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Yes. Although simple techniques are not harmful, more intensive studies need the guidance of a teacher. Swami Vivekananda writes in his Preface to his translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (Vol 1, section entitled Raja Yoga - https://advaitaashrama.org/cw/content.php) The subject of the present book is that form of Yoga known as Raja-Yoga. The aphorisms of ...


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I am not aware of any good list of contradictions in Hinduism. There is no need for it because unlike the Abrahamic faiths sastra or scripture does not play a stellar role in Dharma. It is experience that is the key to moksha. Sastras They study the Vedas and discuss. But they do not realize the Ultimate Reality just as a spoon does not know the taste of ...


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While providing Pashupatastra to Arjuna Lord Shiva says that neither chief of Gods nor humans know of it. So, it is not possible that any other human would have Pashupatastra. From Vana Parva of Mahabharata: भगवानुवाच | ददानि तेऽस्त्रं दयितमहं पाशुपतं महत् | समर्थो धारणे मोक्षे संहारे चापि पाण्डव || १३ || नैतद्वेद महेन्द्रोऽपि न यमो न च यक्षराट् | वरुणो वाथ ...


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Deities evolved with humans. In the vedas, there are far fewer hymns for Rudra and Vishnu than agni, Indra and others. Indicating that vedic people mostly revered those deities connected directly to the natural elements. Later many of those deities got sidelined to gods and demi gods. The Trinity got more focus and we see that in puranas. Some deities ...


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Yakṣa (यक्ष) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX). Accordingly, “he knows that a jealous man who loves to dispute but who can give fine houses (gṛha), beds and seats (śayāsana), clothing (vastra) and food (āhāra), will be reborn among the Yakṣas who fly about in palaces and temples where they enjoy all kinds of pleasures and ...


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Yakshas are a class of Upadevas (Semi-Gods). There are ten types of Upadevas, namely - Vidyadhara, Apsara, Yaksha, Rakshasa, Gandharva, Kinnara, Pisaca, Guhyaka, Siddha and Bhuta. Yakshas and Rakshasas are related. Yakshas are the progeny of the Sage Pulastya. O best of Kings, the offsprings of the Pulastya of great wisdom were the Rakshasas, Monkeys, ...


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Well @Tezz has given most of the answer but I want to add some more to the list say it as no. 4, 5, 6,7,... And so on. Testing of Brahma and Vishnu Once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu faught for their supremacy but to stop them Lord Shiva became an infinite lingam and told Brahma to find it's top and Vishnu to find it's bottom. Lord brahma went upward as a swan ...


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Yes. The scriptures which discuss duty of daily life are the Dharmasutras and Dharmashastras. athātas-sāmayācārikān dharmān vyākhyāsyāmaḥ || 1 || 1. Now, therefore, we will teach the Dharmas which form part of the duty of daily life, as they have been decided by the agreement [of those who know the law]. dharmajña samayaḥ pramāṇam || 2 || 2. The authority ...


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Yes, there is such a thing in our scriptures. Bhishma said, ‘He is said to be conversant with duty who knows duty as depending on four foundations.’ [four foundations, i.e., as laid down in the Vedas; as laid down in the Smritis; as sanctioned by ancient usage and customs; and as approved by the heart or one’s own conscience.] Mahabharata, Santi Parva, ...


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