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As per Hinduism, if God doesn't directly interfere with one's karma, why is it necessary to worship God?

Nowhere in the Hindu scriptures does it say that God must be worshiped, adored or venerated or even believed in. The reason is simple:
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Those that feel that God has to be worshiped are differentiating God from themselves i.e. creating & perpetuating the vision of duality & difference.
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Vedas declare that this ātman that is us, is an expansion or mode of totality of Being - Brahman - or God - is everything and ONLY thing — nothing exists apart from Brahman.

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Did the Bhagavad Gita exist before the Mahabharata?

The conversation between Krishna and Arjuna didn't exist before Mahabharata but the knowledge of Bhagvad Gita is truly ancient and was given many many years before .
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The Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvān, & Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.
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This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.
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Why do some people say that the Bhagavad Gita is not part of the Vedas?
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It is not part of the Vedas unless you consider “Veda” to be an inclusive term for all scriptural knowledge. (Veda literally means knowledge from the the root VID - to know.)

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The Bhagavad Gita is a portion of the Epic Mahābhārata - which is often referred to in hyperbolic eulogistic terms as the “Fifth” Veda.

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Why are there 4 oceans in the Vedas?

Actually the Vedas usually refer to Seven Oceans - sapta-sāgara and Seven Continents - sapta-dvīpa and the seven sacred rivers - sapta-sindhu. And the seven streams that Indra liberated from Vritra.
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Seven is the favourite number but the geography of the Vedas and the Puranas cannot be mapped onto the geography of planet earth. It is a mystical vision of space-time and it meant for visualization and not production of travel guides.
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The seven continents are:– jambhū, plakṣa, śālamali, kuśa, krauñca, śāka, puṣkarākhya sapta-dvīpa - but they are not the ones we are familiar with - they are concentric circles.

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What is the definition or characteristics of a “very high soul” according to Indian spiritual masters and/or Hinduism?
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“One united through Yoga with true Self sees Supreme Self situated in all beings & all beings in the Self. They see everywhere with the same vision. Who sees Me everywhere, in everything & who sees all things in Me — for such a one I am never lost, nor are they ever lost to Me. Image
Who worships Me situated in all beings, established in Oneness — such a yogi dwells in Me, although they may be engaged in all kinds of activities. Who sees all beings everywhere equally, as similar to one’s self,
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If Krishna controls everything, how does Krishna control nondevotees?

He gives the answer himself in the Gitā.

mattaḥ parataraṃ nānyat kiñcid-asti dhanañjayaḥ | mayi sarvam idaṃ protaṃ sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva || 7 ||
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Gita 7:7. There is nothing whatsoever higher than Me, O Arjuna. All this is strung on Me, as clusters of gems on a thread.

yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati | tasyāhaṁ na praṇaśyāmi sa ca me na praṇaśyati || 30 ||

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Gita 6:30. He who sees Me everywhere and everything in Me; I am not separated from him and he is never separated from Me.

mamaivāṃśo jīva-loke jīva-bhūtas sanātanaḥ | manaṣ ṣaṣṭhān-īndriyāṇi prakṛtisthāni karṣati || 7 ||

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Hindus have many gods, goddesses and deities; would that mean we are to worship all?
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Why “worship” anything or any one? We have no imperative to engage in worship any god or goddess - single or multiple.
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There are three fundamental questions we need to ask:-

Who am I?
What am I doing here?
What do I do next?
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Why is Dhatura(Calotropis) offered to Bhagwan Shiva?

Many people ask this question; however, plants hold great significance in Hindu philosophy & it is said that there is no plant or leaf in the world that doesn’t have a medicinal or religious benefit.
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No sacred practice cannot be completed without involving nature in it. That is one of the reasons why we offer flowers and other parts of plants to our Gods and Goddesses.
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So, why is Shiva offered Dhatura?

As he is the destroyer, leaves /flowers/fruits offered to him are different from those offered to other deities. Its also known as Devil’s trumpets, thorn-apple, hell’s bells, moonflower, jimson weed, devils weed etc.
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If Shiva is ultimate, then why does he worship Samkarshana (Adishesha)?
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It is at the direction of Śhiva that the earth is supported by Śeṣha. It is at the direction of Śhiva that the Raudrī and Tāmasī form of Viṣhṇu (born of Sankarshana and Aniruddha) that brings about destruction is created by the four-faced lord.
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At his behest, through other forms of his own, he protects the universe & annihilates it in the end; he protects, creates & devours it through his own three bodies. At his bidding alone Rudra annihilates the universe in the end

(Vāyu Samhita 2.2.31–34)
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Does Pran Pratistha really work? Is the deity which is present in temples really alive and has spirit inside them?

