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Is there any sect or school that believe vedas are authored by humans?

Apparently all the schools believe that vedas are either authorless or are authored by God. But is there any sect that believe that vedas are authored by enlightened humans. By "enlightened&...
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Is there a comprehensive list of traditional sects sorted by region and principal deity/ies or principal guru with addresses of their branches?

Is there a comprehensive index of traditional sects in India sorted by region and principal deity/ies or principal guru with addresses of their offices/branches? I imagine this would be very helpful ...
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What are some texts ( or sects ) which declare Devī Sarasvati as Supreme.?

All the five deities - (Brahmā, Vishnu-Lakshmi, Shiva-Uma) within the Tridev-Tridevī continuum, enjoys a Brahman or the Supreme deity status either explicitly (with dedicated sects) or implicitly (...
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Is there any sect in Hinduism that believe in eternal heaven?

There are many sect in Hinduism, so is there a sect in Hinduism that believe in eternal heaven.
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In modern era debates, was calling your opponent's source “Interpolated” a debating tactic?

One reads about early modern debates in which one side would cite Puranic material. Are there instances when the opponents called it "Interpolated" to refute it?
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In medieval era debates, was calling your opponent's source “Tamasic” a debating tactic?

One reads about late medieval debates in which one side would cite Puranic material. Are there instances when the opponents called it "Tamasic" to refute it?
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Is there a sect in Hinduism that reject reincarnation?

There are many sects in Hinduism that have their own beliefs. So it there any sect that reject reincarnation.
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which sects brand themselves with hot irons with symbols of their sectarian deity?

And do these practices continue today? Are exceptions made for children, the old and so forth?
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Who are Aghories?

https://images.app.goo.gl/XfbwNiieY1fSrFMCA Please give the reference from the scriptures.
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How can a European born converted Hindu become a Brahmana? [duplicate]

Converting to Hinduism and Caste Very interesting Q&A My question is: Because I am white Hindu, how can I become one day a Brahmana? Also: in astrology Indian websites, my jyotish kundli states ...
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Which sects of Hinduism do not agree with the concept of saguna brahman?

Among all the sects of Sanathan Dharma, is there any sect that agrees with nirguna brahman, but does not agree with the idea of Saguna brahman? If yes, what is the name(s) of the sect?
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What all sects were followed before 'Hinduism' arose?

I know of Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism only. Please increase my knowledge by listing all the sects which existed before 'Hinduism' arose, and who were their Chief Gods/ Goddesses. I am aware that ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is Jayadeva's Gita Govinda a religious text for any sect?

It is supposed to be religious: http://www.ocasopress.com/jayadeva-gita-govinda.html WithJayadeva's poem became the focus of a religious sect in India. Buddhism and Hinduism sought to release the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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?
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What are various subsects of Shankara Advaita school?

What are different sub sects of AdiShankaracharya's Advaita school?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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/...
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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?