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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How can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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Does Vaishnavism ordain one to cut the tongue of a blasphemer?

I was reading Srimad Bhagavatam with Srila Prabhupada's translation/commentary when I came upon verse 4.4.17: Sati continued: If one hears an irresponsible person blaspheme the master and controller ...
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Is cutting trees a sin? [duplicate]

I had purchased some land as an investment and then planned to clear all trees on the land to do some business, but now feeling bad about cutting down the trees. Is cutting trees really a sin? I am ...
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Possible contradiction between Gita and Vedas regarding rituals?

There seems to be possible contradiction between Gita and Vedas regarding rituals. Gita is supposed to be a condensed, easy to understand summary of the teachings of the Vedas. In the Vedas, there are ...
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Can one have no dharma?

How can dharma be determined, what if this is not apparent? Is there a possibility for a being to exist without any particular dharma?
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Can a son perform amavasya tarpanam in place of his sick father?

Doing tarpanam (water libations) on the day of Amavasya is a well-known fact. My father was doing it very sincerely on all Amavasyas. But now, since he became very old and has health issues, he is not ...
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what does Chanakya implies when he says “Dharma” and “Kama” depends on “Artha”? How do the two depend on Artha?

Chanakya remarks - "Dharma" & "Kama" both depend on "Artha". Could you please explain how Dharma & Kama depends on Artha? What does Chanakya imply with this ...
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Some questions on 'Dharma vs Sanatana Dharma'

As to burn is the dharma of the fire, the dharma of a being is to be of it's own nature. If dharma is 'the execution of' laws of nature, why is sanatana dharma not applied out of India? According to ...
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Does dharma and adharma applicable to a Jivan Muktha?`

It is well known that a person who is not a Jivan Muktha is bounded by Dharma and Adharma. That is, one needs to do dharma only as per scriptures. What about a person who achieved a Jivan Muktha state....
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Parenting and children [duplicate]

What are the rules of parenting or parenting quotes according to scriptures?What does the scriptures say about the qualities of a good parent/guardian and a bad parent/guardian?What should a child do ...
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How is it fair that kali yug is the only bad yug

How is it fair that kali yuga is the only bad yuga because Dwapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Satya yuga have most dharma while Kali yuga has the least dharma
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Geeta somehow says do not grieve over the death of loved one: so are we doing adharma?

Geeta somehow says "do not cry when someone you love dies, keep doing Karma, birth and death are parts of life". I don't know the exact words, but it somehow says this (If someone could correct the ...
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What was the actual duration of Mahabharata battle?

Battle of Mahabharata is a historical fact. There are differences in opinion about the duration of the battle. Want to know the duration thereof.
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Help regarding translation of a text from Padma Purana 7.3.47b-51

The following quote is from Padma Purana, Kriyāyogasāra-Khaṇḍa, Chapter 3 - The Story of King Manobhadra, verses 47b-51: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-padma-purana/d/doc365844.html ...
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Is working according to desire is right dharma

Yesterday, I was watching Mahabharata on StarPlus. There Durodhan puts a question that if god has given us mind to think, through which we can desire. Then why working according to our desire is wrong ...
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Why virginity of only women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures? Is men's virginity not required during marriage?

Is men's virginity not required? E.g., Manusmriti says: If a man gives a defective damsel, without mentioning the defects, he should be punished by the king himself with a fine of ninety-six ‘...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

We know bad actions result in bad reactions. If a parent beats his kid for his studies, will he accumulate bad karma? If not, then, if the parent locks him in the house, don't let him play, don't ...
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Managing perception compared to executing righteous action

I believe on several occasions where those in positions of power focus on managing perception than carrying out there right act. Under what circumstances can it be considered dharmic to manage ...
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Is the dharma of giving/offering own wife to others is relative with time?

There are four yugas: Satya Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, Kali Yuga. It is well known that dharma is relative w.r.t. the time. Many dharmas which are valid in one yuga may not be valid for the ...
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Why did Sri Rama say that it is not possible to obtain fame and glory by conciliation even though the time period was treta yuga?

When ocean was not yielding to Sri Rama's request for 3 days , Sri Rama said the following to Laxmana "O, Lakshmana! In this world, it is not possible to obtain fame, glory or victory at the end of ...
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HOW can morality be a part of karma when societal rules change from culture to culture?

Within sanatan dharma we consider karma to be universal ... but there are differences in the social rules between differing cultures on our planet. So how can this description of karma be accurate? I ...
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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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Why are Ahalya and Draupadi part of the Panchakanya? [closed]

Panchakanya are considered role-model women. Panchakanya(पञ्चकन्या, pañcakanyā), also known as the Five Virgins, is a group of five iconic heroines of Hindu epics, extolled in a hymn and whose names ...
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Has the current day India become a mlecchadeśa? Is it still fit for sacrifices?

Commenting on Manusmṛti 2.23, Medhātithi says: In fact, the name ‘mlecchadeśa’ is to be taken literally, in the sense that it is ‘the country of mlecchas’; so that if mlecchas happen to conquer a ...
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Level of collateral damage acceptable in Hinduism

What level of collateral damage is acceptable in Hinduism in order to uphold dharma. If so, how does one calculate it? On one hand you have to stop the perpetrator because left unpunished adharmic ...
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Can dharma change with desa and kAla paristhiti? [duplicate]

Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere that dharma can change with desa-kAla conditions? If not explicit mention, is it implied anywhere? If it can change, how much can it change? What was considered ...
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Sathyam and Dharmam

I like to hear about scriptural sources that convincingly declare Truth as inner content of Dharma, even if it is commonly known that lying ( including not standing up to one's own words of commitment)...
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Grihasthashram - Parents or in-laws : Who is to be obeyed ? In case of husband, and in case of wife?

