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tl;dr; Worshiping God is not mandatory. But one who wants true happiness (which actually all do), can only obtain it by approaching and surrendering to God. But because God is both with and without attributes one can chose the path of worship and serving God or the path of meditating upon His formless aspect or only continue to do actions in a detached way ...


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Hinduism is neither strictly polytheistic nor strictly monotheistic. The concept of God has been differently defined for people of different nature and qualities. We know that there are three primary nature or qualities sattva (goodness), rajas (passion) and tamas (ignorance). Hence, there are three different gods representing the same God in His three ...


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The point that Karthikeya is not widely worshipped may be true in North India. But in Tamilnadu, he is very popular. This may be due to the fact that all the major incidents which involved Karthikeya took place in Tamilnadu. The Six Abodes of Murugan signifies such incidents. Apart from the Six main temples, there are numerous other notable temples dedicated ...


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Yes, Sri Rama, the son of Dasharatha is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. So, he himself is the Lord. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Baala Kanda that all world had become sad because of Ravana. Then all Devas along with Lord Brahma prayed to Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Vishnu pleased by them and promised to take birth as the son of Dasharatha. ततो नारायणो...


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Indra is not the name of a person, its the name of a post, same with all other Lords and Gods. Same is with Trishanku, who is considered as a future candidate for Indra padavi, Hanuma is awarded as a future Brahma for his countless Rama Nama Japam. The person holding Indra's post will be changed after his term is completed. Until then he can do whatever he ...


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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 should attain Brahma Vidya. It is explained in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as: I-iv-9: They say: Men think, ‘Through the knowledge of Brahman we shall become ...


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You have realised the correct thing. But the reason they should not be considered as avatars of Vishnu is because it has not been explicitly mentioned in the scriptures. It is the scriptures which tell us in the first place who Vishnu is and what are His incarnations. So without the scriptures explicitly mentioning any of the prophets it will always remain ...


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You have read the scriptures. So I will not waste your time by quoting scriptures. I will instead quote Sri Ramakrishna on this topic. It might clear up the confusion. "No one can say with finality that God is only 'this' and nothing else. He is formless and again He has forms. For the bhakta He assumes forms. But He is formless for the jnani, that is,...


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One of the primary reasons is the sin destroying effects the Lord's names. The inspiration for doing this can be linked to the story of Ajamila as described in the Bhagavatam: Ajamila was a pious brahmana. But once he saw a prostitute engaged with a man in the forest and since then he got infatuated. He fell down from his religious activities and went so ...


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From the scientific point of view, questions below are answered with various recognized concepts: 1. how it started? There is a very famous Big Bang theory, according to which everything got created out of a small singular dot (ब्रह्मांड). With General theory of relativity, it was found by (virtual) travelling backwards in time + space that the singular ...


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Earth is stage, we all are actors Earth is like a stage where we all see drama movie. We all are actors and we are performing our roles. We are the eyes, mouth and hands of existence. If the self does not interfere, the nature sees,,speaks and acts through us. Life is considered as Yajna for others. We are given body to do some work as per our skills ...


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I have edited my answer to go through each of your points in detail. Before addressing each point, let me begin by stating that 'creation' is the wrong word. Hindu scriptures all refer to 'projection', not 'creation'. Creation has a connotation of something coming out of nothing, and this idea comes from the common Christian concept of the beginning to the ...


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human beings don't know about god am I right? See what Kena-Upanishad says about your question. यस्यमतं तस्य मतं मतं यस्य न वेद स:। अविज्ञातं विजानतां विज्ञातमविजानताम ॥3॥ YasyaMatam Tasya Matam Matam Yasya na Ved sa AvigyanTam Vijanatam VigyanTaMaVijanaTam He who thinks he does not know It, knows It.  He who thinks he knows It, ...


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In Sanskrit there are two meaning of the word Koti Crore Type But, we are making mistakes and interpret as a Crore rather than to interpret Type.


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There are different perspectives. This is an advaita perspective (the belief that all Gods are One.) What are the three gunas The three gunas are: Tamas - this is the quality of laziness, darkness (ignorance) and inertia. Sri Swami Sivananda on tamas process Tamas is inertia or inaction or darkness. Tamas binds man to heedlessness (Pramada), ...


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Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda provides answer to this question. See Here तेषामपि महातेजा रामो रतिकरः पितुः | स्वयम्भूरिव भूतानां बभूव गुणवत्तरः || २-१-६ RaamaH = Rama; svayambhuuriva = like the Brahma;bhuutaanaaM = among all the living beings; guNavattaraH = the most virtuous; teshhaamapi = among those brothers;mahaatejaH = the mightiest; ...


