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

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Are Nara Narayana Rishis Brahmanas?

Are Nara Narayana Rishis Brahmanas? They are said to be sons of Dharma..Are there any scriptual passages that say they are brahmanas.
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What is the source of this śloka starting with "viprāṇāṃ daivataṃ śambhuḥ"?

विप्राणां दैवतं शम्भुः क्षत्रियाणां च माधवः । वैश्यानां तु भवेद् ब्रह्मा शूद्राणां गणनायकः ॥ "Śiva is the deity of the Brāhmaṇas, Viṣṇu of the Kṣatriyas, Brahmā of the Vaiśyas, and Gaṇeśa of the ...
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Was becoming a Dasa voluntarily and could they leave their masters?

The buying and selling of servants were mentioned in Mahabharta and Ramayana, but some people have also stated that becoming a Dasa was voluntary. My question is was Dasahood forced upon people or was ...
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How to ensure Brahminas don't step out of line regarding the law

The Dharmashastras forbid any capital punishments on Brahminas. While this is partly understandable as doing harm to a holy man is considered wrong, couldn't some Brahminas with evil intentions step ...
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Is the pouring of lac in a Shudra who hears the Vedas or recites them intentionally Danda or Prayaschitta?

Generally, people say that Shudras who hear the sacred knowledge (Vedas) have to undergo painful punishments, but is this self-imposed or imposed by a ruling or governing authority? Because, if it is ...
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Sterility of man in Vedic times

So within dharmashastras, it is generally accepted that the man may marry a second time without abandoning the first wife if she doesn't produce sons or is infertile, but if the man is infertile and ...
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Books Defending Caste and Untouchability

It is obvious that today's historians never place themselves in the shoes of past people and have a very one-sided and biased view of history looking at an individual over a societal level. I am ...
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Where is this verse found in sastras?

One may be a bramhachari or grihastha or a old man as soon as one gets vairagya one may renounce..
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Six Darshanas and their means of reason and authenticity of Dharmasutra, Dharmashastras and Nitishastra

I am looking out how mainly the 6 Darshanas, but especially Advaita viewed Dharmasutra, Dharmashastras, and Nitishastra and how to interpret them in the constant change of the world. Traditional ...
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Marriage in Manusmriti

So I recall reading in Manusmriti that a man may marry a second time once his first wife dies, but wouldn't that be rare due to the age of marriage?
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Expiation for Chandalas and other mixed Varnas

Are their any dharmashastras or other vedic works which discuss how a Chandala through pious activities can reform himself into a respectable member of society and abandon the vile and disgusting jobs ...
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Why Brahmins are immune to many punishments in Dharmashastras

I want to know why Brahmins were immune to many punishments in dharmashastras which are indeed heinous doesn't this mean a Brahmin can do anything he/she wants? Once again I am not 100% against these ...
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How many Arya Samskaras are there? ten or sixteen?

Hindu householders perform a few Samskaras (religious rites), such as annaprashana, upanayana, marriage, shraddha etc. Some say, there are, in total, 10 Samskaras (Dasha Samskaras), whereas some say ...
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Generally Cruel Punishments in Dharmashastras and Unfair ones

Can someone explain to me the reason why most of the crueler punishments were to lower Varnas and the very nature of them being cruel and capital in nature? Seeing as the crime doesn't match the ...
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Rules for when marriage actually consummates?

So, I know the ages of marriage are generally young and there are rules for when the ritual for actual marriage begins, but are there rules as to when procreation can begin? Furthermore, why do epics ...
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Is it true that Swami Vivekananda advocated for a new dharmashastra for the modern age?

Is it true that Swami Vivekananda felt the need and opined that a new dharmashastra should be written for the modern age? I heard this. Is there any reference?
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Headgear of Ancient India

This is more a historical question, but I want religious ie dharmashastric text to answer this. What headgear did all people of ancient India wear and which ones were exclusive to the clergy (brahmins)...
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Contraception in hinduism?

I'm fully aware hinduism prohibits barrier method(condoms, etc.) but what is its stance on other methods like sterilization or hormonal stuff?
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Is Varna and Bodily Gunas have a similar system to genetics

Varna is based on birth or one's Gotra, but I found some similarities when studying simple Mendelian genetics keep in mind this is simple and not modern genetics. Now I am not saying necessarily that ...
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Nurses in India

In many Hindu serials especially Mahabharata we see female nurses assisting a male doctor my question is do these nurses who exist historically/religiously in scriptures get paid? Some argue women ...
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Manu on verse 8.33 on stealing lost property

As per Manu 8.33 it states, "Property that has been lost and found should remain in the charge of specially deputed (officials); and the thieves that he may detect in connection with this, the ...
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What exactly are the Hindu laws for 'avarna' or dalit people?

I want to know that in Hindu scriptures from Vedas to Puranas to Smritis to Shastras, what are the laws regarding avarna people (people outside of varna system)? I want to see some actual quotes. I ...
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Ordeals and their weight on Dharmashastras

Ordeals or divine tests were prescribed based on Dharmashastras, but is this fair in regards to running a kingdom? Why was the logic behind them from a legal and justice standpoint and a theological/...
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Reintegration of mixed Varnas into society based on morality

While birth is a feature of mixed castes, it seems their violent nature was also discussed. Is there any text that explicitly states that a mixed Varna member with good morality can integrate into a ...
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How did one become a dasa and is it consented upon

From what I heard a dasa/shudra could consent to servitude. My question is how does one become a Dasa/Dasi?
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When can one disobey Superior person's orders?

