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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?

According to the Garbha Upanishad, the soul can remember its past life when it is 9 months old in the womb: Whatever is consumed or drunk by the mother passes through the nerves and vessels to ...
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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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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

The same question was asked to Sri Swami Sivananda. He answers this question in his book "May I Answer That?" 267. When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after ...
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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

Prayer, PujA (worship) etc can remove sins committed in infinite number of our past lives. Here is a proof that prayer in the form Mantra Japa can do it: Lakshyadwayen pApAni saptajanmakritAnyapi |...
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How does the Yogi Remember his previous births?

According to the Patanjali Yoga Sutras (with translation and commentary by Swami Vivekananda) a Yogi can know past and future by employing a technique called Samayana. To know what Samayana is you ...
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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens if anyone is not believing in God? What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God and any theory related to god? The answers of these questions are provided ...
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What will happen to a youth who wants to enjoy life as well as continuing spiritual efforts?

Enjoyment is not forbidden as long as it's not against the principles of Dharma. So, one should make sure of that. 18 He should be a man who applies himself to acquiring wealth in righteous (...
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Is there any ancient story in which individuals are born in the opposite sex in the rebirth?

Is there any story, about born on opposite sex? Yes, there is a story of King Puranjana in Shreemad Bhagvat purana, where the King Puranjana was reborn as women- SB 4.28 : Purañjana Becomes a woman ...
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Can animals attain moksha?

Well,they probably can get Moksha too.Its all upto Parameswara to decide. Manu Smriti says that even insects & plants can attain higher worlds(i.e heavens) by austerities!.So,if they can attain ...
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What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

There is already an answer present here which quotes from Adi Parva ( and several other Parvas also). I'm here quoting the last Parva of Mahabharata from where we can get information about characters ...
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why is man mortal? We are not mortal. In fact no living being in true sense is mortal. it is only owing to our ignorance that we think that we are being born, growing, dying etc. in Bhagavad Geeta ...
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Do we take rebirth if we help others?

Let's apply superposition theory. Imagine that in your life only this Karma will decide, whether you will take rebirth or not. Karma If someone is starving for the food and then, You offer food ...
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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God and any theory related to god? Does anything regarding this has mentioned in any Vedas? Well,not sure about the Srutis(...
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

It must be numerous rebirths. Can not be counted and explicitly stated. Certainly not seven for all cases. Atra janma sahasreshu sahasrairapi pArvati | KadAchit labhyate janturmAnushyam ...
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In Mahabharat who were Dhitrashtra & Pandu incarnations of?

The Devi Bhagavatam mentions Dhritarashtra as the reincarnation of an Asura called Hamsa, the son of Nemi. Nothing is mentioned about Pandu. 30-32. Vâsudeva was the part incarnation of Kas’yapa, ...
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Was Krishna in moksha state during his life?

Krishna or vishnu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is ...
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Do any scriptures say that the hunter Jara was a rebirth of Vali?

Ananda Ramayana. This alternate version of Ramayana has many unique legends which are not mentioned anywhere in Puranas like Padma Purana, Skanda and Bhagavata Purana. (I took these names because ...
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What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

Bhishma: The eight Vasus were incarnated of Ganga by her husband Santanu. The seven were killed by Ganga before Bhishma's birth and the youngest of them was Bhishma. Drona: Drona sprung from a ...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

Was it merely written to convey a message? Yes I think so and its seems “The story seems to suggest that your final thoughts play such a crucial role that nothing else matters. “ is also right. The ...
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Is reincarnation or rebirth mentioned in the Vedas (Samhitas)?

Well, there are several hymns in Vedas which can mention rebirth. However it depends upon interpretation. I've found couple of verses from Rigveda Mandala 1 of which interpretation mention rebirth ...
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Why did gods follow rule of Hinduism?

The Gods have their own rules, their own Laws. Such rules are not the ones we humans are required to follow. This is mentioned in the Vedas as follows: DevA devAnAm anu hi vratA guh. ............
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What will happen to a youth who wants to enjoy life as well as continuing spiritual efforts?

Refer below from Bhagavad Gita: Persons who are learned in the Vedas, who utter oṁ-kāra, and who are great sages in the renounced order enter into Brahman. Desiring such perfection, one ...
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Who owns a soul?

There is a minor mistake in the explanation. You are not the body. The one changing bodies is the atma. You are the soul (atma). One should identify themselves as the soul which is non different and ...
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Do Vedas have these concepts?

Brahman shariram brahma prAvishat | Brahman has entered this body (AV 11.8.30) rucham brAhmam janayantah, devA agre tat abruva, yastu evam brAhmano vidyAt, tasya deva asan vashe || When the gods got ...
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How to ensure one doesn't get to born as animal or plant?

Jivas whose sins are at the maximum level get born as plants, Jivas who have large amount of sins but comparatively lesser than the preceding group get born as various types of animals and so on. ...
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Can animals attain moksha?

Yes , animals can attain moksha. Sri vaishnavas take sharanagathi from a guru. The guru can also give sharanagati to a cow in the house of a vaishnava. From Padma Purana Uttara Kanda Chapter 224 ...
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How many human births does the soul take before it merges with the Almighty?

Although this may not give us the exact number of human births but this is the closest information I could get about this topic: The duration of time that a Jiva spends in the human form is aluded to ...
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Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

Children become responsible for their karma after four years of age. Boys of less than four years in age can never be guilty or sinful. Even the king cannot punish them. [Garuda Purana, Dharma ...
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Do we take rebirth if we help others?

Q. If a man provides food to another who's starving, only to help that person, then, will it be considered dharma? And because it's dharma will he take rebirth just because of that (good) action? Yes ...
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How many times jeeva gets human birth?

Your question can't be definitely answered from Scriptures.Its true that the soul gets a variety of Yonis(wombs) as per its karmas and its also true that the number of such Yonis is 84 lacs . But we ...
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