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

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How to get more punya and attain moksha

I've listened that there are 2 separate accounts of Karma: Like one is for Papa (sins) and one is for Punya. Both get accumulated as per our activities. Only when both are equal, we get Moksha. My ...
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How can you be a brahmachari if marrying is compulsory for Hindus

Brahmacharya … means to stay in conduct within one's own Self. … brahmacharya implies, among other things, the mandatory renunciation of sex and marriage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmacharya ...
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What are the important shastrath debates in ancient india?

I have heard of only one debate which was between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandana Mishra. Can you list some important debates other than the aforementioned one? Are there any scriptures/books which ...
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The need for Puranas and Upanishads

The 4 Vedas stand as the 4 pillars to the Sanathana Dharmam as these 4 Vedas have every knowledge( both Para and Apara Vidya), then why was other puranas and upanishads composed? I am reading Garuda ...
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How do modern acharyas interpret unrealistic scriptural verses?

There are certain scriptural verses on the nature of women that do not reflect observed, perceived reality. Verses such as: For women there is no dealing with the sacred texts; such is the rule of ...
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Is there a reason for modern wives to submit to their husbands? [closed]

Is there a reason for wives in modern times to submit to their husbands? Women are becoming more and more equal with men in all categories: They are becoming more and more educated through getting ...
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From which shastra is the story of a wife and her husband Kaushik who was visiting prostitutes?

The story is mentioned here in wikipedia: A Brahmin named Kaushik from Pratishthan used to visit a prostitute, despite being a Brahmin and having a devoted wife. It's also mentioned on other sites ...
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Was Krsna ever wrong?

Was Krsna ever wrong? Can you give examples? I have not tried anything else to solve my problem. Why is that a problem? I am here to solve my problem. That is my question and I don’t have anything ...
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Is Yudhishtira's justification of polyandry in accordance with dharma?

In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira justifies his polyandrous relationship with Draupadi with two reasons: it has historic precedent, and because his mother ordered the Pandavas to share Draupadi: "...
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What is the biggest punya in Hinduism?

I know that Brahma hatya is the biggest sin in Hinduism. But can anyone tell me about the biggest punya in Hinduism?
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Is there any advantage for a person dying as virgin?

I know staying virgin whole-life really needs good discipline, strong will power et cetera. But what are Spiritual & Material benefits of being Virgin whole life? Id est, dying as a virgin? Do ...
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Has any Hindu queen directly ruled without her husband?

Modern day feminist media in movies and TV shows, like the movie "Bahubali", portrays "strong and independent" female characters ruling countries as queens without their husband (the king) being alive ...
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What is meant by 'scarifying whole earth for oneself'?

It is always rational to sacrifice a smaller group for the sake of a larger group if both groups are irreconcilable. The same idea is present in the scriptures. For the sake of a family a member may ...
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Can a non-virgin woman marry? If yes, how?

Non-virgin women are excluded from marital rites with its Agni-hotra, etc. pāṇigrahaṇikā mantrāḥ kanyāsveva pratiṣṭhitāḥ | nākanyāsu kva cinnṝṇāṃ luptadharmakriyā hi tāḥ || 226 || The marriage-...
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Separation of the Church and State in Hinduism

The separation of Church (Religious Bodies) and State (Government and Administrative Bodies) is an important concept in modern politics. Christians love to quote Matthew 22:21 “Give therefore to ...
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Isn't it time to stop using the term "god" or "goddess" for our ideals?

Dharmic traditions are not encoded "belief systems", so why borrow terms from Christianity or Islam? Some may argue that we can use such terms "generically", but why? Does Deva, ...
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Saving Dharma and Saving Lives

Between Saving Dharma and Saving Lives, as per Vedic wisdom which comes first?
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What do the Vedas/shastras and Hindu Texts say about one's Mother?

We all know that the worship to God only comes after Mother, Father and Teacher. I've also heard that even if the Mother is not right and causes trouble, we should learn to adjust with her? Are there ...
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Brahmana eating food cooked by others

Vyasa quoting Manu says: SECTION XXXVII, Rajadharmanusasana Parva, Santi Parva If a Brahmana takes food that has been cooked by a Kshatriya, it diminishes his energy; if he takes the food provided by ...
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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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Why do Vedantin matha-adhipatis take Sannyasa ashrama?

The matha-adhipatis of the Vedantic sects like Sri Vaishnavism, Smartha, and Madhva are sannyasis. In fact, taking up sannyasa ashrama is a requirement to become matha-adhipati. According to the ...
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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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What does Hinduism say about married women taking care of her parents? [duplicate]

Traditionally in society, married women are expected to "take care" of their husband, in-laws and husband's family. What does Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) say about women taking care of her ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Why is the Shyena yajna adharma?