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Some time in 1847, Rani Rashmoni, an aristocratic lady belonging to a Zamindar family of North 24 Paragnas district in Bengal, decided to go on a pilgrimage, along with her family, relatives & friends in about twenty 24 boats to the holy city of Kashi.
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Just a night before the day of the beginning of the pilgrimage, Rani Roshmoni had a Vision, in which the Divine Mother appeared in the form of Goddess Kali and told her...
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हरं सर्पहारं चिता भूविहारं भवं वॆदसारं सदा निर्विकारं।
श्मशानॆ वसन्तं मनॊजं दहन्तं, शिवं शङ्करं शम्भु मीशानमीडॆ

स्वयं यः प्रभातॆ नरश्शूल पाणॆ पठॆत् स्तॊत्ररत्नं त्विहप्राप्यरत्नम् ।
सुपुत्रं सुधान्यं सुमित्रं कलत्रं विचित्रैस्समाराध्य मॊक्षं प्रयाति
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I pray to you, Siva, Shankara, Shambhu, Who is known as Hara, Who has a garland of snakes, Who roams around the cremation grounds, Who is the universe...
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Who is the summary of the Veda (or the One discussed by Veda), Who is always dispassionate,
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Why is it that Bhagwan Shiva is sometimes portrayed as having multiple hands, and what is his role?
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Many Hindu Gods take forms with many hands. They show themselves to devotees in this way in order to represent that they can perform many functions at once, with a capacity far exceeding that of humans.
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Indeed Shiva performs many roles. He is the ultimate archetypal spiritual ascetic, yet simultaneously the master of fertility. He is the master of both poison and medicine. He is the Destroyer as well as one who renews Creation.
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What are the rules for Brahmins in acient times?

Also, duties of a Brahmin.
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Must rise at 4 am everyday and never sleep during the day.

Must bathe twice every day and perform Sandhya-vandana three times.

Offer tarpana (water libations) to ancestors and rishis daily and special sessions on the new and the full-moon.
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Daily study and memorizing of a portion of the Veda to which he belongs.

To teach some portion to others.
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As per Rig Veda, is Vishnu Indra's younger brother &follows his command?

Viṣhṇu isn't really referred to as Indra's younger brother, although seen as companion “yoked” to Indra (indrasya yujyaḥ sakhā), assisting him in creating space once Vr̥tra is killed.
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Regarding Part II of question, Indra gives an instruction to Viṣhṇu, repeated twice in Rigveda: “Sakhe viṣṇo vitaraṁ vi kramasva” - “O companion Viṣṇu, just stride farther!”, after which Viṣhṇu makes his 3 iconic strides & measures the space.
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Impact of this act of Viṣhṇu led to Vishnu taking strides in the Viṣhṇukrama yajña. This is a ritual specially done after Varunapraghasa done at Āṣāḍha month end. By Viṣṇukrama, sacrificer takes 3 strides (4 steps thus) of Viṣhṇu around vedi;
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The tradition of Kashmir Shaivism was transmitted from master to disciple centuries in a row, according to the method named "from mouth to ear". "The symbol of Shiva’s cosmic dance unifies mythology, religious art, and modern physics.
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Kashmir Shaivism has many artists manifesting their talents with Trika School sages & masters , who too had powerful artistic senses. Sage Abhinavagupta wrote several poems on Shiva's glory; like other Shaivite sages, most of his work was in verse.
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From Abhinavagupta’s point of view, art is an exterior as well as internal manifestation, is deeply spiritual. He indicates that art's role is to awaken an inexpressible taste, a sublime feeling, totally & surely different from common human perceptions.
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What is the reason Hindus worship Yama?

