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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Can people of one vansha or one dynasty marry each other?

Like do people in suryavansha marry each other, if they are very distant relatives? I once read somewhere that one can marry with someone, whose relations goes as far as 8th or more generation of ...
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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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Once Yudhishthira said, "When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful." Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada, and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)? [closed]

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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Is Tripundra mentioned in the Smritis?

I would like to know about whether Tripundra is mentioned in any of the Smritis? Does any Smriti talk about Tripundra? Does any Smriti ask Brahmins to keep Tripundra?
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Are Vaishnavas & Smartas completely uninformed about third eye awakening?

Supernatural powers are mainly found in Shaiv & Shaakt scriptures and I don't think a single Vaishnav guru or Shankaracharya has third eye powers. Is third eye completely missing from Vaishnav &...
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Is there any punishment mentioned in Dharmashastras for the vilification of Vedas?

I was wondering whether criticizing the Vedas is a condemnable offence. In other religions, usually condemning the scripture can have a severe consequence. What about Hinduism?
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Slavery in Hinduism

In Abrahamic religions, owning both ordinary and sex slaves was legal. What do Hindu scriptures say about owning people as slaves? Did Rama and Krishna free any slaves?
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Is it possible to follow some parts of Dharmashastras, but not everything written in it?

I was wondering whether it is possible to follow Dharmashastras partially. Is there such provision in Dharmashastras? Or do Dharmashastras categorically say that you have to follow it in its entirety?
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"When Smriti conflicts with Sruti, Sruti should be followed" - which SRUTI says this?

Quote which Sruti (Veda) says "Sruti is more important/takes precedence over Smriti". To clarify, in case it wasn't already crystal clear - DO NOT quote Smriti
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Why is Dantadhamana or brushing of teeth prohibited for Brahmacharis?

Here's the verse from Sadachara Smriti of Shri Madhwacharya. All the above austerities hold good both for Gruhastas (married people) and Vanaprastas. Except Vaishvadeva, Baliharana and Dantadhamana – ...
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Does smriti allows king to make new constitution?

Do smriti allows to make constitution ? My point is smriti is supreme constitution.under smriti can king can make new rules and new punishment . Do smriti/vedic/puranic scriptures given freedom to ...
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Why do Brahmins from Bengal eat fish?

Brahmins from other parts of India, as far as I know, avoid eating fish. This answer (Are Brahmins who eat fish fallen Brahmins?) showed that it is indeed forbidden. So why do Brahmins from Bengal (...
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Why, in general, consanguineous marriage is not allowed?

I have seen in my society that cousin marriage is not encouraged. What is the basis of this view? I am asking about scriptural injunctions. Has Smritis categorically disapproved it? I have seen these ...
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Is there any way to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts according to Shastras?

I want to know if our Shastras mention how to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts especially during prayer,Japa or Sadhna?
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Is there any correction for varnasankara?

Is it true that the varna sankara in a lineage gets cleared after 7 generations, if it is not repeated in successive generations? If yes, please provide some scriptural evidence to support it.
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What is the punishment of lesbian sex, according to Smritis?

Manu declared that if a man does it to another man, he has to perform the Santapana penance (11.174*). What if a woman does it to another woman? *Reference - Manu's Code of Law - a critical Edition by ...
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According to Smriti Shastras, what punishment is prescribed for a girl who lost virginity before marriage?

I suppose Smriti Shastras do not encourage sex before marriage. But these days, it is pretty common. I want to know the views of Smriti Shastras on it. What kind of punishment is prescribed for girls? ...
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Is it mandatory for Hindus to treat constitution of the country as a smriti? [closed]

Smritis are the scriptures of sanathan dharma, providing the rules and regulations to lead life. In general, a Hindu should follow the smriti texts by Rishis. There is no ambiguity in it. Every ...
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Do Smriti Shastras have any provision that allows changes with time?

Smriti Shastras dictates rules to govern society. However, with time society changes. What were relevant thousand years back may not be relevant today. Have Smriti Shastras have any such option to ...
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What is the punishment for raping a woman according to Smriti?

Just curious to know what is the punishment for raping a woman according to Smriti Shastras? I am talking about the general case. NOT any specific case like marital rape (Punishment for marital rape?)....
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What is difference between Shruti and Smriti?

The Hindu texts are classified in Shruti (श्रुति) and Smriti (स्मृति). I want to know: What is the difference between Shruti and Smriti? What scriptures are included in Shruti & in Smriti?
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Intercaste marriage was not uncommon in ancient India. However, Smriti shastras criticize it. How to reconcile?

Smriti Shastras unequivocally criticize intercaste marriage. However, there are many instances of intercaste marriage in Hindu Epics, where we get a sneak peek of ancient Hindu society. I can give ...
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Who was sage Harita, the son of Bhṛgu?

I came across a text similar to the Smṛtis or Law Books which is called the Harita Samhita. He seems to be somebody of significance because his laws are repeated by Ṛṣi Markandeya in the book. The ...
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How geographical birth is influenced by karma? [closed]

Thank you to the answerers to another question which I will link below. I want to point out that I do not believe in original sin but I believe in karma. What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to ...
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How can killing a Human being and killing an Animal be on the same level?

