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2:41 AM
Q: What is the prayaschitta for chanting the Gayatri Mantra without initiation?

Surya Kanta Bose ChowdhuryDo scriptures mention any sort of prayaschitta for people who have chanted the Gayatri Mantra without initiation?

2:59 AM
Q: Who a son of Indra in the form of a crow was punished by lord Rama?

Kailash Chandra PolaiWho a son of Indra in the form of a crow was punished by lord Rama with his Brahmastra? Why?

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4:14 AM
@KrishnaShweta Yup, that's the one
5:10 AM
Q: Is "What scriptures/XYZ say about ...<my off topic query>?", a freeway to convert a Qn to on-topic?

iammilindThere are numerous Qn-s (including few of mine), which starts with, "What scriptures/some school/my favorite philosophy/acharyas/XYZ say about [some concept]?" Many a times these Qns are on-topic, but many a time the Qns are off-topic (IMO). The header merely acts as a "boarding pass" to ...

5:31 AM
@MetaBot I think the same.
I really wish there should be a downvote for a comment too. 😠
6:34 AM
Q: Why do Hindus remove their footwear?

BobThe Earth itself carries a negative charge. This charge is an excellent source of Anti-Oxidants and Free-Radical Destroying electrons. How do we harness this Rich supply? By earthing - An activity that entails placing your barefoot on the ground. Research in the Journal of Environmental and Publi...

6:48 AM
You will find the answer in last paragraph of this question . — SwiftPushkar 24 secs ago
@NogShine ⬆️
@SwiftPushkar Which question? but questions should be closed because question has an answer in it
I am writing an answer. Almost finished
You forgot the link in the comment
@Hinduismbot This is unclear and also duplicate. First preference is unclear. Votes needed.
@BhargavRao How was your exam?
@SwiftPushkar @Pandya How do you define "commonly used" gayatri mantras?
Q: Where can I find the Gayatri mantra commonly used?

Navamani SidhathanWhere can I find the Gayatri mantras for deities commonly worshipped like Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma etc? I found some video from YouTube but not sure if its safe to chant.

7:12 AM
@NogShine went quite well. (I counted just one mistake, but I might have made a few more).
@BhargavRao nice to know.
Some close votes are needed @SwiftPushkar @BhargavRao on the removing footwear question. It is unclar. The OP thought title is question and body is answer.
No, I'm looking for something else there. It's not just a normal bad post.
yep, and looks spammish.
7:18 AM
plagiarized from many places. :|
It has an upvote. Don't know when the users show their voting spirit.
Bah, voted to close. We can just close it and delete it.
as unclear?
Please say yes
No, as dupe. :(
it is a self answer in the question itself. .
A mod intervention is needed then
7:22 AM
Actually, on SO, that'd just be closed as Unclear and deleted.
My bad, I choose the wrong reason.
And I followed suit
Now, three users should select unclear and close it. hopes on @SwiftPushkar @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury and @AnkitSharma
which question?
Q: Why do Hindus remove their footwear?

BobThe Earth itself carries a negative charge. This charge is an excellent source of Anti-Oxidants and Free-Radical Destroying electrons. How do we harness this Rich supply? By earthing - An activity that entails placing your barefoot on the ground. Research in the Journal of Environmental and Publi...

I feel that user targetting beliefs post should also be featured than just being a hot post.
7:25 AM
self answering is allowed actually
reading question for more detail now
Well, the answer is in the question itself
that's the problem
13 mins ago, by Nog Shine
Some close votes are needed @SwiftPushkar @BhargavRao on the removing footwear question. It is unclar. The OP thought title is question and body is answer.
How is it going?
Meanwhile this closure process is going on, I answered a question.
A: Who a son of Indra in the form of a crow was punished by lord Rama?

SarvabhoumaThe incident when Sri Rama punished Jayanta, the son of Indra who was disguised in the form is mentioned in Sundara Kanda. It was narrated by Seetha to Hanuman as a token of remembrance. This happened when Sri Rama and Seetha were in forests in Chitrakuta mountain. Hearing Hanuma's words, Se...

