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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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 ...
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Where is the injunction to do Sandhyavandanam found in the Vedas?

I know the injunction for Dvijas to do Sandhyavandanam is found in the Manusmriti, but where is this injunction found in the Vedas? The Gayatri mantra is found in the Vedas, but where is the ...
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Why did the Devas let Brihaspati be their guru even though he had sex with his brothers' wives?

Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? This is is mentioned in Devi Bhagavata Purana here. Did Brihaspati suffer any ...
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What are the duties of Dvija-Bandhus?

According to the book "Hindu Dharma" by Sri Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati: If the Gayatri has not been chanted for three generations in the family of a Brahmin, its members lose caste (they ...
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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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Why do Brahmacharis who break the vow of celibacy need to sacrifice a donkey as atonement?

From Apastamba Dharma Sutras 1.9.26.8: A [student] who has broken the vow of chastity, shall offer to Nirṛiti an ass, according to the manner of the Pāka-yajña-rites. This same Prayaschitta is ...
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What are 36 kinds of weapons & tactics of the war?

In Shiv Rahasya on 11th chapters Lord Shiva giving commandments to Kaliyuga people. Here is characteristics of a King. The King shall favour peace above war. He shall not start a war without just ...
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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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How is Rukmi's killing by Balarama justified?

The slaying of Rukmi by Lord Balarama is described in Srimad Bhagavatam, Harivamsa and Vishnu Purana. This page gives a comparative study of all three texts as to how they differ in the details of ...
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When were women allowed to have multiple husbands without sin?

When were women allowed to have multiple husbands without sin? According to this answer, the Rishis permitted this practice at one point in history: King Pandu well-acquainted with all rules of ...
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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 ...
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Were the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis actually carried out or they merely served as a deterrent?

Were some of the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis like the Manu actually carried out (any real examples?) or they merely served as a deterrent? From Manusmṛti: On abusing a Brāhmaṇa the ...
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What are the guidelines on child adoption?

A neighborhood couple adopted a child a while back. The main criteria they saw, was if the skin colour & general appearance of that child is matching with them, so that it looks natural to others. ...
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What is the view of different dharma shastras on domestic violence against women?

What do different dharma shastras say about domestic violence against women, is domestic violence treated as sin in majority of them? I would like to know from different dharma shastras especially the ...
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What is the relation between Niti , Nyaya and Dharma?

Ruling Lands of great Kings are said to be complete in Niti , Nyaya and Dharma without any decline. While solving problems, these three must be there in judgement and one must only live considering ...
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Why was Mother Saraswati so unfair with KumbhaKarna?

We all know the story that to stop KumbhaKarna from asking boon from Brahma, all Gods eulogized Saraswati to enter KumbhaKarna's mouth to ask- "I may sleep for years". And Mother Saraswati did it! ...
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Who was the rightful heir to Kuru throne? Pandavas (Yudhishthira) or Kauravas (Duryodhana)?

How is a king chosen according to Hindu dharma? Who among Duryodhana and Yudhishthira (Dharmaraja), was the ideal contender for the next king considering hereditary or inheritance rights? NOTE: ...
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Is getting promotion using influence dharma or adharma?

In offices, people may often resort to lobbying and using influence to get a promotion in their jobs. Will this practice be considered as adharma or dharma?
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Do Kshatriyas have to abide by the Dharmic rules of engagement when fighting enemies who do not abide by the same rules of engagement in battle?

Kshatriya dharma has certain rules of engagement in battle. For example: Manu 7.90 - While fighting his enemies in battle, he shall hot strike with concealed weapons; nor with arrows that are ...
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Is it the dharma of Rakshasas to be evil?

I remember Ravana being berated for being adharmic (fighting while rendering himself invisible, if i recall right) and he says thats the way Rakshasas behave. Is Rakshasa Dharma described anywhere?
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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How to identify the person who asks for Dana deserve or not?

I saw Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving? But When we give Dana to some person, how to find that person deserved dana or not? Some looks like ...
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How is the ritual of Vratyastoma performed?

