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Vedanta is one of the āstika schools of Hindu philosophy, based on the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras.

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Hindu God that uses hair as a weapon

I went through deconstruction from evangelical Christianity about a year and a half ago. I studied every major religion and have landed on Advaita Vedanta. When first studying Hinduism I had some ...
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What is Sphere of Lighting or Electric Sphere according to Swami Vivekananda?

In Complete works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 1, Lectures and Discourses, in Steps of Hindu Philosophical Thought, he says When through good deeds all its sins and misdeeds have been washed away, ...
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Do any of the Hindu Scriptures have any perspective on loneliness and/or how to deal with mental health in general?

I've lately been feeling quite lonely, due to - at least what I feel is a lack of - deep/meaningful connection. I am not sure where this sudden desire for community/friendship came from. I'm a ...
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Are the devas immortal?

Do the devas have finite lifespans? Or do they live perpetually? Please cite scholars, not just scripture alone.
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Full version of English translation of Advaita Siddhi

I was searching for English translation of Advaita Siddhi but could only find this which is a part 1 of volume 1. But I couldn't find other parts of this book. Can anyone please provide the links for ...
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Do devas have length, height, and width?

If devas have a length, width, and height? Or do they have no physical size? Another question: Do devas have a physical location, or are they without any physical location.
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How can there be waves in Brahman? Is Brahman like a three dimensional ocean?

Swami Vivekananda says this, Suppose there is a wave in the ocean. The wave is distinct from the ocean only in its form and name, and this form and this name cannot have any separate existence from ...
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Do the Vedas say they are eternal?

Many Hindu theologians, especially those of the Vedanta school, believe that not just the meaning, but the very words and sentences of the Vedas are eternal. Is there any support in the Vedas ...
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What is a good roadmap to learn Shiva Visistadvaita philosophy?

I want to learn about Śrikānth Acharya's Shiva Visistadvaita. What is a good place to start for a beginner? I don't have any background in any philosophy before. Any resources, references and ideas ...
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Do Humans achieve the state of Moksha or Turiya in Deep Sleep(Sushupti) according the Prasthana Traya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya?

There is a debate going on between the followers of school Shri Satchidanandendra Saraswati and Bhamati Vivarana schools of Advaita. Whether humans temporarily achieve the state if Moksha during sleep ...
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How Vedic philosophy and Puranic philosophy related with each other?

Aditi (Vedas) referred to Shakti (Puranas) : Aditi is mentioned as Devamata (Mother of all God's) and Adi Parashakti is mentioned as Mahadevi (Mother/Goddess of all God's) Hiranyagarbha (Vedas) ...
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What was the real purpose of Shukla Yajurveda?

What was the purpose of Shukla Yajurveda when the Krishna Yajurveda was already present? Inviting answer from Any Vedic scholar on any references to the purpose. Sun instructed that to Ygnyavalkya.
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What exactly is Moola Avidya? Is it found in Adi Shankaracharya's Prasthana Traya Bhashya?

Shree Satchdanandendra Saraswati Swamiji claims that Moola Avidya is an add on concept which was later inserted into Advaita by Bhamati and Panchapadika Vivarana school. He says it is not found in the ...
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What are the manifestiontion of Purusha

Which one is correct? Purusha 5 manifestation : Indra, Vayu, Agani, Varuna and Yama Purusha 7 manifestation : Indra, Shakti, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shani and Yama
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Did Pre-Shankara scholars of other darshanas consider Vedanta to be Advaita only?

Shri Sacchidananda Sarawati in his Introduction to the Brahma Sutra Bhashya Kannada translation, Part 1, page 14, which says, Translation As in Vedanta other Darshanas are taken up for refuting them,...
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How do Madhwas explain Taittiriya Upanishad 2.1.1?

Madhwas hold that Akasha was not created and it was eternally present. But Taittiriya Upanishad, Brahmananda Valli, First Shloka (2.1.1) says तस्मा॒द्वा ए॒तस्मा॑दा॒त्मन॑ आका॒शः सम्भू॑तः । Tasmadva ...
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Is Advaita refuted by Brahma Sutras?

Adi Shankaracharya taught: If the universe be true, let it then be perceived in the state of deep sleep also. As it is not at all perceived, it must be unreal and false, like dreams. Vivekachudamani ...
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Why does Ramanujacharya reject yoga-pratyaksha as a pramana?

In the Sri Bhashya, his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, Ramanujacharya rejects "yoga pratyaksha" (yogic perception) as a pramana: (Paraphrased by me for readability) Perception is of two ...
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Why do Vedantin matha-adhipatis take Sannyasa ashrama?

The matha-adhipatis of the Vedantic sects like Sri Vaishnavism, Smartha, and Madhva are sannyasis. In fact, taking up sannyasa ashrama is a requirement to become matha-adhipati. According to the ...
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What is Srikantha's Visisthadvait Philosophy?

Does any one know what Siva Visishtadvaita (Shrouta Shaiva Siddhanta) philosophy by Srikantha Acharya is all about? I know what is advaita philosophies but not this one.
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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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Can a Jeevatma be re-incarnated as a non living being?

I have gone through many lectures on Advait Vedanta. Here is what I understand. Bramhan Anything you are aware of i.e. sound, signs, smells all these, they are objects of consciousness. You are aware ...
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How is the Advaita Brahman a controller?

In Aparokshanubhuti 18th shoka it says But how can the Brahman be the controller as it is akartha(non doer) and cannot influence maya at all?
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What is correct - Sat-chit-ananda or Sat-chit-anantha?

We have always been given to believe that the state that you achieve when you realize Moksha and the experience of the highest truth is best described as Sat-chit-ananda. And this is often described ...
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Source of Madhvacharya telling that a soul can be split

As I discuss the implications of this question here, The YouTube link given in the main question says it no more available https://youtu.be/NiIuuyW_IRo?t=1865 Can any one give the source as to where ...
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How can Dvaita explain splitting up of soul?

