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What exactly is the concept of Manonasha in Advaita?

What is the meaning and concept of Manonasha according to Advaita. It seems to imply destruction of the mind and sookshma shareera, as sookshma shareera is made of mind. Please answer with citations ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at-least five senses: Varna assigned ...
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How important is Yatra in TIrthayatra

This week Supreme Court of India and government of India didn't permit kanwariyas to bring "Ganga jal" from Haridwar. Instead they asked state governments to develop mechanism to make the ...
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Is there any counter example saying astrological varna and geetha varna are different?

Answers to this question says that astrological varna based on Zodiac sign of a person is same as the varna of a person assigned by Krishna. You can read the referred question for details. But still ...
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Did the Vedic God create anything? [closed]

By the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.4.3 & 1.4.4), Lord Manu created all men and animals by raping His own daughter. But Nothing is said about the creation of plants & trees, viruses, bacteria, ...
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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Was Kumbhakarna a robot?

Indologist Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri wrote in his book "Valmikir Ram o Ramayan" that it was told to Vanaras that Kumbhakarna was a "Yantra"(machine). However, he did not mention the ...
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In which manvantara did Lord Vishnu take Kurma Avatar? If Prahlad's grandson Bali took part in the churning, did Kurma happen after Narasimha Avatar? [duplicate]

What is the correct order of Matsya, Varaha, Kurma and Narasimha avatars?
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What's the implication on gender dynamics of Bhagavat Gita 9.32 interpreted according to Dvaita in Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya by Shri Madhwacharya?

Here's the 32nd verse, from chapter 9 of Shrimat Bhagavat gita. मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्यु: पापयोनय: | स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम् || 9.32 TRANSLATION (Bhagavat ...
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Which is the mool mantra of Purna Parabrahma Devi Maha Durga?

What is the best mantra to meditate on Parabrahma Maha Durga? Is it Hreem? Note: I am not talking about Ganeshjanani Durga/Consort of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the one who is the parabrahma. If ...
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Which is the actual abode of Shiva-Parvati: Manimahesh Kailash in Himachal Pradesh or Mount Kailash in Tibet?

This is what I am referring to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manimahesh_Kailash_Peak
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What do Gandharvas look like?

The closest thing to a description of them is the description of Kali, which I couldn't find an exact reference for. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_(demon)
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Do the introductory verses by Suta/Sauti and asker’s verses form part of the verse count of the core scripture itself?

The Puranas and Itihāsas generally begin with a few introductory and concluding verses, mostly included in one or more separate chapters. In the introductory verses, a setting is created where the ...
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Which form is it of Mahavishnu mentioned here?

As per wikipedia article on Vaikhanasas: Vaikhanasas claim to be a surviving school of Vedic ritual, the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. Vaikhanasa tradition says the sage Vikhanasa, who ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita misogynist from the interpretation of A. C. Bhaktivedanta's Version 'As it is'?

I found some misogynist interpretations of Bhagavad Gita in the commentary section from A. C. Bhakti' Prabhupada. Observation 1 For example, in Verse 1:40 he writes, "Such population depends ...
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Tantric Krishnaism?

I have heard about Sahajiya Vaishnava who follow Tantric form of Yoga in their Krishna-centred devotion ( cfr Dasgupta, Shashibhusan (1946, 1962 revised)' Obscure Religious Cults as a Background to ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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Are muhurtas still relevant during Navaratris especially Ashadha gupt Navratri?

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that during Navratri the entire period is auspicious; shubh muhurta, Rahukalam, nakshatra, Chandrabalam, Tarabalam etc. do not matter for these nine days. ...
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Who is God of relationship?

खलसहवासं विघटय सतामेव सङ्गमनिशं भो । सांब सदाशिव शंभो शङ्कर शरणं मे तव चरणयुगम ॥ १७॥ Oh Lord break my relation with evil people and always make me in company of good people Oh Samba , ...
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Is it True that Manu prohibited drinking liquor, even the Vedic juice of soma? [duplicate]

I've heard that Manu laid down strict rules for the prevention of drinking. He ruled that even a seller of soma, the stuff regarded as the holiest drink by Rig-Vedic gods, does Not deserve to attend ...
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Why does Ramakrishna Mission perform Jesus puja on Christmas?

Watch this video. You can clearly see a monk of Ramakrishna order is performing the Hindu Ritual Puja. But instead of any Hindu deity, there is an image of Jesus. This 2018 video is from the ...
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How do Ramakrsna bhaktas feel about the Mutt & Mission today?

JSRK! This question is open to anyone, of course, but specifically to those Ramakrsna bhaktas who were old enough at the time of the issue from 1980 to 1995 wherein the Mission disassociated with ...
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Does the “sin that dwelleth in me” corresponds to kundalini? [closed]

In the Letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul writes about "sin" as some entity that dwells in the human body. Now, I do believe that this entity corresponds to kundalini. sin entered into ...
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How many slokas are there in Mahabharata?

