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Are there any references to Gravity in Hindu Scriptures?

Due to the dominance of Vedanta school in present time, Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is often seen only in the light of Vedanta. If we go with respect to doctrines, Vedanta is only a small part of ...
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Procedures used for preserving the integrity of the Vedas

Very special procedures are applied to preserve Vedas. Here are some of them: 1) Divisional Protection: Veda Výas divides Veda at the end of Dwapar into Rig, Yajur and Sama so that it becomes ...
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What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?

I think you are going through some western speculations. But whether there was Shaivism in a certain place doesn't matter at all. It's because Vedas are revealed scriptures and it's mantras are heard ...
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Why is Lord Shiva called Pashupati? Who are the Pashus?

Meaning of Pashupati: Pashupati means Lord of all Pashus. Here Pashu means every creatures and not just animals. It is clarified itself in the YajurVeda. Yajurveda states: येषामीशे पशुपतिः पशूनां ...
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Can a Sudra become a Brahmin in 'this' birth?

Yes, it is possible through the power of Panchakshari Mantra. As already discussed in question Mantras can have wonderful powers. Similarly through the power of Panchakshara Mantra even a Shudra can ...
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What names of Lord Shiva used today are from Vedas?

Name of God represents the attribute of God. Since a single Name doesn't cover all the attributes of God multiple names are given to cover the attributes of God. Lord Shiva has infinite attributes. ...
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures?

I do not like to call anything discovered now as 'scientific fact' as any fact which is established now can be disproved in the future. (For eg. quantities like mass, time etc.. were considered ...
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

Homosexuality in men is clearly stated as a sin in the Manu Smriti. मैथुनं तु समासेव्य पुंसि योषिति वा द्विजः । गोयानेऽप्सु दिवा चैव सवासाः स्नानमाचरेत् ॥ १७४ ॥ maithunaṃ tu samāsevya ...
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What are the Agama scriptures? Are they related to Shruti/Vedas?

Well, as far as I know, in Tantra tradition, Agama texts are those in which Devi questions and Shiva answers. Examples of such texts are numerous like the Mahanirvana Tantra, Kularnava Tantra, ...
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How is Lord Shiva revealed in the Rig Veda?

Various aspects of Lord Shiva are revealed under Rudra Suktas of RigVeda. They are like: 1) Revealing of Lord Rudra as One without Second: Lord Rudra in Vedas has one peculiar characteristic ie. He is ...
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Why do Devas stop people from attaining Brahma Vidya?

When a person gets Brahma-Vidya / Moksha then there is no rebirth for that person. And when he doesn't have birth he can't do various sacrifices and rituals for Devatas. So, Gods do not want that men ...
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What is the validity of Authoritativeness of vedas?

Purva Mimamsa School in it's Purva Mimamsa Sutras gives very logical arguments to prove Eternity of Vedas. Actually these Arguments can also be used against Nastika school who hold Vedas are not ...
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I want scripture-based explanation for "God is Everywhere"

Vedas state "Sarvakhalvidam Brahman" which means "Everything is Brahman." So, everything is Brahman in the absolute level. Chandogya Upanishad states: सर्वं खल्विदं ब्रह्म तज्जलानि...
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Is it true that Lord Shiva's description is different in Vedas?

।। Shiva in Vedas ।। vs ।। Shiva in Puranas।। First of all I would like to suggest to read this post: What names of Lord Shiva used today are from Vedas? It's because citing the same thing ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Yes, Ganesh and Kumara both are mentioned in Vedas. Here are the references. रुद्रो रुद्रश्च दन्तिश्च नन्दिः षण्मुख एव च । गरुडो ब्रह्मा विष्णुश्च नारसिहंस्तथैव च ।। rudro rudrascha dantischa ...
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Can it be precisely known exactly how much amount of Vedas has been lost?

Regarding loss of Shakha we can make calculation based on the no. of present Shakha. For instance Kurma Purana Purva Bhaga Chapter 52 gives this data; एकविंशतिभेदेन ऋग्वेदं कृतवान् पुरा । शाखाना...
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Why do some Hindu scriptures say sonless women must be abandoned?

No. It's not true. No Hindu scriptures say sonless women must be abandoned or can be abandoned .This is just a wrong translation of the verses. These verses do not mean abandoning , discarding , ...
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Why can't sudras read vedas according to smritis?

I have used this YajurVeda mantra in more than one answers of mine till date. One such answer is this one. The correct translation, word to word, is as follows: YathA imAm vAcham kalyAnim AvadAni ...
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How much earth year passes in 1 second of Brahmaloka?

1 kalpa is equal to 1000 Chaturyugas..1 Day of Brahma Loka is 1 Kalpa 1 Chaturyuga = 12000 deva years ■ 1 kalpa = 12000000 deva years ■ 12 hour of Brahmaloka= 12000000deva years ■ 1 hour of ...
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Where does Rig Veda say that Shiva is the God who grants Moksha?

Rig Veda in 7.59.12 tells Shiva [Rudra] is the God who grants eternal Mokshya. Rishi Vasistha is the Seer and Rudra is the devta and it invokes the Three Eyed One. The verse is: त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे ...
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What is the meaning of "Swasti na Indro Vridhhashravaha..."?

This whole mantra forms the first passage of Taittariya Aranyaka of YajurVeda. The first verse "Om Bhadram Karnebhi Srinuyaam Devaha" also exists in RigVeda 1.89.8 Here is the meaning of ...
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Indra is called as the Lord of the Universe, the all pervader and the Supreme Lord in many Vedic verses. Here are some examples from RigVeda: रूपं-रूपं परतिरूपो बभूव तदस्य रूपं परतिचक्षणाय | ...
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What are the eight forms (Ashtamurti) of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva forms the basis of creation of everything and it is also represented by his AshtaMurti or Eight Fold forms. 1) AshtaMurti in Vedas: RigVeda states Lord Shiva as 'Pururupa' or &...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references: 1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana: In the ...
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What is the Yogic meaning of getting liberation by reaching Varanasi?

The term "Reaching the Varanasi" itself has a deep yogic significance. It is described in Vedas itself. Actually the term Varanasi means "beyond nose". Naasi = Nose in Sanskrit and ...
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Are there any Variants in Samhita of Vedas?

Yes, Samhitas do have variants as per Shakha. Originally as per Mahabhasya of Patanjali there were 21 Shakhas of RigVeda, 101 Shakhas of Yajurveda, 1000 Shakhas of SamaVeda and 9 Shakhas of ...
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Absence of names of days in scriptures. Why?

Puranas do mention the names of days of week. For eg. Srimad Bhagvatam in 4.12.49 talks about Sunday: पौर्णमास्यां सिनीवाल्यां द्वादश्यां श्रवणेथवा। दिन-क्षये व्यतीपाते सङ्क्रमेर्कदिने पि वा।। ...
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Is Vishnu a Vedic deity ? Are there any mantras attributed to him?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani given in my answer here, Vishnu is the Devata of several hymns of the Rig Veda: Book 1 Hymn 22 Verses 16-21 Book 1 Hymn 154 Book 1 Hymn 155 Book 1 Hymn 156 ...
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