I was researching Dvaita vs Advaita and came across this really interesting question. According to Dvaita, a person can split his soul and take multiple bodies and dissolve karma. But how is this ...
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Human exceptionalism in Vedanta and Hindusim?

Shankaracharya in Vivekachudamani says Jantoonam Narajanmadurlabham Of All life forms human life is difficult to get. What is so much special about the Human body, that it helps the soul to realise ...
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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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What proportion of Hindus are aware of Vedanta in their religious practice?

Hinduism as practiced today consists of temple worship of deities, Puja and Bhajans at home, going to pilgrimage sites, getting Samskaras conducted (most importantly - marriage ceremony and last rites)...
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What proportion of present day Hindus are aware of Vedanta? [duplicate]

It has been repeated many times at HSE that by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva ...
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How were scriptures, stotras & other texts preserved from the ancient ages to the modern days?

We have two main itihasas, ramayan and mahabharat and hundreds of stotras which actually say in viniyoga that they were given by many ancient rishis or figures like bhishma or various gods and ...
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Wouldn’t life had been better if one suffers his prarabdh karma in the same life time [closed]

I am aware of the three types of karmas. But wouldn’t the creation be better if the beings experience their prarabdh karma in the same life time instead of the next life? Maybe in that way everyone ...
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Synonymous word in hindi or kannada language [closed]

In vedanta an upadhi is a limiting adjunct. Here is my doubt. What is the translation word for limiting adjunct in hindi or kannada language. Because I nowhere find the translation word for limiting ...
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What are the methods of right knowledge (Pramana) according to different schools of Hindu Philosophies?

For example, Samkhya admits perception, inference and Shabda (verbal testimony) as valid proofs. However, this is not universal in all schools. The accepted Pramanas vary between different schools. I ...
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Does the concept of liberation differ among six orthodox Hindu philosophical schools? [duplicate]

The six schools of Hindu philosophy have many differences. As far as I know, a soul is an atom according to the Nyaya-Vaisheshika school. According to Samkhya, there are many souls, and they are pure ...
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Is the udasi sampraday vaishnavs or shaivites or other?

The udasi sampraday is founded by Sri Chandra Baba the son of guru nanak and is linked to the four kumaras parampara. They worships 5 devatas: ganesh, surya, shiva, shakti and vishnu. I know they ...
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The difference between the term ‘Maya’ used for Rakshasas and Brahman respectively

Maya, is a frequently used term across various scriptures with different connotations as below:- When talking of Brahman, Maya is used in the context of jada Prakriti tattva as is stated in the ...
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Does naming a person according to vedic astrology have any benefits

I have seen so many astrology sites suggesting names for specific kundali. Does naming someone according to vedic astrology hold any specific benefits according to the so called swara siddhantha.
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How does Svarūpa-Jñāna interact with Vrittis and Actions?

I understand that Swarupa Jnana casts light onto thoughts or modifications of the mind, but how does the process look like when an action is made or a thought is formed? How does Ahaṁkāra performs ...
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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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Does subtle body goes into the next birth? [duplicate]

I'm studying Yoga from an Acharya and he taught us that its the causal body which is resposible for getting the next birth. But I also heard somewhere else that its the subtle body which leaves the ...
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Does the term - 'Vedānta (वेदान्त)' occur in any canonical text?

Vedānta is the most popular 'School of Thought' within Hinduism. As per Wikipedia: Vedānta also (called) Uttara Mīmāṃsā, is one of the six (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy. Literally meaning &...
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Skepticism of afterlife in Vedanta [closed]

Are there any Hindu scriptures or saints which accept existence of Atman but raise doubt on whether afterlife exists or not?
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Brahma-Sutra 2.2.25 and memory as evidence for soul

Here are two translations of Brahma-Sutra 2.2.25: And (a permanent soul has to be admitted) because of the fact of remembrance (ie., memory). (Translated by Swami Gambhirananda here) And on account ...
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How does someone attain immortality by sacrifice?

न कर्मणा न प्रजया धनेन त्यागेनैके अमृतत्वमानशुः । परेण नाकं निहितं गुहायां विभ्राजते तद्यतयो विशन्ति ॥ na karmaṇā na prajayā dhanena tyāgenaike amṛtatvamānaśuḥ . pareṇa nākaṃ nihitaṃ guhāyāṃ ...
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What are the best websites/books/ translations of works of Vallabhacharya and Shuddhādvaita?

I want translations of works of Vallabhacharya, and Pushti Maarg such as the Gita bhashya and Bhagwat Purana Bhashya in Hindi/English. Along with that what are the best websites to learn about Rudra ...
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Reference Request: Vedanta Sutras

I already have copies of the commentaries by Adi Shankaracharya and Shri Ramanuja. Since I want to understand the Vedanta Sutras from different angles, I also want an English copy of the Govinda ...
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Which are the books that a Hindu should read?

Which books are preferred the most for the below topics 1)to know what is dharma. 2)shastra(of do's and dont's) 3)Bhagavat Geeta bhashya. 4)Vyakarana. 5)Vedanta prakarana grantha. Please suggest the ...
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Why is eating not included in Karmendriyas?

Karmendriyas literally means ‘organs of action’. Every human being is endowed with eleven indriyas or sense-organs. These organs are five jñānendriyas, five karmendriyas and a mind. The five ...
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What works currently attributable to Adi Shankara are actually authored by Abhinava Shankara?

The Kanchi Kamakoti mutt has given ample proof of Adi Shankara belonging to the 5th - 6th century BCE. There are many other historical evidences from different phases of his life, in support of such a ...
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