How many slokas are there in Gita press Mahabharata ? Gita press Mahabharata is Authentic ?
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Proportion of gunas in four varnas obtained by birth

I read the following lines by Ramanujacharya from this answer The nature of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras are due to their respective inherent dispositions. The meaning is that their past ...
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What is the English translation of Baudhāyana sūtras 18 : 44

What is the translation of Baudhāyana sūtras 18:44. And can you please gave different translations?
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Do people who attain Moksha have to be born again in next cycle of Universe?

Is someone attain Moksha , will he be required to be born again when universe is created again ? I think yes , otherwise all of us would have been in Moksha already as there had been infinite cycles ...
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What is the status of offspring born from same gotra marriage?

Same gotra marriage is censured . But if such marriage happens , what is the status of the offspring born from such a marriage ?
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Is sagotra vivah lawful with exceptions?

Is this true that a couple of same gotra can marry if they have different shasana or this a misconception developed in masses these days ? If yes, what does this term shasana mean ? Please share the ...
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Specific name of each year as per Indian Panchang System

I received one WA msg saying that as per Indian Panchang system, each year has a specific name? And that each name has a meaning? There are 60 names of years (Samvatsars). Each name replays after 60 ...
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Once Yudhishthira said, “When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful.” Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Are there any Telugu commentaries on Saraswati sahastra naamavali?

Lalitha sahastra naamavali (1000 names of Saraswati) is popular and has many Telugu commentaries. Are there any commentaries available for any Saraswathi sahastranaamavali also?
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Actual references in scriptures which says Lord Shiva consumes cannabis? [duplicate]

Since we know that Lord Shiva exists in many different forms and worshiped through various forms throughout history, I've heard quite a few stories from people where they say, Lord Shiva consumes ...
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Is Ajanu (At / Below the Knees) Arms From Birth or can they be developed over time

We all know that the human body is temporary and changes over time (infant --> child --> adolescence --> adult ---> old ---> cadaver). We also know that practicing spirituality can ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

Was widow marriage prevalent in ancient India? I was wondering about the custom of widow marriage in India. I know a couple of examples from Ramayana. Mandodari and Tara (wife of Bali) both remarried ...
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Sandhyavandanam for those not initiated (without Upanayanam) using Puranas. It is possible?

Many statements (eg. ŚB 1.4.25) talk of how non-initiated persons (irrespective of caste) cannot follow Vedic procedures, and how for them to read and follow, the Puranas and itihasas were composed. A ...
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Bhagvata Purana contradicts the fact that Lord Shiva is unborn

Bhagvata Purana Canto 3 chapter 12 describes the birth of Lord Rudra. Brahma gives him many names: (Brahma said) The following are your names: Manyu, Manu, Mahinasa, Mahan, Shiva, Ritudhvaja, Ugra-...
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What is difference between Saguna Brahman and Abrahamic religion gods?

What is difference between saguna Brahman and Abrahamic religion gods like Jehovah , Allah.
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Was Raavan really a Ved pandit, and a great scholar? What were his dharmik qualities and acts if any?

It is often heard that Raavan was one of great person to live. He was expert in Vedas, and other scriptures. He was sitar player. However, I'm not able to find any scriptures' details to ascertain ...
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?

Ulupi was the daughter of a Naga King. She had a son named Iraban. His father was Arjuna. What was the marital status of Ulupi during her marriage with Arjuna? Was she a virgin? or a widow?
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Hindu equivalent of Cain and Abel? A story of jealousy, vengeance and punishment

In the old testament, there is the story of Cain and Abel In the biblical Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother ...
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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Who was Madhavi's mother?

Emperor Yayati had 5 sons. From Devayani two sons Yadu and Turvasu, and from Sharmishtha three sons Druhyu, Anu and Puru . But he also had a daughter by name of Madhavi. Her story was given in Udyog ...
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How was Vajrajwala, Wife of gigantic Kumbhakaran in comparison to him? How did they live together?

Maharshi Valmiki in First Sarga, Uttarkand, Ramayan says that there was nothing as big as Kumbhakaran, and that he had two sons Kumbh and Nikumbh. Do we have any details about marriage of Kumbhakaran ...
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Indra stopping Janamejaya's Ashwamedha

While talking about Dharma changing with age (Yugas), Yudhistira says Then again, it is seen that when some wicked persons of great might cause certain portions of certain courses of righteous acts ...
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Moksha or Salvation in Vedas and Vedanta

Are there vedic ways to get mukti other than the vedantic ways ― Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jñāna yoga, and raj yoga?
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Does karma kshyam (nullification of karma) happen for pisachas?

It is well known that karma kshayam happens for humans and other species. There are some states to be experienced by sinners other than the living species listed above. It includes pisacha state. I ...
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What are the days to avoid oiling of hair?

Many people say in general that on so and so day one(it applies to men/women/both) should not apply oil. Say for example they may avoid oiling hair on full moon day(i.e., poornima) or no moon day(i.e.,...

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