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Questions tagged [sin]

Questions related to various sins.

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Why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata?

To kill an animal is said to be a sin in the Sanatana Dharma. So, why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata? What is the justification for this action?
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What is Virahatya (Killing of a hero)?

Here is what the Manusmriti 11.41 says: If a Brāhmaṇa who has set up the fires neglects them wilfully, he shall perform the ‘Cāndrāyaṇa’ penance for a month; as his offence is equal to the ...
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“Cows are sacred” & at the same time “It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal” - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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What kind of 'Paapa' results in losing an organ of the body?

We see lots of people lose some organ of their body in accidents. What kind of past life bad Karma causes this? Which Purana has commented on such bad karmas. Also is there any Purana/s that states ...
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Truthfulness of Satya Harischandra

King Harischandra arranged Shunahshepa, a brahmin boy for sacrifice to be given to Lord Varuna in place of his son Lohita which is a sin. [Reference - Ithareya Brahmana Panchika 7 Adhyaya 3] Still, ...
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According to Hindu scriptures, what are some of the great sins that God never forgives?

Are there any sins that are not forgiven by God?
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Is it true that sin will attach only if commits in Kaliyuga? [duplicate]

In Kaliyuga sin is attached to a person if and only if he does the wrong and sin does not get attached to the person if he thinks wrong. And this privilege is only for Kaliyuga and in the other yugas ...
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Is reading pirated books a sin? [closed]

I am a mathematics student and it is not economically feasible for me to buy every book that I need for my studies. Even reading a specific topic sometimes requires 2-3 different books. So like most ...
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Depicting Mahabharata (and other scriptures) misleadingly [duplicate]

Most common people don't know Sanskrit, and aren't interested in reading scriptures. They learn Itihasa & Purana from elders or watching TV e.g. B.R.Chopra's Mahabharat, or Ramanand Sagar's ...
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Did women menstruate before they partook Indra's sin?

The Vedas say that women menstruate as they took a portion of Indra's sin for killing a brahmin. Didn't women menstruate before this happened? How did they give birth before this happened?
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Is it a sin to allow reforms to Hinduism? [closed]

In the name of societal sense, we removed so many things in Hinduism: Child Marriages, Sati (practice) etc. Right now, cultural activist fights for Women entry to Sabarimala. which is another reform ...
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Actions performed during Devi Paksha affects the individual tremendously?

Are their any such stories or myth, where people are being blessed or cursed by the Goddess for their deeds, which are performed during this phase of Devi paksha? I would like to know, if sinful acts ...
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Which verse of taittiriya brAhmana talks of extinguishing agnihotra fire as sinful?

The book Hindu Dharma (comprised of speeches given by Chandrashekarendra Saraswati) states in this chapter that: The Taittiriya Brahmana has it that to extinguish the agnihotra fire is to earn ...
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Is it a sin if one leaves his wife and children and take sannyasam?

From the sage Pattinathar and Raghavendra left the home and families (for example in the kaliyuga). I thought this is a sin and make a guilty feelings since families are only our depends and we ...
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Hanuman and Sagarollanghana

I read in this question that Sagarollanghana is prohibited and leads to a loss of caste. Now Sagarollanghana literally means 'leaping over the Saagara'. It appears from the answer that the Manusmriti ...
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An unmarried girl has sex with his lover but marries other man . What reward is given to her for this act? [duplicate]

Is sex so sinful ,if done with someone other than husband before marriage?
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Becoming free from all sins by listening slokas

We encounter many statements in scriptures as below Statement one from Bhagavata Puranam SB 10.66.43: Any mortal who recounts this heroic pastime of Lord Uttamaḥ-śloka's, or who simply hears it ...
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Are all human beings capable of self-control?

I have been trying to find an answer to this according to the Hindu holy texts, but I cannot find reference to this in the Gita. Are all human beings capable of self-control or are there human beings ...
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How does the quality of “Tamas” viz. “ignorance”, affect Moksha/Liberation?

There are 3 qualities for any being or existence, named as : Sattva (illumination), Rajas (passion), Tamas (ignorance). Gita discusses them in great detail. According to it, the quality of Rajas is ...
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Are religions (generally) inducing fear in humans in the name of hell to make them believe in God? [closed]

There are different kinds of pleasures and pains both physical and mental pain and there are also various tastes like sweet, sour, hot etc., Some like sweet and some are allergic to sweet (which may ...
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What is the punishment for abusing god? [duplicate]

If a person abuses God, what punishment the person has to undergo? Let us consider the following slokas from Geetha 1 2 O son of Kunti, even those devotees who faithfully worship other gods also ...
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What is the punishment given for using filthy and vulgar language towards women [duplicate]

What's the punishment given for abusing, using filthy vulgar language towards wife and children according to scriptures?
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Why the act of accepting gifts at sacred places (Tirthas) is considered a bad Karma?

In the Devi Bhagavata Purana's 9th Book's 34th Chapter, Savitri (wife of Satyavan) asks Yamaraja: Sâvitrî said :-- “O Bhagavân! What is, according to the S’âstras, Brahmahattyâ (murdering a ...
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What types of [non-intimate] friendly touches are allowed with other women?