Vratyastoma, is a ritual performed by Vratyas (people who have failed to perform Upanayana in time) to readmit themselves to the fold of Varnashrama Dharma. Many Westerners who convert into Hinduism ...
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Is “Democracy” naturally in accordance of “Dharma” (righteousness)?

"Democracy" was not famous until last few centuries. Famous political system till then was "Dynastic". i.e. the dynasty was not only prevalent among the ruler clan (i.e. Kshatriya), but also ...
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What is/are the punishment(s) for corruption?

Corruption is a dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. More particularly, Bribery is a specific offence which concerns the practice of offering something, ...
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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 behind Karna and the Two golden Mountains?

There is story in other sites and many people say this story of Karna and the two golden mountains This story is about Karna and Arjuna giving dana of the two golden mountains and the story concept ...
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Who do I bow down to the feet and who to the hand?

Every time I see a person from my Father's family, my parents ask me to bow down to their feet. However, when I see someone like my 'mama' (mother's brother) or an unrelated elder person I have to bow ...
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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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Why there should be degradation of dharma with the change in the yuga?

It a well known fact that there are four ages satya, treta, dwapara and kali. But why there is a demarcation in the ages, one explanation is that there is decline of dharma. The dharma stands on ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why goodness is taught and hailed?

Why goodness is taught and hailed?. It is taught in our holy texts that certain behavioural attributes and attitudes are way to attain bramah. Why only such traits can bring you enlightenment and can ...
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Difference between Kartavya and Dharma?

I have heard these two terms many times. Karma (deeds) can be considered as either Kartavya or Dharma. But which kind of Karma is Kartavya or which one is Dharma. For example: If a son does seva to ...
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Is Marriage with desire considered to be adharma?

Marriage should be made in Love by the couples towards each other. Marriages are also conducted with Desires like Beauty,Money,Physical Strength,etc,.... Material desires are not considered to be a ...
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What are the instructions by our scriptures on how to win a chaste wife with integrity?

I am looking to get married in the next few years and would like to know where in our scriptures it is written how to win a chaste wife. I want to stress not the victory of winning a chaste wife, but ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about the relationship between religion and politics?

It is believed that in ancient times, the Rishis and the Gurus used to guide the kings regarding how to run the kingdom. Nowadays, we see many countries have a separation of the government and the ...
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References to tenets of Samanya dharma in Sruti

The various tenets of Samanya dharma like Satya, Ahimsa, Shaucha, Asteya and Indriya Nigraha etc. are present in various Smritis, Puranas, and even Mahabharata. Can anybody give references to them ...
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Traditional Rajput dharma is to sacrifice themselves in battle - can dharma be passive?

I'm writing a paper about Rajput self-sacrifice in ancient battles. I'm looking into the motivation for sacrifice and for fighting in general and I have this question: It is said that a Rajput's ...
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Was Bhishma really not aware about the difference between Dharma and tradition?

In Star Plus Mahabharat, season 3 episode 2, when Karna was a teenager, he wins a little competition which involved bow and arrow. Karna won, but Bhishma only praised his chariot driver skills, and ...
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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?
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How do Purva Mimamsa followers explain the etymology of the caste word “Brahmana”?

Not all Purva Mimamsa followers believed in the existence of Brahman, but they all believed in the Jivatma. They also believed the verses in the Upanishads that speak of Brahman actually refer to the ...
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What is the importance of Dhwajasthamba in any of the temples that we go?

It is said to be the respect that the King Mayura Dhwaja has earned by donating his complete left half of his body to Lord Sri Krishna in one of his leelas? Is that the reason why we need to pray 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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Difference between Danam and Dharma?

What is the difference between danam and dharma I cannot find out the difference in any of the scriptures as Karna is called the dana warrior and Yudhishthira is called of dharma Can anyone help me.......
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Can I trim / shave my own head being a Brahmin?

Can I trim my own head hair being a Brahmin? Is this against the Hindu Dharma? Thanks
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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 ...