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Is scolding or insulting someone a sin?

Is scolding, insulting someone a sin ? what punishments will we face for this ? If someone insults us, is it right to insult them back or is it better to leave to God?
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What are various ways, as per Scriptures, by which we lose our Punya:Good Merits?

It is said that if we refuse to donate someone who has come to ask for donations, then our Punya is lost. What are other ways, as per Scriptures, which make us lose Good Virtues?
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Are Hindu scriptures (itihasas) written from the winners' perspective? [closed]

I couldn't help but notice but all tales are about the victors. They are always about how the good one, a subjective entity, won over the bad one, again a subjective entity. The voice of the ...
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Does god know our thoughts? and is it a sin to have lustful thoughts?

As far as I know,lusting is one of the biggest sin a person can commit.
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When does all water become impure as a result of sharing Indra's guilt of brahminicide?

As per the Puranic story being discussed in this post Indra, after killing the demon called Vritra, acquired the brahmahatya dosha. His gulit was thereafter shared by women, earth, water and the trees....
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Is being a bystander considered as being a sin? [duplicate]

If a fight is taking place or someone is being harassed/bullied, what do the Shastras say we do? If for instance, I do nothing to help the victim but just take no action, will this be wrong?
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What scriptures other than Dharma Sindhu say sins are stored in hair?

This answer says sins are attached to hair and devotees tonsure their hair when they visit temples to get rid of sins. It says Dharma Sindhu mentions the verse. तीर्थोपवास कर्तव्य सिरसोमुन्दनानिच सि...
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Do grave sinners attain moksha if they remember Lord Vishnu?

How to surrender to god? For attaining moksha.in kaliyuga?
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How will God punish a person who deserts his wife?

If a husband intentionally deserts his wife by listening to wrong and misleading people, then how will GOD punish him?
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Expiation for illicit sex

This answer clarifies that the men or women who participates in illicit sex is considered as sinner and undergoes punishment in Taptasurmi naraka. My doubt is whether the multiplicity of illicit sex ...
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Is taking revenge not a sin?

Drona is great Brahmin acharya (professor) for Pandavas, Kauravas and many other Kshatriyas of that time. He has revenge on Drupada due to insult made by Drupada and hence Dronacharya took revenge on ...
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Killed a dog puppy by accident , feelin uncomfortable please help me [duplicate]

I am a brahmin , today i was doing shiva ratri's upavas ,evening me and my family went to shiva temple everything was good till i returned home , once my family members stepped down of car i took my ...
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Do our sins really burn away if we're reborn as animals or trees (i.e., other than human)?

I have heard that we can not earn any merit or demerit in any birth other than the human birth. So my question is, do our sins (demerits) burn away in animal or tree birth? E.g., a dog born in dirty ...
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After a plant dies, will its atma get a human birth directly? [duplicate]

All plants are harmless and they won't be doing any sin during their plant birth. Then what determines which birth they are going to take up in their next janma?
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How should contrition (repentance for sins) be performed?

If I worship or chant a mantra, is it considered contrition i.e., repentance for my sins or is contrition done differently? What do scriptures say about contrition? The right way to do it? I heard ...
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Is it a sin, if any hindu gets married with a person of other religion? [duplicate]

What do our scriptures say about a person who gets married to a person of another religion? Is it considered a sin? If yes, what is the punishment?
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Is taking interest from bank a sin?

In Hinduism, is regularly depositing some money in a PPF account with the intention of getting handsome interest when we retire, a sin? I came across this blog post that says: A Brâhmana and a ...
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Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

If I do a bad karma without knowing or realizing properly will I receive fruits for that or not? What about children? Do they accumulate karma too? Don't they make lot of mistakes unknowingly? At ...
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Immorality of the gods

Something that puzzles me is that many stories about the gods show that the gods exhibited immoral behavior sometimes. For example, Indra had sex with wives of Rishis. So, what exactly do the gods ...
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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

What do Hindu scriptures says about abortion ("a deliberate termination of pregnancy")? Was it a sin at some point in the past? If so, why? Have any modern Hindu gurus, like Vivekananda, Ramakrishna ...
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Does one gain pāpa or puṇya by remaining neutral in a moral crisis?

I came across this quote today and am wondering what the Hindu scriptures have to say about this. Does one gain pāpa or puṇya by remaining neutral during a moral crisis? The darkest places in hell ...
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What place does a thing like prostitution occupy in the Hindu context?

As to why I was curious upon a question like this : given that ancient Hinduism has given world the popular literature work of kama sutra, so surely there must be some reference as to a thing like ...
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What is Hinduism's stand on bestiality?

Bestiality is possibly the most abnormal and perverted form of sexual intercourse where a human being unites (sexually) with an animal. Presumably, some Hindu temples in India depict bestiality ...
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What do scriptures say about using swear or abusive words for cursing people?

I am asking this question from a modern perspective. Do we consider the use of abusive words as "Vaani Hinsa"? Is there any punishment for this and also does it affect our deeds (karma)? And also ...
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Does Balarama ever regret killing Romaharshana?