@NogShine voted 2 footware ..
Shiva helping me get silver badges as well hinduism.stackexchange.com/help/badges/17/…
7:38 AM
@BhargavRao haha
Q: Have any acharyas commented on taking a dip in sacred but infected rivers?

sv.Have any gurus or acharyas commented on the practice of taking plunge in sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, etc. when the waters are known to be infected? Do they recommend taking a dip in the waters despite the risk that devotees may contract various diseases? From an article by an Au...

@SwiftPushkar I didn't know this question is asked.
How one can fell ill ( liver dysfunction etc) by just taking a dip , without drinking the water ? 😀
BTW i am not one of the downvoter . But the argument itself is weak.
No need to say I downvote or I upvoted. It doesn't matter. 👍👍👍
I know the exact reason why he is upset though , so did not , its a kind of human nature ...
7:52 AM
Basically you are not asking a question, but bringing awareness about river pollution. How Acharyas will know when there was no pollution during those times? — SockPuppet 3 hours ago
Has a point
But I think the question is asking about modern day Swamijis and acharyas
You will find the answer in the last paragraph here - hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/17632/5620SwiftPushkar 10 secs ago
Our tags on meta are messed up.
@NogShine ⬆️
@SwiftPushkar But what is the need now? There is already an answer
Just scroll down
Our tags are messed up everywhere
7:56 AM
Agree with it
so my in previous comment thelink was missing .. i did not noticed that , it was laying under the question for so long , why did anybody informed me abt. ths
Meta is totally messed up. That is what I want to say. It is the askers' wish wheat to create and when to create.
Kinda happy that goldPseudo is active on meta hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/users/13349/…... They bring almost 6 years of experience as a culture site mod.
57 mins ago, by Nog Shine
You forgot the link in the comment
No i have given the comment before your answer , but actually the link was missing under the question , just noticed tat.
7:58 AM
@NogShine What??
@NogShine Oh thanks , haven't noticed that even. :-)
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Just scroll up and you will find a question about footwear. Vote to close as unclear,
Good tagging system is also one of the matters they consider for graduation. Not only question per day.
So, you free now?
Or just came to check the messages?
@Pandya This seems to answer our doubt about comunity bulletin
Q: What criteria is used to select the links that appear in the "Hot Meta Posts" block?

kiamlalunoOn Drupal Answers, the number of meta posts shown in the Hot Meta Posts block on the right (previously called Community Bulletin) is now 2. Previously, there was just a single meta post linked from that block, and it was a featured post; the total number of links was the same, as there was a link...

cc @BhargavRao ^
Danke, I needed that.
(didn't search tho :p)
8:19 AM
See, there is voting spirit from the voters for bad questions.
It is left open and upvoted.
It seems plagiarised but can't find a source of it.
You can separate the Q and the answer.. but even then it is not allowed (the answer specially) because scientific reasons/sources are not accepted as valid sources on this site.. — Rickross 18 mins ago
@AnkitSharma Ping ping
It is a clear dupe and users comment separate the question and answers and don't close vote. Great!!!
We are eligible for graduation now. (:
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury @SwiftPushkar I said unclear :/
Finally, a mod close.
8:58 AM
Q: Navagraha & incense

PadmikaWhich incense should be offered to the navagraha individually for graha shanti? I think Surya likes the smell of lotus flowers, but I have no idea what smells the other grahas like. Does someone know?

9:36 AM
Q: What is the procedure for the Agnishtoma that grants heaven?

Dr. Vineet AggarwalThe Agnishtoma is an ancient Vedic ceremony performed by someone who is desirous of obtaining heaven. From what I understand broadly of it the ceremonies continue for five days with sixteen priests officiating. This Hindupedia page describes its association with Agni & mentions the main steps: ...

@NogShine Yes, seenn it. It sounds like post tagged with discussion given more priority than questions tagged with FR.
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1:57 PM
Q: How do Neo-Vedantists intepret the Vedanta Sutras 1.3.38?

Surya Kanta Bose ChowdhuryNeo-Vedantists as we know, believe people of all varnas are eligible to study the Vedas. Notable examples of such people include the great Swami Vivekananda. However, Vedanta declares that Shudras are forbidden to study the Vedas: And on account of the prohibition, in Smriti, of (the Sûdras')...

