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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What all should we do (which we are not doing) according to shastras? [closed]

Shastras are nothing but a set of rules which a 'manava' should follow or else he can not be termed as 'manava'. In our urban life style we skip many of these rules, so I wanted to know some of the ...
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What are the impure substances from which prohibited food grows

Manu RIshi talks about prohibited food items in Manu Smriti verse 5.5, the original verse is लशुनं गृञ्जनं चैव पलाण्डुं कवकानि च । अभक्ष्याणि द्विजातीनाममेध्यप्रभवानि च ॥ ५ ॥ Garlic, leeks ...
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What is the story of Kapila son of Prahlada?

It is well-known that there are four Ashramas or stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharis or celibates, Grihastis or householder, Vanaprasthis or forest-dwellers, and Sanyasis or ascetics. What is ...
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Does hinduism also suggest shedding of karma and renunciation?

I know about 4 ashram and 4 purusharth but does it somewhere suggest that we should only focus on moksha (as in jainism) and not on purusharth and ashram system.
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Why suthak applies for different number of days in different casts?

Why suthak effects on people for different days in defferent region or cast? I did read THIS ANSWER and came to know about suthak. But from the answer and also from the comment section of this answer ...
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Is it okay to Ignore Jananashucha from distant relative(but sapinda)

Janaashucha is the period of impurity after birth in family. Manu Smriti prescribes Janashucha for the period of 10,12,15,30 days for the four Varnas respectively A Brahmana shall be pure after ...
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Is being a bystander considered as being a sin? [duplicate]

If a fight is taking place or someone is being harassed/bullied, what do the Shastras say we do? If for instance, I do nothing to help the victim but just take no action, will this be wrong?
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What scriptures other than Dharma Sindhu say sins are stored in hair?

This answer says sins are attached to hair and devotees tonsure their hair when they visit temples to get rid of sins. It says Dharma Sindhu mentions the verse. तीर्थोपवास कर्तव्य सिरसोमुन्दनानिच सि...
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Can ladies take head bath after dark?

According to dharma shastras, are ladies allowed to take bath by pouring water on their head after dusk, in the dark ? I heard someone say it is a bad thing, similar to ladies leaving their hair ...
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regarding performing marriage of son within one year if death of father in law [duplicate]

I had performed the death rituals of my father in law since he does not have sons and my wife being his elder daughter. Now I have a doubt that whether I can perform my elder son's marriage with in ...
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What do scriptures say regarding Immigration & Emigration?

For example, one popular rule that is believed to be scripturally imposed is that brahmanas can't participate in sea voyages. Where is it mentioned that such journey is prohibited?
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Is it true that Madhvācārīs used to emboss their bodies with hot iron blocks?

This article, Urdhapundra – The Vaishnavite Tilak, claims: The Madhvacharis use hot iron blocks to emboss their bodies, especially the shoulders, with the four symbols of Vishnu. Questions: Is ...
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Prohibition on King's service?

I was reading shandilya bhakti sutras here PDF link!! Came across this. On page 59, sutra/aphorism no 51 And because of prohibition of gambling and the king's service. (51) We read in the ...
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Difference/Relation between Varna and Jati

We know that there are four Varna(वर्ण) called Brahmin, kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. I found words/terms like Jati(जाति) and Jnati(ज्ञाति) are also used to convey similar meanings. One another ...
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Is sanyāsaṃ prohibited in Kaliyuga?

Recently I have seen a video in which an elderly man says sanyāsaṃ is prohibited in Kali yuga. His statement is as follows: Aśvamedha, Gomedha, sanyāsaṃ, offering meat to manes, Begetting children ...
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Any examples where a Smriti has contradicted a Sruti statement?

First of all,by Smriti here i mean only the Dharma Shastras like Manu Smriti,Parashara Smriti etc. It is very often that i find comments of the following nature here: "In Hinduism Sruti is the ...
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What would be the varna of son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya Woman?

What would be the Varna of a son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya mother? From Manu smriti chapter 10 From a Kshatriya and the daughter of a Sudra springs a being, called Ugra, resembling ...
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What are the canonical texts in Hinduism for morality and ethics?

There are several texts in Hinduism which flirts with the idea of morality and ethics. Itihiasa texts like Mahabharata and Ramayana gives a subjective aura around the subject of morality, notably the ...
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Remarriage in Sanātana Dharma

Marriage in Sanātana Dharma was or is never a personal matter instead it is a social matter and responsibility. We all know that, there is no concept of "divorce" in Hinduism. But somehow, our law ...
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Meaning of the word 'Vyasa'

Ved Vyasa is a title which is given to new Vyasa in every Chaturyuga, in this Chaturyuga it is Given to the great Krishna Dwaipayana son of Bramharishi Parashara. The word Vyasa is a related to ...
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Bramhacharya and restriction on cosmetics

Dharma shastras restrict Bramhacharis from applying perfumes and oils. Is it possible that Moisturiser is also restricted, and if yes, then is there any shastra advice for sweaty and dry skin ...
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What's the origin of the verse “Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna…?”

In many South Indian marriages while the groom is tying the maṅgalasūtra to the bride, the priest usually chants the following verse. Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna: kanthe badhnami ...
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Is Adi Shankaracharya's commentary on the Adhyatma Patala available online in English?

It is well-known that Adi Shankaracharya wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishada, the Brahma Sutras, and the Vishnu Sahasranamam. But there's one commentary that's not as well known. ...
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Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas?

