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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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How did the Jiva ended up in this material cosmos?

Hare Krsna, I am seeking an answer to the question on how has the Jiva ended up in this material cosmos? In some sources, it is mentioned that the Jiva-atma is eternally present in Vaikuntha as an ...
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What is wrong with samsara and dukkha from the perspective of advaita philosophy?

To my understanding, most Āstika schools of Hinduism view dukkha (suffering) and samsara (the cycle of life and death) as something bad, from which one should strive to be liberated (Moksha). This is ...
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What does rigveda 8:25:18 said? It it refer to the flat earth?

Rigveda 8.25.18 claim that (Mitra is he) who has measured with his rays the limits of both heaven and earth; who has filled bothheaven and earth with his greatness So , what does the word "limits ...
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What's the logic behind the definition of unreal in advaita vedanta?

From what I have studied, unreal in advaita vedanta is defined as something on which any of the following limitations applies: Limitation in space: It exists here but not there or vice versa. ...
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Doesn't this make brahman limited?

If I am brahman, the unchanging reality, the absolute truth and I am the one without a second then why does this world appears to exist? Now one may give an analogy of snake and rope to answer this. ...
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How valid is this verse regarding chanting mantras for 108 times?

ashtottara-sataih purva pancasadbhis tu madhyama | kanyasi panca-vimsatya parimanam vidhiyate “One round of Mantra Yoga should be either one hundred and eight (108)times which is the best, or fifty (...
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Looking for polemical works of Non Vedantic Astika schools which argue Against Vedanta

Just as the Brahma sutras and the scholars of the vedanta schools have argued against the non vedantic schools such as Samkhya , Yoga, Nyaya etc. Have any texts or scholars of any these non vedantic ...
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Do deities such as Rama, Krishna , Shiva etc exist in Advaita Vedanta?

I see that a lot of followers of Advaita Vedanta say that praying doesn't make sense since 'I' myself am Brahman. But the Swami they often refer to, Swami Tatmananda (Arsha Bodha) says otherwise. He ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "देशकालवस्तुपरिच्छेदशून्यम्"?

Phrase "देशकालवस्तुपरिच्छेदशून्यम्" is used in many Advaita vedanta lectures. In which scripture it has its origin?
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Sources on Madhvacharya's Beliefs of Eternal Damnation and Pancha Bhedas

I like to know what scriptural verses Shri Madhvacharya used to point out that eternal damnation exists. I also like to know whether Shri Madhvacharya believed that each object is different from ...
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What are the principal upanishads according to different Vedanta sects?

I was wondering whether different Vedanta sects (Advaita, Vishishtadvaita, Dvaita, Dvaitadvaita, Achintya-bhedabhed-vada, shuddhadvaita and Akshar-purushottama) agree on the number of principal ...
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Non-Advaitan Smartas

Are their Smartas who are non-Advaitan and hold that Ishvara is represented equally in the forms of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti, Ganesha, and Skanda, but isn't Nirguna or without attributes.
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On what basis does an enlightened person decided what to do and what not to do in advaita vedanta?

From what I understand, for the enlightened person, it doesn't matter if he/she gains something or loses something because nothing we observe is ultimately real. Ultimately there is neither the ...
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First refrence to the Prasthanatrayi?

What is the first reference to the Prasthanatrayi and are these three like the "Bible" or one book of Vedanta?
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how is advaita deep sleep blankness different from materialist nothingness?

i was convinced by the advaita point of view actually ia am still........but still a doubt is coming......acc to advaita in deep sleep or coma the blankness we expeirience is actually conciousness ...
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Origin of the Kaya Trayam system

Can someone direct me to the origin of the Kaya Trayam doctrine? I find direct reference to it in Shankaracharya's Tattvabodha. But that does not seem to be the source. If you have any scholarly study ...
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Why in Shiva Mahapuran the rajasik and the Tamasik and Satwik deities are different. Pls answer according to Vaishnava perspective

