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In a conflict between Guru and Shastra, what should be precedent? The shastra takes precedence. From the Manusmriti: 2.6 - The entire Veda is the root-source of Dharma; also the Conscientious Recollection of righteous persons versed in the Veda [Smritis], the Practice of Good (and learned) Men [Achara], and their self-satisfaction [ātmanastuṣṭi]. The ...


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Shastra is a general term. If you mean sruti, then a true guru cannot contradict sruti. A true guru is living sruti. If you mean smriti, or any other meaning to scripture, than a guru can contradict, for two reasons. First, not being sruti, they are by definition written by man, not by God. Second, different sects accept different smritis as smriti. The real ...


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Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham said once that the proper time to do sandhyavandanam is hinted in the tamil saying " Kaanaamal konaamal kandu kodu". There is one important step in Sandhyavandhanam named Argya Pradhaanam (means giving Argyam to Sun God). As per this Tamil saying this Argya Pradhaanam is to be given along with ...


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The meaning of Shastra; Shastra (शास्त्र) is a Sanskrit word that means "precept, rules, manual, compendium, book or treatise" in a general sense. The word is generally used as a suffix in the Indian literature context, for technical or specialized knowledge in a defined area of practice. Shastra has a similar meaning to English -logy, e.g. ...


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Sarva Darśana Saṃgraha​ of Vidyāraṇya Mādhavācārya​ is one of the good one which describes various philosophies. Apart from this, I'm aware of two other works of similar in nature i.e describes various Darshanas (philosophies): Sarva Siddhāṃta Saṃgraha​ of Ādi Śaṃkarācārya​. It contains following chapters regarding various philosophies: Lokāyatika Pakṣa​ ...


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The advice by Gautama 12:4 quoted by both Ramanuja and Shankara in the Brahmasutras (apashudra-adhikarana) that a Sudra who hears the Vedas chanted should have his ears filled with molten lac was never actually ever carried out - it was just hyperbole. It was the custom from before Ramanuja and Shankara (over 1500 years ago) to chant the Vedas in the ...


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The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 8/Notes Of Class Talks And Lectures/Pranayama First of all we will try to understand a little of the meaning of Pranayama. Prana stands in metaphysics for the sum total of the energy that is in the universe. This universe, according to the theory of the philosophers, proceeds in the form of waves; it ...


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How do we find the difference between Akasha and Prana ? -- Akasha Mahabhuta is composed of many components and Prana is one of the major component of Akasha. स इमान् प्राणान् आकाशान् अभिनिर्मन्थति। (Jaiminiya Brahamana 2.18) Akasha is formed by the churning (Manthana) of Prana Rashmis. Same thing is also called in Taittariya Samhita: प्राणो वा ...


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Such quotes are unlikely to be found. Not sure whether you will get anything dealing with the issue directly from the Vedas either. But Smritis state that only during emergencies one may not follow Dharma. This injunction is not applicable during normalcy. Parashara Smriti's 7th chapter has the following verses: During a civil commotion, or in exile, ...


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Yes. Everything in this Universe has Consciousness and so does the Universe itself. Swetashwara Upanishad is all about this. The only qualification to your statement that Advaita propounds is that the consciousness of both inanimate and animate objects is really one Supreme consciousness although they seemingly are distinct. Here are some relevant verses ...


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Rig veda says the Pure consciousness is only ONE, though sages may call it in different names. इन्द्रं मित्रं वरुणमग्निमाहुरथो दिव्यः स सुपर्णो गरुत्मान | एकं सद विप्रा बहुधा वदन्त्यग्निं यमं मातरिश्वानमाहुः || Rig Veda (1.164.46) They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuṇa, Agni, and he is heavenly nobly-winged Garutmān. To what is One, sages give ...


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While giving discourse to Arjuna, the mind of Sri Krishna was merged in the BRAHMAN and thus he had been speaking as a BRAHMAN itself. Unless we understand this crucial aspect, every word of Sri Krishna is bound to create confusion, as to his declaration himself as GOD. He never said that he is the incarnation of Vishnu . सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं ...


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Hinduism is a Henotheist Monotheist religion and the hymns of the Rigveda, the oldest scripture of Hinduism, mention many deities, but praises them successively as the "one ultimate, supreme God", alternatively as "one supreme Goddess", thereby asserting that the essence of the deities was unitary (ekam), and the deities were nothing but pluralistic ...


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A Self realised Guru will ask you this, "What do you mean by God?" Will someone/thing will become god if large enough people worship them? What are the criteria for divinity? In fact, these criteria are given many times in many scriptures in various forms. The names and forms of gods may differ, but the criteria generally remains same. If understood that ...


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Since you mentioned other scriptural references, I am quoting what Garuda Purana says on the classification of Puranas according to Gunas. Garuda Purana classify Puranas according to Gunas in completely different manner. Garuda Purana, Brahma Khanda, Chapter 1: The Puranas devoted to Vishnu are called Satvikas. These should be preached to peoples ...


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The Lalita Sahasranama from the Brahmanda-Purana resembles the actual Lalita-Sahasranama which is often seen as an individual work, and is famously commentted upon by Bhaskararaya. The final part of the Brahmanda Purana is also known as the Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) and constitutes chapters 5-44 of the final portion (Uttarabhaga) of the Brahmanda-...


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