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why is adultery allowed in kamasutra?

Adultery The Kamasutra, states the Indologist and Sanskrit literature scholar Ludo Rocher, discourages adultery but then devotes "not less than fifteen sutras (1.5.6–20) to enumerating the ...
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References to the character of Manu for Manu Smriti

The Manu Smṛiti is mentioned in a lot of other scriptures, but it is not ever truly endorsed, unlike other scriptures. In the Manu Smṛiti, Manu says he got it from "the Imperishable One," ...
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Is uttara gita mentioned by any previous acharyas in their works?

Sources say it is mentioned in Taittriya upanishad dipika by vidyaranya. If anybody knows can you cite page no ?
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Is carousing considered good or bad in Hinduism?

According to Christian 1 peter 4:3 carousing isa sin And sports is a sin ( అల్లరితో కూడిన ఆట పాటలు) According to Sanatana Dharma is indulging in sports with carousing good or bad ?
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Has the killing of a cow been categorised as a mahapataka in any text or versions thereof?

In a particular text (not able to remember) there was a line which said that :A Brahmin, a woman and a cow must never be slain. This statement is in line with the pancha mahapataka among which, is the ...
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Is Mahishasura Mardini Lakshmi or Durga?

Who is the killer of Mahishasura? Is it Durga or Lakshmi? My confusion arises after finding out that Lakshmi killed Mahishsura in the Devi Mahatmaya. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the presiding Goddess of ...
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Complete English translations of Puranas

Some English translations of Puranas can be found online here: Vishnu purana (a) Garuda purana (abridged) (b) Garuda purana (full) Bagavata Purana (a) Shiva Purana (b) Online proofread edition Linga ...
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Did Krishna ever talk about Rama?

Rama and Krishna belongs to tretha and dwapara yuga respectively. Mahabharata has statements about Rama, told by Hanuman, rishi's etc., So it can be inferred that Lord Rama was well known at the ...
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Punishment for brahmana for hearing?

I have seen that scriptures tell a shudra should not hear. when shudra hear then others should keep Lead/oil on ears. But I did not see that one scripture did not told brahmin should not hear. when ...
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What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?

All I know is that Krishna or Arjuna is called Hrishikesha. What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?
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How many creation stories are there in Shastras?

Unlike the Abrahamic religions which gives us an account of only one creation story in their holy scriptures, Hinduism on the other hand has more than one creation story. How many such stories are ...
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What are the occupations of a person born as a Vaisya?

What are the suitable (prescribed) occupations of a person born as a Vaisya?
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Why do people say that king is a god?

Kings are called gods by people and even in hinduism. People consider their monarchs as gods. My question is why, a king is a god according to people in hinduism? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m15/...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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Is Indradhanush really bow of Indra?

This question came to my mind when I heard/noticed about Indradhanush (hindi/Sanskrit name for Rainbow). So If Indradhanush is really Bow of Indra does it have a significance? Scientifically ...
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Shudras & temples [closed]

यः शूद्रेणार्चितं लिङ्गं विष्णुं वा प्रणमेन्नरः । न तस्य निष्कृतिर्दृष्टा प्रायश्चितयुतैरपि ।। नमेद्यः शूद्रसंस्पृष्टं लिङ्गं वा हरिमेव च । स सर्वयातनाभोगी यावच्चन्द्रतारकम् ।। पाखण्डपूजितं लिङ्गं ...
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Fulfilled prophecies in Hinduism?

Have there than any recorded prophecies in the Bhagavad Gita or other major Hindu writings that, according to a significant number of Hindus, was later fulfilled in an event known to history?
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How Rudra became Shiva in Vedas?

There are four parts of Vedas; Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Among these Samhita are those parts which are directly revealed to the seers. ie. They are always eternal syllable by ...
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Does Ganesha have two mothers?

In Ashtottara Shatanaamavali given here, the 5th name is 'द्वैमातुराय' (dvaimāturāya - ie one having two mothers). One mother of Ganapati is Parvati and I am wondering then why he is called द्वैमातुरा...
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Krishna visiting Sudra's home or touching a Sudra

In Mahabharata, Pandavas used to visit Sudra's homes. It can be clarified from the following passage Vaisampayana said, 'Then all the citizens (of Varanavata) on hearing that the son of Pandu had ...
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Different dharmas of different aspects of our existence

I heard something like below Hunger, thirst, increasing, decreasing, etc., are the dharmas of the body. Sad, happy, etc., are the dharmas of manas........................ I didn't remember the whole ...
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Do any scriptures tell how to become void of arrogance?

Arrogance is considered a bad thing. Do any scriptures tell what to do so that we become void of arrogance?
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Namaskaram. Anyone know if there is an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantram?

Is there an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantra available? Please provide the link for the same. Thank you.
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Do sinners directly get moksha if they die in Varanasi?

The answers to this question clearly say that any person who dies in Varanasi will get moksha. If a sinner dies in Varanasi, will that person get moksha?
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What exactly is Hrudayam?

There are several similar and related terms in the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma. But there will be subtle differences between those terms. Manas, Chitta, buddhi, Hrudayam are one such example. ...
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Is there any shloka from any Upanishad or other scriptural text that may depict the content of passage of Brih .Up 3:8:9?