In Hindu Dharma the Vedas,Upanishads,6 Vedangas,Smritis(or the Dharma Shastras),Puranas and the Itihasas(Ramayana and Mahabhartha) are usually together called the Shastras or Scriptures. Among them, ...
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Scriptural source for the Subhāṣita that says 'treat others' wives as your mother'

The other day I was listening to a discourse on Rāmāyaṇa ‡ where the speaker points out that although it is very simple for anyone to say सत्यं वद । धर्मं चर ॥ § (Speak truth, follow dharma.), but ...
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Which Smṛtis or dharma śāstras give a brāhmaṇa the adhikāra to fast unto death to collect his debt?

For many Hindus, The Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa has become a way of life. But for Rāma himself it is the Śruti and Smṛti that have guided every step and every move of his life. One instance where the Smṛtis ...
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Which scriptures deal with rules for widows?

Widows are not allowed to wear colour sarees and are not allowed to participate in functions, they are also prohibited from touching certain plants. What is the exact reason behind this and can ...
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What is the meaning of 'adhikāra' in Hinduism? And who decides if someone has the 'adhikāra' to do or not to do something?

Often you hear Hindus saying or asking: "You are only 10. You don't have the adhikāra to speak on this topic." "You don't have the adhikāra to participate in this debate." "Who gave you the adhikāra ...
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Dharma Shastras on Black Money, Corruption and paying Interest

What does dharma shastras say about Black Money and Corruption In India giving Bribery is a common act one has to go through it one day or the other. If one has given Bribe is he doing Adharma, if ...
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Slavery in Hinduism

In Abrahamic religions, owning both ordinary and sex slaves was legal. What do Hindu scriptures say about owning people as slaves? Did Rama and Krishna free any slaves?
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Do Vedas & Grihya sutras prescribe rules only for a Brahmin?

Are the mantras, rituals etc. from Vedas available only for Brahmins? Does it mean that castes other than Brahmins do not have any prescribed rules of life and rituals?
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How is “Patriotism” seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

Are there any scriptures (Dharma Shastra-s) or Hindu saints who have talked about patriotism? Related: This post discusses specific to Kshatriya class, Martyr concept in Hinduism
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Is Euthanasia considered morally right?

Is Euthanasia considered morally right? Is it acceptable under certain conditions, for example, if a person is in extreme pain?
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What is the difference between Sati and Jauhar?

Is Jauhar the same as Sati? If not what is the difference and what is the origin of these terms?
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Verses about homosexuality

I am looking for verses in scriptures which mention homosexuality specifically, that is man having sex with man or woman having sex with woman, not vague terms like napumsaka or kliba which can mean ...
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What is the exact dharma to be followed in case of a marriage outside the caste or religion? [duplicate]

What exactly does the dharma say in the tricky circumstances or situation where a brahmin community girl loves and willing to marry a non-brahmin hindu/non-religion boy. What Dharma is to be ...
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What portion of his earnings should a son contribute to support his parents?

Questions: According to Hindu scripture or shastras, what portion of his earnings should a son contribute, to the parents or family? Does this amount vary if the son is married vs. unmarried?
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Forgotten culture from centuries

Many people want to follow their culture as their ancestor was following centuries back. But unfortunately they are not having enough knowledge about this, so they are forced to neglect and start ...
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How do we decide what is dharma and adharma?

In real life there are circumstances where we are in dwanda (indecisive state of mind) and we cannot make a clear decision on what is dharma and what is adharma. For example: When someone with the ...
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References from scriptures about prohibition of menstruating women from temples, pujas etc

I am doing a research on this topic and searching for references for it. I am especially looking for references to Ashaucha related to menses, any specific guideline regarding what actions are ...
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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

On what days is a haircut or shaving (Kshoura) or a nailcut allowed and on what days is it prohibited? Are they different between sampradayas? Are we allowed to cut hair/beard ourselves? Or should ...
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Is painless killing a form of himsa?

It is clear that killing anything by paining body is himsa. That's why many people in Hinduism(Brahmins) generally do not prefer to eat animal food. My doubt is whether killing an animal(any living ...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

According to this comment on a nice Quora answer, the Apasthambha sutra considers eating cow meat as a holy ritual. Does this particular scripture really sanction the consumption of beef? This is not ...
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What were the set of rights, permissions, duties or rules prescribed for Kshatriya caste?

We have 4 major caste in Hinduism, ie Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Is there any rulebook present in Hinduism (and I am sure there must be) which lays down the rights, permissions, rules and ...
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What is the duty of parents towards their own children?

Do Hindu scriptures say anything about the responsibility of parenthood? Specific references to verses from Hindu books would be highly appreciated.
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Is there any provision for 'Divorce' in Hindusm? [duplicate]

By law and court system a marriage can be ended with legal divorce. Islam says if they say Talaq three times then the marriage is over. Like Islam, does Hinduism allow divorce for a married couple? ...
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Why can't we do tasks like cutting nails on three alternate weekdays?

We have a lot of things that we can't do on certain week days. (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). They include cutting nails, getting a hair cut, shampooing hair etc. Why is it so?
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Do Hindus have specific dress code guidelines in their dharma shastras (scriptures)?

Are there any specific teachings related to how Hindus should dress in the public? In Islam, for instance, it has been outlined that women must wear a hijab or nikab. Islam has very clear instructions ...