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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens if anyone is not believing in God? What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God and any theory related to god? The answers of these questions are provided ...
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Looking to learn about Hinduism?

How and where do I start learning about Hinduism? There's no straightforward answer to this question, as Hinduism or Sanātana Dharma or सनातन धर्म or eternal Righteousness or eternal order (word ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

As already discussed in comments, an Atheist in Hinduism is: One who doesn't believe in the infallible authority of the Vedas But your question asks: "who do not believe in higher power or God". So ...
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Why did Brihaspati establish Charvaka or materialistic philosophical Sect?

Brihaspati created the Charvaka system to deceive the Asuras.. Here is what the seventh Prapathaka of the Maitrayaniya Upanishads says: Brihaspati, having become Sukra, brought forth that false ...
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Do any scriptures condemn atheism?

Atheism and atheists are condemned in all scriptures. 12.33. Covetousness, sleepiness, pusillanimity, cruelty, atheism, leading an evil life, a habit of soliciting favours, and inattentiveness, ...
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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God and any theory related to god? Does anything regarding this has mentioned in any Vedas? Well,not sure about the Srutis(...
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Is hetuvāda now a derogatory term? In what context did Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata use the word?

I have found one instance in Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Kanda: Sarga 14, where the term Hetuvada is used. This word is used during the Horse-sacrifice of Dasharatha where Sages and Brahmins were doing ...
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What does the Hindu religion think of apostasy?

In Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism the Vedas are the supreme authority.All the other texts, like Smritis etc, must derive their validity from Vedas only. From wikipedia,apostasy means: ..abandonment ...
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion

You use the term 'animism' loosely with an outdated understanding of the term. Before reading my response I would suggest you first read the Wikipedia page on animism. Animism is an anthropological ...
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What are some atheist teachings and arguments in Hinduism?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. The Astika schools are part of Hinduism, whereas the Nastika schools like Buddhism, Jainism, Charvaka, and Ajivika fall under ...
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What are notable contemporary Hindu apologists?

I looked at the Wikipedia article which claimed that Vivekananda and Aurobindo were apologists. I beg to differ. Was Vivekananda an apologist? An apologist is one who defends a controversial position. ...
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Can I as an atheist still be Hindu?

Yes, you can be an atheist and a Hindu. Gita acknowledges the right of a person to reject its teachings. ‘..Reflecting on this entire teaching, do as you think fit.’ Gita 18.63 However, Gita has ...
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Who are "they" in BG 16.8? Atheists? Cārvākas? Vaiśeṣikas?

The Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya interprets this verse as referring to the Charvakas, aka the Lokayatikas or materialistic atheists. Here is what he says in his Bhagavad Gita Bhashya: ...
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Which of the six Darshanas are atheistic?

In Tattva Viveka, Bhaktivinoda Thakur speaks about this topic. This work is a philosophical sally against both western and eastern philosophies including other religions like Islam, Christianity etc ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

Updated version There has been some criticism about my previous answer. hence I am posting an updated version which is hopefully better than the previous version. Gita acknowledges the right of a ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

Short answer No, Gita doesn't detest Atheists. SAmkhya philosophy is considered "atheism" by most of the philosophers. Now, according to Gita, the result of SAmkhya (knowledge of Atman) & the ...
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What does the Hindu religion think of apostasy?

Hindu scriptures frown on abandonment of Hinduism and adopting another creed. Vyasa says, '..The rejection of one's own creed, the practice of other people's creed, ......- these all have been ...
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Purva Mimansa and Vedanta commentaries on RV 10.129

Sayana has commented on it. नासदासीन नो सदासीत तदानीं नासीद रजो नो वयोमापरो यत | किमावरीवः कुह कस्य शर्मन्नम्भः किमासीद गहनं गभीरम || 10.129.01 The non-existent was not, the existent was ...
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Why did Brihaspati establish Charvaka or materialistic philosophical Sect?

Actually, No philosophy is Man created;Every philosophy is already inherently present in the nature. It just manifests according to the demand. All philosophies are describing the role of ...
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Is 'Why is there suffering?' a valid question according to Advaita philosophy?

Swami Vivekananda says (Complete Works, V6, pp 44-45, available here under the heading Lectures and Discourses, sub-heading Introduction to Jnana Yoga - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_6/vol_6_frame....
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Looking to learn about Hinduism?

1) http://www.hindupedia.com can be a good starter 2) Remember many people think Hinduism is polytheistic, this is totally wrong. Hinduism is pluralistic. There are many strongly monotheistic sects, ...
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Who are "they" in BG 16.8? Atheists? Cārvākas? Vaiśeṣikas?

Since, the verse BG 16.8 is in continuation of BG 16.6-7, the term "they" means "those with demonic nature". So your Qn boils down to: Do people of demonic nature belong to ...
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Can realized advaitins be called atheists?

There is no dissolution, no birth, none in bondage, none aspiring for wisdom, no seeker of liberation and none liberated. This is the absolute truth. There are many Upanishad verses that propound ...
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What is the punishment for simply being an atheist and not committing blasphemy?

I will cover the ManuSmriti part Stealing grain, base metals, or cattle, intercourse with women who drink spirituous liquor, slaying women, Sudras, Vaisyas, or Kshatriyas, and atheism, (are ...
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Can I as an atheist still be Hindu?

Atheism is an epistemological position while Hinduism is a religious group. So, can you believe that no gods exist while being a member of a religion? Sure! There is nothing that sais you cannot be a ...
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What is the punishment for simply being an atheist and not committing blasphemy?

There is no punishment for atheism or blasphemy. (There is a Puranic theory that claims that one can get moksha faster by being an enemy of God.) Gita acknowledges the right of a person to reject its ...
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

Firstly, devanindā shouldn't be equated with 'blasphemy' of Abrahamic 'religions', which is the first mistake many who are coming from Abrahamic/western background may make by default. Blasphemy ...
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