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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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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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Does Karana Sahareera belong to Sookshma Shareera or Karana Shareera?

I thought that Anandamaya Kosha belongs to Karana Shareera, infact I thought Anandamaya Shareera itself is Karana Shareera because it is said in Tattva Bodha, which is traditionally considered a work ...
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Question for Advaitins: If I am Brahman, then why do I (who is already Brahman) need to find out that I am Brahman? Who is this “I”?

I am Brahman. I need to find out that I am Brahman. But who is this “I”? “I” refers to Brahman. So, Brahman needs to find out that It (Brahman) is Brahman. This makes no sense.
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What would one realise if they meditated without knowledge of any Hindu metaphysics?

Are Vedanta and other systems derived purely through logic or do they have an experiential basis too?
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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Moksha or Salvation in Vedas and Vedanta

Are there vedic ways to get mukti other than the vedantic ways ― Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jñāna yoga, and raj yoga?
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Anandamaya kosha versus karana shareera

In advaita vedanta, they describe the body as being composed of 5 koshas :- Annamaya, Pranamaya , Manomaya , vigyanamaya, and Anandamaya There is another division into:- Sthula shareera, Sukshma ...
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Can anyone please provide me with a link or pdf of rig veda khilani for reading online.?

I have been searching rig veda Khilani or khila (which are later additional hymns to rig veda including shri suktam) for so many days, but I couldn't find it. So can anyone please provide me with the ...
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Do Vedas and the Vedic dharma regard plants & trees as living beings? [duplicate]

Vedas and the Vedic dharma are very old. People of those days are Most unlikely to have any concept of microbes, embryos present in eggs, fruits, and plant seeds, etc. Naturally, the sensible mind ...
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Understanding Purusha aspect of Brahman and the difference between the two. Also why is the Male God personified as Purusha?

Gist: Understanding the Purusha or chetana aspect of Brahman and reason for overlap between Brahman and Purusha as also the reason for personification of Purusha as only the male god. An answer to ...
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Do Vedāntācāryas really believe that scripture must be rejected if the controdict logic, including vedas? [duplicate]

If the “Scripture” (Shastra) contradicts empiricism and reason - the Scripture must be rejected - this is the view of the Vedāntācāryas.(Source) Is it really the view of Vedāntācāryas. Do this ...
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Anandamaya Kosha and Anand in Sat-chit-Ananda in advita vedanta

The word Anand in Sanskrit and other Indian languages (e.g. Hindi) translates to bliss. In vedanta philosophy there is a discussion of 5 koshas where the innermost kosha is Anandmaya kosha. So firstly ...
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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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Is there any difference between Nyaya's jnana yoga and advaita vedanta's jnana yoga?

Both Nyaya and advaita vedanta followes the path of knowledge(jnana). So do they differ from each other on the basis of the type of knowledge. According to advaita vedanta you need the knowledge of ...
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Did samakhys refuted the advaita vedanta's claim, existence of Brahman?

Since samkhya is a atheistic school, they reject God(Brahman) . But advaita vedanta believe in a God that is Brahman so did any Samkhya philosopher ever refuted advaita vedanta on existence of Brahman?...
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Do any advaita vedanta Sutra discribe heaven?

Do any advaita vedanta Sutra describes heaven and it pleasure? Do advaita vedanta believes that heaven is a state of mind or do they believe that heaven is a physical place some were in the universe ....
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What is the validity of the claim that Gaudiya Vaishnavism is superior to Advaita Vedanta?

According to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, when Sri Chaitanya was in Varanasi, he defeated Prakashananda Saraswati, the famous Vedantin. Showing this event, Vaishnavas claim that their philosophy ...
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Understanding Maya or Prakriti as the Supreme Goddess. Or the difference between the two. Also why is a female goddess personified as Maya?

Gist: Understanding Prakriti or Maya. Is she Jada or chetana or both. Since supreme goddess is Maya, Maya is not necessarily a bad or scary thing as is commonly stated. this answer too speaks very ...
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Who is Isvara? Is it just another name of Saguna Brahman? Or he is different from both Saguna and Nirguna Brahman?

I understand the difference between Nirguna and Saguna Brahman. But I am confused about Isvara. Who is Isvara? Is it just another name of Saguna Brahman? Or he is different from both Saguna and ...
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Reference from Shankaracharya's Prasnatraya for Panchayatna Puja?

Can anyone quote Shankaracharya's Bhasya in Prasnatraya to prove Non Duality between 5 Devas(Vishnu Shiva Devi Ganesha Surya) or Panchayatna Puja? Note : I am aware of quote in Mahabharata but I want ...
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Why is Veda Vyasa Siddhanta different from Vedanta Siddhanta in Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha?

I recently came across the book called Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha which is claimed to be written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Was this book written by Adi Shankaracharya? And, in the contents, Veda ...
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Which Vedic ashrama is compulsory for all Sanatanis?

We know of four Vedic ashramas: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha & Sannyasa. Of these, only the 2nd one (Grihastha) seems to be meant for all varnas. The first, the third, and the fourth ones ...
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The Akshar-Purushottam darshan concludes that there are two distinct Brahmans. Is this conclusion supported by scriptures?

Akshar-Purushottam darshan is the youngest branch of Hindu Philosophy. It is based on the teachings of Sri Swaminarayan. Following the tradition, Sadhu Bhadreshdas composed commentaries on ...
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How does Kashmiri Shaivism explain the origin of bondage of souls?

I was having a conversation with a follower of Kashmiri Shaivism mainly Prathyabhijna System. He remarked that Kashmiri Shaivism explains the origin of bondage of souls better than Advaita Vedanta or ...
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Is English translation of Laghu Chandrika of Gauda Brahmananda Saraswathi available online?

Laghu Chandrika is supposed to be a famous book studied by Advaitins. It is reply to Tarangini(Dvaita) which is reply to Advaita Siddhi(Advaita) which is a reply to Nyayamrita(Dvaita) There is also ...
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What is Akhyati vada of Prabhakara school and how does it compare with Anirvacaniya khyati of Advaitins?

Here, this is what's said of Akhyati Vada A-Khyati Advocated by Prabhakara school of Purva-Mimamsa. Does not admit of error in the logical sense. No logical distinction between knowledge and ...
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Did Madhusudhana Saraswathi, in his Advaitha Siddhi depart and deviate from the opinions of Adi Shankaracharya regarding Advaita philosophy?

BNK Sharma, a well known scholar and author belonging to Dwaita school of Vedanta has written this in his book Advaita Siddhi vs Nyayamrita, an up to date appraisal. Here's the excerpt Is this true? ...
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What exactly is Abhinava Anyatha Khyati of Madhwas?

Khyativada is the theory of error in Hindu an Indic philosophies There are eight other Khyatis (Refer for detailed information) Atma-Khyati A-Khyati Sadasat-khyati Anirvachniya-khyati Asat-Khyati ...
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How is Nirguna Brahman Nirguna if he is Sachidananda?

We know that Nirguna Brahman is Sat, Chit and Ananda. Are not Sat, Chit and Anandas themselves gunas? As they are qualities. Reference, Tattva Bodha of Shri Shankaracharya.
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