I want to know what scripture says on unholy sources of entertainment like a film promoting alcohol, smoking, or literature magazine promoting sexualization.

What do scripture recommend us?

  • See this -- hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/15138/4732
    – Rickross
    Feb 2 at 17:31
  • @Rickross this is not for porn. I am asking for movies, anime, magzines . I have left porn by this verse :Those men who, impelled by desire in their hearts, cast their eyes on naked women, those men of wicked deeds take birth in this world to pass their whole lives in one continuous disease. (Source: Anusasana Parva: Section CXLV verse 51)
    – user32378
    Feb 2 at 17:33
  • @Rickross add this verse in your answer given here from mahabharat
    – user32378
    Feb 2 at 17:34
  • I thought you're asking about pornographic magazines and literature. Also it's not good for me to add that verse since it was you who found it and I wasn't aware of it. You can add an answer there with that verse in it.
    – Rickross
    Feb 2 at 17:52

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References of films obviously can not be found in scriptures. But I believe the closest one get to this topic is Manu 11.65 which talks about reading "bad books" (asat shastra)

अनाहिताग्निता स्तेयं ऋणानामनपक्रिया ।
असत्शास्त्राधिगमनं कौशीलव्यस्य च क्रिया ॥ ६५ ॥

anāhitāgnitā steyaṃ ṛṇānāmanapakriyā |
asatśāstrādhigamanaṃ kauśīlavyasya ca kriyā || 65 ||

Omission of fire-laying, theft, non-payment of debts, studying bad books, and the practising of the histrionic art.—(65)

All these are some of the many offences that lead to loss of caste (Jatibhramsha).

Commentator Medhatithi thinks here bad books refer to texts which go against the principles mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.

Theft—of articles other than those specifically named in this connection.

‘Debts.’—This refers to the non-performance of those acts that have been laid down as paying off the ‘four debts’ (to the Gods, the Pitṛs, to Men and to the Fires).

‘Bad books’—e.g., those written by Cārvākas and Nirgranthas; those that are not trustworthy, and have no connection with Vedic rites or their effects.

‘Histrionic art’—acting, dancing and singing.—(65)

Further explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha are as follows:

This verse is quoted in Smṛtitattva (p. 538);—and in Prāyaścittaviveka (p. 192), which has the following notes—‘anāhitāgnitā’, omitting to kindle the fires by Śrauta or Smārta rites, when one has the capacity to lay them,—‘steyam,’ appropriating of articles other than gold, slaves, horses, silver, land and deposits,—‘ṛṇānām anapakriyā,’ the non-payment of debts due to Gods, Ṛsis (Ṛṣis) and Piṭṛs,—‘asacchāstrādhigamanam,’ the study of heterodox literature.—‘Kauśīlavasya krīyā,’ constant addiction to dancing, singing and music.

Now since promoting sex,alcohol etc. are heterodoxical to Hindu scriptures this verse can be seen as loosely applying to the question.
  • Means, watching films promoting alcohol is sin. So, what sources of entertainment are justified by scripture. I want to know.
    – user32378
    Feb 3 at 9:01
  • Singing, dancing etc. are allowed but I believe too much addiction is considered as bad like in this verse: 7.47. Hunting, gambling, sleeping by day, censoriousness, (excess with) women, drunkenness, (an inordinate love for) dancing, singing, and music, and useless travel are the tenfold set (of vices) springing from love of pleasure. @Hope
    – Rickross
    Feb 3 at 9:09
  • Excessive addiction leads to downfall and it should be avoided.
    – Rickross
    Feb 3 at 9:11
  • @Rickross can you create a chatroom for us to discuss dharmashastras?
    – Haridasa
    Feb 11 at 18:42
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    @Rickross I am in it and will type my first message ping me then.
    – Haridasa
    Feb 12 at 12:04

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