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 the time, place, conditions
and requirements. Lord Buddha preached, “Don’t kill”. Guru Govind
Singh preached, “Kill”. When Buddha was born, people were ...
This is taken from this blog
“A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy”, Chandradhar Sharma
The above groups Nyaya and Vaisheshika, Samkhya and Yoga. But there are subtle differences within this group also. Mimamsa can not be compared ...
The second point is wrong. 'I' does not refer to Brahman. Here 'I' is the subtle body of Jiva that consists of manas, buddhi, chitta and ahamkara. It is this I that is searching for Brahman.
Marwari Devotee: "Who is this 'I' that says, 'O Lord, I am Thy
Sri Ramakrishna:"This is the lingasarira or embodied soul. It consists
I looked at the Wikipedia article which claimed that Vivekananda and Aurobindo were apologists. I beg to differ.
Was Vivekananda an apologist?
An apologist is one who defends a controversial position. In the case of dharma that would imply defending shastra (scripture) in a controversial issue. I am giving below Swami Vivekananda's attitude towards the Vedas....
Six Schools of Indian Darshana's are as below:
Here Uttra mimamsa is Upanishad (Vedic postulate) and Purva mimamsa is vedic text itself (yaga and other vedic literature). Nyaya is Logic which (madhva school of philosophy greatly emphasis) Nyaya Sudha, Nyayaamruta, chandrika, Parimala. Samkhya is ...
The oriental propensity for exaggeration, embellishment, mythologization and conscripting of purported history for spiritual instruction it is impossible to say what actually took place in any form of verifiable detail. For example the alleged long and detailed conversations between the characters cannot possibly have actually taken place, since there were ...
The Ultimate Reality is infinite. An enlightened person may not have experienced the whole of this Reality. The partial experience of the Reality leads to apparent contradictions.
Let me give here the experience of Totapuri, the Advaita Vedanta Guru of Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Puri has had the Advaita moksha experience after 40 years of effort. He did not accept ...
It is pertinent to note that although Rishi Agastya drank the ocean the earth was not devoid of water i.e. seas, rivers etc. were still around. This can be confirmed from Vana Parva.
After Devas had slain the Kalakeya demons, they asked Sage Agastya to replenish oceans but he replied
'That water in sooth hath been digested by me. Some other expedient, ...
First of all, each Jiva has lived an innumerable number of lives, so even if you lived an unhappy life and got moksha, doesn't mean you've never lived a happy life before. Since each Jiva has lived an infinite amount of lives before, we can presume that it has lived at least one happy human life before:
Bhagavad Gita 2.12 - There never was a time when I did ...
As per Parshurama Kalpa Sutras, By Dr. Param Hans Mishra, Bhagwan Shiva himself created Six Darshanas; they are:
Since the book is in Hindi, used Google Translator for English translation:
Apart from these, six darshans are also Bhagavatpravart. By whom real ...
You have asked 2 questions.
The first question is what will a person realize without knowledge of Hindu metaphysics.
This is an excellent question. To answer this we have to know that there are essentially three different types of meditation: meditation on eternal subject, meditation on eternal object and finally meditation on neither.
The source of eternal ...
There are two question, the title of the question asks a different question and description of the question asks as totally different question.
If I am Brahman, and Brahman is all-knowing, then why do I (who is
already Brahman) need to find out that I am Brahman?
I am Brahman.
I need to find out that I am Brahman. But ...
This is answered by Bhishma to Yudhishthira in theShanti Parva of the Mahabharata
Yudhishthira said: O sire, what the difference is between the Sankhya
and the Yoga system of philosophy. O foremost one of Kuru's race,
everything is known to thee, O thou that art conversant with all
Bhishma said: The followers of Sankhya praise the Sankhya system and
Upanishads have multiple teachings - some say Atman and Brahman are same and some they are completely different. Visish Advaitha reconciles both using Ghataka Shruti. It uses portion of Upanishads saying Brahman is the inner controller (Antaryami) present inside all Chit and Achit elements of Brahman. We can say like Trees have various fruits but are ...
