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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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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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How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

Comparing the two scenarios: Secnario 1: Rama has destroyed all of Ravana's weapons, chariot etc..and has him completely unarmed. However Rama sends him back to come the next day stating that it is ...
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Except for baudhyana dharma sutras which other dharma sastras talk about loss of caste due to sea voyage? [duplicate]

Baudhayana Dharma-sutra, composed about 2,000 years ago, maybe earlier, lists this "Samudrolanghana" or "Sagarollanghana" as the first of many reasons for loss of castes (II.1.2.2). Are there ...
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Roadmap to learning Hinduism? [duplicate]

I am a Hindu, however, I do not feel as though I understand my religion. I pray, go to the temple, follow religious rules, etc., but I don't understand why I do it. It feels very un-genuine that I am "...
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Why did Krishna punish Yudhishthira for lying after telling him to lie?

Drona was an exceptional fighter in the Mahabharata war and was unkillable on the battlefield. So to kill him, Krishna told the Pandavas to lie that Drona's son, Ashvattama, was killed, so that Drona ...
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Which practice existed during the reign of Lord Rama, either Kanyasulkam or Varakatnam(Dowry)?

At present we follow giving Dowry to the grooms which is considered as social evil. What Lord's do is considered right because they will have a particuar reason behind it. So I want to know what they ...
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Why should a sister get married first before brother in a family? what does hinduism and shastras say about this?

My boyfriend is waiting for his younger sister to get married since they will not allow male kids to marry before sisters get married. what is the reason behind this culture in Hinduism?
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
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What does Hinduism say about organ donation? [duplicate]

Does the religion say anything good/bad about organ donation ? Is one not circumventing some sort of karmic rules by giving and receiving organs ? Say, if someone is blind, he is paying for his karma....
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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Have any acharyas commented on taking a dip in sacred but infected rivers?

Background According to this article, an Australian woman became very ill after she took a dip in the sacred Ganges river at Varanasi. My love affair with Varanasi continued and I studied yoga at ...
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What are the key responsibilities of a Hindu? [closed]

According to scripture, what are the key responsibilities of a Hindu?
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Was there a process of impeachment if a king was found to be in violation of dharma?

If a king was found to be in violation of dharma repeatedly and did not want to step down voluntarily, what were the options for the prajā? Did they demand the king be ousted? Was there an "...
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What are duties and goals of a Brahmin and how should he behave?

Can anyone say the duties of a Brahmin and how he should behave? What should be his goals? As said in Bhagavat Gita, One should follow his own duties to attain liberation and so. If with any ...
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Can Brahmin be a teacher on any other topics other than Vedas

I have read that the prescribed duties of brahmin are becomings priests, learning and teaching so I want to clarify this doubt.
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Swa-dharma of Sri Rama and queen Kaikeyi's boons

The second boon which Queen Kaikeyi asked from King Dasharatha was- Sri Rama's exile to Dandaka forest and live the life of an an ascetic.The details are as under:- यो द्वितीयो वरो देव दत्तः प्रीतेन ...
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Why did Sita go to the forest with Rama?

While Rama was going to the forest, Sita also went to the forest without any second thought as far as I know; Why did Rama allow her to do it? Did any discussion happen between Rama and Sita to make ...
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Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

Can a Hindu king or ruler suspend the dharma śāstras and other law books at difficult times e.g., during famine, floods, internal conflicts or when the state is actively engaged in a war? If yes, can ...
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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 can one save Sanatana Dharma?

It is said on multiple occasions that we need to protect our sanskriti, our dharma, etc. But is there any reference in our shastras on what should we do to save dharma?
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What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
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Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

To control caterpillars, thrips, mites and whiteflies, farmers use insecticides and kill a large number of these insects. It is in fact necessary to use these pesticides, otherwise crops will not ...
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What chapters of Mahabharata deal with Dharma?

What chapters specifically of Mahabharata best explains Dharma?
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Did Krishna warn Bhishma not to interrupt any actions of Kauravas and Pandavas during the game of dice?

