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Not only Shiva - other gods also have families. Surya has a son Shani from his wife Chhaya. It's a different fact that Surya didn't accept his son and blamed Chhaya for cheating him. And from another wife Sanjana, he has twins Yama and Yami (Yamuna). Surya, Indra, and Yamraj also have demigod sons because of Kunti's boon. For the case of Brahma, all ...


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Sanyas Upanishads were written for male spiritual aspirants and thus talk of women being dangerous to males. Women are allowed to be monks. Just as women are dangerous for men who are spiritual aspirants similarly men are dangerous for women. I am astonished that some people believe that Hindu women are not allowed to be monks when there are women monk ...


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Quoting from About.com If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it's saffron - the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being. As such, the fire altar is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient Vedic rites. The saffron color, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained ...


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The following are excerpts from the authoritative text on Sri Ramana Maharshi's sayings - Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Devotee.: Is not brahmacharya (celibacy) necessary for realisation of the Self? Maharshee.: Brahmacharya is ‘living in Brahman’. It has no connection with celibacy as commonly understood. A real brahmachari, that is one who ...


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The reason is actually very simple.For a Sanyasi or a Yogi maintaining celibacy(Brahmacharya) is one among the most important tasks.Its part of their sanyasa related vows as well. So, they avoid all kinds of "Naari Sansargas"(associations with women) including even talking or looking at them. Because,even glancing at a women can be considered as contrary ...


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Shiva is portrayed and worshiped in many forms, he one of those rare naked ascetic who has even conquered over Kama, he's worshiped as a passionate lover and is worshiped along with his consort Shakti as the union, in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati and son Skanda, as the cosmic dancer (Nataraja), as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi, and as the ...


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You are actually talking about munis and sannyasis. It is restricted for renuncaites to enjoy worldly pleasures once they renounce the world. Performing their own funeral rites (sradha) they become dead to the world. turiyāśramasvikārārārthaṃ kṛcchraprāyaścittapurvakam aṣṭaśrāddham kuryāt [Narad Parivrajaka Up. 4.37] For entering the sannyasa order ...


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The sages of old that were married did so after becoming sages, not before, and did so because that was the way the world was then, thousands and thousands of years ago. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, chapter 39, http://www.belurmath.org/gospel/index.htm): If a man enjoys the Bliss of God, he doesn't enjoy the world. Having ...


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Jogi is an अपभ्रंश (apabhramsha) of Yogi. Like, how it's "Jamuna" for "Yamuna", "Jam" for "Yam", "Jashoda" for "Yashoda" & "JAdava" for "YAdava". So both are same. Yogi means a person, who is in Yoga. Early reference to Yoga in Gita is: BG 2.53 - श्रुतिविप्रतिपन्ना ते यदा स्थास्यति निश्चला। समाधावचला बुद्धिस्तदा योगमवाप्स्यसि। You are diverted (...


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The most crucial thing for them is they have to beg for food. Since they have abandoned fire they are not allowed to cook for themselves. So, the only option left for them is to beg and secure food. That is the only method by which they are allowed to secure food. And, for that purpose, some of them use a bowl (which they were presented with during ...


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We must first establish the sanskrit back-translation of a "sage" to make the answer meaningful. If that is "sādhu" (which means "good") or "riši" ("the respected one"), there is no contradiction. Upbringing and education of children is a valuable, respectable and recommended duty for qualified persons. Chānakya nītišāstra 1.14: A wise man should marry a ...


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Way of pradakshina remains the same in every stage of life in temples. We see many people touching backside of the temple and doing namaskara to it. It is wrong doing namaskar from front is only allowed and not from other sides. But pradakshina in a Shiva temple is an exception. There is a special way of performing a pradakshina in a Shiva temple according ...


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I read on the website OmOccult that alone Shiva is on a par with Shava (dead body); hence, he must be worshipped with his wife Parvati (his power) and the entire family. The entire story of the family man Shiva is duly mentioned in the Holy Scripture Shiva Purana; however, a crux of that is shared here - after assigning the task of creation to Brahma and ...


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As your question is asking 'Why Shiva being an ascetic also lives a family life ?" One has to understand 'Shiva Tatwa' to understand this. It is because everything exists in Shiva and hence he manifests himself in two opposite forms which contradict each other: Let's see some example of Shiva Tatwam: 1) Fierceness and Auspiciousness Begin from name. ...


