Questions tagged [dharma]

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

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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 besides doing penance to god and attacking other kingdoms?

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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After war, why did Bhishma preach Yudhisthira about dharma when Krishna himself could preach dharma to Yudhisthira?

Bhishma instructed Yudhisthira in statecraft. Why couldn't Krishna himsef do it?
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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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Once Yudhishthira said, "When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful." Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada, and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Conflict in interpretation of “dharma”

We know of the verse in Bhagavad Gita Yada yada hi dharmasya... But then Sri Krishna also exhorts Arjuna to leave all dharma and surrender to Him alone. So if Sri Krishna descends to protect Dharma ,...
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What are the rules for vanaprastha?

I want to know more about the tradition of vanaprastha. What are the norms of vanaprastha and who are entitled to it ? What are it's differences with Sanyasa ? also which texts they follow, do they ...
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What did God the Supreme Being create actually: Body or Mind?

In Bhagavad Gita, we encounter these words by Lord Krishna: 'I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings'.(Bhagavad Gita 9.5) All 'living beings' are endowed with consciousness that all ...
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Is masturbation adharma? Doesnt it form a part of purushartha (kama)? [duplicate]

It is against principles of Brahmacharya. But is it against dharma?
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Do Vedas and the Vedic dharma regard plants & trees as living beings? [duplicate]

Vedas and the Vedic dharma are very old. People of those days are Most unlikely to have any concept of microbes, embryos present in eggs, fruits, and plant seeds, etc. Naturally, the sensible mind ...
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How to reconcile these incendiary acts of Devaguru Bṛhaspati, in the story of Dīrghatamas (from Mahābhārata)?

In the Book 1: Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva (Section 104) of the Mahābhārata, we encounter an appalling story of sage Dīrghatamas, as narrated by Pitāmaha Bhīṣhma to Satyavatī. I'm quoting the ...
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What are Prakṣipta? And are they as important as original verses?

Why do many people call Prakṣipta uncreditable? Are verse relating the philosophy of existence of one god Prakṣipta ?
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What should be our decision making strategy at each point of time pertaining to goal setting according to Hinduism scriptures?

Kindly elaborate on the decision-making strategy we should use every time regardless of whether any problem is there or not according to mainly Bhagavad Gita? How should we take action in small daily ...
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Can a non-virgin woman marry? If yes, how?

Non-virgin women are excluded from marital rites with its Agni-hotra, etc. pāṇigrahaṇikā mantrāḥ kanyāsveva pratiṣṭhitāḥ | nākanyāsu kva cinnṝṇāṃ luptadharmakriyā hi tāḥ || 226 || The marriage-...
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Possessing ego for being "scripturally righteous" or being a sinner (knowingly or unknowingly): Which of the two is worse?

We all commit in some way or another various sins (pāpa) and good acts (puṇya). My question pertains to the situation: Suppose one person, might be conducting themselves in all righteousness (dharmic),...
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Isn't life according to Sanatana Dharma, the fruit of Sin and thus an endless sea of sorrow & suffering?

By the doctrine of KARMA that happens to be inseparable from the Vedic Sanatana dharma, good deeds lead to good life in the next life (after rebirth) while bad deeds lead to bad life in the next birth....
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Does sin arise in this case?

If X goes to Y's house, Y has a low opinion about X and insults him. X is hurt and he thinks that it is his papam. Is there any papam arising to X by inciting or provoking Y to behave in a bad manner....
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Is Yudhishtira's justification of polyandry in accordance with dharma?

In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira justifies his polyandrous relationship with Draupadi with two reasons: it has historic precedent, and because his mother ordered the Pandavas to share Draupadi: "...
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How to invoke apad-dharma when unable to do nityakarma?

What are the exact steps to be followed ? And when one feels that things are back to normal then what are the steps to resume?
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Did the rules of Manusmṛti apply to Svāyambhuva Manu, Śatarūpā and their immediate descendants?

Traditional Hindus believe that Svāyambhuva Manu (or the current Manu) being the first of mankind laid down the rules for humanity in his Manusmṛti. But did these rules apply to Manu himself and to ...
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To what extent should a Hindu follow the rules of a country with a Non-Hindu majority?

To what extent should a Hindu follow the rules of a country (with a Non-Hindu majority) and where is the limit when a Hindu has to protest or to disobey? Also, which rights of the Hindu religion ...
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How is Adi Shankaracharya's Philosophy is it called Mayavadi Philosophy as called by many?

The Vaishnavas call the philosophy proposed by Adi Shankaracharya to be Mayavadi. On what basis is that said and is it correct if not why?
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Do scriptures besides Padma Purāṇa permit wives to discipline their husbands?

This passage from Padma Purāṇa recommends a wife beat her husband to discipline him. Assuming this is not a mistranslation, do any other scriptures support this view? The brāhmaṇa’s wife said: 47-65. ...
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Is there any dharma Shastra that we can use now? [duplicate]

Is there any dharma Shastra that we can you in mordern days like these days?
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What do scriptures say about aligning with unrighteous people for righteous cause?

For a dharmic cause can one align with a known unrighteous person if the latter happens to be in favor of this particular cause. Please note that in general the unrighteous person goes against dharma ...
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What is the male equivalent of a Widow called, in the scriptures?

As I understand, a female (having lost her husband), is called as a Widow (hindi: विधवा, vidhavā ). Scriptures have detailed guidelines on the "Code of Conduct - CoC" for the Widows: Which ...
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Are there different kinds of killing?

Scriptures say "vadha" for the killing of bad entities. There is capital punishment, homicide, slaughtering animals for sacrifice etc. Are there different terms for all these forms of ...
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How can the entire Vedas be the primary or root source of dharma?

According to Manu 2.6, vedo'khilo dharmamūlaṃ smṛtiśīle ca tadvidām | ācāraścaiva sādhūnāmātmanastuṣṭireva ca || 6 || The entire Veda is the root-source of Dharma; also the Conscientious ...
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What should the praja (citizens) do if their ruler is adharmic?

Are they suppose to endure it ? Or they should collude with a dharmic king to overthrow him ? While there were quite a few evil kings - from Ravana to Kamsa, I am unsure of their behavior towards ...
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Did Rama and Ravana agree to rules of war, as was done in the Mahabharata?

I think Ravana says Rakshasas don't have dharmic rules of war. Did Ravana's side fight adharmically all the time, or did they show fair play on occasion? Was destroying Indrajit's Yagna to prevent ...
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Would Narayana listen if someone were to chant his name without going to a temple?

This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (...

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