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What is the difference between dharma and religion?

Hinduism is called "Dharma" unlike Christianity or Islam, which are called "religions". My question is: What is the difference between Dharma and Religion?
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman? Or as creator of universe or as source of universe or as someone who pervades whole universe?
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Hindu temples?

Yes or No Questions: Do Hindu scriptures say that we should build temples? (Yes | No) If I go to Lord Shiva's and Lord Hanuman's temple, but I also have the deities at home temple (puja mandir), can ...
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Who all were the different Ved-Vyas?

We all know that the Mahabharat was written by Ved-Vyas, but what many of us don't know is that Ved-Vyas was not the name of the person but the title. This title is given to the one who add/modify/...
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Should Krishna be considered good or bad?

I have read the Mahabharata and it seems that unrighteous behaviour or adharma is followed by Krishna in many places, but most people do not care about Krishna's character/behaviour and righteousness, ...
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Why hinduism did not get propagated to entire world?

Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is considered to be one of the oldest religions. (Christianity came after Christ 2017 years ago or Islam came mostly after Paigambar). What could be the reason that being ...
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Why doesn't Lord Krishna give Moksha to everyone?

If Krishna wants, he can give Moksha to everyone. Bhagavad Gita 18.66: sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ Meaning:- Abandon all varieties ...
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Is there the first birth of a jiva soul in the material world or not?

According to the teaching of Vedanta a jiva soul or the living being (jivatma) has never been created, and that is because a jiva exists eternally throughout all the phases of time, namely past, ...
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What exactly is a leela (लीला)? Is there a scriptural definition of leela (लीला)?

When people cannot logically explain certain actions of Gods, their incarnations, Saints, Ṛṣis etc., they often use the term leela which is sometimes spelled as līlā and lIlA. I think the word ...
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Which famous quotes are wrongly attributed to Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

There are many famous sayings, found in Facebook, WhatsApp & other social media, which are wrongly linked to Bhagavad Gita. Purpose of this Qn is to link all the duplicates in one place. Meta ...
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What is the difference between Buddhi (बुद्धि) and Mann (मन)?

I know Buddhi (बुद्धि) means intelligence/intellect and Mann (मन) means mind. But what is difference between them?
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How many shlokas are there in Valmiki Ramayana?

Bibek Debroy in the article 10 Sanskrit texts everyone must read says: Valmiki Ramayana - Valmiki was the first Sanskrit poet. He invented the shloka. In roughly 25,000 shlokas, this is the first ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

A fella gave me an idea about translating Hindu texts to Chinese and others for preaching. Chinese chanting mantras in their native Chinese. Does Hinduism allow or recommend this practice? E.g., this ...
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What is the story of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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How many days are there in one Yuga?

How many days are there in one Yuga (each of the four Yugas)?
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What is the origin of Ganapathi Atharvasheersh?

Where do we find the Ganapati Atharvasheersh in scriptures? What is the meaning of the word 'Atharvsheersh'. Who is the writer of it (Rishi Ganak or Atharvan)?
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Which Shaivite sect believes God is the operator of the Universe but not the source?

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 story of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the validity of Authoritativeness of vedas?

Pramana is defined as that which is the means of valid knowledge ( Prama) In general three Pramanas are accepted by all vedantins. Prtyaksha ( Perception) Anumana ( Inference ) Sabda ( Verbal ...
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What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after death? What will happen after death according to Hinduism?
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When will the Kalki avatar be born?

Kalki avataar is the avatar of lord Vishnu. It is said that Kalki Avatar will born in Kaliyug. Is there any specific date or time which describes Kalki's birth?
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What is the significance of Murthi pooja (idol worship)?

Hindus believe in Murthi pooja or idol worship. What is the reason behind this? Since my childhood, I believed that God does exist in an idol but I don't have the exact clarification or history ...
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How can one know which path among karma, bhakti and jnana is suitable for him?

The few known ways to reach god are bhakthi marga, karma marga, gnana (jnana) marga & yoga marga. How one can know the best way which suits to him? Are there any references? For this ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

This is more merely an outside question. Many have a conscious feeling that why all Devas, Avataras and incidents written on our text books are confined to Indian Mediterranean, mostly North region of ...
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Is the complete English translation of the Padma Purana available online?

