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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

Science must be accepted even when science contradicts the Vedas. Vedas should be used only in matters which can not be probed by any scientific method. Vedic authority does not extend to matters ...
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What is the shape of Earth according to Hindu scriptures?

In the Aitareya Brahmana of RigVeda 3.44 “The Sun does never set nor rise. When people think the Sun is setting (it is not so). For after having arrived at the end of the day it makes itself ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

Hinduism is an intrinsically scientific religion. The Vedas themselves accurately describe very complicated geometric concepts including six-dimensional spaces, distances between celestial bodies, and ...
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures?

I do not like to call anything discovered now as 'scientific fact' as any fact which is established now can be disproved in the future. (For eg. quantities like mass, time etc.. were considered ...
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The speed of light - Taittirya Brahmana of the Yajurveda

The speed of light is not directly from the Samhita. It is given by Sayana in commenting 1.50.4 verse of RigVeda. The devata of the verse is Surya. The verse is: तरणिविश्वदर्शवो ज्योतिष्कृदसि सूर्य ...
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What is Vigyana Bhairava Tantra?

There have been, in India, two main ways of approach to Reality or the Essential Nature of Self, Vivekaja mārga. (the path of distinction or discrimination). Systems following this mārga are ...
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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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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

I believe that science and hinduism are not that different and not at all contradictory. But it must be said that in order to see the similarities, it is needed to dive deep into Hinduism and Hindu ...
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

I think Wikipedia is using "Vedic scripture" as a metonymy for Hindu scripture in general. It is the Puranas which have statements that seem, at least on the surface, to indicate that the Moon is ...
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How can Wind, Sun and Fire be living beings?

To understand it better, I am answering after keeping your question limited to the Sun. Sun is called Aditya meaning son of Aditi and Kashyap Rishi. How can a star be born from a living being? The ...
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Embryology in the srimad bhagavatam?

Is embryology mentioned in bhagavata Purana?- Yes it is mentioned in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana you can read it here SB 3.31 In the chapter SB 3.31: Lord Kapila’s Instructions on the Movements of the ...
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What is the source of this sloka mentioning gravity?

It's from Goladhyaya of Siddhanta Shiromani, a work of Bhaskaracharya (a great mathematician and astronomer lived in 12th century) on astronomy. Siddhanta Shiromani has four parts on particular ...
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Biological origins of life - Chandogya Upanishad

The Chandogya Upansihada says that there are three possible biological origins of life. This is mentioned in the Shloka 6.3.1: तेषां खल्वेषां भूतानां त्रीण्येव बीजानी भवन्त्याण्डजं जीवजमुद्भि...
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Which Hindu scriptures talk about multiple universes or planets?

There is a Shloka in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana mentationing the concept of Multiverse OR Parallel Universes. पुरुषोऽण्डं विनिर्भिद्य यदासौ स विनिर्गतः । आत्मनोऽयनमन्विच्छन्नपोऽस्राक्षीच्छुचिः शुची...
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Mentions of the metal Mercury in Scriptures (other than in Ayurveda and Siddha and related books)

As per Puranas, Vishwakarma made Lingas from clay, metals, wood. Among metal Lingas, Parad linga (Mercury Linga) is one of them. So, mercury (Linga) is mentioned in Puranas. Chapter 12, Rudra Samhita (...
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Religion and expanding universe

Yes, there are references to an "expanding" characteristic of the Universe in Puranas and other texts. First of all, the Shiva-purana verse 2.5.50.29: When praising Śiva, Bhārgava says the following: ...
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Finding (source/original) Shlokas in the RigVeda

This is partial answer. First mantra is Rigveda 2.12.2. यः पर्थिवीं वयथमानामद्रंहद यः पर्वतान परकुपितानरम्णात | यो अन्तरिक्षं विममे वरीयो यो दयामस्तभ्नात स जनास इन्द्रः || yaḥ pṛthivīṃ ...
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Are there any references of robots in Ancient India?

The Indian Lokapannatti (11th/12th century) tells the story of King Ajatashatru of Magadha who gathered the Buddhas relics and hid them in an underground stupa. The Buddha's relics were protected by ...
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What are the some books that relate Hinduism to science?

"What is Life? with 'Mind and Matter'" by Erwin Schrodinger - winner of the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the dual nature of light, he mentions Vedanta specifically in this book "Quantum Physics ...
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Please Explain The Number 108

I have a completely different point of view. Since there is no direct text in any scripture or common consensus explaining why 108 is important, so instead of making speculations we will have to make ...
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What are the Nyaya-Vaisheshika arguments against sound as a vibration of air?

I found one argument from the Vaisheshika school. It occurs in this excerpt Prashastapada's Padartha Dharma Sangraha, the second-oldest work of the Vaisheshika school. Prashastapada doesn't just try ...
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Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immoveable?

Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immovable? No, unshakable is the right word instead of immovable. In the beginning the Earth was shaking or swinging and it's Indra (in some texts) or Vishnu (...
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

The actual statement referring by the question is from the book titled Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourcebook. The particular statement is Brahmagupta discusses ...
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On what basis do Hindu philosophies say Atman exist?

"On what basis do Hindu philosophies say Atman exist?" As per Bhagavad Gita, the supreme reality viz. Atman is said to be neither "existent" nor "non-existent". BG 13.13 - I shall speak of that ...
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Do viruses, virods and prions have souls?

There is a famous shloka in Chandogya Upanishad that states that all is Brahman. Sarvam khalvidam Brahman ... Verily, all this universe is Brahman.... Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1 So it follows ...
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What is the meaning of Atharva Veda 6.77.1, 6.44.1, 13.1.6, 6.88.1?

Your question is what is actual meaning of AtharvaVeda Mantras you quoted - translated by Griffith. Let's look at the verses from another translation of Atharva-Veda by Shri Ram Sharma Acharya. ...
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