As I discussed in this answer, according to Vedanta, the only way to attain Moksha is to realize Brahman.
वेदाहमेतं पुरुषं महान्त-
मादित्यवर्णं तमसः परस्तात् ।
नान्यः पन्था विद्यतेऽयनाय ॥ ८॥
III-8: I have realized this Great Being who shines effulgent like the sun beyond all ...
Apparently not possible.
Dharma Sadhana or Moksha sadhana is possible only in this world or the Ihaloka. It is not possible to do the same in Paraloka or in afterlife that is in either Swarga or Naraka.
Here is a relevant verse from a Shakta Agama called KulArnava Tantram:
Ihaiva NarakavyAdheshchikitsAm Na Karoti Yah | (1)
GatvA Niraushadham SthAnam ...
No. If one does bad deeds first one goes to hell only (provided he did not atone for the sins while living). One does not get rebirth immediately.
And, after the torments of hell are over, one gets born again as various beings, depending on the residue of the sins the soul is still having.
Manu Smriti 12.54. Those who committed mortal sins (Mahapataka),
Here is one more mention of Swarga (not mentioned in the other answer) from the Atharva Veda. It is a description of the nine-doored human body as the city of Gods.
AshtachakrA navadvarA DevAnAm purayodhyA TasyA hiranyayah
koshah Swargo jyotishAvrita ||
Nine doored with eight lotuses, is the impregnable stronghold of Gods;
In that is a ...
Shlomo Bîderman in his book Scripture and Knowledge: An Essay on Religious Epistemology tells us what was the exact idea of swarga during vedic times.
The conception of swarga plays an important if varying function in the
vedic literature. Although mentioned only once in Rig-Veda , its
profusely mentioned in Atharva Veda , and in the Brahmanas. ...
Ajamila went to abode of Vishnu on heavenly car assuming form of Vishnu's attendant after casting his body.
After chanting name "Narayana"(name of Lord), Lord Vishnu's attendants appeared on spot and saved him from noose of Yama and his attendants.
Chapter 1, sixth Khanda of Bhagavata Purana says: (translated by Dr. G.V. Tagore)
Thus, the ignorant ...
There is a scriptural reference involving Vishnu, Alakshmi and Peepal tree but it is different from what is said in the World Bank report quoted in the question.
This Alakshmi is same as the elder sister of Lakshmi, it is a yes. Alakshmi or Jyeshta (the eldest one) is the sister of Lakshmi who emerged from the churning of the milky ocean. The devas gave some ...
Indra Loka and Deva Loka are the same since Indra is the leader of the Devas who lives in their capital Amravati. The place is mentioned at many places and am sharing some of the references below. On the other hand, Vaikuntha is the spiritual abode of Lord Vishnu and scriptures give details of it as well.
SECTION CLXVII of the Vana Parva of ...
Yes, it is mentioned in Mahabharta, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva: Section 1 that Duryodhana went to heaven because he sacrificed his life in war.
"Narada, smiling, told him, ‘It should not be so, O king of kings. While residing in Heaven, all enmities cease. O mighty-armed Yudhishthira, do not say so about king Duryodhana. Hear my words. Here is king ...
Your enquiry is about whether Bhishma attained Swarga-Loka or Vaikuntha. And as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata Purana he became one with Shree Hari and Mahabharata's Svargarohanika Parva he was present in Swarga.
There is description of Bhishma asking the leave of Shree Krishna to leave his body in Mahabhrata - Anushasana Parva - Bhishma-Swargarohana ...
Yes, the people (with bad Karma) will still go to the hells in Kali Yuga.
In fact, Puranas, like Bhavisya Purana, state that hells will over-populated in Kali Yuga. So, that means, compared to the other three Yugas, more people will have to visit hells, in Kali Yuga.
At the end of the Kali's second half there would neither by the
institutions of ...
The shloka you have quoted is found in Garuda Purana -Preta Kanda- Chapter 2-Shloka 4 As well as Devi Bhagavata Purana 188.8.131.52.
अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गो नैव च नैव च । येन केनाप्युपायेन
कार्यँ जन्म सुतस्य हि ।।
There is no place for sonless person , the heaven is not for him. One
must have a son by any means whatsoever. - Garuda Purana.
There is no ...
Every being has all 3 qualities in more or less forms within them:
sattva - illumination
rajas - passion
tamas - ignorance
Those with increased quality of tamas / ignorance or darkness, go to hell.
