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No, the world won't actually get destroyed at the end of the Kali Yuga. Rather, what's going to occur is that when the evil and decadence of the Kali Yuga reaches its zenith, Vishnu will have an incarnation (avatara) as Kalki the horse rider, to kill all the evil people and restore Dharma on earth, commencing a new Satya Yuga. Here is how the Srimad ...


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Yes, the current Brahma attains Moksha at the end of his life. As I discuss in this answer, the Srimad Bhagavatam describes what happens to the inhabitants of Brahmaloka, including Brahma himself, at the end of the Mahakalpa: Worshipers of the Hiraṇyagarbha expansion of the Personality of Godhead remain within this material world until the end of two ...


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The Yuga Time Period Kritha Yuga 17,28,000 human years Tretha Yuga 12,96,000 human years Dwapara Yuga 8,64,000 human years Kali Yuga 4,32,000 human years (As on today we are approximately over 5000 years into Kali Yuga) All the four yugas combined together is called a Maha Yuga. One Maha Yuga comprises of 43,20,000 years. 1000 maha yugas are equivalent to ...


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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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According to sources in Srimad Bhagavat Purana, it discusses, different varshas, with different inhabitants and rulers, Hayagriva is mentioned there: "In this chapter Śukadeva Gosvāmī describes the different varṣas of Jambūdvīpa and the incarnation of the Supreme Lord worshiped in each. The predominating ruler of Bhadrāśva-varṣa is Bhadraśravā. He ...


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In the start of Satya yuga, Narad muni misguided Daksha Prajapati's all sons, to take Sanyaas and perform meditation for Lord Shiva. Because of this, Daksha's sons declined to marry and to accept society. They all went to jungle to perform meditation. This made Daksha Prajapati worried about how he will handle the kingdom, because he will not have any ...


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This chapter of the Vishnu Purana describes the distances to the various Lokas above the Earth: The sphere of the earth (or Bhúr-loka), comprehending its oceans, mountains, and rivers, extends as far as it is illuminated by the rays of the sun and moon; and to the same extent, both in diameter and circumference, the sphere of the sky (Bhuvar-loka) spreads ...


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There is a lot of confusion when it comes to Lokas. People identify with their material bodies and therefore assume that the material sensual universe is the be all of everything. Lokas do not exist on the physical plane, therefore they are not observable by material scientific instruments. Remember that one of the reasons that your body is cremated is ...


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Ramanujacharya is not stating his own view. Rather, he is stating a Purvapaksha argument which Badari refutes in the next Sutra (Sutra 9). Here is how this PDF presents Ramanujacharya's commentary on Sutra 9. With the dissolution of the of the world of HiraNyagarbha along with him the soul of the one who has reached there goes beyond . So it is ...


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We are currently in the age of Ascending Dwapara Yuga and not in Kali Yuga. This astonishing revelation was made by Sri Yukteswar Giri(Guru of Paramahansa Yogananda) in his book "The Holy Science" published in 1894. According to Sri Yukteswar, ages work in full solar cycle of 24000 years. It contains 2 periods, ascending arc and descending arc of 12000 ...


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A literal interpretation of the Gita 8.16 would be disastrous since it would contradict Sruti. We know from Manu Smriti that when there is any difference between Sruti and Smriti then Sruti will override any Smriti. It is thus necessary to harmonize Gita 8.16 with the Sruti texts. One way to harmonize it would be to say that Gita shloka is merely asking the ...


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Apparently not possible. Dharma Sadhana or Moksha sadhana is possible only in this world or the Ihaloka. It is not possible to do the same in Paraloka or in afterlife that is in either Swarga or Naraka. Here is a relevant verse from a Shakta Agama called KulArnava Tantram: Ihaiva NarakavyAdheshchikitsAm Na Karoti Yah | (1) GatvA Niraushadham ...


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Following is a list of lokas: Satya-loka Tapa-loka Jana-loka Mahar-loka Svarga-loka (the indra lok) Bhuvar-loka Bhu-loka (where we live) Atala-loka Vitala-loka Sutala-loka Talatala-loka Mahatala-loka Rasatala-loka Patala-loka (where dwell the snakes) Yama-loka (where the evil get ...


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Lokas are planes of existence, not to be confused with physical planets. There are beings all around us living at different vibrational levels, you pass through them and they pass through you. When you die, you don't physically go anywhere. Your fine body is all that remains and it exists on a different vibrational level. All the lokas are around you all the ...


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Yes, Prahlada did conquer Devaloka. People don't generally discuss Prahlada's adult life, because it's not nearly as inspiring as the story of his childhood. He maintained his devotion to Vishnu and his good character, considering that he instilled both in his grandson Mahabali, but like Mahabali he seems to have had a desire to have the Asuras take over ...


