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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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When actually lord brahma shares the knowledge of vedas?

I am in a big confusion, please correct me if I am wrong in some points. Almost in every religion there are stories about catastrophic end of this world/universe. In Hinduism it is believed that ...
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Hindu Equivalent of Pascal's Wager?

There is this famous wager designed by Pascal which aims to convince humans to act as if God is real Pascal's wager is a philosophical argument advanced by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), seventeenth-...
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Can vedic gods like Indra or Agni understand English

Can gods mentioned in the vedas like Indra, Varuna, Agni, Vayu understand english. Can you pray to them in English or do you have to strictly stick to sanskrit to pray to them even if you are praying ...
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Is all of Vedas (Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad) supposed to be completely infallible (errorless), authorless and eternal?

I have heard of the concept of Apaurasheya, being authorless, and that all of the six astika Darsanas considered Vedas either infallible or eternal or authorless. My question is, does that apply to ...
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King Janaka in the Vedas

As we know , King Janaka Vaideha is mentioned in ancient Vaidika texts such as Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa , Jaiminī Brāhmaṇa and the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad. I thought only these 3 texts mentioned Janaka ...
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Which scripture contains the story of Mahidasa Aitareya?

There is one famous story of Mahidasa Aitareya in upanishad/purana. Which scripture described about him and his life? I suppose it is in Aitariya aranyaka but I am looking for exact reference. ...
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Rulelessness in Hinduism: Fact or Fiction?

Many a times Hindus today are heard saying that there are no rules in Hinduism. Hinduism doesn't provide any scriptural injunction whether you are in 'Bramhacharya', 'Grihastha', 'Vanprastha' or '...
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Where are the original/last known manuscripts of Hindu texts?

Where can one find the original manuscripts of the Hindu texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. ? I mean the ones used for the first English translations in the late 1800s by the ...
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On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon?

On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon? Is there any proof from the vedas? And if not then what was he? NOTE:— VEDIC VERSES ARE REQUIRED PROVING
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Which the best way to start spiritual journey?

I want to know the best way to start my spiritual journey? Could someone suggest any type of Dhyana or meditation?
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Despite Vritrasura, are other dragons mentioned in the scriptures?

I know that Vritrasura is mentioned as dragon in Vedas, from this question. However, i also wanted to know about is any other mentions of dragons in any scripture. So my question is, despite ...
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Are there any references for claims that "purush sukta in Rigveda" is an interpolation?

Many people claim that as per many scholarly studies and references, "purush sukta in Rigveda is an interpolation" Can somebody provide references to such scholarly studies and references ?
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

This link describes that the Vedas have no problem with homosexuality: In contemporary India LGBT people face discrimination and marginalization. This results from cultural attitudes imposed by the ...
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Patriarchy, Matriarchy and Hinduism

Is Hinduism a patriarchal religion? Or is it matriarchal? If it not either patriarchal or matriarchal, are there 'Sampradayas' which are patriarchal and 'Sampradayas' which are matriarchal? If so, ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Meaning of Sat and Asat in the Vedic context?

The Nāsadīya Sūktam is as follows: नास॑दासी॒न्नो सदा॑सीत्त॒दानी॒म् नासी॒द्रजो॒ नो व्यो॑मा प॒रो यत् । किमाव॑रीव॒: कुह॒ कस्य॒ शर्म॒न्नंभ॒: किमा॑सी॒द्गह॑नं गभी॒रम् ॥ It tells us that there was neither ...
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Can mantra purascharana be done through manasika japa alone?

Ofcourse, There are majorly three types of mantra japa. Vachika, upamshu and manasika mantra japa. I wanted to know if mantra purascharana can be accomplished only through manasika mantra japa alone ...
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When did the specific proper features and characteristics of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva start appearing in the Hindu literature?

Note: This is a research question. By specifc proper features and characteristics I mean Niravakasha Linga. My question is when did atleast a couple of the Niravakasha Lingas listed below, of Lord ...
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Is there a flood history similar to the Bible in the Vedas?

According to The Bible of Bibles;, by Kersey Graves, there is a flood history in the Vedas. He mention the name Sherma, Charma and Jyapheta.. TRUE? In his book, he is writing a long list of ...
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Is Bermuda Triangle really mentioned in any Hindu scripture?

I have encountered many random internet posts claiming Bermuda Triangle is mentioned in the Vedas, specially Rig Veda. Is it really true? Is it mentioned in any of the Vedas or any other scripture? ...
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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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Where are these Lord Shiva stotras and mantras from?

There are many popular songs with these lyrics, the first one seems to be called Namaskaratha Mantra. What is the meaning if Namaskaratha? And where all these stotras and mantras from? Also these ...
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Is Lord Śiva's throat Really Blue?

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Rudra ( Śiva ) drank the Kālakūṭa poison which came out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthana and his throat became blue. But did it really become blue? In ...
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Athrava-veda hairfall treatment

In the vol 6.21, 6.136, 6.137 of Athavaveda. Two herbs are mentioned to promote hairgrowth namely (revatis, nitatni). Can some please provide the scientific name or any english name of these two ...
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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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Can you pray to Vedic gods without doing yajña

Can you pray to gods like Indra, Agni, Varuna without doing a yajña? Just praying to them in mind, chanting mantras in mind or saying prayers in mind in languages other than sanskrit. Is it possible?
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How do vaishnavas interpret the Tryambaka hymn, accounting for all the internal vedic explanations of it provided in the Brāhmaṇa-s?

