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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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Proof of hereditary caste system in Vedas and Itihasas

Edit: This is not a duplicate question because this is a specific question asking for proof for caste being heridetary, not just what Vedas have to say about caste. Please understand the difference. ...
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Ramayan serial telecasted in "Sanskrit" language [closed]

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayan_(1987_TV_series)&ved=2ahUKEwiAqaSVwI3zAhU1xzgGHRSYA7QQFnoECAwQAQ&sqi=2&usg=...
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Do you agree that the caste-centric sloaks in the Bhagvad-Gita are latter-day interpolations? [closed]

The Manusmriti, the social doctrine of yore, and the Bhagvad-Gita, the spiritual tome in vogue that lay down the discriminatory dharma (duties) of the four social classes (castes) have been the ...
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Does Karana Sahareera belongs 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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If Akrodha is considered a virtue, then why most sages and Devtas do not possess it?

Akrodha is a virtue according to Hinduism and Krodha is consider a tamas quality. Absence of anger (akrodha) means being calm even when insulted, rebuked or despite great provocation. Akrodha does not ...
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vedas were written earlier?

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m12/m12c047.htm "Endued thus with the attributes of Tamas and Rajas, the two Daityas possessed of might and armed with maces, immediately after their birth, began ...
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Are Ashtamurti Swarupa, 11 Rudras, Pancha brahma shiva, Ashta(8) Bhairavas important in trika shaivism

Please give a detailed account of trika beliefs regarding ishwara gita and shiva gita too. Currently I have assimilated some verses from shaiva upanishads and vedas,aranyaka and samhitas in my prayers ...
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How did Saint Dnyaneshwar made the ox to recite veda mantras?

I heard somewhere (someone posted this on quora and some people said this on twitter as well) that Sant Dnyaneshwar made an ox recite vedas. Can someone give some reference of this story and also ...
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Why did Ramakrishna go against the Vedas?

The notion that all paths lead to the same destination is quite a new development in Hinduism. Ancient Acharyas belonging to different sects never claimed so. On the contrary, they debated a lot to ...
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Is the term "spontaneous generation" found in the Vedas?

In Buddhism, is found the terms "opapatika/upapātika/upapāduka", translated as "spontaneous birth", "spontaneous arising" or/& "self-produced". In Jainism ...
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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What is chakshumati vidya?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra
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Are there any prescribed methods mentioned in our manuscripts to avoid malefic effects of planets

Malefic planets exist is almost everyone's horoscope. Just want to know if there are any specific practices given for making the effects of these planets negligible
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Are there any powerful stotras or mantras for worshipping ashwini kumaras

I would like to worship ashwin devtas. Please provide me with any information about any specific sadhanas or stotras
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Does god have compassion and empathy or is he a totally emotionless karmic intelligence system

I have seen Sadhguru saying in one of his video bytes, that god wouldn't even lift the tip of his little finger for you. Is that true? Is parabrahm a higher karmic intelligence conscious system ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Is there any punishment mentioned in Dharmashastras for the vilification of Vedas?

I was wondering whether criticizing the Vedas is a condemnable offence. In other religions, usually condemning the scripture can have a severe consequence. What about Hinduism?
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Is the concept of one Ishwara present in Vedas? Authenticity and Ancientness of Purusha Sukta

The concept of Ishwara being one supreme being, Lord and God is used in Puranic and Modern Hinduism. But was such a concept present in Vedas or authentic Upanishads? This Wikipedia article says no ...
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How does the word 'Agni' acquire its traditional meaning as fire?

Literally, अग्नि = अंग् + नि, नलोपश्च। And the root verb अंग् means "to revolve". The meaning of the suffix नि , I couldn't find anywhere, and then suddenly we start associating अग्नि with ...
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Giving Daan from money earned through Trading in Stock Market?

I am currently trading in Stock Market Options. Its a sort of gambling where I earn small money through my predictions. As u know its legal as per my country law and am not hurting any one ...
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Description Of Jambudweep In Different Indian Religions

I have been researching quite a lot on Hindu cosmology and geography. Moreover, I am keen on learning similar geographies of other sub-religions of India, especially those that grew from within ...
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Are there any documented methods to reduce the impact of prarabdha karma?

I want to know if there are any methods or any specific rituals prescribed for the nullification or reducing the effects of prarabdha karma?
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What is the difference between pronounciation of alphabets श and ष in mantras [closed]

There are many mantras with the above two alphabets. Obviously both of them cannot have the same sound. What is the exact difference in their pronounciation. Official references are welcome.
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Does the different texts within Vedas follow a certain hierarchy or any known order of authority?

