Questions tagged [vedas]

Vedas are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. There are four vedas viz., Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. They were compiled by Sage Vyasa.

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What are the arguments to show that the other Vedas are less authentic than the Rig Veda Samhita?

It is a belief of some neo-Hindus or modern Hindus that the Rig Veda Samhita (RVS) is the true scripture or foundational scripture of Hinduism, while the other Vedas like the Yajur Veda, etc. are less ...
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Is sankalpam/sankalp important in order to do homam/havan? Can havan/homam be performed without sankalpam/sankalp?

I just want to know if a havan/homam can be performed without sankalp/sankalpam
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Importance of kasam in Hinduism?

Is kasam same as vachan/shapath? What if It is taken in a fit of anger, that you won't talk to so and so person and it is taken in the name of your deity. Does it have dharmic importance, if yes, is ...
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Correct Ruchi krut Pitra stotra in sanskrit and the benefits of chanting everyday

Please let me know Ruchi krut Pitra stotra in sanskrit and English transliteration. Also the benefits of chanting everyday.
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Need reference to verses or suktas vedas supporting aryans migration into Indian subcontinent [closed]

To clarify - I am not looking for answers supporting or refuting aryan migration into or out of India. I have seen answers to similar questions. Also not looking for modern genetic or environmental ...
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Are mantras cursed not to work in Kali Yuga? [duplicate]

Are mantras cursed not to work in Kali Yuga? Is it true that all mantras are cursed and they will not work in kaliyuga? When invaders attacked India why the mantras were not used to defend if mantras ...
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Do any scriptures or commentaries support the idea that females should be able to pursue their education and career over marriage?

Could you suggest me some scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, etc.) or commentaries that support the idea that females should be allowed to pursue their education and career over marriage? For example, ...
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Do scriptures mention of rishis, who have the power to create fully grown human beings? [duplicate]

Do scriptures mention of rishis, who could create fully grown human beings using their power?
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Where in the Vedas is the verse Sītā refers to in Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa found?

In Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, while trying to convince Rāma that he should let her accompany him to the forest, Sītā makes the following statement wherein she refers to a verse/mantra from the ...
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What is meaning of Sarabeswar Gayatri?

All the websites mention the Gayatri, but no source seems to mention the meaning of the names involved in that Gayatri.
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What is the authentic procedure for Vratyastoma?

Any respectable scholar can list about the types and conditions to perform vratyastoma sacrifice?
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Who exactly were the Dasyus and are they different from the dasa term?

As mentioned in previous answer What are some hymns elaborating and explaining about dasas in rig-veda? by B.N.Bhaskar, that 'dasa' itself is neutral term and it is not an enemy tribe and 'dasyu' is ...
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Need reference to iron (shyama-ayas or krishna-ayas) in Vedic Samhitas

I'm trying to find exact verse where shyama-ayas and/or krishna-ayas are mentioned in Vedic samhitas, brahmanas, aranyakas and upanishads. I could find a lot of pages claiming such references exist. ...
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How do I get mukti from a pran(vow)?

How do I get mukti from a pran(vow)? I took a pran(vow) which I think I can't complete or may be I have already broken my vow
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Being passionate of something not spiritually good?

I love maths and computer science, so does that mean I am in moha? Or attached to worldly things which not good in path of reaching god?
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In Sankalpa mantra of Sandhyavandanam 'upasishye' means?

The meaning of 'upasishye' and 'preetyartam'.
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Are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc., which encouraged sectarian attitude, contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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Do Vedas praise today minor gods as Brahman anywhere?

Vedas constantly praise Brahman with various names or superimposing attributes of brahman on various dieties. Like Sri rudram praises Rudra as Brahman,In such manner do they praise Agni,Varuna,Aditi,...
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Does any scripture mention Mārtāṇḍa to be ONE who can revive dead cells?

In this answer of this question - Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?, it was described about Mārtāṇḍa, as follows: The Voice said: O sage, since this foetus of Aditi was pronounced slain by you, ...
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What does RV 1.156.5 literally mean?

RV 1.156.5 आ यो विवाय सचथाय दैव्य इन्द्राय विष्णुः सुकृते सुकृत्तरः | वेधा अजिन्वत् त्रिषधस्थ आर्यमृतस्य भागे यजमानमाभजत् || Even he the Heavenly One who came for fellowship, Viṣṇu to Indra, godly to ...
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Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa - Whats the difference between Samhita and Brahmana

Would like to know, whats the difference between Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa and Samhita. I heard that, in Samhita there are some 44 chapters and contains mantras that includes Srirudram-rudraprasna.( ...
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What are Shāstras’ view on people seeking to learn without adhikāra?

Though the traditional varnashrama dharma is on decline at present, there exists many curious souls who want to know the truth through self-study, many of whom are uninitiated through upanayana, ...
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Idea of multiple stars in Vedas

Sun is a star nearer to us. I heard that Vedas do mention that there are multiple stars in the universe. But don't know the name of Veda and other details. Which Veda mentions that there are multiple ...
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learning the upanishads and gitas

In shiva gita, there is a sloka explictly stating that the vedas are to be read only after the vratabandha/upanayana , sorry I couldn't find the exact sloka to quote but, I remember very clearly that ...
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Is there a verse in the Vedas that confirms the existence of the Para-brahaman in materialistic form? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a source from the Vedas and not from Purana and Upanishads about confirmation of the existence of Para-brahman in Materialistic form.
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Where in scriptures do we find this mantra 'Aum Rudraya Namaha'?

I would like to know if the following mantra is there in the vedas or other scriptures? If yes then please do share the details. Aum rudraya namaha Translation I prayerfully bow To the One who is the ...
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Possible contradiction between Gita and Vedas regarding rituals?

