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Do Hindus believe in Adam and Eve? If not, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?

No, Hindu scripture doesn't talks about Adam and Eve... However some people compare the story of Bhavisya Purana containing name Adam and Havyavati as Adam and Eve and their story sounds pretty much ...
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How important is the Bhagavad Gita when compared to other Hindu texts?

Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam writes: Question Swamiji, is there some basic text, for example, the Bible in Christianity, that defines the Hindu religion? ...
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Is Mahabharata the longest poem of the world?

Actually, the Sarala Mahabharata has 152,000 individual verses: not an exact translation from the Sanskrit original, but a full-blown independent work. Sarala Mahabharat has 152,000 verses compared ...
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Did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa accept Jesus Christ as the begotten son of God?

According to Sri RAmakrishna, Jesus Christ was an incarnation of God. So, an incarnation and not a son. I am quoting from the Bengali version of the book "A short life of Sri RAmakrishna". Seven ...
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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God? First of all among the Six Schools of Hinduism the schools like Vaisheshika founded by Maharshi Kanada, Samkhya founded by Maharshi Kapila etc.. do not ...
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Is Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim?

In the "Sai SatCharitra" (biography) of Shri Sai Baba written by Hemadpant Dabholkar, nowhere his religion is mentioned. He used to say "सबका मालिक एक |" (everyone's god is same). ...
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How do Hindus refute the Muslim belief that the Quran is Apaurusheya?

As the question is framed, I don't see why Hinduism needs to refute Islamic beliefs about its own scripture. None of Hinduism's tenets are affected by Islam's tenets. The question of refutation comes ...
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Do Hindus believe in Adam and Eve? If not, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?

Yes, there is a concept of first man and woman in Hinduism. This is mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4 which deals with the creation of the world. Verse 1.4.3: स व नैव रेमे, तस्मादेकाकी ...
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Martyr concept in Hinduism

Yes , there is a concept of Martyrism in Hinduism scriptures.This concept is described in a story in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana. Background - This story is of a demon "Vruttasura" Rushi (...
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Do generational curses exist in Hinduism?

Yes, generational curse do exists. They are of 2 types: 1. External Such kind of curse may come from a strong and austere personality like a Brahman or a saintly person. There are couple of ...
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Do generational curses exist in Hinduism?

Yes, generational curses do exist in Hinduism. There is a famous story described in Aitareya Brahmana (7.13-18) where Sage Vishvamitra cursed his own sons that their descendants will be born into the ...
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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

Here is a verse that says that black magic (using roots) is a punishable offence. Manu Smriti 9.290. For all incantations intended to destroy life, for magic rites with roots (practised by ...
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What is the earliest Hindu work refuting Mleccha religions or philosophies?

Following verses by Lord Shiva can be considered as the earliest works where he is criticising Mleccha(foreign) religions/philosophies as it was claimed to say at the commencement of Kaliyuga. From ...
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Where is the mention of Jain tirthankars in Yajurveda?

Regarding mention of the name of Rishabha . The word Rishabha is used in Yajurveda for ram not for Tīrthaṅkaras. In Yajurveda Samhita 21.60 .According to some sources the actual name is Usabha and ...
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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The answer is complex, but going by the wisdom put in IS GAUTAM BUDDHA CONSIDERED ONE OF THE DASHAVATARS?, the answer is NO. It differentiates between Buddha of Sanatan Dharma and Gautam Buddha of ...
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Why Hinduism does not force any rules like other religions?

Religions like Christianity and Islam threaten their followers with eternal hell if they don't obey the rules. Thus these rules are commandments. There is no fear in Hinduism. The reason is that God ...
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Is Advaita's Nirguna Brahman same as Madhyamaka's "emptiness of emptiness"?

If sunyata is absolutism, then it can be argued that Sankara’s Nirguna Brahman is identical to sunyata. Numerous Buddologists, both past and contemporary would agree. David Loy states that the ...
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Who is considered Hindu?

In his lecture The Common Bases of Hinduism, Swami Vivekananda says the following on being Hindu: There are certain great principles in which, I think, we — whether Vaishnavas, Shaivas, Shāktas, ...
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Did Ramakrishna eat cow's meat during his time as a muslim?

Swami Nirantarananda in Prabuddha Bharata (October, 2006) says that Ramakrishna had developed a deep urge for consuming beef but was requested by a disciple not to eat. Sri Ramakrishna: The ...
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What are the qualities or attributes that differentiate Sanathana Dharma from other religious faiths?

There are various attributes which differentiate Sanatana Dharma from other religions. Some of the main attributes are: 1) One Goal Many Paths: This is one of the main attribute of Sanatana Dharma. ...
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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

There is a lot of misunderstanding not only among Hindus, but also among many Buddhists. Buddha was not opposed to the Upanishads - he was opposed to the Karma Kanda, the ritualistic portion of the ...
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Is the word "Gandharva" related to the conception of an embryo?

Is the word "gandharva (gandhabba)" related to the conception of an embryo? No. The word Gandharva is not related to the conception of an embryo. Gandharvas are a type of celestial beings. They ...
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Are other religions just an illusion to end kaliyuga?

Well, i can answer this question partially. The Manu Smriti clearly states that any doctrines, traditions or philosophical systems that are not based on the Vedas are false and worthless. Manu ...
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Is any other religion or civilization mentioned in Mahabharata, Ramayana or other Hindu holy books?

The Atharva Veda itself has mantras which clearly mention that earth will have people who will speak different languages and who will be following different religions ( Dharma ) depending on the ...
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Why and how do Hindus celebrate Christmas?

The Ramakrishna Mission celebrates Christmas with a puja. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda looked upon Jesus Christ as one of the incarnations of God. Most of the centers have some type ...
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion

You use the term 'animism' loosely with an outdated understanding of the term. Before reading my response I would suggest you first read the Wikipedia page on animism. Animism is an anthropological ...
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Is Advaita's Nirguna Brahman same as Madhyamaka's "emptiness of emptiness"?

First: What did Adi Shankaracharya teach? We can see this from Adi Shankaracharya's own compositions: ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्या जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरः brahma satyam jaganmithyA jIvo brahmaiva nAparah ...
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According to Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, can multiple religions be followed at the same time?

First, when he practiced each path, he dropped the prior one. But it is important to note that he did this only after having realized God and attaining Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Second, he said to practice ...
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