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How does the Ramanandi sect originate from the Sri Vaishnava Parampara?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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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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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 ...
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On The "Heterodox" Sampradayas

Namaskarah!🙏 Regarding Shaivism, as far as I'm aware with the resources I've, the philosophy of mainstream Shaivite sampradayas such as Vira Shaivism, Shaiva Siddantha, Pasupatha Shaivism, Kashmiri ...
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What should I [strictly] do to follow Hinduism as a way of life?

If I decide to follow Hinduism as a way of life, what exactly would I have to do, strictly according to the Vedanta philosophy? I want to know what ancient Hindu scriptures say regarding this, not ...
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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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Can Islamic beliefs be accommodated into certain sect of Hinduism?

Islam is a strict monotheist faith like Judaism and Sikhism, and we also find support of monotheism in the Vedas to the extent that there are some sects which prohibit idol worship among the Hindus. ...
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Is there a Dharmic requirement that a religious speaker must believe in what he/she is preaching?

Hinduism is broken up into sects and sects disagree, sometimes strongly, about religious matters. The following is said to have happened in real life. A speaker, belonging to sect A was a very good ...
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Sampradayas and Injunctions

We know there are different Sampradayas(Sects) and sub sects and each have their own injunctions about the social life/interaction as well as devotional/spiritual/ritual interaction. Which among ...
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Concept of Sampradaya

What is the concept of 'Sampradaya' in Hinduism and how does any particular tradition develop into a Sampradaya? And How many divisions and sub-divisions of Sampradayas are there?
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What is the Difference between Shaiva and Shakta?

Both sects believe in the oneness of Shiva - Shakti as the supreme essence of the vishvam. So what is the difference between the two? Can I have a compare and contrast type answer? Like in what ways ...
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Which active sects/subsects today have names that are not in Sanskrit?

the major sect names like Saiva,Vaishnava etc. are in sanskrit. Some sects have names that end in "Samaj" which is in Hindi. What are the major sects/subsects active today whose names are ...
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Is the Hamjaad sadhna endemic to Hinduism?

I’ve heard of a sadhana that focuses on a being called “Hamzaad”.The “Hamzaad” sadhana is said to be more dangerous than other sadhanas, but upon successfully attaining this state, the Hamjaad is said ...
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What are the differences between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the Gaudiya Math lineage?

Whenever one writes about Gaudiya Vaishnavism, it is usually only in relation to the Gaudiya Math, founded by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Gaudiya Math is based on Bhaktivinoda Thakur's interpretations ...
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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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What are the different Sampradayas under the "Shanmatha" branches?

Like the various Vaishnava Sampradayas, what are the major disciplic lines for the other 5 sects: Shaiva, Shakta, Ganapatya, Kaumara, and Saura?
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Have any Ramanandi commentaries on the Brahma Sutras been translated into English?

As, I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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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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Which Sampradayas follow which Dharamshastras?

As I understand, the texts followed by devotees depend for the most part on which Sampradaya they are a part of. For example, people in the Nandinatha Sampradaya give more importance to the Shiv Puran ...
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Differences between Lingayats and Aradhyas?

Lingayat community was founded by Basavanna. What is the history of Aradhyas who are shiva followers too and they too wear lingas. What are the differences between these communities?
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Was Guru Nanak's son a follower of the Hindu philosopher Nimbarka?

I live in America, and a few days ago I visited a Vishnu temple near my house. It's called Ved Mandir, and it's run by followers of Gangeshwar Maharaj, whom I had never heard of. So I did a little ...
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Who are Aghories?

https://images.app.goo.gl/XfbwNiieY1fSrFMCA Please give the reference from the scriptures.
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What sectarian doctrines of sects that deny Indra is Brahman would be violated by scriptural statements that say Indra is Brahman?

