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Is castrating animals a sin as per Hinduism?

Several governmental bodies these days have been castrating dogs and monkeys, and other animals these days. What is the general take of Hinduism on animal castration? I think it's a form of violence ...
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Why didn't any sin attach to Vishnu when he actively aided Indra in killing Vrtra?

How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? And Vishnu said, 'I am no doubt bound to do what is for your good. I shall, therefore, tell you of a contrivance whereby he may be annihilated. Do ye with ...
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Is intervening to prevent a charitable act a sin?

I once heard a religious practitioner (one who conducts Samskaras and so forth for lay Hindus) say that it is a sin to try to dissuade someone from giving charity. is it supported by scripture?
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Is being lazy a sin?

By being lazy , one suffers much loss in his life. But is being lazy also sinful ? By being lazy we don't harm anyone but can it be considered as sin ?
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What is the difference between Dharma-Adharma and Paap-Punya?

Dharma-Adharma & Paap-Punya looks similar. What is the difference between them ? I have created a similar question , you may also read it.
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How big of a sin is killing of insects?

I have created a separate question for killing of animals as in case of animals , one can easily avoid killing of animals. It is one's choice whether or not one kills an animal or not. While in case ...
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Vedic texts contains verses that support animal sacrifice , then why do Hinduism generally consider eating non-veg to be sin?

Vedas have many verses which supports killing of animals in sacrifice , then why does Hinduism generally consider eating non-veg food to be wrong ? Also there is one Nishad caste in Hinduism whose job ...
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How big of a sin is eating non-vegetarian food?

What punishment do people get for eating non-vegetarian food ? Do they get punished in hell or do they get punished in this world ?
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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his brothers?

The killing of a Brahmana is considered a major sin. His brothers were Brahmins whom he killed on the order of his father, Jamadagni. Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his brothers?
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Do people get saved from hell if one of their family member is in heaven?

Yudhistira was allocated heaven while other four Pandavs and Draupdi were allocated hell . But when Yudhistira requested Yamraj that he too would live in hell with his other four brothers and wife in ...
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What are the methods for doing repetance of sins?

Most of us commit some sins in our day to day lives . What are the ways suggested in scriptures for repentance of sins.
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Which scripture talks about 'Hreem' bija mantra other than Devi bhagvatam? I am talking about Hreem/Devi Pranava/Tantrokt Paranava

In devi bhagvat I saw some description of Devi Pranava Hreem.But those were not sufficient. I want to know the power of Hreem. And what does it can do. I want to destroy all of my sins of every birth. ...
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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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After marriage why do papa and punya not come to women?

Why does paapa go to the husband if a wife commits paapa after marriage? Why does it not go to the wife?
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Can person commit Brahminicide without killing a Brahmana?

Brahminicide or Brahmanahatya is is considered a very heinous crime. Can a person commit Brahmanahatya without killing a Brahmin? People said that it is possible without even killing a Brahmin.
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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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Have any prominent gurus or scripture explained why abortion is a sin, but curing cancer (without saving the cancer) is not? [closed]

The orthodox view of most religions is abortion is a sin. One thing that does not make sense to me about this is pretty much everyone does not think curing cancer is a sin, even though a fetus and ...
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What are the fruits received by performing an Ashwamedha?

Ashwamedha is a Vedic yajna done mainly by Kshatriyas and is supposed to have wondrous benefits including getting rid of Brahmahatya and attaining the post of Indra, if 100 of them are performed. I ...
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How to overcome jealousy?

Jealousy is considered a sin by many people along with other vices like greed, anger, arrogance, lust and delusion. How do scriptures suggest to overcome jealousy (aka matsarya)?
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Does the "sin that dwelleth in me" corresponds to kundalini? [closed]

In the Letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul writes about "sin" as some entity that dwells in the human body. Now, I do believe that this entity corresponds to kundalini. sin entered into ...
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Is the practice of Gayatri Parivar allowing everyone to undergo Upanayana (Janaeu) ceremony adharmika?

It's a well-known fact about the Gayatri Parivar's stance on allowing everyone (including married women, non-Hindus, and Śhūdras, etc.) to undergo the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana or Yagnopavita ...
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How to reconcile these incendiary acts of Devaguru Bṛhaspati, in the story of Dīrghatamas (from Mahābhārata)?

In the Book 1: Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva (Section 104) of the Mahābhārata, we encounter an appalling story of sage Dīrghatamas, as narrated by Pitāmaha Bhīṣhma to Satyavatī. I'm quoting the ...
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Is it a sin to kill a mosquito in Hinduism?

If I kill mosquitoes in my room with an electric mosquito-killing racket, will that be considered a sin? Why?
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Possessing ego for being "scripturally righteous" or being a sinner (knowingly or unknowingly): Which of the two is worse?

We all commit in some way or another various sins (pāpa) and good acts (puṇya). My question pertains to the situation: Suppose one person, might be conducting themselves in all righteousness (dharmic),...
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Any sins committed when Bilva tree is desecrated in any way?

