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This is what the Rig Veda hymns say: reference Mandal 10 Sutak 85 Mantra 30 The hindi version clearly states that in certain condition if the husband engages with his wife then his body too will be affected. Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 33 Mantra 19-20: 19 Cast down thine eyes and look not up. More closely set thy feet. Let none See what thy garment veils, ...


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Yes, twitching of left eye means something desirable is about to happen. Here is one example from Srimad Bhagavatam in which Rukmini's left eye twitches when Lord Krishna was arriving in her palace. evaṁ vadhvāḥ pratīkṣantyā govindāgamanaṁ nṛpa vāma ūrur bhujo netram asphuran priya-bhāṣiṇaḥ (SB - 10.53.27) Meaning: O King, as the bride thus awaited ...


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Not sure about flag, but the color sure have important place in Sanatana Dharma. All Rishis/Munis used to wear yellowish color'ed clothes which is nearly same as Saffron color. Here is a reference from Rigveda Suktam 10 Hymn 136: मुनयो वातरशनाः पिशङ्गा वसते मला । वातस्यानु ध्राजिं यन्ति यद्देवासो अविक्षत ॥२॥ The Munis, girdled with the wind, ...


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I think the time when Srila Prabhupada was preaching, there was counter culture and special attraction towards east which also helped in spreading. Too much tamas or too much opulence generally makes it difficult for people to accept bhakti. Queen Kunti says: SB 1.8.26: Those increasingly under the influence of ambitions for a good birth, opulences, ...


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Yes, they do. Only their brāhmaṇas and kṣatriyas are restricted from eating beef and pork. The rest can eat pretty much whatever they want. From Island of Bali by Miguel Covarrubias: A Brahmanic priest we occasionally visited told us that under no circumstances may Balinese eat the following: "human flesh, tigers, monkeys, dogs, crocodiles, mice, ...


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A Partial answer. Rig Veda 8.33.19 doesn't seem to be saying that women should wear a veil. This hymn 8.33 is about Asanga who became a female due to curse. अधः पश्यस्व मोपरि सन्तरां पादकौ हर | मा ते कषप्लकौ दर्शन सत्री हि बरह्मा बभूविथ || Cast your eyes downwards, and don't look up. Keep your feet closer; let not anyone observe your back ...


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Guru and Sishya relationship may not always ends in SPIRITUALITY as explained in this answer. In Kacha and Devayani story Kacha tells Devayani that she is like a sister to him as she was the daughter of his guru. In Mahabharata Arjuna spent one full year in the inner women apartments of King Virata as a dance teacher of Uttara. After his victory over ...


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The Ochre color, which is very close to Saffron, has been prescribed as the color of an ascetic's garments. 6 A wandering ascetic should wander forth according to the rule, abandoning his relatives and free of possessions. 17 Going into the wilderness, 18 he has his head shaven except for the topknot; 19 wears a loin cloth; 20 resides in one place ...


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Yoganand As you are Marathi I am too and we are celebrating this Utsav(FESTIVAL) for the last 30 years and before that my grandfather used to celebrate in our village. As your concern, there is no limitation in size of Ganesh idol, you can go from the smallest 1-2 feet to 108 feet too. There is no Shastra behind the size of Ganesh idol in history. And for ...


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It is very difficult to term a person as Hindu, under a single method. 1. Accepting the Vedas as the authority The earliest spiritual texts in India are Vedas. So if anyone says that a person shall be a called as Hindu, if he accepts the authority of the Vedas, then that claim is questionable. In order to accept the above claim, the foremost requirement ...


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The questions are: Why does one become favored by the gods? What qualities make Rama heroic, aside from his status as an avatar of Vishnu? Was there a reason he was selected to be Vishnu's avatar? Are there qualities that are viewed as traditionally "heroic?" In the west, and Christianity, there's heavy emphasis placed on things like charity and ...


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All religions are insisting of prayers to God at certain intervals, reading of respective Holy text, following respective customs. Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Saakteism, etc, are religions, being practiced by people under the name of Hinduism aka Sanaatana Dharma. Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, etc, are Religions. Naturally, majority of the people ...


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Bharat Mata is the presiding goddess of Indian Sub continent. She is known as Bharti which is another name of Saraswati. Indian people worshipped Saraswati in form of River and land since ancient times. On holding tricolour. It is a later variation of Goddess. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee says that Durga, Kali and Jaggadhatri are different forms of Maa Bharati ...


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