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No, animals don't attain moksha. Because the natural order is as below: sthāvarāḥ krimayo'vjāśca pakṣiṇaḥ paśavo narāḥ dārmmakāstridaśāstadūnamokṣiṇaśca yathākramam [VP - 2.6.34] Meaning After experiencing the sufferings of hell, the sinners go through the various stages of existence in the following order: immovable trees, worms, birds, animals, ...


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From mahashivratri.org Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Shiva is beyond and above any kind of force. He is the master of Shakti. The tiger skin that he wears symbolizes victory over every force. Tiger also represent lust. Thus sitting on Tiger skin, Shiva ...


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Correct, the ancient Vedic culture actively advocates and promotes cow protection. There are a few reasons for why the cow is considered holy: Traditional Deity worship required pancagavya, or five ingredients, which are cow dung, cow urine, milk, ghee, and curd. Cow dung has antiseptic properties, cow urine has medicinal properties, milk is nutritious, ...


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There are many folk tale behind the drinking of the milk, the famous one is :-; A tale of a farmer living in a village. He had two sons and one of whom killed three snakes during ploughing operations. The mother of the snake took revenge on the same night by biting the farmer, his wife and two children and they all died. Next day the farmer’s only ...


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Gajendra elephant got Moksha by chanting name of Lord Vishnu. Once Gajendra elephant went to a lake to drink water. One crocodile came and barked at elephant's feet. Crocodile was very strong and it holds elephant in water only. Gajendra elephant continuosly chanted Lord Vishnu's name and Lord Vishnu came to rescue it. Thus an elephant got Moskha. Nandhi is ...


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Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes. If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour in food and bathes the images of Nagas in milk, they become friendly towards him. Nagas were sent to Patala on Panchama tithi and people celebrate ...


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It's prescribed in Ayurveda not to sit on bare floors because of the risk of Vata. Hence, the reason for Yogis to use some kind of separation between themselves and the floor/rock etc. Moreover, since Yogis and Sanyasis are generally away from civilization and man made fabric, it could also lead to the use of more natural and available 'fabric' of animal ...


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There's a legend often associated with Ramayana. This episode is not there in Valmiki Ramayana, Kambaramayanam, Adhyatmaramyana or Ramacharitamanas. But I know it has been current for a very very long time. I heard it from my grandmother. Several popular modern versions of Ramayana in English and our own languages include it.There is a reference to it in ...


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The story is from this chapter and this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata. Bhishma heard it from his guru, Vishnu's incarnation Parashurama. (Bhishma and Parashurama later fought a battle against each other, as I discuss here.) There was once a Rishi who lived in the forest and by virtue of his Tapasya (deep meditation), he became a friend of ...


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Even if one beheads the animal in one go still it will be an act of just a killing and not a sacrifice. If sacrifice is being performed as per scriptures then first the animal is to be bathed then it has to be worshipped duly thinking it to be Lord Shiva. The sacrificial post (the yup), the weapon are to be worshipped too. Otherwise the act is nothing but ...


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Damaging crops and infrastructure eventually leads to damage to humans. Worry about the karma you are creating by not helping a human in need. The amount of karma from killing an insect, even thousands, is inconsequential compared to the karma for harming one human, much less killing one. As Swami Vivekananda has pointed out, we are surrounded by life, just ...


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Yes, it is true that Mahabharata starts with a dog. The story is mentioned in Adi Parva, Section 3 (Paushya Parva) as follows: Sauti said, "Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit, was, with his brothers, attending his long sacrifice on the plains of Kurukshetra. His brothers were three, Srutasena, Ugrasena, and Bhimasena. And as they were sitting at the ...


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Bhishma says this to Yudhishthira in Mahabharata Book 13 of Anushasana parva Chapter CXVI http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b081.htm "Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou sayest. There is nothing on earth that is superior to flesh in point of taste. There is nothing that is more beneficial then flesh to persons that are lean, or ...


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This information is present in Chapter 7 of Upodghāta Pada, Brahmānda Purana. In this chapter, the birth of many creatures is described. Birth of scorpions is also mentioned. जन्तवस्तुरगादिभ्यो विषादिभ्यस्तथैव च बहून्यहानि निक्षिप्ते संभवाति च गोमये ||431|| Creatures of born of horses etc. and poisons etc., If cow dung is put(into pits) ...


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I found multiple scriptural references to this phenomenon. First of all, in this chapter of the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Surpanakha's brother Khara promises to kill whoever cut off Surpanakha's nose: adya aham mārgaṇaiḥ prāṇān ādāsye jīvitāṃtagaiḥ | salile kṣīram āsaktam niṣpiban iva sārasaḥ || Now, I will take away the lives of that ...


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1. Starting with Cow: CC Madhya 14.223 ananta kāma-dhenu tāhāṅ phire vane vane dugdha-mātra dena, keha nā māge anya dhane “In Vṛndāvana there are cows that fulfill all desires [kāma-dhenus], and their number is unlimited. They graze from forest to forest and deliver only milk. The people want nothing else. Refer Brahmnayam dharma ...


