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The Urdhvapundra has been worn from ancient times (pre-Ramanuja). The Pancharatra, Puranas and Smritis glorify the Urdhvapundra worn with white clay and gopi-chandana. In the Sri Vaishnava Guru Paramparas, when discussing the life of Ramanuja, it is recorded that the white clay worn as Urdhvapundra was difficult to obtain in those times. Ramanuja managed to ...


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As per Rajiv Malhotra, Max Muller played double game. Although he tentatively proposed some (strange) theories, Rajiv Malhotra says later scholars used his speculations and solidified concept of Arya and Dravida and destroyed dynamic nature of Varna Dharma. His interpretations can be considered as distortions which were later used by other scholars. Rajiv ...


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This is what the Rig Veda hymns say: reference Mandal 10 Sutak 85 Mantra 30 The hindi version clearly states that in certain condition if the husband engages with his wife then his body too will be affected. Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 33 Mantra 19-20: 19 Cast down thine eyes and look not up. More closely set thy feet. Let none See what thy garment veils, ...


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Q-2. why did he divide them further? It's explained at Sakhas now Studied!: Krsna Dvaipayana knew all the 1, 180 sakhas( recensions) of the Vedas revealed to the world by various sages. They were mingled together in one great stream. Being remarkably gifted, our ancestors could memorise all of them. For the benefit of weaker people like us, Vyasa divided ...


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Let me first mention what exactly Axial Precession is for the benefit of those who may be reading this discussion but may not be aware of the phenomenon: Simply put, Precession, is the wobbling of the Earth which causes the direction of its axis to change over a period of roughly 26,000 years. The stars we see from earth do not ACTUALLY move rather this ...


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The word "China", referring to a particular tribe, is found in Manu Smriti 10.44: 10.43. But in consequence of the omission of the sacred rites, and of their not consulting Brahmanas, the following tribes of Kshatriyas have gradually sunk in this world to the condition of Sudras 10.44. (Viz.) the Paundrakas, the Chodas, the Dravidas, the Kambogas, ...


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Did he ever felt sorry for killing Ravana? Yes, this is described in PADMA PURANA: PATALAKHANDA: Chapter 8. Agastya Advices Rama to Perform Horse Sacrifice. When Agastya narrated Ravana's story, Rama felt very much sorry about killing Ravana born in a brahmana-family. Agastya tried to convince Rama that Ravana was a servant in Vaikuntha and he obtained ...


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According to Devi Bhagavatam too Veda Vyasa divides the Veda into four parts in Dwapara Yuga of each Manvantara. 18-24. At every Manvantara, in each Dvâpara Yuga, Veda Vyâsa expounds the Purânas duly to preserve the religion. Veda Vyâsa is no other person than Visnu Himself; He, in the form of Veda Vyâsa, divides the (one) Veda into four parts, ...


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It is difficult to say if Hindu mythology has any history or how much is history and how much allegory. It is definite that there is a lot of allegorical component in Hindu mythology. Brahma tells Narada "This brief account of the manifestation of the Lord is what is called the Bhagavata. The Supreme Being Himself gave the knowledge of it to me. I ...


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There isn't a single comprehensive work outlining the complete biography of Sri Ramanuja. These are some of the more well known somewhat older works that describe his life: Yatiraja Vaibhavam of Vaduga Nambi, a student of Sri Ramanuja is a biographical poem in 114 Sanskrit verses. You can read an English translation here. This is the oldest known biography. ...


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From the quoted passage, it seems that St Jerome is referring to Śramaṇas. These are also called Samanas in Pali. The meaning of this term is "One who labours for a higher purpose or religious purpose". These people considering themselves different from the path of Vedas and Brahmins was the reason for the separation. They opposed rituals recommended in the ...


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The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are precisely mentioned by Ganganath Jha in his book Purva Mimamsa in it's sources - The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are very straight forward and bold. Kumarila says that all these puranas are the literature purely of a descriptive nature. According to him the puranas are not but merely "Arthavada"...


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What business an Apsara will have with a settled married life which is dedicated to rearing up children? What is the basic purpose of their existence? They are endowed with unmatched physical beauty and sexual attraction which help them while alluring males of all sorts for whatever purpose it may be. Then, isn't having children, being married to one ...


