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 ...
I believe, organ donation is not a bad practice. Its a religion of Humanity where we can help someone even after your death. Its one way you can help someone after your death. As per my knowledge every religion encourage or support blood donation and its similar to organ donation after your death.
Interestingly, reports about the use of body parts to benefit ...
Adding to jabahar answer. Also Serving God and his fellow men is a way to express our love (Bhakthi) to the Lord. It is believed widely that through Bhakthi we could reach Moksha(ultimate bliss or one-ness with the Lord), where the soul does not the enter the cycle of of birth and death. If the Jiva chooses this path, serving him in some form is prescribed ...
Damaging crops and infrastructure eventually leads to damage to humans. Worry about the karma you are creating by not helping a human in need. The amount of karma from killing an insect, even thousands, is inconsequential compared to the karma for harming one human, much less killing one. As Swami Vivekananda has pointed out, we are surrounded by life, just ...
Why is man mortal?
We are not mortal. In fact no living being in true sense is mortal. it is only owing to our ignorance that we think that we are being born, growing, dying etc.
in Bhagavad Geeta Krishna Says:
As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood
to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at
Yes it is quite well-known that he did. You can find it being mentioned in this PDF (Swami Vivekananda - A
Biography by Swami
Nikhilananda), on pp 190.
At the end of an hour his hands trembled a little and he breathed once
very deeply. There was a silence for a minute or two, and again he
breathed in the same manner. His eyes became fixed in the ...
The following verse is saying the same:
Sampadah swapna samkAshA yauvanam kusumopamam |
TaricchanchalamAyushcha kasya syAjjAnato dhritih ||
Wealth (prosperity) is like a dream. Youth is like a flower/blossom (i.e it withers in no
time). Life-span is momentary like lightning. Who can have patience after
knowing all these?
Definitely Hindu Dharma believes that the qualities of mind are inherited from past birth (not always the knowledge, which happens in rare cases). Just as past life environment and Jiva's participation effects this life same way present life experiences and participation is accumulating to qualities of mind.
There are lots of instances in Vedic lore:
I am posting an excerpt from Mahabharata that supports organ donation:
The Deities said,-…The Asuras are being aggrandised, while we are
being weakened. It behoveth thee, therefore, to ordain what is for our
good. –After the deities ceased, the Grandsire replied, - The great
Rishi Dadhichi of Bhrigu’s race is now engaged in performing severe
Organ donation yes may be done for the welfare of others' in the view of service to human is service to god. But physical organs, beauty, 64 kalas are based on punya & pap earned by oneself through the life cycles. Afaik there are no references of such donations in Hindu mythology! After one's death, the ash of vital organs would be collected and is ...
The four Purusharthas or goals of life according to Hindu Dharma are Dharma, Artha (wealth), Kama (pleasure) and finally Moksha (liberation). Dharma, Artha and Kama are for those who find this world pleasant. Moksha is the goal of people who find this ocean of life positively unpleasant. Mahabharat Santi Parva Section CCCIII describes the ocean of life and ...
Why Karn Chhedan is required ?
Sushruta Samhitavolume 1: - Chapter XVI - Puncturing and Bandaging the ear - Karna-Vyadha-Vandha-Vidhi-adhyaya.Provides us some explanation.
The lobules of the ears of an infant are usually pierced through for protecting it (from the evil influences of malighant stars and
spirits) and for the purposes of ornamentation ...
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 ...
I think he may be referring to this chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad, where the king Pravahana Jaibili tells the sage Uddalaka Aruni about the journey of a virtuous soul if it is reincarnating:
But they who living in a village practise (a life of) sacrifices, works of public utility, and alms, they go to the smoke, from smoke to night, from night to the ...
No. It's not possible.
After Moksha, a soul has become God by merging into the singularity of God. What God does, that soul does or what that soul does, the God does. Both are same.
The question rather should be,
Is it required to have a life after Moksha?
A soul with no desire left and who has conquered its Rajo-Guna (the mode of passion) will not ...
It depends on the Love towards GOD. If you Love someone you want to be with them always right!!! If you Love GOD then you will always want to be with HIM. If you think GOD as your guest then you will feel that you are slave for HIM when you worship HIM. If you think HIM as your LOVE who does everything for you, then obviously you will worship HIM always. GOD ...
