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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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Are some of the words from Vedas still untranslatable?

This question quotes the Sanskrit grammarian Yāska as saying he didn't know the meaning of some 400 words of the Vedas. Is this still the case with modern translations of Vedas?
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Astronomical references in Hinduism [on hold]

I'm a grade teacher, who is going to introduce astronomy to 12 year olds. I want them to have a phenomenalogical understanding of the subject. From there I want to present the models in existence. In ...
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Why according to Vyasadeva, Shaiva-mata is inconsistent with the Vedas?

In our Vedas/ Upanishads, Vishnu/Narayana, Shiva/Rudra and Uma/Devi are all names of the Supreme Godhead. They same holds for different Puranas also. Why does then Vyasadeva declare the Shaiva Mata ...
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Chemistry in Hinduism [on hold]

Are there any reference to chemistry in hinduism. Are there any scriptures discussing chemistry? By chemistry I mean any topic related to chemistry such as chemical reactions, chemical elements etc. I'...
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Do gods feel uncomfortable when they approach human bodies?

I heard from this video that gods does not like to stay near human bodies and they feel uncomfortable to stay with in or nearer to human bodies? Which slokhas of which vedic scripture tells this?
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Is Baskala Shaka of Rig veda Authentic?

Vedas are the primary and oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Many sages wrote them and they are pure authentic and most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. Entire Hindu philosphy is based on them. The four ...
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Are Dvijas allowed to read translations of the Vedas done by Mlecchas (Westerners)?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of this question. I am asking whether Dvijas can read translations of Vedas done by Mlecchas, and that other question doesn't even talk about it. Are Dvijas ...
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Why do people perform rites and meditate if its a hindrance?

According to the īśā Upaniṣad and the latter Śrī Śaṅkarācārya (of Advaita) commentary: अन्धं तमः प्रविशन्ति येऽविद्यामुपासते । ततो भूय इव ते तमो य उ विद्यायां रताः ॥ andhaṃ tamaḥ praviśanti ...
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Does “untouchability” have any place in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I am an Indian Hindu, I face many situations where there is "Goutra", "Jaati", and many types of class related things are asked. Are the "class-division" and "discrimination" legitimate in Hinduism??...
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Rama and Sita in the Vedas

(Rig Veda Mandala 10 Sukta 93 Verse 14) This to Duḥśīma Pṛthavāna have I sung, to Vena, Rama, to the nobles, and the King. They yoked five hundred, and their love of us was famed upon their ...
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Is the sannyasa lineage of Sri Adi Shankara Vedic or tantric?

According a biographer of Sri Ramakrishna (Vaikunthanath Sannyal : Sri Sri Ramakrishna Leelamrita), in the Vedic age, there were no FORMAL sannyasa. It was started by Sri Adi Sankaracharya 'most ...
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What's Kashmir Shaivism view/interpretation on the Vedas?

The Vedas are the primary scriptures and base of Hinduism. Every different philosphy has interpreted it in each diffearent way. I want to know how does Kashmir Shaivism Interpret the Vedas (Rig Veda, ...
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What is the meaning/context of Rig Veda 10.149.1?

Rig Veda 10.149.1 reads; SAVITAR fixed the earth with bands to bind it, and made heaven stedfast where no prop supported. Savitar milked, as ’twere a restless courser, air, sea bound fast to ...
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Is it possible for the Vedas to have been authored?

According to Purva Mimamsa and Vedanta, the Vedas are eternal and unauthored. That is, the Vedic words and sentences were not composed or created by any sentient being, human or divine. Yamunacharya, ...
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What do scriptures say about process of having progeny? [closed]

What do the scriptures say regarding the things to do and not do before and during pregnancy for having good progeny?
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Which one of Vedas has referred to Dhyanalinga consecrated by Sadhguru?

In Sadhguru : A Life, one of his disciples mentioned a priest in Trichy mentioning Dhyanalinga is consecrated by a Grihasta Yogi, and he remembers reading about this in one of the Vedas. Does anybody ...
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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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Is changing or altering rituals allowed in Hinduism?

I hear some people say as time changes rituals need to change in order to make them compatible with the modern world. Is it possible to change or alter rituals that are found in scriptures followed ...
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What are the svara rules for writing the ghanam of a rik? [duplicate]

In the attached image the ghanapatha of Gayatri mantra is given. Ghanapatha is the chanting of each pada of a mantra in a permutational sequence: 1-2-2-1-1-2-3-3-2-1 I know this sequence very well, ...
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Who divided/rearranged the brāhmaṇas, āraṇyakas and upaniṣads?

According to SB 12.6.50 it appears Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) only rearranged the Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious stones of the same kind are ...
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Is Vyāsa being the compiler/divider/arranger of Vedas recorded anywhere in the Vedas themselves?

There are several Purāṇic references, e.g., SB 12.6.50 that say Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) arranged the disorganized Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious ...
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What do ancient Hindu acharyas say about accepting the authority of Shruti but denying the authority of Smriti?

Some people nowadays say only the Shruti (Vedas) is the sole authority in regard to Dharma, and what is not Shruti, like the Smriti, Dharma Shastras, Puranas, etc. is man-made and can be rejected. ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe the Vedas were composed or Apaurusheya?

