The "Sati Pratha" has been extolled in Hindu Sastras but none mention it as something mandatory.
So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a directive from Scriptures).
The Parashara Smriti(in Chapter 4),for example says,that :
If a woman follows her departed lord, by burning herself on the same
According to Swami Vivekananda the practice was limited and was outlawed in the mid 19th century. He says that although the British took steps to formally outlaw it, it was already being condemned at the time by various Hindu intellectuals of the time and steps were being taken to stop the practice.
Sathi was a cultural practice. It is not a religious ...
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 ...
There are many references which point towards places outside India. But the names are contemporary to puranas so the names are obviously in Sanskrit.
In Vaaman Purana, it is said that Vaaman or Vishnu placed a Trident on a mountain to define the boundary of east direction. (It is also repeated in Kishkindha Kand of Ramayana). This trident is Paracas ...
After the name of an ancient king Bharata, India is also known as Bharata-varṣa since the prehistoric times. Before it, this land was called as Ajanābha-varṣa. This is stated in Shrimad Bhagavatam:
ajanābhaṁ nāmaitad varṣaṁ bhāratam iti yata ārabhya vyapadiśanti. [SB - 5.7.3]
The name of this land was Ajanabha. It came to be known as Bharata after ...
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.
Yeah Jesus did visited Jagannath Temple. The ancient text in the temple mentioned a foreigner to be a pupil of Hindu Gurus.
What is to be noted here is that, In India his Hindu masters initiated Jesus into yoga and the highest spiritual life, giving him the spiritual name “Isha” (from 'Ishvar') which is a descriptive title often applied to Gods.
Athithi Devo Bhava, which as you said roughly means "treat the unexpected guest as a god", originates from the Taittirya Upanishad of the Yajur Veda. Here's the whole hymn that it's taken from:
After having taught the Veda, the teacher instructs the pupil: 'Say what is true! Do thy duty! Do not neglect the study of the Veda! After having brought ...
The name was Ajanābha-varṣa. This was the name given to the planet earth. But after the activities of the king Bharata, the country is named as Bhārata-varṣa.
This is said in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. Skanda 5 chapter 7
ajanābhaṁ nāmaitad varṣaṁ bhāratam iti yata ārabhya vyapadiśanti.
Formerly this planet was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’...
उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् ।
वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।।
The country/khand/region (varṣam) that lies north of the ocean and south of the snowy mountains (Himalaya) is called Bhāratam; there dwell the descendants of Bharata.
More Description of Bhárata-varsha can be found in Vishnu Purana.
You said you already know the origin of the name Bharata Varsha, but for those who don't, the reason the Indian subcontinent is called Bharata Varsha is because it was conquered by the empire of the ancient king Bharata, as described in the Srimad Bhagavatam:
Formerly this [land] was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’s reign it has ...
This is from the concluding cheaper of the book Journey from Many to One / Essentials of Advaita Vedanta by Swami Bhaskarananda.
I found this relevant to your question.
Hinduism, the oldest of all major religions, belongs to the oldest
living civilization of this planet.The difference between a young
civilization and an old civilization is comparable ...
There are shlokas in Hindu scriptures which may be interpreted as patriotic.
It seems that the gods sing songs to this purport. Those who live in
this part of the world called Bharata are in fact blessed. In order to
enjoy the fruits of heaven and salvation they are born as human
beings, casting off their deity-hood.
[Garuda Purana, Dharma Khanda, chapter ...
See similar question and reference from Manu Smriti
Of the 8 types of marriage, the first and foremost is Brahma type, where groom's family comes searching for bride, and she is given as kanyadaan to a brahmachari who has completed gurukula and done samavartana.
It is to be done "Pradanam prak rtoh:" - Before Rtu (menses)
Marriage for girl is same as ...
As per Sringeri official site, Abridged Madhaviya Shankara Digvijayam, part-4, Shankaracharya visits her mother when she is sick, and then he gives her knowledge of supreme brahman, after listening that she dies. Since he is sanyasin and has rejected fire and rituals related to that, he requests relatives and neighbours to help, to that they don't come for ...
Nobody coined those two terms. Both are scriptural terms. They are found at many places in various Puranas.
