Q&A: Approach to the Ultimate/Absolute Truth (Jnana)

Question Approach to the Ultimate/Absolute Truth (Jnana) Answer The path of knowledge is commonly referred to as Jnana Yoga. What is meant by Jnana depends upon the scripture being read. Oftentimes scripture will distinguish between Vijnana (refers to Knowledge -meaning Realization of Brahman, Transcendent Perception of the Ultimate) and Jnana (meaning mental and scriptural knowledge/understanding of Brahman, but not Realization). Other times Jnana is simply referring to Vijnana. Swami Vivekananda says (Complete Works, V7, p 197-198; and here under the title Conversations and Dialogues, sub-title I - XXIX, sub-sub-title XV - http://cwsv....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: What is RaasLeela?

Question What is RaasLeela? Answer sorry frnd it not a sex ... Reason : load krishna like to play rass .... may u agree and leela means its one kind of magic at a time when load krishna play rass there is many gopi's and all want to play rass with shri krishna so shri krishna do there leela so that then can play rass with each and every gopi is we can said rassleela ....

February 14, 2023 · 1 min · TheAum

Q&A: Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Question Supreme Brahman in Hinduism Answer Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Section CCLXXX says: Know that this entire universe is under the control of one divine Being. The Veda that is in the soul.......regards the unity of various creatures. When a living creature realizes this unity in consequence of true knowledge, he is then said to attain to Brahman. Mahabharata, Vana Parva, Section CCLXX says: The Supreme Spirit hath three condition, In the form of Brahma, he is the Creator, and in the form of Vishnu he is the Preserver, and in his form as Rudra, he is the Destroyer of the Universe....

February 14, 2023 · 1 min · TheAum

Q&A: Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa?

Question Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa? Answer In the famous dialogue between Yama (in form of Yaksha) and King Yudhishthira there is mention about the eligibility to be a a brahmin. The verse goes as follows(Question no-31): The Yaksha asked,—“By what, O king, birth, behaviour, study, or learning both a person become a Brahmana? Tell us with certitude!” Yudhishthira answered,-“Listen, O Yaksha! It is neither birth, nor study, nor learning, that is the cause of Brahmanahood, without doubt, it is behaviour that constitutes it....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Is human birth reincarnation?

Question Is human birth reincarnation? Answer The parents provide the gross physical body for the pleasure and pain of the subtle body of a Jiva. Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Sankaracharya 3.1.27 says, From the womb a (new) body is born. It is only when the soul (Atman and the subtle body) reaches the womb from candraloka that it gets, according to its residual Karma, a body for the enjoyments of pleasure and pain....

February 14, 2023 · 1 min · TheAum

Q&A: What is difference between Shruti and Smriti?

Question What is difference between Shruti and Smriti? Answer Shruti(श्रुति) means that which has been heard or communicated from the beginning. Veda(वेद) are Shruti scripture. It is said/believed that Rishi in the state of Tapasya heard Vedas directly from Parabrahma/Parameshwara, In other words Rishi attained this jnana in state of samadhi which is called Shruti. So, Vedas are called अपौरुषेय that means it is not created by man i.e impersonal/authorless and believed to be the words of Ishwara, eternal....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: How strong lord krishna and Arjuna's friendship was?

Question How strong lord krishna and Arjuna’s friendship was? Answer Krishna & Arjuna are believed to be the pair of Nara & Narayana. It's briefly discussed in this question. Their friendship stands immovable on the test of time. Needless to say that Arjuna always regarded Krishna in the highest regards. IMO the reason he got to hear the Gita was, he surrendered himself to Krishna (without knowing his Vishwaroopam yet)...

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum

Q&A: Was Arjuna left-handed?

Question Was Arjuna left-handed? Answer Arjuna was ambidextrous. Hence his name/title "Savyasachi". He was able to use both hands with equal facility. From Virata Parva And since both of my hands are capable of drawing the Gandiva, I am known as Savyasachin among gods and men. Use of the dominant hand will always matter in any physical or mechanical operation. In warfare, I would imagine ambidexterity gives the warrior a wider range of motion and hence target....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Why did Lord Rama ask mother Sita for Agni Pariksha?

Question Why did Lord Rama ask mother Sita for Agni Pariksha? Answer In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama explains why he made Sita walk through fire, despite having complete trust in her: Seetha certainly deserves this pure factory ordeal in the eyes of the people in as much as this blessed woman had resided for a long time indeed in the gynaecium of Ravana. The world would chatter against me, saying that Rama, the son of Dasaratha, was really foolish and that his mind was dominated by lust, if I accept Seetha without examining her with regard to her chastity....

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Who is kaal? What is kaal?

Question Who is kaal? What is kaal? Answer In a philosophical sense, KAla ("kaal") is inclusive of but not limited to Time. When there is something or nothing in the universe, the KAla is always present. It's eternal God. Other things change with respect to it. Hence, because it gives the value of change (duration), it has to remain unchanged! There are below references of the term KAla ("kaal") in Bhagavad Gita:...

February 14, 2023 · 2 min · TheAum

Q&A: Does Ramanujacharya believe that inhabitants of Brahmaloka attain Moksha when they die?

Question Does Ramanujacharya believe that inhabitants of Brahmaloka attain Moksha when they die? Answer Ramanujacharya is not stating his own view. Rather, he is stating a Purvapaksha argument which Badari refutes in the next Sutra (Sutra 9). Here is how this PDF presents Ramanujacharya's commentary on Sutra 9. With the dissolution of the of the world of HiraNyagarbha along with him the soul of the one who has reached there goes beyond ....

February 14, 2023 · 4 min · TheAum

Q&A: Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Question Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations Answer Mutual consent does not make the actions allowable or moral. Thieves may mutually agree on robbing someone and not each other, but it does not make their actions either moral or allowable. Such actions as you describe are condemned by all the scriptures. Swami Nikhilananda in his writings on Hindu ethics says: Besides the objective duties based on the castes and stages of life, there are laid down the common duties of men, the sadharanadharma, which are the foundation of the moral life....

February 14, 2023 · 4 min · TheAum

Q&A: I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25

Question I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25 Answer Verse 9.23 Krishna says that he who worships other gods worships him (i.e. Krishna), now why does He say so? because he (Mahavishnu) is the supreme godhead and all the other gods are his ansh(part) or have been originated or created by him. So if they worship him by making him look like any different god it is okay they will be blessed because they are ultimately worshipping Krishna the supreme being....

February 14, 2023 · 4 min · TheAum

Q&A: How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)?

Question How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)? Answer A complete description of senses and how to control them have been written by the great Seer Sri Swami Sivnananda. 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'. Senses Senses are not different from Mind in 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'. Sri Swami Sivananda says about the senses: Indriyas are objectified desires. Will to see is the eye....

February 14, 2023 · 9 min · TheAum

Q&A: If karma works, why are so many evil or corrupted people successful?

Question If karma works, why are so many evil or corrupted people successful? Answer This is not difficult to explain from the Karma and rebirth doctrine of Hinduism. When you say a person is corrupt, you are only seeing the conducts and acts of the person in the current life. This in the scriptures is known as the Vartamana Karma. But, there are Sanchita Karmas (accumulated over previous births) as well as Prarabdha (which are commenced or ready to bear fruits)....

February 14, 2023 · 3 min · TheAum