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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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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?

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 Atharvaveda mentioned in Smaveda?

I found a mantra in a site which is from Samveda.(I don't know where it is in Samveda). दोषो आगाद्बृहद्गाय द्युमद्गामन्नाथर्वण । स्तुहि देवँ सवितारम्॥ Is this mantra mentioned in Samveda? Is ...
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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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Where can I find a recording of rig ved chating with correct swara pronunciation?

Where can I find a recording of rig or yujur veda chanting where swaras like udatta, anudatta, etc. are correctly pronounced? According to Yudhistira Mimamsaka in his book Vaidik Swara Mimamsa, ...
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Where it has been written that a particular Vedic hymn has to be associated with a specific devata, rishi, etc

We all maintain that each Vedic hymn is associated with a devata, Chanda, and rishi as maintained in Anukraminika. But what is the source of our that belief? Where it has been written that verse has ...
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Reference for Shankaracharya quote?

Does anyone have original reference and source for this quote? "Shrutis are authorities only in the matter of things we cannot decide by our instruments. They tell us what is beyond knowledge, not ...
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Practicing Vedas during evening time

I have learnt Sri Rudram from guru, now I would like to keep on practicing, learning and improving myself on it. Due to job etc sometime it may not be possible to learn in early mornings. So I am ...
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Arya Samaj Translation of Vedas

I was looking at Arya Samaj’s translation of Vedas on onlineved.com and found that the Rig Veda is missing Mandala 7-10. Why is that? Also the way they cite the verses is quite different than the ...
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What were the forms of vedas when Madhu and Kaitabha stole them?

The story of Madhu and Kaithabha stealing vedas and Lord Vishnu in the avatar of Hayagriva retrieving them have been mentioned here . However my question is what was the form of vedas. Mahabharata ...
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If sanskrit is derived from vedic mantras then how were the Gods communicating before?

It is said that the language sanskrit is derived from Vedas, i.e. mantras were first revealed to rishis in deep meditation and then Sanskrit language came from it. But we also know that Sanskrit is ...
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How to practise fire worship in modern times?

I tried to worship Pauranic gods like Shiva, Durga, Vishnu but it doesn't click with me. I am from a family of priests but we are modern and practise the rituals on special occasions only. Everywhere ...
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What is the origin of karma yoga?

I am interested to know where in the Vedas or Upanishad is the philosophy of giving up of the fruits of actions mentioned? What is the origin of karma Yoga as we know in the Gita?
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Who can add verses to vedas? [duplicate]

As vedas are considered to be 'srutis' (i.e. something that is heard), my question is how do we decide if some individual proposes couple of verses claiming that it was revealed to him while in ...
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response to vulgarism and it's origin and definition

Bad, good, vulgar, non vulgar might actually come down to perception but when it comes down to society and culture(sanskriti/sanskar), social norms, boundaries and values, then there is definitely a ...
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Does any Purana describe Dasharajna war?

I read about the Dasharajna war in Vedas. But, in Vedas the description of the war is very less. Does any other scripture like Itihasa or purana describes about Dasharajna war?
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Where does the king Sudas of the Dasrajna war fit in the Lunar Dynasty?

I was reading about the Daśarājñá War mentioned in the Vedas and came to know that the winner was a King called Sudas who belonged to the Bharat lineage. That would imply that he descended from the ...
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Managing perception compared to executing righteous action

I believe on several occasions where those in positions of power focus on managing perception than carrying out there right act. Under what circumstances can it be considered dharmic to manage ...
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Existence of Hinduism

I have heard that people will be less spiritually inclined at the end of kaliyuga. The world will refurbish again to a utopian model of Satvayuga. Are there any references which states that Hinduism ...
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Is there a specific Sandhyavandanam for Vaishya varna i.e different from what is usually prescribed for Brahmins?

Brahmins usually have Sandhyavandanam rituals as per the Veda associated with their family. For example, Yajurveda (there are some sub-branches as well) or Samveda. Is there a Sandhyavandanam ritual ...
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Shudra learning and chanting Vedas

Does below say Shudras can learn Vedas? YathA imAm vAcham kalyAnim AvadAni janebhyah (1) BrahmarAjanyAbhyAm sudrAya cha AryAya cha (2) SwAya cha aranAya cha (3) Meaning May i speak the sacred word ...
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What is the purpose of personal life if one inevitably winds up undoing his carma and personality to merge with the absolute?

The purpose of life according to most hindu and vedic traditions is liberation from rebirth. But ultimately this just seems like going back to square one in every sense. How is it possible then that ...
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Do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation?

As the question says, do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation? Any Rutus/months/weather which is better suited?
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Lord Indra ( Life expectancy) [closed]

Rahul Arya, a notable Arya Samaj preacher in his YouTube channel has told Lord Indra lived for 500 years and then he died. He tells that God has made our body in such a manner that a human structure ...
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I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit “and” its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book [duplicate]

I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit "and" its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book. Its quite important! Please let me know!
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Symbol on Shiva linga

lThere’s a triangle similar symbol on most of shiva Lingam’s. What does the symbol represent. Can anyone explain please?
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Are Varna and Caste same or different?

