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Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara's eyes to that of monkey's nates?

First of all, here is the Chandogya Upanishad verse in question: tasya yathā kapyāsaṃ puṇḍarīkamevamakṣiṇī tasyoditi nāma sa eṣa sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhya udita udeti ha vai sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhyo ...
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Interpreting Bhagavad Gita verse 8.16

A literal interpretation of the Gita 8.16 would be disastrous since it would contradict Sruti. We know from Manu Smriti that when there is any difference between Sruti and Smriti then Sruti will ...
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What scriptures describe Brahma's son Sanatkumara being reborn as Shiva's son Kartikeya?

The 37th Chapter of the Mahatmya Kanda of the Tripura Rahasya details the story of Sanatkumara incarnating as Kartikeya. Lord Dattatreya relates the story of Lord Muruga to Parashurama, listening to ...
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Is Krishna mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad?

Chandogya Upanishad declaration on Ghora Angirasa and Devaki Putra Krishna: taddhaitadghor āṅgirasaḥ kṛṣṇāya devakīputrāyoktvovācāpipāsa eva sa babhūva so'ntavelāyāmetattrayaṃ ...
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Why does chandogya upanishad use kannada-telugu words?

According to Swami Gambhirananda the following is the translation of Chandogya Upanishad 1.10.1 (translated his Bengali translation into English): When all the crops of the country of the Kurus ...
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Biological origins of life - Chandogya Upanishad

The Chandogya Upansihada says that there are three possible biological origins of life. This is mentioned in the Shloka 6.3.1: तेषां खल्वेषां भूतानां त्रीण्येव बीजानी भवन्त्याण्डजं जीवजमुद्भि...
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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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Did Brahman split into multiple souls?

The exact verse you are referring to is Chandogya VI.2.3. The division is only apparently so, and is only seen from the aspect of maya. Krishna says in Gita Chapter 13 verse 16 (Swami Nikhilananda ...
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Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara's eyes to that of monkey's nates?

A colour is colour is a colour. To debate the 'appropriateness' of an analogy is a fruitless and endless endeavor as there are no scriptural rules for analogies. Everyone's sense of 'decorum' is ...
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What part of the Sama Veda Samhita is the Udgitha?

There are two primary part of Sama Veda: Archik(आर्चिक) Archik means group of Rik(ऋक्) which has two parts: Purvarchik(पूर्वार्चिक) Uttararchik(उत्तरार्चिक) Gaan(गान). Gaan mantra are composed on ...
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Why does chandogya upanishad use kannada-telugu words?

There is a commentary (source) based on Shankara’s bhasya that parallels the word ‘maṭacī’ in the Sabdakalpadruma (dictionary of sanskrit words compiled in the 19th century): According to Śaṅkara, ...
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Does the Chandogya Upanishad foretell the birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

You are discussing a wrong verse. We refer to Chandogya 8.1.2 tan-madhye daharam saksat mayapuramitiryate tatra vesma bhagavatas caitanyasya paratmanah tasmin yas tv 'antarakaso hy antar-dvipah sa ...
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Interpreting Bhagavad Gita verse 8.16

In this verse what Krishna is trying to tell is to realise the impermanence of bliss in all these lokas. From Patal to Bramhaloka , Bliss increases exponentially - still it's not mukti. Only when raag ...
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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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Is Chandogya 5.10.7 authentic?

None of the answers objectively proved this verse as unauthentic. All Srutis and Smritis unanimously declare varna is based on birth at many places. people who are claiming this verse as unauthentic ...
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Is Chandogya 5.10.7 authentic?

The second reason is that Chandalas, as we know them today, didn't even exist in Vedic times. If the verse is authentic, it can not be referring to the group of people called 'Chandalas' today. The ...
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Possible Interpretation of Chandogya Upanishad 5.10.7?

So based on above conclusions is it possible that here "yonim" means 2nd birth and not the natural birth ? No, it can't because it mentions dogs and pigs, and one can only be born into the ...
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Did Brahman split into multiple souls?

Basically this question is asking about the relationship between Brahman and Jivas (creatures). The short answer is that Brahman did not split into multiple souls. There are many theories in Advaita ...
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