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Direction of facing while doing Sashtang Namaskar?

Which direction should a prostrated body face while doing sashtanga pranam to a diety/guru? My understanding was that the deity is in front of a devotee and while doing sashtanga pranam, the ...
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Is there any correction for varnasankara?

Is it true that the varna sankara in a lineage gets cleared after 7 generations, if it is not repeated in successive generations? If yes, please provide some scriptural evidence to support it.
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How many types of questions are there in Sanskrit grammar? [closed]

When I was in 7th or 8th grade in school. I always use to watch Satsangh on television. It has been a long time and I don't remember/recall a particular piece of knowledge giving by some Baba. He said ...
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Why Buddha is not glorious than Sir Krishna in Bharata? [closed]

With every new reincarnation of Sri Vishnu he presents thyself in most glorious form that world has never seen or heard before. In increasing order, every reincarnation are more mystical and grand. ...
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Did Bhishma knew about past, present and future?

Did Bhishma knew about the events happening in the universe all the time? If yes, how did he get that power?
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What is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika school of philosophy?

Vaisheshika school is a school of philosophy in Hinduism that believes in God. So what is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika. Is God the creator of the universe? Is he omnipotent, omnipresent ...
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Where can I get Vrndavana Mahimamrta of Prabodhananda Sarasvati?

The Vrindavana Mahimamrita is wonderful book by the Gaudiya Acarya Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Where can one find the pdf copy of the book?
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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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Mention of Dvija in Mahabharat?

For whom the word Dvija is used in Mahabharat ? I have heard that in Mahabharat the word Dvijottama (best of twice borns) is used and it is ascribed to Dron. What is the truth of the word "Dvija&...
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Who is the twice born Purusha?

This video is the recital of the Narayan Suktam. From 0:25-0:29,the translation reads: O Living One ,comparable to the twice born Universal Truth,Purusha... There is also a post script below,but I ...
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy?

Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy? How many generations of ancestors are counted as Pitru Devatas?
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Why is Lord Shiva called Pashupati? Who are the Pashus?

Pashu means those whose which are tied and thus Pashupati literally means Lord of those which are tied. Pashu also means Cattles/Animals, and Pashupati also means Lord of Animals The name PashuPati ...
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What did humans do that Brahma took away their divinity?

According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it ...
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Arya Samaj Translation of Vedas

I was looking at Arya Samaj’s translation of Vedas on onlineved.com and found that the Rig Veda is missing Mandala 7-10. Why is that? Also the way they cite the verses is quite different than the ...
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Prayaschitta for plucking tulasi leaves on Dwadasi

I have a question what is the 'prayaschitta', if unknowingly one plucks tulasi leaves on the Dwadasi day ? Also does the rule regarding the prohibition on plucking tulasi leaves on Dwadasi Tithis ...
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When did Mainda and Dvivida drink Amrita with the permission of Brahma?

Mainda and Dvivida are the valiant lieutenants in the army of Vānara. They are the sons of Ashwini Kumaras. Hanuman describes the plight of Lanka to his fellow vānaras and praises every Vānara ...
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Differences between Siddha, a Sannyasi, a Bhakta and Rishis?

What is briefly the main difference between a Siddha, a Sannyasi, a Bhakta and a Rishi?
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What is the authentic Nishpatthi (Etymology) of Samadhi?

According to Wikipedia, Various interpretations for the term's etymology are possible: sam, "together"; a, "toward"; stem of dadhati, "puts, places": "a putting or joining together;" sam, ...
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Ramayana of how many mahayugas are available now?

Valmiki ramayana is said to be the Ramayana of 28th mahayuga. As per my knowledge, Padma purana contains the Ramayana of 24th mahayuga. Are there any more Ramayanas of other mahayugas? In total, ...
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How to know our Swadharma as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

As mentioned in Bhagavad Gita that we should follow our own Swadharma rather than copying others but how to know our own Swadharma? One might say that it is the activity without which you tend to be ...
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Is the Varna told by Krishna is same as astrological Varna?

Following statement of Krishna related to Varna According to the three modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four Varnas of human society were created by Me. And, although I am ...
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What does 'Kokanastha' mean here and meaning of shloka?

॥ शनीची प्रार्थना |। कोकणस्थ: पिंगलो ब्रभु: कृष्णो रौद्रौडन्तको यम: । सौरि: शनैश्वरो मन्द: पिप्पलादेन संस्तुतः ॥ १ ॥ नमस्ते कोकणस्थाय पिंगलाय नमोस्तुते। नमस्ते बश्लुरुपाय कृष्णाय च नमोःस्तु ते ॥२॥ I ...
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What is the best way to get started with Astrology in Hinduism?

