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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Generally, Hindus are vegetarian. They avoid mamsah i.e flesh of animals like meat, fish - because it means their suffering and death. Some avoid eggs also. Atleast it is very limited, and they don't ...
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What is my religion? [duplicate]

I was watching Satguru (Jaggi Vasudev) video on YouTube where he said that Hindu is not a religion, its a geographical identity and that's why all part of India follows different practices and have ...
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When was the expression "Sanatana Dharma" first used and what does it mean?

Does it mean it has existed forever and would exist forever? Does it mean it is changeless? The evidence shows that India is now only 80 percent Hindu and there are all kinds of forces trying to ...
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What did Hindu's call themselves before 'Hindu'? [duplicate]

What did Hindu's call themselves before they were referred to as 'Hindu' from other cultures? I read that it was foreigners that referred to people from India or near the Indus river as 'Hindi' or ...
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Is everyone a Hindu?

From Wikipedia: Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor ...
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Why didn't Hinduism get propagated to the entire world?

Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is considered to be one of the oldest religions. (Christianity came after Christ's birth more than 2000 years ago, and Islam came mostly after Paigambar). What could be the ...
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Looking to learn about Hinduism?

I'm an American and a Christian, and I don't know a lot about it but I think Hinduism just seems really beautiful and intriguing. I've heard of Hindu Atheists and one person told me it's more a way of ...
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Sanatana dharma or Hindu [duplicate]

From somewhere I came to know 'Hindu' is a geographical word, it is not a religious one. Original word is 'Sanatana'. Is it true?
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Who coined the word Hinduism? [duplicate]

The word Hinduism is very popular, but who used it first? There are some references in during British era ,but when exactly this word was used.
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Is the word Hindu mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the word 'Hindu' mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? Because there is lot said and lot to be said on the word Hindu. I went through different old literature but did not find the word Hindu.
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Can a non-Hindu worship a Hindu deity?

Can non-Hindus worship Lord Shiva? Specifically: Can they chant his name? Can they listen to the chanting once in a while? I thought it's okay for anyone to listen to and pray even though they are ...
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Origin of the Sanatan Dharma

What is the point/story of origin of the Sanatan Dharma and why has it been altered as Hindu Dharma?
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The origin and meaning of word Hindu? [duplicate]

What are the stories/facts behind the origin of word Hindu? Another Question , What is the life vision of a Hindu?
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When were Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism marked as separate religions?

Historically, Buddhism and Jainism were just some of the many sects or philosophical schools in ancient times. When was the separation of religions happened and when were all vedic and non-vedic sects ...
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What is the real name of Hinduism? Also what is the meaning of its real name? [duplicate]

I read that Hindu is foreign word and However, the Persians could not pronounce the letter "S" correctly in their native tongue and mispronounced it as "H." Thus, for the ancient Persians, the word "...
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