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A person capable of knowing anything and everything

In sanathan dharma, Sarvajna stands for a person who realizes that everything is Brahman. So, Sarvajna is not the person I'm asking for. I know that saguna brahman satisfies the property mentioned in ...
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Why should we not hang the photos of the living people on the south side wall?

MY Parents refuse to allow photos hangings on the south direction of the room. Why is it so? does hindu scriptures forbids it? Thanks.
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Has any teacher said that all classes of scripture have the same essential message?

Just to name a few classes Vedas Brahmanas,Aranyakas Upanishads Itihasapuranas Has any teacher said that each class, taken as a whole, is conveying the same essential message?
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Can a person attain moksha involuntarily?

Most of the people practice, in their lifetime, some or other paths established by scriptures to get moksha. Some may use rama nama, some may use yoga, some may use jnana marga, etc., Each path may ...
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Two or more Idols of the same deity at home forbidden?

Several elders say, that as per vaastu-shastra or some other treatises: it's forbidden to keep two idols of Lord Ganesha at home. Further, keeping three idols of Bhagwati Durga or any other Deví is ...
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Story of Lord Shani's sibling Bhadrā (भद्रा )?

Yama, Yami (personification of the river Yamuna) and the Aśvinī Kumāra, are popularly referred as the siblings of Lord Śani (शनिदेव ) . What might be lesser known, are Bhadrā (भद्रा ) and, Tapatī (...
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The confusion between fruits & vegetables

Science classify several eatables, which in layman vernacular are called vegetables, to be fruits and vice-versa. Kind of oxymoron in itself. For example:- Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Capsicum, Bell ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for this jinx in Hinduism?

A common belief these days is to not say good will happen for sure lest you jinx it for the person/yourself. For e.g. "I didn't say anything to him as I was afraid I might jinx him" I was ...
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Classification of Brahman(ब्रह्मन्)

I was watching this program on TV and the person in there further classified the Ultimate Reality we call as Brahman / Par Brahman into three categories : Nirãkãr Brahman (निराकार ब्रह्मन्) Sãkãr ...
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What are the foods to be avoided on Chaturdashi?

Is there anything in scriptures which tells about which foods to be avoided on caturdaśī Tithi?
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The destination and fate of Murderers

I'd like to make clear the destination and fate of murders. According to Manusmriti 12.54-55, Those who committed mortal sins (Mahapataka), having passed during large numbers of years through ...
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Universe inside atom in Hinduism (Sanatana dharma)

Sanatana dharma says that universe can exist inside atoms. Yoga Vasistha, a scripture of Sanatana dharma, mentions across its body about the universe(s) inside atoms. I am quoting a small example from ...
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How many classes of scriptures understanding is necessary to understand Puranas?

It is well known that all stories in the Puranas shouldn't be taken literally (or physically). Many (such) stories of Puranas are symbolism to facts or phenomenon from other class of scriptures. I ...
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Can a Sanyasi allowed to do Yagnas for dethrone and enthrone kings?

Is it valid for a Sanyasi to perform yagnas or any rituals for enthroning a person and to dethrone another person? Do scriptures allow it?
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What do scriptures say about vairagya at early ages?

Most of the people think that vairagya is not good during early ages (say 10 - 30). I am asking this question for people who are practicing Grihastha (householder) ashram. What do scriptures tell ...
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Do Karma Kshyam (nullification of karma) happens in all avasthas?

Afaik, there are at least five states for humans. They are Jagarth (wakeful), Swapna (dream), Shushupti (deep sleep), turiya, and thuriyatheetha. I know that Karma Kshyam happens in both Jagrath and ...
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Which scripture describes Hanuman as Brahman?

Hanuman is a well-known god of Sanathana Dharma. He is popularised as a dootha for Rama. But, many believe that Hanuman is a saguna brahman. Is it true that Hanuman is a Brahman? Which verses from ...
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What is the relation among Prakriti, Maya, the law of Karma?

I'd like to know whether the following explanations right or not? 1.Prakriti is the matter consisted of 24 elements. Is that right? 2.There are many kind of energy in this world,like heat energy, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any Hindu stories involving non-artificial weather?

I find the characters in Hinduism rarely discuss the weather, which I find odd.
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Are there any hindu texts on Machiavellian ways one should know ? Or on how to handle people of different kinds

Maybe Arthshastra as an ancient text fits the description,But I am looking specifically for hindu texts on such subject or related to it .
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From where can I get Mrtyunjaya Tantra / Mrtyu-Sanjaya Tantra book?

Pranam! I am looking for above mentioned book named as Mrtyunjaya Tantra which is mentioned by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Krishna Sandarba and also mentioned by many scholars somewhere. It is one of ...
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Death penalty by kings in sanathan dharma

It is clear from the story of Kalmashapada that executioning exist as a punishment for bad humans in sanathan dharma "The Gandharva continued, 'Thus commanded, the cook went out in search of ...
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Indra turning to female due to the curse of Trnabindu

Story of Indra turning into female, due to the curse, has been mentioned in the CHAPTER 63: Indra's rescue from the female sex of Narasimha purana. Indra once abducted the Citrasena, the wife of ...
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Why can't a yogi visit mosque?

