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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

According to the Garbha Upanishad, the soul can remember its past life when it is 9 months old in the womb: Whatever is consumed or drunk by the mother passes through the nerves and vessels to ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

No, the self doesn't have gender, it's just a body which has gender. According to Shwetashwatara Upanishad: नैव स्त्री न पुमानेष न चैवायं नपुंसकः । यद्यच्छरीरमादत्ते तेने तेने स युज्यते ॥ १०॥ V-10: ...
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Do plants have atman?

Going to the question: Do plants have souls? Yes, many scriptures discuss the birth of Jiva as a tree. Example: Chhandogya Upanishad 5-10-6: अभ्रं भूत्वा मेघो भवति मेघो भूत्वा प्रवर्षति त इह ...
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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

The book Dharma Bindu(Essence of all Dharma Shastras) quotes Daksha Prajapati,in the context of discussing "Sannyasa Dharma": Dakshan Prajapati affirms: Trimshatparaamstrim shadaparaan ...
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On what basis is a soul born as male or female?

We can get an answer from the embryological point of view as found in an Upanishad called the Garbha Upanishad (which is linked to the Krishna Yajur Veda). In the fourth month, belly and hip are ...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

The same question was asked to Sri Swami Sivananda. He answers this question in his book "May I Answer That?" 267. When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after ...
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According to Hinduism, who am I?

Atman. You've already said you've spent good time in understanding what is Atman or the self and the answer of "Who am I?" is already hidden in that thing. Now, since you've started to learn ...
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What is color of Purusha(jivatman) according to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

First of all, it seems the translation is missing a crucial part of the verse. Here is the translation of the same verse by Swāmī Mādhavānanda: The form of that ‘being’ is as follows: Like a cloth ...
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How can we identify a self realized person?

Some of the quintessential qualities of an enlightened person are: He always observes silence. In other words, he is in a trance state most of the time. He is child like and most of his actions ...
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why is man mortal? We are not mortal. In fact no living being in true sense is mortal. it is only owing to our ignorance that we think that we are being born, growing, dying etc. in Bhagavad Geeta ...
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What is the difference between living beings and dead matter according to scriptures?

First, your interpretation of verse 7.5 is almost there, but not quite, which leads to your confusion. It is best to read verses 4-7 together and not separately. Verse 4 refers to the apparent ...
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Do conjoined twins have same soul?

No, they have different soul because they have different Consciousness. Here is passage from Aitreya Upanishad showing it: III-i-3: This One is Brahman; this is Indra, this is Prajapati; this is ...
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Is Atma the same as the body?

In the Kathopanishad (Kath Up) we find the famous discussion between NachiketA and Yama. Where Yama gives NachiketA a short discourse on AtmAgyAna (knowledge of the self or soul). In that context, he ...
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Is Atma the same as the body?

रुद्र विष्णुप्रजानाथप्रमुखाः सर्वचेतनाः । स्वरसेनाहमित्याहुरिदमित्यपि च स्वतः ॥ २॥ The Consciousness is the principle entity amongst, Rüdra, Vishñu, and Prajänätha(Brahma).The Instinctual ...
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What liberation technique taught by Shree Ramana Maharshi?

From the book Who am I. His technique name is Self inquiry. Que:10. How will the mind become quiescent? Ramana: By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

"All Supreme souls are male, so are all souls that enter human body male?" No. All souls that enter in human body are not male because soul doesn't have any gender. Listen to me as I speak ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

No it does not have. As already answered here: Naiva stri Na PumAnesha Na ChaivAyam Napumsakaha | [The Soul or Brahman or the Self] is neither female, nor male not even a Kliva or a sexless ...
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

It must be numerous rebirths. Can not be counted and explicitly stated. Certainly not seven for all cases. Atra janma sahasreshu sahasrairapi pArvati | KadAchit labhyate janturmAnushyam ...
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Shankara's Gita Bhasya says that the Self transmigrates. Is this true?

Shankaracharya uses Sanskrit word "dehi" in his commentary which is translated as "embodied self" (not self or Atman) and it indicates Jiva. You can read bhashya in Sanskrit from Gitasupersite of IITK....
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What is Advaita?

It is not possible to say that Brahman and the Atman are one because in the Advaita experience the ego dissolves. Without the ego there is no one left to do the counting. In that state a man no ...
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Do plants have atman?

अहमात्मा गुडाकेश सर्वभूताशयस्थितः। अहमादिश्च मध्यं च भूतानामन्त एव च ॥१०- २०॥ I am seated in the heart of all living entities. ... The ātmā or eternal soul is enthroned in the etheric heart of all ...
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What exactly happens during Parakaya Pravesha?

The key to every power in Yoga comes from Samyama. If you apply Samyama to other body, then you enter that body. When the mind has attained to that state when it identifies itself with the internal ...
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Does the soul remain at home for 10 days after death?

Yes, It does. It has been explicitly stated in Preta Khanda Chapter 15, Verse 72 of Garuda Purana देहं प्राप्तः क्षुधाविष्टो गृहे द्वारे च तिष्ठति । दशमेऽहनि यः पिण्डस्तं दद्यादामिषेण तु ॥ ...
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How does Vishishtadvaita interpret "One without a second"?

The Visistadvaita interpretation of the phrase "one only without a second" is that Sriman Narayana is unique and no other being is equal to him, not that no other being exists. Here is what ...
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What is the size of the soul according to the different Astika schools?

Non-Vedantic Astika schools think the soul is omnipresent, whereas most Vedantins think it's atomic in size.. Let me address each of the six Astika schools: Samkhya: The Samkhya school believed that ...
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Who are the Ātivāhikas who guide the soul to heaven or hell?

Ativhakas are mentioned in Adhyaya 4 -Pada 3 of Vedanta-Sutras. अतिवहिकास्तल्लिंगात् || BS 4.3.4|| ( These are ) deities conducting the soul ( on the path of gods) , on the account of ...
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What is the source of "thoughts": Mann(mind), Buddhi(intellect), Atma(the Self)?

Commentaries on Verse 2, Samadhi Pada of Patanjali Yoga Sutras describe sources for thoughts and Mind stuff in detail and best one would be Vyasa Commentary. Pandit Usharbudh Arya translated it into ...
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In the Gita, the Lord said the soul does nothing. Then who does?

The recension of the Gita that Swami Prabuhupada uses for his translation you refer to is not a generally accepted recension. The Gita recension most often referred to is the one that Sankara based ...
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Is me and my body separate?

The "I" is the soul. And it is distinct from the body. The body is declared to be dead when the soul leaves the body. Asya visramsamAnasya sharirasthasya dehinah | DehAdvimuchyamanasya kimatra ...
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