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I presume you are asking the difference between Varna (वर्ण)system and Jaati (जाति). The concept known as a caste system is an anglicised explanation of the Indian concepts of Varna (वर्ण) and Jaati (जाति). About Varna: In ancient India there was a concept of Varnashrama (वर्णाश्रम) wherein there were 4 Varnas or a primary broad classification of various ...


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Yes. The story of Jada Bharata shows that one can be a Jivan Mukta without vicharana. As seen in this question, Jada Bharata was a king who fell into the rebirth cycle because he was attached to his deer, and ends up being born as one. Now in the next birth he was born in a brahmin family, but was a jivan mukta. He remembered his previous two births. ...


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The questions are: Is vicharana(thinking) a mandatory step for attaining Jivan Muktha state? Is there any such example from scriptures that a person got Jivan Muktha state without any vicharana? Vicharana or pondering over an issue with a concentrated mind, is also called dhyAna alongwith Dharana. Dharana (Sanskrit: धारणा) means concentration, ...


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As everybody knows, Actions in the form of papam and punyam are accumulated birth after birth, and goes by the name sanchita karma. A small part of sanchita karmas which are about to give rise to result needs a birth. So a fresh body is taken to experience this set of karmas, called prarabdha karma. Among these 2, those actions, that are still in the bank ...


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I have just gone through Narada Samhita, Sanskrit text with Hindi translation book available on Internet Archive but I have not found the mentioned verse in it. All the sites/articles citing this shloka are saying that (interpretation of the mentioned verse) "In the Samvatsar called PariDhawi, there will be war between the kings and an epidemic will spread. ...


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Basically there are few options like 1. worshipping God in fire (Yajna) 2. in idols/images/Yantras etc. These are the most widely used ones.And, these are external worship, where aspirants imagine divine presence outside and separate from themselves. Apart from these, there is antar-yajna or internal mode of worship, that is suitable for advanced level ...


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The chhAndogya upanishad lists a number of things that can be worshipped (upAsana is the word used) as brahman. nāma vā ṛgvedo yajurvedaḥ sāmaveda ātharvaṇaścaturtha itihāsapurāṇaḥ pañcamo vedānāṃ vedaḥ pitryo rāśirdaivo nidhirvākovākyamekāyanaṃ devavidyā brahmavidyā bhūtavidyā kṣatravidyā nakṣatravidyā sarpadevajanavidyā nāmaivaitannāmopāssveti || 7.1.4 |...


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While I have already an accepted answer, I'd like to share another incident I came across and that too from Mahabharata. Here too the foetus gets cursed for speaking out of turn. From Mahabharata's Sambhava Parva Section CIV There was in olden days a wise Rishi of the name of Utathya. He had a wife of the name Mamata whom he dearly loved. One day Utathya'...


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He is quoting sayings of Pañcaśikhā according to Vācaspati Miśra​'s sub commentary (popularly known as Tattva Vaiśāradī) on Vyāsa​'s commentary on Yogasutras of Patanjali. Quoting Sanskrit text of Tattva Vaiśāradī from Yoga-vaiśāradī site and English translation from Patanjali's Yoga Sutraswith The Commentary Of Vyasa And The Gloss Of Vachaspati Misra Rama ...


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Yes, scriptures mention that a child in womb can learn and even speak. One such story is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva: SECTION CXXXII. According to above story, Ashtavakra was the son of Kahoda and Sujata (daughter of Uddalaka). Ashtavakra spoke to his father while in fetal state. "Lomasa said, The sage Uddalaka had a ...


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According to Srimad Bhagavatam, Narasimha was pacified by Prahalada with his prayers. I will post the summary verse here. You can read the full story at the below link - https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/7/9/ ŚB 7.9.51 श्रीनारद उवाच एतावद्वर्णितगुणो भक्त्या भक्तेन निर्गुण: । प्रह्रादं प्रणतं प्रीतो यतमन्युरभाषत ॥ ५१ ॥ śrī-nārada uvāca etāvad ...


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