2:32 PM
Q: are vaishnavites more or less the only sectarians among present day hindus?

S Kthat iyengars,madhwas,swaminarayans are active and sectarian as of 2018 is common knowledge. its not clear how many ramanandis are still around. judging from magazine articles, you tube etc it looks like exclusive shaivas and shaktas are hardly around any more.

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3:51 PM
Q: Was Chanakya a Brahmagyani?

Arkaprabha MajumdarWas Chanakya a Brahmagyani like Adi Shankaracharya etc. or just a simple man possessing great earthly wisdom?

4:32 PM
@Hinduismbot POB
4:51 PM
Primarlily opinion based
Q: Why does the Vedanta Sutras contradict the Vedas?

Surya Kanta Bose ChowdhuryShukla Yajurveda 26.2 states: May I speak the sacred word to the masses of the people (janebhya) (1) to the Brahmana, Kshatriya, to the Shudra and the Arya (2) and to our own men and the strangers (3). The above verse indicates Vedic mantras can be heard by Shudras. However, the Vedanta Su...

@Hinduismbot and an off-topic question? Is Chanakya related to Hinduism?
@BhargavRao How was your paper (exam)? 🙂
5:08 PM
@SwiftPushkar @KrishnaShweta How are you doing?
I'm good, and you?
@NogShine Somebody is downvoting my questions without any reasons
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury and my answers too. But I don't care
@NogShine Can't anything be done?
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury That mantra doesn't mean Shudras can hear Vedas. @SwiftPushkar wrote a good answer about it.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Just ignore it.
A: Odd way of doing Antim Sanskar ?

SarvabhoumaBurial of the dead is a common practice in South India. There are separate places for burial of the dead and for cremation. This practice is prevalent in some castes. I know that Shudras and bury their dead ones and make a memorial over the buried place. A pit is dug and the body is buried in ...

