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Dvaita vs Advaita vs Vishistadvaita vs Shuddhadvaita vs any other

Q. I hear these terms Dvaita, Advaita, Vishistdvaita, Shuddhadvaita, and may be any other XYZdvaita, etc in most of the questions but I am not very sure what do they refer to. There are six Darshan (...
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Did ancient Yogis float in the air and what is the method to do it?

First we should know our body is not just physical body, but has five sheaths (Pancha Kosha). What we see externally is Annamaya Kosha (food sheath). After death we shed Annamaya kosha and jiva with ...
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I want scripture-based explanation for "God is Everywhere"

Vedas state "Sarvakhalvidam Brahman" which means "Everything is Brahman." So, everything is Brahman in the absolute level. Chandogya Upanishad states: सर्वं खल्विदं ब्रह्म तज्जलानि...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The cruelty and evil seen in the world are the results of Karmic factors of Jeevas and God can't be blamed for that. It is stated in Brahma Sutra 2.1.34 as: Inequality (of dispensation) and ...
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What are all doctrines or philosophies discussed in Brahma Sutra?

Here are the main philosophical schools discussed by Vyasa in the Brahma Sutras (which you can read here: Vedanta: The Brahma Sutras are the defining text of Vedanta school, so in some sense all the ...
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Did ancient Yogis float in the air and what is the method to do it?

By practicing Yoga and pranayama (control of prana vayu) a Yogi can float in the air, walk in air. This is called Vayu-Siddhi or mastery over air. It can be achieved in the third stage of pranayama ...
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Do some people have more Grace of God and some have less?

I am not answering from the scriptures right now. I am only using Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa's "Kathamrita" as the reference. Such apparent differences can be explained by taking into account our ...
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According to one thought "If you can't explain anything simply that means you don't understand it"

human beings don't know about god am I right? See what Kena-Upanishad says about your question. यस्यमतं तस्य मतं मतं यस्य न वेद स:। अविज्ञातं विजानतां विज्ञातमविजानताम ॥3॥ YasyaMatam ...
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What's the meaning & relevance of LIC logo "yogakshemam vahamyaham"?

Q. What's the source and meaning of this verse? Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the source of this verse: अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते। तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्।।9.22।। And ...
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Why isn't there one Absolute Reality?

Q. In the annals of Sanaatana Dharma why isn't there One Absolute Reality? Every "seer of truth" saw/interpreted the way they saw it. Absolute Reality is only one but it is expressed differently ...
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Why do enlightened people contradict each other?

Swami Sivananda writes in his "May I answer That" book, Page 93, Question 247 - Prophets are born from time to time to remove a catastrophe and establish Dharma. They preach according to ...
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Why did Vedvyasa mention his shishya Jaimini's opinion/saying in Brahma Sutra?

It's because Vyasa and Jaimini were working together. Vyasa and two of his disciples, Jaimini and Kasakritsna, together composed a unified work called the Mimamsa Shastra, designed to analyze the ...
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Is it possible for one to have animal birth after human birth?

Yes, this is a possibility according to the Vedanta schools of Sri Madhva and Sri Vallabha. This view is based on the following shloka: O son of Kunti! Falling into demoniac wombs, in life after ...
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BG 4.40 - What does Kṛṣṇa mean by saṁśayātmā (doubting mind)?

The word संशयात्मा does not literally mean doubting mind. But it has an inner meaning. Samshayatma means a cynic who does not agree with the scriptures. If we consider only shloka you are quoting, ...
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According to ShankarAchArya in Advaita, is the universe "unreal" or "unworthy"?

There is a common popular misconception in People that according to Advaita World doesn't exist at all. It is not true. When we are deciding reality of things as per Advaita. Then, Advaita itself ...
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What are Vivartavada and Ajatavada?

1. Vivartavada: Sanskrit word विवर्त means [1] transformation, more precisely [2] apparent form in Vedanta philosophy. Vivartavada means the doctrine of apparent transformation. According to Adi ...
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Why is Sankaracharya accused as Pracchana Bauddha (crypto-buddhist) by many Vedantins?

It is very natural that Vaishnavas do not like Sankara's interpretation of Vedanta. You can read my answer to another question here: Did Shankara reject some doctrines of Atman or Brahman in order to ...
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Are there Hindu scriptural references for "Simulation hypothesis" or the "theory of simulation"?

I discuss in my answer here, AtharvaVeda states Universe as like projection in space-time: पूर्ण कुम्भोदिः काल आहितस्तं वै पश्यामो बहुदा नु सन्तः । [AtharvaVeda 19.53.3] A full pot has been ...
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What is the philosophical comparison between non-dualism of Vedanta and Agama?

There is a beautiful philosophical explanation of absolute reality and its relation to the world in the Agamas of Kashmir Shaivism. However, it is not very popular like other philosophical schools in ...
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Should Prajapati (Lord Brahma) be regarded as a Supreme Self or a Transmigrating Jiva?

Adi Shankara in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad Bhasya 1.4.6 raises this exact issue by citing both sides of Shruti and also gives solution for the seemingly contradiction: अत्र विप्रतिपद्यन्ते - पर एव हि...
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Why is Yoga called union when it is the mind that actually dissolves?

The union of Atma and Paramatma is called Yoga which you have already stated. Such a definition is found in several scriptures. From Devi Bhagavatam 7.35 for example: Himâlayâ said :-- "O Mahes'...
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Why isn't there one Absolute Reality?

Absolute reality is one but as it beyond level of mind several philosophy try to discuss it in their own way so there arise many interpretations. Actually this question is addressed in Suta Samhita ...
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Why isn't there one Absolute Reality?

Why isn't there one Absolute Reality? The ultimate reality is indeed one. But it is known by different names. Suparnam viprAh kavyo vachobhir ekam santam bahudhA kalpayanti. .......... ...
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Similarities and differences in the four vedas

In order to understand similarities and difference in four Vedas, I think it is necessary/recommended to know why and how Veda is divided into four Vedas. Following answer will help you to know & ...
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Who was the solar dynasty king who was turned into a spider?

The spider in question is a Shiva Gana named Malyavan. The Chola dynasty of kings is said to have sprung from the Surya Vamsa, at least according to this Wikipedia page. The last king to be mentioned ...
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Did ancient Yogis float in the air and what is the method to do it?

Yes, a Yogi can float in the air by using yogic power. Their are eight type of siddhis also known as ashta aishwarya can be attained by yoga as described in Shrimada Bhagavatam, Chapter 11.15. Yogi ...
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What is the means of attaining Moksha according to the different Astika schools?

Let me address each of the six Astika schools: Samkhya: The Samkhya school believed that meditation on the 25 Tattvas, i.e. Purusha or soul, Prakriti or matter/energy, and the 23 evolutes of Prakriti,...
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Why does Sankhya consider Prakriti as the root cause?

No. Avyakta (unmanifest) is root cause of all in Samkhya Philosophy, which itself has no cause (अहेतुमत् Ahetumat). This is explained well in Samkhya karika of Iswarakrishna. Karika 10 says (...
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Who are the pseudo-advaitins referred to by Shringeri Acharya? Does Adi Shankara state characteristics of true advaitins?

Thanks to Rickross and Partha for their answers. You are not wrong. But this question is significant even in Advaita circles and deserves a level of detail which neither have covered. Advaita, during ...
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