Couple of such references from the Devi Bhagavata Purana (DBP):
141-159. Thus I have described to you the nature of Prakriti. So in
this Punyabhumi Bharata Varsa, to worship the Devi is by all means
desirable. In days past by, the King Suratha ...
The word "China", referring to a particular tribe, is found in Manu Smriti 10.44:
10.43. But in consequence of the omission of the sacred rites, and of their not consulting Brahmanas, the following tribes of Kshatriyas
have gradually sunk in this world to the condition of Sudras
10.44. (Viz.) the Paundrakas, the Chodas, the Dravidas, the Kambogas, ...
Did Hinduism really survive the proselytization efforts of Islam and Christianity? The content in the above question seems to be seeing the glass half full.
To say Hinduism is in majority in India despite Islamic invasion and British occupation conveniently ignores the fact that Hinduism has lost out to Islam in Afghanisthan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...
Which places in India does the authentic “pitru vidhi” happen?
IMO, while this question can't have answers from the scriptures but the following can have:
Which is the best place for doing pitru related works (like pinda
The best is without doubt Gaya however there are many other places which are considered sacred pitru sthalas.
All the ...
The questions you have asked are difficult to answer.
For example although i know that it is not followed nowadays but how i am going to prove that?
Similarly the question "When did they stop?" is unanswerable IMO.
As far as the "Why" part is concerned, we can still answer it.
The book " Essence of Dharma Sindhu" says that many forms of sacrifices are ...
The article is wrong saying the terms were coined during Ashoka era. It existed in both Hinduism and Buddhism which predate Ashoka by lakhs of years.
Both of these terms occur in almost all the puranas. Jambu dvipa is an island which is mentioned in many puranas which means island containing Jambu fruits. It is one of the seven islands. Other being ...
In scriptures, the term used for Indian is भारती (Bhāratī) as mentioned in Vishnu Purana: Book II: Chapter III:
uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam
varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra santatiḥ
The country that lies north of the ocean, and south of the snowy mountains, is called Bhárata, for there dwell Bhāratī (the descendants of Bharata).
This question assumes that Hinduism came from outside of India though Aryan "invasion". The AIT is disputed and increasingly losing credibility.
When you make the assumption that Hinduism came from outside through invaders, you make the assumption that it spread like how Islam and Christianity spread whose ideology itself asks it's followers to proselytize ...
Each Hindu month consists of one full lunar cycle, either from full moon to full moon, or new moon to new moon, which would be ~ 28 days. The period from the Purnima to Amavasya takes ~14 days, and is called the Shukla-paksha, or the bright half of the month. From the Amavasya to Purnima is another 14 days, which is called the Krishna-paksha, or the dark ...
Are there published "ancient records in the Puri Jagannath Temple archives confirming those facts"?
Nope. None to speak of. Claims of Jesus in India go back to the 19th century. See the associated Wikipedia article. Nicolas Notovich admitted his story was a hoax, and Dowling's source for his own book was "channeling." See Robert Van Voorst's comment (quoted ...
The verse you cited though slightly different from the original appears to be authored by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar a.k.a Veer Savarkar.
From the preface to Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? by Savarkar:
It was on the white-washed walls of his solitary cell in the Andamanees prison
that the first outlines of this book were sketched, chapters and points fixed ...
No where in Ramayana, written by Valmiki, the writer of the epic, Rama was mentioned as God. Neither Ravana.
Though demon king Ravana is the prime antagonist character in the epic Ramayana, yet most of the people are not aware of his background, his conquests and his erudite knowledge.
He is considered as the most revered devotee of Lord Shiva. ...
What's the true (scriptural) reason behind Child Marriage?
TL;DR: For the same reason a child is admitted to school at a very early age and not at age 20. For the Hindu woman, husband is the ultimate God (Pati Parameshwar). So why not get to know him and his family (in-laws) from an early age – this seems to be the basic idea.
In the book Hindu Dharma: The ...
The main four objectives of Hindu way of life are
Dharma (righteousness, morality)
Artha (prosperity, wealth)
Kama (pleasures, marital bliss etc)
Moksha (spiritual pursuit)
From this, it can be understood that materialistic prosperity is not something opposed to spiritual prosperity. They both can coexist in the Vedic way of life.
Hinduism also does ...