Not just beef, eating any kind of meat is by default prohibited in Hinduism. Consider the following statements from the primary Hindu book of law:
Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and
injury to sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of)
heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun (the use of) meat. [Manu
In Hinduism, the bond of marriage has a great importance. Marriage is seen as a way to achieve Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Marrying once/monogamy is given an importance. Monogamy is one of the reasons which made Sri Rama a model for our generations.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswami (Kanchi Periyava) while explaining the greatness of marriage in ...
Shaving/Haircut also called Kshoura Karma is not allowed on all days.
When shaving beard, start from right side. then cut the mustache, armpits and then at last haircut. Then shave whichever hairs are are to be shaven and then cut the nails at the end.
Ekadasi, Chaturdasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sankranti, Vyatipaata, days of Vrata and sraaddha, Tuesday and ...
No, the Dharma Shastras explicitly forbid Hindus from marrying foreigners, otherwise known as Mlecchas.
Here are some verses from the Atri Smriti that prohibit interracial marriages:
The purification for knowing [having sex with] a Mleccha woman consists in a Santapanam penance, or it is said, one may attain to
purification by performing a ...
Well, not only it is contradicting with common sense, it is also clearly against what Atri Rishi has to say in the Atri Smriti:
When, after delivery, the menstrual blood is seen, the woman becomes
purified like pure gold. (192)
If despite her complete unwillingness, a woman is known deceitfully, forcibly or stealthily, that woman, unaffected by any sin, ...
This is not what Atri Smriti or Vishnu Purana says. This is directly from Rigveda Samhita.
Smritis generally have the info which is taken from the Vedas. Sages usually refer to Vedas when they say information like this.
The verse cited in Atri Smriti or Jyoti Nirbandha is referring to RigVeda Mandala 10 Sukta 85 mantras 37 to 43. To be more precise 40 ...
The Vedas, in particular, do not have a limited (narrow) vision of patriotism. The Vedas clearly say that we all are the children of Mother Earth. Hence, we should love the whole earth as our motherland and not just our own country.
MAta Bhumih Putro Aham PrithivyAha .
The earth is my mother, I her son.
Atharva Veda Samhita, Kanda ...
Manusmriti 4.176 says
Let him avoid (the acquisition of) wealth and (the gratification of his) desires, if they are opposed to the sacred law, and even
lawful acts which may cause pain in the future or are offensive to
Hence, even any lawful act which may cause pain in the future and are offensive to men , like casteism/varna ...
Vidhura is the word used for a widower in Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 188.8.131.52:
Now we will explain the rule for entering the order of ascetics (saṃnyāsa).
Some (teachers say), 'He who has finished his studentship may become an ascetic immediately on (the completion of) that.'
But (according to others, asceticism is befitting) for Sālīnas and Yāyāvaras who ...
What is dharma and adharma is determined by scripture. Krishna says in the Gita (XVI. 23-24):
He who discards the injunctions of the scriptures and acts upon impulse of desire attains neither perfection nor happiness nor the Supreme Goal.
Therefore let the scriptures be your authority in determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done....
There were no slaves in the Hindu world like the equivalent of it in
the western world
The above statement is true.But we do have the concept of "dasa/dasi" or servants or (some translate it as) slaves.But they are not the same as say sex slaves or war slaves."Servant" is the more proper word here not "slave".
The dasa or dasis are there to help the ...
You can not really save Dharma. You can follow it. And, by following it, you're doing what's required of you.
Like, from Devi Bhagavatam 11.1:
Deliverance of one's Self depends verily on his own Self. Therefore
one should always earn and store dharma (religion) and observe always
there the right conduct to help one in the next world. If Dharma be on
Please do read the summary and appreciate the post as the detailed part is disastrously long.
Summary: There are a few things to keep in mind:
Adultery (intercourse outside marriage) is a sin.
Marriage beyond Varna especially pratiloma union (lower Varna man and higher Varna woman) is bad (Refer: 1 and 2
Killing a Brahmin is one of the major sins (Refer: 5 ...
The duties of Kshatriyas are mentioned in many scriptures. Let us take an example from the Kurma Purana:
The kshatriyas constitute the second of the four classes. They were created from Brahma’s arms. The duties of kshatriyas include dana (donation of alms), adhyayana (studying) and performing yajnas (sacrifices). But their primary duties are to take up ...
First of all, the sons who are born out of proscribed marriages will not belong to any of the 4 castes (varna-s). As there is no 5th caste, they all will belong to the unknown caste or the out-cast. But they have different names so that they can be differentiated.
10.4. Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya castes (varna) are the twice-born ones, but ...
1) Among Dharmasmritis(Manusmriti, Naradasmriti , Parashara
Smriti,Yajnavalkya Smrti ... etc) , is there any verse or historical
evidence which suggests that manusmriti is more authoritative/followed
than others(Naradsmriti,Parashar Smriti,..) or whether all have equal
authority? What if two dharmasmritis verses clash with each other,
which one ...