Vishnu, Rudra and I (Brahma) represent the Gunas. Siva is free from Gunas. He is the Supreme Brahman, the undecaying. Vishnu is of Sattva attribute, I (Brahma) am of Rajas attribute and Rudra is of ...
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Why did Sri Adi Shankaracharya not consider Vaikuntha as eternal loka ? Pls answer according to Vaishnava perspective

Why did Sri Adi Shankaracharya said like this in Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Sangrah सर्वस्यानित्यत्वे सावयवत्वेन सर्वतः सिद्धे । वैकुण्ठादिषु नित्यत्वमतिर्भ्रम एव मूढबुद्धीनाम् ॥ When it is established ...
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As per Upanishads, do people who attain Brahman also acquire its properties like omniscience and omnipotence?

I was reading S. Radhakrishnan's Indian Philosophy, and there, in the chapter 'Philosophy of Upanishads' he says that when a person attains Brahman, that is, it merges with Brahman, that person then ...
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What about vedantas of previous kali yuga?

Vedantas of previous kaliyuga or yugas we have description of previous kaliyugas and yugas do we have any mention of vedantas of previous kaliyuga or yuga
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Mahavakyas According to Shri Adi Shankaracharya

I have read the Mahavakyas, which are central to the Advaita School, from the following Wikipedia page; however, did Shri Adi Shankaracharya mention them in his works or were they promoted to ...
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Vedic Versus that Justify the Difference Between Various Types of Matter

I have been reading the following Wikipedia page on Dvaita Vedanta and came across the five great differences, two of them being the following: Between matter and jīvātman. Between various types of ...
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How can portions of Vedas get 'lost'?

This is not a duplicate question. The question isn't how much of it has been lost, but how it was lost. Vedas had oral tradition and has been preserved by pure memory for thousands of years. How can ...
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As per Advaita, Atman/Self/Brahman is unborn and doesnt "pass" away when body dies? What is the reference for it?

As per Advaita Vedanta, its the Sukshma Sharira(Subtle Body/Mind) which reincarnates after a body dies and Atman/Brahman/Self does not "pass away" or "leave" when body dies. But in ...
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Tonsuring head of new born

Apart from the family customs, is it alright to do the shaving head ceremony of the newborn after the first year is completed? I have read in many places that the tonsuring is done before the first ...
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Good karma yields good results. What is role of GOD here?

Good karma yields positive results, while bad karma leads to negative outcomes. Consequently, our experiences are shaped by our karma, prompting curiosity about the role of God in this process. Can a ...
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If absolute consciousness cannot be objectified ,what is the way to realize it? How to know it exists and all 5 sheaths appear to it and not the mind?

Advaita Vedanta says, Pure Consciousness (Chit) cannot be known as an object unlike Reflected Consciousness (Chidabhasa). How can we understand that all things appear to Pure consciousness but not the ...
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How does Vedanta differentiate between reflected consciouness(Chidabhasa) and pure consciouness(Chit)?

Pure consciousness is said to be the source of reflected consciousness. How does Vedanta try to separate the mixture of mind and reflected consciousness from pure consciousness and establish the "...
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Are there any refutations of Jinasena's criticism of Hindu (astika) philosophy?

From Sources of Indian tradition: The following example of Jain dialectic is taken from the Great Legend (Mahapurana), a lengthy poem in excellent Sanskrit, composed by the Digambara teacher Jinasena ...
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List of Advaita Vedanta proponents: The rishis, sages, gods that supported Aham Brahmasmi

Consider this question as a sequel to this question: Advaita Vedanta Gitas Advaita Vedanta as an interpretation of Vedanta is one of the oldest. Consider this question as a comprehensive list of all ...
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Meditation in Ramcharitramanas

Is there any meditation prescribed in Ramcharitramanas ? lIKE Meditating on Brahman or Brahman etc Thanks
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To expect or not to expect in life?

According to Buddhism, attachment and expectations causes suffering. Even in the Vedas, it is written that maintaining relationships without expectations avoids pain. So what does it actually mean ...
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Do Advaita Vedanta followers perform rituals and rites?

