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According to Bhavishya Purana, Jesus is reincarnation of one of the greatest Bhaktas of lord Vishnu known as Dhruva Rishi. That's why he was born out of kumari garbha (virgin's womb) under Pole star (Dhruva Tara in Hindi). Bhavishya purana addresses Jesus reincarnation of Dhruva Rishi as Kumarigarbhasambhavaam(born from a virgin Kumari). Bhavishya purana ...


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Vyuha generally means an arrangement. So chakra vyuha means the arrangement of soldiers in the form of a wheel. This was an old warfare technique like garuda vyuha, makara vyuh, mandala vyuh etc. Chakra vyuh being hard to penetrate Drona chose it on the thirteenth day of war when Abhimanyu got killed. Abhimanyu failed to break it because he had not learnt ...


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We know that Lord Krishna and Radha are eternal lovers who dwell in Go-loka. In Goloka their pastimes are always going on. So as per BrahmaVaivarta Purana, in Goloka, before the manifestation of their pastime on earth, on one occasion Radharani had a heated argument with Shridama, the personal attendant of Krishna. In course of their conversation ...


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Krishna lived for 125 years; in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Brahma tells Krishna that it's time for his life on earth to end: O Supreme Personality of Godhead, O my Lord, You have descended into the Yadu dynasty, and thus You have spent one hundred twenty-five autumns with Your devotees. There's another popular way to calculate his age: the Matsya Purana ...


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After Mahabharat they return to their respective kingdoms, rule for few decades (around 35 years) and then leave this world for ever having served their purpose of life. The Mausala Parva and the Mahaprasthanika Parva of Mahabharat has the detailed description about it. The major events in breif are: After Mahabharat war is over, Gandahari struck with grief ...


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Jesus is not an avatar of Vishnu. Avatar is not same as prophet. An avatar is significantly different from a prophet in that every human can attain the consciousness of an avatar while a prophet is a "chosen" special person whose consciousness cannot be attained by humans. One cannot consider Jesus to be an avatar because he solves a different problem than ...


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The Gita is one of the 3 pillars of modern Vedanta (the other two being the Upanishads and the Brahma-Sutras). There are many translations in many different languages. Read in the language that you are comfortable with. Chanting in Sanskrit is ok, but if you do not study it in a language that you understand, it is the same as a parrot mimicking human speech. ...


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This needs an examination of the meaning of the word Hindu. A few questions already exist about what the term 'Hindu' means. Legally in India, anyone who does not follow Abrahamic faiths are Hindus. That includes Jains, Sikhs & Buddhists too. Similarly ISKCON would also fall under the category of legal Hindu. If one were to see if ISKCON would fall ...


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I agree that Krishna and Radha were in eternal love. Lets clear a point about the meaning of love in this context. Love doesn't mean that you have to get married. Marriage is just a symbolization. In Fact, marriage is a material thing and Krishna doesn't give a darn to material things. Krishna and Radha were attached to each other mentally. That's why we ...


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The story of Krishna's death is told in the Mausala Parva of the Mahabharata, but what led up to it starts earlier, in the Stri Parva. Right after the Mahabharata war, when Gandhari went to the battlefield of Kurukshetra where her sons' bodies were lying dead, she was overcome with anger at Krishna for not stopping such a deadly war, so she gave him the ...


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As per vedas getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil/daemon (दानव) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन). You have perfectly stated the correct thing. Shri Krishna indeed married Rukmani in a rākṣasa style: bhagavān bhīṣmaka-sutāṁ rukmiṇīṁ rucirānanām rākṣasena vidhānena upayema [SB - 10.52.18] Meaning ...


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Because the 6 dead sons of Devaki are reincarnation of Marichi's sons. They got cursed by Sage Devala for laughing on him or by Brahma ( because they have seen Brahma trying to copulate with his own daughter and hence derided at him. Indignant Brahma had then curse them to take birth in demon incarnation.) So they therefore were born as the sons of ...


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The story is described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Being the direct witness in the hearts of all living beings, Lord Kṛṣṇa fully understood why Sudāmā had come to see Him. Thus He thought, “In the past My friend has never worshiped Me out of a desire for material opulence, but now he comes to Me to satisfy his chaste and devoted wife. I will ...


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Vishnu's Vishwarupa form, AKA his Sahasrashirsha or Aniruddha form, is described in many different places in Hindu scripture: The earliest reference to Vishnu's Vishwarupa is the Purusha Sukta, a hymn from the Rig Veda: A thousand heads hath Puruṣa, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet. On every side pervading earth he fills a space ten fingers wide. ...


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Srimati Radharani is mentioned in many Puranas like the Padma, Skanda, Narada, Brahmanda, Brahmavaivarta, Matsya, Shiva Puranas as well as the Devi Bhagavatam. In the Padma Purana, her worship is mentioned in the 7th as well as 20th Chapters of the Bhumikanda (Volume 5 of Translation), in The Radhashtami and Radhadamodara Vrata. Further, the Patalakhanda (...


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The reason was the fear and insecurity created in Kamsa's mind after meeting with sage Narada. After hearing a prophecy by an unembodied voice (Akash vani. It was not by a sage) that eighth son of Devakī would kill him, Kamsa was shocked and decided to kill his sister Devakī. But he has changed his mind after hearing words of Vasudeva. Vasudeva made an ...


