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What does our scripture say about marriage? Why should we marry?

What does our scripture say about marriage? As per manusmriti, there are four purposes of Hindu marriage To have progeny Sexual pleasure Performance of religious rites And through the above ...
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Where is this verse from in the Vedas about the Manusmriti?

Krishna Yajurveda ➡ Taittariya Samhita : 2.2.10.2 Quoting Sanskrit text from Wikisource: Taittariya Samhita, Adhyaya-2, Prapathaka-2, Anuvaka-10, 2nd Mantra: VERSE: 2 वै तिष्यः सोमः पूर्णमासः साक्षा...
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What is Hinduism's view on gender-equality and feminism?

Some signs of Kali Yuga as mentioned in Parashara Smriti's 1st chapter touch upo the issue here: ............ 30 & 31. "Religion has been overthrown by irreligion ; and truth ...
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Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular Varṇa?

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 ...
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Which smṛtis (dharma śāstras) are to be followed in Kali-yuga?

The Dharma Shastra (the rule book of what to do and what not to do) to be followed in Kali Yuga is Parashara Smriti only & not those of Manu and others. This is as per the Parashara Smriti . I ...
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Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti?

Argument 1a) 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 ...
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How do we decide what is dharma and adharma?

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 ...
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Why Manusmriti and Mahabharata say women are living lies?

Why Mahabaharata says Women are living lies ? First Of all lets look at the whole context in which these sentences were written. Now if we look at the previous chapters which describes the whole ...
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If my father doesn't study the Veda, does this make me ineligible to learn Vedas?

If the father is not learned in the Vedas, even then the son is allowed to study them. Manu Smriti 3.136. If there is a father ignorant of the sacred texts whose son has learned one whole ...
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Mentions of intercaste marriage in ManuSmriti or Manu Dharma

It is condemned. Reason is- by inter-mixing of castes Varnasankaras are created and they do not belong to the realm where Manu's laws apply well. Manu Smriti 10.24. By adultery (committed by ...
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Is there any verse or historical evidence suggesting that manusmriti is more authoritative than other smritis?

1) Among Dharmasmritis(Manusmriti, Naradasmriti , Parashara Smriti,Yajnavalkya Smrti ... etc) , is there any verse or historical evidence which suggests that manusmriti is more authoritative/...
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Which Manusmṛti verses were written exclusively for vaiśyas and śūdras?

From Wikipedia, the author of that article - Devdutt_Pattanaik is an Indian author known for fictional work and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures Someone with a scientific bent of mind ...
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What is the real meaning of "Kanyadhana"

The word is KanyA dAna and not what you said also it is not DH but D.. See Manu Smriti 3.29: एकं गोमिथुनं द्वे वा वरादादाय धर्मतः । कन्याप्रदानं विधिवदार्षो धर्मः स उच्यते ॥ २९ ॥ ekaṃ ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

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 ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

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 ...
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Who is Manu of Manu Smriti?

As per Verse 1.59 and 1.61, the Manu of Manu Smriti is the first Manu named Svāyambhuva Manu of first (Svāyambhuva manvantra): [Manu:] This Bhṛgu will fully describe to you this (Law); this sage has ...
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What is the punishment for raping a woman according to Smriti?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines rape as: to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour In this regard the prescription of the currently available ...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

PV Kane in his History of Dharma Sastras Vol 2 Part 1 page 89 writes The theory of the early smṛtis was that there were only four varṇas and there was no fifth varṇa. Vide Manu X.4 and Anuśāsana-...
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What is the punishment of lesbian sex, according to Smritis?

Quoting from the extant Manusmriti. The provisions dealing with female homosexuality are given in the chapter on adultery. The punishment for the same is as follows: If a maiden pollutes another ...
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Is there any punishment mentioned in Dharmashastras for the vilification of Vedas?

According to Skanda Purana V.ii.68.24-33 , one who speaks wrong about vedas and gods becomes pishacha. Those who commit breach of trust, those who have sex with other men’s wives and those who speak ...
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On verses, from major Hindu texts, similar in purport to those found in the Bhagawat Gita

When Uddhava asked Shree Krishna about characteristics of men who are bounded ,free and who are devotees.Lord krishna given uddhava similar answers as given to arjuna in Bhagvat Gita. We can find ...
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What is the source of the Sanskrit śloka that lists the four corner-stones of dharma?

This Shloka is available in Manu Smriti, Chapter 2, Verse 12. वेदः स्मृतिः सदाचारः स्वस्य च प्रियमात्मनः । एतच्चतुर्विधं प्राहुः साक्षाद् धर्मस्य लक्षणम् ॥ १२ ॥ vedaḥ smṛtiḥ sadācāraḥ svasya ca ...
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Is Hinduism a bit partial to Kshatriyas?

"Hinduism" (a dharma and it's not same as a religion) is not about any impermanent worldly systems/customs/relations e.g., the varna-system. It is ultimately about mukti i.e salvation, and before that,...
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Who is Svayambhuva Manu's mother?

There seems to be more than ten Manasa Putra of Lord Brahma as I have described in this answer. Some Puranas include Svayambhuva Manu and Shatarupa also in the list of Lord Brahma's mind-born children....
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Mentions of intercaste marriage in ManuSmriti or Manu Dharma

Why is intercaste marriage bad? Intercaste marriages are bad because the offspring produced are genetically inferior. This is especially the case for Pratiloma marriages. Even when the husband is a ...
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Does Manusmriti go against Vedas?

No, prohibiting Shudras from studying the Vedas does not go against the Vedas. In fact, encouraging them to study the Vedas is going against the Vedas. This is because you can only study the Vedas if ...
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Reference to China in Manusmṛti?

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 ...
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Why did Ramakrishna marry Sarada Devi when he had no intention of leading a married life?

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'...
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Why does Manu Smriti say to cut tongue of Sudra if he insults a Bramhana but just fine a Bramhana if he insults a Sudra?

1. The Prescription of Fine (See table below to avoid reading) The basic rule for fine in case of verbal abuse has been dealt with in Dharmashastras like Brihaspati which purport to derive their ...
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