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Dattatreya, among others, is an ideal example of a Jivanmukta. He was always associated with wine etc and a filthy lifestyle. Why is that? Because Jivanmuktas don't want the masses to come to them. As simple as that. Because their touch is enough to liberate others, but not everyone is ready for liberation yet. Symptoms from Upanishads: Like Svetaketu, ...


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Not sure what Neo-Vedanta is, but I am answering with the views of Swami Vivekananda on the subject. Source: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/The Sages of India. In the first place, we have to understand a little about our scriptures. Two ideals of truth are in our scriptures; the one is, what we call ...


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Western Indologists consider Rammohun Roy, Keshab Chandra Sen, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan as exponents of different varieties of Neo Vedanta. I will only discuss the views of Ramakrishna, Vivekananda on some issues and to a smaller extent Radhakrishnan. Ramakrishna and Vivekananda Vedas are not proof. Anubhav or aparokshanubhuti obtained ...


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As per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Vedanta#Criticism_of_neo-Hinduism_label In the 20th century the German Indologist used the terms "Neo-Vedanta" and "Neo-Hinduism" polemically, to criticize modern Hindu thinkers,.Halbfass regards the terms "Neo-Vedanta" and "Neo-Hinduism" as "useful and legitimate as convenient labels", but has criticized Hacker ...


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No, they accept all the six Darshanas including Vedanta. You can read their commentary/explanation on Brahma Sutra here. Though Swami Dayananda Saraswati rejects the interpretation of Brahma Sutras by Adi Shankaracharya and insists on Baudhayana Vritti instead. Read introduction for more information. Linked text above is in Hindi. Quoting English text from ...


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Scriptures describes both type of people. Bhagavata describes Rsibhadeva, Shukadeva, Avadutha brahmana who were away from society and appeared like madmen. The story of Avadhuta Brahmana comes in the section where Prahlada meets him in a forest where he was not understood by anyone. It's Narada describing symptoms of saintly person with respect to ...


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Yes, I know several gay Hindus. Amara Das Wilhelm, who is a member of ISKCON, has a support website for LGBT Hindus, especially Vaishnavas: https://www.galva108.org. ISKCON does not support Amara Das Wilhelm's pro-gay views since according to ISKCON, homosexuality is considered to be "illicit sex." He has written a book about homosexuality in Hinduism ...


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The authenticity and apauruṣeyā nature of Atharva Veda was questioned even by Mīmāṁsakas. These are their main arguments (pūrvapakṣa) according to Jayanta Bhaṭṭa of Nyāya school: An objection to the validity of the Atharva Veda the Ṛg Veda, the Yajur Vedas and the Sāma Veda teach us interrelated subject-matters. Hence we infer that these three Vedas have ...


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No Swami Vivekananda never did any prayaschitta because there was no need for it. The scriptures of the Vaishnava and Shaiva sects of Hinduism prescribe strictly vegetarian food for their followers. Those who belong to the Shakta sect are allowed by their scriptures to take meat, fish and even consecrated wine. As a result some Hindus harbor strong and ...


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