Prajapatya, Chandrayana and Krcchra are the penances done for the expiation of some certain sins as you have described in your question.
Prajapatya is defined in Manu Smriti, Chapter 11, Verse 211 as:
त्र्यहं प्रातस्त्र्यहं सायं त्र्यहमद्यादयाचितम् ।
त्र्यहं परं च नाश्नीयात् प्राजापत्यं चरन् द्विजः ॥ २११ ॥
tryahaṃ prātastryahaṃ sāyaṃ ...
NOTE: Manusmriti critics have cherry-picked certain verses from the Manusmriti to show that Manu was unfair towards Shudras and partial towards Brahmins. The purpose of this answer is to provide the rest of the other verses that censure bad Brahmins and praise good Shudras, to show that the critics cherry-picked those verses unfairly, and that Manu is ...
In Hinduism, Earth and Bharatvarsh is considered as mother. And, in general, everyone love their mother.
Vishnu Purana says:
उत्तरम् यत् समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रे: चैव दक्षिणम्।
वर्षम् तद् भारतम् नाम भारती यत्र संतति:||
THE country that lies north of the ocean, and south of the snowy mountains, is called Bhárata, for there dwelt the descendants of Bharata.
Adhyaya 1 Pada 3 of Purva Mimamsa Sutras of Jaimini discuss of Authority of Shruti and Smriti and Authority of Shruti being higher than Smriti.
Adhikarana 2 states:
Shruti (Veda) more authoritative than Smrti.
Sutra 3 of Adhikarana 2 states:
When There Is Conflict (Between Veda and Smriti,) The Smriti Should Be Disregarded; Because It Is Only When ...
Where is it mentioned that such journey is prohibited?
Chapter 22, "Varnasramavidhi" (Rules to be followed by four Varnas) of Brihan Naradiya Purana states "Samudrayatra" (voyage over sea) is prohibited for Dvijas (twice borns) in Kali Yuga.
This chapter mentions various deeds which are prohibited in Kali Yuga.
समुद्रयात्रास्वीकारः कमण्डलुविधारणम् । ...
It was/is applicable to women of all Varnas except pregnant women and women who have young children.
Practice of Sati was always voluntary in past, although the practice changed a lot due to many historical reasons. Women who escape sati practice by fainting need to observe Prajapatya vow.
Chapter 4, Preta Khanda of Garuda Purana mentions it in detail (...
According to Parashara Smriti (PS), during "ApatkAla" or during an emergency, following/maintaining Dharma must take a backseat. Preserving one's life, at that time, is the only priority. And, one should wait for the unrest to be over.
So, this is in other words the same as saying "One can abandon the Dharma ShAstras temporarily till the emergency is over".
The Manu Smriti also mentions undertaking sea voyage as a prohibited act. One becomes fallen/degraded by doing so.
For example, in the list of all the persons who are not considered fit to be invited in a Deva/Pitru related sacrifice, one who has undertaken a sea voyage is there.
3.157. He who forsakes his mother, his father, or a teacher without a (...
Why slaying a woman must be considered "just a minor offense" (upapataka) while killing a brahmin (ब्रह्म-हत्या) is a despicable unforgivable offense - mahapataka? Why such presumed inequality?
Why did you cherry pick the mention of women from the verse and not the mention of kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras, which include men?
Why shouldn't it ...
Summary: (Read conclusion below for a summarised compact understanding, since answer is long.)
Upapātaka doesn’t mean minor sin but general sin. There’s no hierarchy of sins per say except the 5 major ones and killing of women (or anyone) is in no way inferior. There is no differentiation between the killing of Men and women both have been accorded an ...
Usana Smriti's Chapter 7 has the following verse:
It is laid down that Sapindikaran, S'raddha should be preceeded by the
Daiva, (i.e., offerings made to the Deities). There one should invite
the departed Manes and point out again (i.e., invoke) the deceased.*
On this verse the translator/commentator (Manmatha Nath Dutta) says:
A deceased person is ...
The Grihya Sutras are scriptures that detail the rules and regulations regarding Vedic domestic rituals for householders (Griha - House in Sanskrit). There are various such Sutras written by different people e.g. Ashwalayana, Drahyayayana, Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Katyayana, Khadira, Latyayana, Paraskara, Sankhyayana and Apastambha is one of them.
Parts of ...
Here is my answer which is based on the Devi Bhagavatam & the Vyasa Smriti.
The Devi Bhagavatam states that in such situations the views of the Puranas are to be rejected .In other words,the Smritis are more authoritative.
From Book 11,Chapter 1,Devi Bhagavatam:
Nârada said :– “O Muni! The S’âstras are not one, they are many and
they lay down ...
It's there in Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 2.9.6. The Mantras are as follows:
OM . I quench the Rudras. OM . I quench Rudra’s male attendants. OM . I quench Rudra’s female attendants.
7 OM . I quench Vighna. OM . I quench Vinayaka. OM . I quench Vıra. OM . I quench Sthula. OM . I quench Varada. OM . I quench Hastimukha. OM . I quench Vakratunda. OM . I ...