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In the Atharva Veda (denoted by AV here), at least, the tiger is mentioned. It's mentioned as VyAghra. And, the lion as Simha. The following Mantra makes mention of both the tiger and the lion. Ye ta AranyAh pashavo mrigA vane hitAh, SimhA vyAghrAh purushAd charanti, Ulam vrikam prithivi ducchunAmita rakshikam raksho, Apa vAdhayAsmat || ...


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Tigers aren't mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita, but they are mentioned in this chapter of the Kaushitaki Upanishad, which is part of the Shankhayana Aranyaka of the Rig Veda: vṛṣṭirbhūtvā varṣati sa iha kīṭo vā pataṅgo vā śakunirvā śārdūlo vā siṃho vā matsyo vā paraśvā vā puruṣo vānyo vaiteṣu sthāneṣu pratyājāyate And according to his deeds and ...


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The idea of a secular sphere is of western origin. I must point out that the Jesus teaching about rendering to Caesar is an anachronism and was certainly not spoken by Jesus. The reason to disbelieve is that there was no church while Jesus was alive (assuming he was a historical figure). Depending on which gospel you read, the public life of Jesus of ...


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Well,they probably can get Moksha too.Its all upto Parameswara to decide. Manu Smriti says that even insects & plants can attain higher worlds(i.e heavens) by austerities!.So,if they can attain higher worlds they can probably attain moksha too.Because,even attaining heavens is an equally impossible task(seemingly of course) for all those beings. Manu ...


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Aswamedha yajna was a royal rite. It was done only by the Kings to spread their glory throughout the world and for the benefit of their kingdom (rāṣṭram vā aśvamedhaḥ). Regarding its origin and usage of horses the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says: सोऽकामयत: मेध्यं म इदं स्याद् , आत्मन्व्यनेन स्यामिति ततोऽश्वः समभवद् यदश्वत् , तन्मेध्यमभूदिति तदेवा...


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It's also related to my other answer. According to one version of Pushkar yajna story, because of absence of Savitri for the yajna, Brahma married Gurjar girl, Gayatri. Gayatri got purified by Cow's womb to be worthy to be wife of Brahma. After Savitri ( Srasvati in some versions) arrival, she cursed everyone responsible of yajna. She also cursed Cow to get ...


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Owls and pigeons are mentioned in Vedas(Atharva Veda to be specific) as the messengers of Nirrti,the Goddess of misfortune ,destruction,poverty etc and hence they are considered inauspicious. Nirrti also known as Alakshmi is considered to be Goddess Lakshmi's sister. Quoting from this page: VI, 27. Charm against pigeons regarded as ominous birds. ...


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I don't think there is anything inauspicious about riding camels because, in Yuddha Kanda, Indrajit's Rakshasa army rode atop camels among other war animals: तं प्रस्थितं महात्मानमनुजग्मुर्महाबलाः| संहर्षमाणा बहवो धनुःप्रवरपाणयः || ६-७३-१० गजस्कन्धगताः के चित्के चित्परमवाजिभिः| व्याघ्रवृश्चिकमार्जारखरोष्ट्ट्रैश्च भुजम्गमैः || ६-७३-११ वराहैः ...


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Here Rig Veda mention the qualities of herbs and plants: या ओषधीः पूर्वा जाता देवेभ्यस्त्रियुगं पुरा | मनैनु बभ्रूणामहं शतं धामानि सप्त च || शतं वो अम्ब धामानि सहस्रमुत वो रुहः | अधाशतक्रत्वो यूयमिमं मे अगदं कर्त || ओषधीः परति मोदध्वं पुष्पवतीः परसूवरीः | अश्वािव सजित्वरीर्वीरुधः पारयिष्ण्वः || ओषधीरिति मातरस्तद वो...


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Prapathaka 5 of the Seventh Kanda of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda describes cows performing a Yagna called the Gavam Ayana to obtain horns: The cows performed that Sattra, being hornless, with the desire, 'May horns be born to us.' For ten months they performed it, and then horns were born, and they ceased (the rite), (saying), 'We have ...


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Swans separating Milk from water is mentioned in Shukla Yajurveda Samhita - Madhyandin Shakha -Chapter 19 - Mantra 73 अद्भ्यः क्षीरं व्यपिबत् क्रुड.डांअङ्गिरसो धिया। ऋतेन सत्यमिन्द्रियं विपानं शुक्रमन्धसs इन्द्रस्यन्द्रि यमिदं पयोमृतं मधु ।।73।। The Prana which drinks the essence (Rasa) of the body is similar to that of the Hamsa (crane) ,who ...


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Animal companions of Rama were not ordinary animals. They were specially created children of gods. http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/baala/sarga17/bala_17_frame.htm When Vishnu attained the sonship of the great-souled king Dasharatha, then Brahma the self-created addressed all of the gods this way. [1-17-1] "Let mighty and guise changing helpmates ...


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