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Prof Chandradhar Sharma in "Advaita Tradition in Indian Philosophy" Page 124-125 writes References to some ancient teachers of Vedanta are found in the Vedanta literature, but their works, if they composed any, are not extant. Badarayana in his Brahma-sutra names some teachers of old citing their views. They are: Jaimini, Ashmarathya, Badari, ...


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Skandaswami (7th Century) 's commentary on Rigveda Recalling what I read in the preface of Rigveda book from Gayatri Pariwar (you can read this paragraph at page number 19: This is in Hindi language, the English translation of first couple of sentences would be: Who did write the very first commentary on Rigveda and when? This is not sure but among the ...


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There are many changes Sri Ramanujacharya made to change mindset of the people. I will list a few Brahman and Jiva : He interprets Brahman as essentially a Personal God, of a real world, permeated and animated by His spirit. There is no distinction between Nirguna and Saguna Brahman. Brahman is Savisesha Brahman, i.e., Brahman with attributes- with the ...


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As per the Puranas, the Ramayana War was fought for a total of 87 days with occasional halts for a period of 15 days, thus making the number of days of actual fighting 72. The starting tithi is: Māgha Śukla Dvitīyā(The second tithi of the bright half of the month of Magha) The ending tithi is: Caitra Kṛṣṇa Caturdaśī(the fourteenth tithi of the dark half of ...


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Darshana (vision) of one's Ishta Devata (favorite deity) is possible by Mantra Purascharana. One of the signs of Mantra Siddhi (that is achieved through Purascharana) is Devata Darshana (See this answer) From the introduction of Swami Shivananda's book "JAPA YOGA -- A COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON MANTRA-SASTRA" In this Kali Yuga (iron age) Japa alone ...


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In the middle stage of Yogic practice (a stage which is known as the Ghata Avastha), an adept Yogi obtains various Siddhis (perfections). Among which floating in the air and becoming invisible are there. Quoting from Shiva Samhita: When the Yogi, though remaining in Padmasana, can rise in the air and leave the ground, then know that he has gained Vayu-...


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Professor Kashi Nath Upadhyaya in his "Early Buddhism and Bhagavadgita" page 16-19 says Evidences for the existence of the MB after the 1st century A.D. are too numerous and too well known to be recounted here. We may, therefore, begin with the testimony of the works of Asvaghosa, a Mahayana Buddhist of the 1st century A.D. In his ‘Buddhacarita’ ...


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Some Sanskrit works from Malabar fit these periods. Nārāyaṇīyaṁ, a summary of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa attributed to Mēlpatūr Nārāyaṇa Bhattatirippād. Composed ca. 16th century. Tantrasamuccayaṁ, a guide on temple-building, nitya pūjas, and other knowledge on tantra. Composed by Cēnnās Nārāyaṇan Nambūdirippad in the 15th century. The author's descendants are ...


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This quote of Sri Vivekananda in the book "COLOMBO TO ALMORA". An inspiring speech of Sri Vivekananda, to the people of India, to rise up and move on. There everything told him, as it were, "Slave! you are a slave, remain so. Hopeless you were born, hopeless you must remain." Even the very air murmured round him, as it were, "There ...


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I am giving here the opinion of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji on the topic. Quoting from the book "Hindu Dharma", which is composed of various speeches given by him. Our nation, it is often alleged, does not have a sense of history. In my opinion the Puranas are history. But to our educated people today history means the history ...


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There seems to be an indirect reference to 12 zodiac signs in Rig-Veda 1.164.48 as, 48 Twelve are the fellies, and the wheel is single; three are the naves. What man hath understood it? Therein are set together spokes three hundred and sixty, which in nowise can be loosened. the Rishi speaks about the wheel of twelve spokes, which has three navels with ...


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Yes. When Narada met Vyasa and asked him to write Bhagavata, he narrates a story from previous manvantara. O Muni, in the last millennium I was born as the son of a certain maidservant engaged in the service of brāhmaṇas who were following the principles of Vedānta. When they were living together during the four months of the rainy season, I was engaged in ...


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Vedic sanskrit is different from classical sanskrit. Because vedic sanskrit was used around 1500 to 600bce and vedas were written in vedic sanskrit. After that classical sanskrit was used. There are major and minor differences in the pronunciation and spelling of words(same words) and vocabulary is also different . Understand it with this example : Rig Veda ...