Varnas are mentioned in Vedas. There are four varnas. On the other hand, there are many castes and sub-castes. Many posts on this forum use varna and caste as interchangeable word. Many resources on ...
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Who decided that mantras should be used for yajñas that came later?

Were the ṛṣis who heard the mantras (found in the saṃhitā portion of the Vedas) aware that what they heard (or was revealed to them) will be used to conduct yajñas (sacrifices)? If not, who decided ...
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How is Bramhana part of Veda?

Bramhana (like Aitareya brAhmana, satapata Bramhana, etc) are said to be part of Vedas and seem to expound the meaning of Samhita mantra and how to do Yajna. They also contain many legends like story ...
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Where in the Rig Veda are the 10 Upanishads?

Here it suggests there are 10 Upanishads embedded in the Rig Veda. I have scoured Google but have not found anything saying something like "The 10 Upanishads of the Rig Veda are located in Hymns #X, #...
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Do rituals require faith to be successful?

According to Adi Shankaracharya, Vedas consist of three parts- Karma kand (rituals like yajna, nitya karma etc.) Upasana kand (praying to devas etc.) Bramha vidya (denunciation of world, sameness of ...
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How did mantras come to exist?

How did these people know about the powers of chanting mantras? Specifically how did they know what to say and what exactly they are.
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Was absence of mention about brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana indicates that it had been composed much earlier to them?

I tried to find any mention of brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana, as they were supposed to have been composed in post vedic period, as Ramayana was. The following slokas are from 5th ...
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Are Itihasa and puranas superior than Vedas?

Manusmriti 12:95 “All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded on ...
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Are Itihasas and Puranas the only classes of scripture in which celestial weapons are used?

Ramayana, Mahabharata and many Puranas relate conflicts in which Divyastras like Brahmastra get used. Do these weapons occur in earlier scriptures like Vedas and Brahmanas or any scriptures written ...
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Varaha Avatara - reference in Taittirya recensions

If any one knows of references to Sri Varaha Avatara of Lord Sriman Narayana in Taittiriya Samhita / Brahmana / Arankaya, I request you to kindly post them here. If there are references in other ...
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Does the concept of divorce exist in hinduism? [duplicate]

Does the concept of divorce apply in hinduism?
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What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? [duplicate]

What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? What is her vedic roles and responsibilities?
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What are the quotes, from various scriptures of early Vedic times to early medieval times which define the term Mlecchas as distinct from Brahmins?

MLECCHAS The Vedics referred to all alien cultures and races that were less civilized in ancient times as 'Mleccha'. The term Mleccha means; The uncouth and incomprehensible speech of ...
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Why does the Udambara post being covered with cloth contradict the Vedic verse saying the post should be touched?

As per Mimamsa, whenever Shruti contradicts Smriti, Smriti should be discarded: Pûrva Mîmâmsâ ('But where there is contradiction Smriti is not to be regarded,' I, 3, 3) A commonly cited example of ...
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What should a Shudra do in order to eligible to read Vedas?

Context: I found out after a lot of research that my ancestors were either Kshatriya or there is some sort of story that they were sprung up from Lord Shiva. But neither my family from atleast 3 gens ...
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Do scriptures mention anyone who is Pratiloma or Shudra born having successfully read and recited Vedas?

To be clear, please don't conflate reading and reciting the Vedas to having understood the Vedas. I didn't come across anywhere in KMG Mahabharata where Karna is said to have read/recited vedas. At ...
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How can the integrity of a Vedic verse be verified? [duplicate]

How can the integrity of a Vedic verse be verified? A Vedic verse is revealed to rishi, and the rishi orally transmits that revelation to his students. Now suppose two of his students learn ...
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Has any orthodox Vaidika claimed through supernatural knowledge that a particular verse or scripture is inauthentic or fabricated?

Has any orthodox Vaidika claimed through supernatural knowledge (siddhis) that a particular verse or scripture is inauthentic or fabricated? For example, neo-Vedantins claim that Mahavatara Babaji ...
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Search a guru for the Veda study [duplicate]

How does one go about choosing a guru of Hinduism / Vedas ? Please don't point out my ignorance if you won't enlightened me.
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Multi headed or handed Gods in Vedas?

I started reading a book called “Some aspects of Ramayan and Mahabharata” by Bibek Debroy. (You can borrow it here https://archive.org/details/someaspectsofram0000debr/page/15/mode/1up) First chapter ...
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Is truth a priori to social order? [duplicate]

what does the canon say about the clash between truth and social order? Do I let "untruth" exist for the sake of social order and harmony or am I obliged to correct mistakes even if it causes unrest?
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Where does the Sapta dosa come from

Any ideas where this text comes from..? 1. alpa - their end results are trivial 2. asthira - they are transient and impermanent, 3. asukara - not easily obtained, they require much effort and are ...

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