Q&A: If we don't have a guru is it better not to read bhagavat gita or read it?

Question If we don’t have a guru is it better not to read bhagavat gita or read it? Answer Its obvious that this confusion arose in your mind only after seeing my answer here.So,i am clarifying a bit more . It's a fact that all Hindu Shastras are to be studied under one's Guru.This is the traditional system which is followed since time immemorial.That's also why we used to have the Gurukulas where the Gurus impart their knowledge and the pupils learn various kinds of Vidyas,Shastras etc under his guidance....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: Which scriptures describe the chariot of Sun God?

Question Which scriptures describe the chariot of Sun God? Answer It is described in Srimad Bhagavat Purana. Srimad Bhagavat Purana Canto 5, Chapter 21 describes The movement of Sun and it's Chariot. यस्यैकं चक्रं द्वादशारं षण्नेमि त्रिणाभि संवत्सरात्मकं समामनन्ति तस्याक्षो मेरोर्मूर्धनि कृतो मानसोत्तरे कृतेतरभागो यत्र प्रोतं रविरथचक्रं तैलयन्त्र चक्रवद्भ्रमन्मानसोत्तरगिरौ परिभ्रमति ॥१३॥ तस्मिन्नक्षे कृतमूलो द्वितीयोऽक्षस्तुर्यमानेन सम्मितस्तैलयन्त्राक्षवद्ध्रुवे कृतोपरि भागः ॥१४॥ रथनीडस्तु षट्त्रिंशल्लक्षयोजनायतस्तत्तुरीयभागविशालस्तावान्रविरथयुगो यत्र हयाश्छन्दोनामानः सप्तारुणयोजिता वहन्ति देवमादित्यम् ॥१५॥ पुरस्तात्सवितुररुणः पश्चाच्च नियुक्तः सौत्ये कर्मणि किलास्ते ॥१६॥...

February 14, 2023 · 4 min · TheAum

Q&A: What is the real concept of brahmacharya?

Question What is the real concept of brahmacharya? Answer THE CONCEPT OF BRAHMACARYA – ITS TRUE MEANING, NATURE & IMPLICATION Brahmacarya as the name signifies, relates to brahman. The word ‘brahma’ derives its meaning from the root bRhmi “bRhmi dhAtvarthagocaraM vastu” (बृह्मि धात्वर्थगोचरं वस्तु) . The more famous term “brhatvAt bRhmaNatvAcca brahma ityucyate budhaiH” (बृहत्वात् बृह्मणत्वाच्च बृह्म इत्युच्यते बुधैः) neatly explains brahma - Meaning, “In view of its vastness of size or extent and in view of its expansiveness, it is called as brahman by the wise”....

February 14, 2023 · 4 min · TheAum

Q&A: Punishing a couple to stop intercaste marriage is of which Karma(Good Or Bad)?

Question Punishing a couple to stop intercaste marriage is of which Karma(Good Or Bad)? Answer @Sakthi,while the Scriptures generally don't encourage inter caste marriages but nowhere such marriages are said to be as punishable offences. In some cases (where the caste of the bridegroom is higher than that of the bride) such marriages are even allowed. A Brahmana can marry a Kshatriya or Vaishya girl; a Kshatriya can take a Vaishya wife, and a Vaishya can wed a Sudra's daughter....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

Question Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving? Answer First of all dealing with Apatra Dana or charity given to the undeserving candidate.This is condemned in Scriptures. From the book "Essence of Dharma Bindu " Devala Maharshi clarifies: Charity given in small or large quanties is irrelevant but whatever is handed over with Shraddha bhakti or reverence and sincerity are given and the recipient too should truly desire and deserve it!...

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: Why self realization doesn't imply omniscience?

Question Why self realization doesn’t imply omniscience? Answer Nice question! Since you have mentioned 'Advaitavaad' in your question I'm answering from Adi Shankaras Advaita perspective. Yes, Self realization doesn't imply Omniscience. It is because in Shankaras Advaita the attributes like Omniscient and Omnipotent etc... seen in Brahman are due to the product of Avidya. I discuss it in my answer here. Shankara in Brahma Sutra Bhasya 2.1.14 states: तदेवमविद्यात्मकोपाधिपरिच्छेदापेक्षमेवेश्वरस्येश्वरत्वं सर्वज्ञत्वं सर्वशक्तित्वं च, न परमार्थो विद्यया अपास्तसर्वपाधिस्वरुपे आत्मनि ईशत्रीशितव्यसर्वज्ञत्वादिव्यवहार उपपद्यते, तथा चोक्तम् - 'यत्र नान्यपश्यति नान्यच्छृणोति नान्यद्विजानाति स भूमा इति' यत्र 'त्वस्य सर्वमात्मैवाभूत्तत्केन कं पश्येत्' इत्यादिना च एव परमार्थवस्थायां सर्वव्यवहाराभावं वदन्ति वेदान्ता ।। 2....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: What do Scriptures tells us about Kundalini?

