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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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What is the (potentially lost) text of the Jabalas quoted by Adi Shankaracharya?

In his commentary on Adhyaya 4 Pada 1 Sutra 3 of the Brahma Sutras, Adi Shankaracharya presents a number of scriptural quotes to support his Advaita view that the individual soul of jivatma is the ...
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Aryan Migration theory—evidence for and against it in the Vedas

Aryan Migration theory is a hotly contested topic. The proponents of the theory cite Vedic verses which talk of ancestors recording their memories of a cold desolate homeland and their fear of fauna ...
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What are the Pratishthasara and Vijnanalalita Agamas of Vaishnavism?

As I discuss in this answer, Hindu scripture is made up of two categories, Shruti or that which is heard from the gods, and Smriti or that which is composed by humans authors and passed down from ...
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Do Vedas contain stories and instructions on Dharma or only Hymns and mantras?

My assumption was Vedas contain only Srutis or eternal truths(an enshrined in the Mantras) and that stories and Dharma bhodhanas are a subject of Vedanta and Puranas. But the following verse(if not a ...
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Is Parvati mentioned in the Vedas?

The pretext of this question is Sati(from Swayambhuva Manvantra) is mentioned in the Vedas, but Parvati(of the current Vaivasvata Manvantra) is not. Correlating the absence of characters who come in ...
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What specifics can be known about past or future universes according to Hinduism?

Here is another quote from Swami Prabhavananda The Spiritual Heritage of India (1962) that offers a fascinating view on the physical world we life in: This process of creation and dissolution goes ...
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Is Taj Mahal really a Shiva Temple in the past?

I have seen many blogs which claims that Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple in the past. Links for few those blogs are 1. The Tajmahal is Tejomahalay, A Hindu Temple 2. Taj Mahal A Shiv Temple Is there ...
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Do any non-Vaishnava Agamas trace their origins to a Vedic Shakha?

As I discuss in this answer, Hindu scripture is made up of two categories, Shruti or that which is heard from the gods, and Smriti or that which is composed by humans authors and passed down from ...
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Who is the wood-cutter Indra promised would be honored in every Yagna?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishakarma). He was an extremely devout sage, and as I discuss in this answer he even served as temporary guru ...
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I want to know the actual meaning of 'Na tasya pratima asti' (Yajurveda 32.3)

I want to know the actual meaning of Na tasya pratima asti (Yajurveda 32.3). I am searching for the precise answer but unable to find it.
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What are the Kashmir Agamas defended in Yamunacharya's lost work?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts or Agamas consisted of detailed ...
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Transitory nature of Vedas, Puranas, GODs

From what I have read so far, I have found that according to Hinduism, everything is transitory and keeps changing. Even Brahmas change and so do Indras. Even Vedas and Puranas change. The very fact ...
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Did the divine architect Vishwakarma cause the Earth to submerge?

Vishwakarma, AKA Tvashta, is the architect of the gods. He built, among other things, Indra's city of Amaravati, Krishna's city of Dwaraka, and Ravana's city of Lanka. His daughter Sanjana married ...
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What is the story regarding birth of Surya

I want to know the Puranic inscriptions regarding birth of Surya. How sun planet was created? When it was created? Why he is sometimes considered as direct expansion of Vishnu?
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Depiction of Rama and Krishna

I have recently taken some particular interest in how avatars are depicted. I see Rama is almost always depicted in Gouravarna or in any humane color with bright aura behind. But Krishna almost ...
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Dependability and Independability of jIiva

1 . Is jIiva completely independent? 2 . completely dependent? 3 . Partial Independent? If jIiva is completely independent, then what is role of Vidhi Nishedas? what about nitya karmas?. if jIiva has ...
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Is Hanuman going to be future Brahma?

I have read in multiple forums, which talks about Hanumana being rewarded as future Brahma. Can anyone point out, where exactly it is mentioned that he is going to be future Brahma?
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Perceived Areas of Hindu God's Position [closed]

Lord Shiva - Kailash Parvat, Himalayas, Snow Lord Vishnu - Resting on Sheshnaag above Ocean Water Lord Brahma - Resting on Lotus Flower, Air (It may be correct or not) Any ideas? Any connection to ...
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What are the earliest references to Bhakti Yoga?

From my understanding the Bhakti movement did not start until around 700 - 1000 CE in Tamil Nadu. My understanding of Bhakti is that it is a pure, selfless love towards a deity. A path which can ...
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Where is the verse quoted in the Kaushitaki Upanishad about the Vedas as body parts of Brahman?

As I discuss in the 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 ...
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Why is Samaveda considered inauspicious

I have read in manu-smriti that the yajurveda is ment for humans rigveda is for devtas (gods and demigods) and samveda is for pitrigana's(ancestral spirits). So if samgayan (chanting of samveda) is ...
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Why is Aranaykas section of vedas only ment for hermits and forest-dwellers(sanyasis)

This question describes about the 4 sections of each veda and the third section which is aranayaka is guide of rituals and it is said to be ment only for forest-dwellers and sanyasin. Since there are ...
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How can I trust that Vedas are available in their authentic form (yathaswaroop)

I have heard and experienced that many literature books of Hinduism are altered/manipulated by non-authors and selfish persons, this is one example regarding manu-smriti(that I also have experienced). ...
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What does the Vedas and Upanishads say about Ayam and Atma?

