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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of ...
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Does listening Gayatri Mantra have same effect as chanting?

I daily listen to Gayatri Mantra at work, at home and even while sleeping. I rarely chant this mantra. Does listening the Gayatri mantra have any effects same as chanting?
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How to wash away sin after unconsciously consuming non-vegetarian food?

If any person unconsciously consumed non-vegetarian food and later learned that he/she has done so, is there any provision in Hindu religion to wash that sin?
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Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

If I do a bad karma without knowing or realizing properly will I receive fruits for that or not? What about children? Do they accumulate karma too? Don't they make lot of mistakes unknowingly? At ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

In one of the lecture by Swami Vivekananda, he told: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/Reply to the Address of Welcome at Madura ...There was a time ...
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Why bengali brahmins are non-vegetarians?

I have seen that bengali brahmins are non-vegetarians whereas their counterpart in the rest of India are strictly lacto-vegetarians. Can you tell me why this difference in their culture?
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Can a brahmin eat meat according to shastras

I had posted the following in an answer but was urged to post it as a question. I thought brahmins were not supposed to eat meat but I was reading MahAbhArata when I came across the following in ...
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What is dharma? [duplicate]

I have read the Geeta but I am unable to understand what exactly is someone's Dharma. If I am an established teacher from a kshatriya varna, is my dharma to teach or to protect/fight in a war? For ...
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What are the ancient & modern career options for a Kshatriya?

What is the prescribed dharma of Kshatriyas as per Hindu Dharma Shastras, is it just to handle weapons and fight in battlefield? If yes, then what should a modern Kshatriya opt as a carrier option ...
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What is the current status of the four varnas created by God?

We all know that four varnas — Brahmana, Vysya, Kshatriya and Sudra — were created by God, and each varna’s people would mutually help each other, through the jobs assigned to them. But as of now in ...
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In Hinduism, which of our actions make god angry against us?

Which actions of ours are offensive towards gods? (Drinking, Dating, Masturbation, eating non veg etc). Can anyone provide me a list with some explanation? Are these sins?
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Is it forbidden in any scripture for Vaishnavas to refrain from non-vegetarian and stimulant foods?

Most Vaishnavas refrain from meat and stimulant foods. But is this compulsory by the scriptures? Do any of the scriptures forbid Vaishnavas to take meat and stimulant foods?
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What was the role of caste in the way Parshurama & Pandavas treated Karna?

I have this question troubling me since a long time, hence thought it may be a good platform to present it. On one Hand, we see Yudhishtra saying following lines towards Caste System. Yudhisthira ...
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What do holy books say about inter-caste marriages? [duplicate]

What do holy books say about inter-caste marriages? I heard somewhere that marriages between different castes causes वर्ण संकर (Varna Samkar) and our holy books don't support inter-caste marriages. ...

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