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Are these verses from Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad asking men to beat women? If not, how should they be interpreted?

Garuda purana 1.109.31 is a verse taken From manu smriti, also it's taken without its context Manu says this 8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who ...
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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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What is meant by "the world of the Manes"?

अथ त्रयो वाव लोकाः—मनुष्यलोकः पितृलोको देवलोक इति; सोऽयं मनुष्यलोकः पुत्रेणैव जय्यः, नान्येन कर्मणा; कर्मणा पितृलोकाः, विद्यया देवलोकः; देवलोको वै लोकानां श्रेष्ठः, तस्माद्विद्यां प्रशंसन्ति। ॥ १६ ...
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What is color of Purusha(jivatman) according to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

First of all, it seems the translation is missing a crucial part of the verse. Here is the translation of the same verse by Swāmī Mādhavānanda: The form of that ‘being’ is as follows: Like a cloth ...
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How do Dvaitins interpret this verse of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

Here's how the Dvaita philosopher Madhvacharya renders the portion you put in bold, in this excerpt from his commentary on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: But he worships any other god (than Brahman),...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas interpret the "Vedas are not Vedas" quote in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

As expected, Sri Vaishnavas do not think that this verse makes the epistemological point suggested by Adi Shankaracharya in his Brahma Sutra Bhashya. Instead they interpret it in a similar fashion to ...
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Fourth Brâhmana - what is the Sanskrit word for "seized"?

You are referring to verses 7-8 of Adhyaya 2 Brahmana 4 of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: sa yathā dundubherhanyamānasya na bāhyāñchabdāñchaknuyādgrahaṇāya, dundubhestu grahaṇena—dundubhyāghātasya ...
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Are these verses from Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad asking men to beat women? If not, how should they be interpreted?

These 2 verses show the mindset of ancient householders. Modern Hindus do not have to accept such obviously wrong teachings. Vedic or other scriptural authority does not extend to matters that can be ...
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Who is the deity who escorts you to Brahmaloka?

The deity Manasa is described in this chapter of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. If we read the full description there then it is clear that Manasa is none other than Brahman himself: "Bhrigu said, '...
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How much percent of one's income should be given to charity?

Meaning of daan (दान) - to bestow ,to dispose ,to donate ,to endow.See here The Daan(दान) should only be made with the money leftover after fullfilling the requirements of family. Daan should not ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

I think you have misunderstood the verses in question and have taken them out of context. It is important to read the first verse of this section 4 and the commentary. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad with ...
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What is meant by "the world of the Manes"?

In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: Now, these are, verily, the three worlds: the world of men, the world of the Manes and the world of the gods. The world of men can be gained through a son only and by no ...
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Are these verses from Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad asking men to beat women? If not, how should they be interpreted?

Beating generally doesn't means to beat physically or harshly. These type of verses are present not only for women but in many cases. This is only for the purification of soul and we should not beat ...
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Why does the word "Atma" in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad refer to the mind rather than the actual Atma?

It isn't always necessary that people always intrepret 'Atman' as Mind in this case. Most people have interpreted it because it tells 'ten are pranas' first and then tells 'Atman as eleventh'. As ...
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Is Ganesh true dev?

Mahabharata accepts Lord Ganesha as a true Devata. After all it was Lord Ganesha who actually wrote the Itihasa (although this is not accepted by the Bhandarkar critical edition). I am also posting ...
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Is the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad part of the Brihad Aranyaka?

Brihadaranyak Upanishad is actually the Brihad Aarnyaka itself. As far as I know the Aarnyaka of Shukla Yajurveda (Shatapatha Brahmana) is called Brihad Aranyaka and is considered as Upanishad. Let ...
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Who is the deity who escorts you to Brahmaloka?

Sri gurave namah, Well, the evolution from being a "forgetful" soul called mode of ignorance, "tamas" can be equated to the darkness/night. The mode of passion 'Rajas' is the illumined way, ...
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Who is Saraswati's guru "Ambhini"?

I think the flow of knowledge shown, ie.,Ambhinî from Âditya, the Sun and Vâk from Ambhinî, in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, should be viewed in esoteric manner only. Rig Veda eulogise Sun or Savitr ...
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Why does the word "Atma" in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad refer to the mind rather than the actual Atma?

With all due respect to the authors of these texts, the first point to be noted is that these are commentaries and not pure translations. What Madhavacharya and Bhaskaracharya meant could have been ...
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Is Ganesh true dev?

Ganapati or Ganesha is a Vedic God. Here is Vedic verse dedicated to him which is widely used as an Avahana Mantra for Lord Ganapati.: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ...
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Is Ganesh true dev?

Yes , Shree Ganesh is true Deva or God and not only that he is said to be the the Brahman ,giving Consciousness to All. We can find his description In Ganapati Atharvashirsha (Ganapati Upanishad) ...
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What is meant by "the world of the Manes"?

‘Yājñavalkya,’ said he, ‘how many kinds of oblations will the Adhvaryu offer in this sacrifice to-day?’ ‘Three.’ ‘Which are those three?’ ‘Those that blaze up on being; offered, those that make a ...
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Are these verses from Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad asking men to beat women? If not, how should they be interpreted?

Quoting Gita press Translation of Garuda Purana The wicked , the craftsmen , the servants and drum etc . instruments and women etc. attain soft nature only through proper discipline . They can't be ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

The last sections of this chapter six - Brahmana 3-4 - of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad are describing a procedure for householders called Manthan" Karma for getting good wealth and good progeny. As ...
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Did Yajnavalkya commit Brahmahatya by killing a Brahmana?

Your question is related to famous Yajnavalkya and Shakalya debate , which which is mentioned in Shapatha Brahmana (11.6.3.11) as well as Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (Chapter 3-Brahmana 9 ). Some ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

Don't go with any English translations. They are almost always wrong. English does not have the breadth or nuance needed to express Sanskrit verse. Nor do the colonial translators, much of them ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

That’s why you should never read colonial English translations of our texts, as they just haven’t got the concept of nirukta or bhavarth. The verse is about “bringing up children” to be worthy people! ...
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How does Arya Samaj intepret Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.1?

How does Arya Samaj intepret Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.1? For this You can check Upanishad translated by an Arya Samaj I author. I am using Narayanan Swami translation. Here he translated ब्रह्मणो ...
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How do Dvaitins interpret this verse of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

Since I cannot add a comment (being a newcomer on this forum), adding it as answer. Shri Madhvacharya justifies his interpretation, while showing the inaccuracy in the conventional or the superficial ...
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