Question What do Scriptures tells us about Kundalini? Answer Chandogya Upanishad 8.6.6 and Katha Upanishad  2.16 speak the same thing: यदा सर्वे प्रभिद्यन्ते हृदयस्येह ग्रन्थयः । अथ मर्त्योऽमृतो भवत्येतावद्ध्यनुशासनम् ॥ १५॥ शतं चैका च हृदयस्य नाड्य-     स्तासां मूर्धानमभिनिःसृतैका । तयोर्ध्वमायन्नमृतत्वमेति     विष्वङ्ङन्या उत्क्रमणे भवन्ति ॥ १६॥ When all the knots of Hridaya Granthi are cut down, mortal becomes an immortal and attains Brahman there. There are one hundred and one Nadis which emerge from Hridaya (heart) one Nadi goes out piercing the head....

February 14, 2023 · 10 min · TheAum

Q&A: What are the Hindu Code of Conduct (Ethics)?

Question What are the Hindu Code of Conduct (Ethics)? Answer In Santana Dharma, the "right way of living" is preached in many scriptures. Actually the Sanskrit word "Dharma" itself stands for similar meaning. Ethics (Ethical code or Code Of Conduct) are taught in various ways in Hindu Scriptures like as Divine Commandments in Vedas-Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita. In terms of Yama (यम) & Niyama (नियम) in Smriti literatures ("Dharma Shashtra") and in Yoga....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: Rules for chanting Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya

Question Rules for chanting Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya Answer Who can chanta the mantra Any Sincere Vaishnava can chant it regardless of caste creed or sex The mantra Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya is very first verse of Shrimad Bhagwatam, Shrimad Bhagwatam is a smriti, so there are no restrictions on who is eligible to recite. The mantra is open to all, and anyone who is sincere Vaishanva can recite(do japa) it....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin?

Question If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin? Answer A Brahmin who does not have the qualities of an ideal Brahmin should have to be treated accordingly.There are many verses in Smritis which say so. Manu Smriti 4.245. A Brahmana who always connects himself with the most excellent (ones), and shuns all inferior ones, (himself) becomes most distinguished; by an opposite conduct he becomes a Sudra....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

Question Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures Answer The tale of King Sagara seems to have support Pangea super-continent and its division into two as Laurasia and Gondwanaland.As per continental drift theory, once only one super continent existed and it was surrounded by oceans all the side: tat gacchata vicinvadhvam putrakaa bhadram astu vah samudra maaliniim sarvaam prithiviim anugacchata Oh, sons, you may therefore proceed to search for the horse and its thief on this Entire Earth which is Garlanded by the Ocean....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: Were women cursed with menstruation?

Question Were women cursed with menstruation? Answer Were women cursed by any sage or god with menstruation? What is the story of women being cursed with menstruation? I think that is not a curse given to women by any sage or god, but women themselves accepted the menstruation cycle to make Indra free of his sin along with Prithivi, Jal, and Vruksha (earth, water and trees). There is a story described in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana of Indra killing Vishwroopa and to get rid of the sin, he distributed his sin of killing a brahmana (Brahma-Hatya) in four parts to women, water, trees and earth....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Why Hinduism does not force any rules like other religions?

Question Why Hinduism does not force any rules like other religions? Answer Religions like Christianity and Islam threaten their followers with eternal hell if they don't obey the rules. Thus these rules are commandments. There is no fear in Hinduism. The reason is that God runs the entire show in Christianity and Islam and any wrong doing is a direct offence against God. That is not the case in Hinduism. God is a non-doer and unattached to the universe....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)?

Question What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)? Answer So can I initiate myself, if possible how? NO. See what Lord Shiva says on this: VinA dikshAm na mokshah syAttaduktam shivashasane | SA cha na syAdvinAchArjya mityAchArjyaparamparA || Without initiation (VinA dikshAm) there is no liberation- this has been laid down by the Lord. And, initiation can not be there without a Teacher (VinA AchAryajya). Hence it comes down the line of Teachers- Parampara....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara's eyes to that of monkey's nates?

Question Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara’s eyes to that of monkey’s nates? Answer First of all, here is the Chandogya Upanishad verse in question: tasya yathā kapyāsaṃ puṇḍarīkamevamakṣiṇī tasyoditi nāma sa eṣa sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhya udita udeti ha vai sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhyo ya evaṃ veda ॥ Whose eyes are like blue lotus's, his name is ut, for he has risen (udita) above all evil. He also who knows this, rises above all evil....

February 14, 2023 · 5 min · TheAum