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The passage you quoted in your question is from Shreemad Bhagavata Maha Purana 4.4.17 and it says that "one should by force cut out the blasphemer's tongue and kill the offender". And your enquiry is about "does Vaishnavism ordains one to the cut-the tongue of a blasphemer? " The answer is No. Not only Vaishnavism but none of the sects of ...


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it's NOT true that only virginity of women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures. Men's virginity also required during first marriage. Men's life span is divided into 4 stages (Ashrama): Brahmacharya (student life) Grihastha (household life) Vanaprastha (retired life) Sannyasa (renounced life) And in the first stage named Brahmacharya, virginity or celibacy ...


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When you destroy life-forms, whether plants or animals, for entirely your own needs, then then that is regarded as a sin or bad karma in Hinduism. Manu Smriti also asks the ruler (or King) to impose fines when some trees are destroyed or even injured, based on their usefulness. 8.285. According to the usefulness of the several (kinds of) trees a fine must ...


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Cremation can be done after sunset. In fact, it appears that there exists a Sastric injunction that if one fails to perform the cremation within 10 hours from the time of death then that creates a Dosha which is to be remedied by performing a particular Prayaschitta. So, in certain cases, the cremation has to be done in the night only. My reference here is ...


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In addition to YDS's answer, I would like to add this verse from the Manusmriti where a man's virginity is stressed upon before marriage: वेदानधीत्य वेदौ वा वेदं वाऽपि यथाक्रमम् । अविप्लुतब्रह्मचर्यो गृहस्थाश्रममावसेत् ॥ २ ॥ vedānadhītya vedau vā vedaṃ vā'pi yathākramam | aviplutabrahmacaryo gṛhasthāśramamāvaset || 2 || Having learnt, in due ...


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The violence should be minimum. Tuladhara said, ‘O Jajali, I know morality, which is eternal, with all its mysteries. It is nothing else than that ancient morality which is known to all, and which consists of universal friendliness, and is fraught with beneficence to all creatures. That mode of living which is founded upon a total harmlessness ...


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Yes Rama had killed Shambhuka because he was performing ascetic penance to become God in the same human body of his and was desirous of attaining celestial powers which could have been risk for Gods. It is mentioned in Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. From Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara Kanda, Chapter 75-76, When Rama asked him why he is performing such ascetic ...


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The interdependence between the dharma (virtue), artha (wealth) and kama (pleasure) can be understood well form the words of Bhimasena in Mahabharata. Note that the words of Chanakya are mainly intended for a Kshatriya and hence my answer is. I will divide my answer into two parts. First part addresses the dependence of dharma on artha and the second part ...


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Who said Kali Yug is bad ? Ved Vyasa himself said "Kali Sadhu:" - meaning Kali is great Each Yug has its own methods of attaining Bhagavan. Kali is the easiest. Vishnu Puran: dhyayan krite yajan yajnais tretayam dvapare arcayan yad apnoti tad apnoti kalau sankirtya kesavam Meaning: Whatever is achieved by dhyana in Satya-yuga, by ...


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Well you don't have to worry about all this, just do your duty without thinking about the outcomes of it. Following is the famous verse from the Bhagawad Geeta, which basically says: Shri Krishna says in Bg. 4.7: यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥ ७ ॥ yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati bhārata abhyutthānam ...


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Parabrahman is of course beyond duality. However, good and evil apply to jivas. Parabrahman privileges dharma over adharma for the welfare of jivas. MASTER: "Brahman is beyond vidya and avidya, knowledge and ignorance. It is beyond maya, the illusion of duality. "The world consists of the illusory duality of knowledge and ignorance. It contains ...


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Mahabharata did not say anything about his reaction after hearing the news of deaths of his disciples Bhishma, Drona and Karna. Let us examine each case separately. When Parasurama fought with Bhishma on account of Amba, for 23 days, he could not defeat Bhishma. When Bhishma was about to discharge Praswapa weapon, Sage Narada stopped him, stating that he ...


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Chanakya remarks - "Dharma" & "Kama" both depend on "Artha" It is true. The Daksha Smriti quite clearly validates the truth of Chanakya's statement in just a couple of verses. No article is procurable without trouble. How can any religious rite be performed in the absence of [proper] articles ? There is no religion in the ...


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I think this can be a good example. The Markandeya is probably one of the oldest Puranas in Hinduism. The text opens with the Mimamsa founder Jaimini asking sage Markandeya for answers to some questions raised by the Mahabharata, but never addressed in it. The Devi Mahatmya, literally "glorification or praises of the Goddess", constitutes chapters ...


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And, why would that be offensive? Whatever Murti or saint that you choose is completely up to you. You have freedom in the Waking state 😀. It doesn’t matter what you call your beliefs, vedantist, zen Buddhist, neutralist, atheists or anything. If you believe in something believe it with all your heart and use your own discretion to forge ahead in ...


