Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [dharma]

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

9
votes
1answer
1k views

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?
-5
votes
2answers
172 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
70 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
147 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
166 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
192 views

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?
4
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
55 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
181 views

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 ...
8
votes
0answers
169 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
110 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

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. ...
0
votes
2answers
147 views

Was every human a Vaishnava in Satya yuga?

Satya Yuga is the first among the four yugas, where Dharma (religious principles) were followed to the perfection. Dharma can be found to be in perfect practice only in Rama Rajya and nowhere else. ...
5
votes
0answers
147 views

Is reading pirated books a sin? [closed]

I am a mathematics student and it is not economically feasible for me to buy every book that I need for my studies. Even reading a specific topic sometimes requires 2-3 different books. So like most ...
6
votes
2answers
75 views

What is the Hindu(mainly Vedantic) opinion of lying to do good in the world?

Manu Smriti (4.138) सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयान्न ब्रूयात् सत्यमप्रियम् । प्रियं च नानृतं ब्रूयादेष धर्मः सनातनः ॥ १३८ ॥ satyaṃ brūyāt priyaṃ brūyānna brūyāt satyamapriyam | priyaṃ ca ...
5
votes
1answer
50 views

What does dharma as a goal mean in purusartha?

The four goals of human existence are called purushartha and consist of dharma, artha, kama, and moksha. Here what does it mean to attain dharma as a goal? Why is dharma considered to be a goal?
0
votes
0answers
38 views

What is the meaning of dharma? [duplicate]

What is the detailed meaning of dharma? What does it mean for dharma to be mentioned as a goal in purushartha?
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

Should the king weigh the potential damage done to his own people and kingdom before declaring a war? Should he try and make his best effort to avoid the war? Are there any circumstances when a war is ...
7
votes
2answers
178 views

What is the relevance of “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah” in Kaliyuga? How is it justified now?

This world is divided on dharma and all are involved in fighting for their respective dharmas. In this fight of dharmas, many people lose their lives, families and sometimes get punished in this world....
10
votes
2answers
172 views

How to reconcile prāyaścitta (expiation) involving death with suicide (itself a big sin)?

A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his guilt, when his body has been completely burnt by it. — (90) (Manusmriti verse 11....
7
votes
3answers
328 views

What is the meaning of the term “Svadharma”?

What does the term "Svadharma" mean? What do the scriptures say about the term? Is Varna exclusive of "Svadharma"?
2
votes
0answers
123 views

Neglect of Lava/Kusa by Rama

Lord Rama was surprised to encounter Lava and Kusa who challenged his power unknowingly before Ashwamedha Yagam. Why did he not bother to inquire or keep track of his children's progress for so long ...
5
votes
2answers
138 views

How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

Comparing the two scenarios: Secnario 1: Rama has destroyed all of Ravana's weapons, chariot etc..and has him completely unarmed. However Rama sends him back to come the next day stating that it is ...
6
votes
1answer
109 views

Except for baudhyana dharma sutras which other dharma sastras talk about loss of caste due to sea voyage? [duplicate]

Baudhayana Dharma-sutra, composed about 2,000 years ago, maybe earlier, lists this "Samudrolanghana" or "Sagarollanghana" as the first of many reasons for loss of castes (II.1.2.2). Are there ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Roadmap to learning Hinduism? [duplicate]

I am a Hindu, however, I do not feel as though I understand my religion. I pray, go to the temple, follow religious rules, etc., but I don't understand why I do it. It feels very un-genuine that I am "...
3
votes
1answer
282 views

Why did Krishna punish Yudhishthira for lying after telling him to lie?

Drona was an exceptional fighter in the Mahabharata war and was unkillable on the battlefield. So to kill him, Krishna told the Pandavas to lie that Drona's son, Ashvattama, was killed, so that Drona ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Which practice existed during the reign of Lord Rama, either Kanyasulkam or Varakatnam(Dowry)?

At present we follow giving Dowry to the grooms which is considered as social evil. What Lord's do is considered right because they will have a particuar reason behind it. So I want to know what they ...
5
votes
1answer
447 views

Why should a sister get married first before brother in a family? what does hinduism and shastras say about this?

