Questions tagged [sects]

For questions related to the various divisions and sub-divisions of Hinduism like Shaivism, Vaishnavism, etc.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
0answers
87 views

Is there any Hindu sect which considers Lord Hanuman as Supreme Brahman?

I would like to know if there are any sects like Vaishnavas,Shaivas or Shaktas who consider Lord Hanuman as the Supreme God(Brahman). Not including smartha sect which considers all Gods as Supreme.
2
votes
3answers
162 views

Are there any references in Puranas to justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles?

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
1
vote
3answers
219 views

Are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc., which encouraged sectarian attitude, contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
2
votes
1answer
170 views

Are there any Unitarian Universalist-like sects in Hinduism?

Wikipedia defines it as: Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion characterized by a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". Unitarian Universalists assert no creed, but ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

what is the highest abode for Vaishnavite sects?

Srivaishnavites and Madhwites seem to regard Vaikuntha as the highest abode. For Gaudiyas it seems to be "Goloka" - I am looking for a systematic exposition of the conception of the ultimate ...
6
votes
2answers
537 views

Did any sect reject animal sacrifice from the time of its founding?

I believe Sankara, Ramanuja et al condoned the idea of animal sacrifice. I think Ramanuja says the sacrificed animal may feel some pain but it would reach a higher state after being sacrificed. If ...
1
vote
1answer
233 views

Which group of currently active Hindus (not necessarily a sect) reject the least from the totality of Hindu scripture?

Most modern Hindus would probably reject animal sacrifice - although it is actively practiced by many Hindus today. Many sects are currently active today and many of them are defined more by what ...
1
vote
0answers
95 views

Have different Vaishnavite teachers made remarks on the relative merits of different Vaishnavite Puranas?

Obviously Gaudiyas would rank the Bhagavatam first for its statement "Krishnastu Bhagavan swayam". Ramanuja gave great importance to Vishnu Purana, but apparently never cited the Bhagavatam. Do the ...
2
votes
4answers
485 views

Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

Which are the scriptures endorsed by Swaminarayana Sampradaya?

While answering question, Does Arya Samaj reject Vedanta? I found the list of scriptures approved and rejected by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaja. Swaminarayana is one of the ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

History and philosophy of Rama sects

Rama sects like Ramanandi seemed to have risen in medieval period. What caused the sects to rise? Are there more sects like that? Name of the sects and their beliefs can be stated in the answer.
2
votes
0answers
69 views

History and philosophy of Krishna sects

Krishna sects seemed to have risen in medieval period. What caused the sects to rise? Name of the sects and their beliefs can be stated in the answer. ( I know about Gaudiya tradition and Vallabha ...
5
votes
1answer
478 views

Were there religious wars in Hinduism itself? As it was the case for Christian between Catholics and Protestants?

An introduction would be better I guess to understand my initiative. I am new here. I am French, and most of the French people do not understand English. So, I want to bring some knowledge to French ...
6
votes
0answers
125 views

Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
14
votes
3answers
628 views

How did the concept of 'Sect' arise in Sanatana Dharma?

Vedas are eternal. And as per Vedas' teachings, in every yajna we offer and worship every God. And No God is inferior or superior than the other. However, later Sanatana Dharma segregated into ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

What are the different pillars of Hinduism? [closed]

What are those different pillars of Hinduism? How many sects are there? How many maths? Are the rituals as per cultural practices of the land or based on scriptures?
3
votes
0answers
50 views

What are various subsects of Shankara Advaita school?

What are different sub sects of AdiShankaracharya's Advaita school?
5
votes
1answer
278 views

Are the forehead markings worn by different sects prescribed in scripture?

The horizontal Bhasma for Siva worshipers and the vertical marking for Vishnu worshipers are well known. I have also seen Smarta folks wearing a vertical mark that is different from the ones worn by ...
4
votes
3answers
231 views

What are the characteristics of a bona-fide Sampradaya?

It is believed that one needs to be initiated by a bona-fide spiritual master in the bona-fide disciplic succession, otherwise the mantra he learnt from any other sources is useless. The proper way to ...
4
votes
2answers
712 views

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
5
votes
0answers
157 views

What is the Ekayana sect criticized by Pillai Lokacharya's father?

By far the most famous commentary on Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi is the Eedu, aka the 36000 Padi, which was composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai, father of Pillai Lokacharya. ...
2
votes
1answer
725 views

Was Sridhara Swami an Advaitan or a Vaishnava?

Sridhara Swami is generally referred to as an Advaita commentator but this site https://www.bhagavad-gita.us/bhagavad-gita-1-1/ says Sridhara Swami of Rudra sampradaya. Which is true?
3
votes
0answers
91 views

What is the philosophy of brahmakumaris?

I saw a certain new group active now a days in my home town. The organisation is called Brahmakumaris. Do they follow any scripture? What is their philosophy? Does it come under the Vedic umbrella?
5
votes
0answers
91 views

What are the different sampradayas under the “shanmatha” branches?

Like the various Vaishanava sampradayas, what are the major disciplic lines for the other 5 sects... Shaiva, Shakta, Ganapatya, Kaumara and Saura?
6
votes
1answer
441 views

Which all sects accept three forms of Vishnu as described in Satvata Tantra?

As already mentioned in this answer, Satvata Tantra describes three Vishnu forms, namely Karanokadasayi Vishnu, Garbodhakasayi Vishnu and Kshirodakasayi Vishnu. The exact verse talking about three ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

How are gods and goddesses such as Shiva and Shakti seen in the Vaishnava sampradayas?

How is Shakti/the consort of Shiva (including her various forms such as Kali, Durga, Parvati, Tara, etc.) seen in the various Vaishnava sampradayas? I have read that, since she is the chaste stri of ...
5
votes
0answers
57 views

What are some well known personalities who belonged to multiple sects simultaneously?