Worship means the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a God, a person, or a thing.
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YAMA is the personification of the principle of DEATH - an event which is feared by all sentient beings but an experience we must all undergo. For us Hindus, the backdrop canvas of YAMA is the cycle of karma and rebirth.
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So by revering Death we contemplate upon our own fragility and mortality and learn to live in the here and now. Not regretting and getting melancholic about the past and not experiencing anxiety and dread about the future.
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What is the highest occupation in Hinduism?
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In one word, LOKA-SANGRAHA - being a beneficial and benevolent person dedicated to the welfare of the world.
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saktāḥ karmaṇy-avidvāṃso yathā kurvanti bhārata |

kuryād-vidvāṃs-tathāsaktāś-cikīrṣu loka-saṅgraham || 25 ||
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Hindus are really one of the most daring races; they have penetrated to the very core of the problem.
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The problem is not action, the problem is being. Once you realize your inner being and the light, you are no longer of this world; whatsoever happened in the past happened in a dream.
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That’s why Hindus say this whole world is a dream. Only you are not a dream, only the dreamer is not the dream; otherwise, everything is a dream.
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Two missionaries’ boys came to our home to have discussion about Christianity ✝️, I had a nice welcome, we had a very nice talk about #Jesus, #Bible & #BiblicalHistory, we also had a very brief discussion on #Hinduism 🕉
1. What is GOD in Christianity?? #missionaries #Jesus
1. What is GOD in Christianity?
- God is the person who created this world, all creatures, holy spirits & Jesus is son of God.

2. When Christianity started?
- It’s accepted as official religion after 300 years of JESUS, probably 313 CE ⛪️
3. Why all Abrahamic scriptures has common stories? Judaism ✡️ Christianity ✝️ Islam ☪️
- They all are belonging to prophets & link with Abraham & people of Israel. Because of Prophet Abraham it is calling as Abrahamic religions 🙏🤲🛕🕌⛪️
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What are the roles of women in Hinduism?

There is no “fixed” and “immutable” position on anything in Hinduism and everything is conditioned by time, place and circumstance.
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The role of women has changed over several centuries and will keep on changing.

Leaving aside the past and focusing on the PRESENT we can confidently say:
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Biological role of women is the same as it has always been and always will be, in spite of the Post-modern gender theories.
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The Hindu Right is objecting to historical images of Hindu deities.

This isn't surprising, but it is appalling and, dare I say it, anti-Hindu. Here's how that works...

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The "Hindu Right" is a set of groups and individuals aligned on political lines. Some are practicing Hindus, and some are not. They all share allegiance to a political ideology of Hindu supremacy known as Hindutva.
Hindutva thinkers have been intolerant of many Hindu ideas from the start. The godfather of Hindutva ideology, Savarkar mocked Hindu practices, such as cow veneration as lowering the standing of humanity (get angry at him, not me; I find many of Savarkar's ideas offensive).
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THREAD on #AamirKhan and #Bollywood - In the last few years, there has been a sudden explosion of Bollywood actors/actresses taking political stances, specifically against @narendramodi and #hinduism - Lets look. (1) is the support they are receiving from those countries. /#1
(2) Secret Superstar & Dangal - Aamir Khan as a producer - garnered 60% earned by the top 10 grossers in China. #aamirkhan and @ayushmannk have benefitted most. Andhadhun’s Chinese earnings were close to 5 times the earnings from the rest of the planet, including India! /#2
@ayushmannk became politically vocal right after Andhadhun - Supported #CAA when condoned violence by tepid response - it was an insurrection as like #CapitolRiots which he and others called "protests". Andhadhun's 75% of its total global collections were ONLY from China! /#3
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A Vedic Hindu Mandir’s architecture is a divine and yogic representation of a human being as shown in the figure . The feet represent the spire (rajagopuram). The hands represent the walkway (prakaaram) encompassing all around the Devalaya.
The main hall (mandapam) represents the abdomen.
The entrance porch (antaraalam) represents the heart. The sanctum sanctorum (garbha griha) represents the head. The deity is consecrated with religious rites in the sanctum sanctorum. There is proportionality between the size of
the deity in the sanctum sanctorum and the sizes of the Mandir construction details.

Now, whenever we come across any Hindu Mandir we often see couple of patterns. One sees fractal-like spires (shikharas), and other parts of the architecture which are self-similar to the
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#SanatanDharma @ #Hinduism explained so very well

Unfortunately in Tamil

@Reenrags if people ask for translation, I dont have anybody else to ask 🙏
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