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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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Do birth marks tell something about the previous birth or reveal any other facts? Yes they do Garuda Purana - Vol. one - Achar Kanda - Chapter -64,65 are about Samudrika science which gives us detail description of Birthmarks both on males as well as females. Chapter 64 - समुद्रिकानुसारेण स्त्री-नर लक्ष णम् ( A brief discourse on the auspicious or ...


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Yes, usually that's what is stated in the scriptures. But in certain exceptional circumstances (may be due to compassion/grace of God) even animals or beings lower than humans can also get it. Chaturashitilakshesu Sarireshu SaririnAm | Na Manushyam VinA Annyatra Tatva GyAnantu Labhyate || Among the 84 lacs kinds of bodies (wombs) Tatva Gyana (...


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Naga Panchami falls on the Sukla Paksha (the bright phase of moon) Panchami Tithi of the Shravana month. So, we need to check the effects of getting born on the bright phase of moon as well as that of getting born on the Panchami Tithi. Quoting from Astrojyoti.com: 459 – 461. Results of Fortnights: Now stated are effects of births in the two ...


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Yes, it has significance in the Samudra Shastra part of astrology. Which tries to predict the nature and future of a native by studying his/her various bodily signs, palm lines etc. We can find some details of the effects of birth marks, moles etc on the future of a native in this chapter of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: Ch. 82. Effects of Moles, Marks, ...


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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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Lord Dharma's incarnation Vidura was born in the the Sudra order: And there was a Rishi of the name of Animandavya of great fame. And he was conversant with the interpretations of the Vedas, was illustrious, gifted with great energy, and of great reputation. And, accused of theft, though innocent, the old Rishi was impaled. He thereupon summoned Dharma and ...


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Does any reference of Ma Sarswati being reincarnated as another Devi? As per Shiva Purāna: Umā-Saṃhitā: Chapter 48 - The manifestation of Sarasvatī, the goddess who was slayer of Śumbha was an incarnation of Sarasvatī: Thus was the goddess, slayer of Śumbha born. She is said to be Sarasvatī. O king, she has manifested herself as a part of Umā.


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Yes, we have such verses. For example from Manu Smriti: 11.51. A stealer of (cooked) food, dyspepsia; a stealer of the words (of the Veda), dumbness a stealer of clothes, white leprosy; a horse-stealer, lameness. 11.51a. The stealer of a lamp will become blind; he who extinguishes it will become one-eyed; injury (to sentient beings) is punished by general ...


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I agree with @Mr_Green's answer in the comment. Srikalahasti is the place where The Spider (SRI), Cobra (KALA) and Elephant (HASTI) rendered service with devotion to lord shiva and attained moksha (wiki). Second as again pointed by @Mr_Green, Gajendra_Moksha is a good example. Elders say this is when the makara/crocodile got boon to turn into makara ...


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Is it possible to take birth in a different species(i.e supernatural beings).... So can one(human) take birth as a Gandharvas, Apsaras, Arayas, Kimidins, Pishachas and all Rakshasas. Yes. And what kind of karma(good or bad) should one do to attain such birth. This is exactly described in the Manusmriti: Manu 12.39 - I am now going to describe, briefly, ...


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As mentioned in one comment under the question the 4 types of yoni/birth mentioned in various Hindu scriptures are --- Udbhija, Andaja, Swedaja and Jarayuja. I have read about these types of birth in Tantras as well as in Puranas. Quoting from the book "Essence of Padma Purana": In this connection, Matali explained how different types of birth are ...


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Yes , animals can attain moksha. Sri vaishnavas take sharanagathi from a guru. The guru can also give sharanagati to a cow in the house of a vaishnava. From Padma Purana Uttara Kanda Chapter 224 Those devotees of Visnu, having stuck to (i.e. round) their necks the garland of Tulasi or lotuses or a rosary, having the marks of conch or disc at the roots ...


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The first breathe coming out of the body is the one we must look for because breathe is a unit of time measure as per the Rishis. The below is from Surya Siddhanth : Chapter 1 verse 12 in Phanindra Ganguly's translation. And sixty nadis make a sidereal day and night.... The manuscripts without commentary insert, as the first half of v. 11, the usual ...


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Ramakrishna mission sums it up best: आत्मनो मोक्षार्थं जगद्धिताय च Atmano mokshartham jagad-hitaya cha For one’s own salvation AND for welfare of world


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Although the Supreme Lord is beyond the nature of time and planetary influence, but still he acts in such a way that he is being influenced as a part of his leela. For eg. See the verses of Valmiki Ramayan Bal kanda during birth of Lord Rama.. _______________________________________ ततो यज्ञे समाप्ते तु ऋतूनाम् षट् समत्ययुः | ततः च द्वादशे मासे चैत्रे ...


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Tarakasur was born Before Kartikeya During Sat Yuga.He was son of Vajranga who was son of Sage Kashyapa . Here is how Tarakasur born according to Padmapuran Sage Kashyap blessed his wife Diti to give birth to a great warrior ‘Vajranga’ who like a diamond was unbreakable and indestructible. Diti desired to avenge the killing of several Asuras in the past by ...


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So must a parent be Hindu or both? If you go by Manusmṛti, it's the father that determines whether the child is Hindu or not. (question).—If a child is somehow born to a Brāhmaṇa from a non-Aryan woman, and another is born to a non-Aryan from a Brāhmaṇa woman,—with which of these would the ‘superiority’ lie?—(10.66) The decision is that—‘one born to an ...


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This question can only be answered by Ishvara. The fruit of action is from Him, this being the logical position Brahma Sutra III.ii.38 Since Ishvara distributes the fruits of Karma only He can give a definitive answer.


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Swami Vivekananda considered the astrolgical Varna to be the true Varna. Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste — the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor ...


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Your Varna refers to your ancestral profession - hardly anyone follows an ancestral profession and everyone is free to choose their own profession or vocation - none of which are of any interest to “Sanatana Dharma” except perhaps the priestly profession. There is no central authority or induction committee, or application office or process that will ...


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Yes. Vitobha, considered to be a svarup of Lord Vishnu himself by Warkaris and Haridasa, sects based out of Maharashtra and Karnataka, can be considered to be non-brahmin and non-kshatriya form. Some traditions have Vithobha as a form of Shiva. From the Wikipedia entry Other legends describe Vithoba coming to the rescue of his devotees in the form of a ...


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Where else but the ‘Ajna chakra’ right between your eye brows - the seat of your consciousness and the ‘I’ experience. You have free will but mostly in Waking state of your consciousness. Even in Waking state, Many a times your sub-conscious mind uses it to do its things which your conscious mind does NOT notice or register. It’s like a partly shared seat ...


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In his book Raja Yoga, Chapter VI 'Pratyahara and Dharana', (Complete Works, Volume 1, 'Raja Yoga', Available here - http://www.advaitaashrama.org/cw/content.php), Swami Vivekananda writes: The hypnotists in a similar manner, by their suggestion, excite in the patient a sort of morbid Pratyahara for the time being. The so-called hypnotic suggestion can ...


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It appears so. From the book Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life by Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati: The rites performed before a child is born are intended for the birth of a male child (niṣeka, puṃsavana, sīmanta). ... Astronauts are kept in isolation before being sent up in space and after their return. Mantras have their own ...


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The only answer is good karma. Karmic law is mysterious. One cant say exactly about the karmas needed to be born as a human again. Well one thing matters a lot is that what u think when you die. If you die thinking about your dog. It is certain you will be born as a dog in next life. It seems foolish but is actually true. Proof: A historic person ...


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