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Kindly explain these verses of Manunsmriti?

Manu Smriti Chapter IX या पत्या वा परित्यक्ता विधवा वा स्वयेच्छया । उत्पादयेत् पुनर्भूत्वा स पौनर्भव उच्यते ॥ १७५ ॥ If a woman abandoned by her husband, or a widow, of her own accord, marries again ...
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Does husband get wife's karma?

Does husband get a share of wife's sin? What do the scriptures say about this issue?
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Where is this verse quoted from?

brahmacari grhastho va mrtadaro vanecarah jnatva samyak param-brahma tyaktva sangan-parivrajet “After he has come to understand the nature of the Supreme, a student, a householder, or a forest-hermit ...
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What does Yama Smriti say about a person who survived a suicide attempt? How is she/he spiritually affected?

I have been curious to know about how the person is affected spiritually and what are the consequences of surviving a suicide attempt? I read online that the survivor of suicide is fined 200 panas, ...
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Is Apostasy considered a punishable offence in Hinduism?

If someone decides to Leave Hinduism and become atheist, do any the scriptures (Vedas, Smritis, Puranas) consider it an offense worthy of punishment and prescribe any punishment for it? Just like how ...
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Where is this verse found?

Pranam "Guru uktam api na grahyam yad anarthe artha kalpanam" Even the words of Guru should be rejected if they are immoral.. I think it is from 7th canto bhagavatam prahlad maharaj's ...
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A question regarding sale of items in smritis and scriptures?

Pranam Is it necessary for seller and buyer to be present at the place of selling to take place? Is mental selling(via manasika sankalpa not verbal) valid? What happens if an object is sold but isnt ...
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Are there any instances in scriptures where wives disobeyed their adharmic husbands?

And their anti scriptural instructions? Kindly mention scriptural references.. Also any references that illegal order of husband should be disobeyed..
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When can one disobey Superior person's orders?

Pranam, Like order of Father Husband or Guru etc.. Please provide scriptural references.. Thanks
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What are the cases in which wife can disobey her husband?

Pranam, Please provide scriptural references.. Thanks
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Can wife disobey husband's illegal/adharmic orders?

Pranam Suppose a perverted or a mentally unsound husband orders a wife to go someone else(to be with him(have sexual relation with him)) then I think it is adharmic.. My question is can wife disobey? ...
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Is inter-faith marriage (marriage with a Yavana) allowed in Hinduism?

I recently saw a video of a renowned modern-day Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, where he said inter-religious marriages are fine if the partner is spiritual. I wondered whether this is the teaching of Hindu ...
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Unholy literature and media, what our scripture says

I want to know what scripture says on unholy sources of entertainment like a film promoting alcohol, smoking, or literature magazine promoting sexualization. What do scripture recommend us?
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Is there any prayachitta for pornography(please tell from scripture verses if any)

Lord Shiva says in the Mahabharata: Those men who, impelled by desire in their hearts, cast their eyes on naked women, those men of wicked deeds take birth in this world to pass their whole lives in ...
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Laws for Dasa and Dasis

So from an answer previously, I heard how Rama Rajyam employed slavery ie Dasa and Dasi to be gifted to Brahmins. I have a few questions, however. Number one how does one become a Dasa or Dasi? What ...
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How do we reconcile with scripture's apparent promotion of child marriage.?

Child marriage is a crime and is illegal by law. Yet, there are verses in Hindu texts that seem to promote it. Please explain how this is reconcilable.? पराशरस्मृति (Parāshara Smriti) 7.7-8.: प्रा...
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Are there any cases of Brahmana marrying a Kshatriya woman?

It is allowed for a Brahmana to marry a Kshatriya woman taking her as his second wife(Anuloma Vivaha)..But are there cases in Puranas and Itihasas that describe a Brahmana marrying a Kshatriya first?
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Is Aham Brahmasmi the embodiment principle of seeing the veda by the Maharshis?

Since source of divine knowledge is impersonal Brahman, through the Maharshi's, which principle, statement or shloka from Vedas, Puranas and Bhagavatam elucidates this, or supports it? All ultimate ...
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Why Bhagvad Geeta is classified as Smriti and not Shruti? Even though it was told directly by Brahman in the form of Shri Krishna? [duplicate]

In the Bhagvad Geeta, the Parabrahman had proved his Authenticity, Authority and the divine knowledge. It is the only book so far where god refers himself with "I". So, why should it be ...
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What is the minimum land ownership to become a king according to sastras?

Pranam, I heard that in Mahabharata Pandavas asked for 5 villages(one each for each brother) so that they can do their kshatriya duty(as kings).. 1)So can a person who has absolute power ower a ...
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Is everything taking place in the world simply Ishwara's leela? A mere sport? What does the scriptures have to say?

I'm looking for scriptural verses from Sruti or Smriti (and NOT the claims of yogis and saints) where it is mentioned that all our experiences in this world such as happiness, suffering, grief etc. ...
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What is Hinduism's view on racism?

Does Hinduism uplift racism or condemn it? I want an answer based on the Vedas, Dharmashastras, Puranas and other primary religious texts.
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Why is that the fourth Veda is not mentioned in the Manu Smriti?

While I was reading the Manu Smriti I came across a verse in chapter 1 which reads: From out of (the three deities) Agni, Vāyu and Ravi, he extracted, for the due fulfilment of sacrifices, the ...
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Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra?

Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra? (According to the Dharma Shastras)
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Primary source for Ambedkar's claims on Veda Vyas Smriti

I'm looking for the primary source for the following claim made by Ambedkar (link). I tried finding the text here but I am not able to find it. Does someone know the exact verse of this text in the ...
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Where does it say that Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, etc are smritis?

The Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas are often said to be smriti. But I have seen several lists of smritis given in various Hindu texts and none of them include these Itihasa texts, they only include ...
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Which are the 18 Smritis? In which Hindu text are they listed?

It is often said that there are 18 smritis. But despite searching for a long time I have not come across a single Hindu text that lists 18 smritis. The Yajnavalkha smriti lists 20 smritis which I have ...
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Which Shastras say that we should not eat after Sunset?

In one of the discourse or dialogue, Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, while describing the good qualities of crow, said It wakes up at Bramhamuhurtam……it caws and wakes you ...
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Scriptures and Adultery

What do Hindu Scriptures remark about adultery for wives and for husbands? Are there specific exemptions or also the references that injunct punishment of any kind for adulterous wives or adulterous ...
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Is money lending business wrong as per scriptures? [duplicate]

I heard many saying that those who earns money from this business will never be happy, etc etc. Also, kathakaars also say that sometimes. I am curious if it's mentioned in scriptures or anything ...
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Scriptural References on Code of Conduct in Marriage for wife

Manusmriti, I guess, states as : A woman is never supposed to live independently. During young age, she is to live under the protection of her father, after being married, under her husband, and ...
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Where is the shloka "bramha janati iti brahmanaha" found?

Where is this verse found "The knower of Brahman is a Brahmin"
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How should disabled people live their life?

Disabled people have difficulty leading lives like normal people, like career, marriage,etc. So, do scriptures tell specifically about their duties or how should they lead their life in case its ...
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Is Lord Shiva praised as Supreme in any Smritis?

I am interested to know if any of the 18 Smritis, or Grihyasutras, Srauta Sutras etc praise Shiva as the Supreme and endorse Saivite practices like Bhasmadhārana,and Tripundra etc.
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What is the definition of sati (chaste women) as per scriptures?

In the light of scriptures, What is the definition of sati or a chaste women? Does it mean a women who never held sexual relationship throughout her life except with her husband post marriage OR Is it ...
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Wasting Sperm on masturbation

Suppose, a couple is trying for a child. In that case, prior to that, how long should the husband conserve the semen (avoid masturbation/or sex) for a good child. Like, I have read scientific works ...
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Where can I get Smritis in english or Hindi Translation?

I was searching over the Internet for a long time to find and read the Smriti but it didn't help. Is there any source where I can read all 18 major & minor Smritis online or offline with ...
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Are the Puranas superior to the Smritis? [duplicate]

Do the Puranas have a greater authority than the Smritis? Or do the Smritis have a greater authority than the Puranas?
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Are all Upanishads shruti?

Are all 108 Upanishads considered shruti? Or is it just the Mukhya Upanishads that are considered shruti?
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Which texts are infallible and inerrant?

The Vedas must be infallible, as they were authored by God, or by rishis under the inspiration of God, who is the “Truth of Truth”. Therefore every passage of the Vedas is true, whether literally or ...
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From which shastra is the story of a wife and her husband Kaushik who was visiting prostitutes?

The story is mentioned here in wikipedia: A Brahmin named Kaushik from Pratishthan used to visit a prostitute, despite being a Brahmin and having a devoted wife. It's also mentioned on other sites ...
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Are there any documented cases of opposite-sex friendships in Hindu scripture?

Are there any documented stories or cases of non-sexual friendship between men and women in Hindu scripture? For reference, the Kama Sutra says sex with female friends is prohibited: Then, here is ...
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Why should we not get haircut and shave (trimming nails) when wife is pregnant

Can someone tell me what are the rituals to be followed by a brahmin when the wife is pregnant? I've heard that we should not cut hair and shave? Is it only shave or haircut also? Should both be ...
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Scriptural source for saying animal sacrifice and non vegetarian food for Brahmins are not for Kali Yuga

One can see ample amount of evidences for animal sacrifice and Brahmins eating meat in Vedic and Smriti literature. When I pointed out this to a learned Pandit, he just said it has been forbidden in ...
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What are the rules of a student of the three vedas mentioned in Apastambasmriti Prasna 1? [duplicate]

Failure to be Initiated: If his time for initiation has lapsed, a man should live observing the rules of a student of the three Vedas for one season and then undergo initiation. For a year ...
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Can a non-initiated brahmin study the Puranas?

Can a non-initiated brahmin (usually considered a shudra (Skanda Purana Nagara Kanda 239.31)) study the Puranas? I have heard that even Shudras can study the Puranas and Itihasas but Vyasasmriti 1.22 ...
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Is Manu Smriti mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata?

It is popular traditional belief that Manu Smriti was there before Ramayana and Mahabharata. So does Manu Smriti find any mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata? Are any passages quoted in the ...
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Is Harihara abheda mentioned in Smritis like Manu Smriti?

Is Harihara abheda (non-difference of Vishnu and Shiva) mentioned in the Smritis like Manusmriti or any other 17 Smritis?
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Separation of the Church and State in Hinduism

The separation of Church (Religious Bodies) and State (Government and Administrative Bodies) is an important concept in modern politics. Christians love to quote Matthew 22:21 “Give therefore to ...
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Is one Maternal Nephew (Bhanja) equivalent to 100 Brahmins?

What is the status of one's maternal nephew (Bhanaja) in one's life ? Is it true that one maternal nephew equivalent to 100 Brahmins ? In which scripture it is written ? Is it true that one shouldn't ...
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