The Padma Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, and it includes many important things, including a retelling of the Ramayana, a religious dialogue between Shiva and Parvati known the Shiva Gita, ...
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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

I am just curious for what religious reasons there might have been. In certain sects of Hinduism, women are asked to not enter the kitchen, eat and sleep separately from the rest of the family, not ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

I would like to know if Hinduism and science contradict each other. This is an issue that arises in many religions, the most prominent example being Christianity and its disagreement with evolution. ...
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What are the four legs of Dharma?

It is said that Dharma has four legs (pillars) and it is depicted in the form of vrushabham (nandi). What are those four legs? As far as I know, cow's four legs are also seen as four legs of Dharma. ...
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Is it true? chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect? Is it called Aajapa mantra?
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Why we put 'a' after each Hindu name?

For example: Yog becomes Yog'a' or Krishn -> Krishna; same way Ram -> Rama
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Where does Rig Veda states about Cyclical Nature of Creation?

It is a common belief in Hinduism that the nature of creation is cyclic. Continuous creation and destruction happens in certain intervals of time. Most of such ideas are found in Puranas and also in ...
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What is the basis for worshipping Sai Baba? Are there are references to him in the Vedas or other Vedic literature?

Recently, Dwarka Shankaracharya, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati stirred controversy by claiming that since Shirdi Sai was a human and that there are no mention of him any Hindu scripture, he shouldn't ...
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What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita?

What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita? Are hymns and worship of God compulsory in the Bhagavad Gita ?
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Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)?

Please tell me about the seven immortals in Hinduism? How did they become immortals?
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In Hinduism, what exactly is a lie? And is lying adharma?

I would like to know what is considered a lie in Hinduism? Sometimes we speak good but we speak the same thing in a different way which appears as a lie to the listener but it's not really a lie. In ...
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What is the Yogic meaning of getting liberation by reaching Varanasi?

Varanasi which is also known by the name Kashi is one of the the most sacred place. It is also known as Avimukta which means which is never forsaken by Shiva. अविमुक्तं स्वयं लिङ्गं स्थापितं परमा...
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Are there any mantra or mantras in Veda Samhitas that confirm that Vedas are apaurusheya?

We know that the Vedas are authorless or apaurusheya.. At least we believe the Vedas to be so. The mantras of Vedas are revealed directly by God to some selected Rishis in a trance like state that ...
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Does Madhvacharya correctly attribute the Mandukya Upanishad and Gaudapada's commentary to Varuna and Brahma?

The shortest of all the Upanishads is known as the Mandukya Upanishad. It's only twelve verses long, and it isn't mentioned much in Hindu scripture, but it grew into prominence after Gaudapada, the ...
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Why is Sankaracharya accused as Pracchana Bauddha (crypto-buddhist) by many Vedantins?

Let us see some of the accusations of vedantins SANKARA’S ACCUSERS Bhaskara (9th Century CE), the propounder of bhedabheda-siddhanta was one of the earliest Indian philosophers to attack Mayavada. ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is bothering you

Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is wandering around your apartment or just because it is bothering you? I've seen people killing small insects just because it is wandering/jumping/hiding ...
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Is Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread) limited to Brahmins only?

I heard a lot about the power of Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread), a small cloth string worn on the shoulders across the hands. When chatting with some Brahmins, I found them suggesting that it ...
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Why didn't Bhishma, Drona and Karna attain moksha? Why didn't they live with liberation as life's goal?

Great knowledgeable persons like Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others from Satya, Treta and Dwapara yugas didn't attain moksha; they went only to heaven. Since vedic knowledge and righteousness was ...
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Is Hanuman an avatar of Lord Shiva?

I grew up watching Ramayana and Mahabharata TV series which was telecasted on Dhoordharshan channel. I vaguely remember my grandma say that Hanuman is an avatar of Shiva to help Vishnu (Ram) to ...
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Are there any surviving quotes from Baudhayana's commentary on the Brahma Sutras?

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 Vyasa which summarizes the philosophical teachings ...
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Are we really God?

If we are God, then why are we, the human race, so corrupt, violent and confused? It seems that, if we all were God, we would not be so destructive and brute beings such as you see on this planet. If ...
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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

Narayana (Nara+Aayna) is the one who rests on water. But why is this Narayana, epithet of Lord Vishnu, used as suffix for Lord Surya, the Sun God? Is there any story behind this name?
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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Does god know our thoughts? and is it a sin to have lustful thoughts?

As far as I know,lusting is one of the biggest sin a person can commit.
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Is it true that thieves kidnapped some of Krishna's wives?

I heard that, after the Kurukshetra war, some of Krishna's wives were kidnapped by thieves. If true, what are the reasons behind this?

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