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Q. When?A. At the end of Dwaparayuga Q. By Whom? A. By VedaVyasa Q. Why? A. Considering shortened strength and life-time (incapability to learn whole Veda) in Kaliyuga Q. How? A. According to Mantras used in Yajna by Ritvij According to Srimad Bhagavatam 12.6: Vedas are manifested from OMkara: Text 40-41 One perceives this [eternal, itself ...


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We find a clear reference in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.4.19 that Bhagavan Veda Vyasa divided the Vedas from one into four. He saw that the sacrifices mentioned in the Vedas were means by which the people’s occupations could be purified. And to simplify the process he divided the one Veda into four, in order to expand them among men. Regarding when this was ...


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As per Shri Shankaracharaya Aur Kumaril Bhatt Ka Jeevan Charitra, Kumaril Bhatt was a great Vedic scholar. In Shastrartha, he could answer the questions raised by Buddhism scholars but couldn't raise questions due to less knowledge of their philosophy. To overcome from this problem, he went to Buddhism and Jainism scholars to learn about their philosophy in ...


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Yes, probably the oldest reliable biography of Sri Ramanujacharya is Yatiraja Vaibhava written by Andhrapurna (Tamil: vaduga nambi) one of the direct disciple (Shishya) of Ramanujacharya. You can find it on Internet Archive: Yatiraj Vaibhava by Andhrapurna, Sanskrit text with English translation. Which is of around 100 verses only. Note: It seems that ...


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I divided the answer in to two parts: Part I clarifies that the mansions/ apartments of princess/ queens are well-guarded. Part II deals regarding the security of all junior wives of Krishna Part I: In SECTION LV of Nalopakhyana Parva of Vana Parva of Mahabharata, we have some statements in Nala story stating that the apartment of princess/queens are well-...


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460 years ago, one Sadhu named Shree Hanumandasji visited Ahmedabad and found the area besides near suitable for his stay. He founded small idol of his deity and worshiped during life. His successor sadhu Shree Sarangadasaji was devotee of Lord Jagannatha who (while sleeping) got visionary instruction from Lord Jagannatha to install idols of Jagannath with ...


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It is described in this excerpt from the Yatiraja Vaibhavam, the oldest biography of Ramanujacharya composed by Ramanujacharya's shishya Vaduga Nambi: Narayana appeared in the dream of Yatiraja and said to him, "I am here in the Yadava hill [Melkote] beneath the ground. Install me and take the white mud." Thereupon Yatiraja, who became highly delighted, ...


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The FAQ available on ISKCON's official website clearly states: Is ISKCON Hindu? ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya (denomination or tradition), a monotheistic tradition within Vedic or Hindu culture. Further, they claim that - The word “Hindu” is not found in the ancient texts of India. The word originated as a designation for the ...


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Many a times I have heard that question. And I think many people misunderstand the official stance of Iskcon on that question. Srila Prabhupada has often used to say to his disciples that in public they should never present their organisation and themselves as a Hindu. And because of that many people misunderstood that thing to mean that Srila Prabhupada ...


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The measurements Drona appear in many ancient texts. Dronacharya, who is the teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas was named after a bucket or a wooden vessel. When Krimikanta Chola asks to sign a document saying there is no one higher than Shiva, Kurathalzhwan adds a line but Drona is higher. Here, Koorathazhwan was meaning the measurements. There are ...


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The reference of Babaji giving initiation to Adi Shankara is found in Autobiography of a Yogi. As per Paramahansa Yogananda, Mahavatar Babaji himself stated that he gave initiation to Adi Shankara. Autobiography of a Yogi / Chapter 33 - Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India: Babaji’s mission in India has been to assist prophets in carrying out their ...


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Was there really a caste system in vedic period as it is perceived today by many? Yes, there was a birth based caste system in the Vedic period. This section of the Yajur Veda talks about it: From the breast and arms he meted out the Pañcadaça Stoma. After it the god Indra was created, the Tristubh metre, the Brhat Saman, of men the Rajanya, of cattle ...


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