In Vedas there are texts such as Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanisads, Samhitas etc. so in the case of differing views of various texts is there a certain order of which text view should be taken first? ...
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Which Hindu scriptures explicity mention that we take only one birth?

Many people say that Hinduism believes that we take only one birth and after that way go to heaven or hell. As example - In Vedas , there is no mention that we take multiple births. Vedas indicate ...
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Method/ philosophy to attain moksha, concept of Brahman in the Shaiva Agamas, and link to Vedas

Please read the main 3 questions, additional are secondary questions. The Shaiva Agamas, 28 in number, having 204 supporting Upagamas, are said to be revealed by the five faces of Rudra Bhagavan ...
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Recreational activities

Can someone please provide the recreational activities suggested by ancient sages for students so that I can focus better. I mean how students in ancient India, while staying away from cities used to ...
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Who was the most powerful asura in history [closed]

I want to know if there is any asura who is touted to be the most powerful of all. Like top tier asura.
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On what basis are parts of the Vedas classified as Upanishads, etc. as per the explanation of Adi Shankara?

The Vedas in their entirety are supposed to sing of Brahman. However, the main portions which directly do are the Upanishads or the Vedanta. In this regard Puri Shankaracharya talks of the explanation ...
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Where is this second definition of dwija written in Hindu scriptures?

There are two definitions of the word "dwija" that I know. Men of Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya caste are dwija. Men who become alive again after dying once are called dwija. This is the ...
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How do the Vedas sing, at the beginning middle and end, of Brahman?

(At least read the main Question portion, the explanation before it and the note below it are very long) One has to understand a scripture gets its sanctity when it is attributed to wholly to Brahman. ...
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Is entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of suicide?

Agni's another name is pavak (i.e which purifies everything) So, Is burning oneself alive by entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of committing suicide ? Arjun took a vow of ...
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Who was the father of Sage Kavasa?

This story comes in Aitareya Brahmana the Risis, called the "middle ones" (Gritsamada, Visvamitra, Vaniadeva, Atri, Bharadvfija, Vasistha, see Asv. Grihya Sutras, 3, 4), hold once a ...
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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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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According to Vedas, how to cook & eat sacrificed animal's meat?

I know Tantric and Puranic traditions may be different, but how to cook & eat animals as per Vedas? Rig Veda 10.28.3: अद्रिणा ते मन्दिन इन्द्र तूयान सुन्वन्ति सोमान पिबसि तवमेशाम |पचन्ति ते वर्षभा...
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Is it possible to get the knowledge of Veda by doing any specific vrat/tap

I was wondering if there is any kind of yagya/tap/vrat that can be done to get the knowledge of Veda, becuase today all the copies of Veda are not complete and you can not get the true meaning of it ...
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In Veda mantras, who exactly is intended by the 'nah' and 'no' (us and our)?

Veda mantras/suktams almost entirely seek benedictions/blessings in plural (us, our and we) and not in singular (me and my); this is why whether in Yajur veda mantras for Agni or Indra or Rudram (...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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What is the reference of the given verse?

The Shatapatha Brahmana, a Hindu text written by the Vedic Sage Yajnavalkya, states that the "sun strings to himself ... worlds on a thread" . Source Wikipedia What is the exact verses(sun ...
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)?

What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)? Did he believe that Samhita are equal to upanishad and are authoritative and eternal? And should/can one follow the ...
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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Is the story of manu mentioned in the Vedas?

Is the story of manu mentioned in the Vedas and upanishades. With the flood and fish avatar of lord vishnu.
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Does navagraha tarpana in sandhyavandan reduce the astrological effects?

In sandhyavandan, subsequent to Argya to Sun, we have navagraha tarpana to be offered to nine grahas - aditya, somam, agarakam, budham, brhaspatim, sukram, sanaiscaram, rahum and ketum. When we offer ...
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Definition of a Father in the Scriptures?

Father is one of the most important figures for anyone. Especially within the Hindu traditions, he's accorded an almost divine status, especially for his Child. I'm interested in the scripturally ...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

Hinduism is based on principle of dharma (unlike Buddhism and Jainism which are based on principle of Karma). And all varnas have different duties(dharma) to discharge. So, what is the dharma ...
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Where can I read the mythological story of Nakshatras?

I have been practising Jyotisha (Astrology) for the past few months and have recently acquired curiosity about the mythological stories behind the lunar mansions, or the nakshatras: Uttarabhadrapada, ...
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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...

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