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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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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Which smṛtis (dharma śāstras) are to be followed in Kali-yuga?

Which smṛti or smṛtis (Manu, Parāśara, Yājñavalkya etc.) are to be followed in Kali-yuga§? The Parāśara smṛti supposedly mentions that it is meant for Kali-yuga. Do we have similar statements in ...
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In Hinduism, what exactly is a lie? And is lying adharma?

I would like to know what is considered a lie in Hinduism? Sometimes we speak good but we speak the same thing in a different way which appears as a lie to the listener but it's not really a lie. In ...
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Bṛhat samhita- chapter 35 (6th century CE) describes formation of rainbow. This was later proposed by Sir Issac Newton nearly after 11 centuries. The verse is as follow. सूर्यस्य विवधवर्णाः पवनेन ...
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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 ...
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Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas?

In Hindu Dharma the Vedas,Upanishads,6 Vedangas,Smritis(or the Dharma Shastras),Puranas and the Itihasas(Ramayana and Mahabhartha) are usually together called the Shastras or Scriptures. Among them, ...
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

As per the Vedas, getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil or daemon (दानव dānava) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन dharmānukūlana). And Lord Krishna ...
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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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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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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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Does Hindu morality come from scripture or is it the other way round?

Background: The question Is the Gadhimai massacre a Hindu ritual? has an answer which says animal sacrifice is against the Hindu principles of ahimsa while the other answer says 'Animal sacrifice is ...
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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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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 sanyāsaṃ prohibited in Kaliyuga?

Recently I have seen a video in which an elderly man says sanyāsaṃ is prohibited in Kali yuga. His statement is as follows: Aśvamedha, Gomedha, sanyāsaṃ, offering meat to manes, Begetting children ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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Do Hindus have specific dress code guidelines in their dharma shastras (scriptures)?

Are there any specific teachings related to how Hindus should dress in the public? In Islam, for instance, it has been outlined that women must wear a hijab or nikab. Islam has very clear instructions ...
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Any examples where a Smriti has contradicted a Sruti statement?

First of all,by Smriti here i mean only the Dharma Shastras like Manu Smriti,Parashara Smriti etc. It is very often that i find comments of the following nature here: "In Hinduism Sruti is the ...
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Does not performing the Garbhadana samskara result in Sudra progeny?

In Hinduism the Samskaras or the purificatory rituals (like Garbhadana,Upanyana etc) play pivotal role. The complete list of such Samskaras are as given below : Garbhaadaana Pumsavana ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Relations with Cows?

........."The Atri Smriti also mentions homosexuality as a sin and prescribes an expiation measure for the same: By discharging semen into inhuman females except a cow, into a woman in [her] menses,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What would be the varna of son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya Woman?

What would be the Varna of a son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya mother? From Manu smriti chapter 10 From a Kshatriya and the daughter of a Sudra springs a being, called Ugra, resembling ...
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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 ...