There are many such occasions and days when Veda study is forbidden. Those are enumerated in Manu Smriti 4.101 onwards:
4.101. Let him who studies always avoid (reading) on the following occasions when the Veda-study is forbidden, and (let) him who teaches
pupils according to the prescribed rule (do it likewise).
Then the text gives a long list of ...
To my knowledge hells and their various names are first mentioned in detail in Manu Smriti. More elaborate descriptions are found in Puranas like Garuda Purana and others.
Vedas and Upanishads don't describe hells in details like it is done in Manu Smriti or various Puranas. Some Upanishads however just mention them.
Here are a few such quotes:
He who ...
What is its etymology or definition of Veda?
The word "veda" just means knowledge. It comes from the root word "vid" (in Sanskrit), which means "to know"/"knowledge"/"know", etc. It is also a stem of the verb "vedayati" which means "cause to know". In other words, the Vedas cause people ...
The Agni Purana contains a description of most of the weapons found in olden times. Chapter 249 divides weapons into the following categories:
Yantramukta (projectile weapons such as the sling (kshepani) or the bow),
Pāṇimukta (hurling weapons such as the javelin (tomara),
Muktasandhārita (weapons that can be used for either hurling or thrusting, such as ...
There are some places in Vedas where Indra is shown as killer of asuras.
In Rigveda 6:26:3 It is written that Indra killed a demon called susna.
Rig Veda 6.26.3 Thou didst impel the sage to win the daylight, didst ruin Śuṣṇa for the pious Kutsa.The invulnerable demon’s head thou clavest when thou wouldst win the praise of Atithigva.
Indra also killed a ...
I have posted below some of Swami Vivekananda's writings on the Vedas. Only the spiritual message and not every verse of the Vedas is important.
There was a time when the Vedas themselves were considered eternal in
the sense in which the divine truths contained therein were changeless
and permanent and were only revealed to man. At a subsequent time, it
It is not necessary that everything and being must come directly from the Purusha.
Once the Varnas are created from the Purusha, they themselves can now inter mix to create all types of inter castes. Purusha Sukta also doesn't mention the Varna Sankaras to come directly from some portion of him.
There are only four Varnas and no fifth one. And, all those ...
Battles between devas and asuras are described or at least referred to in the Rig Veda. However, we should take care to note that the Vedic asuras are divided between the benevolent Ᾱdityas (led by the Vedic Varuṇa) and the negative Dānavas (led by the Vedic Vṛtra). The main examples are as follows -
The elements of the famous battle between the deva Indra ...
First, there are no permanent hells in Hinduism. All hells are temporary, there are no deeds which lead to any permanent hell. Identifying ourselves with our bodies, we indentify the material world and material existence as reality and want to think of hell as a material place where our outer material sheath will exist. The outer sheath falls apart, decays, ...
You have answered your own question. The Mundaka Upanishad quote pertains to the formal study and transfer of this knowledge in the textual tradition. But anyone is capable of realizing the Brahman even without formally being part of the formal guru-shishya parampara. There are so many examples in the scriptures.
Satyakama Jabala himself realized Brahman ...
Vedas don't address Mahavakyas specifically. But they speak indirectly. They recognize Atman and Paramathma and speak that Purusha alone became all beings and knowing that Purusha bestows Moksha.
Hiraṇya-garbha is the golden germ which enters into creation after the
first act of the creator. Hiraṇya-garbha has within itself the seeds
of all things – the ...
Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad's Adhyaya 6; Brahmana 4 is describing rites and rituals for obtaining good progeny for couples. The rites are to be followed by the husband and wife who are seeking particular types of off-spring.
For example, 6.4.15 is saying that if the couple wishes to have a male child having yellowish complexion, who will be well read in two ...
What are the verse in the Vedas and upanishades that support dualistic philosophy of dvaita vedanta?
The most interesting thing is how Madhvacharya interprets the following verse from the Chandogya Upanishad:
6.8.7 - स आत्मातत्त्वमसि
Depending on how you split the word, it can be:
sa AtmA tat tvam asi (You are that self)
sa AtmA ...
Bhagavad Gita is that one book which speaks about it all. Lord Krishna explains it all in the Bhagvad Gita. Gita is the compilation of all the Vedic scriptures. So instead of reading many books read Gita would be my suggestion.
I have been told by the Gurus that forgetting the Guru given mantra is the worst possible thing that can happen to the disciple (I think it's extremely rare that it actually happens). Abandoning the mantra (i.e. if you have not "followed" the mantra diksha) is also not good at all.
Lord Shiva warns in this regard as follows:
OM namaH sAmavedAya
I am currently asking about where to find the text of some of the chants that you are asking for: Three questions about the sAmaveda.
puruShasUkta from sAmaveda The short text is found in this question:
How is Purusha Sukta revealed in Samaveda?. The text that you will need for chanting is found here
SrI sUktam from sAmaveda
I have also ...