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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Can Kshatriyas teach Brahmanas some Brahma Vidyas?

According to Hindu scripture, only Brahmanas can teach the Vedas and knowledge that directly comes from Vedic texts: Manu 1.88 - For the Brāhmaṇas he ordained teaching, studying, sacrificing and ...
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Is Goddess Mahakali stated to be superior to Lord Vishnu in Sruti?

Certain Shaktas (followers of the Goddess, ie Shakti) used to quote verses from some Upanishads on Goddess Mahakali and her relation to the Lord Vishnu/Narayana/Krishna. Thus they quote the Devi ...
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VirAja Homa Mantra of Maha Narayana Upanishad

I would be glad if anyone please post the VirAja Homa Manthra text of Maha Narayana Upanishad in English with right connotation.
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Where are the Sanskrit texts of Upanishads referred by Dara Shikoh?

Wikipedia states : Dara Shikoh subsequently developed a friendship with the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai. Dara Shikoh devoted much effort towards finding a common mystical language between ...
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Does chanting name of Krishna in Kali yuga gives you moksha?

In Kalisantaran Upanishad it is mentioned that we can attain moksha by chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra. But what I believe is Moksha means getting free from the shackles of Karma. Once we have ...
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What sect believes in an Ishwara-stream with a different Ishwara in every age?

As I discuss in this question, the Isha Upanishad has a special property that other Upanishads don't: it's part of the Samhitas of the Vedas. In any case, here's the first verse of the Isha Upanishad: ...
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Does Madhvacharya correctly attribute the Mandukya Upanishad and Gaudapada's commentary to Varuna and Brahma?

The shortest of all the Upanishads is known as the Mandukya Upanishad. It's only twelve verses long, and it isn't mentioned much in Hindu scripture, but it grew into prominence after Gaudapada, the ...
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Is the concept of “The Seamstress” found in the Vedas?

The Pali suttas of Buddhism only mention the Four Vedas as sacred Brahmin texts; giving the impression of both predating the Upanishad period. In the Pali suttas of Buddhism, there is an account of a ...
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Which other texts apart from Shri Bhagvad Gita talk about the indestructible nature of human soul/atman?

I was wondering that Hinduism had so many different sects for different deities, was this belief of the soul being indestructible followed by Vaishnavism? also lord Shiva has been called the destroyer ...
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What is karma as described in the Upanishads and in Mahabharata?

To my understanding karma is what you get when you don't do dharma. I want to understand this with the example of Krishna, the very embodiment of dharma. What did he do to get such seemingly bad karma,...
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Why is the moon referenced with the Vyahriti Mahah?

The Shikshavalli of the Taittiriya Upanishad mentions: भूरिति वा अग्निः । भुव इति वायुः । सुवरित्यादित्यः । मह इति चन्द्रमाः । चन्द्रमासा वाव सर्वाणि ज्योतीँषि महीयन्ते । Why is moon equated with ...
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Two birds in a tree

At the beginning of chapter 3 of the Mundaka Upanishad, "Two birds of the same kind and inseparable as friends, cling to the same tree." What exactly do these two birds represent?
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What is this verse in Garbha Upanishad trying to say?

Garbha Upanishad mentions following: If the father’s seed is more potent, it becomes male; if the mother’s seed is stronger, it becomes female. If the seeds are equal, it becomes an intersexual....
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Are there any references to Niralambopanishat and SukaRahasyopanishat prior to Adi Shankaracharya?

Among Vedantins; Advait is a widely followed philosophy. The famous quote of Shree Adi Shankaracharya goes: Brahma Satya, Jagat Mithya. Now many Advaitins have mentioned that the verse was not ...
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A question on chronology of Muktika Canon

I have read Upanishads are 108 , and in the Muktika Canon , Sri Ramchandra enumerates their name to Hanuman when Hanuman asked him the way to salvation. As far as my knowledge, Upanishads were ...
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Why is the Karma Kand portion of the Vedas larger than the Jnana Kand?

Almost all Acharyas divide the Vedas into two parts: Karma Kand (as explained by the Purva Mimamsa sutras) and the Jnana Kand (Uttara Mimamsa sutras, aka Brahma Sutras). The Samhitas and Brahmanas ...
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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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Are Upanishad word of God like gita and vedas?

Are uprarishad word of God like gita and vedas?
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Brahma Sutra from Ganapatya or Shakta Standpoint?

Is their any commentary written on Brahma Sutra from a Ganapatya or Shakta Standpoint?
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What is “performing penance”?

What is "performing penance" in Chapter 3 of the Taittiriya Upanishad, and what methods are involved? Performing penance is said to be the means of knowing Brahman, via the 5 koshas (sheaths).
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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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