I have been trying to read about it on the internet but it is mostly superficial and out of context. I am planning to commit to buying a book for which I need recommendations.
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What is the validity of the claim that Gaudiya Vaishnavism is superior to Advaita Vedanta?

According to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, when Sri Chaitanya was in Varanasi, he defeated Prakashananda Saraswati, the famous Vedantin. Showing this event, Vaishnavas claim that their philosophy ...
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Some questions on 'Dharma vs Sanatana Dharma'

As to burn is the dharma of the fire, the dharma of a being is to be of it's own nature. If dharma is 'the execution of' laws of nature, why is sanatana dharma not applied out of India? According to ...
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Point behind Creation [duplicate]

I have read that Sri Krishna creates jeevas periodically(end of Chatur yuga) Questions: a)There must have been a “first time” when God created the Universe(I understand the verse from Bhagavad Gita ...
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How Departed Soul's get food?

How the departed souls gets the food given by their siblings? Please clarify this
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Are drugs allowed in Hinduism?

In India, people do drugs and drink alcohol. This can be interpreted as there being no law in India to stop them from drinking and doing drugs. Many Indian people are also Hindu. What does Hinduism ...
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In which Yuga was Tarakasur born?

In which Yuga was Tarakasur born? Was he born in Satya Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, Tetra Yuga and which Maha Yuga of which Manavtar?
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Where is Surapadman in Sanskrit scriptures?

Kandha Puranam is a very revered Tamil scripture that talks about the glories of Lord Muruga (or Kartikeya). It was written by Kachiyappa Sivacharyar as the Tamil equivalent of Skanda Purana, and ...
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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What is the average time required to learn Sanskrit? [closed]

I have studied Sanskrit till class 10. But It has been 10 years and things that they teach upto class 10 level are very basic. I want to learn Sanskrit to the level so that I can easily understand ...
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)?

What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)? Did he believe that Samhita are equal to upanishad and are authoritative and eternal? And should/can one follow the ...
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How many puranas are there and is there any full list mentioned in any of the scriptures

How many "puranas" are there? Are there any authentic full list of all the puranas (not just 18 mahapuranas) backed by some other puranas or scriptures?
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Who's Right: Vivekananda or Lord Krishna?

Vivekananda claimed that God the Almighty exists inside every human being, and so he advised to treat everyone as God. But, Lord Krishna said: All living beings dwell in Me, but I do not dwell in ...
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Are there any Puranas that are no more extant but known well?

Currently, there are 18 mahapuranas and 18 upapuranas. Is there any Purana, other than those above, whose name is well known and is no more extant? Or the total count is exactly 36?
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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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How is Lord Shiva revealed in the Rig Veda?

Vedas are revealed scriptures without authors. They contain revelations of many things. In the hymns of respective deities, various characters of that respective deities are revealed. Regarding Lord ...
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Do the karma continue to affect one's life even after death?

There are many people from the past who are remembered till this day. Like adi shankara, Netwon, Albert Einstein, Jesus and other great people. We respect them even after there death. So, is this ...
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What is the meaning of the word “Rudra”?

Rudra means king Dayananda Saraswati has translated Rudra to mean king in the Sri Rudram (Yajurveda Chapter 16) Does Yajurveda tells about Shiva having the qualities of a king? What is the meaning of ...
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Fasting as a reason for downfall of the hundred Kauravas (sons of Gandhari)

Consider the following verse regarding prohibited vrat Gandhari fasted on a day when the tenth and eleventh phases of the moon were mixed. Her hundred sons perished. Hence such days shall be avoided ...
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Can Yoga after being stripped of metaphysical aspects still be called Yoga?

Is the the current form in which Yoga is being propounded (stripped of metaphysical aspects) distortion of Patanjali rishi's teachings? If Yes, then is yoga as a physical practice amoral and neutral ...
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Can Penance (Tapasya) be done in today's time?

There are many stories of people doing Tapasya for getting boon from god or just to meet god . Many normal human beings also did Tapasya. People would usually go to forest or at some place where there ...
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What did God the Supreme Being create actually: Body or Mind?

In Bhagavad Gita, we encounter these words by Lord Krishna: 'I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings'.(Bhagavad Gita 9.5) All 'living beings' are endowed with consciousness that all ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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What is Grihya Sutra?

I know that Grihya Sutras are part of Kalpa Sutras, which in turn part of Vedangas. However, I do not understand the purpose of the Grihyasutras. What exactly is the role of Grihyasutras? Is it ...
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case?

Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time (say, 40 days). Most householders cannot adhere to this. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case? If yes, ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas know that the Alwars were incarnations of Nitya Suris?

How do Sri Vaishnavas know that the Alwars were incarnations of Nitya Suris? Nitya Suris are the eternally inhabitants of Vaikunta who have never entered samsara. The Alwars were ancient Tamil ...

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