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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Yes, Ganesh and Kumara both are mentioned in Vedas. Here are the references. रुद्रो रुद्रश्च दन्तिश्च नन्दिः षण्मुख एव च । गरुडो ब्रह्मा विष्णुश्च नारसिहंस्तथैव च ।। rudro rudrascha dantischa ...
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Is taking interest from bank a sin?

Lending at interest is not a sin at all. Its perfectly legitimate. But usury (lending money at unreasonably high rates) is a minor sin(an Upapataka). Manu Smriti 10.115. There are seven lawful ...
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How important is the Bhagavad Gita when compared to other Hindu texts?

Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam writes: Question Swamiji, is there some basic text, for example, the Bible in Christianity, that defines the Hindu religion? ...
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

There are many scriptures in Hinduism which are classified as Shruti, Smriti, Itihasa, Puranas etc... And among all scriptures Shruti (Veda) has the highest authority and the ultimate Shabda-Pramana. ...
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

It was Supreme Brahman (through Krishna) who said Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. In Anugita Parva of Aswamedha Parva, Arjuna asked Krishna to repeat Bhagavadgita but Krishna said it was not possible to him ...
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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available?

Here's what I will say about this with all due respect. I had been a member of ISKCON for several years during my undergraduate degree (no longer one). My observations are as follows:- 1) ISKCON is a ...
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Regulative principles for sex life

First of all, let me explicitly state that I assumed that you are asking about the rules & regulations that a husband and his wife should abide by.Because ,sexual activities, of any other forms ...
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What is the seed of desire as per scripture?

According to Vivekchudamani of Adi Shankara Ignorance is the seed of Samsara tree. From ignorance comes Ego (Ahamkara) [Identification with body]. From Ego comes desires. Hence Ego and Ignorance are ...
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BG 4.40 - What does Kṛṣṇa mean by saṁśayātmā (doubting mind)?

The word संशयात्मा does not literally mean doubting mind. But it has an inner meaning. Samshayatma means a cynic who does not agree with the scriptures. If we consider only shloka you are quoting, ...
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Can't Shudras read the Bhagavad Gita?

There are no specific restrictions for reading and understanding Bhagavad Gita based on castes, differentiation apart from two cases, where Krishna himself emphasizes on to whom this Gita knowledge ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita text Shruti or Smriti?

According to Prasthanatrayi concept of Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita is considered as Smriti Prashthana. As presented in forward by T.M.P Mahadevan in English translation of BrahmaSutra Bhasya of Adi ...
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Is Vishnu present in the current time?

I think you are referring to verse 2.12. न त्वेवाहं जातु नासं न त्वं नेमे जनाधिपा | न चैव न भविष्याम: सर्वे वयमत: परम् || 12|| na tvevāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ na chaiva na ...
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Which Scriptures say that by chanting Lord's name during the time of one's death one can attain "Moksha"?

This Brahma Vaivarta Purana chapter states that, one, who chants the name "Shiva", during his/her dying moments, is sure to attain moksha. Shri Krishna then revealed the excellent value of Shiva ...
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Giving Alms (Donation/charity) with the intention of getting merit will give me merit?

Yes, if your intention is getting merit then you will get it. Manu Smriti 4.234. For whatever purpose (a man) bestows any gift, for that same purpose he receives (in his next birth) with due ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita? Srimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavat Puran, is the 5th major purana amongst 18 different puranas. It contains 12 different parts (...
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Can Sri Krishna be called 'a person'?

Can Sri Krishna be called 'a person'? Yes, here is what Ramanujacharya says in the introduction to his Bhagavad Gita Bhashya: Nārāyaṇa is the Consort of Sri, He is absolutely auspicious and is the ...
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Does Gita support doctrine of eternal samsara?

Samsara = bhumi + svarga + naraka Samsara is eternal. Creation and Destruction have always happened and will always happen. 'yatha purvam akalpayat' - RigVeda 10.190.3 Krishna says : I forever ...
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Why are there two versions of Chapter 1 - Verse 8 of Bhagavad Geetha?

In his footnote to this verse, Swami Gambhirananda writes in his translation of the Bhagavad Gita (p 14): Asvatthama, son of Drona: Mention of Asvatthama before Karna's son Vikarna, and others, as ...
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Why Krishna says He is Sama Veda among Vedas in Bhagavad Gita?

Samaveda is the Veda of melodies and chants. It's verses are primarily derived from Rigveda (which is believed to be oldest/first and important veda from all). It includes many mysterious verses which ...
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The story and Principle of adding "shree" "श्री" before our sacred religious books?

Lord Shiva says in KulArnava Tantram that Sri should always be added at the start while addressing Gurus, Shastras and the Holy places. SriGurum KulashAstrAni PujyasthAnAni YAni cha || BhaktyA ...
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Was Bhagavad Gita a later interpolation?

What's the claim? Actually we don't have clear ground to check authenticity for Bhagavad-Gita according to Vivekananda. Read Swami Vivekananda's thoughts on Bhagavad-Gita: The book known as the Gita ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagvatam and Bhagvad Gita? Are they equivalent to each other or both are different? The "Bhāgavata Purāṇa" is otherwise known as Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam or Śrīmad ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita say anything about whether a person should eat Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food?

Here's the most specific dietary "guidelines" I could find in Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā, BG 17.8: Those foods which promote longevity, strength, health, happiness, and satisfaction; Which are ...
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Is there any reference that Krishna was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita?

Yes, reference is there in Mahabharata.Anugita Parva: परं हि बरह्म कथितं यॊगयुक्तेन तन मया [Krishna said:] I discoursed to thee on Supreme Brahma, having concentrated myself in Yoga.
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