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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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How Grahas were made and assigned their task

I see Chandra(lord moon) is the son of Atri and Anusuya, how he was made as graha and to rotate around earth Lord surya is the sun of kashyapa, how was this earth before surya was born
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Which Hindu scripture is saying that sun does not rise or set?

The boldified text of the following sentence is a well known fact about sun now The sun stays in its position at the center of our solar system. It doesn't rise and set. But it appears to rise ...
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What are the 14 layers of the mind

I had read somewhere that in the vedas the awareness can be divided into four categories, i.e chitta (consciousness/conscience), manas (heart/want/desire), aham (ego) and buddhi (intelligence). Each ...
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How should I start learning vedas? [duplicate]

How should I start learning Vedas? Any advice on books (with proper explanation of text) to choose will be helpful as I am a novice.
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Is the pranava - om - mentioned in Vedas?

The Wikipedia states, in respect of the syllable om, as follows: The syllable Om is first mentioned in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Vedanta philosophy. Rig veda 1.164....
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Wherein the Shatapatha Brahmana it was mentioned about 8.64 lakh alphabets in Vedas?

It was stated in one of the books of Agniveer that Shatapatha Brahmana states that Vedas have 8.64 lakh alphabets. Can anyone quote the actual text from Shatapatha Bahmana, wherein it was stated so?
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Is it possible to convey the message through telepathy?

Is it possible to read minds with telepathy? Is it mentioned anywhere like Vedas?
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Which Vedic verses say that human life-span is about 100 years?

I'm looking for a list of all Sanskrit verses and their translation from all four parts of the Vedas (i.e., saṃhitās, brāhmaṇas, āraṇyakas and upaniṣads) that suggest either directly or indirectly ...
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Is Kausika Bhashya on Vedas available in English?

In this book on the Aitareya Brahamanam, it was stated that there exists Kausika Bhashya on Vedas, which was more ancient to Sayana's commentary on Vedas. If that is true, do we have that book with ...
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Can anyone help me find this verse in the Atharva Veda?

I have found this verse quoted many places, but so far have not been able to verify that it is from the Atharva Veda. If anyone can help me I will be very grateful! "A brahmana's house without a ...
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Can we infer śatakratu शतक्रतु as a person with a wisdom in 100 ways?

One of the meaning of kratu is Enlightenment. According to Sanskirt dictionary Kavikratu means having insight of a wise man. Rig veda III.37.3, dedicated to Indra, says: नामानि ते शतक्रतो विश्वा...
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Is the statement 'Gods love the mysterious' also found in the Vedic Samhitas?

The following is from Aitareya Upanishad. तस्मादिदन्द्रो नामेदन्द्रो ह वै नाम। तमिदन्द्रं सन्तमिंद्र इत्याचक्षते परोक्षेण। परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवाः परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवाः ৷৷ 1.3.14 ৷৷ ...
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Is subdivision of hindusim mentioned anywhere in vedas? [duplicate]

I am curious on how sub sections in religion are created, for example I am from TamilNadu and there are so many divisions like in Brahmin - Iyer has vadama, vathima brahacharanam and iyengar has ...
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Battle between devatas in the Vedic shrutis

The puranas and Itihasa are famous for several battles between devatas and/or their own incarnations. At the highest level there are accounts of Shiva fighting with Vishnu , Vishnu fighting with ...
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Is the purported “Buddhist Cosmology” found in the Vedas?

The Buddhist Pali suttas (the purported words of the Buddha Gotama) contain a "cosmology", which, in the Pali language, includes: Gods of the Four Great Kings: Cātumahārājikā Devā Gods of ...
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Vedic wife of Rudra

These richas from the Rig Veda Maruts mention that the Maruts are sons of Rudra and Prishni. Elsewhere the same is claimed that the Maruts' father is indeed Rudra. It is also mentioned elsewhere and ...
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Who gave Vajra or thunderbolt to Indra - Dadhichi or Usana?

In puranas Dadhichi is primarily known for sacrificing his life so the Devas, or benevolent celestial beings, could make the weapon called "Vajra" from his bones. After being driven out from Svarga, ...
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Liberated souls come back [duplicate]

Do the souls which attained moksha in this creation again come back to earth to undergo birth and death process in the next creation which takes place after mahapralay?
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Does each universe has different Veda?

It is said that from Brahman uncountable universes are emanated. Every Multiverse has different Brahma. Something like following image. My question is do these multiverses have same Veda or different?
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Does Yamunacharya think that Shruti doesn't take precedence over Smriti?

Yamunacharya was a medieval Sri Vaishnava acharya who lived a generation or two before the time of Ramanujacharya. He is considered one of Ramanujacharya's gurus, even though they never met. ...
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English Transliteration of Vedas and Upanishads

Translations of the Vedas and Upanishads are available in great numbers online, but unfortunately, the transliteration of Vedas is rare to find. Thus, I would like to know where can I find the ...
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Should Eclipses be considered as an auspicious and divine event or as an inauspicious occurrence?

Most Hindus just view eclipses as something which is an inauspicious thing and also believe negative energies are radiated from it. The word 'Grahana' itself also induces a sense of fear to many. ...
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Why Rudra was described as a physician or a surgeon as per Vedas?

As per Shiva purana, we know that how Shiva had cured chandra & fixed the head of goat and elephant in the case of daksha & ganesh. But why Rudra was described as a physician, surgeon or the ...
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What is dhatu roop for हासिषु [closed]

Various vedic chants contain the word हासिषु in phrases like मा मा हासिषु which translates to don't abandon me like सत्यम् मा माहासिषु which means May Truth not abandon me however I am unable to find ...
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What makes a person a Hindu? [duplicate]

In Hinduism we have monotheists as well as polytheists. We do not have same deities and same customs. Does one become Hindu by accepting supremacy of Vedas? We don't have a single book like other ...
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Is Sandhyavandanam different for each vedic line/shakha brahmin?

