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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

Earlier answerers have given a sociological explanation for the cremation ritual, but I'll try to provide a purely theological explanation. In Hinduism, every jiva is made of five Mahabhootas, namely, ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

TL;DR: May or may not be permitted for Kshatriyas, but forbidden for everyone else, and not encouraged for Kshatriyas either. Technically there is no such thing as premarital intercourse in Hinduism. ...
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What is Hinduism's view on porn?

In Hinduism we have the concept of "Ashtavidha Mithuna" .i.e 8 forms of copulation all of which are equivalent or equally important in a given context . For example,from the book Essence of Dharma ...
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What does Hinduism say about masturbation?

A glass can be looked on as half empty or half full. I think it is best to rephrase this question by asking instead - What does Hinduism say about continence (self constraint in sexual matters)? ...
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

Adding to @A runnigMind's answer: Cremation of the body reminds that the body is not important but the Atman is. Body perishes but Atman exists eternally. This is in contrast with say Christianity ...
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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

I am re-posting the improved answer. Nobody has given any parameter to explain why Saraswati was a daughter of Brahma. Daughter is produced only by X-chromosome of father and X-chromosome of mother. ...
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Do Hindus believe in Adam and Eve? If not, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?

No, Hindu scripture doesn't talks about Adam and Eve... However some people compare the story of Bhavisya Purana containing name Adam and Havyavati as Adam and Eve and their story sounds pretty much ...
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What does Hinduism say about masturbation?

Hindu Scriptures describe masturbation as a sin. The Parashara Smriti, Chapter 12 , Sloka 63 specifically deals with masturbation and provides an expiation(prayaschitta) for that sin too. ...
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Do ghosts and spirits exist in Hindu beliefs?

Yes, they do exist in Hindu beliefs. Like people worship gods, there are also people and occult practitioners who worship ghosts. It is evident from statements like below in the Bhagavad Gita: ...
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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

Twitching of eyes have great significance in our scriptures. There are various description of auspicious and inauspicious omens in our scriptures and eye twitching is one of them. Twitching of Sita's ...
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

Homosexuality in men is clearly stated as a sin in the Manu Smriti. मैथुनं तु समासेव्य पुंसि योषिति वा द्विजः । गोयानेऽप्सु दिवा चैव सवासाः स्नानमाचरेत् ॥ १७४ ॥ maithunaṃ tu samāsevya ...
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How should Hindus treat people of other religions?

Hindu Dharma is non-exclusive. I.e it does not claim it possesses the exclusive right to grant salvation/liberation. It recognizes that every path can lead to the truth. "ekam sat viprāḥ bahudhā ...
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Are drugs allowed in Hinduism?

Is taking alcohol really allowed in Hinduism, or people forgot what were the teachings There is no "commandment" regarding use of drugs or alcohol. It is considered bad for socio-cultural reasons ...
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What do Hindus believe about extra-terrestrials?

There are numerous references to beings from other planets throughout the Hindu canon. From a Vaishnava perspective, there are mentions of other beings in the Bhagavata Purana, one of the 18 main ...
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Can one be a Hindu that worships through Christ?

I do not see a strong connection between Hinduism and Christianity. Both have completely opposite world views and meta-physics. A Hindu is free to worship Jesus as a deity and a manifestation of the ...
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

In addition to Vineet Menon's comments, that Agni (Fire) is the purest element of the 5 elements (Mahabhutas) that is accessible to man - (The other begin Ether (Nabha or Akasha) is intangible and is ...
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What is the significance of Murthi pooja (idol worship)?

dve vāva brahmaṇo rūpe, mūrtaṃ caivāmūrtaṃ ca [Brh. Up - 2.3.1] God (Brahman) has two modes, formless (nirakara) as well as form (sakar). So when God has two forms, it is just obvious that there ...
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Why "GURU" is equal to "supreme GODS"?

Why is Guru equal to Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshvara This is because Guru is God Himself come in Human form. The Guru is the guide who knows the way to take the jiva to the top, which is re-union with ...
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Does Hinduism give preference to scriptural injunctions over own logical thought in day to day activities?

Well, what is pleasing/acceptable to oneself is also one of the means of Dharma just like the scriptures (or the scriptural injunctions) are. Because, Manu Smriti 2.12 says: वेदः स्मृतिः सदाचा...
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What happens after death?

Because no one has actually seen what happens after death, there are multiple beliefs regarding this. But the yogis through their eyes of knowledge know the movement of the beings before and after ...
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Why not sleep with your head facing North direction?

Religious Reason The south corner is considered as a direction of Death. It also said that the Yamalok ( hell ) is located in the south of the universe and beneath the earth. Normally when a person ...
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What does Hinduism say about Suicide?

As per the scriptures, one who commits suicide becomes a ghost: udbandhanamṛtā ye ca viṣaśastrahatāśca ye ātmopaghātino ye ca viṣūcyādihatāstathā [GP - 2.22.8] Meaning One who dies by ...
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Are we really God?

The answer is obvious, it is because we are not exactly the God, we are jiva, an energy of God. And because we are an energy of God, we are called as God by some. Just like fire and a spark of fire ...
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Relevance of "Dhol Ganwar Shudra Pashu Nari, Sakal Taadana Ke Adhikari"

This is one of the most misinterpreted verses of Ramcharitmanas. Tulsidas had no intention of showing women low by citing this verse. We have to see the context of the verse: This verse isn't told by ...
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What is the significance of Murthi pooja (idol worship)?

From the Vaishnava perspective: Taken as the summary of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 11, Chapter 27. Click here for the specific verses. Worshiping the Deity form of the Supreme Lord automatically brings ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

Yes, Manusmriti forbids sexual intercourse with a virgin girl (without marriage). It consists provisions for the atonement of this sin. Carnal intercourse with sisters by the same mother, with (...
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Why not sleep with your head facing North direction?

The reason we don't keep the head in the north and legs in the south is because south direction is associated with Yamalokam. From Wikipedia Naraka (Sanskrit: नरक) is the Hindu equivalent of Hell, ...
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In which month of pregnancy a soul enters in to a new body(foetus)?

Ayurvedic texts are not Veda. The Chhandogya Upanishad (V. x. 5-6.) answers this question directly. It says Having dwelt there [in the lunar world] till their [good] works are consumed, they ...
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Do Hindus intermarry with other religions?

Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who ...
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