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The ruler of the Earth at any given time is known as the Manu, the father of mankind (the Manavas). A Kalpa, or day of Brahma, is divided into 14 periods known as Manvantaras (consisting of about 71 Mahayugas each), and during each Manvantara a separate Manu rules. Here is how the Srimad Bhagavatam describes it: After the end of Brahmā’s night, the ...


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Indra Loka and Deva Loka are the same since Indra is the leader of the Devas who lives in their capital Amravati. The place is mentioned at many places and am sharing some of the references below. On the other hand, Vaikuntha is the spiritual abode of Lord Vishnu and scriptures give details of it as well. INDRA LOKA: SECTION CLXVII of the Vana Parva of ...


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As I discussed in this answer, according to Vedanta, the only way to attain Moksha is to realize Brahman. ShvetaShvatar Upanishad: वेदाहमेतं पुरुषं महान्त- मादित्यवर्णं तमसः परस्तात् । तमेव विदित्वातिमृत्युमेति नान्यः पन्था विद्यतेऽयनाय ॥ ८॥ III-8: I have realized this Great Being who shines effulgent like the sun beyond all ...


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The story is told in the Krittivasi Ramayana, a Bengali version of the epic. To protect Rama and Lakshmana from Ravana's son Mahiravana, Hanuman makes a fortress out of his tail and puts them inside, with the top of the fortress being guarded by Vishnu's Sudarshana Chakra. Vibhishana tells Hanuman not to let anyone in, not even his own father, because ...


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Short answer to your question is -- Yes. Then comes the question , how? You needed to have special kind of vehicles for that. Trishanku travelled into svargaloka using celestial airplanes. Same case with Arjuna . He travelled to svarga along with a deva called matali in a celestial chariot. When he is going to svarga in devayana(path of gods) , he ...


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It doesn't look like liberation is possible other than Bhuloka. Vishnu Purana, Book 2, Chapter 3 says that world of acts is not the title of any other portions of the universe means only fruits of Karma can be obtained in Bhuloka. THE country that lies north of the ocean, and south of the snowy mountains, is called Bhárata, for there dwelt the descendants ...


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A wife devoted to husband, depending on her tapasyA and karma, would follow her husband in form of consciousness or subtle body. There is an example in AnushAsanika Parva, where a half part of a devoted wife follows her husband to higher regions and remaining half also flows as a river (deity): the guest appeared in his splendid and glorious form. “O ...


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The abode of Sri Devi is known as Mani Dvipa. Wikipedia states: In the Devi Bhagavatam, Manidweepa portrayed as the Sarvaloka superior to Kailasa, Vaikunta and Goloka. Devi Bhuvaneshvari/Tripurasundari is the Empress of Manidvipa. At the beginning of the creation, Devi Adi Parashakti-Mahakali created this island. Quoting from the book "Essence ...


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A partial answer ... Skanda Purana says that the distance is 8 crore yojanas. Quoting from the book "Essence of Skanda Purana": there was no Place like Bharat which happened to be the ‘Karmabhumi’ or the Place where Noble Deeds were rewarded and there was no Tirtha like Kasi and no Bhagavan like Viswanath Linga in the Universe.’ Having visited ...


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The answer lies in the Vishnu Purana: Parasara said: The sphere of the earth (or Bhúr-loka), comprehending its oceans, mountains, and rivers, extends as far as it is illuminated by the rays of the sun and moon; and to the same extent, both in diameter and circumference, the sphere of the sky (Bhuvar-loka) spreads above it (as far upwards as to the ...


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I think yes, people can go and have gone to Heaven or other spacial realms. Some examples are: King Muchukand, fought alongside Devas and later got the boon of having sleep where the person disturbing him will be burnt to ashes. King Kakudmi, father of Revati, went to meet Lord Bramha and later his daughter got married to Lord Balarama. Arjuna, ie, one of ...


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Beings higher than human beings are eligible for Jnana and Moksha. Most prominently, the Devas, who dwell in Swarga. Vyasa discusses this in Adhyaya 1 Pada 3 of the Brahma Sutras: Topic-8: Gods Badarayana thinks that beings higher than those (men) (are also qualified for knowledge), for that is possible. If it be objected that this (...


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There are three kinds of happiness: Aihikam of happiness in this life, Amushmikam of happiness in Swarga, and Nihshreyasam or happiness in Moksha. Aihikam is both mixed with sorrow and temporary, Amushmikam is unmixed with sorrow but still temporary, and Nihshreyasam is both unmixed with sorrow and eternal. For more detail, here is what Ishwara Krishna's ...


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Graha The Sanskrit word "Graha" is often taken as the equivalent of the English word planet. This is a very simplistic translation which hides the deeper meaning of this word. "Graha" refers to an entity that has the power to "seize, lay hold of, or grasp". Therefore, Graha means “to grasp” meaning the planets possess, or take hold of us. This ...


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