My boyfriend is waiting for his younger sister to get married since they will not allow male kids to marry before sisters get married. what is the reason behind this culture in Hinduism?
7
votes
1answer
100 views

What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

What does Hinduism say about organ donation? [duplicate]

Does the religion say anything good/bad about organ donation ? Is one not circumventing some sort of karmic rules by giving and receiving organs ? Say, if someone is blind, he is paying for his karma....
4
votes
1answer
271 views

What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

At what point of time the SanAtana Dharma was started to be known as “SanAtana Dharma”? [duplicate]

"Hinduism" is typically known as a religion or set of religions . In broader sense, it's also called a "way of life". See: Do any Hindu scriptures say that Hinduism is not a religion but simply a way ...
1
vote
1answer
102 views

Have any acharyas commented on taking a dip in sacred but infected rivers?

Background According to this article, an Australian woman became very ill after she took a dip in the sacred Ganges river at Varanasi. My love affair with Varanasi continued and I studied yoga at ...
3
votes
0answers
95 views

What are the key responsibilities of a Hindu? [closed]

According to scripture, what are the key responsibilities of a Hindu?
4
votes
3answers
119 views

Was there a process of impeachment if a king was found to be in violation of dharma?

If a king was found to be in violation of dharma repeatedly and did not want to step down voluntarily, what were the options for the prajā? Did they demand the king be ousted? Was there an "...
10
votes
3answers
420 views

What are duties and goals of a Brahmin and how should he behave?

Can anyone say the duties of a Brahmin and how he should behave? What should be his goals? As said in Bhagavat Gita, One should follow his own duties to attain liberation and so. If with any ...
6
votes
2answers
113 views

Can Brahmin be a teacher on any other topics other than Vedas

I have read that the prescribed duties of brahmin are becomings priests, learning and teaching so I want to clarify this doubt.
5
votes
1answer
143 views

Swa-dharma of Sri Rama and queen Kaikeyi's boons

The second boon which Queen Kaikeyi asked from King Dasharatha was- Sri Rama's exile to Dandaka forest and live the life of an an ascetic.The details are as under:- यो द्वितीयो वरो देव दत्तः प्री...
4
votes
2answers
123 views

Why did Sita go to the forest with Rama?

While Rama was going to the forest, Sita also went to the forest without any second thought as far as I know; Why did Rama allow her to do it? Did any discussion happen between Rama and Sita to make ...
4
votes
1answer
86 views

Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

Can a Hindu king or ruler suspend the dharma śāstras and other law books at difficult times e.g., during famine, floods, internal conflicts or when the state is actively engaged in a war? If yes, can ...
0
votes
0answers
159 views

Is underage sex for pleasure considered bad?

Do Hindu scriptures consider engaging in sex for pleasure an evil malpractice when the persons involved are juvenile? If not, why does the orthodox Indian/Hindu community believe so?
7
votes
4answers
296 views

How can one save Sanatana Dharma?

It is said on multiple occasions that we need to protect our sanskriti, our dharma, etc. But is there any reference in our shastras on what should we do to save dharma?
7
votes
1answer
127 views

What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
9
votes
3answers
680 views

Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

To control caterpillars, thrips, mites and whiteflies, farmers use insecticides and kill a large number of these insects. It is in fact necessary to use these pesticides, otherwise crops will not ...
6
votes
1answer
276 views

What chapters of Mahabharata deal with Dharma?

What chapters specifically of Mahabharata best explains Dharma?
6
votes
1answer
178 views

Did Krishna warn Bhishma not to interrupt any actions of Kauravas and Pandavas during the game of dice?

In Peter Brooks play/movie adaptation of Mahabharat the following conversation ensues between Krishna and Bhishma before the game of dice was to commence;[Given here below. Shortened/edited by me, but ...
5
votes
1answer
221 views

Is it a sin to alter or tamper with scriptures?

If a person interpolates scriptures with a good intent e.g., by replacing offending/controversial words/verses that are not current with the times, but doesn't disclose the modifications to maintain ...
2
votes
4answers
261 views

Will non-vegetarians won't get liberation?

It is said that non-selfishness(nishkaama karma) lead to liberation by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita. Then there are so many people (some crores of people) arround us, killing animals and then eating ...
2
votes
0answers
52 views

Why everyone give importance to one's own duties?

I heard that in Mahabharata ,not only Mahabharata in Ramayana too why do they sacrifice everything for their duties ?and why there is no importance to one's love?why everyone want to kill their ...
4
votes
0answers
110 views

Why did Shree Krishna have 16108 wives if Kshatriyas are only eligible to take a maximum of three wives?

Various scriptures such as the Mahabharata have prescribed a maximum of three wives for Kshatriya men: "Bhishma said, 'For the Kshatriya, O delighter of the Kurus, two wives have been ordained. The ...