Questions tagged [upanishads]

The last part of the Vedas, consisting of dialogues between teachers and students clarifying the philosophical teachings of the Vedas.

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Is the name 'Rama' same as the 2 Syllabled Rama mantra?

What is the 2 syllabled mantra of Lord Rama in the Rama Rahasya Upanishad? Is it same as the name 'Rama' which we use in daily life? If yes , then 1.Does that mean we are indirectly chanting the ...
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The best and easiest way to learn the Bhagwad Geeta [closed]

Which is the best and easiest way to learn the Bhagwad Geeta? And other Epics, Vedas and scriptures etc, in both audiovisual forms etc.
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Can the 4 inner sheaths be destroyed upon Self-realization?

We all know that the physical body or annamaya kosha perishes. But what about the 4 inner sheaths like, pranamaya, manomaya, vijnanamaya and anandamaya koshas. Do they perish when moksha is attained? ...
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What is the reference in Vāstusūtra Upaniṣad which mentions significance of Murthi worship?

I came accross an answer on Quora regarding Vāstusūtra Upaniṣad that it mentiones the significance of Murthi (or idol) worship as an inducive step in making a devotee contemplate about the formless ...
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Are 'Subtle Realms' mentioned in the Vedic scriptures?

Is there any scriptural support for the existence of completely non-physical realms? If so, is there a Sanskrit term for it? Sukshma Loka?
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Audiobooks for Vedas

Can anyone recommend any good sources of audiobooks for various Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads with Hindi explanation?
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Are there any unabridged upanishads in simple English?

Few years back when i asked for unabridged editions of the major upanishads with an explanation or commentary in simple English, someone recommended me Muni Narayana Prasad's translation.  I went to ...
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How many creation stories are there in Shastras?

Unlike the Abrahamic religions which gives us an account of only one creation story in their holy scriptures, Hinduism on the other hand has more than one creation story. How many such stories are ...
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Is there an Upanishad called Panchakshari Upanishad?

Came across this on the Internet: Link Never heard of this before. Which Veda has this Upanishad?
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Can you read the Upanishads without yagnopavit?

Some translated versions of the Upanishads are available widely and read by non dvijas as well. Can I read a Hindi translation?
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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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What did Adi shankara tell about jagat in bhashya granthas?

Many people talk about jagat which is mentioned in prakarana grantha. I would like to know what Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya has said about jagat in bhashya granthas like Brahma Sutra bhashya, ...
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Ramana Maharshi and Free Will

I have been listening to a Q&A session with David Godman in which he states that Ramana believed that everything in our lives is predetermined from birth and that we only have two choices to ...
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Query on the Mandukya Upanishad, verse no. two?

Here's the second verse of Mandukya Upanishad. I have looked at a number of translations and I'm still unclear as to what verse two is saying. What is it that subsists in the four states? Is it Atman,...
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Recreational activities

Can someone please provide the recreational activities suggested by ancient sages for students so that I can focus better. I mean how students in ancient India, while staying away from cities used to ...
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On what basis are parts of the Vedas classified as Upanishads, etc. as per the explanation of Adi Shankara?

The Vedas in their entirety are supposed to sing of Brahman. However, the main portions which directly do are the Upanishads or the Vedanta. In this regard Puri Shankaracharya talks of the explanation ...
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Who was the father of Sage Kavasa?

This story comes in Aitareya Brahmana the Risis, called the "middle ones" (Gritsamada, Visvamitra, Vaniadeva, Atri, Bharadvfija, Vasistha, see Asv. Grihya Sutras, 3, 4), hold once a ...
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Is Ajanu (At / Below the Knees) Arms From Birth or can they be developed over time

We all know that the human body is temporary and changes over time (infant --> child --> adolescence --> adult ---> old ---> cadaver). We also know that practicing spirituality can ...
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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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Kashmir Shaivism on 10 major Upanishads

Bhagavadpad Adi Shankaracharya commentary on Upanishads is no doubt a masterpiece, but it is very detailed, sometimes so much detailed that a beginner like me feel completely lost in a completely ...
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Definition of a Father in the Scriptures?

Father is one of the most important figures for anyone. Especially within the Hindu traditions, he's accorded an almost divine status, especially for his Child. I'm interested in the scripturally ...
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Is the concept of divine retribution(punishment) mentioned in the Vedas and upanishades?

Divine retribution : Divine retribution is supernatural punishment of a person, a group of people, or everyone by a deity in response to some action. Many cultures have a story about how a deity ...
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Which part of the Vedas do Nyaya accept as authority?

What part of the Vedas do nyaya accept?
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How to reconcile Rama's Vishwaroopa, Upanishads and Krishna saying he is Rama only among warriors?

Lord Rama is often known as the supreme being according to Vaishnavism. This is evidenced by many scriptural refereces: Brahma in Valmiki Ramayana 6.117.31-32 calls Rama the first/primeval and ...
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Who is the lord in Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.18?

Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.18 : Seeking Liberation, I take refuge in the Lord, the revealer of Self—Knowledge, who in the beginning created Brahma and delivered the Vedas to Him. Who is the lord in ...
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Which Upanishad is this from and what does it mean: "When a blade of grass is cut, the whole universe quivers"?

When a blade of grass is cut, the whole universe quivers. The internet claims that this is from an Upanishad. Which Upanishad is it from, what is the exact phrase in Sanskrit, and what does it mean?
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Do Principal Upanishads mention Sat Chit Ananda as attributes of Brahman?

In Principal Upanishads(Not Minor like Tejobindu) is Brahman mentioned as Sat Chit and Ananda? Please include Sanskrit verse to highlighten them with along with English translation.
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What are Sat Chit and Ananda attributes of Nirguna Brahman?

