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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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Reasons for polygamy amongst the Dvija

As Medhatithi's Manubhashya states, "This however is not right; because in regard to men there is a distinct sanction—(a) ‘Those who act through mere lust, etc.,’ (b) ‘the barren wife shall be ...
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About the appearance of Dharma and Adharma

Well, most of us know Dharma and Adharma, the embodients of good and evil and also the mind-born sons of Brahma. Some people know that Dharma is assumes the form of Lord Shiva's Ox. But, what is his ...
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Did Varnasharma become birth based, but is objectively based on qualities?

Many scriptures say Varna is based on qualities and occuptation while others say it is based on gotra or birth. But, if India was a meritocracy wouldn't that eventually be practical to judge people ...
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Why were men easily able to attain a second wife simply by their first wife insulting them

I can understand the benefit of polygamy especially for royalty within society, but why is it easy to be attained simply by a wife insulting her husband? Is that not such a high expectation as we're ...
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Vyadha Gita in the original sanskrit text

Now i'm working on translating the Vyadha Gita (A Gita from Vana Parva in Mahabharat) in sanskrit text. I found the sanskrit one from All About Gita Website, and it was published by Belur Math. But ...
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Rulelessness in Hinduism: Fact or Fiction?

Many a times Hindus today are heard saying that there are no rules in Hinduism. Hinduism doesn't provide any scriptural injunction whether you are in 'Bramhacharya', 'Grihastha', 'Vanprastha' or '...
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How is Fight/Flight decision by Karmic belief

In an individual's life when a person is confronted with temporary hardships too much to endure...how does one decide when to bear it as a prarabhdam or when to get rid of the source of pain by ...
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Bovine products in medicine - medical necessity

I live in US and try to avoid medicine containing bovine products such as gelatin, collagen, glycerin, stearic acid etc. I wanted to check that if someone is in hospital and needed some medicine ...
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In scripture is self-defense when a man is faced against a female assailant permitted to fight

In Hinduism based on scripture can a man fight a woman if she is trying to do bodily harm to him? If not why..?
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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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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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Views on Inter-Faith Dialogue and using other Religious Literature

I was looking at Francais Clooney's comparative theology and I liked his view. From what I got he held that other religious texts could give a new perspective of your religion and welcome them, but ...
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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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Are there any instances in scriptures where wives disobeyed their adharmic husbands?

And their anti scriptural instructions? Kindly mention scriptural references.. Also any references that illegal order of husband should be disobeyed..
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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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Questions regarding marriage

I am ofc going to be single, so this rule doesn't apply to me, but what I want to know is when a boy and girl would formally marry. Then, when that marriage is consummated. What is the punishment for ...
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What are Shishya Dharma (duties)?

What are the set of rules laid for a shishya? What are his duties towards guru mandal in particular? And what are the dos and don'ts for him as a upasaka in general? What Sadachara must a upasaka ...
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How did Duryodhana reach heaven despite harassing Draupadi and trying to kill Pandavas in wax palace? [duplicate]

It says in this QA: Where did Duryodhana and Pandavas go after their death that Duryodhana got heaven because in BG Krishna said those who die bravely get heaven. So, is this like Abrahamic religions ...
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How are Asura and rakshas so powerful?

If it is said that seminal energy brings strength, power, and peace, then how are so many Asura and rakshas powerful if they don't practice celibacy? (Sometimes even more powerful than god)
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How are Asura and rakshas so powerfull

If it is said that seminal energy brings strength power and peace, then how are so many Asura and rakshas powerfull even more than god's if they don't follow celibacy
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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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If we carry our karma to our next life, does it mean people who are poor/sad/disabled deserve such a life? And isn't helping them a sin too?

I have heard a lot in hinduism about our karma passing on to our next life. If I am a horrible person this life and living a great life, the next one is going to be miserable. By that logic, people ...
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Can a lady who was celibate for most of her life be a Brahmacharya?

Is it possible for a lady to be a brahmacharya if she was obliged by family duty to enter a marriage that lasted only a few weeks, after which she remained celibate the rest of her life? In the eyes ...
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Is non-veg really banned in hinduism?

I personally believe that eating non veg is a sin for any hindu,but there are many sects in hinduism which allow non veg such as bengalis offer fishes to kaali ma , a brahmin sect in bihar do also eat ...
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Lustful Thoughts

Someone enlightened me with their answer to lustful thoughts and god being antaryami observes each and every thought. These thoughts are said to be innate and with practice can be controlled to attain ...
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Brahmin warriors defending religion eg Somnath

Parasurama was a Brahman and a great warrior. Apart from Brahmavidya, Brahmans also learn shastra of fighting, war and weapons. When Somnath was attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni, Raj Navghans Commander ...
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Is there a Dharmic requirement that a religious speaker must believe in what he/she is preaching?