Br Up passage 3:8:9 ( Atasya vaa aksharasya - -pitro nvayattah) --the content of this passage is so revealing. It's not only inferential rather experiential also on the contemplation of The Universal ...
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What are Bhakti Sutras? How many Bhakti Sutras are there?

I have heard of Narada Bhakti Sutra and Shandilya Bhakti Sutra. These are canonical Sanskrit treatizes on Bhakti Marga (Devotional Path). How many Bhakti Sutras are there? I have also doubt about how ...
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How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins?

How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins he committed during his earthly life? Please quote from Hindu scriptures instead of vague answers.
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What was the actual reason for Krishna to kill washerman?

The following episode from Bhagavatam clearly says that Krishna got angry on washerman and then killed him. SB 10.41.30: Brāhmaṇas standing along the way honored the two Lords with presentations of ...
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karna is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karna was a ...
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What to make of this Shloka in Valmiki Ramayana where it talks of flying mountains?

Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda Shloka 1.123 ( Complete - 5.1.123 Valmiki Ramayana) talks of flying mountains in KritaYuga. पूर्वं कृतयुगे तात पर्वताः पक्षिणोऽभवन्। ते हि जग्मुर्दिशः सर्वा गरुडानिलवेगि...
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How does sin in the dharma shastras and other scriptures work on a fundamental level?

The most obvious cause of sin working is God doing it. However, why does he care so much, and if he cares so much about sin, why not prevent the sin from happening by making the world generate less ...
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What is a bhashya? What rules are there to write bhashya?

What is bhashya (commentary)? What is the method for writing bhashyas? Which scripture tells us about bhashya? Do Puranas talk about bhashyas?
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"Once Yogi, Twice Bhogi, Thrice Rogi" -- What should be the number of meals per day?

There is a famous saying in Hindi, which translates to: "In a day -- A person in Yoga (Yogi - SAtvika) eats 1 time, A Consumer (Bhogi - RAjasika) eats 2 times and and a Sick (Rogi - TAmasika) ...
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What do we know about the future Mahayugas?

Background: The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dwapara, and Kali) together make up one Mahayuga. 1000 Mahayugas make up one Kalpa, which is one day in the life of Brahma. After the Kalpa is over Brahma ...
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Has any sect or prominent guru differentiated between scriptures and their Padma Purāṇa mentions on the basis of taddhita affix "a"?

The taddhita affix "a" is added to the names of the scriptures in the Padma Purāṇa. E.g. the Viṣṇu Purāṇa is called Vaiṣṇava. Has anyone notable used that to differentiate the scriptures ...
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Is the word vanara mentioned for a particular race in scriptures can be different from monkeys?

According to the dictionary, the word वानर has multiple meanings. One among them is Monkey. But others include ape, Monkey-like etc., Hanuman, Sugreeva etc., are said to be of Vanara race. In this ...
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On what grounds do Srivaishnava jeeyars retain sacred thread?

In many traditions like sankara dashanami they give up sacred thread while taking up sanyasa But Sri vaishnava sanyasins retain it Some so called sanyasa upanishads talk of giving up the thread Hence ...
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Are any ancient sports mentioned in our scriptures [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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Is there any type of food capable enough to change the contents of causal body?

According to Sanatana Dharma, a Jeeva or human contains three bodies: Physical body, subtle body, and causal body. It is well known that food can directly impact the physical body. We can also notice ...
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Is there a good source listing contradictions in Hinduism?

It's a personal belief I think apparent contradictions in Hinduism are trying to tell us something. Does anyone have a good list made by skeptics or unbiased Hindus like those for Bible contradictions?...
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Who possessed Pashupatastra other than Arjuna and Shiva?

Shiva gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna but who possessed it besides those two?
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Is there a contradiction in the tree parentage of Māṛṣā? (whether multiple or one)

In the Viṣṇu purāṇa, Māṛṣā is described as the offspring of trees. WHILST the Pracetasas were thus absorbed in their devotions, the trees spread and overshadowed the unprotected earth, and the people ...
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Are there any hindu texts on Machiavellian ways one should know ? Or on how to handle people of different kinds

Maybe Arthshastra as an ancient text fits the description,But I am looking specifically for hindu texts on such subject or related to it .
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Are scriptures censored?

Are the scriptures censored to be more palatable or understandable to humans or are they always completely honest? Does scripture have anything to say regarding this?
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Which is the first Hindu scripture that mentions about zodiac signs?

The following are the names of zodiac signs Mesha (Aries), Vrushabha (Taurus), Mithuna (Gemini), Karkat (Cancer), Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Vrushchika (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), ...
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How can deity plants like Tulsi and Rice be reconciled with the destined progression of the soul?

The Viṣṇu Purāṇa states souls are destined to proceed through successive births, but deity plants like Tulsi and Rice are surely the zenith already. The gods in heaven are beheld by the inhabitants ...
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What is lakshana shastra mentioned in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138?

I read about lakshana shastra in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138. What is this lakshana shastra ?
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...

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