Why does Manu Smriti say that by killing certain Animals one should perform the same penance that must be done for killing a Sudra? Manu 11.131 - Having killed a cat, an ichneumon, a blue jay, a frog,...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods or goddesses?

I'm witnessing upsurge in sacrileges, such as— Demolishing idols of devatā-s or devī-s. Profane acts targeting iconography of devatā-s or devī-s. Making abusive versions of epics, purāṇa-s, etc. I ...
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Is Tantra part of the Sruti or Smriti?

Is Tantra part of the Sruti or Smriti? I am a bit confused about where to place Tantra. Please answer with references.
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What is good karma? What is bad karma? Who defines it?

Who defines 'good' or 'bad' karma - like this is bad and this is good? It depends on time or generation? Is there any book, Veda or any other holy book, where it's defined?
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To what extent Manu Smṛtī was followed in Burma (Myanmar), Siam (Thailand), Cambodia and Java-Bali (Indonesia)?

From wikipedia it's evident that Manu Smṛtī was followed by Buddhist Kings of aforementioned countries, The Dharma-sastras, particularly Manusmriti, states Anthony Reid, were "greatly honored in ...
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What is the varṇa (class) of Actors or Actresses?

Actors or Actresses are usually found to poke their unscrupulous nose into the matters they lack substantial understanding of, mere to perpetuate their celebrity status whilst having negligible ...
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Which scriptures say that the Kings and Kshatriyas are allowed to hunt animals?

Many people cite the example of the Pandavas hunting deers to prove that its ok for the Kshatriyas (& the Kingly classes) to hunt. 1) But are there any Scriptures which explicitly say that Kings ...
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Do Smritis mention of any samskaras to be given to a shudra?

Any purification process (Samskara) is there for the shudras? Does any smriti tell about purification process for a shudra person?
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What are the meal timings according to Smritis?

While there is Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding buzz going on in the fitness community, I want to know what is the take of Smritis regarding Time of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Of ...
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Do Shudras have samsakaras according to smritis?

Do Shudras have samskaras prescribed for them? If yes, how many samskaras can they undergo according smriti and which are they? Can a shudra go to Gurukula?
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Can shudra wear thread on waist?

Can shudra wear thread on waist ? What Dharma Shastra is telling that shudra can wear thread around their waist(A ceremony which is called Molathadu in Telugu)? If not, then any sacred thread for ...
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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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What does Parashara Smriti tell about untouchability?

What does Parashara Smriti tell about untouchability?
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What does Parashara Smriti tell about Upanayana Samskara?

What does Parashara Smriti tell about Upanayana Samskara? Parashara Smriti tells that all can have sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana).
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Details On Smriti, and Kalpana?

Please someone provide detail on Smriti, Kalpana and its working.. from Hinduism side of view.. For Example: I recently came to know about Vak, and its working.. on answer written HERE Im looking for ...
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Practices for Focus, Concentration, Memory?

Any Mantra, Yantra, Yoga for Focus, Concentration, Memory... Which concept should I look into, If I want to know more about, Focus, Concentration and Memory in Hinduism
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How to increase Memory? [duplicate]

Is there any practice, mantra/stotra in Hinduism to Increase Memory. I want to read about Smriti-Sakti, Jnana-Sakti, Buddhi Sakti, Kalpana Sakti, Pratibha Sakti... Im trying to collect everything in ...
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Where can I get Daksha smriti in English or Hindi translation?

Daksha smriti is a part of 18 major smritis and an English or Hindi version is not available on internet other than a google book which costs too much. Does anyone has daksha smriti in Englsih ...
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How much Dharma Sastras can be applied in practical life? [closed]

Often there is a conflict between Dharma Sastras and the laws of the lands. So, how can these verses to be treated ?
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Regarding the validity of Smritis

I have read the following claims regarding Smritis countless times : ... what scriptures also say. They say that you should keep the Desha (country or place) and the Kaala (time) in mind when you ...
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When was Yama Smriti lost?

Yama Smriti is one of the eighteen Smriti which is no more extant. Till when it is in existence and when did (in which year) we lose that scripture?
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What kind of clothing did epic and purana characters wear?

Please mention the sanskrit words/titles for clothes, Are there instances where kind, type of clothing should be used is discussed? Or even in suggestive types in puranas? Like gods wearing clothes, ...
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Are married women allowed to fast religiously(vrata)?

In India a lot of women(both married & unmarried) fast for religious purposes. Many Vratas are there all throughout the year viz:- Varalakshmi Vrata,Mangala Gowri Vrata,Rishi Panchami Vrata(...
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Do Parashara Smriti forbids marrying non-virgin girl?

Some of the smritis like Manu forbids marrying a girl who is not a virgin. Is there such mention in Parasara smriti also?
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Remarriage in Sanātana Dharma

Marriage in Sanātana Dharma was or is never a personal matter instead it is a social matter and responsibility. We all know that, there is no concept of "divorce" in Hinduism. But somehow, our law ...