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The soul does not have a gender like male, female etc. And, sexual needs are based on genders. So, needless to say, that the Soul can't be affected by sexual desires. Here's a verse from the Upanishads: Naiva stri Na PumAnesha Na ChaivAyam Napumsakaha | Meaning [The Soul or Brahman or the Self] is neither female, nor male not even a Kliva or ...


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Manipura is present in Solar Region. It is also known as Nabhi Chakra. Nabhi in Sanskrit means Navel. But as the location of Chakra is in backbone region of subtle body, hence Manipura Chakra is present just at back side of Navel in the region of backbone (in the subtle body). But the entire Navel region is in the range of Manipura Chakra. Srimad Bhagvatam ...


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रुद्र विष्णुप्रजानाथप्रमुखाः सर्वचेतनाः । स्वरसेनाहमित्याहुरिदमित्यपि च स्वतः ॥ २॥ The Consciousness is the principle entity amongst, Rüdra, Vishñu, and Prajänätha(Brahma).The Instinctual expression, in expressing the essence of the self, by thus having said here "I". एवं समस्तजन्तूनामनुभूतिर्व्यवस्थिता । भ्रान्ता अपि न कुर्वन्ति विवादं चात्र ...


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Are the carnal desires being needed by the body or the soul? No Clearly carnal desires are not needed by soul , nor it is attached by it. It's also said in our Upanishads that he (soul) is pure one, without a (subtle) body, without blemish, without muscles (a gross body) . Himself devoid of senses, He shines through the functions of the senses. But three ...


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Manipura Chakra is exactly located at Nabhi (Navel) but in Subtle body along the Spinal cord. All Chakras are located in Straight line (in Subtle body). Om Swami describes method to identify seven Chakras in body in his book Kundalini: An untold story. Here is how to identify the location of chakras in your body. Use your right hand if you are right-...


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Yes, dark complexion is considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures. Like, Draupadi is one of the most beautiful woman and she is of dark complexion. It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Chaitraratha Parva: SECTION CLXIX. And there arose, after this from the centre of the sacrificial platform, a daughter also, called Panchali, who, blest with ...


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A partial answer ... There are actually only 12 impurities of a human body. Blood, tears, ear wax, phlegm, sweat, urine etc are considered as the 12 impurities of the human body as per Manu Smriti. See the following verses: Manu Smriti 5.134. In order to cleanse (the organs) by which urine and faeces are ejected, earth and water must be used, as ...


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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 his commentary on. Verse 13.30-31 reads (Bhagavad Gita with the Commentary of Sankaracarya translation by Swami Gambhirananda): And he who sees actions as ...


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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 (Yama) gives three (logical) arguments to show that the AtmA (or Soul) is not only different from the body, but also different from the Indriyas (senses) and ...


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In the hells, the soul is NOT endowed with the physical body, but it still has a subtle kind of a body which is capable of feeling the pain. The same question was in fact asked by Savitri (wife of Satyavan) to Yamaraja in Devi Bhagavatam's book 9. O Bhagavan! What is the size of the several kundas or hells that Thou hast just now enumerated? How do ...


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Yes as per the scriptures. The part of the body which is above the navel is considered as pure but not so the part that lies below. Manu Smriti 1.92. Man is stated to be purer above the navel (than below); hence the Self-existent (Svayambhu) has declared the purest (part) of him (to be) his mouth. Similarly, from the Dharma Sutras of Baudhayana (BDS):...


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There are such references in the Upanishads as well as in the Tantras. From the SAriraka Upanishad (one of the 108 Upanishads and it is linked with the Krishna Yajurveda): OM. The body is a compound of prthivi (earth) and other mahabhutas (primordial elements, as apas or water, agni or fire, vayu or air, and akas ). (In the body), that which is hard ...


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Atma or the soul apparently doesn't create these relations. Because it continues to exist even after death. But body ceases to exist then. धर्मं शनैः सञ्चिनुयाद् वल्मीकमिव पुत्तिकाः । परलोकसहायार्थं सर्वभूतान्यपीडयन् ॥ २३८ Manu Smriti 4.238. Giving no pain to any creature, let him slowly accumulate spiritual merit, for the sake (of acquiring) a ...


