Questions tagged [smriti]

For the questions about Smriti (Sanskrit:स्मृति) (literally "which is remembered") scriptures. These texts are usually attributed to an author and produced out of human intellect.

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Is BG 16.23 referring to Vedas or dharma śāstras?

BG 16.23 yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim Ignoring the precept of the scriptures, he who acts under the impulsion of passion, ...
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Permanent sutak on festivals

In my ancestory, no one celebrates Diwali. The reason for this is given that a long time ago a female member died on the day of Diwali. In the Garud Purana, there is description about period of Sutak ...
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English or Hindi translation of Vyasa Smriti

Is there any site or way to get a pdf or epub of Hindi/English translation of Vyasa Smriti? I have searched many sites and couldn't find it. Please of someone has it kindly provide a link. Thanks
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Is Bhagavad-Gita an Upanishad according to the scriptures? [duplicate]

Bhagavad-Gita is simultaneously words of God, mentioned as an Upanishad, the 'Smriti-prasthana' and a part of the 'Itihasa-purana'. The scriptures mention a hierarchy as Vedas and Upanishads > ...
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To which caste do people from the Vishwakarma community belong?

I belong to the Vishwakarma community and am not able to decide on the caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra) I belong. As per my knowledge and learning, even the Vedas, Manusmriti and other ...
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Smritis for Brahma-Vadinis

Is there a set of practices that have been established for Brahmavadinis when they come out of their monthly asaucha periods? Are there any smritis which describe what their duties should be and if ...
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Where is this statement cited by Satadushani found in scripture?

Vedanta Desikan cites a statement the following Shatadushani http://gdurl.com/S8rkW For statements such as the following are found in smrtis: There is no expiation for drinking the milk of a ...
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Which denomination do majority of contemporary Hindus adhere to?

I know more Vaishanvas and Shaivas exist in South India and Shaktas are more prominent in the east,But in North what are the major denominations of Hindus?
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Which came first, dharma śāstras and smṛtis or the people that followed them?

This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Did the dharma śāstras and smṛtis come first and then people started following them or people already had some unwritten rules and they were then codified into ...
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What do ancient Hindu acharyas say about accepting the authority of Shruti but denying the authority of Smriti?

Some people nowadays say only the Shruti (Vedas) is the sole authority in regard to Dharma, and what is not Shruti, like the Smriti, Dharma Shastras, Puranas, etc. is man-made and can be rejected. ...
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What is the position of the Tantras among the holy scriptures?

We know that if there is a conflict between the Vedas and smritis, Vedas has to be accepted. Similarly if there is a conflict between smritis and puranas,smritis have to be accepted. But what is the ...
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How many available smriti are there in total?

How many currently available smriti are there? Are there any smritis whose names are known but not available? What are the names of smritis available along with the corresponding author names and the ...
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Does Parashara smriti allow eating non-vegetarian food?

Parashara smriti is said to be a valid text for people of Kali yuga. Does Parashara smriti allow the eating of non-vegetarian food?
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What is the order of the importance of Hindu texts? [duplicate]

In Hinduism, there are many classes of books such as Vedas, Puranas, Smritis etc., Suppose any two texts from a different class of books either contradict each other or provides an alternative way ...
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What do smritis say about giving away one's own children to someone else?

What do smritis and dharma shastras say about giving away one's children (boy/girl) to someone else as daana (i.e charity) or as a worker? What is the take on giving children as daana? Not specific ...
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What is the Hindu(mainly Vedantic) opinion of lying to do good in the world?

Manu Smriti (4.138) सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयान्न ब्रूयात् सत्यमप्रियम् । प्रियं च नानृतं ब्रूयादेष धर्मः सनातनः ॥ १३८ ॥ satyaṃ brūyāt priyaṃ brūyānna brūyāt satyamapriyam | priyaṃ ca ...
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How do Shaivas view and interpret the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

Do Shaivas accept that Rama and Krishna were incarnations of Vishnu? How do Shaivas view and interpret these Itihasas?
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What is the difference among Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions?

What are the differences among the traditions of Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions as in Shrauta Parampara, Smarta Parampara and Pauranika Parampara?
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Do scriptures allow men to perform last rites for relatives that are still alive?

According to this news report, a group of Indian men decided to perform last rites for their former wives. They say taking a dip in the Ganga redeems you of all your sins. But a group of Indian men ...
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How do Rakshasas look? Physical appearance of Rakshasas?

What are the various physical appearances of Rakshasas?
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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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Except for baudhyana dharma sutras which other dharma sastras talk about loss of caste due to sea voyage? [duplicate]

Baudhayana Dharma-sutra, composed about 2,000 years ago, maybe earlier, lists this "Samudrolanghana" or "Sagarollanghana" as the first of many reasons for loss of castes (II.1.2.2). Are there ...
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Where does Adi Shankaracharya explain the meanings of “Shruti” and “Smriti”?

I came across this quote of Shankaracharya: Shankarāchārya says, "Shruti is a means of direct perception [in the sphere of transcendent knowledge], since, in order to be an authority it is ...
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Why does Manu Smriti declare temple priests as sinful?