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From this blog which answers Who are Gaudiya Vaishnavas? “Gauḍīya” indicates the part of India between the southern side of the Himalayan Mountains and the northern part of the Vindhyā Hills, which is called Āryāvarta, or the Land of the Āryans. This portion of India is divided into five parts or provinces (Pañca-gauḍadeśa): Sārasvata (Kashmir and Punjab),...


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According to Shankaracharya Puranas are authentic, but the Puranas mentioned in Upanishads refer to Brahmana portion of the Vedas as per his Upanishadic Bhasya. As from a fire kindled with wet faggot diverse kinds of smoke issue, even so, my dear, the Ṛg-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sāma-Veda, Atharvāṅgirasa, History(Epics), Mythology(Puranas), arts, Upaniṣads, verses,...


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I don't think it's about touching the blue color or wearing blue color clothes. It's about Indigo, that is used to create dyes etc. of the blue color. If you go through the entire Manu Smriti, you won't find any restrictions in it regarding the Brahmins and the blue color. But, regarding the use of indigo-dyed clothes, the cultivation of the same there are ...


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Now let's answer the question: The Vedic origin of Lord Shiva: which means from Rudra to Shiva? Let's get some facts in place: Now, in the Rig Vedā, the word “Śiva” occurs more than 30 times, and all these are not personified names (swarūpa), they are various aspects of auspiciousness and pleasantness. For example, the hymn “Be Śiva with me” meaning be ...


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The advaita guru parampara begins with the deva-parampara (Narayana, Brahma), followed by the Rishi-parampara (vasishtha, shakti, parashara, vyasa, suka). After Suka, we turn to the manava-parampara of Gaudapada, Govindapada, Shankara. This is how it is chanted - Advaita-Guru-Paramparā-Stotram नारायणं पद्मभुवं वशिष्ठं शक्तिं च तत्पुत्रं पराशरं च व्यासं शुकं ...


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OP: What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to survive centuries of proselytisation by Muslims and Christians? The main attributes of Hinduism that allowed it to survive for millennia is syncretism and evolution. This will become apparent when you read the wikipedia article "History of Hinduism". Hinduism, is arguably the world's longest ...


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There are possibly many reasons why Hinduism survived. Here I will discuss one attribute of Hinduism that enabled Dharma to survive the Islamic onslaught. Islamic invaders destroyed numerous Hindu temples in their goal of eradicating Hinduism. There is a fascinating exchange of letters between Anundpal (Raja of Delhi) and Sultan Mahmud of Gizhnevy about ...


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Yes Bibi Nanchari was really a Muslim. She is not a second wife of Venkateswara as per scripture, but she is a Madura bhakthi devotee of Venkateswara like Andal. This question requires historical references rather than scriptural references. There are several variants of a same story regarding Bibi Nachiar. One of the story is mentioned in the book 108 ...


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As per all websites or books that contain this Stotra, it was composed by Rishi Vashishta. The Phalasruti mentions this: Vasishtena Krutham stotram, Sarva sampathkaram param, Trisandhyam ya padenithyam, Sa hi swargamavapnyuth. This prayer composed by sage Vasishta, Is one which gives all types of wealth, And whoever chants it at dawn, noon and dusk, Would ...


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Yes he was. Tulsidas, the author of Shriramcharitmanas did get chances to meet Rama. His accounts of meeting with Haunuman and Rama are mentioned in Bhaktirasbodhini by Priyadas. Tulsidas used to visit the woods outside Varanasi for his morning ablutions with a water pot. On his way back, he used to offer the remaining water to a certain tree. This quenched ...


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I am not sure why you thought that Yama Smriti is not extant at present. It exists and I have a copy of it and I use it in answers I guess :). Here is a PDF of Yama Smriti in Sanskrit only. It ends thus (from p-7 of the PDF): iti yama proktam dharmashastram samaptam (thus ends the Dharma Shastra composed by Yama). I guess we can find English translation of ...


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The same page gives a justification from the Apastamba Dharma Sutram Let him not visit inferior men (such as Niṣādas), nor countries which are inhabited by them. Also, Manu Smriti parvam 4: Let him not dwell in a village where the sacred law is not obeyed, nor (stay) long where diseases are endemic; let him not go alone on a journey, nor reside long on a ...


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