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It is Arjuna who worries about varna shankara. Krishna ignores Arjuna's remark. Instead he talks of Varna being based on karma and guna. According to the aptitudes resulting from the dispositions of Nature (gunas) and works (karma), the social order of fourfold division has been created by Me. Though I am their originator, know me to be an agent but ...


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The question is: Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? Puranas came into existence, post Mahabharata period. The main content of each purana will revolve around the main deity. For example: Shiva Purana: Shiva Bhagavata Purana : Vishnu Devi Bhagavatam : Devi Apart ...


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Abhimanyu was killed in a fair war if we read the scenario of whole war. He had a lot of advantage in the war. Let's read about his advantages and later we I crush the misconception regarding the war. Advantages of Abhimanyu He was under the protection of a celestial armour protecting him from the attacks of warriors. Abhimanyu is young, his prowess is ...


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Manusmriti recommends husbands to beat their wives when they commit a fault. भार्या पुत्रश्च दासश्च प्रेष्यो भ्रात्रा च सौदरः । प्राप्तापराधास्ताड्याः स्यू रज्ज्वा वेणुदलेन वा ॥ २९९ ॥ bhāryā putraśca dāsaśca preṣyo bhrātrā ca saudaraḥ | prāptāparādhāstāḍyāḥ syū rajjvā veṇudalena vā || 299 || The wife, the son, the slave, the servant and the ...


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Yes. One such regent queen was Chitrangada, wife of Arjuna. When Arjuna asked her father, King Chitravahana, for her hand in marriage this is what the latter said There was in our race a king of the name of Prabhanjana, who was childless. To obtain a child, he underwent severe ascetic penances. By his severe asceticism, O Partha, he gratified that god of ...


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Before replying the main issue " Desire", it would be in the fitness of things to give some relevant information. Among few others Karma, Attachment, Desire has been the focal theme of Geeta. Almost all copies of Geeta quote around dozen shlokas under the caption Geeta Mahatmya wherein we find a beautiful analogy of lead characters of Mahabharata . There ...


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As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva, the great war of Mahabharata happened for 18 days : Bhishma acquainted with choice of weapons, fought for ten days. Drona protected the Kaurava Vahinis for five days. Karna the desolator of hostile armies fought for two days; and Salya for half a day. After that lasted for half a day the encounter with clubs between ...


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No, we are not doing adharma. To grief on the loss of something is natural, but whether we employ reason and wisdom to stop mourning about things that are but inevitable is a matter of choice. Common people like us generally do not discriminate and do not employ reason for such things. So when we grieve someone who is wise tells us wise and comforting words ...


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Some say Daan is the Yuga Dharma of Kaliyuga while some say chanting the name of God. Someone please explain this concept in detail. Both these statements are correct. One is found in the Smritis and the other primarily in the Puranas. Manu Smriti 1.86. In the Krita age the chief (virtue) is declared to be (the performance of) austerities, in the Treta (...


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Slavery is obviously immoral and is even condemned in several scriptures... It seems like the rest of the world, the dharma śāstra writers of Ancient and Medieval India, did not consider slavery to be immoral. I don't know which Hindu scriptures you are referring to, but I'm yet to find a single one which condemns slavery outright. The Manusmṛti lists 7 ...


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In Rig Veda, the poets are the sages, who heard the DIVINE knowledge, while they were in meditation, composed the mantras. The epithets like AGNI, INDRA, VISHNU, etc, used in Rig Veda, all indicate the various aspects of the same Almighty God. The Abrahamic religions were not in existence when the mantras of Rig Veda were composed. If we deeply ponder over ...


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First of all, the translation of the Bhagavad Gita verse 4.8 is incorrect. Dharma-samsthāpana is mistranslated as "establishing principles of religion". Dharma is not religion. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14: यो वै स धर्मः सत्यं वै तत् तस्मात्सत्यं वदन्तमाहुर्धर्मं वदतीति धर्मं वा वदन्तं सत्यं वदतीत्येतद्ध्येवैतदुभयं भवति । What is Dharma is ...


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Manusmṛti considers cutting down trees a minor offense and prescribes a simple prāyaścitta (expiation): When one cuts fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, creepers, branches of trees or flowering plants, he should recite one hundred Ṛk verses.—(11.142) If one needlessly cuts plants grown by cultivation, or those that spontaneously grow in the forest, he shall ...


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Bhagavad Gita is not intended to cover the specific details of Vedic rituals. That's why even the dhyana shloka says: सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनन्दनः । पार्थो वत्सः सुधीर्भोक्ता दुग्धं गीतामृतं महत् ॥ All the Upanishads are like cows, and Krishna is the milkman. Arjuna is the calf who enjoys the milk, and the Gita itself is the milk. So Gita is a ...


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