(from quora) He has the power to resurrect the mortals and grant others immortality Anusure Mallikarjun My answer is based on vedas which says lord Indra is the name of supreme Brahman or supreme ...
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Is the deity of the Sun (Surya) a 'Devatā', or a 'Bhagvān, ' according to major sects?

What's the status of Surya as a deity as per acharyas of major sects (currently Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shaktas)? Adi Shankaracharya listed him as one of the five equally worship-worthy Pañcayatan deities. ...
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Vaishnavite sects that have a Moola form other than Vishnu/Narayana

We have Gaudiyas and Ramanandis for whom the moola form is Krishna and Rama respectively. Are there any sects that claim Varaha or Narasimha or Parashurama et al are the moola form?
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Sects that offer proofs of which deities are NOT Brahman

Most sects cite scripture that says that their deity is Brahman. As far as I know, they do not offer elaborate refutations of scriptural claims regarding other deities. But Srivaishnavites not only ...
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How many Swaminarayan sects/subsects are currently active?

someone says in Quora Entire Swaminarayan Smapraday is divided into around 45+ different sects. Is that correct?
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Is being 'Sect-less' frowned upon?

There are umpteen sects (Sampradāyas) in Hinduism. Does any text enjoin to have a sectarian identity in all the believers of Hinduism? Is it frowned upon if the person doesn’t identify with any ...
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Difference between Smartas and Advaitins?

What is the difference between a Smarta and an Advaitin? Both are the followers of Adi Sankaracharya only. People who worship Lord Shiva are called Shaivite and those who worship Lord Vishnu are ...
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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?
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What authentic information is available on 'Shri Kripalu Maharaj (श्री कृपालु महाराज)'?

Kripalu Maharaj, formally known as Jagadguru ShrīKripālu Jī Mahārāj was a Bhakti Yoga spiritual leader with sole focus on Kṛṣṇa Bhakti. On the Wikipedia, following sweeping claims have been made about ...
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Which all sects have the concept of Śaraṇāgati and/or Prapatti or any equivalent?

Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति) - nyāsa vidyā, are two/three such practises to attain Moksha with least possible effort, which I have encountered in reference to Śrī-Vaiṣṇavism or the ...
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What is the most important Purana for Saiva denomination?

For Vaishnavas, Bhagavad Purana (Srimad Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. For Saktas, Devi Purana (Srimad Devi Bhagavat) is the most important Purana. What is the most important Purana for the ...
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The inseparability of the Harivamsa from the Mahabharata and the number of verses accorded to it by traditional Sampradayas

As per the Matsya Purāṇa, Chapter 53, verse 70: अष्टादश पुराणानि कृत्वा सत्यवतीसुतः।
भारताख्यानमखिलं चक्रे तदुपबृंहितम्।
लक्षेणैकेन यत्प्रोक्तं वेदार्थपरिबृंहितम्॥७०॥ After completing the 18 Puranas, ...
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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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Have sects like Kaulas, Nath, Aghoris and Kamakhya got skull/bone mantras and rituals from the Kapalikas?

Or did their skull/bone mantras and skull/bone rituals originate on their own?
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Which sect does Swami Mukundananda belong to?

Swami Mukundananda is a good Hindu scholar, translator and commentator. He translated the Gita and wrote a commentary on it. So which sect does he belong to - ISKCON, Advaita Vedanta, Dvaita Vedanta ...
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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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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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Do all Hindu sects believe that planets and eclipses affect day-to-day lives of humans and other lifeforms on Earth?

A user of this site recently made this sweeping remark: Statement 1: Ancient Indians imagined some design patterns in sky which purportedly affect people on Earth. Statement 1 can't be supported ...
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In which lokas are the Apsaras born and which other lokas do they go on to inhabit?

Which are the exact lokas inhabited by the Apsaras according to different sampradayas? Edit: Which lokas are the ones where Apsaras are born in the first place?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not? [closed]

We all know that International Society for Krishna Consciousness has widespread all over the world. These people are very good devotees of Krishna, followed of non violence. But many of them say ...