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Monthly Archives: July 2015

What is Namaste?

Namaste is not just a way of saying hello but it is to pay respect. Every living being is an Atma (Soul). Shri Bhagwan (God) is also called the Super Soul, the source and origin of the Atma(Soul). If the Atma is the energy that runs the body, Shri Bhagwan (GOD) is the sum of […]

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What is Atma (Soul)?

The Atma is the innermost essence, the true existence and identity of a being. Hindus call this subtle, conscious, invisible life-force Atman. Living being possesses consciousness due to the presence of the Atma(soul) in their bodies. The Atma is not to be confused with body or mind. In fact, the soul manifests itself as the […]

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What is Moksh?

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Moksh is the highest state that the Atma(soul) has to reach. Until this happens cycle of birth and death will continue for each individual over and over. Moksh is a similar concept to Nirvan or salvation.

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What is Karm?

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In Hinduism, Karm(Karma) refers to God’s cosmic law of cause and effect; every action has its opposite and equal reaction. Any deed or any thought that can cause an effect, is called Karm. According to the law of Karm, every individual is accountable for his or her own actions, thoughts, and words. God does not […]

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What is Reincarnation (Punar Janm) and Moksh?

The word reincarnation literally means the transmigration of Atma. Hindus believe the soul is immortal, and when a person (or living creature) dies, his/her Atma re-enters a new (as yet unborn) body. “Just as a person discards old and tattered clothes and puts on new ones, the Atma (soul) casts off the weak body and […]

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What is Ahinsa?

Hindus regard all living beings, including animals, birds, insects, sacred and having Atmas (Soul). As such, Hindus must not kill or cause physical or emotional pain to any living creature, be it a human, animal, bird, or insect. This attitude, showing compassion towards God’s creation, is known as Ahinsa or Ahimsa which means non-violence.

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What is Leela?

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What is Maya?

The Sanskrit meaning of the word Maya is Illusion. Hindus use the word illusion in the same sense as defined in any dictionary: a mistaken perception of reality. When Hindus speak of this material world being an illusion, they are not saying that the world doesn’t exist. Instead they refer to the mistaken perception of […]

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Why do Hindus chant Mantras?

Chanting mantra is very important in Sanatan Dharm (Hinduism). The mantras are mentioned in our scriptures as a way of invoking GOD and showing respect to him. It is part of daily worship and prayers.

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What are the Vedas and Upanishad?

Out of all Hindu Scriptures and the Vedas are the most sacred. They also came first directly from the mouth of Sri Bhagwan. The word Ved means knowledge. They are so sacred that they have to be chanted with a specific tone and in the correct pattern. The Vedas are not for everyone to just […]

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What is the Bhagavad Gita?

Shrimad Bhagwad Gita is one of the most holy books in Sanatan Dharm (Hinduism). The Gita contains the sum of all the knowledge from Ved and Upanishad and Puran and Ramayan and Mahabharat. The sloks in Gita have to be studied and explained by a Guru who has proper knowledge in scriptures and God. One […]

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What is Idol Worship in Hinduism?

Idol worship is in all religions. Hindus do it openly while other religions don’t. Why does the church have a cross or statue of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary? Why does a Muslim has to bow to the Kabbha or face in its direction? Why does a Muslim have verses from Quran framed in the […]

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What is the Hindu Caste System?

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What is Gotra?

In Vedic traditions the rishis saw that problems could occur with inbreeding or marriage between close relatives as it could lead to genetic problem for the offsprings. The entire purpose of the gotra system is to ensure humanity continues to evolve in the best possible way. This is why gotra is linked to some of […]

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What is Kalp and Manvanter?

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What are the 4 Yugs? How long are they in years?

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Why is the cow considered Holy in Hinduism?

Hindus hold special reverence for the cow as it is symbolically represents our biological mother. Once a person is born they are given milk by their mother but this process stops after few months or years. However the person continues to receive milk and dairy products like ghee, cheese, yogurt, cream, butter and so many […]

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Are all Hindus Vegetarians?

Not all Hindus are Vegetarians. The concept of Ahinsa, non-violence, encourage Hindus to refrain from eating meat. To be vegetarian comes with ones understanding of Hindu Scriptures. It is a matter of common sense and wisdom. It is believed that you are what you eat. Just as you take medication to get better. The food […]

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Name some of the most famous Hindus?

Following are some of the most well known Hindu personalities. I will add description about there work in detail at a later time. Swami Vivekanand Swami Ramsukhdas Swami Akhilanand Mahraj Swami Sharshwatanand Maharaj RamKrishn Paramhans Sarda Devi Kripaluji Maharaj Meerabai Narsi Mehta Sant Gyaneshwar Morari Bapu Ved Vyas Guru Nanek Dev – Started Sikh Religion […]

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What is Pran-Pratishtha and Murti Staphna?

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What is the significance of Aarti and Prashad?

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Why do Hindus have their House faced in certain direction?