Realising Brahman is moksha. But Brahman is independent of the body. Brahman is Sat Chit Ananda. Thus ananda can be experienced without a body.
Talk 396, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
Births, being of the body, cannot affect the Self. The Self remains
over even after the body perishes. The discontent is due to the wrong
identity of the Eternal Self with ...
Is it possible that we had been born as humans before ?
Bhagavad Gita 4.5
bahuni me vyatitani janmani tava carjuna
tany aham veda sarvani na tvam vettha parantapa
Many, many births both you and I have passed.
I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!
e.g. Arjuna was previously Indra. Bhishma was previously Vasu. Innumerable ...
No there is no difference between soul and self. Shiva Sutras verse 1.1 says,
Awareness which has absolute freedom of all knowledge and activity is the Self or nature of Reality or Atma.
Clearly here self is considered same as Atma. In Vijnanbhairava Tantra, verse 100, it says,
The Same self characterized by consciousness is present in all ...
This is a good question often asked by people. This question is asked because people think that good karma automatically should lead to moksha, bliss and relief from suffering. I will try to establish that this simplistic idea is not right.
Does Ishvara distinguish between a devotee and an atheist?
The answer is no.
I am the same towards all beings. None is ...
Firstly from Brahman alone this whole world comes and from that, Sat (Eternal i.e Atman ) and Asat(Non Eternal like Body, Elements in Prakriti etc) come from. But still Brahman transcends everything and is in-dweller of the body as well as the creation. Desires only in accordance with Dharma will lead to good path. Other desires keep binding man in Samsara. ...
Your question has logical fallacies in it and draws illogical conclusions from assumptive statements. In Chapter 16 of the Gita, the Lord says (Swami Nikhilananda translator):
16.7 Men of demonic nature know not what to do and what to refrain from doing. Purity is not in them, nor good conduct, nor truth.
16.8 They say: "The world is devoid of truth, ...
Yes it is true.
Garud Purana 2:49:13
चतुरशीतिलक्षेषु शरीरेषु शरीरिणम्॥
न मानुष॑ विनान्यत्र तत्त्वज्ञानन्तु लभयते॥ १३॥
In the eightyfour lacs of bodies of creatures one does not acquire true knowledge anywhere unless one is born as man.
Not only humans, even gods have to take birth in different yonis to attain human birth. Hence human birth is considered ...
In bhagwadgita, it is said that the dharma of a kshatriya where rajputs are said to have descended from is to fight in battle to protect dharma itself (BG 2.31). Dharma here includes all vedic knowledge, cultures, customs & beliefs of the hindu people and the wider umbrella called Sanatana Dharma, it is the duty of a kshatriya just like any varna group ...
There are already answers which tell the answer to your question. I impose a question: why are the contradictions or whatsoever you want to call it arise?
The answer is we humans interpret, compare and discriminate between science and vedas. Science and vedas must not be compared, they are two completely different things.
Science is modeling of universe ...
A wealthy merchant from Sindh, Pakistan started this movement. Brahma Kumaris call him Prajapita Brahma Baba.
In this animation movie from Brahma Kumaris, they have explained their worldview. They believe in the four Yugas. Each Yuga consists of 1250 human years. Now we are at the very end of the Kaliyuga. At the end of Kaliyuga, Satyuga will begin. Brahma ...
Yeah this is true just like there is no significance of Sun without its rays. Same is the case with Shiva, the highest consciousness. If Shiva is consciousness then his svabhava is vimarsha.
As Acharya Abhinavagupta puts it,
"If the Highest Reality did not manifest in infinite variety, but reminded cooped up within its solid, singleness, it would ...
However, it is very simple to deride scientific rationalists using the same argument. I can call any scientific statement ('Atoms exist' or 'Vaccines save lives') as 'non-falsifiable' because it is very hard or impossible for me to verify
Let’s start by your statement -- leaving aside for a moment the polemics -- Can you proof that Atoms exists?