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There is no recognized or formal stage after sannyas. Individual maths or individual gurus may give some title or other such thing, but there is no generally accepted stage after sannyas nor is there anything in scripture. There are different sects of sadhus and different sects will wear different colors. Most people when they think of sannyas, think of ...


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"Which scriptures are the basis of these claims?" Physical activities of mere "procedures" cannot define the true form of SannyAsa. If it were true then won't it become the guaranteed way to achieve the ultimate bliss? To answer your Q, I don't know which scriptures have the basis for this. This is a partial answer :-) "how is the ideal Sanyasi described ...


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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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Vishnu Purana, Book 3, Chapter 9 describes about the four orders of life: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. In Vanaprastha, one prepare himself for Sanyasa, so I am mentioning all the properties of these two Ashramas. Description of Vanaprastha Ashrama When the householder, after performing the acts incumbent on his condition, arrives at the ...


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It is not just male Sannyasis not looking at women. Women Sannyasis must also avoid men. The reason for avoidance is given in the passage posted below. Man dangerous to woman in the spiritual path Just as a woman is a danger to a man desiring progress on the spiritual path, so is a man to woman. It is the man who is uxorious, and engrossed too ...


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Here is a rule for begging alms. This applies to the Brahmins and it should apply to anyone who is entitled to beg alms and receive them. 4.247. He may accept from any (man), fuel, water, roots, fruit, food offered without asking, and honey, likewise a gift (which consists in) a promise of protection. 4.248. The Lord of created beings (Prajapati) ...


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In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 11.5.41, Devarṣi Nārada narrated a conversation between king Nimi and nava-yogendras (sons of Ṛṣabhadeva) to king Vasudeva (Lord Krishna's father): देवर्षिभूताप्तनृणां पितॄणां न किङ्करो नायमृणी च राजन् सर्वात्मना यः शरणं शरण्यं गतो मुकुन्दं परिहृत्य कर्तम् ॥ ११.५.४१ ॥ O King, one who has given up all ...


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There are a few Upanishads that describe what sannyas is and what the actions are to be followed. Those Upanishads are: Bhiksuka Upanishad of Sukla Yajurveda, the Naradaparivrajaka Upanishad of Atharvanaveda, and the Aruneyi Upanishad of the Atharva-veda. The first is very short, essentially one verse, the last only 5 verses. What the 'duties' (and I use ...


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When Buddha gave up his mortal body, he was covered with a special robe dyed in saffron. Ever since then, Buddhist monks have adopted saffron as the colour that can help them achieve their goal of 'moksha' or deliverance. Saffron is omnipresent in all the religions that have branched out from Hinduism. You see saffron in the garb of monks living on alms. It ...


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From the book "Essence of Dharma Sindhu" we get the following list of acts that are considered as "Nishiddhas" or prohibited in Kali Yuga. Kali Yuga Nishiddhas: The following are the avoidable and unnecessary acts of Kali Yuga viz. Samudra Yatra, carrying of Kamandulu to misdirect the Public , remarriages, begetting children from husband’s ...


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Brahmavaivarta Purana.Krishna-Janma-Khanda.185.180: asvamedham gavalambham sannyasam palapaitrkam devarena sutopattim kalau panca vivarjayet Five things are forbidden in the age of Kali – horse-sacrifice, cow-sacrifice, acceptance of sannyasa, offering flesh to the forefathers and begetting a child in the womb of the wife of one’s elder brother.


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There is a Sannyasa Upanishad called the Maitreya. It gives two interesting reasons as regards why a Sannyasi can not perform rituals ordained by the Vedas. See verses 4 and 5 given below. "To meditate on the One is alnisfood and on the many is proscribed food. For almsmen is prescribed almsfood that is in accord with the directions of the teacher ...


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Self answering..... First of all, the caste (of the would be Sannyasi) does matter. A person who's not performing the duties of his caste (Varna) is declared unfit to renounce.. As also persons who do not have the Vedic fire..So, by this, the lowest caste persons are clearly ruled out.. One should never allow renunciation to those who have just ...


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A Naishtika Brahmachari is perpetual student. He lives till his death the life that is meant for a student. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'? No, because after all it is a stage of studentship (Brahmacharya). So, he has to continue performing his duties as a student. living at the teacher’s house, the life of a sage, and ...


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