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Is Apostasy considered a punishable offence in Hinduism?

If someone decides to Leave Hinduism and become atheist, do any the scriptures (Vedas, Smritis, Puranas) consider it an offense worthy of punishment and prescribe any punishment for it? Just like how ...
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Vedic schools like Charvaka

Were there any materialistic and overly skeptical schools of Vedic thought that are well-Vedic and got their inspiration from the Vedas? If not can some verses in Vedas support such materialistic ...
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Are there any schools of Hinduism which hold that one can be a non-theist and still get Moksha?

Are there any schools or belief systems in Hinduism where belief in Ishvara, (or any deities for that matter) is not a necessity for attaining Liberation?
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Bliss vs sentiments

A atheist asked me, "why do you believe in God?". I answered," because I enjoy bliss and happiness in the name of my holy lord." He said, "that is not bliss, this is your ...
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The gods don't protect like a shepherd with a stick, why should we worship them?

This with reference to a verse from Mahabharata: न देवा दण्डमादाय रक्षन्ति पशुपालवत् । यं तु रक्षितुमिच्छन्ति बुद्ध्या संविभजन्ति तम् ॥ विदुरनीति ३-४० Translation: The gods don't protect like a ...
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I need guidance and the right knowledge about the following [closed]

I am Samyak Marathe. For a very long time I have been denying the existence of god. From the point of view of Hinduism, it means that I don't believe in Brahman, the supreme creator from which ...
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Are there any refutations of Jinasena's criticism of Hindu (astika) philosophy?

From Sources of Indian tradition: The following example of Jain dialectic is taken from the Great Legend (Mahapurana), a lengthy poem in excellent Sanskrit, composed by the Digambara teacher Jinasena ...
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Where is this statement (or its equivalent) about God's existence found in Samkhya texts?

From Wikipedia: Furthermore, there is no proof of the existence of God. He is not the object of perception, there exists no general proposition that can prove him by inference and the testimony of ...
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How do you debate an atheist as a practising hindu?

In today's world it is inevitable that you would run into atheist of any kind(neo-atheist, celebrity atheist etc.) and they are always trying to bring you down for being a believer. How do you counter ...
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When is someone a Hindu? [duplicate]

The confusion arised when an answer was given to this post. One would typically associate believing in a religion as believing in the gods of a religion, but, it seems so there are sects of Hinduism ...
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Is a belief in god required to be Hindu?

I am reading Shashi Tharoor's take on Hinduism, the following is written: There are simply no binding requirements to being a Hindu, not even a belief in God. Could the truth or falsity of this ...
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Is there a good source listing contradictions in Hinduism?

It's a personal belief I think apparent contradictions in Hinduism are trying to tell us something. Does anyone have a good list made by skeptics or unbiased Hindus like those for Bible contradictions?...
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What are notable contemporary Hindu apologists?

Christianity has a very mature body of apologists. Islam has its fair share of apologists too. But what about Hinduism? Wikipedia mentions a few authors, but I was curious to know if there are any ...
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Is following atheistic like Samkhya wrong, according to manu Smriti?

Manu Smriti 11.66 11.66. Stealing grain, base metals, or cattle, intercourse with women who drink spirituous liquor, slaying women, Sudras, Vaisyas, or Kshatriyas, and atheism, (are all) minor ...
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Is Rigveda 10:138:4 is asking to kill Non Hindus?

अनाधृष्टानि धृषितो व्यास्यन्निधीँरदेवाँ अमृणदयास्यः । मासेव सूर्यो वसु पुर्यमा ददे गृणानः शत्रूँरशृणाद्विरुक्मता॥४॥ He boldly cast down forts which none had e'er assailed: unwearied he destroycd the ...
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Bhagat Singh's essay - Why I am an atheist? I am looking for official hindu response [closed]

Bhagat Singh has written an essay - Why I am an atheist. I am looking for official hindu response.
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Which of the six Darshanas are atheistic? [duplicate]

We have 6 Darshanas. Vaisheshika, Nyaya , Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya, Yoga , Uttara Mimamsa or Vedanta Which of them are atheistic, I mean superficially accept God, but ultimately reject God or not ...
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Can realized advaitins be called atheists?

