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'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 ...
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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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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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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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Can the “supreme authority” of Veda be proved from Veda itself?

We know that the Vedas are considered as both Apaurusheya and the most authoritative among all Hindu Shastras. But do the Vedas themselves speak about their authoritative nature? AFAIK, such ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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In their old age, who should take care of Hindu parents who don't have any sons?

We see many Hindu couples who don't have a single male child also. Now assume one such couple have a single girl child and they find a suitable groom for her, get her married and send her off to the ...
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Scriptural source for the Subhāṣita that says 'treat others' wives as your mother'

The other day I was listening to a discourse on Rāmāyaṇa ‡ where the speaker points out that although it is very simple for anyone to say सत्यं वद । धर्मं चर ॥ § (Speak truth, follow dharma.), but ...
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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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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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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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Are curses(saapa) effective in Kali Yuga?

Our Puranas and other Mahagranthas like Ramayana & the Mahabharata contains numerous examples of curses(saap)(& boons ofcourse) and how their effectiveness shape future events. In Mahabharata ...
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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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Can anybody share details about Ritu Samskara?

As far as I am aware of the Ritu Samskara performed at the onset of menstruation of a girl is usually depended on various local traditions and one may not find any details about it in smritis. Yet, ...
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Are there Hindu texts which do not fall under the Sruti-Smriti classification?

This talks about what is the difference between Sruti and Smriti: What is difference between Shruti and Smriti? The above link also talks about what can be classified as Sruti i.e. Vedas and some ...
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Do Hindu texts talk about memory?

Do Hindu texts talk about any of this: How does memory work? Where is memory stored? Or, any other references related to memory are welcome.
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Does Hinduism entertain new Smritis?

If a person were to write a new Hindu smriti, to what extent is that allowed and would that be appreciated by the Hindu community?
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Are women allowed to let their hair loose? Why are Goddesses depicted with their hair untied?

Pictures commonly found across the internet depict Goddesses with their hair untied. Example: My knowledge is that women shouldn't have their hair untied. I've also heard in discourses (pravachanams) ...
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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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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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What is the duty of parents towards their own children?

Do Hindu scriptures say anything about the responsibility of parenthood? Specific references to verses from Hindu books would be highly appreciated.
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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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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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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 ...