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Yes, it is true. Gods do not blink. There are four physical qualities of Gods which differentiate them from humans. They do not blink. Hence they are called Animisha. They do not sweat. Their feet do not touch ground. There is a thin gap between the surface and their feet. Shadow is not formed for them. These are the qualities which Damayanti used to ...


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Lord Hanuman is associated with muscles and muscle powers/strength. From Hanuman Chalisa: बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके सुमिरौ पवन कुमार । बल बुद्धि विद्या देहु मोहि हरहु कलेस बिकार् ॥ O Hanuman, O Lord, as I am ignorant and lack of wisdom, I pray to you to take away all my woes and worries and shower on me wisdom, strength and knowledge. रामदूत अतुलि...


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This is not what Atri Smriti or Vishnu Purana says. This is directly from Rigveda Samhita. Smritis generally have the info which is taken from the Vedas. Sages usually refer to Vedas when they say information like this. The verse cited in Atri Smriti or Jyoti Nirbandha is referring to RigVeda Mandala 10 Sukta 85 mantras 37 to 43. To be more precise 40 ...


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According to the Devi Bhagavata Purana 6.15 (Book 6, Chapter 15), twinkling of eyes do not happen for the Devas. They have a fixed gaze. In contrast, for human beings, beasts etc the blinking of eyes occur. ” The Devî, the Lord of the Devas, the Mother of the World being highly pleased, said thus :-- “O King! At the expiry of this your Prârabdha ...


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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 anubhuti that will give. Here's a verse from Patanjali Yoga Sutras. shrutanumanaprajnabhyam anyavishayaa vishesharthatvat || The knowledge that is gained ...


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According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 29, Saharaksha is the son of Pavaka and serve as the Agni for the Asuras. पवमानात्मजश्चैव कव्यवाहन उच्यते। पावकात्सहरक्षस्तु हव्यवाहः शुचेः सुतः॥४॥ The son of Pavamāna was known as Kavyavāhana and from Pāvaka was born Saharakşa and Havyavāha was the son of Suci. देवानां हव्यवाहोऽग्निः पितृणां कव्यवाहनः। ...


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The verse is actually there in the ChAndogya Upanishad (CU). CU 3.6.1 states: Tad yat prathamamritam tad vasava upajivantyAgninA mukhena | na vai deva asnanti na pivantyeadevAmritam drishtvA tripyanti || Among them, which is the first Amrita, keeping Agni in front, is enjoyed by the Vasus. [But, in the real sense], the gods neither do eat nor ...


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my question is how do you prove his existence? Swami krishnananda logically proves (mostly from Advaitic perspective) God/Brahman exists in his book Lessons on the Upanishads. Swamiji proves there is something which doesn't change in everything and says that is nothing but Brahman (ultimate Reality). We begin to feel there must be something above this ...


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SB 1.3.24 Then, in the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha... So Buddha is mentioned after Krishna and before Kalki incarnation.


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From creation chapters of various Puranas, we find that there were more daughters than sons. For example, Svāyambhuva Manu (the father of mankind) had 3 daughters (Ākūti, Devahūti and Prasūti) and 2 sons (Priyavrata and Uttānapāda). (SB 4.1) Daksha Prajapati had many daughters who are mothers of other creation. Although, Daksha had few sons but we don't ...


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Having faith in gods and scriptures is collectively known as Astikya (the state of being an Astika as opposed to a Nastika). Now we know that Yoga has the eight limbs (Angas) among which we have Yama, Niyama etc. And, in that list of limbs, this Astikya comes under Niyama. See the following verses from Devi Bhagavatam (Book 7 , Chapter 35): The enemies ...


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''These men'' definitely refers to Maruts, because Marut is term which refers to a group of people/ warrior every where in Rig Veda. Besides at many places in Rig Veda Prishni is referred as mother of Marut and Rudra as father and both are mentioned in these two verses mentioned in the question. The translation is also incorrect as Prishni does not mean ' ...


