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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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Why did Sanat Kumar gave Curse to Dawarpaala since they were just doing their job?

The story that I'm talking about is of the Sanat Kumaras (Son of Brahma) visit to the Vaikuntha. And they gave curse to Jaya and Vijaya to reborn for 3 times. As result they reborn as Hiranyaksha and ...
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Are both pleasure experienced by a rapist and the pain by the victim the result of their previous karma?

Is it really possible for someone to merely wish to perform papa (or punya) and then proceed to do it? E.g., if one person likes to do papa, he can go and rape a woman. However, the desire to rape ...
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Should we restrict drunk people to enter the temple? [closed]

I am asking this question because this incident has happened to me. Actually, I have restricted one of my friends to enter the temple because he has taken the drink outside the Bherunath mandir ...
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Did Arjuna, Drona, Bhishma and Ashvatthama kill any foot soldiers during the Mahabharata war thereby breaking one of the rules? [duplicate]

In both BR Chopra's and Star Plus' Mahabharat TV shows, before the main Mahabharata war, both sides agree on some rules on how the war should be fought. This answer lists all those rules and I'm ...
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Is it adharma for a daasi to be stripped by her swami?

Yes, you got it right, in Star Plus Mahabharata, it's said by Duryodhana, that since Draupadi is now his daasi ('female servant or slave') she has to accept his orders and he can strip her since he's ...
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Did Pandavas really complete their ajnatavasa?

Did the Pandavas really complete the terms of their ajnatavasa (living in concealment)? Or were their hidden identities revealed before its completion and hence it was adharma to fight against the ...
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Did Karna think that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as king of Hastinapura? [duplicate]

In Star Plus Mahabharata (e.g., S11 E7), it is shown again and again that Karna believed that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as King/Yuvaraja (crown prince) of Hastinapura. Did Karna really ...
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Is good or bad absolute or relative? does it change over time?

It is always a question to the humanity which is bad which is good. But are "good" "bad" absolute or does those change with time?
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Did even wisest persons, who followed Dharma in Mahabharata had false beliefs about castes?

I have seen these things so many times. In TV serials, in my high school brief Mahabharata book and at many online resources: Dronacharya didn't accept Karna as his disciple, as he was soot-putra. At ...
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Looking for mentions in our scriptures of leading life with practicality even if it means breaking sacred principles written in the holy scriptures [duplicate]

The answer to this question will cement my values in life forever! I learned from Bhisma's life that simply being the most honorable, noble person on Earth doesn't guarantee any good at all! I ...
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Was Bhishma really not aware about the difference between Dharma and tradition?

In Star Plus Mahabharat, season 3 episode 2, when Karna was a teenager, he wins a little competition which involved bow and arrow. Karna won, but Bhishma only praised his chariot driver skills, and ...
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Do Vedas support the practice of Satī?

Are there any instances of Satī in the Vedas? Do Vedas support this practice? Some people argue RV 10.18.8 is evidence against Satī. What is the context of this hymn/verse? HYMN XVIII. Various ...
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Can I trim / shave my own head being a Brahmin?

Can I trim my own head hair being a Brahmin? Is this against the Hindu Dharma? Thanks
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Are Dharma sutras different from Dharma Shastra?

When one searches for Dharma Shastra, books like manu smriti, and various other smriti comes, but when one searches for dharma sutras, baudhayana sutras and the likes come. What is the difference ...
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What to do when scriptures go against conscience?

TL;DR WHAT TO DO WHEN SCRIPTURES GO AGAINST CONSCIENCE? What to do when Parshara Smriti go against my conscience? How can I treat a chandala (I do not even know what that means, except that it is a ...
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How can an unmarried person repay their debt to parents and ancestors?

How can a person not interested in marriage (because they think it's a waste of time and money, also causes one to lose their peace of mind) repay their debt to parents and ancestors? Does adopting a ...
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When were women allowed to have multiple husbands without sin?

When were women allowed to have multiple husbands without sin? According to this answer, the Rishis permitted this practice at one point in history: King Pandu well-acquainted with all rules of ...
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How Does Hindu Dharma Differ from Other Religions? [closed]

There are so many religions and every religion believes that there is some God. There are good people who want to do good Karma. Why is the need for so many religions and why isn’t there only one ...
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According to Sri Vaishnavism, whenever there is a conflict between prapanna duties and non-prapanna duties, which takes precedence?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, whenever there is a conflict between duties enjoined for prapannas and duties enjoined for ashramas or varnas, which takes precedence? For example, suppose there is a ...
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Is killing of a scorpion or snake not himsa according to the scriptures?

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.9.14), we get modeta sādhur api vṛścika-sarpa-hatyā (..Even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake..) Gita on the other hand clearly ...
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Is getting promotion using influence dharma or adharma?

In offices, people may often resort to lobbying and using influence to get a promotion in their jobs. Will this practice be considered as adharma or dharma?
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On chastity of gods [closed]

Tilottama was born to kill the twin brothers Sunda-Upasunda and when Shiva first sees her, he's captivated by her beauty and develops many heads on each side so he can keep looking at her. Why do ...
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Why did the Devas let Brihaspati be their guru even though he had sex with his brothers' wives?

Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? This is is mentioned in Devi Bhagavata Purana here. Did Brihaspati suffer any ...
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Why did Drona and Kripa, who were Brahmanas, fight in the Mahabharata war? [duplicate]

Dronacharya and Kripacharya were powerful warriors who fought in the Mahabharata war. However, they were Brahmanas and not Kshatriyas. Why did they decide to fight? Apastamba says: A Brāhmaṇa ...
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Do Kshatriyas have to abide by the Dharmic rules of engagement when fighting enemies who do not abide by the same rules of engagement in battle?