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It says a lot of of things about the need for proper clothing. For e.g. Manu Smriti 4.45 नान्नमद्यादेकवासा न नग्नः स्नानमाचरेत् । न मूत्रं पथि कुर्वीत न भस्मनि न गोव्रजे ॥ ४५ ॥ nānnamadyādekavāsā na nagnaḥ snānamācaret | na mūtraṃ pathi kurvīta na bhasmani na govraje || He shall not eat food with only one piece of cloth on him; he shall not ...


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There is no instruction that the hairs on those parts should be shaved off. In fact we have the following verse: Manu Smriti 4.144. Except when sick he must not touch the cavities (of the body) without a reason, and he must avoid (to touch) the hair on the secret (parts) So, it is quite clear that there is no rule that the hairs on those parts ...


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In Vedanta, different logical processes are described to help us understand many of its core concepts. For example, Drg-Drishya-Viveka (discrimination between seer and seen) explains logically why our identity or the "I" (or atman or self) is not this body. In brief, this is as follows - Axiom 1: Subject and object are always different entities. For example,...


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A Brahmachari (i.e a student) is to abstain from touching women: Manu Smriti 2.179.[Let him abstain] From gambling, idle disputes, backbiting, and lying, from looking at and touching women, and from hurting others And, for the married men, we have the following relevant verses: 8.356. He who addresses the wife of another man at a Tirtha, outside the ...


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Is dark skin considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures? Yes, dark/black skin is considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures, and by extension, in ancient India. From the Bhagavata Purana, which describes Shuka, son of Vyasa, as a very handsome person: While he was roaming the earth, the blessed son of Vyasa [Suka], rid of all care and content with the ...


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Soul is Ananda-swarupa ie. Supreme Bliss in it self. It doesn't experience punishment or enjoyment in heaven or hell. The one which experiences them is the body. Now the question arises that the dead body is burnt here itself so how can it experience good or bad fruit of deeds ? The soul is actually wrapped under five bodies, known as pancha-kosha. The ...


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Hypothetical. The answer is found in polarity. In any relationship where there is sexual attraction and deep intimate connection, you’ll find the power of opposite energies in every moment of life from childhood to till death. We have intense physical chemistry with those who have an opposite energy to our own. Whether masculine or feminine, this energy is ...


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Like I stated in the comment, our actions are based on how our body reacts to the five senses not how the soul reacts. Read here the Commentary by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada of Gaudiya Sampradaya: This body is made by material nature under the direction of the Supersoul, and whatever activities are going on in respect to one’s body are ...


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The cave of the heart is mentioned in many Upanishads. Realising through self-contemplation that primal God, difficult to be seen, deeply hidden, set in the cave (of the heart), dwelling in the deep, the wise man leaves behind both joy and sorrow. Katha Upanishad I.2.12 The cave of the heart is also known as the heart lotus or hrit padma. Unlike the ...


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It is true that the Self (ātman) cannot be a drunkard, for your true nature is one with Brahman. But if a person is drinking alcohol to excess, then surely he hasn't yet realized this true nature. The Bhagavad Gītā says, BG 3.17: He whose delight is only in the Self, whose satisfaction is in the Self, and whose contentment is only in the Self, for him ...


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You get hint of the complexion from Atmakarak in Navmansha. From Jaimini Sutras, swAmsavasadgowra neela pitadivarnAh The color or complexion of the person, yellow, dark, golden or white must be predicted from the nature of Navamansha occupied by the AtmakAraka. J.Su. Ch 1. Pada 4, Sutra 42 Similarly, complexion of spouse can also be predicted ...


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Advaita school identifies the dehi with the linga sarira or subtle body. MARWARI DEVOTEE: "Who is this 'I' that says, 'O Lord, I am Thy servant'?" MASTER: "This is the lingasarira, or embodied soul. It consists of manas, buddhi, chitta, and ahamkara." DEVOTEE: "Who is the embodied soul?" MASTER: "It is the Atman bound by the eight ...


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Bhagavad Gita is regarded high from Advaita &/or Vaishnava school of thoughts. This answer is from that perspective. According to it, Dehi (embodied one) transgresses from one body to another, upon death: वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय, नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि। तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा, न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही।। BG 2.22 - As after rejecting worn ...


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I don't know from vaishnavite perspective but I can answer advaitic perspective on this. From Advaitic perspective too it's Atman that keeps changing body. Atman here is Ego self or 'I' ness. In Advaita Atman is not the ultimate reality. Yes it is subtler than body and mind and the senses but the argument of Advaita is if you are aware of some thing ...


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