I know that they think the hymn is for Nṛsiṃha/Saṃkarṣaṇa etc. My question is specifically how. Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and Gopatha Brāhmaṇa as well as other texts such as Sarvānukramaṇī of Kātyāyana, ...
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What are the Vedic antecedents for Caturvyūhavāda ('doctrine of four emanations') of Pāñcarātra theology?

In Pāñcarātra Bhagavatism, the four earthly emanations, or "Vyūhas", are identified as Saṃkarṣaṇa (Balarāma-Saṃkarṣaṇa, son of Vasudeva by Devakī), Vāsudeva Kṛṣṇa (son of Vasudeva by Devakī),...
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Where can I get true info about god?

They sing in songs that what you wish from God God fulfills it but when I see around the world doesn't send to work like that it means it's a false info, so where can I get true info about god and how ...
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Which are those 400 words of Veda not known or understood to even Yaska?

Nirukta is one of six Vedangas which are very essential to completely understanding Vedas. Nirukta is the study of the origin of Sanskrit words i.e etymology which is very useful for understanding and ...
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Where in the Vedas — Lord Indra is compared to "that archer of heaven"?

The archer is not named but He is assumed to be Rudra/Śarva. I mean by Vedas here: the saṁhitā, brāhmaṇa, āraṇyaka portions and the early upaniṣads
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Who is Indra? From where he came?

I have read many places that Indra dev is not just a single person, but multiple as per every yug. Can someone explain: Who is Indra (god of rain)? Does Indra mean king of God ? How other dev do ...
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Transliterate this Sama Veda Mantra

This is from the Sama Veda; Google Translator didn't help me with the transliteration, and I don't speak Sanskrit either. Can someone provide a transliteration.?
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Shri Vishnu and Mata Parvati

I came across an article with a very weird title: The Tale of Lord Vishnu and his consort Parvati It mentions stories I have never heard or read about in any sources. So I wanted to know whether there ...
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Why is Devi Ambika called Lord Shiva's sister in Yajurveda?

Goddess Ambika is considered the wife of Lord Shiva but here Yajurveda calls Devi Ambika the sister of Lord Shiva: एष ते रुद्र भाग: सह स्वस्त्राम्बिकया तं जुषस्व स्वाहैष ते रुद्र भाग S आखुस्ते ...
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Is Rig Vedic Indra only Sri Rama?

According to Rig Veda (and other Vedas) Indra is the all pervading and supreme being: In every figure he [Indra] hath been the mode... Indra assumes many form by his Maya (6.47.18) He who is Lord of ...
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Why do Bramha sutras say that Shudras cannot listen to Vedas?

Bramahasutras mention that it is forbidden for Shudras to listen to Vedic Mantras. Any specific reason for this?
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What is the Śruti status (Prāmāṇya) and dating of Mahopaniṣat? Is it accepted by sects other than Vaishnava-s?

The text seems to be of a much later date than mukhya and other old upaniṣads complied before common era (BCE) e.g. Mahānārāyaṇa, Śvetāśvatara etc. as it is supposedly the conversation between Śuka ...
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Is it true that Vedas direct people to give birth to 10 sons?

Is it true that Vedas direct people to give birth to 10 sons ? Does the veda also tell people that it is better not to give birth to anyone than giving birth to just one son ? Anyone can tell me the ...
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Realize the Unchangeable - which Veda says this?

One of the Sayings and Utterances of Swami Vivekanada says: Of all the scriptures of the world it is the Vedas alone that declare that even the study of the Vedas is secondary. The real study is &...
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Do any Hindu scriptures say that Hinduism is not a religion but simply a way of life?

I have seen in many answers here that a lot of people have this notion that Hinduism is a way of life (as opposed to a well-defined religion. I find this notion amusing because I think Hinduism is ...
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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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Modernish books on Gita, Vedas/Upanishads for tweens/teens

Are there any modern books based on ancient Hindu texts suitable for children? I am looking for books that can answer questions about life and introduce spirituality to a child. Some books I've found ...
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Is this verse present in bori Mahabharata

"Maheswara said, "Hari is superior to the Grandsire himself. He is the Eternal Purusha. Otherwise called Krishna, he is endued with the splendour of gold, and shines with effulgence like a ...
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The origin of the Puranas

I am interested to study the origin of the Puranas and the relationship they share with the Vedas. Any incident, for example, the origin of Maa Ganga on earth, has been variously described in the ...
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Devas(Gods) and their digestive system

According to Brahmanda purana, brahma commensed creation in this following chronological order [Bh Purana - Quote 25 - 50]. Prākrta Creations (pertaining to Prakruti) Mahat -- Great Principle ...
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What is the story of Indra putting everyone to sleep?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Why god takes birth only in India?

Why God take birth only in India (Aryavrata) ? Why not in any other place ?
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How are the Nitya Srauta Yajnas like Agnihotra done while travelling?

According to Srutis once someone kindles the Tretagni must perform the Agnihotra and the fortnightly Darsapurnameshti homas daily till the death of either husband or wife or till sannyasa. My ...
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How does one become a pujari?

How exactly does one become a pujari? As in,I’d like to know what is the eligibility criteria, details of training undergone(like how interested Christians go to a seminary and become priests after ...

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