There is no conflict. Gita is talking about the Atman. Garuda Purana is talking about the linga sarira (also known as sukshma sarira) or the subtle body.
The human body and personality are contained in 5 sheaths according to Vedanta:
Of these koshas, Annamaya Kosha is the ...
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 SthAnam ...
As I discussed in this answer, according to Vedanta, the only way to attain Moksha is to realize Brahman.
वेदाहमेतं पुरुषं महान्त-
मादित्यवर्णं तमसः परस्तात् ।
नान्यः पन्था विद्यतेऽयनाय ॥ ८॥
III-8: I have realized this Great Being who shines effulgent like the sun beyond all ...
Yamaloka generally means the province of Yama. It's not actually same as Naraka (hell), but generally said so. After a person dies then he is taken to Yamaloka. Yama as the judge from Chitragupta's account determines the person's sins and virtues. Then as per that he sends the person either to hell or heaven.
So as per my experience from the scriptures I ...
No. If one does bad deeds first one goes to hell only (provided he did not atone for the sins while living). One does not get rebirth immediately.
And, after the torments of hell are over, one gets born again as various beings, depending on the residue of the sins the soul is still having.
Manu Smriti 12.54. Those who committed mortal sins (Mahapataka),
Yes, description of hell can be highlighted in itihaas (Mahabharata for example). It is just not Garuda purana
Does itihaas mentions about Hell?
Book 18 Svargarohanika Mahabharata
When Yudhisthira chooses to stay in Hell with this brothers, Indra and other gods appears before him and tells him that
....He who enjoys first the fruits of his good acts must ...
Yes that certainly seems to be the case. As mentioned in the Manu Smriti:
The sun divides days and nights, both human and divine, the night (being intended) for the repose of created beings and the day for exertion.
A month is a day and a night of the manes, but the division is according to fortnights. The dark (fortnight) is their day for active exertion, ...
Yes, the people (with bad Karma) will still go to the hells in Kali Yuga.
In fact, Puranas, like Bhavisya Purana, state that hells will over-populated in Kali Yuga. So, that means, compared to the other three Yugas, more people will have to visit hells, in Kali Yuga.
At the end of the Kali's second half there would neither by the
institutions of ...
Every being has all 3 qualities in more or less forms within them:
sattva - illumination
rajas - passion
tamas - ignorance
Those with increased quality of tamas / ignorance or darkness, go to hell.
While rajas holds at whichever region one is; And sattva promotes to higher regions than the present one.
BG 14.18 - Those with sattva (goodness) go higher [...
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 ...
"Why can't we enter in the heaven with the human body?"
Followers of Dharma Can enter the heaven with physical body.
There are at least 2 instances.
Sudarshana and his granddaughter-wife Oghavati (as half)
“O Sudarsana! I am Dharma Devata. (Deity of Dharma). I have come to test your mind and your devotion towards guests. Mruthyu is waiting to ...
Mr_Green's answer describes it all. So I would just like to add few more words and give the scripture references.
Some authorities say that there is a total of twenty-one hellish planets, and some say twenty-eight. My dear King, I shall outline all of them according to their names, forms and symptoms. The names of the different hells are as follows:
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:
Badarayana thinks that beings higher than those (men) (are also qualified for knowledge), for that is possible.
If it be objected that this (...
In the hells, the soul is NOT endowed with the physical body, but it still has a subtle kind of a body which is capable of feeling the pain.
The same question was in fact asked by Savitri (wife of Satyavan) to Yamaraja in Devi Bhagavatam's book 9.
O Bhagavan! What is the size of the several kundas or hells that Thou
hast just now enumerated? How do ...
To my knowledge hells and their various names are first mentioned in detail in Manu Smriti. More elaborate descriptions are found in Puranas like Garuda Purana and others.
Vedas and Upanishads don't describe hells in details like it is done in Manu Smriti or various Puranas. Some Upanishads however just mention them.
Here are a few such quotes:
He who ...
What is the punishment in hell for women who commit adultery?
From the Shiva Purana:
In a certain temple a scholar of divine wisdom was conducting a discourse on the holy Śivapurāṇa story some of which she happened to hear.
39—40. The portion that fell on her ears was the context in which it was said that the servants of Yama would introduce a red hot ...
I am only answering this part:
Is there any expiation for the sin of illicit sex?
Various Dharmashastras declare various expiation for illicit sex. I am quoting some of them as below:
Gautama (23.12, 13, 32).—‘The guilt of one who has intercourse with the wife of a friend, a sister, a female belonging to the same family, the wife of a pupil, a daughter-in-...
Disbelief in God does not lead to hell according to Hinduism.
Gita acknowledges the right of a person to reject its teachings.
‘..Reflecting on this entire teaching, do as you think fit.’
Gita's description of atheists.
According to them nothing is ultimately real in this world. It is
Godless and without any moral basis. Being born of ...
First, there are no permanent hells in Hinduism. All hells are temporary, there are no deeds which lead to any permanent hell. Identifying ourselves with our bodies, we indentify the material world and material existence as reality and want to think of hell as a material place where our outer material sheath will exist. The outer sheath falls apart, decays, ...
What will happen to them after getting killed by God, will they go to hell or heaven or soul itself gets destroyed?
In Hinduis evey Danava ,Daitya or Manushya got killed by Bhagvanta for some specific reason ,usually due to their past karmas. They were either realeased from their bondage or got moksha ,by getting being killed through God. Some of them ...
There is no eternal hell. There are Gita verses that suggest that some Jivas can never get out of the cycle of Samsara.
These vicious men, oppressive, cruel and sinful as they are, - are
always hurled down by Me into demoniac wombs, in life after life, in
the transmigratory cycle.
O son of Kunti! Falling into demoniac wombs, in life ...
If permanent hells were to exist it would mean that some Jivas will never get Moksha.
But according to scriptures every Jiva will be liberated when it has gone through the 84 Lakhs of species (Yoni or womb). But it can't get Moksha before that.
Have a look at the following verses from the MAtrikA Bheda Tantram:
Sri Shankara Uvacha:
Soul is Ananda-swarupa ie. Supreme Bliss in it self. It doesn't experience punishment or enjoyment in heaven or hell. The one which experiences them is the body.
Now the question arises that the dead body is burnt here itself so how can it experience good or bad fruit of deeds ?
The soul is actually wrapped under five bodies, known as pancha-kosha. The ...
Yudhishtira was simply In hell. He was not Tortured in hell.
The keyword is 'behold'.
A king is supposed to know the sufferings of their subjects. The only way they can do so is to experience pain themselves. But because they are kings, they can't be punished by anyone while on earth. So they are shown a sample of tortures in hell after they leave the ...
Naraka or Svarga are lokas, AND also relative to the person experiencing them i.e. you can experience misery in heaven or bliss in hell, or either one on earth itself, depending on your karma and viewpoint.
In Mahabharata, Yayati, after being pushed down by Indra from Svarga, talks to Rishis:
Yayati answered, 'O pious one, they that speak of their own ...
Are all worlds and existences except God temporary in Hinduism?
There are three eternal, fundamental entities: God (Brahman), souls (Jivatmas), and insentient matter (Prakriti).
The eternality and immortality of the soul is described in the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita:
2.20 - The jīva is never born; it never dies; having been existent in the past, ...