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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 ...


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By seeing an alternate translation of that verse, i.e. Rig Veda 10.18.8, it says the opposite of Sati. Rise, woman, (and go) to the world of living beings: come, this man near whom you sleep is lifeless: you have enjoyed this state of being the wife of your husband, the suitor who took you by the band. Also, there is commentary from Saynacharya ...


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The verse of which " Dharmo rakshita rakshitah" is a part is found in Manu Smriti. We need to understand the context in which it was said. The following is the translation of the full verse. Manu Smriti 8.15. ’Justice, being violated, destroys; justice, being preserved, preserves: therefore justice must not be violated, lest violated justice destroy ...


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The answer to this question is given in scripture itself and in the writings of the greats. Scripture can be regarded as scripture only if it is reasonable. Bhisma said in Mahabharata 'Even the words heard from an ignorant person, if in themselves they be fraught with sense, come to be regarded as pious and wise. In days of old, Usanas said unto the ...


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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 ...


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First, your question title contains an underlying assumption - that 'he had no intention of leading married life before he got married'. The same wikipedia article you linked states : Ramakrishna's mother and his elder brother Rameswar decided to get Ramakrishna married, thinking that marriage would be a good steadying influence upon him—by forcing ...


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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only? Yes, Shudras are considered lifelong Grihasthas. Shudras only belong in one Ashrama as per Gautama Smriti: Live with his wife (only) 'Another commentator explains the Sûtra to mean that he shall live with his wife only, and never enter another order (i.e. never become a ...


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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war? To know the answer first it is necessary to know the what were the set of rules that were setup before war. There were certain rules mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: SECTION I. Then the Kurus, the Pandavas, and the Somakas made certain covenants, and settled ...


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What is the meaning of Svadharma? What do scriptures say about the term? Gita explains the term Svadharma in Gita 18.47. One's own duty, even if without excellence (i.e. inferior in the scale of worldly values)is more meritorious spiritually than the apparently well-performed duty of another. For no sin is incurred by one doing works ordained ...


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From the day of marriage, wife becomes associate of her husband for performing all righteous deeds. A wife should be always devoted to her husband which is her merit, penance and Heaven. The bold parts below explains her duties other than caring. The Mahabharata, book 13, section CXLVI, gives the conversation between Lord Shiva and Uma, in which He asks ...


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There are lot of dissimilarities between these 2 scenario, hence we may not be able to reconcile them trivially. Ravana was a mix of Brahmana & Raksha blood line; Karna was mix of deity (sun) and Kshatriya By birth Ravana was of higher order (varna) than Rama, hence Rama didn't want to indulge in a unjust Brahmana-hatya at whatever cost; Arjuna & ...


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He then killed the horses of Dussasana's son, and they met in a mace fight where Abhimanyu died in a fair fight. No, it was not fair fight. As per Mahabharata: Drona Parva: Abhimanyu-badha Parva, soon before it, a group attack happened (as mentioned in your question) where Karna cutt off Abhimanyu's bow, Kritavarman slew his steeds, Kripa slew his two ...


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One of the meanings of vīra is son. It also mean warrior or Kshatriya. And, one of the meanings of vīrahatyā is murder of son. Also, other translation of Manu Smriti 11.41 verse is as below A Brahmana who, being an Agnihotrin, voluntarily neglects the sacred fires, shall perform a lunar penance during one month; for that (offence) is equal to the ...


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Yudhishthira never talks untruth. Hence his chariot didn't touch the ground. But after he told the untruth because of the reason that the untruth in that particular context(stopping Drona's fight in the war) is sinless and better than the truth, his chariot along with animals touched the ground. It is mentioned in the following passage of SECTION CXCI of ...


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As per Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, not just Vedas but all our scriptures are the breath of the supreme being. Yajnavalkya Maharaja tells Maitreyi Devi, As from a fire kindled with wet fuel various kinds of smoke issue forth, even so, my dear, the Rig—Veda, the Yajur—Veda, the Sama—Veda, the Atharvangirasa, history (itihasa), ancient transmissions (purana), ...


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O Fair One! Thus I have described to you the characteristics, approved by S’âstras, of cow-killing (Gohattyâ) and murdering a Brâhmin (Brahmahattyâ). Now hear which women are (Agamyâs) not fit to be approached and those which are fit to be approached (Gamyâs). One’s own wife is fit to be approached (Gamyâ) and all other women are Agamyâs, so the ...


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Yes, it appears so. This is what Patrick Olivelle says in the Introduction to his translation of Manusmṛti (a.k.a Mānava-Dharmaśāstra): Reading the MDh one cannot fail to see and to feel the intensity and urgency with which the author defends Brahmanical privilege. A major aim of Manu was to re-establish the old alliance between priesthood and ...


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Yes, it is mentioned in Mahabharta, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva: Section 1 that Duryodhana went to heaven because he sacrificed his life in war. "Narada, smiling, told him, ‘It should not be so, O king of kings. While residing in Heaven, all enmities cease. O mighty-armed Yudhishthira, do not say so about king Duryodhana. Hear my words. Here is king ...


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If we see by name, both includes word "Dharma" i.e both texts are about Dharma. So, talking about content, both DharmaSutra and DharmaShastra constitutes nearly same topics. Now, the term "Sutra" in DharmaSutra gives indication of the nature of text. sūtra सूत्र Definition: n. a short sentence or aphoristic rule, and any work or manual consisting of ...


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Such quotes are unlikely to be found. Not sure whether you will get anything dealing with the issue directly from the Vedas either. But Smritis state that only during emergencies one may not follow Dharma. This injunction is not applicable during normalcy. Parashara Smriti's 7th chapter has the following verses: During a civil commotion, or in exile, ...


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Swadharma in scriptures means the duties (Dharma) prescribed for someone (Swa) based on his Varna. It is one set of duties for a BrAhmin, another set for a Kshatriya and so on. Here is a verse from Manu Smriti that is quite clear in explaining the concept: Varam swadharmo viguno na pArakyah swanushthitah | Paradharmena jivan hi sadhyah patati jAtitah ...


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People need to understand that the Mahabharata states that Karna was killed in a fair manner. He fought till the very end, had his bow in his hands, was armed, and not holding onto any chariot wheel. Read the authentic bori Mahabharata.[] 1 This is what happened. Karna countered a astra of Arjuna using Varunastra. Arjuna counters Karna’s astra with the ...


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How exactly did the killing of Bhishma violate the agreed-upon rules of war? One (or maybe two) on one - Bhishma was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. Was there a rule that he was not supposed to fight a man ? Because Shikhandi, the challenger was a man when he challenged. Bhishma had a random self-imposed ...


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First of all it is recommended in the scriptures that one marries and begets son. The following Aitreya Brahmana 7.13 verses quoted in the Vashishta Dharma Sutras make that explicit: ‘A debt he pays in him and immortality he gains, the father who sees the face of his son born and alive’ (AB 7.13). 2 ‘Eternal are the worlds of those men who have ...


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