Did Swami Vivekananda believe that the Vedas were composed or Apaurusheyatva? Please cite some of his conversations.
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Are there any sudra or outcaste seers in Vedas?

There are many mantra drastas (seers) like Kathaka, Mandukya etc in the Vedas.. Are there any seers who are sudras or outcastes?
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What does “belief in the Vedas” actually mean?

What does belief in the Vedas or accepting the authority of the Vedas actually mean? Vedas have some mythological stories like women accepting the boon of menstruation from Indra (YV II 5.1). Then ...
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Is sannyasa a Vedic way of life? Is it recommended by the Vedas, the ten authentic Upanishads or Grhyasutras?

Sannyasa is BELIEVED to be the so called "fourth stage" of life, i.e after brahmacharya, grihastha, and vAnaprastha. However, when one has ALREADY moved to the forest in seclusion after retiring from ...
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Meaning of Salilā (सलिला) [closed]

My teacher gave me the name Salilā (सलिला). The meaning given was "a flowing river that gives life to all living beings". Can anyone share meaning in relation to the Veda's?
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Where is this verse from in the Vedas about the Manusmriti?

This verse is said to exist in the Vedas: yad vai manuravadat tad bheṣajam ‘Whatever Manu has said is medicine.’
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How is Purusha Sukta revealed in Samaveda?

Where does Purusha Sukta appear in Samaveda?
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Why the Gayatri mantra is different in some words given to a Brahmin and Kshatriya?

Why is Gayatri Mantra given to Brahmin and Kshatriya slightly different? I was given this mantra from a Brahmin and the words are different such as ‘tat purusaya tanno surya, bidmahe’ These ...
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Sanskrit verses & English translations of references of Rama and Krishna from the Primary Vedas

This blog gives lot of references of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna from the primary Vedas, at many places only verse number is mentioned. Can someone provide the full verse and their English translations....
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Is there any mention of Brahman in the Samhitas of any of the 4 Vedas?

Is there any mention of Brahman in the Samhitas of any of the 4 Vedas? Brahman is elaborately described in the Aranyakas and Upanishads of the Vedas, but what about the Samhitas?
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Are the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads revealed texts, or are they composed?

No Hindu disputes that the mantras in the Samhita part of the Vedas are direct revelations by Rishis. But what about the texts of the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads? These don't seem to be ...
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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda?

Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Like for example a commentary by Sayanacharya? Wikipedia says about him: His commentary on the Rigveda was ...
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Is the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Puranas or Itihasas?

Do the Puranas or Itihasas talk about the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Since this is a historical event, it might be mentioned in the Puranas.
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What does the first stanza of the Aswhamedha sacrifice mean?

This is the first stanza of the Ashwamedha yajna in the Taittiriya Brahmana. What does it mean in English? Thanks.
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Do the Karma Kanda of Vedas themselves anywhere say performing rituals won't give us liberation?

Karma Kanda of Vedas, Vedangas are treated as Apara Vidhya and Upanishads are treated as Para Vidhya, since the former only give us rebirth and Upanishads provide us Knowledge of Brahman, through ...
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Are Rama and Krishna anywhere mentioned in sruti? [duplicate]

Rama and Krishna are two important gods of hinduism. Do we have any references of them from Sruti? I want direct references from Vedas but excluding upanishads since I am already aware of their ...
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How many different Chandas are there in the Vedas?

Explain breifly about chandas and abhimany devthas like for gaythri mantra its gaythri chands, savitha devaatha rshi is vishwa mitra one chandas how many letters how one should refer or add for ...
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Why are Vedas regarded as Apaurusheya (authorless/ not created by anyone)?

Why are Vedas regarded as Apaurusheya (authorless/ not created by anyone)? Is it a sin to consider that Veda was written by someone as propagated by Western scholars?
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Was Shaktism prevalent in the Vedic times?

Was Shaktism prevalent in Vedic times? Do Vedas praise the Supreme almighty Shakti?
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Differences in explanation for this verse “Yato vā imāni bhutāni jāyante” which describe the parabrahman

In few upanyasams by Srivaishnava scholars, on the question of what is Brahman, I have come across this verse from Taittirīya Upanishad - Yato vā imāni bhutāni jāyante; yena jātāni jivanti; yat ...
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Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation?

Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation? Western scholars and Indologists think so, especially the part about caste. Here's what wikipedia says on Varna: This Purusha Sukta varna ...
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Do the Vedas allow Shudras to do undergo Upanayanam or perform Yajnas?

Can Shudras do Upanayanam or perform Yajnas as per Vedas?
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Who is the seer/rishi of Narayana Suktam

Below link mentions the Narayana Suktam from Taitariya Aranyaka: https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_veda/narayanasukta.html?lang=sa
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Where can I find an English translation of the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajur Veda?

Where can I find an English translation of the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajur Veda? Sacred-texts.com only has the Taittiriya Samhita. I want an English translation of the Brahmana and ...
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How have traditional Vedic commentators interpreted Shukla Yajurveda 26.2?

Shukla Yajurveda 26.2 states: That I to all the people may address this salutary speech, To priest and nobleman, Sûdra and Arya, to one of our own kin and to the stranger. Dear may I be to ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna? [closed]

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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Is there any mention about Nala in Vedas?

In Mahabharata and some puranas, we can find about Nala. Is there any mention in vedas regarding Nala?