While rajas holds at whichever region one is; And sattva promotes to higher regions than the present one.
BG 14.18 - Those with sattva (goodness) go higher [...
In the hells, the soul is NOT endowed with the physical body, but it still has a subtle kind of a body which is capable of feeling the pain.
The same question was in fact asked by Savitri (wife of Satyavan) to Yamaraja in Devi Bhagavatam's book 9.
O Bhagavan! What is the size of the several kundas or hells that Thou
hast just now enumerated? How do ...
Yes that certainly seems to be the case. As mentioned in the Manu Smriti:
The sun divides days and nights, both human and divine, the night (being intended) for the repose of created beings and the day for exertion.
A month is a day and a night of the manes, but the division is according to fortnights. The dark (fortnight) is their day for active exertion, ...
Beings higher than human beings are eligible for Jnana and Moksha. Most prominently, the Devas, who dwell in Swarga. Vyasa discusses this in Adhyaya 1 Pada 3 of the Brahma Sutras:
Badarayana thinks that beings higher than those (men) (are also qualified for knowledge), for that is possible.
If it be objected that this (...
It doesn't look like liberation is possible other than Bhuloka. Vishnu Purana, Book 2, Chapter 3 says that world of acts is not the title of any other portions of the universe means only fruits of Karma can be obtained in Bhuloka.
THE country that lies north of the ocean, and south of the snowy mountains, is called Bhárata, for there dwelt the descendants ...
"Why can't we enter in the heaven with the human body?"
Followers of Dharma Can enter the heaven with physical body.
There are at least 2 instances.
Sudarshana and his granddaughter-wife Oghavati (as half)
“O Sudarsana! I am Dharma Devata. (Deity of Dharma). I have come to test your mind and your devotion towards guests. Mruthyu is waiting to ...
There are three kinds of happiness: Aihikam of happiness in this life, Amushmikam of happiness in Swarga, and Nihshreyasam or happiness in Moksha. Aihikam is both mixed with sorrow and temporary, Amushmikam is unmixed with sorrow but still temporary, and Nihshreyasam is both unmixed with sorrow and eternal. For more detail, here is what Ishwara Krishna's ...
How does one attain the specific heavenly realms situated above Earth?
One way is by following the various dharmas of the different castes. If a member of a particular caste fulfills his caste duty, he will by default go to that particular realm that is a reward for following his varnashramadharma.
From the Vishnu Purana:
The means of subsistence having ...
Personification of Alakshmi:
Alakshmi represents extreme ugliness. She is depicted as an old,
haggard, dirty, messy woman riding a donkey. Her skin is dark,
leathery and shrivelled. Her hair is dishevelled and matted, full of
dirt and grime. She likes to live where people are full of ego,
vanity, and selfish mindset.
Co-existence of Lakshmi and ...
Due to influence of abrahmics some Hindus have forgotten true spirit of Hinduism.
Hinduism is not a prophetic religion, where we are supposed to follow each and every action of a prophet. This is given beautifully by this shloka
naitat samacarej jatu manasapi hy anisvarah vinasyaty acaran maudhyad
yatha 'rudro 'bdhijam visam
isvaranam vacah ...
Is heaven a place of absolute ('extreme' post-edit) happiness?
Bhagavadgita 9.21 says
ते तं भुक्त्वा स्वर्गलोकं विशालं
क्षीणे पुण्ये मर्त्यलोकं विशन्ति |
When they have thus enjoyed vast heavenly sense pleasure and the
results of their pious activities are exhausted, they return to this
mortal planet again. Thus those who seek sense ...
I would ask people to read my answer from the link below which was ofcourse asked by the same OP.
Was Indra born from his mother's side and did she die in child-birth?
As I have said in the answer given in the above link, it's Tvastar who created the sky and earth as his place to live. Tvastar created lots of thing. In fact his own creation started ...
Yes the Ramayana gives a bit more detail about the possible location of the creation of Vishwamitra. According to the Bala Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayan:
"Like the other Creator that resplendent Vishvamitra, himself staying among sages, has replicated Southerly Ursa Major in southerly direction. And still remaining amidst of sages that highly reputed ...
Soul is Ananda-swarupa ie. Supreme Bliss in it self. It doesn't experience punishment or enjoyment in heaven or hell. The one which experiences them is the body.
Now the question arises that the dead body is burnt here itself so how can it experience good or bad fruit of deeds ?
The soul is actually wrapped under five bodies, known as pancha-kosha. The ...