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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 longer finds the existence of his ego. And who is there left to seek it? Who can describe how he feels in that state - in his own Pure Consciousness - about ...


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There is a minor mistake in the explanation. You are not the body. The one changing bodies is the atma. You are the soul (atma). One should identify themselves as the soul which is non different and not the body. na tv evāhaḿ jātu nāsaḿ na tvaḿ neme janādhipāḥ na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ sarve vayam ataḥ param Bhagavad Gita 2.12 Never was there ...


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There are many reasons why a soul remains in this earth without getting higher lokas. That state is called Preta stage or ghost stage. Generally all the souls remain in this stage for a temporary period of time till the shraaddha karmas are over. After the funeral rites are over, they reach respective lokas based on their karma. If the funeral rites are not ...


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When a person dies he or she attains a ghost-like state called a Preta. To remove this preta-hood the family members of the deceased person are required to do the funeral rites as prescribed. Only then the dead are relieved from the ghost-like state and attains the state of a Pitri (Mane). For one dying of a disease of the hair one should perform eight ...


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The earliest reference of Atma can be found in Rigveda. The Rigvedic verse 10.97.11 says, यदिमा वाजयन्नहमोषधीर्हस्त आदधे । आत्मा यक्ष्मस्य नश्यति पुरा जीवगृभो यथा ॥११॥ When, bringing back the vanished strength, I hold these herbs within my hand, The spirit of disease departs ere he can seize upon the life. Yasakacharya who is considered as great ...


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According to Wikipedia The earliest use of the word "Ātman" in Indian texts is found in the Rig Veda (RV X.97.11). Yāska, the ancient Indian grammarian, commenting on this Rigvedic verse, accepts the following meanings of Ātman: the pervading principle, the organism in which other elements are united and the ultimate sentient principle. Other hymns ...


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Irrespective of the knowledge that one possesses, respect that one commands, kindness one shows towards one's fellow beings, death is inevitable (B.G.2.27). It is quite waste of time in trying to understand/fathom the Natural Laws set by the Almighty. Understanding the origin of this world, the life and Death, etc, come under this category. Seers of Vedic ...


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The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. D.: How shall I reach the Self? M.: There is no reaching the Self. If the Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not now and here, but that it should be got anew. What is got afresh, will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not ...


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The material body is the annamayakosa. There are 5 kosas or khosas - sheaths which surround the Atman in an individual, the outer material sheath is the annamayakosa. See Where does a Soul attach to the Body? and What are three Sharira and their relation to five Kosha? There are multiple questions on this topic to explain the sheaths more fully. In his ...


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Mind does not resolves in deep sleep rather exists in seed form. Had mind merged into consciousness, then samadhi would have ensued. But after waking up, you are still able to recall the experience of deep sleep that you didn't witness a dream. This clearly shows that there was a Seer (Subject) that saw or experienced blankness (object) which is a sign of ...


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Who does the actions is emphasized atleast twice in Bhagavad Gita by Shri Krishna that Prakriti alone does all the actions and it happens by default. But due to the deluded false ego, the Jiva assumes itself to be doer and thus incurs consequences of Karma. प्रकृत्यैव च कर्माणि क्रियमाणानि सर्वश: | य: पश्यति तथात्मानमकर्तारं स पश्यति || 30|| ...


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in Kashmir shaivism,infinite I consciousness is all powerful and blissfull.due to its bliss it creates a kind of internal motion or spanda wich results in playfulness and the desire to multiply due to its inherent playfulness.Samsara is the theatre/lila of Shiva.that is partially the why and how. Maya in this system is not some superimposed external thing ...


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Atman is not SELF AWARE! Atman is SELF. SELF is even beyond awareness as said by Nisargadatta maharaj. How does atman get into this business of body consciousnesses? Just as you loose your sense of identity in your dream and create a false identity, Atman too does the same. But the dream cannot affect the dreamer. Yoga vashishtha, asthavakra ...


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Short Answer Atman never loses its self awareness. You have the wrong idea. There's no material body in first place, then how can Atman acquire body consciousness? न निरोधो न चोत्पत्तिर्न बद्धो न च साधकः । न मुमुक्षुर्न वै मुक्त इत्येषा परमार्थता ॥ ३२ ॥ There is no dissolution, no birth, none in bondage, none aspiring for wisdom, no seeker of liberation and ...


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The questions are: Can Atma makes karma or sin? What is the first karma that Atma made that forced him to become animal or human? 1) In a nutshell the answer would be Yes, individual self gets affected by its actions/karma. Here, Karma can be good or bad action and consequential enjoyment or suffering. 2) What is the first Karma that ...


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Good question (of its kind) !! First we need to know basics of the Vedic "tatva" science. The three eternal elements, Brahman/God, Jiva/atma and Maya. All three are neither created nor destroyed. Brahman, however, can control (govern) both Jiva and Maya. The Brahman is the cause of transformation of the material energy, maya, into its gross and ...


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Welcome to Hinduism.SE! I will answer from a perspective that will hopefully be understandable to someone coming from one of the Abrahamic faiths—though I will admit, I'm more fluent in Judaism and Christianity than Islam. To speak to your last question first, I once heard it said that the illusion of the Universe exists because "God forgot to laugh.&...


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Atoms are mostly space. If you consider that the physical universe as we experience it is all atoms and space then all space in the universe is linked and, thus, interconnected. Things merely appear solid or permeable or transparent based upon our senses of sight and touch. This is because our senses are only 2D and 3D in nature. They only relate to us in ...


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Thanks to the eternal Srimad Bhagwad Gita which elaborates facts pretty simply(knowing such facts isn't any way possible as such in a lifetime): As per the 'time of death' one can know what's the basic outcomes of the being: यत्र काले त्वनावृत्तिमावृत्तिं चैव योगिन: | प्रयाता यान्ति तं कालं वक्ष्यामि भरतर्षभ || 23|| अग्निर्ज्योतिरह: शुक्ल: षण्मासा उत्तरायणम् ...


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I am answering this question acording to the Garuda Purana Jiva loses the memory of its previous births at the moment he comes out of the mother's womb. It has been mentioned multiple times in the Garuda Purana. The following is the statement made by the lord Vishnu in conversation with Garuda stating that the human forgets the knowledge of previous births ...


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It is not correct to say that our ancient seers did not say beginning. Interested readers will go through Nasadiya Suktam of 10th Mandal , Suktam .129(Creation) of Rig-Veda: THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it. What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water? ...


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