The Shyena yajna is a sorcery ritual in the Vedas meant to kill others. According to the followers of Mimamsa and other schools, this ritual is considered "adharma" because it causes ...
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Prayaschittam citation

Does the Dharmic scriptures prohibhit Oral sex? For both sexes, man performing on woman and woman performing man, is oral sex prohibhited in Hinduism? If so, what is the prayaschittam for oral sex? ...
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Instances and recommendations by Hindu Scriptures of higher castes working for the welfare of lower classes as public servants

In this rather biased and hinduphobic video spreads misinformation about Hinduism a lot, saying it was cruel and completely ignored the wellbeing of lower classes and exploited who were eventually ...
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What is the source of the Sanskrit śloka that lists the four corner-stones of dharma?

Vedah Smritah Sadaachaarah Svasyacha priyamaatmanah, Etad chaturvidham praahuh saakshaat Dharmasya lakshanam The four corner-stones of Dharma are Veda, Smriti, Sadaachaara and above all, ...
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What is the difference between Paap and Adharma?

What is the difference between Paap and Adharma ? Are both the same thing ? Or Are they different ?
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Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? And is Rāma justified in killing him without a second chance?

In Uttara-kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, we see Vālmīki narrate the story of Śambūka. Questions: Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? Is it because Śambūka was a śūdra or is it because he was doing Tapasya for the ...
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Does every character in the Ramayana follow their dharma?

I was watching this video about the Ramayana. Towards the end, it says that several characters in the Ramayana can be called the hero in the context of Hindu beliefs and traditions, because they all ...
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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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Does Hinduism promotes violence against inter caste marriage

Background: Many violence are occuring in name of STOPPING INTER CASTE marriage. Question : - Is our scriptures promoting these or not ?
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Does Krishna Bhagavatam say that Brahmins in Kaliyuga would not follow their Varna-Dharma?

The narrator says (in Tamil) that, according to Krishna Bhagavatam, "in Kaliyuga, Brahmins will have no defining characteristics except the yagnopaveetam" Source https://www.youtube.com/...
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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....
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What is the difference between Dharma-Adharma and Paap-Punya?

Dharma-Adharma & Paap-Punya looks similar. What is the difference between them ? I have created a similar question , you may also read it.
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What does Bhakti do in ones life?

Vedas says God gives the side of Dharma and Dharma says only when we complete our cycle of karma (papa and punya) we can attain him, then what is the use of Bhakti? Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-...
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Regarding rebirth and karma

Why do we face our karma in the next birth in which we don't even know what mistakes we have done and how does one realize his/her mistakes in the next birth, as we don't remember our previous lives? ...
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Closure of temples

Generally temples are closed during the afternoon. Can anybody enumerate the reasons why they are done so ? Quotes from our Dharmashastras, if any would be welcome.
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Between japa yajna and yuga dharma which is to be followed and to what extent?

Japa or repeating mantras, shlokas, Bhagavan’s names, etc is in fact a form of yajna supposed to be highly effective as per the Puranas and Agamas. In fact even the dharmashastra, Manusmriti is in ...
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Is Kama and Arth equally important as Dharma?

Dharma is one of four Purusarth namely Dharma , Arth , Kama and Moksha . If we remove Moksha as it is not for everyone. Dharma is relegated to being equivalent to - Kama and Arth. So, Is Dharma ...
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Is being lazy a sin?

By being lazy , one suffers much loss in his life. But is being lazy also sinful ? By being lazy we don't harm anyone but can it be considered as sin ?
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can there be any philosophical interpretation of story of Menaka and Vishwamitra?

According to the story, Indra tried to lure vishwamitra, now the question arises is that, why a god and almighty like Indra became afraid of a sage, even with all his learned powers, the sage can not ...
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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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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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What are the 18 Smritis and what is the story behind having 18?

Just the way there are 18 Puranas, there are said to be 18 Smritis too. However unlike the list of the Puranas the lists of the 18 Smritis are inconsistent. One list can be found here. There are some ...
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If dharma always protects someone , then how would one have to bear the fruits of karma of previous lives?

It is being said that if one follows the dharma and do the right things , then he will be protected against any mishappening in life. But It is also said that we have to bear fruits of our karma of ...
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How can a person get a lot of wealth?

Conquering kingdoms and doing penance are the ways one can acquire wealth. Is there any other possible way of getting lot of wealth?
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Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is bothering you

Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is wandering around your apartment or just because it is bothering you? I've seen people killing small insects just because it is wandering/jumping/hiding ...
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What is the difference between Dharma and Karma?

Dharma = Doing the right thing. Adharma = Doing the wrong thing. Karma also looks similar. Good Karma = Doing the right thing. Bad Karma = Doing the wrong thing. What is the difference between these ...

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