scriptures which every Hindu should abide by?

In Christianity, one has the holy Bible and in Islam one has the holy Quran. Which scriptures should a Hindu always follow? Which scripture can a Hindu look up for references?
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Protection of cows and subsequent sins when failing in it

In India, I saw many cows roaming freely in the city. They were feasting on plastic bags. Isn't this ironic? On one hand, Hindus seem to accept that humans shouldn't harm cows. Does this not imply ...
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Do Hindus intermarry with other religions?

Are Hindus allowed to marry people of other religions? If yes, how should they marry someone belonging to a different religion? Are the rules different for a man and a woman?

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