Does the scriptures enjoin any sins with cutting the Bilva tree and it's leaves, done either deliberately or by mistake?
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Does sin arise in this case?

If X goes to Y's house, Y has a low opinion about X and insults him. X is hurt and he thinks that it is his papam. Is there any papam arising to X by inciting or provoking Y to behave in a bad manner....
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Is it sin to criticize Hinduism?

Is it sin to criticize Hinduism? Can one find faults in the Vedas and upanishades, or even criticize the guru for something the Student doesn't agree with. By criticize I don't mean to mock or to ...
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Is there any verse that talks about bad human births?

Now after having suffered the torments inflicted in the hells, the evil-doers pass into animal bodies. 2. Criminals in the highest degree enter the bodies of all plants successively. 3. Mortal sinners ...
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Is it sin for Brahmins if they eat artifical meat (Cultured meat)? [duplicate]

Is it sin for Brahmins if they eat artifical meat (Cultured meat )? Does scriptures scriptures say anything about this?
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Is life predestined or on the freewill? [duplicate]

If someone is in hard times, should he has to think that these problems are because of his past karmas for which he has to suffer or he should make an effort in order to get off of such situation? If ...
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What is the Hindu view of blasphemy? [duplicate]

blasphemy : the action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk. Is blasphemy sin in Hinduism.
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On which days should one not study the Vedas?

From Brahmanda Purana's Anusanga Pada Chp35 28-30. There are fifteen Vājins. They are the disciples of Yājñavalkya viz.—Kaṇva, Baudheya Madhyandina, his son, Vaidheya, Addha, Bauddhaka, Tāpanīya, ...
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How saint become sinner?

what is the meaning of this quote A saint is a sinner who never gave up. I got this quote from here My confusion is that how saint become sinner ?
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Can you get rid of bad karma by self harm?

If someone is inflicting pain on himself because he wants to get rid of bad karma, will he be able to get rid of bad karma like this? And is there any way to get rid of bad karma other than suffering ...
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If I broke a promise that I made to Bhagwan - specifying the consequence of me breaking it, what can be done? [duplicate]

I made a promise to Bhagwan that I would not effuse semen for a month, and if I did, I asked Him to throw me in naraka or make me go through animal reincarnation (8.4 million times). I broke it. Also, ...
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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 is the greatest sin in Hinduism. According to vedas [duplicate]

Is eating beef greatest sin. Not worshipping God is greatest sin. Or some thing else.
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Sections of scriptures which deal with Bearing the Physical Pain

What sections of scriptures deal with Bearing the Physical Pain because of disease, old age or accident? What kind of discourse is given regarding the physical pain? Any lead would be fine, One can ...
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Is this activities count in lust/sin or not ? I mean he/she will get paap or not? [duplicate]

suppose if someone is not married .If he is doing sex with many girls ( call girl, prostitute) or if she is doing sex with many boy's( play boy) Is this activities count in lust/sin ? I mean he/...
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Why sin done by Indra is suffered by all Women?

As discussed here, the sin of Indra is suffered by women. But, why the sin done by someone is suffered by someone else? What I know is, we suffer the result of sinful action so that we can realize the ...
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

Some observations: In a particular society in India, the repentance for consuming beef is that the "sinner" must put on the rope around his/her neck (i.e. the rope wound around a cow's neck)...
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Why do we have mantras and rituals for sinful activities?

Let's take gambling. As seen in these answers here and here, gambling is a vice. No two ways about it. But there is an entire sukta in Atharva Veda dedicated to success in gambling as seen here I have ...
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What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind pandemics?

I am thinking if the Corona pandemic we are suffering is the result of similar and collective bad Karma of almost all we people on earth. What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind ...
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If the sins due to bad past life karmas are removed or destroyed by extreme devotion in this life, will the devotee still suffer?

The Agastya Nadi Jyotish revealed some of the sins I had made because of the bad karma I did in last life. I am a devotee and I chant GuruMantra everyday for an hour. Will it help me(people like me) ...
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What can be called a sin? [duplicate]

What type of action can be considered sin, is the action irrelevant but the motive? What if the action and motive are not good but it has no direct adverse effect on anyone. Like if a person gains ...
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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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What is the meaning of "shantam papam"

I have heard this phrase a number of times. Also have heard this in the Indian historical drama viz. Bharat Ek Khoj, wherein Dushyant wasn't able to recollect about Shakuntala, and Shakuntala claimed ...
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What are the vedic definitions for paapa and punya?

Paapa and Punya are very famous words in Hinduism. I used to believe that whatever karma is performed by the humans, if recommended/accepted by scriptures, is called Punya else Paapa. But recently I ...
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Is Karma transferable from one person to another according to śruti (Vedas, Upaniṣads, etc.)?

The Mahābhārata narrates the story of King Somaka and his chief priest who conduct a human sacrifice but only the priest is seen spending time in hell for his actions. And as the conversation between ...
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