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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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Does Law of Karma apply on animals/birds? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether Law of Karma applies on animals/birds and other non-human creatures? Since all the animals(if not all), are dependent on other animals/creatures for food/living; how the law ...
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What view does Hinduism take of same sex union? [duplicate]

Christianity and Islam detest same sex union or more accurately same sex marriage, I am not saying this but world over priests and imams are , I was curious if there is any mention of same sex union ...
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Which all Gods and Goddesses are being referred in Vedas?

I found that many people get confused between Vedas and Puranas due to the reason that a certain deity is being referred in Puranas/other books but there is no reference of him/her in Vedas. So, I ...
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Are there any references to Gravity in Hindu Scriptures?

Are there any references to Gravity or any fundamental forces in Hindu Scriptures viz. Vedas, Upanishands and Puranas or any Scientific Vedic Scriptures?
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Punishment for sins or rewards for good deeds in previous births, but how do we know?

I have heard that, normally, as we go on committing sins, we earn ourselves multiple births, sometimes as humans and other times as other living beings. But say someone is born as some being other ...
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Who was the KALARATRI that was mentioned in Sundara Kanda?

While declaring that he was a messenger of Sri Rama, Sri Hanuma admonishes Ravana, who practiced severe austerities and got so many boons, and yet abducted Sita. लक्षिता इयम् मया सीता तथा शोक परायणा...
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Was the story of adultery of Indra in the story of Ahalya a PRAKSHIPTA?

If Lord Indra is a "womaniser" as described as in the Puranic Literature, can anyone tell as to how many women fall prey to him? Only Ahalya's story occurs to me. So we have to closely examine the ...
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Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers

How do you go about refuting a feminist's (male or female) claim that the Vedas, epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were authored by male persons, so no wonder some of the principles, ideologies and ...
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Is it possible to read and understand Vedas without guru?

As per my knowledge there are four Vedas and Upanishads are the gist of Vedas and the different Vedanta schools of thought are commentary on Vedas. Is it possible to understand Vedas without the help ...
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Available sources for the 108 Upanishads?

Although we know that there are 108 Upanishads, only 12 are popular in discourse and it is said that most of the original copies of Upanishads were lost or stolen from Hindu mutts by the Western ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was mentioned in the Ramayana, but not Ganapati and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in Srimad Ramayana is the same character as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. ...
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How to use atharva ved mantra? [closed]

I want to know how to use some atharva ved mantra which is related to health? Is it any special vidi to use them?
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What do the Vedas say about animal sacrifice?

In ancient times, there had been animal sacrifices at various Yagyas and rituals were performed by Brahmins for kings, while on the other hand they also used to advocate non-violence and preferred a ...
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Who divided Vedas?

According to the Vishnu Purana the original Veda was divided into four parts, and further fragmented into numerous shakhas, by Vishnu in the form of Vyasa, in the Dvapara Yuga; the Vayu Purana ...
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Who is the god Pratyanika worshipped before Hindu marriages?

In this chapter of the Shankhayana Grihya Sutras, a text associated with the Rig Veda, part of the Hindu marriage ceremony is described. In preparing the bride for the marriage, the bride's family ...
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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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What is shathpatha Brahman

I want to know what exactly is shathpatha bramhan and what is it used for? I mean this page describes it as The Satapatha Brahmana is a Hindu sacred text which describes details of Vedic rituals, ...
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Is there any method to change your veda and sutras?

Dwija varnas i.e. Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas use specific sutras(known as GrhyaSutras from specific vedas for doing sandhyakarma, and shraddhakarma etc for e.g. A rigvedi brahmin who belongs to ...
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Per the Vedas, can a person really step on another planet physically?

In my school days, one of the Sanskrit lesson named "anthariksha vijayaha", has a statement saying It is mentioned in the Vedas that a person(physically) cannot step on any other planet/...
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Did Swami Vivekananda, Paramhamsa Yogananda, & Osho Rajneesh really attain Moksha according to Vedic scriptures? [duplicate]

Below slokas from the Gita are actually a bit mystical in nature: BG 8.23-8.26 — O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, ...
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Where is the Vedic verse quoted by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad about Brahman entering the body as a bird?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Which was developed first, Sanskrit or Vedas?

I have heard that Vedas used Sanskrit language. In my view, other language may been used to describe Vedas in early days. Or Sanskrit may have been developed for other purpose besides to describe ...
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Difference between Jeeva and Atman

I have read in an forum that Jeeva means Soul or individual self. Typically it contains seven layers(koshas).It is the one who was shackled in prakriti(Maya). On death of physical body it gets new ...
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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

As mentioned in answer to this question, Rig-veda verse 1 as follows ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः षृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीदसादनम् ॥ cannot ...
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Where is the Shanti Mantra for Sri Rudram mentioned in Scriptures (Vedas/Puranas)?

The Shanti Mantra for Shri Rudram is as follows: हरि: ॐ इडादेवहुर्मनुर्यग्न्यनिब्रुहस्पतिरुक्तथामदानि स(गुन०)सिशदविश्वेदेवा: सुक्तवाच: प्रुथिविमातर्मा मा हि(गुन०)सि: मघुमनिश्ये मघुजनिश्ये ...
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What is the mantra for cupid Kam Deva?

I have heard that Kam Deva's mantra is very effective to attract anybody in this world. What is that Mantra? Is it this mantra? ઓમ નમો ભગવતે કામદેવાય યશ્ય યશ્ય દ્રશ્યો ભવામિ । યશ્ય યશ્ય મમ્ સુખં ...
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What is the significance of Sri Suktam which is part of Rigveda?

