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How can deity plants like Tulsi and Rice be reconciled with the destined progression of the soul?

The Viṣṇu Purāṇa states souls are destined to proceed through successive births, but deity plants like Tulsi and Rice are surely the zenith already. The gods in heaven are beheld by the inhabitants ...
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Usual Good Muhurtas to start new financial investment or business

Namaskar, I have on and off heard multiple times about right times or auspicious times around the year to start a new task or work. Would it be possible for you to list down at least few of such ...
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If I attain turiya is it possible to turn things to gold by rubbing one's feces over it?

If I attain turiya is it possible to turn things to gold by rubbing one's feces over it? I've read that a yogi can convert iron into gold by rubbing his feces or urine over it. Śivasaṃhitā and ...
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What are the fruits received by performing an Ashwamedha?

Ashwamedha is a Vedic yajna done mainly by Kshatriyas and is supposed to have wondrous benefits including getting rid of Brahmahatya and attaining the post of Indra, if 100 of them are performed. I ...
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Do Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka?

In Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya 9.135 we find the mention of Brahma Tarka which the Davitins believe in. Do the Advaitins believe in Brahma tarka too?
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What is lakshana shastra mentioned in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138?

I read about lakshana shastra in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138. What is this lakshana shastra ?
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Is the River Sarasvati from Rig Veda Mandala 6 an Afghani River?

I've seen claims that apparently the oldest Sarasvati of Mandala 6 is actually from Afghanistan, how accurate is this claim?
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Why do yogis prefer bathing with cold water?

I have been reading in many autobiographies and biographies about the preference of cold water for bathing even during harsh winters. So my question is: for the person on the path of spirituality does ...
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Verse location in Brahmanda Puran

tribhAShAM yo na jAnAti rItInAM shatameva cha vyatyAsAdIn sapta bhEdAn vedAdyarthaM tu yo vadet.h | sa yAti nirayaM ghoramanyathAj-nAnasambhavam.h || The above verses are said to be mentioned in the ...
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Did Shukracharya recite a mantra or did a ritual to ensure Yayati didn't incur the sin of begeting child from pratiloma marriage?

King Yayati was hesitant to marry Devayani as it would be a Pratiloma marriage. From Sambhava Parva Yayati, thereupon, replied, 'Beautiful one, I do not deserve thee. Thou art the daughter of Sukra ...
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What is difference between Mantra & Shloka [duplicate]

Verses in Vedas are called Mantras where as verses in Gita are called Shlokas. Can anyone please explain what is difference betwee Mantra and Shloka ? Is there some different way to observe them in ...
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What did Adi shankara tell about jagat in bhashya granthas?

Many people talk about jagat which is mentioned in prakarana grantha. I would like to know what Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya has said about jagat in bhashya granthas like Brahma Sutra bhashya, ...
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Last rite ritual Mantras for non-humans

Here is the situation. Assuming Aliens exist & they visit earth. In that process one of them dies. Are there any scriptural notes on such situations as to how the body needs to be cremated? And ...
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What works currently attributable to Adi Shankara are actually authored by Abhinava Shankara?

The Kanchi Kamakoti mutt has given ample proof of Adi Shankara belonging to the 5th - 6th century BCE. There are many other historical evidences from different phases of his life, in support of such a ...
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Is there any verse in any hindu scripture that doesn't consider homosexuality a crime?

I have come across the Manusmriti verse that criminalizes homosexuality. However, also kama sutra talks about homosexuality. Is there any verse that doesn't criminalize homosexuality as an offence ...
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Mantra And Its Mechanisms

I have recently gone through a couple of books on mantra, yantra, tantra, and I got to know that all these things are pure science, and not mere superstitions. My question is, how does a mantra work? ...
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How could Airavata already exist before his creation in the Samudra manthan?

For me, the Samudra manthan is one of the most fascinating tales in world religion. I'm confused about an incident from that story. When Indra's vahana, Airavata, destroyed Durvasa's flower garland, ...
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Can astrology (Jyotisha) predict one's destiny?

Can astrology predict or declare one's destiny like the future career or future spouse of a person? What is the role of free will of a person with respect to astrology?
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Recommended balance of strength amongst Varnas in an ideal world

Varna system classifies our society largely into four social groups. Each varna has it's own strength and there is lot of interdependence between them. Hence, it's common sense to state that if one ...
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Difference between Matanga and Vishwamitra

Matanga, born as Chandala, does penance to become a Brahmana. Indra tells him that he will not become a Brahmana and explains the birth cycles and durations to become a Brahmana. Indra says it's not ...
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How big can circle of protection be for sadhna in the cremation grounds?

It is said that evil forces in the cremation ground will attack if you dont make a circle for protection. But how big can it be? Is 3-4 metre circle effective?
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Did any sannyasi give up asceticism and became a householder?

Did any ascetic (sannyAsi) ever regret taking up ascetic life and decided/desired to go back to the life of a householder (gRhasta)? (voluntarily, without any force, and also not due to being defeated ...
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Did Vaishnavas lose their boons when Rudra finished off Vishnu?

After Dadhichi beat up Vishnu and cursed him to be ended by Rudra, Veerabhadra (Rudra's form) finally finished off Vishnu. This story is given in the Shiva Linga Purana Lord Rudra burned ... Visnu ...
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Timeline Of Various Puranas

It is well-established by the great yogis, after attaining siddhis, that the stories told in the Puranas are not at all metaphorical and allegorical. It is known when these stories were revealed. ...
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Are there any plants (preferably speaking) mentioned in Hinduism that are not angiosperms? [closed]

Angiosperms have many important characters among them in Hinduism like Ketaki and Tulsi and they always seem to be described as single-souled (one soul controls the entire species) as the character ...
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Is Tripundra mentioned in the Smritis?