Pranam, Like order of Father Husband or Guru etc.. Please provide scriptural references.. Thanks
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What is the difference between Mleccha and Yavana?

Is there any difference between mlecchas and Yavanas? Or these two words can be used interchangeably? Both are foreigners, I guess.
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Is inter-faith marriage (marriage with a Yavana) allowed in Hinduism?

I recently saw a video of a renowned modern-day Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, where he said inter-religious marriages are fine if the partner is spiritual. I wondered whether this is the teaching of Hindu ...
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Itihasa and Dharmashastra, Nitishastra and Dharmasutra

What were the rules used by the famous kingdoms during the events of Ramayana and Mahabharata? If none is provided would it be fair to assume that the Dharmasutras were the sacred law? Also if not ...
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Dharmashastras used in Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharta

Dharma/Niti shastras were used in Ram Rajyam and other popular kingdoms in Mahabharata and Ramayana.
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Shukra Neeti in Mahabharta and Ramayana?

Is Shukra Niti a real text if so, was it used to govern Ram Rajyam or kingdoms in Mahabharata? If not is it mentioned if so how. Is this a good substitute for Dharmashastras? I am confused. Are their ...
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Freedom of Dasas in scripture

So, first I would like to know how someone becomes a Dasa and then can be freed, or liberated from being a Dasa.
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What if Guru's order is contrary to scriptures should it still be followed?

Namaste, Can a student obey a Guru's order if Guru orders something which is against scriptures? Please provide scriptural proof in this regard..
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Can brahmins of different regions such as AP/KA or north India wear PurvaShikha or is it only for brahmins of Kerala and Tamil Nadu?

I have a friend who is from Karnataka but was wearing a purvashikha... is it permitted??
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How do Hindus wash genitals and anus during bath?

According to the shastras, one should wear a cloth while bathing/showering. This is one reason why Krishna stole the gopis' clothes. But if you're wearing underwear while showering, how are you ...
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regulations in Kali Yuga regarding hearing the vEda

It is discussed in the question here: Definition and ritualistc rights of vrAtyas in the present day that mostly everyone except the brAmhanas are vrAtyas (and thus entitled to the rights of sUdras). ...
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Definition and ritualistc rights of vrAtyas in the present day

As per the dharmasAstrAs, a vrAtya is defined as one who has (or is descended from one who has) failed to be initiated at the proper time or who has ignored chanting of the Gayatri for over three ...
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Barbarism , what's the great difference in slaughtering lakhs of animals in factories vs yajurvedic pashubandha?

In communicating Ramakrishna and Hinduism to the west, Vivekananda was cornered into possibly saying animal sacrifice is barbaric? Hunters, Mansaharis, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus all ...
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Who is a true Brahmin?

What do the Puranas say about moral decay in all castes? Here is a link from Kamakoti org https://www.kamakoti.org/hindudharma/part3/chap6.htm What are the quotes of proper behaviours of sections of ...
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Are there any special kind of rituals mentioned for saptami of bhadrapad?

In gujarat, people completely shuts off their stoves where they cook their food daily and install a plant over it(forgot the name). Then, in that day and later in janmashtami they don't cook food but ...
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Dharmashastra and certain types of alcoholic beverages

Among the 5 greatest sins, is the drinking of Surā or alcohol. Basically, Tamasic foods are not recommended which include, fermented items such as alcohol. However the dharmashastras have carved an ...
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Why is curd an exception to Tamasic food even though it is fermented?

Foods are categorised into sattva, rajas and tamas based on their nature. As is stated here, tamas foods are: Food cooked more than three hours before being eaten, which is tasteless, stale, putrid, ...
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What does dharma say with respect to destroying an adversary in peril?

It is said that adversities accrue to a person because of his prarabdha karma; whether he be a dharmik or adharmik person. In an enmity between such people, if the adharmik person is affected by his ...
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What does ISKCON think of the Dharma Shastras?

We know that some modern sects of Hinduism like the Arya Samajis and others reject the Dharma Shastras to some extent, so what's the stance of ISKCON in all this?
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How should students (who go to secular schools) practice Hinduism?

How should students who go to secular schools behave and practise Hinduism according to the Dharma Shastras?
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How should one read the DharmaShastras?

I am looking to eventually read the Dharma Shastras... but I don't know how to approach them, so I would like some information about how to read the Dharma Shastras. (Like, when to read them, which ...
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Which Shastras say that we should not eat after Sunset?

In one of the discourse or dialogue, Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, while describing the good qualities of crow, said It wakes up at Bramhamuhurtam……it caws and wakes you ...
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Are dvijas allowed to touch dogs?

What happens if a dvija touches a dog? If it's sinful what is the prayaschitta? If it causes asaucha what is the method of purification?
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Is money lending business wrong as per scriptures? [duplicate]

I heard many saying that those who earns money from this business will never be happy, etc etc. Also, kathakaars also say that sometimes. I am curious if it's mentioned in scriptures or anything ...
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What was the state's Land use policy as per ancient Hindu texts?

Apastamba Dharmasutra states - "If a person who has taken (a lease of) land (for cultivation) does not exert himself, and hence (the land) bears no crop, he shall, if he is rich, be made to pay (...
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