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First of all, a question arises: How or why is the name or concept of Leela relevant in Hinduism? It's because Brahman is defined as fully omniscient and omnipotent by many Vedic verses. Brahman is defined as being beyond mind and hence to be understood by Neti Neti or Not-this Not-this. So for this powerful and omniscient Brahman there cannot be any ...


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The cruelty and evil seen in the world are the results of Karmic factors of Jeevas and God can't be blamed for that. It is stated in Brahma Sutra 2.1.34 as: Inequality (of dispensation) and cruelty (the Lord can) not (be reproached with), on account of his regarding (merit and demerit); for so (Scripture) declares. While commenting on this sutra Adi ...


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From mahashivratri.org Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Shiva is beyond and above any kind of force. He is the master of Shakti. The tiger skin that he wears symbolizes victory over every force. Tiger also represent lust. Thus sitting on Tiger skin, Shiva ...


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"But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism" Nothing is farther from the truth. The Garuda Purana describes in great detail how Yama the god of death judges each soul based on Chitragupta's listing of the person's good deeds and bad deeds: The sinful man cries when he hears the mingled wails of "Oh, Oh," and having heard his cry, those who walk ...


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This is actually an important and fundamental question. So I am re-framing it for providing the explanation: If the law of karma is as such that a man reaps what he does, then what is the necessity of worshipping God? If one will do good, then irrespective of whether he worships God or not, he will obviously get good in return. So is also the case for doing ...


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Your confusion arises because you think that Hindu scripture supports the Hindu caste system as seen today. That is not the case. The term Brahmana in Hindu scripture has a different connotation from the Brahmana of Hindu caste system. Hindu scripture is talking of Varna which is dependent on conduct. Bhrigu said, 'He is called a Brahmana in whom are ...


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Gajendra elephant got Moksha by chanting name of Lord Vishnu. Once Gajendra elephant went to a lake to drink water. One crocodile came and barked at elephant's feet. Crocodile was very strong and it holds elephant in water only. Gajendra elephant continuosly chanted Lord Vishnu's name and Lord Vishnu came to rescue it. Thus an elephant got Moskha. Nandhi is ...


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First of all whatever work Supreme Lord does he has no purpose to do it from absolute level perspective which I discuss here and hence his activity is termed as Leela. As for daily activity like what do Lord Shiva do daily in Kailash or what do Lord Vishnu do daily in Vaikuntha we can infer their daily activity from various Puranic sources and also from ...


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This is indeed a very good question. But unfortunately no specific reason can be pointed out as the sole cause for God's incarnations: हरि अवतार हेतु जेहि होई। इदमित्थं कहि जाइ न सोई।। [Ramcharit Manas - 1.121] However, from scriptures and whatever sages have said three primary reasons can be pointed out, 1. Establishment of Dharma 2. Deliverance of ...


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Yes, Lord Hayagriva is the avatar of Vishnu with a horse head. Haya means horse and griva means neck. So the deity with a horse head from his neck is known as Hayagriva. The incident of how He got that horse head is present in different scriptures with slight variations. Once in the ancient time the gods decided to do a Yajna. But they couldn't find ...


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Shrinathji is not an incarnation (avatara) of Krishna, he's just Krishna himself. The Srinathji idol depicts Krishna as a child holding the Govardhana hill, which is why his hand is raised as you can see in the image below. Krishna didn't incarnate as some other individual to lift the hill, he lifted it himself. So it makes no sense to call Shrinathji an ...


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Lord Shiva's Complexion was described in Chapter Four (Cancula's Salvation) of Shiva Purana Mahatyam in Shiva Puranam. You can see that from here.(Page 18) She saw the three-eyed Mahadeva, the eternal, being served devotedly by Brahma,Vishnu and other gods. He had the brilliance of ten million suns and was reverently served by Ganesha, Bhrngi, ...


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The story of Lord Shiva and Tilottama is told by Lord Shiva himself in this chapter of Anushashana Parva. Lord Shiva himself tells that it is just to show the power of Yoga: तिलोत्तमा नाम पुरा ब्रह्मणा योषिदुत्तमा । तिलं तिलं समुद्धृत्य रत्नानां निर्मिता शुभा ।। साभ्यगच्छत मां देवि रूपेणाप्रतिमा भुवि । प्रदक्षिणं लोभयन्ती मां शुभे रुचिरानना ।। यतो ...


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