I would like to know about whether Tripundra is mentioned in any of the Smritis? Does any Smriti talk about Tripundra? Does any Smriti ask Brahmins to keep Tripundra?
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What Chapter and What Verse is this Quote

I was reading the following online article: https://medium.com/@vaishnav_milan_mandali/scriptural-references-to-sri-chaitanya-mahaprabhu-being-avataar-of-sri-krishna-e733a323db12. In this article, it ...
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Are there any instances or examples that prove karmic reincarnation [closed]

I'd like to know if there are any historical instances or happenings which can be cited as a proof of karmic reincarnation.
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Offerings made at Shradda

In Anushasana parva, Bhishma explains about giving our taking offerings Shraddha by Bhrahmachari... If, having practised the vow of Brahmacharyya for the prescribed period (of twelve years) and ...
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What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults?

What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults? What is the relation among them?
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Is masturbation itself a sin or are the lustful thoughts associated with masturbating? [duplicate]

Please provide direct quotes from texts please. EDIT: I don't think this question is the same as another one in this forum because that question doesn't separate masturbation from lustful thoughts, ...
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What kind of work elevates you to Dharmic Life?

"Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to Dharmic life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not ...
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What things a student should avoid?

How should a student lead his life specifically what should he avoid while gaining knowledge?
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Clarification for verses 40-46 in Chapter 10 of Shiva Geeta

In Shiva Geeta Chapter 10, Verses 40-46 speak of Jiva Swaroop and Atman and Paramatma in the following way: For the Jiva, in the wakeful state when the enjoyments of Karmas decline, moving away from ...
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Are there any classifications of death

I wish to know if death has classifications and what type of death is the best amongst those classifications
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what is meaning of this quote by Lahiri Mahasaya?

what is meaning of this quote ? If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life - Lahiri Mahasaya I found this quote on Pinakin profile
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Who was incarnation of Laxmi: Radha Rani or Rukmini Devi? [duplicate]

Who was the incarnation of Laxmi - RadhaRani or Rukmani Devi ? I have tried to find this on internet but I did not find an answer yet .
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What are the predictions of Nastradamus on Hinduism?

Nastradamus is arguably the most famous astrologer. He was French by nationality, and he lived around 1500 AD. He is renowned for his prophecies on world events. I know that he made a few predictions ...
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Lord Krishna using the Sudarshan chakra

Lord Krishna used the Sudarshan chakra against Shishupal. Are there any other instances in the Life of Lord Krishna i.e. birth till death when he used the Sudarshan chakra?
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Did any Advaitin claim that Sayanacharya interpreted Vedas wrongly in his commentaries?

Sayanacharya wrote Bhashyas/commentaries on Vedas. Did any Advaita Acharya or any Advaitins ever claim that Sayanacharya's Bhashyas have errors?
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Are there any methods to ask one's Ishta for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives with apparently equivalent pros and cons?

Are there any methods enjoined in scripture or the traditional commentaries as to how to ask one's Ishta (chosen personification of god) for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives ...
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Advaita : Does Brahman remain actionless?

The Gita says Brahman/Atman is simply a witness and its the Maya or prakriti that acts. The Advaitins also holds the same belief. If Maya is not a separate entity, i.e. if Brahman and Maya are ...
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Which scripture mentions the method to interpret the Puranas?

Some dvaitins say that Sriman Madhvacharya gave the method to interpret the Purana like three languages, sapta bedhas. In which scripture did Madhvacharya tell this method of interpretation of Puranas?...
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Is it possible to reincarnate as a Upadeva?

There are ten types of Upadevas: Vidyadhara, Apsara, Yaksha, Rakshasa, Gandharva, Kinnara, Pisaca, Guhyaka, Siddha and Bhuta. Is it possible to reincarnate as a Upadeva? Or, a human being can only be ...
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Is sex chats a sin according to Hinduism? I have heard there are 4 types of dharmic marriage and 4 types of adharmic marriage, is sex chat marriage?

Is having sexual chats with any women a sin? Is it a sin if they saw each other naked? Is it a sin if they never see each other but know only through words? Is sex chat one of types of marriage?
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What is the view of Vedanta on rebirth after dying by suicide? [duplicate]

Hindu Scriptures, Gita and Upanishads. Complete works of Vivekananda
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Pitru Tarpan for childless parents or with children not following Sanatan Dharma

Traditionally, we perform tarpan kriya either daily or yearly for our ancestors so that they either become free from their karma phal or it's effects are reduced. However, with increasing ...
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Do Hindus worship cows in some way?

I've read that Hinduism respects cows since they are considered to have holy Gods. I was curious to know if Hindus also worship cows in some way? I'm really ignorant in this theme, so I'd like to ...
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Indra and Agni as Bṛhaspati/Brahmaṇaspati in Vedas

Why are Indra and Agni both regarded as Bṛhaspati in Rigveda 10.112.9 and 3.26.2, respectively? Rig-Veda 2.23.1 ग॒णानां॑ त्वा ग॒णप॑तिं हवामहे क॒विं क॑वी॒नामु॑प॒मश्र॑वस्तमं । ज्ये॒ष्ठ॒राजं॒ ब्रह्म॑णां ...

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