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Why do Devas stop people from attaining Brahma Vidya?

When a person gets Brahma-Vidya / Moksha then there is no rebirth for that person. And when he doesn't have birth he can't do various sacrifices and rituals for Devatas. So, Gods do not want that men ...
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Indra is called as the Lord of the Universe, the all pervader and the Supreme Lord in many Vedic verses. Here are some examples from RigVeda: रूपं-रूपं परतिरूपो बभूव तदस्य रूपं परतिचक्षणाय | ...
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Which scriptures or Vedic hymns declare the Sun as the Supreme God (Brahman)?

The following Veda Mantra describes the Divine Sun as the inner soul of all that exists. Chitram devAnAm udagAd anikam chakshur mitrasya varunasya agneh (1), AprA dyAvAprithivi antarikshma (2), ...
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Do any verses in the Vedas declare Agni to be the Highest Brahman?

There are Plenty of verses. I'm just selecting a few of them from RigVeda. “त्वमघ्न इन्द्रो वृषभः सतामसि त्वं विष्णुरुरुघायो नमस्यः त्वं ब्रह्मा रयिविद् ब्रह्मणस् पते त्वं विधर्तःसचसे ...
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Aham Brahmasmi and Advaita Vedanta

One has to see the full context regarding how the Mahavakya is spoken. The complete verse from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is as: ब्रह्म वा इदमग्र आसीत्, तदात्मानमेवावेत् ‘अहं ब्रह्मास्मि’ इति । तस्मा...
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Who is Ishwar according to Advait Vedanta - Lord Shiva or Vishnu?

Pure Advaita considers forms of God as unreal. Thus it does not matter what name the unreal Ishvara is called. Shankara considers Isvara or Brahman with attributes as ultimately unreal. He writes in ...
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Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation?

Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation? No. As per the Vedas and Upanishad. Shiv, Vishnu and Brahma are one. For ex:-eighth mantra of Kaivalya ...
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What is "Brahm" in "Brahmacharya"? How does it relate to celibacy?

This answer is based on teachings of Swami Sivananda. Swami Sivananda wrote many books explaining Brahmacharya, such as Practice of Brahmacharya. I will quotes some of his words here. Swami Sivanada ...
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What is the meaning of Brahman & Vasudeva?

The definition of Brahman is given in this chapter of the Taittiriya Upanishad: yato va imani bhutani jayante । yena jatani jivanti । yatprayantyabhisaṃviśanti । tadvijijñasasva । tad ...
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How did Tripura Sundari come into existence?

The scriptural evidence that you are searching for is found in the Brahmanda Purana.It describes why and how Lalita Parameswari manifested out of the Yagna fire.Quoting from here: In the heaven, ...
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Are Sri RamaKrishna's statements about attaining Brahman through Bhakti inline with Adi Shankara?

The single line answer is "Pure bhakthi and Pure Jnana are same". If you try to study both gurus lives, you will understand that: Sankaracharya is outwardly jnani but inside he is a pure bhaktha. ...
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What is the way to Liberation: direct communication with lord Krishna or the reading scriptures?

By reading scriptures one can not get Moksha. This is a well known conclusion of Hinduism. Shabda Gyana (which are the scriptures) can not give Moksha. It is the direct perception or the Aparoksha ...
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What is the meaning of this shloka and in what context it was written?

This is actually a Shanti Mantra (peace Mantra) from the Upanishads. It can be interpreted in different ways. One translation from greenmesg.com is as follows: ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णा...
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Why self realization doesn't imply omniscience?

Nice question! Since you have mentioned 'Advaitavaad' in your question I'm answering from Adi Shankaras Advaita perspective. Yes, Self realization doesn't imply Omniscience. It is because in ...
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Which Vedic verses depict Lord Shiva/Rudra as the Brahman?

There are many many verses and answer would be extremely long to quote it all. I discuss how Lord Rudra is revealed in RigVeda in my answer here and my answer here also contains many Vedic quotes. ...
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Who is Ishwar according to Advait Vedanta - Lord Shiva or Vishnu?

What is Ishwara? According to Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Saara Sangraha (You can get Sanskti-Hindi version from Internet Archive). verses 310-317 Ishvara ॥ १४ ॥ ईश्वरः॥ मायोपहितचैतन्यं साभासं ...
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Which scriptures or Vedic hymns declare the Sun as the Supreme God (Brahman)?

There are several. One is the Mahanarayana Upanishad. A few verses from this Upanishad (Swami Vimalananda translator): 1.2.1 The universe arose from Visvakarman through water, earth, fire, and ...
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Is concept brahman mentioned anywhere in Valmiki Ramayana?

Yes, the concept of the Brahman is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana: एते सेन्द्रास्त्रयो लोकाः सिद्धाश्च परमर्षयः | अभिगम्य महात्मानमर्चन्ति पुरुषोत्तमम् || ६-११९-३१ एतत्तदुक्तमव्यक्तमक्षरं ...
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Why aitareya brAhmana says that women cause trouble?

It has become fashion among the modern scholars to quote Sanskrit text selectively or out of context or twist the meaning of the original quote. The context in which such a statement was made, in ...
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Is the vedic supreme God different from the puranic supreme God?

Summary: the fundamental essence of Brahman is the same in the Vedas and Puranas. The Puranas are only a simplified version to take people to the same Supreme God. The same Brahman is extolled with ...
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Why does the Jiva reside in Brahman during deep sleep?

It is explained in the Chhandogya Upanishad - Aadhyaya-6, Khanda-8. What is the Sushupti actually and why do we experience it?: उद्दालको हारुणिः श्वेतकेतुं पुत्रमुवाच स्वप्नान्तं मे सोम्य विजानी...
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World is real even according to Advait Vedanta?

Prof. Dr. Chandradhar Sharma gives an excellent writing on this often confusing aspect of Advaita in his book The Advaita Tradition in Indian Philosophy: A Study in Buddhism, Vedanta and Kashmira ...
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What is the meaning of Brahman & Vasudeva?

The meaning of Brahman & Vasudeva according to Shreemad Bhagvat Purana. वदन्ति तत्तत्वविदस्तत्वम् यज्ज्ञानमद्वयम् । ब्रह्मेति परमात्मेति भगवानिति शब्द्द्यते ॥ 11 vadanti tat tattva-...
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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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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? The deity of any Vedic Sukta/Mantra does not vary with schools ... The three limbs of any Vedic Mantra are fixed and no ...
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How do I remember "ब्रह्म"(Brahman) while working in office?

In Srimad Bhāgavataṃ 7.5.23-24, Prahlada says there are nine ways of worshipping the Lord. They are famously known as the Navavidha bhakti margas. śrī-prahlāda uvāca śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ ...
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What does hinduism say about oneness of god?

The Vedas clearly declare that the ultimate reality is one but we know him by different names. So, yes, oneness of Gods has been discussed in the Vedas themselves. Suparnam viprAh kavyo vachobhir ...
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