Yesterday, CM of Uttar Pradesh, India said that as a 'Yogi' he will not goto mosque foundation laying program. https://www.opindia.com/2020/08/yogi-adityanath-up-cm-ayodhya-mosque-ground-breaking-...
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Avasthas in which the perception of time does not exist

Afaik, there are at least five states for humans. They are Jagarth (wakeful), Swapna (dream), Shushupti (deep sleep), turiya, and turiyatheetha. We know for sure that the perception of time exists in ...
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Do hearing or reciting any story in scriptures has the capability of pleasing or removing Rahu's adversary affects?

Rahu is generally considered as a malefic planet in astrology. Many stories across scriptures has the potency to remove the negative effects by navagrahas. Do any particular story mentions as ...
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Akash verses Earth verses

Are there aNY verses present in Yajur or Sama or Atharvana verses on Akasha mainly or earth?, not Rig appreciate your response
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Can married couples climb hills in first six months after marriage?

Is there any restriction in Hinduism that newly married couples should not climb hills for the first six months after their marriage?
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Does dharma and adharma applicable to a Jivan Muktha?`

It is well known that a person who is not a Jivan Muktha is bounded by Dharma and Adharma. That is, one needs to do dharma only as per scriptures. What about a person who achieved a Jivan Muktha state....
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Biographies of 27 Nakshatras

Nakshatra is the term for lunar mansion in Hindu astrology and Indian Astronomy which are 27 in number. I want to know about the complete biographies of 27 Stars.
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Is there any shloka from any Upanishad or other scriptural text that may depict the content of passage of Brih .Up 3:8:9?

Br Up passage 3:8:9 ( Atasya vaa aksharasya - -pitro nvayattah) --the content of this passage is so revealing. It's not only inferential rather experiential also on the contemplation of The Universal ...
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The correct Kali Gayatri mantra

Does anyone know the difference between these 3 Kali Gayatri mantras? The First one: om pishachadwajayai vidmahay shoolahasthaya dhimahi tanno kali prachodayat Second: oṃ mahākālyai ca vidmahe ...
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Is the concept/phenomenon of eka santha grahi mentioned in scriptures?

In general, people who can understand any concept from any branch of knowledge after listening or reading or analyzing a single time are called eka santha grahi. Is there any mention or details of ...
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Is there any recommended asana for a student studying any branch of knowledge from a book?

It is customary to study from a book for gaining knowledge. Is there any asana recommended by Hindu scriptures in this context?
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Do scriptures say how to distinguish Tamasic, Rajasic and Satvic content of a text?

A chatroom comment goes "Tamasa puranas mean most of content are tamasa. But they also contain sattvic and rajasic contents though at a lower proportion. Similarly, Sattvic puranas are mostly ...
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Why god choose earth for life, why not others?

I want to know that why god choose earth for life and why not other planet. He is god after all and could have choose to create organism which can sustain as life in other planets the. Why only earth ...
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Deities associated with various organs in Human body?

I need a scripture reference for Deities associated with various organs in Human body. This site gives information about it. Is it real or made up by website author? Is there any Verse which gives ...
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Do we have complete knowledge/texts of Shaivism & Vaishnavism?

Bharata is a country where many invasion took place: Alexander, Chengiz Khan, Mohammed Bin Qasim, Timur, Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali, and British etc. And, many of them tried to destroyed our ...
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Maha Ganapathi moola mantra Nyasa needed ( inlcuding Bija, Shaktih and Keelakam please)!

Maha Ganpathi moola mantra nyasa mantras varies . Please suggest the most popular or authentic Bija, Shakti and Keelakam to be used prior to japa of 28 syllable mantra Thanks in advance
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Alternatives to doing Krcchra penances

In modern age doing proper Krcchra penance is very tough and not always practical. Are there any alternative to Krcchra penances suited to modern age recommended in the scriptures? I have heard ...
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Life on other planets in our solar system

Do Hindu scriptures mention anything about life on other planets of our solar system?
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Who is the author of the scripture named Maya Samhita?

Wikipedia contains the following information about Maya Samhita Maya Samhita (Sanskrit:मय संहिता,Mayasaṁhitā) is a treatise on Hindu Shilpa Shastras. A certain Maya is said to have written this ...
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Authentic Traditional Texts On Homa Procedures?

Are there any authentic traditional texts on homa procedures like the Ganapathi Homa for example. I know there is a Parashuram Kalpasutra followed by some Sri Vidya lineages. Looking for others as ...
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Do the reason or consequences behind bad dream of killing snake mentioned in scriptures?

From this answer, we can notice that dream of killing snake is a bad dream Bad dreams are a shaven head of one’s own, wearing shabby clothes, drinking oil, house collapse, angry Gods or Brahmanas,...

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