Do the followers of Advaita Vedanta believe in performing rituals like Yagna, Puja, Darshan, Mantra upchaar etc???
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Why and how do Advaitans reconcile that one's true nature is Atman/Brahman alone?

While I understand that Upanishads try to reconcile and prove logically that Atman is the true witness, why can't it be that Subtle body alone is our true nature ? Where and when was this subtle body ...
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Is experience of Self/Atma not a mystical experience as per Traditional Advaita Vedanta? If so how can it be experienced?

Padmapāda, in his commentary upon Sankara’s introduction to the Brahmasūtras, explains that there are two factors involved in the very notion of ‘I’: there is the ‘not this’ (anidam amid) aspect which ...
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How to experience consciousness in every experience?

Swami Sarvapriyananda writes in "Sat Chit Ananda: The Philosophy of the Upanishads ", " Your true Self Chit , is not an experience, yet all experiences shine in Chit.Chit is the ...
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How does Advaitic realization of Brahman help improve concentration,overcome anxiety,depression,stress, jealousy, helplessness, guilt and sufferings?

How does Advaitic realization of the world as the appearance in consciousness help in manifesting divine qualities and tackling above challenges? People might desire some or other unfulfilled things ...
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Difference between astika and nastika

What is the difference between astika and nastika. I used to think Who believes in God and who don't ; but in many places they say who believes in Vedanta and who don't please clarify my doubts. Say ...
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Who is the Sakshi/Witness-Consciousness that watches the mind? How to realize it or be situated in it?

Drig Drishya Viveka says I am aware of the contents in my mind and hence I should be different from my mind. But that awareness of being different from the mind or watching the mind only comes when I ...
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What is required for a Westerner who agrees with Advaita Vedanta to attain a good rebirth?

In more detail, I am someone who lives in the West (1) who accepts the teaching of traditional Advaita Vedanta (through self-study), but (2) who doubts I will be able to attain moksha in my current ...
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Can a human be born again as animal in next life if he lives materialistic life?

I want to know if a human can go back in evolution if he doesn't live spiritually and commit thefts and sins throughout his life
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What happens to the past desires of a person when they get enlightened?

Let's say a person who is a drug addict gets enlightened, then what will happen to his addiction? Will it just fade away just because he realized the drugs, the fun, and the one who enjoyed are part ...
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Is there a book of logic by god , god giving reasons?

God talking about why did he create universe particularly why? Did god ever give his discourse on reason, why did he not create everything peaceful? God talking by logic, just pure reasoning?
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Is there any Vedantic teacher or organisation who uses pure reasoning to explain Vedanta?

I fully believe in the Upanishads. But, is there any teacher who teaches Vedanta, using pure reasoning? I am interested to learn. Thanks.
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What is the logic behind claiming the world is an appearance in brahman/atman/Self in advaita vedanta?

Advaita Vedanta claims that we are consciousness and this world is an appearance in consciousness. I understand that we are consciousness but I don't understand how this world is an appearance in ...
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Is there any Scriptural proof of Ruju Ganas,Jeeva Jeeva Bheda,Svarupa Jnana etc concepts propounded by Shri Madhvacharya ji?

Is there any Scriptural proof of Ruju Ganas, Jeeva Jeeva Bheda, Svarupa Jnana, etc. concepts propounded by Shri Madhvacharya ji? Kindly quote scriptural references Thank You
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What kind of experiences does god want to share?

I have read in HSE that God created this world to share His experiences. However not everyone gets the same experience. Some are rich while others are poor. Some are happy while others are sad. There ...
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Want more details on Devata khanda sutra by kasakrtsna

It is clear that the complete mimansa was supposed to be not comprised of just two mimamsas (purva and uttara) but three mimamsas (add to the list the devata khanda sutras by kasakrtsna), but the ...
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What is meant by experiencing god?

Let us take an example of a person suffering from famine, what he needs is food what he will ask for is food, experiencing god will not come to his mind first, so what does god want us to experience?...
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Where is the shloka "bramha janati iti brahmanaha" found?

Where is this verse found "The knower of Brahman is a Brahmin"
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