Well, according to Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the goal of human life is to realise God and become one with Him, for He alone has the ability to grant us perennial bliss. Of course, it is God alone who has created everything, but again, it is he who has made some rules to govern this world. And these rules are cosmic in nature. The world runs on ...
Committing suicide is not recommended in Garuda Purana.
Suicide leads to a lower birth and a person has to suffer from ghosthood after death. No sraddha or water oblations are made to a person that has committed suicide.
Garuda Purana (pg 5) II.22.8-13 (Chapters 21-36 are in this PDF)
The lord said :
3. It is the men of sinful actions actuated by their ...
Animal companions of Rama were not ordinary animals. They were specially created children of gods.
When Vishnu attained the sonship of the great-souled king Dasharatha, then Brahma the self-created addressed all of the gods this way. [1-17-1]
"Let mighty and guise changing helpmates be ...
It is not necessary that the we will have to wait till the next life. But it takes time. And, mostly, the time taken is greater than one lifetime.
This can be understood if we visualize our Karmas in the form of tree that bears fruits.
Lord Shiva says the following:
DAridrya-dukkha-rogAshcha vandhana-vyAsanAni cha |
AtmAparAdha-vrikshasya phalAn-yetAni ...
Donation and Charity are considered as Good Karma in Hinduism and it is full of stories and myths where people put their duty to donate the highest.
Some examples are: Mahabali, Karna etc.
Out of all you can donate, donating your body/self is considered the highest form of donation. So in Hinduism not only organ donation is allowed but it is revered as ...
It is foolish to assume that one can get away with killing an insect(for whatever reasons it might be) or it(the act) does not create sins of any significant amount.
Manu Smriti(Chapter 3 slokas 68,69) says:
A householder has 5 slaughter houses viz the hearth,the grinding
stone,the broom,the pestle ,mortar & the water vessel,by using which
he is ...
The Chandogya Upansihada says that there are three possible biological origins of life.
This is mentioned in the Shloka 6.3.1:
तेषां खल्वेषां भूतानां त्रीण्येव बीजानी भवन्त्याण्डजं
जीवजमुद्भिज्जमिति ।। ६ । ३ । १ ।।
Translation of the Shloka, as found in Chandogya Upanishad - Translated by Ganganath Jha:
Verily, of these Beings there are only three ...
Why man is mortal?
Conception of man, woman, Indian, American, etc. is not real, they are in relation to the body. The body however is not the real self as already described in the above answer with proper shlokas.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 10.84.12, it is stated that anyone who identifies oneself with the body or considers particular land to be worshipable ...
The answer to this question would depend on whether the reader of the Gita is a householder or a sannyasi or monk.
The best teaching for a householder is the stirring call of the Gita to fight the problems of life:
क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते ।
क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परन्तप ।। 2.3 ।।
O Partha! ...
Today is Gita Jayanti and Mokshada Ekadashi.
Let me cover the core messages of eighteen chapter Srimad Bhagavad Gita in 8 part in useful way.
Note that you may find the answer long or lengthy as core messages needs well understanding and explanation!, I've tried to maintain gradual level for understanding.
Sanskrit Verses are quoted from Sanskrit Documents ...
Akasha is said be to one of the Pancha Mahabhuta and firstly created from Brahman.
Taittariya Upanishad 2.1:
ॐ ब्रह्मविदाप्नोति परम् । तदेषाऽभुक्ता ।
सत्यं ज्ञानमनन्तं ब्रह्म ।
यो वेद निहितं गुहायां परमे व्योमन् ।
सोऽश्नुते सर्वान् कामान्सह । ब्रह्मणा विपश्चितेति ॥
तस्माद्वा एतस्मादात्मन आकाशः सम्भूतः । आकाशाद्वायुः ।
वायोरग्निः । अग्नेरापः । ...
How do we find the difference between Akasha and Prana ?
-- Akasha Mahabhuta is composed of many components and Prana is one of the major component of Akasha.
स इमान् प्राणान् आकाशान् अभिनिर्मन्थति। (Jaiminiya Brahamana 2.18)
Akasha is formed by the churning (Manthana) of Prana Rashmis.
Same thing is also called in Taittariya Samhita:
प्राणो वा अन्तरि...