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Where does a Soul attach to the Body?

This is an interesting question. It would be best to first clarify a few points you make before answering your questions. You wrote: A Human is identified in terms of 3 Bodies, 3 States and 5 ...
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What is a mantra? Do mantras really have any power?

What is a Mantra? The definition of Mantra is Mananat Trayate Iti Mantrah The repetition of which protects or liberates one is called a Mantra (one of many possible translations) Traditionally ...
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Why the period of early morning (brahma muhurta or amrut wela) important?

Your enquiry is about Brahma Muhurta or Amrit Vela. The scriptural ref. can be found in one of the ancient text called Ashtanga Hridaya , which is an Ayurvedic text The author is called Vagbhata .The ...
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Is it possible to separate Soul from the body through Yoga

The answer to your question is: yes, it is possible to to separate the soul or jivatma from the body. Even one can enter another body through this process: When the bonds of the mind caused by ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

The main ancient source of information on Hindu meditation techniques is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a very (and I mean very) short work which you can read here. Some people might call the Yoga Sutras ...
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Nine gates of a human body?

Which are the nine gates being referred here? Are these ears, nose, mouth, eyes etc? Yes the Nine gates referred here ae our bodily organs like ear , nose , mouth etc. within Pancala kingdom (5 ...
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Can a 24 year old renounce the material world and live a life solely dedicated to realization of God through meditation?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 8): There are three or four varieties of renunciation. Afflicted with miseries at home, one may put on the ochre cloth of a monk; ...
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Can meditation be a substitute to sleeping?

There are yogis who go without sleep. This is an elevated state that is learned by years of meditation. They have learned to have complete control over their minds and bodies. Reference Patanjali's ...
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Power of Gayatri Mantra

The power of the Gayatri mantra is explained in the Brahma Sutras, the Chandogya Upanishad and the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (V.xiv.1.) says (Swami Madhavananda translator): ...
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What liberation technique taught by Shree Ramana Maharshi?

From the book Who am I. His technique name is Self inquiry. Que:10. How will the mind become quiescent? Ramana: By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other ...
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How to meditate lying down

Shavasana is the most famous way of meditating while lying down. The only restriction is that one may not lie in left or right side. The posture has to be facing the sky: To perform Shavasana, lie on ...
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What should one choose according to scriptures between thoughtless mind and mind filled with the thoughts of God?

A mind becomes thoughtless during SamAdhi in the true sense. Because at that time everything is merged into one. So, what is there then to fix your mind upon? So, then, how can scriptures ...
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What exactly do we mean by the term 'deep meditation'?

DhyAna Lakshana (sign of meditation) is mentioned very briefly in the following verse by Lord Shiva: yathA nimilane kAle prapancha naiva pasyati | Tathaiva unmilanehapi syAdetad dhyAnasya ...
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Power of Gayatri Mantra

Power of Gayatri Mantram is explained in Chapter XXVI- On the narration of Sâvitrî- THE NINTH BOOK of DEVI BHAGAVATAM. Nârâyana said :-- O Muni! The King As’vapati reigned in Bhadrades’a, ...
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What are the beeja mantras and what is their significance in meditation?

Beejas or Seeds are important single lettered or monosyllabic mantras especially in the tantric or agama tradition. They are extensively used in rituals, processes, and both for internal and external ...
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How to meditate lying down

But I have observed that it is difficult to maintain concentration in lying posture due to sleepiness as compared to the sitting posture. You don't need to worry about this. In fact, you can use such ...
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Is this a form of meditation?

The contemplation on the question "Who am I?" is definitely a spiritual exercise and a form of meditation. It is much popular in today's time due to Ramana Maharishi (Just search for example on Google ...
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How do Hindus meditate?

Hindus can focus on anything that is considered as good. I have given below some examples. विशोका वा ज्योतिष्मती ॥३६॥ Or (by the meditation on) the Effulgent Light, which is beyond all ...
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How to master Sri Vidya Sadhana

What practices shall be followed to master Sri Vidya Sadhana? What does each mantra of Sri Vidya Sadhana mean? I've taken Sri Vidya Deeksha from a Guru, Once you have taken Deeksha the only ...
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Universal mantra of all mantras for attaining the highest level of God realization?

Swami Vivekananda said (Complete Works V7 p 62, also here under Inspired Talks, Sunday July 21 - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_7/vol_7_frame.htm): Repeating the ॐ(Aum) continually is the only ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

Unfortunately not all the common meditation techniques can be traced back to scriptures. It is because meditation simply means concentrating the mind on a certain object so that it gets absorbed only ...
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Is Moksha (liberation) the highest attainable level for a jivā (soul)? Is there anything above Moksha?

Moksha is attained when we exhaust our physical karma. But after this world there is astral and causal each having its own karmas see more here http://yieldmore.org/works/autobiography-of-a-yogi/?...
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Can we meditate on Lord Shiva during Sutak period?

Yes. We can meditate on Lord during Asoucha or Sutak period which generally lasts for 13-15 days depending on region and caste. Sri Annadanam Chidambara Sastry says the following in this video which ...
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What is meditation?

Meditation, what it is and how to do it is defined and described in many scriptural texts. Meditation is concentration on an object, not necessarily God. Completely emptying your mind is a later ...
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Third Eye Activation

The third-eye is related to the Ajna Chakra, intuition and awareness. These two answers might provide some insight: Q: What is the meaning of the opening of the third eye and what do I feel when ...
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Auditory sense detachment

Keep on practicing and eventually no noise will disturb you. As Krishna says: karmaṇy akarma yaḥ paśyed akarmaṇi ca karma yaḥ sa buddhimān manuṣyeṣu sa yuktaḥ kṛtsna-karma-kṛt [Bhagavad Gita ...
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How do Hindu kids see with their eyes closed?

I'm not really sure if all those videos are true, but it's possible to attain Siddhis (or some occult powers) through birth as mentioned in Sutra 1, Adhyaya 4 of Patanjali Yoga Sutras. जन्मओषधि...
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Impurities that were part of our body

Manu Smriti 5.135. Oily exudations, semen, blood, (the fatty substance of the) brain, urine, faeces, the mucus of the nose, ear-wax, phlegm, tears, the rheum of the eyes, and sweat are the twelve ...
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