What does the Vedas and Upanishads say about the nature of Ayam and Atma and how are they different from Purusha and Prakriti?
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Where is Narayana's verse about the duties of householders?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a bed of arrows after the ...
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What is the relation of Saraswati (Vak) with the River Saraswati and Trinity or Brahman?

What is the relation or connection of Saraswati (Vak - Vani) with the River Saraswati and with the Hindu Trinity or Brahman?
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What does veda have to say about yoga-marga?

I would Like to mention/recommend that If you are a vedagya-वेदज्ञ(A person who studied vedic samhitas and now knows about everything written in them)then only answer my question. I was reading Shiva-...
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What would be the motto to live a life?according to "GEETA" or any holy book? [duplicate]

Whats the main purpose of our life,its not to be just earn money reputation in society and there need to be something else. If there is any description about that in geeta or any holy book,please ...
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Who is Saraswati's guru "Ambhini"?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas consisting of verses heard from the gods; Brahmanas, which provide instructions on ...
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What were the Vedic stories recited during the Ashwamedha Yagna?

Many Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals) would last for months or even years, so it was customary to take breaks at regular intervals, and during those breaks a story would often be recited. In fact, it was ...
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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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Reference request for Swami Vivekananda's quote on life coming from the moon

Swami Vivekananda makes a passing remark in one of his lectures (Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, V2 p90) of the following: By the by, it may interest some of you to know that there are ...
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Word clash in shri suktam [closed]

आदित्यवर्णेतपसोधिजात: वनस्पति: तव वव्रिक्शोथ बिल्व​: aadityavarnetapasodhijataha vanaspati tava vrikhsoth bilwahaa (Bel/Bilwa) vanaspati : the one who gives fruit without flowers (Manusmriti chap 1 ...
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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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What is the meaning of 'fifth' in the following shloka?

भयद्सग्निस्तपति भयात्तपति सूर्यः || भयादिन्द्रश्च वायुश्च मृतुर्धावति पञ्चम: ||३|| Kathopanishad Chapter 2 valli (shloka/verse) 3 Meaning: From fear of bramhan fire burns, from fear(of bramhan) the ...
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Was the Purva mimansa an atheist school?

Why purva mimansa school did not believe in existence of vedic gods but were strict believers of Vedas?
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Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas?

Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas? For example, a person x is a brahmin of some y class (Kanyakubja/ Kokanstha/Deshastha etc.) Then person x will be introduced or called as x person is a ...
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What is the hymn to Vishnu that Shunashepa said to save his life?

One of the most famous stories found in the Vedas is the story of Shunashepa, which is recited during the famous Rajasuya Yagna (the Vedic ritual for becoming an emperor). The story is told in this ...
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What is pauman (is it stotra or method) [closed]

I have heard of Pauman Abhishek like Rudra abhishek or Abhishek by Purusha Suktam. I don't know what is Pauman Strotra, like Rudradyaya from Rigveda, it's origins and any resource giving the mantra (...
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Start reading Hindu Vedas [closed]

I just completed reading Bhagavad Gita. I used this publication to read Bhagavad Gita. I really find this publication a truly convincing. I want to start reading Vedas. I started searching online but ...
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Where do the quotes from sages in Brahma's hymn to Vishnu come from?

In this chapter of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, during one of the nights of the war Bhishma tries to convince Duryodhana to make peace with the Pandavas, arguing that they're invincible since ...
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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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What is meaning of heart here?

I was reading following line from This link 'As all waters find their centre in the sea, all touches in the skin, all tastes in the tongue, all smells in the nose, all colours in the eye, all sounds ...
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Brahmarshi Maharishi Rajarshi Devarishi

We have seen ancient sages of India bore multiple titles like Brahmarshi, Maharishi, Rajarshi and Devarishi. Quick internet search resulted in as: Brahmarshi - a sage who has understood the meaning ...
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Why are Vedas not called Drushya rather than Shruti?

Vedas are called shruti. But they are seen by Rishis, called DrushTAras. Since the Rishis saw the Vedas in some form, then Vedas should be called Drushya instead of shruti. Or the Rishis have to be ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu overlord of the mountains?

The main Yagna (fire-ritual) described in the Vedas is the Soma Yagna, where a drink taken from a plant (whose identity was lost) is offered. But the Vedas also describe some less important Yagnas, ...
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Who is the seer of the "food hymn" of the Yajur Veda?

The Taittiriya Upanishad ends with a description of what happens to souls after they attain Moksha: [H]e sits down singing this Sâman (of Brahman): "Hâvu, hâvu, hâvu! I am food (object), I am ...
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Is Shiva's son Kartikeya the rishi of two hymns of the Rig Veda?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation). ...
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Reference of Tithe in Vedas

I was wondering if there is any reference to giving of tithe (a certain percentage of ones income) in Vedas? Is dana same as tithe?
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Origin of Hindu calendar

The Hindu calendar is based on the Lunisolar calendar. There are 12 months in it. Month names of Lunisolar calendar: Chaitra Vaiśākha Jyeṣṭha Āṣhāḍha Śhrāvaṇa Bhādrapada Āśhvina Kārtika Mārgaśīrṣa ...