Sri Suktam of RigVeda describes the nama, rupa, swaroopa, greatness etc. of Goddess Sri, who is Vishnu patni (wife of Lord Vishnu). Now, the question is what is the significance and how should it be ...
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How is semen helpful in Self Realisation?

I would like to know how is semen helpful in Self-realisation? Some people masturbate and waste a lot of semen. If it is preserved, what kind of benefit do they get over the people who masturbate ? ...
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Where can I find the authentic and complete Vedas online? [Hindi + English] [duplicate]

There are various sources of Vedas available online but I'd like to know what is the most authentic source of Vedas, which haven't been manipulated and are complete to the best of our knowledge. Also,...
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Restrictions on shri rudram or other vedic stutis

Shri Rudram or RudraPrashna is a part of yajurveda it is generally recited during abhishek/consecration of Lord Shiva or even just to worship him it is stuti of Lord Rudra. My question is if ...
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If God is one why is there isolation and why God allowed this? [closed]

We as Hindus(vedic knowledge) know that god is one and the variety in Hinduism are different representation of god him/her/it self. Same is the concept of Christianity the holy trinity is one god....
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Is Shiva or Rudra born and is he still alive? Was he killed or merged with supreme brahman at any point of time?

Is there any references in Vedas, ithihasas and puranas or any scriptures about birth of Siva or Rudra? Also, shiva purana says that Siva also has incarnations. So are all these incarnations still ...
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Yogic liberation like raising kundalini vs Bhakti path

I read that by raising kundalini the serpent power to crown chakra , one can attain state of samadhi , which leads to liberation. My question is , how exactly this liberation compares with 6 type of ...
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Who is sage Ganaka, the seer of so many mantras to Ganesha?

This excerpt from the Narada Purana describes a certain mantra called the Ganesha Nyasa, a hymn to Ganesha. Here's the preamble to that mantra: The matrikas of Ganesha have Ganaka as its sage, the ...
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Why Hindu gods are always depicted with multiple hands and heads but not legs?

I have always wondered if there is any god with multiple legs ? It may seem silly but I don't quite understand the need of multiple hands ( considering them as supreme being why do they need it ?). ...
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Why did Agni serve as the priest for two kings?

In my question here, I discussed an excerpt from the Aitareya Brahmana of the Rig Veda which lists various kings who have performed the Rajasuya Yagna, the ritual to become an emperor. Now here is ...
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Earth era description in Hindu mythology [duplicate]

Does any Hindu mythology has spoken about existence of ice age or dinosaurs or any other nature related historical stage? As per Yugas, is there any reference of proof available to cite that these ...
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What is the name of the mudra which is used in upasthaanam portion of maadhyanika sandhyavandhanam?

While performing Sandhyavandanam during noon, a particular mudra is used in the upasthaanam part to see the sun. An exhaustive list of mudras are given at MudraGuide.com but it does not cover the one ...
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could you please translate the following hymn? and also where is it in veda?

शतधा रमुत्समक्षी जमानम विपस्थितम वितारम वक्वानाम | हेलिम्दनतम वित्रो रुपस्थेतम्रो जतिपिप्रतम सत्यवाचम || sorry for the spelling mistakes.
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Which rituals need Soma? If the Soma plant is extinct, is there any substitute for it?

Importance of Soma An entire vedaic mandal is named after soma (a special type of drink), the soma mandal of Rigveda. Now my question is why is soma given so much importance why in vedic suktas like ...
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Origin of the practice of Piśṭa paśu in Vedic Yajnas?

Piśṭa paśu is said to be the replacement of animals with images of animals made of corn-flour in Vedic rituals. My question is, in which scripture is this practice mentioned and what are the details ...
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How to tell if your guru is god-realized?

I know that many scriptures in Hinduism emphasize the guru as the path to God, and the importance of finding a guru that will truly help you achieve your goal. I am having an issue with my current ...
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How to plan your own spiritual path [closed]

In this times It is really energy consuming to learn from different organization or modern man about spiritual guidence and to have all the time this filter in the head filtering the nonsense and ...
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Are Aliens mentioned in Vedas? [duplicate]

As Stephen Hawking launches search for Aliens, I would like to know whether any of our Vedas have mentioned Aliens or any other living being living in different planet, who could be more intellectual ...
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Is Heaven a static place or is it constantly changing?

What is the actual description of the Heaven according to Hinduism. Is it a static place or does it change with the times ? Do you think there would science related things in Heaven example - cars, ...
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Reference for the Yajur Vedic verse to summon an army

I came across the following verse which was claimed to be from Yajur Veda which I'm unable to transliterate or find reference for. The Verse is for summoning an Army. The following pronunciation might ...
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How was the Madhu Vidya passed down before Dadhichi?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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What is the best way to attain Moksha (God-realization) in Hinduism?

According to many different scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, Gita) that I have read, I am having a hard time understanding the general consensus for the path towards God-realization. Each book has a ...
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Does Hinduism forbid worshiping idols or images of God as some of its scriptures suggest?

Do Hindu religious scriptures strictly forbid worshiping and making idols/images of God? Who started making idols and images of God for the first time and why? If God forbids making idols/images then ...
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Why did Indra deliver Sanyasis to the wolves as the Kaushitaki Upanishad says?

In chapter 3 of the Kaushitaki Upanishad, the prince Pratardana, son of the famous king Divodasa and seer of a Vedic hymn as I discuss here, dies and goes to Devaloka (heaven), where he meets Indra. ...