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Hindu philosophy refers to philosophies, world views and teachings that emerged in ancient India. These include six systems (shad-darśana) – Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa and Vedanta.In Indian tradition, the word used for philosophy is Darshana. This word comes from the Sanskrit root drish (to see, to experience). Darshana can be translated as 'Point of view'. These are also called the Astika (orthodox) philosophical traditions and are those that accept the Vedas as an authoritative, important source of knowledge. Ancient and medieval India was also the source of philosophies that share philosophical concepts but rejected the Vedas, and these have been called nāstika (heterodox or non-orthodox) Indian philosophies. Nāstika Indian philosophies include Buddhism, Jainism, Cārvāka, Ājīvika, and others.Scholars have debated the relationship and differences within āstika philosophies and with nāstika philosophies, starting with the writings of Indologists and Orientalists of the 18th and 19th centuries, which were themselves derived from limited availability of Indian literature and medieval doxographies. The various sibling traditions included in Hindu philosophies are diverse, and they are united by shared history and concepts, same textual resources, similar ontological and soteriological focus, and cosmology. While Buddhism and Jainism are considered distinct philosophies and religions, some heterodox traditions such as Cārvāka are often considered as distinct schools within Hindu philosophy.Hindu philosophy also includes several sub-schools of theistic philosophies that integrate ideas from two or more of the six orthodox philosophies, such as the realism of the Nyāya, the naturalism of the Vaiśeṣika, the dualism of the Sāṅkhya, the non-dualism and knowledge of Self as essential to liberation of Advaita, the self-discipline of yoga and the asceticism and elements of theistic ideas. Examples of such schools include Pāśupata Śaiva, Śaiva siddhānta, Pratyabhijña, Raseśvara and Vaiṣṇava. Some sub-schools share Tantric ideas with those found in some Buddhist traditions. The ideas of these sub-schools are found in the Puranas and Āgamas.Each school of Hindu philosophy has extensive epistemological literature called pramāṇaśāstras, as well as theories on metaphysics, axiology, and other topics.

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What is the root meaning of यज्ञ (yajna)? (

A Twitter thread on “ Root meaning of yagna यज्ञ 

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Why we Hindu have high respect for cow but no respect for Buffalo?

We Hindu have very high respect for cow and treat her like mother but show no respect for Buffalo . Why? Both cow and buffalo gives milk. Buffalo giv...

3 points | Post submitted by harigoyal 340 days ago | 2 Answer

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Does “Free Will” really exist, even if universe repeats itself in perfect pattern?

Can "Free will" really exist, even when we can logically believe that universe has to repeat itself in same pattern (to allow possibility of our own e...

2 points | Post submitted by metadota 372 days ago | discuss

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Who is legitimate/illegitimate child as per our scriptures?

As per our scriptures any child born from a married woman will be considered as  legitimate irrespective of husband of the woman being the biolog...

2 points | Post submitted by harigoyal 395 days ago | discuss

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Introduction to Nyaya, Mimamsa and Vedanta (Tamil) (

Those who want to make a foray into understanding our sacred Vedas are asked to avail this opportunity.The prominent scholar in Visishthadvaita school...

2 points | Post submitted by MisterY 398 days ago | discuss | cached

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Is the idea of 'maya' to blame for Hindu social and political descent?

When we learn about maya in the Hindu scriptures, it gives the idea that everything in the world is false. To strive to protect nation, national ident...

3 points | Post submitted by ssdtonoy 399 days ago | 3 Answer

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Uttar Mimamsa versus Purva Mimamsa

Does the words also refer to geography uttar- northern and purva-eastern?generally it is explained as purva- earlier and uttar - later.

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Is Brahm, Brahma and Brahman/Brahmin same?

No. These are 3 different entities Brahm ब्रह्म  is Creator and Creation. Brahm encompass whole creation/ universe or Brahmand ब्रह्मांड. It is shapel...

3 points | Post submitted by harigoyal 403 days ago | 2 Answer

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A source book in Indian philosophy (

A great work by Dr Radha Krishnana Sravapalli 

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What is difference between Shruti and Smriti?

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 th...

3 points | Post submitted by jay 412 days ago | discuss


How is FAITH an (Abhramanic) concept different than SHRADDHA a (Dharmic) concept ?

How is FAITH an (Abhramanic) concept different than SHRADDHA a (Dharmic) concept ?

5 points | Post submitted by suyash95 413 days ago | 11 Answer

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Gargi (

The story of Gargi's questions regarding time, space and infinite form of universe will make you feel proud of the vastness and depth of knowledge tha...

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Why arjun was so dear to krishna ? (

Krishna said that we have a guest at home and I will not eat till he is ready.So Mother Rukmini went to wake up Arjuna.When she got to his room, she w...

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