Appayya Dikshitar was a sixteenth century Shaivite who was simultaneously initiated in both the Smarta tradition (which advocates Advaita Vedanta) and the Shrouta Saiva Siddhanta tradition (which ...
3
votes
0answers
98 views

What is mahAnubhAv panth?

Mahanubhava panth is related to bhakti movement. How did it come to existence? What are it's central teachings? Who propagated the sect ? What is the current position?
6
votes
1answer
668 views

Other than ISKCON, who are Vaishnavites?

It seems that Vaishnavism isn't as popular as I had initially expected it to be. What groups venerate Vishnu other than ISKCon? Is there a particular region of India were Vaishnavism is the majority? ...
0
votes
1answer
132 views

Which hindu sects, if any, don't accept the following well-known upanishadic mahavakyas?

From wiki: The Mahavakyas (sing.: mahāvākyam, महावाक्यम्; plural: mahāvākyāni, महावाक्यानि) are "The Great Sayings" of the Upanishads, as characterized by the Advaita school of Vedanta. Most ...
5
votes
0answers
142 views

How many sampradaya are there of lord ram?

I know few like Ramdasi, Ramanandi, Ramsnehi so want to know a full list of names & if possible some basic info of those each sampradaya
3
votes
1answer
105 views

Are/were there Hindu sects whose sectarian practices include martial arts?

I have read that sectarian clashes in the past would sometimes become violent. Did some sects practice martial arts for defensive and/or offensive purposes? Kumbh melas were apparently scenes of ...
12
votes
4answers
1k views

Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available? [closed]

ISKCON has more or less denied being Hindus. They focus on only a small subset of Hindu scripture but their translations are often significantly different from translations by established Hindu ...
5
votes
2answers
203 views

Do scriptures define what a “sect” (सम्प्रदाय ) is?

I guess a sect (सम्प्रदाय ) is one that only subscribes to a subset of Hindu beliefs and/or worships only a subset of Hindu gods. Is there anything in scriptures about this? What is the etymology of ...
4
votes
0answers
136 views

as per different sects/philosophies, what was the order of creation/projection for ex: say- nirguna brahman-> aum-> ishwara -> maya-> … ->manu [closed]

Each sect have their own beleives about creation/projection. Can we separately list as per each major/minor philosophies, what was the order of creation/projection of say: "nirguna brahman, aum, ...
5
votes
1answer
249 views

Is there any hindu sect which does not believe in rebirth?

There are so many diverse practices and sects in Hinduism. Every kind of possible beliefs are available in one sect or another. This is conceptual richness of Hinduism. Now, every Hindu sect/...
7
votes
2answers
908 views

What is the difference between Veerashaivism and Lingayatism?

Lingayats and Veerashaivites are often considered the same Shaivite sect. However, there are many who consider them distinct to each other. What is the difference between the two?
1
vote
0answers
67 views

Sect which holds only a particular hymns of Vedas as canonical, rest as not Then whether that sect is fully valid hindu/sanatani sect?

Question 1) There is a sect X in India, which is more of sankhya/yogic practices sect. This sect revers only vedas and patanjali yoga sutras as revered texts, but it does not hold it(esp. vedas) as ...
4
votes
1answer
254 views

Do hindu sects have doctrines as to whether or not other sects can provide liberation?

I remember reading that Madhwas don't believe Sri-vaishnavites would achieve moksha. I also remember reading right on this board Sri-vaishnavite theories as to how people worship other deities for ...
1
vote
0answers
103 views

which hindu sect's sectarian literature places itself having more authority than veda

http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/hinduism-and-diversity.asp this above url mentions that: The Vedas are considered supreme and inviolable. However, not all Hindu traditions hold them with the ...
4
votes
1answer
320 views

Sectarian Upanishads - Sruti or Smriti?

I know that Vedas are Sruti, including its embedded texts - Samhitas, Aranyakas, Brahmanas and Upanishads. And also that each Upanishad is linked to each Veda. Tell me, if Upanishads are Sruti, then ...
5
votes
1answer
200 views

What are the views of different sects of Hinduism on Vedas?

In one website, it is stated that Shankaracharya rejected Purva kanda of Vedas but accepted only Uttar kanda, Jaimini accepted Purva kanda but rejected Uttar kanda and Vallabhacharya accepted both. ...
1
vote
3answers
440 views

Which sect did Ramakrishna's family belong to?

As far as I know, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's family were worshippers of Raghuveer and Narayana. It is also a well known fact that Ramakrishna had an initiated Vaishnava cousin named Haladhari. However, ...
1
vote
0answers
141 views

What Vedanta philosophy is followed by Varkari Vaishnavas?

Which Vedanta philosophy is followed by people belonging to the Varkari sect?
4
votes
0answers
432 views

How does the Vishnuswami sect differ from the Pushtimarg sect in philosophies and practices?

It is said Vishnu taught Vaishnavism to his prime devotees: Lord Shiva, Mother Lakshmi, the four Kumaras and Lord Brahma. These devotees then in turn taught mankind the principles of Vishnu bhakti. As ...
3
votes
0answers
179 views

What are the Shaivite/Shakta arguments for gestures as a Pramana?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
5
votes
1answer
650 views

Who believes in 10 Pramanas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
7
votes
0answers
272 views

What surviving works of the Rudra Sampradayam are there before Vallabhacharya?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
2
votes
0answers
632 views

What is the significance of touching someones forehead

Hello I am hoping someone can put my curiosity to rest. Now this might be an ignorant question but I have wondered about this for a long time without knowing who to ask. When I worked in a shop ...
2
votes
0answers
597 views

What Shaivite sects are classified as the ingroup of Shaiva Siddhanta?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...