Kshatriya dharma has certain rules of engagement in battle. For example: Manu 7.90 - While fighting his enemies in battle, he shall hot strike with concealed weapons; nor with arrows that are ...
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Is Dharma unreal in Vedanta?

This source (page 214 (5)), which is also cited in the Wikipedia page for Dharma, says : In the Yoga system the dharma is real; in the Vedanta it is unreal (vivarta). What does this mean in the ...
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Who committed more acts of Adharma in the Mahabharata war? [closed]

The killing of Abhimanyu was purely Dharmic - but even accepting Krishna's word for it as he addressed the defeated Duryodhana - http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m09/m09061.htm "'Vasudeva said, "...
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Does the Mahabharata give reasons why Duryodhana went to heaven?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m10/m10009.htm Ashwatthama is reporting his night-slaughter to the dying Duryodhana: Going from this world, O monarch, and meeting with those mighty car-warriors (...
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Is it the dharma of Rakshasas to be evil?

I remember Ravana being berated for being adharmic (fighting while rendering himself invisible, if i recall right) and he says thats the way Rakshasas behave. Is Rakshasa Dharma described anywhere?
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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?

Many on one - Abhimanyu was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. He fought till the end and never surrendered. The Kauravas didn't come looking for him - ...
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Does Dharma reduces from one mahayuga to another mahayuga? [duplicate]

In each mahayuga there a four yugas. It is well known that dharma reduces from Krita yuga to Kali yuga. Is there any such change in Dharma from one mahayuga to its next mahayuga?
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Which came first, dharma śāstras and smṛtis or the people that followed them?

This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Did the dharma śāstras and smṛtis come first and then people started following them or people already had some unwritten rules and they were then codified into ...
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only?

I guess they only had to follow Grihastha ashrama when they attained the appropriate age, learning and renunciation being denied to them.
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Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular class of the society?

Critics say the Manusmriti is pro-Brahmin, and written by casteist Brahmins by favoring particular section of society and thereby oppressing Shudras, women, and other lower castes. Is this argument ...
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Does Narada Maharishi permit having sex with prostitutes and promiscuous girls? Need commentary

Note, that this question is NOT a duplicate of this, or this, or even this. This verse from the Narada Smriti permits sex with promiscuous women, prostitutes, and unmarried women freely: 12.78 - ...
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Does Hinduism permit having sex with female slaves? [duplicate]

This verse from the Narada Dharma Shastra apparently permits sexual intercourse with promiscuous women, prostitutes, and female slaves: Nārada (12.78).—‘Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman ...
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Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners?

Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners, or non-Hindus of other races? Inter-caste marriage has its restrictions, but what about interracial marriages?
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Is it a sin to have sex with promiscuous, unmarried women?

According to Hindu scriptures, it is a sin for a man to have sex with most women who aren't his wives. An ancient acharya says that it is permissible (not sinful) to have sex with your wife(s) and ...
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Is there a commentary for this verse in the Gautama Dharma Sutras?

The Gautama Dharma Sutras on sacred-texts.com apparently says there that it's not a sin to kill a prostitute: For (killing) a Vaisya (the same penance must be performed) during three years; and ...
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Is it allowed(good karma) to marry many wives as practiced by Hindu gods? [closed]

I have heard that Krishna had more than 16000 wives and many children. So my question is, is it right to practice polygamy? How moral is it? We know that Kunti had five sons. It is written in ...
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Why did Ramakrishna marry Sarada Devi when he had no intention of leading a married life?

The Wikipedia article on Ramakrishna Paramahansa says: By the time his bride joined him, Ramakrishna had already embraced the monastic life of a sannyasi; as a result, the marriage was never ...
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Why are Vedas regarded as Apaurusheya (authorless/ not created by anyone)?

Why are Vedas regarded as Apaurusheya (authorless/ not created by anyone)? Is it a sin to consider that Veda was written by someone as propagated by Western scholars?
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Chariot of Yudhishthira never touched the ground while moving?

I heard that Yudhishthira was great dharmatma and he never lied. And because of his this level of dharma prayanta, his chariot always stay above ground, it never touches the ground whenever ...
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What is Virahatya (Killing of a hero)?

Here is what the Manusmriti 11.41 says: If a Brāhmaṇa who has set up the fires neglects them wilfully, he shall perform the ‘Cāndrāyaṇa’ penance for a month; as his offence is equal to the ...
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What are the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krcchra penances?

The Dharmashastras prescribe various penances such as the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krccha penances. For example, here is a verse from the Manusmriti: On having had intercourse with one’s ...
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What are the 10 doors of the Dharma?

When I read Adi Parva about the families of the gods and how they were classified, I read that when Brahma gave ten wives to the Dharma, they were "the ten doors of the Dharma": 13 नामतॊ ...
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Why is the death of Abhimanyu considered unfair?

After reading the death of Abhimanyu by BORI and KMG, I asked myself since then, why is his death considered so unjust? Was he attacked in a group? Yes, but the attack only broke his bow, his horses, ...
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Divide & Conquer in scriptures?

In Mahabharata, when Duryodhan is captured by Gandharvas in forest, Yudhishtir tells Bhim to go save him. Bhim refuses. Yudhishtir then advises Bhim that if there is an internal family feud, it is 100 ...
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Is it Sanatan Dharma OR Sanatan Dharam? [duplicate]

Can someone please clarify what is the right spelling and pronounciation in Sanskrit - Sanatan Dharma OR Sanatan Dharam?? I always thought 'Dharma' was an English term and 'Dharm' Hindi/ Sanskrit. ...