From SB 10.78: When Lord Baladeva heard that the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas were about to go to war, in order to remain neutral He left Dvārakā on the pretext of going on pilgrimage. The Lord bathed ...
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How did Samba, Krishna's son, get relieved from Curse of Krishna?

Samba was Lord Krishna and Jamabavati son. Samba was born from Amsa of Lord Shiva. Lord Krishna wanted to end His Yadava clan (who were attendants of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta) as His innumerable ...
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Is bribery a sin according to Hindu scripture? If yes, what is the punishment?

Is bribery a sin according to Hindu scripture? If yes, what is the punishment? For example, the Indian Government's Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has prescribed the following. CHAPTER III: ...
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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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How did Aswathama get rid the sin of killing Upapandavas and curse of Lord Krishna?

After Mahabharatha war, to avenge the death of his father Drona, Aswathama entered camp of Pandavas and killed Upapandavas and sleeping soldiers. According to Mahabhartha, Krishna curses Aswathama to ...
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How many human births does the soul take before it merges with the Almighty?

The soul passes through a cycle of successive lives (samsara) and its next incarnation i.e., birth is always dependent on how the previous life was lived (karma). Finally, the soul travels back to ...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

River Ganga is considered sacred in Santana Dharma. Padma Purana declares that mānyeyaṃsarvadālokepavitrāpāpanāśinī [Pdm. Pu. - 6.22.9] She is pure, destroyer of sins and always honored in the ...
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On use of contraceptive methods and enjoying sex-life without being kandarpa

Kandarpa is a person who only uses his sexual power to beget good children from his dharmapatni or wife. So for being a kandarpa, a person can only have sexual contact with his wife for having ...
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Merits vs. Good Karma vs. Acting out of Anger

Is Merit different from Good Karma? Is repeatedly doing a meritorious act called Good Karma? Somewhere I read that one drop of acid ruins a good and tasty soup. In the same way once person a got ...
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Is it always a sin to make weapons?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...
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In Hinduism, which of our actions make god angry against us?

Which actions of ours are offensive towards gods? (Drinking, Dating, Masturbation, eating non veg etc). Can anyone provide me a list with some explanation? Are these sins?
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How to remove Bramhahatya Sin

Is there any method to clear Bramhahatya(Killing a Bramhana) Sin other than Ashwamedha Yagna?. Since Ashwamedha Involves being king and sacrificing horse which is violent method, and must be avoided ...
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?

This question itself is motivated from this other question: What are different types of sins? Where the accepted answer cites some points from scriptures: Maha-pataka: Killing a Brahman, ...
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How can we make sure it's impossible for us to commit any sin or violence?

Is there a way to make committing violence impossible? Can someone do something so that it will be impossible (or at least very difficult) for him to commit any violence in any corner of the world?
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tīrtha and sins cleaning

I was reading this question and I found interesting comments about tīrtha as follows: you can get rid of sins simply by dipping in a Tirtha. Numerous scriptures including the Mahabharata mention ...
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What is the punishment for consensual sex in Hinduism?

If someone has sex with a maid or someone else's wife with their permission (mutual consent), what is the punishment for it as per Hindu scripture?
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Is painless killing a form of himsa?

It is clear that killing anything by paining body is himsa. That's why many people in Hinduism(especially Brahmins) generally do not prefer to eat animal food. My doubt is whether killing an animal(...
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Is comparing (assuming) self with god a sin?

Is it allowed to compare god with self. Can I consider myself as Lord Ram, Lord Krishna or is it a sin to compare myself with such gods?
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Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants after evening?

there is popular belief particular in Gujarat that it is sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree after evening. My Question really Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree ...
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The story of Sri Krishna, Yudhishtira and the bitter gourd

Is there any scriptural basis to this story of Sri Krishna, Yudhishtira and the bitter gourd? The story goes like this: After the Mahabharata war, King Yudhishtira and his brothers decide to go on a ...
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Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Apologies if this seems a very sensitive issue but can you please help me understand what is considered an adultery? If married male and female partners have mutually agreed and happy to have extra-...
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Is there any specific deity who cuts sins?

As per Hinduism is there any specific deity who cuts sins or all deities cut sins? Narada muni when cursed Lord Vishnu then Lord Vishnu told Narada to chant 'Om Namah Shivay' which would cut sins of ...
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What happens if upadesha mantra is not chanted regularly?

What may happen if mantra chanting is stopped for few days because of busy life schedule? Will the punya or power earned by chanting it will be lost if chanted irregularly?
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What are best practices in chanting a mantra?

To my knowledge, mantra if chanted by knowing the meaning gives more result than chanting it without knowing the meaning. How do we know what will happen if a particular mantra is not pronounced (...
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What to do when a self-imposed vow is broken? Is there a punishment?

What to do when a vow of controlled (self-imposed) brahmacharya has been broken? The vow is not actually a vow of celibacy (as in the case of a Sannyasin). Here the aspirant controlled himself by this ...
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Avoiding Lust in Hinduism?

Many religions have stated clearly that indulgence in sin, specifically sin related to lust in some way is detrimental to spiritual growth. Is there anything in Hinduism that provides a way to prevent ...