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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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What do the Vedas/shastras and Hindu Texts say about one's Mother?

We all know that the worship to God only comes after Mother, Father and Teacher. I've also heard that even if the Mother is not right and causes trouble, we should learn to adjust with her? Are there ...
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Isn't it time to stop using the term "god" or "goddess" for our ideals?

Dharmic traditions are not encoded "belief systems", so why borrow terms from Christianity or Islam? Some may argue that we can use such terms "generically", but why? Does Deva, ...
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What is the biggest punya in Hinduism?

I know that Brahma hatya is the biggest sin in Hinduism. But can anyone tell me about the biggest punya in Hinduism?
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Saving Dharma and Saving Lives

Between Saving Dharma and Saving Lives, as per Vedic wisdom which comes first?
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What does Hinduism say about married women taking care of her parents? [duplicate]

Traditionally in society, married women are expected to "take care" of their husband, in-laws and husband's family. What does Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) say about women taking care of her ...
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Why do Vedantin matha-adhipatis take Sannyasa ashrama?

The matha-adhipatis of the Vedantic sects like Sri Vaishnavism, Smartha, and Madhva are sannyasis. In fact, taking up sannyasa ashrama is a requirement to become matha-adhipati. According to the ...
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Separation of the Church and State in Hinduism

The separation of Church (Religious Bodies) and State (Government and Administrative Bodies) is an important concept in modern politics. Christians love to quote Matthew 22:21 “Give therefore to ...
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Why is the Shyena yajna adharma?

The Shyena yajna is a sorcery ritual in the Vedas meant to kill others. According to the followers of Mimamsa and other schools, this ritual is considered "adharma" because it causes ...
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Prayaschittam citation

Does the Dharmic scriptures prohibhit Oral sex? For both sexes, man performing on woman and woman performing man, is oral sex prohibhited in Hinduism? If so, what is the prayaschittam for oral sex? ...
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Instances and recommendations by Hindu Scriptures of higher castes working for the welfare of lower classes as public servants

In this rather biased and hinduphobic video spreads misinformation about Hinduism a lot, saying it was cruel and completely ignored the wellbeing of lower classes and exploited who were eventually ...
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What is the difference between Paap and Adharma?

What is the difference between Paap and Adharma ? Are both the same thing ? Or Are they different ?
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Does every character in the Ramayana follow their dharma?

I was watching this video about the Ramayana. Towards the end, it says that several characters in the Ramayana can be called the hero in the context of Hindu beliefs and traditions, because they all ...
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Does Krishna Bhagavatam say that Brahmins in Kaliyuga would not follow their Varna-Dharma?

The narrator says (in Tamil) that, according to Krishna Bhagavatam, "in Kaliyuga, Brahmins will have no defining characteristics except the yagnopaveetam" Source https://www.youtube.com/...
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What does Bhakti do in ones life?

Vedas says God gives the side of Dharma and Dharma says only when we complete our cycle of karma (papa and punya) we can attain him, then what is the use of Bhakti? Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-...
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Closure of temples

Generally temples are closed during the afternoon. Can anybody enumerate the reasons why they are done so ? Quotes from our Dharmashastras, if any would be welcome.
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Regarding rebirth and karma

Why do we face our karma in the next birth in which we don't even know what mistakes we have done and how does one realize his/her mistakes in the next birth, as we don't remember our previous lives? ...
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Was Krsna ever wrong?

Was Krsna ever wrong? Can you give examples? I have not tried anything else to solve my problem. Why is that a problem? I am here to solve my problem. That is my question and I don’t have anything ...
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Is being lazy a sin?

By being lazy , one suffers much loss in his life. But is being lazy also sinful ? By being lazy we don't harm anyone but can it be considered as sin ?
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Is Kama and Arth equally important as Dharma?

Dharma is one of four Purusarth namely Dharma , Arth , Kama and Moksha . If we remove Moksha as it is not for everyone. Dharma is relegated to being equivalent to - Kama and Arth. So, Is Dharma ...
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can there be any philosophical interpretation of story of Menaka and Vishwamitra?

According to the story, Indra tried to lure vishwamitra, now the question arises is that, why a god and almighty like Indra became afraid of a sage, even with all his learned powers, the sage can not ...
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What is the difference between Dharma-Adharma and Paap-Punya?

Dharma-Adharma & Paap-Punya looks similar. What is the difference between them ? I have created a similar question , you may also read it.
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What are the 18 Smritis and what is the story behind having 18?

Just the way there are 18 Puranas, there are said to be 18 Smritis too. However unlike the list of the Puranas the lists of the 18 Smritis are inconsistent. One list can be found here. There are some ...
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Between japa yajna and yuga dharma which is to be followed and to what extent?

Japa or repeating mantras, shlokas, Bhagavan’s names, etc is in fact a form of yajna supposed to be highly effective as per the Puranas and Agamas. In fact even the dharmashastra, Manusmriti is in ...
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Is it Adharma to speak something Untrue unknowingly?

I wanted to know if speaking something Untrue (unknowingly) is Adharma or not. Say, for example : My watch is 5 minutes ahead of the actual time, but I am unaware of this fact. (I am still under the ...
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How to explore Hindu texts

I am really eager to explore hindu texts for multitude of reasons. But, most of them are in sanskrit and I don't know the language. Hindi is my mothertongue, so I am confortable with devnagari but ...
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What is the difference between the role of Lord Shani and Lord Yama?

