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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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Is the eternality of the Vedas contradicted by brihadaranyaka upanishad 2.4.10?

As from a fire kindled with wet faggot diverse kinds of smoke issue, even so, my dear, the Rg-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, Atharvahgirasa, history, mythology, arts, Upanishads, verses, aphorisms, ...
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Do the Vedas mention mixed-castes (Varṇa Saṅkara-s)?

The famous Purūṣa Sukta doesn't mention Varṇa Saṅkara-s. Kṛiṣṇa also didn't talk about Varṇa Saṅkara-s despite of concerned raised by Arjuna, adharmābhibhavāt kṛiṣhṇa praduṣhyanti kula-striyaḥ ...
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Is there any verse or any quote we find in any of the scriptures talking abour racism?

I am searching for any mentioning about racism in sacred scriptures like Puraans, Veds, Bhagawad Geeta or Upnishads? I am unable to find it myself but I think there must be something. I will be happy ...
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Should a guru that teaches vedas be a Indian?

Guru means teacher, he teaches us about vedas and upanishads. So can a guru be a non Indian ?
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What is the Jiva Atma? What is the Paramatma? Are they Different? Is the Jiva-Atma the Mind, Or Are They Different? [duplicate]

Basically, the title are my questions. I have heard the jiva atma and the paramatma used interchangeably, but then they are separated in, for instance, Vaishnavism. Is it the case that when we are in ...
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How many ways are their to recite vedas?

I read somewhere that you can recite vedas in 11 different way. So how many ways are there to recite vedas. Can you give some video examples of those ways? I read about 11 different way in this cite ...
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Are vedas for the entire humanity? [duplicate]

Vedas are shruti the highest text in Hinduism, so is the wisdom or knowledge of vedas for the entire humanity. Or for Indians who are brahmin. [And can a foreigner understand and properly translate ...
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Modern contribution to Scriptures

I would like to find out what, modern contribution to Hindu scriptures are? Something akin to Brahmagupta or those insights of great Rishis. Today, we are not endowed with ‘aparushya’ visions. However ...
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What are the sastras or Vedas or Upanishads of taxashila or Nalanda University destroyed by foreigners? [closed]

I have heard most of the people saying some Greek, Persians etc invaded India and burnt Vedas Upanishads etc or the knowledge present in the form of books. Why and who destroyed them? And, what ...
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Is the phrase "Sanatana Dharma" (सनातन धर्म) found in the Vedas?

The phrase "Sanatana Dharma" seems to imply the eternal duties. So, is the phrase found in the Vedas because I have seen many people saying that they are Sanatani and their religion is ...
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Vedas as authoritative but not eternal?

What if someone unequivocally accepts vedas as the Supreme authority for their philosophical and theological beliefs, but do not concur with them being either God authored or eternal (Apauruṣeyā) ? ...
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Do Tantras oppose Vedas?

I was wondering what is the opinion of Tantra on Vedas? Does it oppose the Vedas? Does it accept the authority of the Vedas?
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Where can I find upanishad's verse in vedas?

Upaniṣads are the part of vedas. Is it possible to find the verse of upanishad in vedas. For example : Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Chapter I > Section IV - The Creation and Its Cause In the beginning,...
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Why did Indra showed himself to Nema in Rigveda 8.100.4?

Question There is an episode between Indra (here the God) and Nema (here the sceptic) in Rig Veda, that highlights this point I made. Nema, a sceptic, does not believe in God's existence. He says: &...
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How can we understand vedas?

Sanskrit is a very rich language and old language. One word may have multiple meaning. Language evolve on change time to time. Vedas were at least written around 1500bce. So how do we know that the ...
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What is the position of Mahavishnu in Hinduism as per vedic scriptures?

What is the actual position of Lord Maha-Vishnu ??? at present no one can explain the answer satisfyingly. so please help me with scriptural references .
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Is there any shruti law book in Hinduism?

Vedas are considered to be shruti because it has divine origin. Is there any law book that can be considered as shruti, like manu Smriti(I know it is Smriti it is just an example). Or the law book ...
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How are the Vedas authorless according to Mīmāṃsā and Vedanta?

Mīmāṃsā and Vedanta consider vedas to be eternal and authoress. But if a book exists it must have an author. And what is the source of vedas according to these schools. They don't even believe vedas ...
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Do Upanishads say that they shouldn't be taught to people who don't study or ineligible to study Vedas?

Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.10 says "This is explained by the mantra “who perform the karma enjoined, who are srotriyas, who are centred in the Brahman (lower) and who with faith, offer oblations ...
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Cross-cousin(mother's sister's daughter) marriage? [Please refer to questions I linked]

I came across these posts: Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism How can Sage Kashyap marry daughters of Daksha, even they are parallel cousins? After reading these and a couple of more posts on ...
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How to interpret Bhasyas of Madhidhara for Vajasaneyi Samhita 23.19-31 ? His Bhasyas look too vulgar

In Yajurveda Samhita, we come across Ashvamedha ritual. In Shukla Yajurveda, Madhyandin Samhita section 23.18–32, the so-called obscene ritual of the chief Queen Mahishi copulating with dead horse is ...
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Difference between Atman and Jiv-Atman? [duplicate]

What is the difference between Atman and Jiv-Atman? What I think is the following: 1.Atman is the inner-consciousness of this whole Universe. 2.Jiv-Atman is the inner-consciousness of a single living ...
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What should be order of reading Hindu scriptures and texts for understanding Soul, God, Karm, Moksha and purpose of creation? [duplicate]

I do want to understand fundamental concepts like Soul, God, Karm, Moksh and of course purpose of this life or creation that include everything at more deeper and detailed level. I guess main sources ...
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On which days should one not study the Vedas?