In Peter Brooks play/movie adaptation of Mahabharat the following conversation ensues between Krishna and Bhishma before the game of dice was to commence;[Given here below. Shortened/edited by me, but ...
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Is it a sin to alter or tamper with scriptures?

If a person interpolates scriptures with a good intent e.g., by replacing offending/controversial words/verses that are not current with the times, but doesn't disclose the modifications to maintain ...
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Will non-vegetarians won't get liberation?

It is said that non-selfishness(nishkaama karma) lead to liberation by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita. Then there are so many people (some crores of people) arround us, killing animals and then eating ...
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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 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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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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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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Does scripture say that widows are inauspicious?

Among other things, I understand that a widow is not allowed to give her son/daughter away in marriage, only a husband-wife couple can do so.
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What is the true meaning of the shlok Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah?

Dharma Rakshati Rakshitah means if you protect Dharma, then Dharma will protect you. Can someone understand me better
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Daily rituals to be performed by a Sudra according to Hindu dharma [duplicate]

Several daily rituals/practices have been suggested/directed to be followed by Brahman (Brahmins) by holy scriptures in Hinduism. Likewise, what daily rituals have been suggested especially to Sudras ...
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism against the Satī (sahamaraṇa) system?

Are there any counter-arguments within Hinduism against the concept/practice of Satī? I heard that some commentators/interpreters of scripture believe the widow actually goes to hell since self-...
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Why did god create us even though he knew that we will partake in adharma?

God knows that humans will partake in adharma. So why did he create us?
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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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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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As Duryodhana's Senapati did Bhishma carry out treachery and/or dereliction of duty by commission and/or omission?

1. Bhishma kept Karna with his Vasavi Shakti out of the war for 10 days by his insulting ways. (If Karna had killed Arjuna, the war would have been over. Even if he wouldn't kill the Pandavas he could ...
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Is Krishna's famous argument for the mahabharata war correct?

hato vA prApsyasi svargaM jitvA vA bhokShyase mahIm| tasmAduttiShTha kaunteya yuddhAya kRRitanishchayaH ||2.37|| "O son of Kuntī, either you will be killed on the battlefield and attain the ...
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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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Is meat eating outside of yajnas considered sin for Varnas like kshatriyas and sudras too?

Just like all religions Hinduism also maintains that eating animals outside of religious sphere, without offering it to god (s) leads to sin/bad karma, is this applicable unto kshatriyas too?
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Was Satī (sahagamana) limited one particular varṇa (kṣatriya)? Was it also applicable to brāhmaṇa and other women?

When it was allowed, was the practice of Satī a.k.a sahagamana meaning 'going with' or sahamaraṇa ('dying with') limited to one particular varṇa, the kṣatriya? Or was it applicable to brāhmaṇa and ...
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What does Krishna mean when he says falsehood may be uttered on the occasion of enjoying a woman? [duplicate]

From here "Listen to it, O Dhananjaya! One who speaks truth is righteous. There is nothing higher than truth. Behold, however, truth as practised is exceedingly difficult to be understood as ...
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What is dharma for Mlecchas according to Hinduism?

Dharma is eternal and fixed. Each varna in Hinduism has its own dharma, which is defined by the Vedas. What is the dharma for Mlecchas?
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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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Can families that have been Vratyas for 3 generations or more perform the Vratyastoma ritual?

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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Can I say my Dharma is Karma? [closed]

I do not subscribe to any religion. I am confused about my Dharma. Can I say my Dharma is Karma?
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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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is proselytization into hindu-dharma consistent with bhagavad gita?

श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुणः परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात् । स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेयः परधर्मो भयावहः ।।3.35।। 3.35 - It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though faultily, than another’s duties ...
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According to Advaita philosophy , what is the meaning of word Dharma? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of word Dharma as used by Sri Krishna in Bhagwat Gita sloka "yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham"? If there are multiple ...

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