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

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Proof of past eternity of souls in Vedas and Upanishads

The past eternity of souls, that is, the concept that souls have always existed from eternity is clearly well attested in Bhagavat Gita न त्वेवाहं जातु नासं न त्वं नेमे जनाधिपाः | न चैव न भविष्याम: ...
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What is the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river?

I noticed many temples in India are erected on the left bank of a river, many on the right. What is the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river? Is it related ...
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Does god (Ishwar) incarnate in this cosmic material world? Please provide reference from Vedas!

Is incarnation of god mentioned in any of the 4 Vedas? could you please provide reference with Shloka and it's meaning? Many thanks!
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I am interested in reading ved and upnishad, but dont know from were ti start from? [duplicate]

I have some ebook ved and upnishad, from were to strart reading?
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Source of Soul being a reflection of God or Bimba Prathibimba Vada in Vedas or Upanishads?

Praribimbavada is a vedantic argument which says God is the original image and all souls are the reflections of his image. Where is it given anywhere in the Vedas or Upanishads that Soul is a ...
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Concerning Samanya Upanishads

Have Ramanujacharya , Madhvacharya quoted /cited in their granthaas(works) from Samanya(minor) Upanishads?Do we have any of their view point on Samanya Upanishads.
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Question on Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Dear Friends, I am going to study Patanjali Yoga Sutra after some days but before that, I want to check it's authenticity because in this Video , the Acharya ji, who have very good knowledge about ...
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Are there criteria for a scripture to be called an Upanishad?

For example there is a Taittriya Aranyaka and a Taittriya Upanishad and a Taittriya Brahmana. What criteria allow the Upanishad to be called that?
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If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists?

If Brahman is nirguna, how are we even sure that such an entity or state exists? And if it does exist, then isn't "existence" one of its attributes (guna)? Then how can we say Brahman is ...
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Is there any commentary on principal Upanishads following the Samkhya doctrine?

I know that writing commentaries on Upanishads are the job of Vedantins. However, I personally feel Upanishads can be elegantly explained by the Samkhya doctrine. Just wondering whether some Samkhya ...
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Is it an obligation to be a Brahmin to study advaita vedanta?

Is it an obligation to be a Brahmin to study advaita vedanta ?
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In Which language Upanishads are written - Classical Sanskrit or Vedic Sanskrit?

I want to know in which language Upanishads are written ? - Defunct Vedic Sanskrit or Normal Classical Sanskrit . I am asking this as Vedic sanskrit is defunct language , so it has not been 100 ...
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Why are there contrasting creation stories in Hinduism?

I have so far read two contrasting creation stories in Hindu mythology. One was in the book Shakti Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, where Sri Brahma, seated on a lotus, grew out of Sri Narayana's ...
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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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