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Such Shlokas can be found in scriptures. For example, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 9.4 has such shlokas (not explicitly for Radha but for all devotees in general): श्रीभगवानुवाच अहं भक्तपराधीनो ह्यस्वतन्त्र इव द्विज साधुभिर्ग्रस्तहृदयो भक्तैर्भक्तजनप्रियः ||०९०४०६३|| The Supreme Personality of Godhead (Lord Nārāyaṇa) said to the brāhmaṇa (Durvāsā ...


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Krishna's color is quoted from scripture to be like the hue of newly formed rain clouds. See Brahma Samhita 5.30: veṇuṁ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣam- barhāvataṁsam asitāmbuda-sundarāṅgam kandarpa-koṭi-kamanīya-viśeṣa-śobhaṁ govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi For the full word for word translation, see Bhaktivedanta VedaBase. An overall ...


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This is a good question because we all wonder it from time to time. How can Shri Krishna leave Vrindavan and His most beloved Radha and never meet Her again! Was this because He was a cheat (chaliya)? No, it's not. The reason is something different. Even in the scripture (Brahmavaivarta Purana), the same question has been asked: kathaṃ jagāma mathurāṃ ...


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It's very nice that you want to start reading the Bhagavad Gita, one of the best scriptures that there is. You don't need much time to read it, a chapter a day starting from the first one is also enough and would require at most 15-20 minutes of your time. Now regarding your questions: Do I've to go through the Mahabharata ? No, you don't need to go ...


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In Verse 19 of Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War, Chapter [Sarga] 123, Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama himself says that he worshiped Mahadeva. एतत् कुक्षौ समुद्रस्य स्कन्धावारनिवेशनम् || ६-१२३-१९ अत्र पूर्वं महादेवः प्रसादमकरोत्प्रभुः | "See this island, located in the middle of the ocean, where my troops were stationed. At this place, the lord Shiva (the ...


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Wrong side Karna & all other warriors who were cheated (by Krishna) actually should thank PAndavas for giving majorly a fair fight in general. Because the premises of the MahAbhArata war itself was on deceit. Let's discard the fact that, Duryodhana replaced himself with Shakuni during the dice game and defeated Yudhishitira, because here the latter was ...


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Does Kunti pray to Krishna to always give her troubles so that she would always remember him? Yes, Kunti said similar thing according to Srimad Bhagavatam. विषान्महाग्नेः पुरुषाददर्शनादसत्सभाया वनवासकृच्छ्रतः मृधे मृधेऽनेकमहारथास्त्रतो द्रौण्यस्त्रतश्चास्म हरेऽभिरक्षिताः ॥ (1.8.24) Meaning: My dear Kṛṣṇa, Your Lordship has protected us from a ...


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Yes, there are as many Brahmas and Rudras as there are universes: ananta brahmāṇḍera yata brahmā-rudra-gaṇa cira-loka-pāla-śabde tāhāra gaṇana [CC - 2.21.58] Meaning Actually it is very difficult to ascertain the number of universes. Every universe has its separate Lord Brahmā and Lord Rudra, who are known as permanent governors. Therefore ...


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Chapter III On seeing the Devî of Devi Bhagavatam says, there are multiple Brahmas, multiple Vishnus and multiple Rudras. After killing Dânavas Madhu Kaitabha, three deities got into a beautiful Vimana sent by Devi Bhagavathi. They saw multiple Satyaloka, multiple Vishnuloka and multiple Kailasa. Brahma said this to his son Narada, Then the car, where ...


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The story is told in the Sabha Parva (Book Two) of the Mahabharata. When Shishupala was born, he had three eyes and four arms, which terrified his parents, the king and queen of Chedi. Then an invisible voice sounded from the heavens and said this: This thy son, O king, that hath been born will become both fortunate and superior in strength. Therefore ...


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Yes, Lord Krishna had many children. As per Shrimad Bhagavatam the number was at least 161,080. Regarding His sons and grandsons, the scripture says their numbers were in millions: My dear King, the sons and grandsons of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s children numbered in the tens of millions. Sixteen thousand mothers gave rise to this dynasty. [SB - 10.61.19] Shri ...


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I am giving the answer based on Mahabharata Udyog Parva, Bhagvat Yan Parva, chapter CLIX. According to this, Krishna got Sharang bow after killing Narakasur/Bhaumasur. Baffling the nooses of Mura and slaying by his might that Asura, and vanquishing Naraka, the son of earth, Hrishikesa, while recovering the begemmed ear-rings of Aditi, with sixteen ...


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It's because Narayana is the soul of Rudra or one may also call Rudra is the soul of Narayana. Both are true. It is explained by Krishna himself in this chapter of Shanti Parva (in the Nãrãyaniya section): He is the destroyer of Daksha's sacrifice and the tearer of Bhaga's eyes. O son of Pandu, Rudra should be known to have always Narayana for ...


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There is death in Satyaloka. Let's examine the verse in context: The duration of life in Satyaloka is calculated to be 15,480,000,000,000 years. In ... Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. So in Satyaloka, the world of Brahma, life is not eternal. It is just that while Satyaloka itself exists, there is no death there. But ...


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