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Dharma (Sanskrit: धर्म ) is a key concept with multiple meanings in the Indian religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.

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In scripture is self-defense when a man is faced against a female assailant permitted to fight

In Hinduism based on scripture can a man fight a woman if she is trying to do bodily harm to him? If not why..?
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Why Brahmins are immune to many punishments in Dharmashastras

I want to know why Brahmins were immune to many punishments in dharmashastras which are indeed heinous doesn't this mean a Brahmin can do anything he/she wants? Once again I am not 100% against these ...
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Contraception in hinduism?

I'm fully aware hinduism prohibits barrier method(condoms, etc.) but what is its stance on other methods like sterilization or hormonal stuff?
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Women in Dharmashastras

Why are men continually considered the head of the household in Dharmashastras. I don't mean to be rude and in old times it was far more efficient to have it this way due to the nature of work itself. ...
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Views on Inter-Faith Dialogue and using other Religious Literature

I was looking at Francais Clooney's comparative theology and I liked his view. From what I got he held that other religious texts could give a new perspective of your religion and welcome them, but ...
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Reintegration of mixed Varnas into society based on morality

While birth is a feature of mixed castes, it seems their violent nature was also discussed. Is there any text that explicitly states that a mixed Varna member with good morality can integrate into a ...
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Are there any instances in scriptures where wives disobeyed their adharmic husbands?

And their anti scriptural instructions? Kindly mention scriptural references.. Also any references that illegal order of husband should be disobeyed..
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When can one disobey Superior person's orders?

Pranam, Like order of Father Husband or Guru etc.. Please provide scriptural references.. Thanks
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Questions regarding marriage

I am ofc going to be single, so this rule doesn't apply to me, but what I want to know is when a boy and girl would formally marry. Then, when that marriage is consummated. What is the punishment for ...
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What are Shishya Dharma (duties)?

What are the set of rules laid for a shishya? What are his duties towards guru mandal in particular? And what are the dos and don'ts for him as a upasaka in general? What Sadachara must a upasaka ...
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How did Duryodhana reach heaven despite harassing Draupadi and trying to kill Pandavas in wax palace? [duplicate]

It says in this QA: Where did Duryodhana and Pandavas go after their death that Duryodhana got heaven because in BG Krishna said those who die bravely get heaven. So, is this like Abrahamic religions ...
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How are Asura and rakshas so powerful?

If it is said that seminal energy brings strength, power, and peace, then how are so many Asura and rakshas powerful if they don't practice celibacy? (Sometimes even more powerful than god)
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How are Asura and rakshas so powerfull

If it is said that seminal energy brings strength power and peace, then how are so many Asura and rakshas powerfull even more than god's if they don't follow celibacy
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How do Hindus wash genitals and anus during bath?

According to the shastras, one should wear a cloth while bathing/showering. This is one reason why Krishna stole the gopis' clothes. But if you're wearing underwear while showering, how are you ...
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If we carry our karma to our next life, does it mean people who are poor/sad/disabled deserve such a life? And isn't helping them a sin too?

I have heard a lot in hinduism about our karma passing on to our next life. If I am a horrible person this life and living a great life, the next one is going to be miserable. By that logic, people ...
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Can a lady who was celibate for most of her life be a Brahmacharya?

Is it possible for a lady to be a brahmacharya if she was obliged by family duty to enter a marriage that lasted only a few weeks, after which she remained celibate the rest of her life? In the eyes ...
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Is non-veg really banned in hinduism?

I personally believe that eating non veg is a sin for any hindu,but there are many sects in hinduism which allow non veg such as bengalis offer fishes to kaali ma , a brahmin sect in bihar do also eat ...
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Lustful Thoughts

Someone enlightened me with their answer to lustful thoughts and god being antaryami observes each and every thought. These thoughts are said to be innate and with practice can be controlled to attain ...
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Brahmin warriors defending religion eg Somnath

Parasurama was a Brahman and a great warrior. Apart from Brahmavidya, Brahmans also learn shastra of fighting, war and weapons. When Somnath was attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni, Raj Navghans Commander ...
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Is there a Dharmic requirement that a religious speaker must believe in what he/she is preaching?

Hinduism is broken up into sects and sects disagree, sometimes strongly, about religious matters. The following is said to have happened in real life. A speaker, belonging to sect A was a very good ...
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What does dharma say with respect to destroying an adversary in peril?

It is said that adversities accrue to a person because of his prarabdha karma; whether he be a dharmik or adharmik person. In an enmity between such people, if the adharmik person is affected by his ...
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Should we go out of our way to help someone , when it is not our duty?

People get fruits of their karma. So,Should we go out of ways to help when we see someone is suffering or in some bad situation (i.e. getting punished for their bad karma) ? I am asking about ...
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Instances of someone from the lower caste winning acknowledgement of Devtas for stopping Adharma or separately, stopping injustice from upper caste?

I am wondering if there are any instances in Hindu Mythology where someone from the lower caste (Vaishya or Shudra) fought or stopped Adharma and was acknowledged by the Devtas for it? Or Any ...
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Can Shudras and Chandalas eat meat?

Brahmins are allowed to eat meat under some circumstances, while the other twice born castes too are allowed to eat meat under such and such circumstances, so where do Shudras and Chandalas stand here?...
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What is Dharma according to the Purva Mimamsa Sutras?