Is sandhyavandanam ritual different for each vedic line? Or is it same for all brahmins no matter what veda they belong to?
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Do Vedas describe about Rudra riding on a black chariot driven by red horses, about wearing golden jewellery and holding pinaka bow and deadly arrows?

I have read or found that he is also mentioned as the lord of thieves and robbers (taskaranaam pati), wears golden jewellery, rides on chariot & carries deadly weapon. He was also considered as a ...
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Why agni is known as jaatavedas? [duplicate]

A shloka of Kena Upanishad says: tey agnim abruvan jaataveda etad vijaanihi kim etad yaksham iti tatheti Agni – Fire, is called jaatavedas – ‘the knower of the Vedas.’ My question: Why is agni ...
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Do Vedas support the practice of Satī?

Are there any instances of Satī in the Vedas? Do Vedas support this practice? Some people argue RV 10.18.8 is evidence against Satī. What is the context of this hymn/verse? HYMN XVIII. Various ...
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Is English translation of Baskala Shaka available?

The vedas form the base of Hinduism.Rigveda the most oldest and important scripture of Hinduism has 5 parts as discussed in my previous question and I am interested most in the baskala Shaka. So I ...
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How do English translators of Vedas interpret the Vedas?

This answer lists several methods translators/commentators may adopt when they decide to translate the Vedas or write commentary on them. Is it possible to tell from an English translation of the ...
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Why aren't all works whose authors are not known regarded as authorless (apauruṣeyā)?

Are there any refutations to this argument put forth by the Buddhist philosophers? Particularly, the one against the authorlessness of Vedas because no one remembers who their authors are? ...
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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Puranic stories?

For example, it is shown in this answer- How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? that indra was defeated and also shamed and also in the last line 'and later Nahusha becoming the new Indra and ...
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Which are the methodologies for interpreting Vedas?

Recetly I read that Sayanacharya's Bhashya on Vedas is Yajnika or ritualistic interpretation. So, I want to know what are the schools or means of interpretation of Vedas?
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Is there any relation or similarity between Rudra & Indra?

According to Tejaswee's Answer on What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?: Similarly, Indra is also a manifestation of Lord Rudra. AtharvaVeda calls Rudra as slayer of Vritta which is actually ...
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Does Vedas describes about Rudra wear tiger skin and crescent moon or holds trishul & damru? [duplicate]

I have read that Rudra was described as krittivaas (one who wears animals hide), but which animal's skin rudra used to wear, it's deer or tiger skin. Rudra holds pinaka bow as his weapon but does ...
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Does Rig Veda 10.59.7 talk about rebirth?

Rig Veda 10.59.7 May Earth restore to us our vital spirit, may Heaven the Goddess and mid-air restore it. May Soma give us once again our body, and Pūṣan show the Path of peace and comfort. ...
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How did the rishis know what the gods looked like?

In Hindu texts (such as Mahabharata) god is depicted with features more or less similar to homo sapiens. So how did the rishis/munis who wrote Vedas/Purans after listening to Ākāśavāni predicted how a ...
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Do vedas says that Ishwar is shapeless / formless?

Why and how The Ishwar is shapeless / formless ? Answer only if having vedic references
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What is the meaning of the verse which Tirumazhisai alwar reminded to the Brahmins?

Tirumazhisai Azhwar is one of the twelve azhwars (or alwar), a group of Vaishnava saints who sang devotional poems on Lord Vishnu. Those poems are collectively known as Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. ...
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Timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vedas, and Upanishads

Can someone please give timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharta, Vedas, and Upanishads?
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Is the quote “Don't let others lead you, decide your own path” really from the Vedas?

According to several sites, the following quote is from the Vedas. Some state that it is from the Atharva Veda but the verse no. is not mentioned. "Do not be led by others, awaken your own mind, ...
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Is BG 16.23 referring to Vedas or dharma śāstras?

BG 16.23 yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim Ignoring the precept of the scriptures, he who acts under the impulsion of passion, ...
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Hindu views on biological evolution [duplicate]

Namaskara,I would like to know what are the views on evolution in Hinduism(with vedic reference)
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How many shakas of Vedas are not extant now?

How many shakas of vedas are extant and not extant now. Do we have any record of non extant ones from history.
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Can one learn the Upanishads (Jnana Kanda) without learning Karma Kanda of Vedas?

Can a person learn Jnana Kanda of Vedas without learning the Karma Kanda? Is there any rule like one should learn the Samhithas and Brahmanas first, then only he can proceed to Jnana kanda?
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Does bacteria and virus have souls in them? [duplicate]

Even bacteria and virus have souls in them.? According to vedas how many living species are in to this world?
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In which language(Lipi) are the Vedas written?

What is the language in which Vedas are written? Currently, they are written in Sanskrit language but what was their first language. Devnagri is developed by humans and Vedas are the language of gods ...
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Is the word &/or notion of “jāti” found in the Vedas?

In Buddhism, the word "jāti" is doctrinally very important. The fully enlightened Arhat Buddhists declare upon enlightenment: "Jati has ended". In Hinduism, "jati" is said to have the following ...
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Why are Yama or Agni or Matarishvan not worshipped even though they are Forms of the Supreme God?

The Rigveda 10.164.46 states: ekam sad viprA bahudhA vadanti agnim yamam mAtrishvAnam Ahuh || The sages describe the one existence (ekam sat) in many ways. It is called as Agini, Yama, ...