Upanishads do say Brahman is formless. So how can formless Brahman be Sat(Existence) Chit(Consciousness) Ananda(Bliss)? Without attributes how can we define these 3 features for Brahman?
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What are some verses about(against) materialism in upanishad and vedas?

Hinduism is against materialistic people and materialism, so what are some verses from Upanishads and vedas the condemns it.
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What is the explanation for the following vedas?

From the Anandavalli section of the Taittiriya Brahmana: आकाशाद्वयुः । वायोरग्निः । अग्नेरापः । अद्भ्यः पृथिवी । पृथिव्या ओषधयः । From ether came air. From air came fire. From fire came water. From ...
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Who wrote the commentaries on principal Upanishads according to Vishistadvaita tradition?

Ramanujacharya did not write commentaries on Upanishads. He only wrote commentaries on Gita and Brahmasutra. Then there must be somebody in Vishistadvaita tradition who did the job. Who is the person?
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What is the meaning of term "ignorance" in Upanishads and Vedas?

The word ignorance is related to knowledge of Brahman or what.
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What is the difference between atma gayan and the knowledge of the Upanishads?

What is the difference between Atma gayan(the knowledge of Self) and the the knowledge of upanishad.
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Do Gita talks about or mention Upanishads?

Gita talks about Vedas BG 10.22: I am the Sāma Veda amongst the Vedas, and Indra amongst the celestial gods. Amongst the senses I am the mind; amongst the living beings I am consciousness. It also ...
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What is the correct order for reading shastras? [duplicate]

There are lots of shastras in hinduism. Mahapurans and Upapurans, lots of geetas, dharma shastras, shad darshan, agamas, upanishads and vedas. Please tell the correct order to read them to grasp it in ...
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Is the atman in every being eternally unique and fundamentally individual?

In the Gita Krishna uses the word soul seemingly ambiguously, as it might be taken to mean the universal soul in the first few chapters, and the individual soul in the later chapters when he is ...
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What is mimamsa interpretation of upanishadic verses that are against ritualistic part of the Vedas?

The eighteen persons necessary for the performance of sacrifice are transitory and not permanent and karma in its nature inferior, has been stated as resting upon these. Those ignorant persons who ...
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Verses similar to Gita 2:42 in the Vedas and Upanishads?

[BG 2:42] : Men of small knowledge are very much attached to the flowery words of the Vedas, which recommend various fruitive activities for elevation to heavenly planets, resultant good birth, power, ...
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What are some verses that are dedicated to nirguna Brahman in the Upanishads?

What are some verses that are dedicated to nirguna Brahman from the Upanishads?
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Do any post-RigVedic deities appear in the principal upanishads?

I am taking Brhadaranyaka Upanishad Chandogya Upanishad Taittiriya Upanishad Aitereya Upanishad Kausitaki Upanishad Kena Upanishad Katha Upanishad Isha Upanishad Svetasvatara Upanishad Mundaka ...
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Are minor Upaniṣads Shruti?

Upaniṣads like Maha Upaniṣad [linked with Samaveda], Narayana Upaniṣad [linked with Krishna Yajurveda] and Tejobindu Upaniṣad [linked with Yajurveda] all are minor Upaniṣads. So are they (minor ...
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Is the famous sanskrit phrase - Vasudhaiva Kuṭumbakam, found in the RigVeda and Maha Upanishad?

The famous Sanskrit phrase is almost used by many people as an an aphorism-maxim proverb, to signify the presence of global acceptability as an Indian value. Commonly translated as: Vasudhaiva ...
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Is there any verse in the Vedas that talks about foreigners or foreign land?

Is there any verse in the Vedas or upanishades that talks about foreigners or foreign land, language, customs.
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Does the Katha Upanishad verse 2.3.1 contradict the immortality verses about Devatās?

ūrdhvamūlo'vākśākha eṣo'śvatthaḥ sanātanaḥ | tadeva śukraṃ tadbrahma tadevāmṛtamucyate | tasmiṃllokāḥ śritāḥ sarve tadu nātyeti kaścana | etadvaitat || 1 || Root up and branches down is this ancient ...
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Learning the Vedas and other scriptures [closed]

I would like to read and learn our Hindu scriptures. I do not know where to start at. As I understand the primary source of all knowledge is from the Vedas. I have a very basic understanding of ...
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Is Consiouness Eternal? Does it remain even after death (When we don't have a body?) If yes how can it be known?

Yajnavalkya says in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.12 " The self comes out as a separate entity from these elements, and this separateness is destroyed with them. After attaining this oneness it ...
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Dharma sandeham [duplicate]

1: I hear many people telling things like there is no need for women in periods to not work and be normal but sanatana dharmam strictly says women should not do any kind of work for those three day. 2:...
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Is the eternality of the Vedas contradicted by brihadaranyaka upanishad 2.4.10?

As from a fire kindled with wet faggot diverse kinds of smoke issue, even so, my dear, the Rg-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, Atharvahgirasa, history, mythology, arts, Upanishads, verses, aphorisms, ...
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What are the sastras or Vedas or Upanishads of taxashila or Nalanda University destroyed by foreigners? [closed]

I have heard most of the people saying some Greek, Persians etc invaded India and burnt Vedas Upanishads etc or the knowledge present in the form of books. Why and who destroyed them? And, what ...
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Where can I find upanishad's verse in vedas?

Upaniṣads are the part of vedas. Is it possible to find the verse of upanishad in vedas. For example : Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Chapter I > Section IV - The Creation and Its Cause In the beginning,...

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