"Physicians, temple priests, sellers of meat, and those who subsist by shop-keeping must be avoided at sacrifices offered to the gods and to the manes." (Manusmriti: 3/152) "(Food) given to a ...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

I want to know the reason for allowing kings to take multiple wives. Is it Rajo guna or any other reason based on Shruti, Smriti, Puranas?
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How can one save Sanatana Dharma?

It is said on multiple occasions that we need to protect our sanskriti, our dharma, etc. But is there any reference in our shastras on what should we do to save dharma?
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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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if there is difference of opinion between purana and gita and dharmashashtras(like: manusmriti etc), which will take more precedence?

if there is difference of opinion between purana and bhagvad gita and dharmashashtras(like: manusmriti etc), and they are interpreting vedas in their own manner to support their views. Now, then ...
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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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Is hiding one's caste a punishable offense?

From this article: Although the first Maratha ruler, Shivaji, freely recruited Mahars in his army, two centuries later, by the time of the Peshwas, the status of Mahars was lower than ever. The ...
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Were the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis actually carried out or they merely served as a deterrent?

Were some of the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis like the Manu actually carried out (any real examples?) or they merely served as a deterrent? From Manusmṛti: On abusing a Brāhmaṇa the ...
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Which scriptures contain information about Stri Rajya?

Stri Rajya is a matriarchal kingdom located somewhere in Uttarpath and mentioned in several Hindu Scriptures like Kama Sutra and Sanskrit works (based on Hindu Scriptures), like Raghuvamsa and ...
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism against the Satī (sahamaraṇa) system?

Are there any counter-arguments within Hinduism against the concept/practice of Satī? I heard that some commentators/interpreters of scripture believe the widow actually goes to hell since self-...
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Are the Vedanta Sutras Smriti or Shruti?

Vedanta Sutras, as you must be knowing, is the primary text of the most popular philosophical school of Hinduism i.e. the Vedanta school. Written by Badarayana Vyasa, it is summary of all the ...
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Which hindu scriptures support the (modern) concept of manifesation

There is a lot of propagation of the concept of LAW OF ATTRACTION in today's world. I also find Wikipedia mentioning that Hinduism has significantly contributed to the creation of this (new age) ...
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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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How can subhuman treatment of a person be justified because he was “born” in a particular varna?

I was very shocked to read recently that venerated gurus of vedanta like Adi Shankara and Ramanuja said shudras (and women) have no right to study vedas when infact vedas clearly don't say so . Quite ...
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Which scripture say any woman having intercourse with 5 different men is a prostitute?

From this answer, I found The celebrated Pandu, tempted by the desire of having more children wished to speak again unto his wedded wife (for invoking some other god). But Kunti addressed him, ...
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What are all the changes the earth will suffer from during the Kali-Yuga? [closed]

What changes the earth will suffer from during the Kali-Yuga? I don't want a very small answer because question is not small. I want to know all the changes the earth will suffer from during Kali-age ...
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What scriptures talk against tapta mudrAnkana practice?

Tapta mudrankana is a process of heating metallic religious symbols and touching on the skin so that a mark is produced on the skin. It is usually followed by vaishnava tradition using shankha and ...
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If the Vedas say human lifespan is 100 years, how can humans live for thousands of years in previous yugas?

This answer says that the Vedas say the average human lifespan is around 100 years. If so, how can humans live for 10,000 years plus in previous yugas? Since every word of the Veda is eternal, this ...
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What's the difference between Veda, Purana, upanishad, Smritis, Granth?

All these were written by great sages. When one sage writes something great then how his creation is being categorized among them? Means, if he writes something then after completion, how is it ...
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If Devas and Rishis are self-realized, then why do they act contrary to it?

According to the Bhagavad Gita, a self-realized person is one who has gone beyond fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, pain and pleasure, etc. and all dualities of the material world. AKA he is situated in ...
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Why does Parashara say to keep a black cat and precious stones in home?

In the Parashara Smriti, there is a verse which instructs to keep a black cat and precious stone in homes. One should keep in his house the following things : the wood for striking out a ...
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Which scriptures mention about Sutak dosha (various prohibitions on child birth)?

Generally there are various prohibitions when a child is born in a family. It goes upto several days like 11 days which is called Sutak period. There are also various community rules regarding no. of ...
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Who was sage Harita, the son of Bhrigu?

I came across a text similar to the Smritis or Law Books which is called the Harita Samhita. He seems to be somebody of significance because his laws are repeated by Rishi Markandeya in the book. ...
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Tamil dynasties in Ithihasa

In Mahabharata Mahabharata 8.12 When that host was being thus struck and slain by heroic warriors the Parthas, headed by Vrikodara, advanced against us. They consisted of Dhrishtadyumna and ...
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Can a younger sibling marry before elder sibling in Hinduism?

Can a younger sibling marry before elder sibling in Hinduism?(Especially girls)What do sastras say about this?
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From which scripture does Adi Shankara quote about Maheswara shaping name and forms of all beings from the words of Veda?

In his Brahma Sutra Bhasya 1.3.28, Adi Shankaracharya gives a long commentary while proving about the eternity of Vedas. He quotes about various scriptures there like: Thus Scripture declares in ...
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Are there any handshake restrictions for Hindus?

According to this question on Workplace.SE: Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for ...