There seems to be possible contradiction between Gita and Vedas regarding rituals. Gita is supposed to be a condensed, easy to understand summary of the teachings of the Vedas. In the Vedas, there are ...
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Was there any form of discrimination in the yajurveda?

Since the Purusha Sukta of RigVeda is open to interpretations, I have read in certain places of various passages of YajurVeda having some passages that pertain to discrimination of some form in ...
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What happens to previous Nirguna Parabrahmans from previous cosmic cycles?

Trying to find this answer for many years and unable to receive answer If Parabrahman can take different forms after each Mahapralaya, then what happens to the previous Nirguna Parabrahmans from ...
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Why many people say that supreme god is kabir? [duplicate]

I know this might sound crazy but I wanna know how many of you know about sant rampal? I'm not promoting anything here just wanted to know the truth about this. He said kabir is supreme god. Can ...
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Is it possible that all sects of Hinduism could be right about their Parabrahman?

Different sects of Hinduism declare different God's as Parabrahman. Is it possible that all are true if Parabrahman takes different forms in each Kalpa? Since Parabrahman can take any form, is the ...
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Do new God's emerge from Parabrahman at the end of each Mahapralaya?

Please clarify the following: If other Mahapralayas have occurred before, have the same God's always emerged from Parabrahman (such as Shiva, Shakthi, Vishnu etc) or do different God's emerge at the ...
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Some questions on 'Dharma vs Sanatana Dharma'

As to burn is the dharma of the fire, the dharma of a being is to be of it's own nature. If dharma is 'the execution of' laws of nature, why is sanatana dharma not applied out of India? According to ...
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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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What are the vedic definitions for paapa and punya?

Paapa and Punya are very famous words in Hinduism. I used to believe that whatever karma is performed by the humans, if recommended/accepted by scriptures, is called Punya else Paapa. But recently I ...
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Why are the Vedas not the primary reference for most Hindus today?

From my understanding, the Vedas are the main authoritative texts (shruti) of Hinduism, followed by the prasthanathrayi (the Upanishads - especially the principal Upanishads, the Brahma Sutras and the ...
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Is Karma transferable from one person to another according to śruti (Vedas, Upaniṣads, etc.)?

The Mahābhārata narrates the story of King Somaka and his chief priest who conduct a human sacrifice but only the priest is seen spending time in hell for his actions. And as the conversation between ...
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What is **Brahamana** in the Vedas and what is the role of them? [duplicate]

I want to know about the Brahmanas, I'm looking for help.
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Are Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma non vedic Gods?

I got to know that Shiva is non Vedic god that got assimiliated into mainstream hinduism on the Puranic age. Are Vishnu and Brahma also non Vedic gods? As those three are considered manifestation of ...
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Why do North Indian Brahmins pronounce ‘ṣa’ (ष) as ‘kha’ (ख) while chanting mantras? [duplicate]

Why do North Indian Brahmins pronounce ‘ṣa’ (ष) as ‘kha’ (ख) while chanting mantras? Do they follow a different school (shakha) and is there a rule in any Pratishakhya of that particular school or is ...
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How to Start with learning Hindu Sastra and Vedas? [duplicate]

I am a 28 years, Madhwa Brahmin working as Software Engineer. I was an atheist during most part of my life. But recently I have got strong interest and belief in learning Hindu Sastra and Vedas. Could ...
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Alternatives to animal sacrifice during Vedic yajnas, according to Brahmana texts?

I seem to remember having read somewhere that one or more of the ancient Brahmana texts (maybe Shatapatha Brahmana) allow performing Vedic yajnas by providing alternatives to animal sacrifice, like ...
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Is it SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the Vedas, Agamas, Itihasa or Puranas that left-handed men are inherently evil?

Scriptures say that our left hand is not to be used for eating, drinking and puja rituals like feeding idols. Some cultures say its bad to eat, drink or do auspicious things by using the left hand. ...
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Do vedas contain vyutpatti definitions to words?

Do Vedas contain the meaning/definition of (some) words? Are they called vyutpatti meanings?
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Were the Shiva and Lingam independent concepts prior to the emergence of Puranas?

I read somewhere that concept of lingam is absent in vedas and onle emerged with the advent of Puranas. Is there truth in it?
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Is E-Book of Brahma Sutras by Dr.B.N.K Sharma available online?

Does anyone have link to the pdf ebook of The Brahmasūtras and Their Principal Commentaries: A Critical Exposition by Dr.B.N.K Sharma It's a three volume collection. Please do share it....
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Can anyone explain and prove Veda agama pramanya and its Apourusheyatva? [duplicate]

The core of Hinduism is Vedas. One can be regarded as Hindu only when he or she accepts Vedas. Vedas come under the category of Agama pramana or Shabdha pramana. Before it comes 1. Pratyaksha ...
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Is the Atharvaveda mentioned in the Samaveda?

I found a mantra on a site which is from the Samaveda.(I don't know where it is in the Samaveda). दोषो आगाद्बृहद्गाय द्युमद्गामन्नाथर्वण । स्तुहि देवँ सवितारम्॥ Is this mantra mentioned in the ...
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What is the meaning of Brahm Gyan?

What kind of knowledge is considered as Brahm Gyan? Is having knowledge of all four Vedas would make a person Brahm Gyani? Does Brahm in Brahm Gyan denotes Lord Brahma? If so then what is the reason ...
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Initiation to Start Studying Vedas

I have Learnt that a brahmin who doesn't learn Vedas is considered to be just a namesake brahmin So considering a brahmin having had his upanayanam and his sacred thread (jandhyam), Is there any ...

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