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Rigveda 10.12.6 states: durmantvatra amritasya nAma (1), salakshmA yad vishurupA bhavAti (2) || Hard to seize by the mind in this world is the name of the immortal (1), because he puts on features and becomes divergent forms (2). So, the one God has become of varied forms. Therefore why it is hard to believe that every deities are but ...


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It would seem there is a misunderstanding on your part. When Saguna Brahman (Iswara) is seen by an individual - through maya - in different 'aspects', Iswara is perceived as Siva, Vishnu, Annapurna, etc,etc. The use of the English word 'diety' or 'dieties' or 'gods' usually lead to confusion as many interpret it as the devas. It is through the 'eye' of the ...


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Leading a life as per one's own wishes, with complete disregard for the scriptural injunctions, is never recommended in Hinduism. Because it will ultimately lead to misery and destruction. People belonging to the different classes and orders of life who are steadfastly devoted to the Laws proper to them enjoy the fruits of their deeds after death; and ...


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Gabhasti or Gabhastika is mentioned as a form of the sun in chapter fifty-one of the Agni Purana: (4). (The images of) Agni and other gods bearing the club, trident, disc and lotus should be placed in different directions (around). (The images of) the forms of Sun, commencing with Aryamā are represented as possessing four arms and placed in a diagram of ...


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I am answering based on Jaimini Sutras. Here, we found what particular celestial configurations result into devotion to a particular diety. From Ch1, Pada 2, Sutra 72- We find if the Sun and Ketu is present in Karakamsha, the native becomes Shaivite or devotee of Shiva. Sutra 73- If Moon is present in Karakamsha, the native worships Gouri, wife of Shiva. ...


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Krishna is verily Brahman personified. This is stated on the Bhagavatam, verse 1.3.28: ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ | kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam | indrāri-vyākulaṁ lokaṁ mṛḍayanti yuge yuge || All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Śrī kṛṣṇa is the original ...


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References of Devas like Indra, Varun, Agni etc. doing severe tapasya to seek extra ordinary powers/boon in order to counter attack Asuras. Yes in in Brahmanda Purana there is a story of Indra and all the devas performing a penance at the slopes of Himalaya in order to defeat Asura leader Bhandasura and all the other asuras , Who is later Killed By Devi ...


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Yes God knows even what you talk secretly. See the following Atharva Veda (AV) Mantra: Dvau samnishadya yat mantrayete rAja tat veda varunah tritiyah || When you talk in secret, there is always the third observer, divine observer Varuna. AV 4.16.2 So, God is monitoring all our actions, even though we might think that we are doing those ...


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I first want to differentiate between avatara of Bhagavan, and a temporary appearance of a Deva, because the word 'God' is used loosely in your question. Devas are Svarga-loka vasis (residents). They may appear briefly on earth for a specific purpose, whether selfish or altruistic. An example is during Nala-Damayanti Swayamvar in Mahabharata Nalopakhyana ...


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Since you believe the Stotrams attributed to Adi Shankara are later works, I guess then it will be difficult to prove that he believed all the Panchatayana deities as Saguna Brahman. This is because his major works only refer to Sriman Narayana as supreme alone. For example, his Bhagavad Gita commentary states that nobody is equal to Sriman Narayana: Asi,...


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One example of the symbolic interpretation of Vishnu's form is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp057.htm PARÁŚARA. (says) --Having offered salutation to the mighty and indescribable Vishńu, I repeat to you what was formerly related to me by Vaśisht́ha. The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and ...


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Kubera (or Kuvera), the God of the riches, has three legs and eight teeth. As already descirbed in Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899: kubera m. or in later Sanskṛt kuvera (originally) N. of a chief of the evil beings or spirits or darkness having the N. Vaiśravaṇa, AV. viii, 10, 28 ; ŚBr. &c.; (afterwards) the god of riches and ...


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