Questions tagged [dharma-shastras]

Dharmaśāstra (Sanskrit: धर्मशास्त्र) is a genre of Sanskrit texts, and refers to the treatises (shastras) of Hinduism on dharma. 

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Are all Gods and Goddesses omnipresent?

NOTE: I am not just talking about Krishna, but all Devatās. Most answers here tend to be Vaishnava-centric, and only cite examples involving Krishna or Vishnu.
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Cross-cousin(mother's sister's daughter) marriage? [Please refer to questions I linked]

I came across these posts: Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism How can Sage Kashyap marry daughters of Daksha, even they are parallel cousins? After reading these and a couple of more posts on ...
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What are the differences between “Deva”, “Bhagavan”, and “Ishvara”?

All that I know is that "Deva"/"Devi" refers to individual Gods and Goddesses, but we also use the term "Ishvara" and "Bhagavan". Aren't these two terms just ...
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Do Gods know what we are thinking? [closed]

I am not just talking about our thoughts about them (deities), but just our thoughts in general, and the things that are in our minds (not talking about religion). I am asking this because deities are ...
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Does God(s) hate anyone?

You would think that, because we are so insignificant to them, they would not bother to hate anyone, because humans can never be a threat to them (Gods).
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Why don't our Gods and Goddesses prevent Kali Yuga from happening?

Nothing to add here, but it is mandatory, so...
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What is the meaning of Apastamba Dhramsutra 2:11:29:11?

I was reading Apastamba dhamrasutra and found this. The knowledge which Śūdras and women possess is the completion (of all study). About which knowledge, Apastamba is talking which women and even ...
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What is meant by “Maya”? [duplicate]

In a book about Ramakrishna, he said that Kali Ma has cast an illusion called Maya, and that she observes the world from outside.
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Is there a permanent hell? [duplicate]

Madhvas believe in eternal hell, but what is the standard view (before the rise of Dvaita Vedanta)? If not, are souls that do not attain Moksha eternally trapped in this cycle of countless births and ...
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Custom of covering head with handkerchief in temple?

Us Punjabis cover the head with handkerchief in temples and even during home worship (panchopchar puja) but I haven't seen others do it I was wondering whether we have any scriptures which hints at it ...
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Why are our scriptures contradicting so much? A Bramhana can beat anyone as he wishes?

My dear followers, never treat a learned brāhmaṇa harshly, even if he has sinned. Even if he attacks you physically or repeatedly curses you, always continue to offer him obeisances.Just us I always ...
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Adharma must prevail in this very Yuga?

Quoting Shastras from reputable sources: "Manu Smriti says: 1.85. One set of duties (is prescribed) for men in the Krita age, different ones in the Treta and in the Dvapara, and (again) another (...
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Is the Shiva Tandava Stotra a mantra? Can anyone sing or chant the Shiva Tandava Stotra?

I am not a Brahmin, and I am not initiated either (is it called "diksha"?), meaning that I do not have the adhikara. Hence, obviously, I cannot chant mantras, but is it okay for me to chant ...
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What are the mleccha-desha in Bhavishya Puranas? [duplicate]

Does 'mleccha-desha' refer to the followers of Abrahamic faiths in general or foreigners in Bhavishya Purana? My question relies on Puranas. Puranas belong to Sanatana Dharma. You call it &...
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Can foreigners become Hindu- Sanatani? [duplicate]

Can a non-Indian person trust Sanatan Dharma, follow it and so become Hindu?
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What should we do of belongings of the person who is no more?

What should we do of belongings of the person who is no more? Like what should we do with cloths and other things of that person?
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Is nAma-japa beneficial? [duplicate]

PLEASE NOTE: I come from an irreligious/atheist family. We do not have any Ishta-DevatA or Kula-DevatA. Like most people from irreligious families, I am significantly ignorant of dharma. Would NAma-...
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Why are Sudras fined very harshly for adultery whereas Dwijas aren't fined much? Also why is killing a Sudra same as killing animal?

A Dwija is expected to be sincere, honest and self satisfied without seeking any external pleasure. Then why are Shastras fining Dwijas very less for Adultery and Sudras a lot? I know Dwijas have huge ...
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Do you get to experience the “earthly joys” after Moksha, if you did not get to experience them before attaining Moksha?

By "earthy joys", I meant those that humans desire and want in their lives, such as leading the life of a householder, becoming a parent, nurturing your children, and above all, serving the ...
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Why it is not advised to perform other Yugas activities into a particular Yuga?

This answer says very well that it is as it is stated but does not explain why. https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44173/22667 Quot. Rickross user says: " Now, since this very nature of the ...
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Ganapati Gayatri Mantra | In which Shastra it is contained this mantra and who wrote it firstly?

This very mantra for Shree Ganesha Who wrote it for first? Which Shastra- Veda or others- contain that? Dhanyawaad Thank you https://www.thedivineindia.com/ganpati-gayatri-mantra/5889
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Good and reliable books editions about pujas and Vastu?

Where to find complete Shastras or others like Agamas scriptures in order to know Why and How certain foods or flowers or scents are more appreaciated by a Deva if compared to something other to offer ...
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How geographical birth is influenced by karma? [closed]

Thank you to the answerers to another question which I will link below. I want to point out that I do not believe in original sin but I believe in karma. What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to ...
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Does any Āstika text mention Gunas association with the Adharmic cults?