Hinduism is broken up into sects and sects disagree, sometimes strongly, about religious matters. The following is said to have happened in real life. A speaker, belonging to sect A was a very good ...
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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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Should we go out of our way to help someone , when it is not our duty?

People get fruits of their karma. So,Should we go out of ways to help when we see someone is suffering or in some bad situation (i.e. getting punished for their bad karma) ? I am asking about ...
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Instances of someone from the lower caste winning acknowledgement of Devtas for stopping Adharma or separately, stopping injustice from upper caste?

I am wondering if there are any instances in Hindu Mythology where someone from the lower caste (Vaishya or Shudra) fought or stopped Adharma and was acknowledged by the Devtas for it? Or Any ...
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Can Shudras and Chandalas eat meat?

Brahmins are allowed to eat meat under some circumstances, while the other twice born castes too are allowed to eat meat under such and such circumstances, so where do Shudras and Chandalas stand here?...
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What is Dharma according to the Purva Mimamsa Sutras?

I remember (vaguely) reading a sutra (from the Purva Mimamsa Sutras) that defined what Dharma is, however I have lost that sutra so could anybody please point out that sutra? Also I am not asking what ...
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Is there any idea of swearing within Hinduism? [duplicate]

Is there a concept of swearing or saying bad words in Hinduism? Is it considered as a sin?
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What is Hinduism's view on racism?

Does Hinduism uplift racism or condemn it? I want an answer based on the Vedas, Dharmashastras, Puranas and other primary religious texts.
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What's the correct treatment of widows of slain soldiers and Kings in a battle?

When an ārya defeats his opponent in a battle, what's the correct treatment to be metted out to the women of opponent as per scriptures? 2nd part: Are the rules of treating womenfolk of defeated party ...
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Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra?

Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra? (According to the Dharma Shastras)
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I am Vashishtha Brahmin by Gotra but I don't know my shakha .I live in Bijnor Uttar Pradesh

I want to know the shakha of my Gotra. I am vashistha by Gotra. There is no elder one here in my family. How can I know.
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Question about ancient rakshas, asur dharm?

Which dharm (tradition & customs) does rakshas, asur, daitya and danava follows in ancient time according to hindu scriptures?
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Dharmo Rakshati rakshitaha? How does it protect?

I see so many armymen/policemen protecting righteousness dying in the duty so how exactly dharma protects it? If dharma really protected the righteous then wouldn't they would do their duty for their ...
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Has Krishna in Mahabharata anywhere said that we have to choose lesser Adharma (or lesser evil)?

In life in most situation while making choices we have to choose lesser adharma. Because no person is 100 percent saint , everyone is somewhat bad , somewhat good. If we keep finding fault in people, ...
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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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does dharma have stages?

the eternal dharma, known as sanatana dharma, is a concept in hinduism. eternal is often confused with unchanging, constant, but it might be more correct to say without beginning-end, forever. I've ...
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Which caste is "software developer"?

Advocates of the varnashrama dharma claim that we should follow the varna professions listed in the dharma shastras. For example: 10.47 - For Sūtas, the management of horses and chariots; for ...
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Who first coined the term Sanatan Dharma?

When did we get the name "Sanatan Dharma"? Is "Sanathan Dharma" and Hinduism one and the same? I see hardly people know about Sanatan Dharma. Mostly in North India, people know it ...
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Which sins are equivalent to or even greater than Brahmhatya?

Brahmhatya is a very grave sin , and is frequently used as a parameter to judge other sins. Which other sins are equivalent to or greater than Brahmhatya ?
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Elites saying "Buddhism is a child of Hinduism."

Experts and Elite Personalities of Sanatana Dharma knows that Buddhism is born from Hinduism but do not agree with some teachings of Hinduism. Swami Vivekananda is an elite personality states this ...
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Does the sequence of mantra matter for HRIH and HUM?

Looking to seasoned mantra practitioners to provide your kind perspective on this. Thanks in advance. Energetically speaking is the mantra beeja sequence "HRIH HUM SVAHA" same as "HUM ...
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How to forgive people who have wronged you in life?

Forgiving people is essential to get Mukti . How to forgive people who have wronged you in life , who have mistreated you , cheated you etc ?
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Are husbands required to give up their lives to save their wives?

Is a husband required to sacrifice his own life, if needed, to save his wife's life? Are there any scriptures commanding this, or any scholars dealing with this question?
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Do we owe gratefulness to God in Hinduism?

If yes, what should we be grateful for? and aren't all good and bad things result of our own karma? Then why should we be grateful? and if we need to be grateful can we be angry too if things don't go ...
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