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Why does a Mandir (Temple) have to face a certain direction?

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If GOD is everywhere then why do Hindus go to temples?

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What are some important Mantras to Chant daily?

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Should parents be worried about future of Hinduism?

Yes. Today the effect of Bollywood and Hollywood worldwide is having such a negative influence on the youth. The television can be used as a great tool yet for greed and money people have turned into animals. It is up to the parents to see what kind of future we leave for our future generation. […]

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What are some of the most concerning issues with Hindus today?

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What are some recommendations to learn more about Hinduism?

We recommend teachings of Swami Vivekanand, Swami Ramsukhdasji, Swami Akhandanandji, Sri Kripaluji Maharaj, Sri Thakurji Maharaj, and Swami Prabhupad…. You can find their work online and in our download links and YouTube channels. Swami Ramsukhdasji never wanted his picture taken or wanted fame so he contacted Gita Press to allow him to write the knowledge […]

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What are some great books to read on Hinduism?

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Can a non-Hindu enter Hindu religious sites like Temple?

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Are there any mentioned notable future incarnations of GOD in Scriptures?

Many people taken advantage of this idea of future incarnation of God and try to link Hindu God to their religion. The next incarnation of Sri Bhagwan(God) is Kalki Avtar. This avtar will happen roughly in 400000 years from the start of Kaliyug. So far we have passed 5000+ years since age of Kali started. […]

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Are people from other religions allowed to convert to Hinduism?

Absolutely it is allowed however in some ways one can say everyone is Hindu. Hindu is one who performs Karm (actions) in the name of GOD. In Sanatan Dharm the whole world is one large family. So if one performs his actions in life in a peaceful way and pays respect to Sri Bhagwan then […]

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What is the meaning of Life according to Hinduism?

The purpose of human life is to attain Sri Bhagwan(God). Every living being aims for happiness and only Bhagwan(God) is that complete never ending happiness. This is because every atma(soul) is enternal and has an essence of Bhagwan(God) within them. So Sri Bhagwan (God) himself is the perfect complete happiness.

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Are Hindu allowed to criticize their religion?

Hindus are allowed to question and criticize as much as they want as long as it helps them reach their path to Sri Bhagwan. If the goal is to criticize and hurt the emotions of people then it is not recommended. No belief is better than the other as long as the path leads you […]

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Can you comments on some temples and how statues are positioned?

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What is the Hindu view of Human sexuality?

There is no issues with any aspect of sexuality or hatred towards anyone being born different. As Hindu one must practice the concept of Ahinsa. In Hinduism the whole world is one large family. Soon as one moves away from this concept then he is not a Hindu.

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Why do women wear a red dot on their forehead?

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Is dowry a requirement for Hindu marriage?

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Is there a dress code for a Hindu?

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Why has the role of women declined?

Today role of women is declined greatly. This is largely due to effect of television and media. Women are exposed and showed as objects on television. Making sexual remarks and objectifying women is now becoming a norm all because of television and media. These social problems have lead to a problem worldwide not just in […]

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What is the role of women in Hinduism?

Hindus call an unmarried girl a Kanya meaning radiant, illustrious or brilliant which implies that a girl must acquire all such qualities that can make her excel in every field. During the stage of girlhood, she must develop herself physically, intellectually and spiritually in order to enter the life of a homemaker. Hinduism gives equal […]

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Can you talk about some of the most important Hindu festivals?

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What are sanskars or samskars?

Sanskars means the actions that purify, refine or reform. Sanskars help Hindus in their spiritual evolution. Like traffic signs on highways, they give them direction to human life at every crucial stage of development. Sixteen ceremonies are prescribed for Hindus follow only the major ceremonies: Jatakarm (welcoming the newly born child to this world), Namkarn […]

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Do Hindus believe in Heaven and Earth?

Just like other religions concept of Hell and Heaven is also present in Hinduism. However, Hell and Heaven are both temporary places after death. After the Atma (Soul) leaves the body and one doesn’t attain Moksh (salvation) then the soul can end up in Heaven or Hell for a temporary amount of time depending on […]

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Does a person have to be a Hindu to attain Moksh?

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Are there any examples of anyone being reborn to prove Reincarnation?

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What paths should one follow to attain Moksh?

Since humans differ in intellectual abilities, temperaments and inclinations, there cannot be a single path recommended for everyone. Hinduism recommends four paths to attain Moksh: Karm Yog (Path of action): Performing and accepting one’s daily duties selflessly and entirely dedicated to Shri Bhagwan (God). Dhayan Yog (Path of Meditation): By achieving one-pointedness and concentrated attention […]

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Can you prove that there is GOD?

Yes. Let’s think logically. You want proof of the creator of the universe. If that is the case then just think how complex the universe is first and to find out about its creator is a challenge. Second to think the universe exists without a creator is like saying this book had no author and […]

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How can you say Sanatan Dharm is the word of GOD? Has anyone reached Moksh?

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Can you talk about some of the more famous Swamis?

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