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What does Hinduism have to say about the laws of war?

I am interested in general to learn about this subject. More specifically I was wondering if according to Hinduism would it be legal for a Hindu majority state to launch a preemptive strike on Rome if ...
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What happens to someone who dies without any thoughts as per Hindu scriptures?

Bhagavadgita 8.6 says यं यं वापि स्मरन्भावं त्यजत्यन्ते कलेवरम्। तं तमेवैति कौन्तेय सदा तद्भावभावितः।।8.6।। Which means whatever entity one thinks of at the time of death, he attains the state of that ...
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Unholy literature and media, what our scripture says

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?
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What to make out of fire in Home's temple?

Fire in temple room in home(not the temple itself). It burned the photo of Neeb Karoli Baba that my mother reveres completely. Fortunately the temple itself was left unscathed. Should I make it out to ...
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Is believing or even knowing of the vedic scriptures necessary for a good karma and rebirth?

Is believing or even knowing of the vedic scriptures necessary for a good karma and rebirth (or relieve thereof)? I have seen this What is required for a Westerner who agrees with Advaita Vedanta to ...
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What is the Hindu understanding of "the image of God" or "imago dei" as discussed in the western christian doctrines?

I didn't many posts around this topic. So, if anyone know or can come up with good thoughts, please do so. One concept was Bimba-Pratibimba. Somtimes namaskaar or pranaam is talked about bowing down ...
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Incessant mind chatter and narcissistic parents

This really is a personal question but It needs a spiritual angle so that I could be set free from this endless cycle. My parents are not proud enough of me no matter what I accomplish and what I ...
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Is total rejuvenation possible after sexual intercourse and masturbation?

It is well known in Hinduism that indulgence in sexual thought and activity reduces the highly potent energy of human beings called Ojas. I wanted to know is there any way to completely rejuvenate the ...
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How to affirm the validity of Hindu texts and scriptures

Texts and scriptures in Hinduism are very vivid and vast. Many times they are incorrectly labeled and quoted to mislead people. This has created a sense of distrust amongst some regarding how ...
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Is this a hoax or genuine? This claims to be a prediction of Muhammad from hindu scripture but I can't find it [closed]

I haven't been able to find the source, so would appreciate it if someone could reference this in hindu literature or prove that it's a hoax. Thanks.
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Does reading mantra/shruti etc. Frees you from all sins as they are mentioned in last of many verses

Being freed from all sins by reading mantras /stutis Or chanting. Is it symbolic or literal?? Verses 'जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई, छूटहि बंदि महासुख होई' Hanuman chalisa 'वासुदेवाश्रयो मत्यों वासुदेवपरायणः । ...
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What does Hinduism say about having multiple birthmarks on a body?

I have seen or heard people talk about their birthmarks and noticed that they only have one..but not in my case; I have a total of six birthmarks on my body...one of the birthmarks is on my back and ...
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Did I sin after trying to help a sick kitten but it died?

I found a sick kitten by the road. I simply couldn't leave it. I brought it home and applied medicines on it. I fed it food and made it a warm place to sleep using cardboard boxes. The next day, its ...
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Is this statement about lust true in Hinduism?

2.215. One should not sit in a lonely place with one’s mother, sister, or daughter; for the senses are powerful, and master even a learned man. I'm not a Hindu, but is the belief really that a son ...
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How and when Gayatri mantra became public chant?

When i had Brahmopadesham, it was taught to us secretly in ears ensuring others and especially women don't listen to it. Women those times were closing the ears if someone starts chanting. Its ...
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Understanding the prohibition of visiting junctions at certain times in Hinduism

Quoting the words of Bhishma from the Mahabharata: At midday, or at midnight, or at night in general, or at the two twilights, one should not proceed to spots where four roads meet. [Section 104, ...
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Did zero exist during Ramayana time

As we know Aryabhatta introduced 0 in calculation in 628BC, before that it was called as shoonya. So, my question is how was it interpreted in calculation during Ramayana time. Did they even know ...
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How does Hinduism refute the idea that knowledge is impossible?

How does Hinduism refute epistemological skepticism? I am really inclined to know more about Hinduism, Brahman, etc. which interest me a lot however even if one feels or realizes what the Brahman is, ...
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What is the origin of Air?

When there is a cool breeze, we assume it's all because of the trees and green. But the same trees and green will not give cool breeze in summer. When the tree gets affected by air from another tree ...
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As Suicide is a henious crime, then why did Vallabhacharya commit suicide?

Suicide is a heinous crime according to Hindu scriptures (see this thread - What does Hinduism say about Suicide?). Then how come an Acharya (Vallabhacharya) who propounded Shuddhadvaita darshan (...
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How does God help people? [closed]

A person suffered huge losses in his education and career for 20 years because of depression & anxiety. Who should be blamed for that: he himself or God? After 20 years of suffering, he overcame ...
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Why they keep on changing god?

when i was a child they used to say me parents are god after that they used to say me teachers are god then they say me god is in everyone and now they are saying god is formless, why are you changing ...
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How did Leadbeater know about Jiddu Krishnamurti potential?

I've been watching Krishnamurti's discussions with the physicist David Bohm and other scientists, as well as his various other talks. I delved a bit into his biography and there's a section that ...
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What happens when offerings are forgotten to god?

Consider for example, when we are single, we might have visited n number of temples that could be Male God or Female God. And where ever we go, we might have prayed for blessings of a good life ...
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Are we future gods?

I am talking about mainly two things religions gods and ancestors gods, The people of past stories and volumes are our gods, and also many religions consider their ancestors as gods, they never ...
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What do the Vedas/shastras and Hindu Texts say about disputes? Is it worth getting into any disputes?

