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Are there any substitutes for Panchamakara?

"Panchamakara" refers to the five taboo substances used in Tantra. These substances are: • madya (wine) • māṃsa (meat) • matsya (fish) • mudrā (parched grain) • maithuna (sexual intercourse) My ...
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Do Mahavakyas and World as Illusion in Advaita contradict each other?

Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1 says All this is Brahman. Everything comes from Brahman, everything goes back to Brahman, and everything is sustained by Brahman. One should therefore quietly meditate on ...
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Why did Drona become Kaurava's and Paandava's Guru?

Why did Kauravas and Paandavas considered Drona as their Guru? What made them to consider Drona as a Guru?
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Is it adharma for a daasi to be stripped by her swami?

Yes, you got it right, in Star Plus Mahabharata, it's said by Duryodhana, that since Draupadi is now his daasi ('female servant or slave') she has to accept his orders and he can strip her since he's ...
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What if you felt God wanted you to create something materialistic, which leads to a life of bondage, how does one recover from that? [closed]

Just as the title says. If a person feels there purpose in life is to create something materialistic, such as scriptures that help others find there way, but at the same time the person feels like ...
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Power of the religion,Existence of God-Evil,its structure defined in holy books,Hinduism to define [closed]

I am hindu,a believer in hinduism,but respect each and every religion equally....somedays ago I was having discussion about The Gods Goddessess with my friend after which i was left with no answer........
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Is alleged claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was from a Shakta family have any basis in authentic biographies?

From Chaitanya Charitamrita: śrīhaṭṭa-nivāsī śrī-upendra-miśra-nāma vaiṣṇava, paṇḍita, dhanī, sad-guṇa-pradhāna CC 1.13.56: There was also Śrī Upendra Miśra, a resident of the district of ...
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Who is the Creator of all Energy and Sources in the Universe? [duplicate]

Who is the creator of all Energy and Sources in the Universe?I want to know the name of the God.
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Does Yamunacharya think that Shruti doesn't take precedence over Smriti?

Yamunacharya was a medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar who lived a generation or two before the time of Ramanujacharya. He is considered one of Ramanujacharya's gurus, even though they never met. ...
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Why would lord Kalki accept an offering in which an animal is killed? [duplicate]

In the Kalki Purana 3.42 (chapter 3 verse 42) it is stated that: "Now I would like that all of you worship Me by the performance of a Rajasuya sacrifice and a horse sacrifice." Why would lord Kalki ...
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Is everything fixed and I (as a limited individual) am not the doer in spite of Heisenberg's uncertainty? [duplicate]

Is everything fixed in spite of Heisenberg's uncertainty and the so called 'doer-ship of limited individuals'? Is there free-will or is life just a movie that we are forced to watch?
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Should a Brahmin strictly follow vedas?

Should a Brahmin or a normal person strictly follow vedas to attain good birth or to attain Moksha.
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Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? [closed]

1) Where exactly Shambhala village is located? Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? 2) Why Lord Kalki, Son of VishnuYashyas will be born out of India in ...
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when is the Trimurti referred to first?

The concept of Brahma as Creator, Vishnu as preserver and Siva as destroyer seems to be a Puranic concept. By definition Trimurti cannot appear in Rig Veda since Siva as a God's name does not appear ...
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What is the Mahapurusha Vidya recommended in the Uddhava Gita?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhagavad Gita, the conversation Krishna had with Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. But this is not the only conversation that Krishna had concerning the ...
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Which is the oldest text that mentions gita other than Mahabharata and purans? [duplicate]

Which is the oldest text that mentions gita other than Mahabharata and purans? Do shastraes(books) mentions gita excluding religion one.
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Materials to be avoided during Chatur Masa Vrata?

What are the materials should be discarded each month in this 4 month vrata period? Like dal,cumins,milk, curd etc, Vegetable, fruits.
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What is the significance of “Onathappan” during Onam?

During the festival of Onam, we worship onathappan. Could someone explain what this onathappan signifies? If it is Mahabali, then why are there three, along with one for Thrikkakarappan?
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Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immoveable?

Griffiths Translation: For, overthrowing what hath ne’er been shaken, thou goest forth alone destroying Vṛtras. For him who followeth thy Law the mountains and heaven and earth stand as if firmly ...
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Does Shiva have avataras? [duplicate]

Since Shiva resides in Kailasa (which is on Earth I think), does he have avataras? For example, is his test of Arjuna, where he blesses him with the Pasupata-astra considered an avatara?
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Why does an avatar of God need to go to Gurukul (school)?

Lord Vishnu has taken many avatars as a human being. During his avatars like Ram and Krishna, he went to Gurukul (school) like a normal human goes. Now being an avatar, he already has all the ...
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Is Srikantha regarded as an incarnation?

Srikantha was a famous Shaivite acharya from South India of the eleventh century who propounded the Shiva Advaita philosophy which is very similar to Ramanujacharya's Vishistadvaita philosophy. Is ...
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Pithru karya and modern purohits [duplicate]

Nowadays Pithru Karya is not being performed with proper religious injunctions. What will happen if: one does not perform the Pithru Karya at all or on the other hand if performed by a Purohit who'...
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Do the three Gunas apply only in the materialistic plane?

In other words - Does Brahman and humans who have achieved enlightenment have these Gunas?
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Will Bali become the King of heaven? [duplicate]

On Vahmana incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He went to King Bali to get all lokas from him. After taking all lokas and Bali himsef from him He got pleased by Bali's comitment (vachan palana) and grant him ...
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Is changing or altering rituals allowed in Hinduism?