Someone said that Abrahmic cults are associated with Gunas [Tamoguna for Islam and Rajaguna for Christianity]. This information I have read was not documented by any Shastras quotation. So I want to ...
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Can a non-Indian person trust Sanatan Dharma, follow it and so become Hindu? [closed]

Preface: I didn't find nowhere in the Shastras which I have read, nor in other books, if a person who was born inside a Western Country and feels devotion for Sanataan Dharma conducts of life, Devas ...
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Are the Punishments in Manu Smriti and other Shastras literal?

Few verses of Manu Smriti like Manu 8.279-282 seem so offensive and against basic Compassion. Are they literal Punishments or just warnings not to commit bad acts???Even Shankaracharya quotes a verse ...
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Is eating bovine gelatin a crime in Hinduism?

Many pharmaceutical medicine have bovine gelatin as an ingredient. Bovine Gelatin is a protein product produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen, a protein material, extracted from animal tissue ...
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Defining Number Of Days For Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death within bloodlines (relatives)

I wanted to understand regarding the Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death of a relative. I wanted to know regarding number of days for Ashoucha(sutaka), and when and how we should follow the sutaka. And ...
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The first ones Sadhya Devas responsibilities

Alright, My question here : Sadhya gods from Purusha Sukta vs other references, still remains unanswered. The motivation for that question is as follows. Suppose you are a Sadhya Deva, you consult ...
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Can shudra wear thread on waist?

Can shudra wear thread on waist ? What Dharma Shastra is telling that shudra can wear thread around their waist(A ceremony which is called Molathadu in Telugu)? If not, then any sacred thread for ...
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Why was traveling to Kalinga (modern-day Odisha) considered a sin?

I was reading the Baudhayana Dharma Sutra and saw the following. He who has visited the (countries of the) Āraṭṭas, Kāraskaras, Puṇḍras, Sauvīras, Vaṅgas, Kaliṅgas, (or) Prānūnas shall offer a ...
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Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta

I am looking for translated versions (English/Hindi) of Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta online .
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Can cremation be done after sunset? What do scriptures say about the timing of cremation?

A recent news report says that the dead body of a rape victim was cremated by Indian police very late in the night: "We wanted the last rites to be performed according to the Hindu traditions. ...
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What was the status of actors in Ancient India ? What were the laws applicable to them ? What rights or restrictions were levied on them? [closed]

It is said that in ancient Rome, actors were banned from mixing with common citizens. Certain restrictions were levied on them and they were viewed as one if the lowest rungs of society. I would like ...
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Importance of kasam in Hinduism?

Is kasam same as vachan/shapath? What if It is taken in a fit of anger, that you won't talk to so and so person and it is taken in the name of your deity. Does it have dharmic importance, if yes, is ...
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How can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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Is cutting trees a sin? [duplicate]

I had purchased some land as an investment and then planned to clear all trees on the land to do some business, but now feeling bad about cutting down the trees. Is cutting trees really a sin? I am ...
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Can a son perform amavasya tarpanam in place of his sick father?

Doing tarpanam (water libations) on the day of Amavasya is a well-known fact. My father was doing it very sincerely on all Amavasyas. But now, since he became very old and has health issues, he is not ...
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Why tirupathi's doors are not allowed to be widened?

As I was watching series about Tirupati Tirumala Documentary on National Geographic, as per them they are following some aadama shastra and as per that even if they want they won't be allowed to ...
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A question about menstruation [duplicate]

Do girls become turiya when their body expels old blood, since they'd have no immune system then, so are they forbidden from doing work etc during those days?
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Where in scriptures is it mentioned that it is a brahmin's (or dwija's) duty/dharma today to do sandhyavandan?

2nd prashna of 2nd anuvaka of Taittiriya Aranyaka only mentions what Brahmavaadins did in ancient times when rakshasas gained boon with which they fought with Aditya, and to aid Aditya in such fight ...
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Verses in Upanishads and vedas to remain Unaffected by bad company

There is a big hindrance of bad company on the path of spirituality.Most of the scriptures mention to avoid bad company. Swami Sivananda in this context says Aspirants generally complain: “We are ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

We know bad actions result in bad reactions. If a parent beats his kid for his studies, will he accumulate bad karma? If not, then, if the parent locks him in the house, don't let him play, don't ...
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Managing perception compared to executing righteous action

I believe on several occasions where those in positions of power focus on managing perception than carrying out there right act. Under what circumstances can it be considered dharmic to manage ...
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When did 13 years pass in 13 days?

In Mahabharata there is mention that it is written in shastras that there are some special occasions in which 13 years pass in 13 days. When the high-souled Partha went to Indra's region for ...
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Who is 'they' in Gautama Dharmasūtra 23.1?

Gautama Dharmasūtra Chapter XXIII 1. They shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of a Brāhmaṇa who has drunk such liquor; he will be purified after death. Who shall pour hot ...
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Can we do gayathri mantram instead of sandhyavandanam?

Can we do Gayathri Mantram instead of sandhya-vandanam? If yes, May I know how many times does the Mantram need to be chanted?
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Why is this text NOT a Dharmashastra?

ON THE ACQUISITION OF DHARMA, ARTHA AND KAMA MAN, the period of whose life is one hundred years, should practise Dharma, Artha and Kama at different times and in such a manner that they may ...
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Does scripture uniformly agree with this citation from Parashara smriti?

Parashara Smriti 8.25 says: 25. Even a Brahmin of a bad character deserves respect; but not so a Shudra, even though his passions may have been subdued by him. Who would quit a wicked cow, ...
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Should Rudraksha be taken off before going to washroom,having sexual intercourse,masturbating etc? [closed]

I would like to know if Rudraksha should be taken off before going to washroom,having sex/masturbating or in any other impure state. The reason for my doubt is that in this video, Puri Sri ...