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Questions tagged [scripture]

For questions about the holy texts of Hinduism. Please also use a more specific tag (e.g. [vishnu-purana]) if possible.

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What do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?

Do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?
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Is auspicious place for marriage as important as auspicious time?

In Hinduism, it is customary to consider auspicious time for marriage. It can be found across several scriptures. Consider the following as an example for it from Valmiki Ramayana "Oh, Brahman, the ...
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Is time taveling possible according to Hinduism? [duplicate]

Not necessarily sending body to past or future but also transferring consciousness to different time periods.Is it supported in Hindu scriptures? The only time I know about transfering consciousness ...
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What steps can be taken to ensure that TV Serials do not distort scripture? [closed]

Until I read the KMG original I didn't know that in the original only Arjuna and Siva are present at the scene. Until then I had the following picture of how Arjuna obtained the Pashupata weapon: It ...
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Can firm calendar dates be assigned to scriptures and events described in them?

A book I read recently says that the only firm date is the history of ancient India is the invasion of Alexander (327-326 B.C.). Can anything more be said about this?
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Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures?

Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures mainly upanishads, any gita or any puranas or brahma sutras? When did the tradition of commenting texts start? Who is the commentator? It can be ...
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What is meant by Karika bhasya?

What is meaning of Karika bhasya(commentarary)? How is it different from normal bhasyas? What are examples of few Karika bhasyas apart from Gaudapada Karika bhasya on Mandukya upanishad?
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Remedies in scriptures/ayurveda for floaters in eyes [closed]

Which scriptures/parts of Ayurveda talk about floaters in eyes and their remedies? https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/spotsfloats.htm
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Which scriptures talk about what causes increase/decrease in male/female virility? [closed]

Which scriptures talk about what causes increase/decrease in male/female virility?
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Is there any example for 'divide and conquer' strategy in Hindu scriptures for solving a problem? [closed]

In computer science, 'Divide and conquer' is an algorithm design technique. A typical Divide and Conquer algorithm solves a problem using the following three steps. Divide: Break the given ...
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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If some preacher utters ill words about some other preacher or saint, can he be treated as Adhikari to preach the Sanatana Dharma?

In Gita, Sri Krishna repeatedly mentions that a spiritual soul should be Advesta, Maitra, Karuna, ie He should be free from bigotry, be friendly to all and be full of compassion. Sri Chaitanyadeva ...
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Is Baskala Shaka of Rig veda Authentic?

Vedas are the primary and oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Many sages wrote them and they are pure authentic and most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. Entire Hindu philosphy is based on them. The four ...
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Will there be ill-effects from universally disseminating scripture to non-Dvijas?

Westerners who are not Dvijas and are probably not Hindus have done yeoman service in translating Vedas and other scripture into English. The prohibition against writing down scripture has universally ...
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Is there any mentions in scriptures about the usage of gemstones in astrology and their relationships with the navgrahas?

In vedic astrology the usage of precious gemstones is common practice to resolve issues in a person's life related to the navgrahas. However,which scriptures mention the relationships of those ...
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What is this verse in Garbha Upanishad trying to say?

Garbha Upanishad mentions following: If the father’s seed is more potent, it becomes male; if the mother’s seed is stronger, it becomes female. If the seeds are equal, it becomes an intersexual....
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Is Yog Vasistha authentic scripture?

Yoga Vasistha is claimed to be written by Valmiki ji. The first written copy of Yog Vasistha is estimated around 6th century according to Wikipedia. But I haven't heard about this text like ...
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Which scriptures talk about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars?

I wish to know the scriptures which mention about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars.
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Which texts are Brahmins allowed to read?

Does scripture mention texts of Hindu or non-Hindu origin that would be sinful for Brahmins to read or prohibited by their Varna Dharma?
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What texts are non-brahmins allowed to read?

It is said that non-brahmins are not allowed to recite the vedas. However, are they allowed to read any of the spiritual texts or scriptures? What about the upanishads, the puranas, etc.?
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Where is Pitru Loka among the 14 lokas?

My dear son Nārada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, ...
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What do scriptures say about process of having progeny? [closed]

What do the scriptures say regarding the things to do and not do before and during pregnancy for having good progeny?
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Which primary scriptures (that are not commentaries or disputations) cite other scriptures? [closed]

I am not merely talking about one scripture mentioning another scripture (like Purana A describing Purana B as "Tamasic") - I am talking about naming other scriptures along with the cited content. ...
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Does Hindu scripture have statements approximating “you can't step into the same river twice”?

https://theinvisiblementor.com/you-cannot-step-into-the-same-river-twice/ you cannot step into the same river twice because you are changing and the river is changing I think this describes the ...
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What is the function organized on reaching 60 years of age?

Long time ago I read that reaching the age of 60 years means one has completed 50% of their lifespan and to mark this occasion, a function is organized to celebrate it. Of course, not everyone lives ...
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Are there scriptural citations denigrating eating during war?