From Brahmanda Purana's Anusanga Pada Chp35 28-30. There are fifteen Vājins. They are the disciples of Yājñavalkya viz.—Kaṇva, Baudheya Madhyandina, his son, Vaidheya, Addha, Bauddhaka, Tāpanīya, ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Is there a contradiction between Atharvaveda 8.6.23 and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 6:4:18?

We ought to destroy those who eat cooked as well as uncooked meat, meat involving destruction of males and females, foetus and eggs.(Atharvaveda 8.6.23) So in this verse meat is bad. But He who ...
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How has Hell been described in the Vedas and Upanishads?

How has Hell been described in the Vedas and Upanishads? Whether Hell has mental torture or physical torture?
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How should brahmcharya be interpreted nowadays according to the vedas?

According to the vedas a man who is from the age till 25 should be a brahmachari. The preservation or semen or ''virya'', will then transform into ojas, nourishing the brain and he will reap numerous ...
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Why lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, and lord Brahma are less spoken in the Vedas as compared to devatās?

There are many shokas in the Vedas about devtas but there are few verses about trimurty (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma). But what is the reason behind it.
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Do the Vedic Samhitas mention the Mahakavyas? [duplicate]

The following are the 4 Mahakavyas, mentioned in the Upanishads, taking about the Advaita Philosophy: Prajñānam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म) - "Insight is Brahman," or "Brahman is ...
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Do the Vedas mention that the Vedas are divine in origin? [duplicate]

Do the Vedas say that they are divine in origin. Or a revelation from God himself.
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Do the Vedas mention karma [duplicate]

Do the Vedas talk about karma(cause and effect). There are several verses in gita about it.
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What are the verse in the Vedas and upanishades that support dualistic philosophy of dvaita vedanta?

Dvaita Vedanta is dualistic school of philosophy and interpretation of the Vedas and upanishades. Dvaita Vedanta is a dualistic interpretation of the Vedas which espouses dualism by theorizing the ...
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I'm a Bhumihar Brahmin(18),my father a Kaushik and mother a Bharadwaj by Gotra(Read the body)

I'm 18, as far as I know the Upanayana has to be done when the child is 8, I'm 18, is it too late for me to go through one? I'm a medical student as of now, and I come from an upper middle class ...
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Which festivals trace their origin stories to Vedas

There are many hindu festivals. Most of them derive their origin in Itihaasa (Ramayana and Mahabharata) and Puranas. So, are there any festivals that have their origin in Vedas ?
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Is there a human mentioned in the Vedas that has got the boon from the God? [duplicate]

There are many asura's that got boon from the God but are there humans that got boon from God.
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Is there any mention of asura's fighting God in vedas?

There are many asura's who fought God in purans but is there any mention of asura's fighting God in vedas.
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What are the reference from the vedas about Yuga, Manvantara and Kalpa? [duplicate]

There are 4 yugas and 1 yuga cycle is 43,200,000 years. Satya Yuga equals 1,728,000 Human years Treta Yuga equals 1,296,000 Human years Dvapara Yuga equals 864,000 Human years Kali Yuga equals 432,000 ...
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What happens when a mantra deeksha given is totally forgotten or not followed ? Can it be restarted again?

Can a mantra deeksha given , which was stopped abruptly be restarted again ? Are there any Do's and Dont's to do so ?
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Sacredness of vedas

What is so sacred (in a spiritual sense) about Vedic mantras? Just to be clear, I haven't read Vedas but I have read some verses from time to time. I think the verses are good and teach us something ...
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Can we get back the lost Vedas in the future? [duplicate]

Is there any way to calculate precisely the amount of Vedas that has been lost?
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Which parts of Virāṭ Purūṣa are constituted by Varṇa Saṃkara-s & Mlechcha-s?

The famous Purūṣa Sukta mentions how all Varṇa-s are constituted by the Purūṣa, The Brahmana (spiritual wisdom and splendour) was His mouth; the Kshatriya (administrative and military prowess) His ...
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Classification of Brahman(ब्रह्मन्)

I was watching this program on TV and the person in there further classified the Ultimate Reality we call as Brahman / Par Brahman into three categories : Nirãkãr Brahman (निराकार ब्रह्मन्) Sãkãr ...
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What is the etymology of the term Veda?

There are revelation (such as hymns, stotras, etc.) even in the scriptures other than Vedas yet they ain't part of Vedas. It makes me wonder What is its etymology or definition of Veda? What is a ...
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Where can I find the details about the weapons that kshatriyas had at olden times?

Are there any Vedas, Puranas, or holy scripts that contain their descriptions?
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Are vedic chanting (swara) only applicable to vedas?

I came across 'swaras' a few days ago: Are Swaras (see this answer which explains them) only applicable to vedic chants, what about the stotras in tantric texts? Also what about Swaras of stotras ...
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Are humans the weakest race among all? Why are we only left?

Of course, Lord Krishna and Lord Rama are exceptions and i don't mean demi gods either but overall, like among Rakshas, Devas, Gandharva, Kinnar, Vanar, Garuda, etc. Humans are weakest. I have not ...
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Is the concept of "The Seamstress" found in the Vedas?

The Pali suttas of Buddhism only mention the Four Vedas as sacred Brahmin texts; giving the impression of both predating the Upanishad period. In the Pali suttas of Buddhism, there is an account of a ...
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Do the Vedas and the Upanishads support atheism(lack of belief in the existence of God or gods)?

Do the Vedas and the Upanishads support atheism(lack of belief in the existence of God or gods)? And if they support, then give reference.
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Is there a divine law in Hinduism?

The vedas are the scripture of authority the highest. So do the vedas has a law or constitution that every one must follow to achieve salvation(Moksha) . Please give reference from vedas and upanishad ...

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