My answer here is also downvoted. But I don't think that the downvoters know anything about Telugu culture. Some should really think while downvoting good posts.
5:18 PM
@NogShine Rickross said that translation was of Aurobindo. And Swami Vivekananda also says it means Shudras can hear it.
@NogShine I upvoted it
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury and I read your question about Neo Vedanta. The term is there and not a derogatory term.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Only upvote if you can understand and find it useful. No pressure. :)
@NogShine Who said its a derogatory term?
I was busy while writing the answer and didn't include all the castes which do burial. The burial in Telugu states is a quite common practice.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I'm just saying. Some may feel that it is a bad word and downvote. Who knows?
@KrishnaShweta I am too.Just had dinner a while back. Did you eat too?
@NogShine Sectarianism was a derogatory term IMO
@NogShine My dinner time is 8:00 :D
5:23 PM
Why is the word "Neo-Vedanta" frowned upon?
@KrishnaShweta So early!
Now its confirmed: the downvoter is downvoting at random
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I didn't say but some may feel.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Yeah. :D
@NogShine But why would some feel like that?
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury because it is a new term. Some may feel that they are separated?
@KrishnaShweta That is snack time?
@NogShine Do "Neo-Vedantins" call themselves "Neo-Vedantins"?
5:27 PM
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I don't know but don't post a question. :D
@NogShine Well my friend Arkaprabha finds it derogatory.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Isn't he your brother?
Doesn't he chat?
@NogShine :)
You are good at chatting.
@NogShine Well brothers yeah but not my blood lol
Brother from another mother lol
Well, he doesn't chat here
5:30 PM
Still you are brothers. Step brothers. Half brother. Any thing :)
@NogShine Lol yes
Btw have you heard of Bhaskaracharya and his daughter Leelavati?
Oh nvm. It's not a question related to Hinduism so can't ask here
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury No. Who are they?
@NogShine Bhaskara if I'm not wrong was a famous Indian mathematician. There's a episode on him in the Upanishad Ganga series by Chinmaya Mission.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Ohh! Some people also say that he is the inventor of zero and not Aryabhatta
@NogShine Lol really?
5:35 PM
He was good in astrology I think
Is the Chanakya question supposed to be off-topic? @NogShine
Bhāskara (c. 600 – c. 680) (commonly called Bhaskara I to avoid confusion with the 12th century mathematician Bhāskara II) was a 7th-century mathematician, who was the first to write numbers in the Hindu decimal system with a circle for the zero, and who gave a unique and remarkable rational approximation of the sine function in his commentary on Aryabhatta's work. This commentary, Āryabhaṭīyabhāṣya, written in 629 CE, is among the oldest known prose works in Sanskrit on mathematics and astronomy. He also wrote two astronomical works in the line of Aryabhata's school, the Mahābhāskarīya and the...
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I don't know. I din't close vote. But I am thinking he is related more to history than religion.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury and what about his daughter Leelavati?
I haven't watched Upanishad Ganga serial.
@NogShine Chanakya believed varna was decided by the basis of birth. There's an episode on him in Upanisad Ganga too, where he makes Chandragupta Maurya, a Shudra by birth, the king
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Tamas Guna predominated people can't understand esoteric meanings of Vedas. Vedic Samhitas are terse codified verses needed proper mind power to understand them. But other scriptures are relatively easy to understand.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury then why did he advise the king Chandra Gupta Maurya and made him a great ruler?
5:40 PM
@NogShine Well, in the episode, Lilavati was supposed to get married but her marriage was cancelled at the last minute due to inauspicious timings. Bhaskara's astrological predictions didn't see any inauspicious timings coming.
@NogShine I don't have much idea about their relationship
@TheDestroyer Well, I'm a good example of that lol
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury it was chanakya's mastermind which played a key role.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury No. It's not like that. You need to cross 18 and more to understand Vedas properly.
@NogShine I guess so. There was an episode where Chanakya was scolding Chandragupta Maurya
and there are two bhaskaras who are Mathematicians
@TheDestroyer Yeah. I'll study the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Purana and the Srimad Bhagavatam for now in details.
5:44 PM
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Yes. But do understand esoteric meanings of some stories.
@TheDestroyer Do you think I should try some Upanishads?
I mean the mukhya Upanishads
@NogShine Bhaskara 1 and Bhaskara 2?
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Maybe you should wait for sometime. You can now read Ramayana, Mahabharta and Puranas.
@TheDestroyer Well, Arkaprabha told me to read some. I downloaded some but haven't read them yet.
Btw can shishyas approach Gurus? @NogShine @TheDestroyer
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury ok. Try them. if you can understand them ok. But you are studying 11th or 12th?
5:49 PM
@TheDestroyer 11, going to be 12 in April
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I think this stage is crucial if you are trying for IIT.
@TheDestroyer No, not going for engineering. I am gonna try for Astrophysics.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Are you interested in Astronomy? You need to very good at Mathematics and physics concepts.
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury But it could be bad step since Job opportunities are very less in India.
@TheDestroyer I'm yes. But I need to improve math yeah
@TheDestroyer Ik that's why Germany
Which Upanishad should I start with? Isha is short. Is it easy as well to understand?
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Yes. Isha is Samhita also.
5:59 PM
@TheDestroyer I have Shankara's commentary on it only. I need a Vishishtadvaitin commentary on it too. Do you know any? @NogShine
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I think Vedanta Desikan wrote a commentary on Isha.
@TheDestroyer Thanks. I'll check it out
He's an incarnation!
Yep I got it! Thanks @TheDestroyer
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury ok.
6:48 PM
Q: does rig-vedic Mitra occur in post rig-vedic works, especially epics and puranas?

S Kmitra is largely paired with varuna in rig veda but is also praised separately. vishnu takes his three steps by the laws of mitra. he is also praised as "he supports all the gods". but only the meaning "friend" or "ally" seems to have survived after rig veda.

@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I didn't read Upanishads.
@NogShine And you read Brahma Sutras??
@SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury no.
7:33 PM
@NogShine Lol OK
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11:55 PM
@SwiftPushkar went well. I did just one mistake (hopefully others are correct :p)

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