We know from various scriptures that Lord Yamaraja gives us the results of our karma (either good or bad) when we die. But at the same time, it is said that Lord Shani is 'Karmafala Daata' and gives ...
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What is the difference between Dharma and Karma?

Dharma = Doing the right thing. Adharma = Doing the wrong thing. Karma also looks similar. Good Karma = Doing the right thing. Bad Karma = Doing the wrong thing. What is the difference between these ...
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If dharma always protects someone , then how would one have to bear the fruits of karma of previous lives?

It is being said that if one follows the dharma and do the right things , then he will be protected against any mishappening in life. But It is also said that we have to bear fruits of our karma of ...
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Does even a single sacred scripture sanction or even mention a "patnivrata dharma"?

Pativrata dharma is mentioned everywhere. As per this every wife has to obey, worship and serve her husband. She can even be beaten by him if required. But some feminists and apologists are saying ...
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Are there any relaxations for dharmas based on seasons?

It is well known that some dharmas are relative wrt time, place, person, etc. I want to know whether the same applies to the season. There are several seasons in nature such as winter, summer, etc. ...
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Does enlightenment (moksha) imply the dissolution of "bad" karma?

For example, Krishna was definarely a liberated being at the very least, and even in his own teaching to Aryuna he said that one who reaches that state crosses over to the side beyond sin, ad misdeads....
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What are the major examples of Brahman or Sage became King in Hinduism?

In Hindu Varna system, politics, war and ruling the kingdom is Dharma of Kshatriya. Similarly, Dharma of Brahman is to learn, teach, perform Yadnya and other vedic activities, advice the king etc. On ...
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What do scriptures say about transgenders?

And about their way of living? Is their begging for money justified?
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Who are Upa Brahmins?

Came across this verse in Jatibhaskar By Jwala Misra.It mentions Kayasthan as one of the types of Upabrahmins,who were Upbrahmins ? And who does this Kayasthan refer to ?
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What is prayopavesa?

I would like to know what our scriptures say about prayopavesa. If deciding to end one’s life is wrong, why is it prescribed in our scriptures?
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Should a person discuss his income with his family? if yes, should he disclose to his and inlaws, if no, what are the benefits of not disclosing? [closed]

I have seen families making fun of low income individuals and also the respect given to higher income family members. Upto what extent a family should know the income of individuals and, what are the ...
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Is the abortion of someone outside the Chatur Varna sinful?

Not a duplicate of What is Hinduism's view on abortion?, because it is on abortion in general. In the linked question a lot of the answers saying abortion is immoral/sinful simply do not make ...
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Can people of one vansha or one dynasty marry each other?

Like do people in suryavansha marry each other, if they are very distant relatives? I once read somewhere that one can marry with someone, whose relations goes as far as 8th or more generation of ...
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How can a person get a lot of wealth?

Conquering kingdoms and doing penance are the ways one can acquire wealth. Is there any other possible way of getting lot of wealth?
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Which are the books that a Hindu should read?

Which books are preferred the most for the below topics 1)to know what is dharma. 2)shastra(of do's and dont's) 3)Bhagavat Geeta bhashya. 4)Vyakarana. 5)Vedanta prakarana grantha. Please suggest the ...
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If Yudhisthira already lost his first dice game against Shakuni, why did he agree to play dice for the 2nd time?

Yudhisthira lost himself, his kingdom, his wealth, his brothers, himself, and Draupadi. Draupadi was even dragged to the Kuru assembly. If that is the case, then why did Yudhisthira play dice for the ...
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Why should we help people?

If the goal for everyone is to go beyond worldly happiness and sadness, and sadness can help nudge people towards vairagya why should we help people materially?
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Is there any scriptural opposition to humane animal slaughter?

Note that I'm not talking about general ethics - I mean only from a religious scriptural perspective. To give you full context on why I have this question: Because cow slaughter is banned in many ...
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What kind of work elevates you to Dharmic Life?

"Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to Dharmic life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not ...
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If everyone in the world suffers because of his/her past karma, then why should someone raise hands against injustice? [duplicate]

According to the theory of karma, all our suffering and happiness is because of our past karma. If that is so, then why should someone, according to Bhagwan Krishna, raise hands against injustice and ...
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As a Hindu, can I feed other people beef?

I am a volunteer who helps feed elderly and disabled people. They choose their meal from the cafeteria, and I feed it to them. My role (which I recently began) has led me to a dilemma. As a Hindu, I ...
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Is there a punishment for non-dvijas recititing "Bhavati bhīkṣāṃ dehi" or the other forms of it?

In Manu Smriti for example it is said: 2.49 An initiated Brahmana should beg, beginning (his request with the word) lady (bhavati); a Kshatriya, placing (the word) lady in the middle, but a Vaisya, ...
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Purusharthas for a yogi

It is well known that Dharma ,Artha, Kama and Moksha are the four Purursharthas . Is a yogi who is Self Realized/striving towards it,able /interested /obligated to, fulfill all 4? If so,how?If not,...
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What is the scriptural stance on taking Datura Stramonium (Jimsonweed)

The main reason why Datura is different to the other intoxicants for scriptural reasons is that it is thoroughly unpleasant in terms of recreational use and thus it shouldn't be possible to get ...
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Which shastra says about giving 10% of the income in charity?

Actually, i saw this in a tv serial, and heard it also many times. Which scripture says it?
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