I am interested in the teachings of Hinduism. I have a lot of questions, and there are still very few answers. Disputes of different types are found at every step of life. What is the right thing to ...
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Wasting Sperm on masturbation

Suppose, a couple is trying for a child. In that case, prior to that, how long should the husband conserve the semen (avoid masturbation/or sex) for a good child. Like, I have read scientific works ...
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Does sighting Northern lights have any significance in Hinduism?

I visited a place in the western world during this summer where I got to witness the Northern lights/Aurora Borealis (if there is the right kind of atmosphere and the sky is clear and if we’re lucky ...
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Why people only visit or care Kashi after 60 years?

When we ask people what is the history of Kashi temple, why is it in such bad condition so long? People suppress by saying why do you think of it in early age. Kashi is the topic after 60. So after 60,...
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Will we take birth as crows after death?

During pithrupaksha, we keep food for crows assuming our ancestors will come and have in the form of crows. So one day we become ancestors too. So do we all take birth as crows after death? In that ...
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Is it true that one has very less chances of getting liberated in Kaliyuga?

Recently, saw one blog saying that it is next to impossible to attain moksha/liberation from samsara in Kaliyuga pertaining to the influence of kali and not following dharmas as mentioned in vedas.
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Correct way to Apply Tripundra

I apply Tripundra on daily basis. Till now I use to make use of my Index Finger, Middle Fingure and Ring Fingure. Today suddenly one of my friend asked: Why we use the upper three finger only? Why not ...
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Correct direction of coconut tail

I belong to south part of Bharat where the coconut tail is kept in reverse direction of God (or towards us) and then it is burst/chip. In Maharashtra in one of the temple when I tried to do the same ...
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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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Yogic Theory of Intelligence for AI

What are some yogic texts which discuss the precise, scientific nature of the components of the mind and how the human intelligence operates in great detail? I am aware of the Nyaya Sutras, but I was ...
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How does the soul get the memory of past lives? [duplicate]

In this life one forgets the past lives, now if someone dies how can they remember the past lives? As it is said in the womb one remembers all their past lives.
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What type of foods we must not eat during Amavasya tharpanam?

I've noticed that there are certain foods that we must not eat during Amavasya days. I've been told that foods like onion and garlic and certain other foods should be avoided. But some people tell ...
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Are people born under an eclipse considered inauspicious or ill-fated?

I have heard, that children born under eclipse (Surya-Grahan, & Chandra-Grahan) are considered ill-fated as per the Jyotish-shastras? Is it true as per scriptures, specifically the astrological ...
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Do the scriptures recommend not leaving one's home empty stomach in the morning?

I have heard Elders say that we mustn't leave the home in the morning on an empty stomach for that results in ill-fortunes and bad-omens for the upcoming day. The common reasoning given by them is it ...
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Is having more than one Ishta-devta, a defined concept in the scriptures?

Sometimes back, I was having a discussion with my friends on the concept of 'Ishta' (one's personal favorite tutelary deity). In the course of the discussion, one of my friend told me that since their ...
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Is the notion of goddess Sarasvati sitting atleast once per day on every beings tongue found in scriptures?

It is generally said, at least so have I heard in my area, from elders, that goddess Sarasvati sits on every human's tongue, at least once a day. Therefore we should always try to speak about good ...
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Do scriptures say one mustn't lie their age to be less?

Generally people tend to lie about their age, mostly telling the wrong numbers in smaller figures than the actual age. Recently, I heard an elder saying that lying about age with smaller figure ...
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Why do we offer to 3 generation during Sraddha ceremony?

Why do we offer pinda, tarpanam, food etc to only to 3 generation of ancestors during Sraddha ceremony? Why not for 4 generations or 2 generations? I know before sapindikarna we offer food only to ...
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Will Divorced Wifes go to heaven if they die before Husband passes away?

Usually, wives do Tulasi pooja and to be Muthaidhe and they pray for it to attain heaven by dying before their Husbands. These practices now drastically come down but still, traditional people follow. ...
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What happens to those who keep lying using God/Mother promises?

I have witnessed many people who try to escape always by keeping God Swear, Mother swear in tough situations. This is not just once, it is their habit of keeping it and has no value/worth on it. They ...
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What is the purpose of Hindu girls attire?

Why Hindu girls or women should wear Bangles, Nosepin, earrings, Gezze, and even flowers behind head? Also, toe ring after marriage? Thaali is something we all know it shows that they are married and ...
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Growing animals and killing for food is not a sin?

I have heard a lot about the killing of animals as a sin. Some say it's a food cycle that can be justified. But why one should grow to kill that in unconditional ways? A normal chicken growth takes ...
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Does any scripture say that chanting the name of a god exactly three times at the time of death yields Moksha?

In one of the comments in an answer on this site, I read this assertion that if the name of God is chanted three times exactly at the time of death, the jivātman will attain Moksha. Here Yes. It is ...
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What is the 'Māsī Māgama (मासी मागम)', and it's significance?

I recently heard about this festival - 'Māsī Māgama (मासी मागम)' and its currently ongoing celebration. Mostly celebrated in the Tamil Nadu. Some details maybe found here and here As per the details ...
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Are Vrata (व्रत), and Upavāsa (उपवास) the same thing, or some difference exists? Is there any esoteric explanation?

Generally we use both these terms interchangeably: Vrata (व्रत) Upvasa (उपवास) But, sometimes I feel there must be a difference, even if a minute one. Like we famously refer Pitāmaha Bhīṣma as ...
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