As per scriptures, is it allowed for men to touch either married or unmarried women, not from own family, with or without her permission? The touch I used here refers to handshakes, keeping hands on ...
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Is years in all eras(yugas) calculation related to any increment of sins on earth?

We have 4 eras like a Satiyuga, Dwaparayuga, Tretayuga, Kaliyuga. I have read all of the time periods. But, Is this calculation linked to any other criteria like increment of sins on earth or ...
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Are husband and wife, associated/affected by each others' sins?

Is it true, that husband is associated in his wife's sin but the wife is not associated in her husband's sin? Example: Robber Valia's wife told him that I have not associated with your sin. Later he ...
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Does a men wishing a goddess as his wife is a sin? [duplicate]

In mythology, several women like Sati wanted God as their husband, but as far as I know, men did not allow to do same. Is there any reason behind it? Is it okay to want a Goddess as wife? If not, how ...
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What is the punishment for watching porn [duplicate]

What are the punishments faced by a person who watches porn according to scriptures?
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What does hinduism says about saving money

In 21st century there are various(legal) investments which pays more without doing any work or with less work. For example(Hypothetical): cryptocurrency, so if a person invests some amount and after ...
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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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What is the consequence of performing deity worship using stale flowers?

In a deity worship, flower (or Pushpa) is an important Upachara. It is thus included among both Pancha Upacharas and the Shodasha Upacharas. Now, I know that the act is very much proscribed in ...
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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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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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Do Gods inherit sins committed by their avataras?

I remember reading somewhere that for the sin of killing Vali from hiding, Vali was reborn as Jara and killed the Krishna avatara.
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Is the concept of sin (papa) developed in Rig Veda?

By the time of Shatapatha Brahmana incest had become taboo. But in the Rig Veda, Pusan is said to be the wooer of his mother and the lover of his sister Dawn. Did the concept of sin only develop ...
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How did Saraswati end up as “wife” of Brahma?

According to Shatapatha Brahmana, Brahma conceives a passion for his own daughter but the gods condemn Brahma, even the goddess goes away from Brahma. Prajāpati conceived a passion for his own ...
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What is Vivekananda's / his disciples' / Ramakrishna Math's stance on homosexuality?

What were Swami Vivekananda's views on homosexuality? What did he preach on this topic? If he did not discuss this topic, what is the current view of his disciple-acharyas at the Ramakrishna Math? ...
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What are the recommended remedies for childless couples who are eager?

I am very sure and believe that the previous birth sins will follow a person in the next birth. Hence, due to sins committed in the previous births, some of the couples don't have children in this ...
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How are trees sharing Indra's guilt?

As given in puranic stories, Indra shared His guilt of killing a Brahmana among Women, Trees, Water and Earth. The below verse tells the guilt shared by trees: तुर्यं छेदविरोहेण वरेण जगृहुर्द्रुमा...
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A few questions on homosexuality and hinduism

Sorry this is a taboo topic but I have 2 questions What are some examples of bad karma that result in a birth as a homosexual ?It seems that it can only be a bad karma as good karma can't possibly ...
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Do all Hindu schools of thought believe that bathing at holy places helps clear sins? [duplicate]

Bathing at pilgrimages like Ganga, Yamuna, etc. helps clear sins. Is this a universal Hindu belief or does it differs across school of thoughts? As it is commonly believed in our country that bathing ...
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Clarification on loosing caste due to Samudrolanghana (sea voyage)?

The question How to recover from lost caste status after crossing an ocean? and it's answer says that one looses his caste if he takes a sea voyage. Now, these are my doubts: Is there any distance ...
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How to recover from lost caste status after crossing an ocean?

Based on what I know, the most loss of Hindutva that can happen is loss of caste (which would include the right to cremate one's parents), for example for crossing the ocean. From here: Baudhayana ...
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Is there any significance of flying Eagle touching head?

Today an eagle touched my head while I was in my open terrace. For last few days it was flying very near to me. In various chapters of Mahabharata, there are instances of signs provided by animals. ...
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How listening to and reading Bhagvat Gita or the Puranas can remove sins?

It is said that if you read or listen to Bhagavat Gita then all your sins will be removed. I also believe this. But like to know, how do they remove the sins?
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What is the prayaschitta (atonement) for a Brahmin for accidentally killing a cat?

Suppose, a Brahmin accidentally kills a cat. What is the prayaschitta for this act?
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Is “cow” a concept or does it refer to just one species of milk-producing bovine animals?

3. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ becomes consumptive, the killer of a cow becomes hump-backed and imbecile, the murderer of a virgin becomes leprous,--all three born as outcastes. The Garuda Purana, ...
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What do scriptures say about greed & corruption? [duplicate]

These days if you see people are always greedy about others' money. The theives & beggars in the society are increasing. Some common examples include One borrowss money from others and will not ...
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Who should be responsible to protect the Cows from various atrocities? [duplicate]

Cow is considered the most sacred animals constituting various deities. They are maintained by cowherds & dairy people. India is topmost milk producer. But now a days mostly, after when these ...
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Story of Bhujyu

Rigveda alludes a story of Bhujyu who happened to be a son of king Tugra. The king got to know about some enemies planning to attack his kingdom so he sent Bhujyu along with his few confederates on a ...