If a person interpolates scriptures with a good intent e.g., by replacing offending/controversial words/verses that are not current with the times, but doesn't disclose the modifications to maintain the authority of the scripture over the masses, does the person gain any puṇya by doing so?

Similarly, if one alters scriptures with a malicious intent, e.g., by inserting an authentic sounding verse in an important scripture for personal gains e.g., to prove superiority of one Hindu sect over the other, or a king could secretly sponsor additions to Manusmṛti so he can maintain tighter control over his subjects, does it constitute a sin?

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    Both kinds of tampering are wrong.. what makes you think that the first kind is ok? – Rickross Apr 28 '18 at 5:26
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    both kinds are wrong. what one person thinks of as a good tampering may be seen by others as bad. Both are wrong. – Swami Vishwananda Apr 28 '18 at 6:54
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    Someone should really have tampered the story of sraswati being brahma's wife, it's really freaking out my head. Or maybe it is a tampered story. :P – Anisha Apr 28 '18 at 7:00
  • @sv. The true scriptures will be complete in all aspects, they dont need any alterations - they were thought and/or said and/or written at the highest state of mind. It was written with all future yugas in mind, because such was the state of noble minds. Hence, the need does not arise. But, people do it and hence in the tenents, we understand we should apply our own mind before believing anything by anyone. Punya and sin - when each mind intents, it knows within it, the intent. There is no escaping that. Since it is beyond any of minds perception. – Rahul Apr 28 '18 at 15:40
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    “Sorry, but most Hindus follow laws of respective countries because rules prescribed in scriptures are outdated whether one agrees or not.” The fact that people believe the rules prescribed in scriptures are outdated and thus choose not to follow them does not imply that they are outdated. If people started believing rules against murder were outdated it would not mean that murder is okay. – Keshav Srinivasan Jan 6 at 3:38

Yes, here is what the Manusmriti says:

If a twice-born man has abandoned a refugee, or has tampered with the Veda, he atones for that offence by living upon barley for one year.—(198)

  • It doesn't say one who interpolated Vedas, it says one who taught the Vedas to a person who is not eligible, i.e, who are not initiated, Shudras, etc. – Spark Sunshine Jan 5 at 16:59
  • @NaveenKick "having wrongly interpreted the Veda or perverted its sense by omitting anusvāras etc.’ (Nārāyaṇa)" , "‘What are you reading?—You have mangled the text,’" – Ikshvaku Jan 5 at 17:02
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    Okay, I didn't notice the commentary here. – Spark Sunshine Jan 5 at 17:04
  • @Ikshvaku It is not talking abt interpolation at all... Here is another translation "11.198. A twice-born man who has cast off a suppliant for protection, or has (improperly) divulged the Veda, atones for his offence, if he subsists during a year on barley." – Rickross Jan 6 at 7:31
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    The Sanskrit word used is viplAvya which comes from viplava .. see the various meanings of viplava from here: spokensanskrit.org/… .. so it is talking abt a sin a man commits by revealing the secrets of Veda to someone who is considered unfit to know such teachings.. @Ikshvaku – Rickross Jan 6 at 7:34

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