I remember (vaguely) reading a sutra (from the Purva Mimamsa Sutras) that defined what Dharma is, however I have lost that sutra so could anybody please point out that sutra? Also I am not asking what ...
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Is there any idea of swearing within Hinduism? [duplicate]

Is there a concept of swearing or saying bad words in Hinduism? Is it considered as a sin?
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What is Hinduism's view on racism?

Does Hinduism uplift racism or condemn it? I want an answer based on the Vedas, Dharmashastras, Puranas and other primary religious texts.
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What's the correct treatment of widows of slain soldiers and Kings in a battle?

When an ārya defeats his opponent in a battle, what's the correct treatment to be metted out to the women of opponent as per scriptures? 2nd part: Are the rules of treating womenfolk of defeated party ...
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Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra?

Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra? (According to the Dharma Shastras)
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I am Vashishtha Brahmin by Gotra but I don't know my shakha .I live in Bijnor Uttar Pradesh

I want to know the shakha of my Gotra. I am vashistha by Gotra. There is no elder one here in my family. How can I know.
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Question about ancient rakshas, asur dharm?

Which dharm (tradition & customs) does rakshas, asur, daitya and danava follows in ancient time according to hindu scriptures?
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Dharmo Rakshati rakshitaha? How does it protect?

I see so many armymen/policemen protecting righteousness dying in the duty so how exactly dharma protects it? If dharma really protected the righteous then wouldn't they would do their duty for their ...
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What is the Dharma of women of all varnas?

We know that Dharma is different for all men of different varnas. Is there Dharma defined for women of different varnas? I have not found it in any scripture so far. Dharma of all women seems to be ...
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Has Krishna in Mahabharata anywhere said that we have to choose lesser Adharma (or lesser evil)?

In life in most situation while making choices we have to choose lesser adharma. Because no person is 100 percent saint , everyone is somewhat bad , somewhat good. If we keep finding fault in people, ...
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Are dvijas allowed to touch dogs?

What happens if a dvija touches a dog? If it's sinful what is the prayaschitta? If it causes asaucha what is the method of purification?
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does dharma have stages?

the eternal dharma, known as sanatana dharma, is a concept in hinduism. eternal is often confused with unchanging, constant, but it might be more correct to say without beginning-end, forever. I've ...
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Which caste is "software developer"?

Advocates of the varnashrama dharma claim that we should follow the varna professions listed in the dharma shastras. For example: 10.47 - For Sūtas, the management of horses and chariots; for ...
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Who first coined the term Sanatan Dharma?

When did we get the name "Sanatan Dharma"? Is "Sanathan Dharma" and Hinduism one and the same? I see hardly people know about Sanatan Dharma. Mostly in North India, people know it ...
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Which sins are equivalent to or even greater than Brahmhatya?

Brahmhatya is a very grave sin , and is frequently used as a parameter to judge other sins. Which other sins are equivalent to or greater than Brahmhatya ?
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Elites saying "Buddhism is a child of Hinduism."

Experts and Elite Personalities of Sanatana Dharma knows that Buddhism is born from Hinduism but do not agree with some teachings of Hinduism. Swami Vivekananda is an elite personality states this ...
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Does the sequence of mantra matter for HRIH and HUM?

Looking to seasoned mantra practitioners to provide your kind perspective on this. Thanks in advance. Energetically speaking is the mantra beeja sequence "HRIH HUM SVAHA" same as "HUM ...
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How to forgive people who have wronged you in life?

Forgiving people is essential to get Mukti . How to forgive people who have wronged you in life , who have mistreated you , cheated you etc ?
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Are husbands required to give up their lives to save their wives?

Is a husband required to sacrifice his own life, if needed, to save his wife's life? Are there any scriptures commanding this, or any scholars dealing with this question?
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Do we owe gratefulness to God in Hinduism?

If yes, what should we be grateful for? and aren't all good and bad things result of our own karma? Then why should we be grateful? and if we need to be grateful can we be angry too if things don't go ...
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Have any scholars believed that devas are morally infallible?

Are there any theologians throughout history who have held that the devas are incapable of sinning? Can anyone find any quotations from scholars expressing such a view? Even if you disagree and think ...
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"Peace is reserved for the worthy....if Adharma wants war, Dharma will give it war!" is this quote from the Gita or any other Hindu Scriptures?

"PEACE IS RESERVED ONLY FOR WORTHY. WHEN YOU OFFER PEACE TO EVIL, IT THROWS IT RIGHT BACK. IF ADHARMA WANTS WAR, DHARMA WILL GIVE IT WAR!" I have seen this quote on the internet often ...
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If dharma protects one then how could unrighteous people like Alauddin Khilji win so many times?

If god protects people who follow dharma then how could unrighteous man like Alauddin Khilji win against so many Hindu kings who used to follow dharma, who always had god in their mind,followed ...
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Are Brahmins allowed to use non-cow leather products?

Are Brahmins allowed to use non-cow leather products? Obtaining leather involves ahimsa, but many things Brahmins already use involve ahimsa like silk (killing worms alive), deerskin for Brahmacharis, ...
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Does dharma only apply in India?

Did Krishna make dharma only in India? If so, why not everywhere? Why wouldn't God help everyone instead of specific countries? Why isn't India doing better since Krishna came?
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Why is god waiting for kali yug to end?

there is enough crime and injustice in todays world . Then why is god not showing any kind of proof or coming to earth to restore Dharma.Is there any optimistic ending to the world?
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