I hear some people say as time changes rituals need to change in order to make them compatible with the modern world. Is it possible to change or alter rituals that are found in scriptures followed ...
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Is that ethically correct if non-vegetarian to Tattoo god's pray or image on forearm [closed]

I want to tattoo the loard shiva's pray like the image below. My question is that ethical that to tattoo as I'm non-vegetarian.
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

There are animal sacrifices for Indra, Vayu, Agni, Prajapati and Shiva, etc in the Vedas. For example, in the Ashvalayana Grihya Sutras: 1 1. Now the spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra). In ...
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When did this Kali yuga start?

Is there a way to know the start date in Gregorian calendar of current Kali yuga? If yes, What is the date?
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If child is not born even after several years of trying in marriage…is there anyway to escape from punnama hell?

Option like changing my dharma from Hindu to Islam/christian where we can attain heaven even without child and through only bhakthi....
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What is the main reason for worshipping Hanuman ji?

We worship Hanuman ji. He is a great great devotee of lord Shri Rama. He is considered as an avatar of lord Shiva What is the main reason that Hanuman ji is worshipped? Is it because he is avatar ...
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Definition of love in Hinduism [closed]

What is described about love in Hinduism? Love between a man and a woman?
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How do non-advaitins interpret these passages of bhagavatam?

Here are advaitic verses which I found from bhagavatam SB 12.13.12 sarva-vedānta-sāraṁ yad brahmātmaikatva-lakṣaṇam vastv advitīyaṁ tan-niṣṭhaṁ kaivalyaika-prayojanam 12.5.11-12 ahaṁ ...
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What is the significance or benefit of chanting Maha Mrityunjay Mantra? [duplicate]

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ... tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam urvārukamiva ...
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How to increase Memory? [duplicate]

Is there any practice, mantra/stotra in Hinduism to Increase Memory. I want to read about Smriti-Sakti, Jnana-Sakti, Buddhi Sakti, Kalpana Sakti, Pratibha Sakti... Im trying to collect everything in ...
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Verses for detachment from Arishadvarga or Shadripu?

Verses for detachment from Arishadvarga or Shadripu: Lust (Kama) Anger (Krodha) Greed (Lobha) Arrogance (Mada) Attachment (Moha) Jealousy (Matsarya) स्त्रीष्वध्यासितचित्तस्य ये पुंसः शुक्रबिन्दवः। ...
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Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa - Whats the difference between Samhita and Brahmana

Would like to know, whats the difference between Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa and Samhita. I heard that, in Samhita there are some 44 chapters and contains mantras that includes Srirudram-rudraprasna.( ...
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Practices for Focus, Concentration, Memory?

Any Mantra, Yantra, Yoga for Focus, Concentration, Memory... Which concept should I look into, If I want to know more about, Focus, Concentration and Memory in Hinduism
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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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What is Jarasandha's military force according to BORI's Harivamsa?

According to this chapter of that version of Harivamsa, the military force of Jarasandha in his attacks on Mathura consisted of the kingdoms of Hastinapura, Videha (capital of Mithila), Bahlika, Chedi,...
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Why does the Apsara Menaka keep abandoning her children?

It is well known that Menaka had a daughter with Vishvamitra by the name of Shakuntala, whom she abandoned during infancy because she didn't intend to have the child. This daughter was later adopted ...
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Does a wife who disobeys her husband be really torn to death by dogs? What is the context in which this verse is stated? [closed]

1.6.4 in agni purana says wife who does not obey her husband shall be torn to death by dogs. A woman who does not obey her husband or brahmanas may also have her nose, ears or arms chopped off. ...
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Division of Navagrahas based on gender

In Vedic astrology, is there division of 9 planets (Grahas) by Gender? If so, is it related to qualities (Gunas) of the Graha or the deity associated with it?
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Worshipping lord Shani even when I have good Effects of Lord shani in my life

Lord Shani is favourable in my birth chart and does me good, but I still worship lord shani. I place a diya with musturd oil and black til at a peepal tree at saturday nights and I offer him water ...
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Can dharma change with desa and kAla paristhiti? [duplicate]

Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere that dharma can change with desa-kAla conditions? If not explicit mention, is it implied anywhere? If it can change, how much can it change? What was considered ...
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Reference to China in Manusmṛti?

In his column What exactly is the Manusmriti?, Devdutt Pattanaik says the Manu mentions China. Which verse(s) is he referring to? Manusmriti was composed roughly around 200 CE (Common Era). We know ...
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Is there a critical edition of Bhāgavata Purāṇa?

There's a critical edition of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and there's one for Mahābhārata. Does Bhāgavata Purāṇa also have a critical edition? If it does, maybe it will help answering questions like Questions ...
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What is the objective of human life? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, What is the objective of human life? Further what should be our ultimate goal?
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Can anyone explain Rig Veda III.6.9 and how does it relate to chakras?

Here on page 95 the author states that According to the Vedas, there are Seven Chakras in each 'layer', of which consists of Three Worlds. But, there are 33 'Layers' of these Chakras, of which ...
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When does gods like Shani stop aging?

They grow from childhood to youth most of the gods. Then we will not see many of them reaching their old age and they(like Shani) are said to be alive to this day. Do they stop aging at a certain ...

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