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How were the Trimurthi born?

Basically by asking "How were Trimurthis born?" This question is asking "Who is the originator of whom?" Or "Who is the Ishwara?" Several answers are given here, but most ...
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How were the Trimurthi born?

Vishnu has no beginning or end. As Vishnu's incarnation Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Neither the hosts of gods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for, in every respect, I am ...
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Is there any scripture that tells story about Lord Vishnu and MahaVishnu?

First of all, yes, there is a notion of a greater Vishnu and a lesser Vishnu. This concept is expressed in simplest terms in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana: Affecting then the quality of ...
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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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What is the Navavidha Bhakti?

Navavidha Bhakti Shrimad Bhagavatam 7.5:23-24 sri-prahrada uvaca sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam iti pumsarpita visnau ...
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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Your understanding is more or less proper. Brahman is One infinite whole as the Upanishads say. Same Brahman which is Nirguana appears as Various names and forms through its own power of Maya. I have ...
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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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What is the relation/difference between Brahman(ब्रह्म) & Parabrahm(परब्रह्म)?

Brahman can be thought of in its as Saguna Brahman and as Nirguna Brahman. Parabrahman refers to Nirguna Brahman. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 10, The Master and ...
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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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Why does God allow us to suffer?

It's true that Brahman is conscious, and that Brahman is the one that gives both rewards and punishments, so in that sense it is the efficient cause of all suffering. But it is not being cruel or ...
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Approach to the Ultimate/Absolute Truth (Jnana)

The path of knowledge is commonly referred to as Jnana Yoga. What is meant by Jnana depends upon the scripture being read. Oftentimes scripture will distinguish between Vijnana (refers to Knowledge -...
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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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How were the Trimurthi born?

Chapter six and seven of RUDRASAMHITA Section of Shiva Purana describes how Trimurti were born. Brahma said this to his son Narada. At the time of great dissolution when all mobile and immobile ...
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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Section CCLXXX says: Know that this entire universe is under the control of one divine Being. The Veda that is in the soul.......regards the unity of various creatures. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How were the Trimurthi born?

You might see this answer for some clarification as well. Narayana,or Garbhodakasayi Visnu was floating on the water at the bottom of the universe. A lotus flower came out of his navel, and Brahma ...
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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 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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How were the Trimurthi born?

Notwithstanding what is written in the Puranas, Mahabharata says that all three are eternal Brahman as can be seen in the following passage: The Supreme Spirit hath three condition. In the form of ...
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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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