According to Gaudapada Karika on Mandukya Upanishad 2.32: न निरोधो न चोत्पत्तिर्न बद्धो न च साधकः । न मुमुक्षुर्न वै मुक्त इत्येषा परमार्थता ॥ ३२ ॥ na nirodho na cotpattirna baddho na ca ...
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What is the punishment for simply being an atheist and not committing blasphemy?

I want to know what punishment is given simply for being an atheist. I don't want to know how atheism is accepted, but rather what the scriptures hold against you, if you practice atheism and do not ...
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Who are "they" in BG 16.8? Atheists? Cārvākas? Vaiśeṣikas?

Are these Bhagavad-gītā verses referring to a particular sect of people or addressing all bad people in general? Is verse 16.8 implying that those who don't believe in a god have no moral compass? 16....
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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Is hetuvāda now a derogatory term? In what context did Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata use the word?

The Monier Williams dictionary defines hetuvāda as: हेतु--वाद m. a statement of reasons or arguments, assigning a cause, disputation MBh. R. I see two sources next to the meaning: MBh. ...
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Can I as an atheist still be Hindu? [duplicate]

I am an atheist(not going in detail about that one), and I heard people say that "Hinduism accepts you no matter what". So that must mean I am a Hindu. Great. But here is the problem (other than being ...
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What are the astrological combinations in a horoscope that predict the subject will be atheistically inclined?

Here, by " Atheist" i mean a person who does not have faith in God or one who does not even believe in his existence. One who does not care for religious instructions, religious scriptures etc. My ...
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What are some atheist teachings and arguments in Hinduism?

Hinduism is a vast religion, and it has great philosophies of theism. Probably there might be some atheistic philosophies too. It would be a great amusement to see if this thought of Atheism was also ...
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Do any scriptures condemn atheism? [duplicate]

According to most scholars, atheism is a part of Hinduism. However, are there any verses in the Puranas or the Mahabharata that condemn atheism?
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Hinduism as an Atheistic or Animistic / Pantheistic religion [closed]

I believe that Hinduism could be regarded as both Atheistic and Animistic / Pantheistic, depending on how one defines the word "God". From my article The Atheistic approach to God… or how to bridge ...
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Why did Brihaspati establish Charvaka or materialistic philosophical Sect?

Brihaspati is DevaGuru, the spiritual Guru of the Gods. More so, He is the planet of Spirituality​. Brihaspati is the God of all knowledge and intellect. So Brihaspati could bring the philosophical or ...
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Is 'Why is there suffering?' a valid question according to Advaita philosophy?

Richard Dawkins in this debate argues that, in science, asking a question such as 'Why we exist?' or 'Why is there suffering in this world?' are not meaningful questions in the same sense as 'Why do ...
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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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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God or any theory related to god? Do any Vedas mention anything regarding this?
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Does Bhagavad Gita detest atheists?

What does Bhagavad Gita make of persons who just go about doing their swadharma, fulfilling their duties (being a good child to parents, is a good spouse, a good parent, citizen etc.) but don't ...
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What does the Hindu religion think of apostasy?

I'm just wondering what Hindus think of apostasy. Do we discourage it? think low of it? is it a crime according to Vedas?
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Purva Mimansa and Vedanta commentaries on RV 10.129

RV 10.129 also known as Nasadiya Suktam is vedic hymn which explain's act of creation of the universe. What is Purva Mimansa Sutra commentary on this hymn specifically 10.129.7 which is used by ...
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Are the terms 'secular', 'agnostic', 'atheist' used in today's India?

Are the terms secular, agnostic, atheist applied by Indian people themselves to characterize existing attitudes in today's Indian Hindu society? Added: Due to comment of @Whirl Mind I restrict my ...
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Does god even exist? [closed]

I was born to Hindu parents, my father used to bring books on the universe and planets. After reading many books, knowing about evolution, the periodic extinction of species, apes and primary beings I'...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

I have recently read somewhere that atheism is the pillar of Hinduism. If Hindus don't believe in God then why do they worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kali etc.? Is atheism followed by all Hindus ...
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Have there ever been Hindu atheist/agnostic communities?

While there is a history of atheist/agnostic thought within the Hindu philosophical tradition, have there ever been actual communities of atheist/agnostic Hindus?
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