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When a person gets Brahma-Vidya / Moksha then there is no rebirth for that person. And when he doesn't have birth he can't do various sacrifices and rituals for Devatas. So, Gods do not want that men should attain Brahma Vidya. It is explained in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as: I-iv-9: They say: Men think, ‘Through the knowledge of Brahman we shall become ...


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As per the scriptures, a right guru must be fulfilling two important qualities: Srotriya : He must be well versed in all the sashtras, i.e. Vedas, Puranas, Philosophies, etc. (master in theory) Brahmanistha: He must himself have realized God and stays fixed in Him. (master in practice) So the scriptures say as below: tad vijñānārthaṃ sa gurum ...


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The answer is simple. Just ask yourself: How attached am I to this material life? How much material desire do I have? Do I like the life experience here? Depending upon your answers and how you feel about them, you can easily decide which path is suitable for you. Because the scripture says the following: nirviṇṇānāṁ jñāna-yogo nyāsinām iha karmasu ...


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Adding few points to jabahar's answer: There is no privilege to change Guru in the disciple's lifetime. One has to take enough time in choosing a right Guru. Infact it is not the student who finds the guru, it is the guru who finds the student. Based on one's strong determination, he may get the right Guru. Few references to add are: (1) Once a disciple ...


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What is Anahata Nada and How it's related to spiritual progress? It is a type of sound heard at the time of Yoga. By practicing it, one can attain Raja Yoga. It is a way to realize Brahma. There are four states of Yoga described in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 4. A yogi gradually masters to hear more accurate Nada in each states. It is one of the methods ...


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It is well known that Sanatan Dharma is liberal in declaring that there are multiple ways to mukti, not just only one. Hence, there are different kinds of practices observed by followers of different paths. But regardless of whatever path is followed, the body is the priamry asset through which any kind of dharma or penance can be done. Hence, it's said: ...


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Krishna answers this in Gita chapter 6, verses 37-45. The Lord says (Swami Nikhilananda translator): Arjuna said: A man who is endowed with faith, but not with steadfastness, and whose mind has wandered away from yoga--what end does he gain, O Krishna, having failed to obtain perfection in yoga? Fallen from both, unsupported, and bewildered in the ...


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First of all, in this excerpt from his Taittiriya Upanishad Bhashya Adi Shankaracharya ties the prevention of obstacles from the Devas not to the "śaṃ no mitraḥ śaṃ varuṇaḥ" mantra as a whole, but only to the repetition of the word Shanti or peace at the end of the mantra: The word "peace" is thrice-repeated for the purpose of destroying the threefold ...


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What the Guru Gita is saying should be taken more as a guideline for aspirants rather than as a test or a guideline to an aspirant's advancement. There is no stage at which an aspirant turns a Mauni. I have personally met a few sadhus who kept complete silence at all times. Have met several who have kept a vow of not speaking one day a week. Some have been ...


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Its important to understand what "Siddhi" means. Siddhi which means accomplishment may refer to different things based on context. When a mantra sadhana is done for fulfillment of specific sankalpa/vow taken, then accomplishment of that sankalpa is considered the siddhi of the mantra. When a mantra sadhana is done with a desire to attain the shakti/power ...


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Maharshi a Rishi who is very great in his spirituality(great seer), who had reached a certain level towards his goal(path). Rajarshi a King who is so spiritual that he becomes a Rishi. Devarshi a Rishi dwelling in the heavenly regions or a deva who is also a Rishi. The sons of Dharma or Yoga, divine or godlike sage. Brahmarshi a Rishi who has ...


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It is not only according to Hinduism, It applies to all religious, Karma Yoga is the best way to reach god and it is also a best way of achieving "Moksha". From tripod.com Karma Yoga As we have seen, karma yoga can be described as the way of faithful action without any interest in its effects and without any personal sense of giving. In other ...


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The fasts followed today are somewhat different from those mentioned in the earliest scriptures of Hinduism so I would share what the older scriptures mention about them. The Law Books such as the Manusmriti prescribe elaborate rules and procedures to practice fasting which may either be done to gain some spiritual merit or as a means for atonement. For ...


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Mantras work whether you know their meaning or not. Mantras are vibrations, that is why their proper intonation is important. If I am tone deaf but know all the words to a song, your ears will still not find my singing appealing. When a mantra is given by an enlightened person, they put some power into the transmission to you when you hear it. Many people ...


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There are several different aspects to this question. First, consider what happens to you if you do not wash one day, or do brush your teeth. Your body will not die nor will your teeth fall out, but you do feel a little dirtier - you are a little more immersed in the world. Likewise with your japam. If you do not do japam for one day or a few days, your ...


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When Brahma VidyA is attained by some he becomes knower of the Brahman. And such a person gains sovereignty over the Gods or gains authority over them. So, that is one more reason why the Gods would not like anyone attaining the Brahma VidyA. Rucham brAhmam janayantah (1) DevA agre tat abruvan (2) Yastu evam brAhmano vidyAt (3) Tasya devA asan vashe (...


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Nirguna upasana is not about "not accepting" murti puja. You are thinking about it in negative way. Nirguna means without qualities, without form. It is worship of formless aspect of God. It is not about rejecting various forms of God. It is just different path for people whose personality is not attracted to any of the forms of Lord. It is done by ...


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Sanatan Dharma says you should not be attached to your body. It is because the body is not the real self. And too much attachment to the body keeps us earth bound means we keep coming back in various rebirths. Sanatan Dharma says keep your body clean, nourished and healthy without attachment because it is your vehicle of liberation if used properly. If not ...


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I am only adding to Be Happy's answer. I am in agreement with most of his answer. My points are in addition to his. First, the third qualification of the guru is sinlessness. The guru should be above any moral approach. This includes brahmachari. Second, one cannot change gurus. As Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says in the The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Appendix ...


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Your question is genuine but the problem is that as you said in weekends you are suggest to do fasting but in weekends you are doing nothing and not concentrate on any work and your mind is free to think anything and generally it happen that whatever thing we wanted to do (like fasting) such conditions comes in which you are forced to cross it and negative ...


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In KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva says that Japa Yajna is the best form of Yajna.And in the 9th chapter of the same book he says that silence is the greatest form of Japa. So,it becomes quite clear why some Sannyasis and Yogis chose to remain silent. Akriyaiba ParA PujA Maunmeva Paro Japah|| Achintaiva Param DhyAnamanicchaiva Parama Phalam || ...


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When we are on the path of self realization we know the first step should be to get initiated/diksha from a guru, but my question is if the person/soul was initiated in the previous birth and before attaining salvation the person died and when he/she is born again will initiation be required again or will that soul be directed on the spiritual ...


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Viveka (विवेक ) means right understanding "discrimination" or "discrimination knowledge. Viveka is the quality of a person to differentiate between the real and unreal, eternal and temporary, Atma and Anatma ,Good and bad etc. There are five kinds of Viveka mentioned in the book Panchadasi by Vidyaranya , previously known as Madhavacharya. ...


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Meaning of pArAyaNa (पारायण) is reading a scripture from beginning to end. Every pArAyaNa (पारायण) text provides with preliminary rituals like Ganesha Sthuti, Sankalpa, recitation of Mula mantra, etc. For example: while starting with "Durga Saptasathi", after doing Ganesha Sthuthi, Sankalpa, one will be supposed to recite Rahasya Triya, doing Mula Mantra ...


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Usually it varies from path to path about number of initiations and gurus and deeskhas to be taken. But I will focus on tantra path here for the above question of various deekshas. There is a scope of having multiple gurus until some extent. Hence there is certain scope of having multiple mantra initiations as well. They can be practiced together as a part ...


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