Grihasthashram or Marriage is the joining of not just 2 souls - man and woman, but their two families as well. When there is a difference of opinion between the 2 in-laws, how do shastras recommend ...
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Can I pick Jesus? [duplicate]

I grew up in the west in a christian-dominated culture. I have listened to stories about Jesus since I was a child and have always respected his message of love and forgiveness. As I struggled to find ...
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Was Yadu right in denying/defying his father's (Yayati) request? [closed]

Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 9, Chapter 18: Text 35: King Yayāti, who was very lusty, followed his wife, caught her and tried to appease her by speaking pleasing words and massaging her feet, but ...
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Can I believe in Sanatan Dharma while not believing in any of the God?

Let's Imagine a person. He does discuss lots of things about Sanatan dharma and how it is different from Abrahamic religions. He does follow the principals of Gita in real life. He also adheres to the ...
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How is prāyaścitta different from daṇḍa? Are both complementary to each other?

How is prāyaścitta (atonement or expiation) different from daṇḍa (punishment sanctioned by the king)? Is prāyaścitta a voluntary/self-imposed punishment for a sin that one commits? Are both ...
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Why do only some Brahmins have a tuft of hair? Is it mandatory to cut the tuft of hair before leaving India?

Why is it that some Brahmins have a tuft of hair and some don't? Is it optional? Furthermore, the great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan before leaving to Cambridge University cut his tuft ...
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Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma?

Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma? People who do evil actions do so because they get evil thoughts and desires. Why do they think these evil thoughts and desires? What do the ...
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What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition?

What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition? For reference, this verse says, 4.13 - The [social] ...
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Why is intercaste marriage bad? [duplicate]

Why is intercaste marriage bad? Is this just a case of Brahminical oppression to subdue the lower castes, or is there any spiritual, dharmic, or beneficial reason behind this practice? What do the ...
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Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth?

Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth? If so, which verses from the Gita declare that caste is based on birth? What do ancient, Vedantic commentators say?
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Are all men created equal according to Hinduism? Is this predominant western belief in agreement with the Vedas?

Are all men created equal according to Hinduism? Is this predominant western belief based on the Vedas? This belief is fundamental to most modern Western countries, and it is the second sentence of ...
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Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? [duplicate]

Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? Is it moral? What does Hinduism say?
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Do the mleccha civilizations become stronger than the vedic civilization in kali yuga?

Does Hindu scripture say that Hindus will become weaker compared to the mleccha races/civilizations in kali yuga? The puranas and itihasas say that when sattva guna is prominent in the universe, the ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

I have seen many men wearing a waist band or thread around their waist, red or black color. It's called Karbuta in Marathi. Is there any significance behind wearing it?
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Is there any written evidence in Mahabharata why Krishna supported Pandavas in war? [duplicate]

In serials, discussions about duet sabha results also showed that both Pandavas and Kauravas did adharm that day. I guess similar discussions would be part of Mahabharata. But still Krishna supported ...
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How does one attain the specific heavenly realms situated above Earth?

Above Earth, there are 7 heavenly realms: Bhuvaloka, Suvaloka, Mahaloka, Janaloka, Tapaloka, Satyaloka, Vaikunta. Swarga of Indra is situated in Suvarloka for example. Gandharvaloka, among other lokas,...
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What rules do Devas have to follow? Do human dharma shastras apply to them?

It is well known that Draupadi had 5 husbands. Ordinarily, this would be a huge sin for human women. However, Draupadi was an incarnation of a Deva (Devi), particulary Sachi (wife of Indra). ...
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Why did Sanat Kumar gave Curse to Dawarpaala since they were just doing their job?

The story that I'm talking about is of the Sanat Kumaras (Son of Brahma) visit to the Vaikuntha. And they gave curse to Jaya and Vijaya to reborn for 3 times. As result they reborn as Hiranyaksha and ...
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Should we restrict drunk people to enter the temple? [closed]

I am asking this question because this incident has happened to me. Actually, I have restricted one of my friends to enter the temple because he has taken the drink outside the Bherunath mandir ...
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Did Arjuna, Drona, Bhishma and Ashvatthama kill any foot soldiers during the Mahabharata war thereby breaking one of the rules?

In both BR Chopra's and Star Plus' Mahabharat TV shows, before the main Mahabharata war, both sides agree on some rules on how the war should be fought. This answer lists all those rules and I'm ...
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Is it adharma for a daasi to be stripped by her swami?

Yes, you got it right, in Star Plus Mahabharata, it's said by Duryodhana, that since Draupadi is now his daasi ('female servant or slave') she has to accept his orders and he can strip her since he's ...
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Did Pandavas really complete their ajnatavasa?

Did the Pandavas really complete the terms of their ajnatavasa (living in concealment)? Or were their hidden identities revealed before its completion and hence it was adharma to fight against the ...
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Did Karna think that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as king of Hastinapura?

In Star Plus Mahabharata (e.g., S11 E7), it is shown again and again that Karna believed that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as King/Yuvaraja (crown prince) of Hastinapura. Did Karna really ...

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