During Mahabharata Yuddha Kanda, there don't seem to be many verses depicting that Krishna ate food. Are there scriptural verses putting down eating during war ?
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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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Is dark skin considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures?

Many Indians today think that fair/white skin is beautiful while dark/black skin is ugly. Is dark skin considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures, and by extension, in ancient India before European ...
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Are there scriptural citations denigrating old age?

As mentioned in another post, Vishnu's human avataras don't seem to age beyond young adulthood. Are there scriptural verses putting down old age?
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Do scriptures allow to worship idol of acharya?

Do scriptures allow to worship idol/photo of an acharya/guru?
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what exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma?

We treat the Vedas including the Upanishads as representations of our highest Truth. We have Itihaasas like Ramayana and Mahabharata that provides the Bhagavad-Gita, which contains the essence of the ...
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Can woman give diksha to others as per scriptures?

Can women give diksha to either man or woman as per Hindu scriptures? If no, what is the reason? If yes, why don't we see woman gurus who give mantras to others much? Do dharma shastras allow women ...
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Does scripture describe the origin of Mlecchas and outcastes?

I am only aware of scriptures that deal with the origin of the 4 Hindu castes. How about outcastes and Mlecchas?
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Is there more than one interpretation of “twice born”?

I recall: interpretation 1: the twice-born become twice-born when the undergo upanayana. interpretation 2: the twice-born were human in their previous incarnation also. Are both interpretations ...
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Does scripture say that scripture should not be written down?

Shruti = "what is heard". It is believed that the written scripture does not convey the essence. Does a prohibition against writing scripture down exist in scripture?
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Who were the custodians of scripture in different eras?

In the Vedic period they were called Rishis, then we hear about Sutas. Was the occupation of scribe known in Hinduism?
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When will Lord Kalki appear and where is Shambal?

When will Kalki avatar reveal himself and where is Shambal?
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Do the scriptures talk about procedures that a Brahmin has to do before eating food? [duplicate]

What are the procedures that a Brahmin has to follow before having food. I have seen the process of sprinkling water, but what is the whole process? What is the mantra one has to chant at that time?
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In which scripture does the word “Bhagavan” appear first?

We all know that the words Bhagavan and Ishwar are used in many Hindu scriptures. They give their meanings also. I want to know, in which scripture did the word "Bhagavan" appear first?
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Where is written that name of Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara is Balaji? [duplicate]

Where in the Hindu scriptures of Vaishnava sects or Vishnu Sahasranama written that name of Lord Vishnu is Balaji? It appears that this is not the name of Shri Vishnu or Venkateswara
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Why should Kubera(a Yaksha) worshipped, when real goddess of wealth is Shri Laxmi? [duplicate]

Kubera is a Yaksha, so why should he worshipped and not alone Goddess Laxmi for granting us wealth? Which scriptures asks to worship Kubera and why?
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Is it a wife's duty to have sex after marriage?

Is it a wife's duty to have sex after marriage? If yes, could you please quote which Hindu scripture says so?
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How do we know whether the BORI people are qualified (to do what they do) and what are their methods?

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute or BORI prepares critical editions of Hindu scriptures. They also seem to remove portions from ancient manuscripts deeming such portions as interpolations. ...
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Who is Goddess Nirrti?

Manusmriti Chapter 11: But a student who has broken his vow shall offer at night on a crossway to Nirriti a one-eyed ass, according to the rule of the Pakayagnas. It says if a twice born ...
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Is everything in the universe conscious according to Hinduism?

In Devi Bhagavatam and some other scriptures of Hinduism, it is explicitly mentioned that (almost) every thing in the universe has a related god/goddesses. Here, every thing includes living things, ...
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Can a lady undergoing menstruation period do yoga?

I heard that a lady undergoing menstruation should not do yoga. My doubt is can a lady during her menstruation do yoga or not? If no then after how many days she can be able to do yoga? If yes, ...
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Are there any scriptures which say man is distraction for woman?

I heard that for a spiritual aspirant who is a male, women are considered a great distraction. Are there any scriptures/verses which say opposite i.e for woman, man is considered distraction?
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Where can I read Prabodha Sudhakara of Adi Shankara in English?

Adi Shankaracharya's little known philosophical work is Prabodha Sudhakara. I am interested in reading it. Where can I read this work in online in English?
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Where exactly is Ashtavakra Gita found?

I have been trying to find information on Ashtavakra gita but in vain. Where is the text Ashtavakra Gita found? Is it part of any purana/itihasa? If so, which purana/itihasa and which canto and ...
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Many versions of Ithihasa and Puranas, which versions can be true? [duplicate]

Two different versions of Mahabharata are available, Northern and southern recension. Both of them don't have same number of chapters and verses. For example, Sabha Parva of kumbakonam version of ...