What does our scripture say about marriage?
As per manusmriti, there are four purposes of Hindu marriage
To have progeny
Performance of religious rites
And through the above three, experience Bliss or Happiness
Why should we marry?
What Param Pujya Morari Bapu mentioned is the simplified truth to drive home a point for a larger ...
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
indeed by that which is false ; kings have been overpowered by thieves
; males have been subdued by females ; the worship of fire is dying
out ; respect to ...
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 story , we can see that-:
1) In Mahabharata Yudhishthira once asked Bhishma about discourse on women.
2) Then Bhishma told Yudhishthira a old story of Rishi ...
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....
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 ...
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 recension of the Veda and the Angas,
and a son ignorant of the sacred texts whose father knows an entire
recension of the Veda and the Angas,
Manu Smriti 3....
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 ...
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 would not 'believe at first sight' that there are only ten. They would ask 'Are there 10 verses..' instead of 'What are the 10 verses..'
Any case, the list of ...
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 don't know if there are any other Scriptures which contradicts with this or not.
Refer to Parashara Smriti :
According to the nature of age the Laws to be ...
"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, to lead a life of OM, by performing karma as per dharma, that rather is the most personal thing for each human being. The only things that are universal are ...
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 ...
Here's one Sanskrit text with Hindi translation of Manu Smriti by Pandit Girija Prasad Dvivedi on archive.org:
ManuSmritHindi-GpDwivedi (PDF: ManuSmritHindi-GpDwivedi_text.pdf)
The English translation of Manu Smriti is available at sacred-texts.com (George Bühler) and also on archive.org (Max Müller).
Another English tr. of Manusmriti with ...
Dr. Surendra Kumar of the Arya Samaj has written a concise and critical commentary of the "Manu Smriti". A scanned version can be located on-line via Google. In this commentary, Dr. Kumar states that spurious interpolations have been made to the original text of the "Manu Smriti" over time. The interpolated verses seem to be written in a different style ...
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 priyamātmanaḥ |
etaccaturvidhaṃ prāhuḥ sākṣād dharmasya lakṣaṇam || 12 ||
The Veda, the Smṛti, the Practice of cultured Men, and what is agreeable to oneself—these ...
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.
According to Vishnu Purana and Shrimada Bhagavatam, Lord Brahma divided himself into two parts. Male part is Svayambhuva Manu and female part is Shatarupa.
First of all it should be understand that Agama is a very wide subject. It involves various aspects such as mantra, yantra, upasana, diksha, anushthana, temple construction, idol construction and so on.
There are many references which say that shruti are of two kinds. One is Vedas and other is agama. There is another post on agamas which you can go through ...
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, ...
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 that conversation in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana.
इन्द्रियैरिनिन्द्रियार्थेषु गुणैरपि गुणेषु च । गृह्यमाणेष्व हं कुर्यान्न विद्वान यस्त्वविक्रिय:।।9।।
Manu Smriti 4.176 says that one should not perform a particular Dharmic action if its performance at a particular time will bring sorrow and if that action has been considered as unsuitable by the society. Therefore, it is not wrong to go against the prescriptions of Dharma in circumstances which demands that.
Now, regarding your first question, ...
(This answers the question in the title. I think there must be another question for the rest)
The literal meaning of the word 'Dvija' means a twice-born. So at the moment the upanayana is performed, a person becomes a 'Dvija'. This is because the person is considered to be born again at the end of upanayana. Note that even birds are called 'dvija' since ...
Varna can mean color but has no connection with any discrimination. Varna can not be translated as caste either.
Vaisampayana said,’ Hearing these words of Arjuna, O chastiser of
foes, Nakula of mighty arms and a broad chest, temperate in speech and
possessed of great wisdom, with face whose colour then resembled that
of copper, looked at the king …....
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 you have done Upanayanam, and the scriptures prescribe Upanayanam for Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas only. Shudras do not undergo Upanayanam, and hence, do ...
I am not sure what he means by saying that "there are only two verses for the Sudras". There are many more such verses which either contain instructions for a Sudra or are related to them in some way. Here are three of them for example:
2.24. Let twice-born men seek to dwell in those (above-mentioned countries); but a Sudra, distressed for subsistence, ...
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 ...
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 gomithunaṃ dve vā varādādāya dharmataḥ |
kanyāpradānaṃ vidhivadārṣo dharmaḥ sa ucyate || 29 ||
‘When the maiden is given away in due accordance with rule, ...
Explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha in his translation of Manusmṛti (with Medhātithi's Manubhāṣya) say that Manusmṛti 2.181 is referring to Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30 (of Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda):
'Punarmām' – "This verse occurs in Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30," – Buhler.
'Punarmāmaitvindriyam' – "Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.30. Such uses of texts are frequent in the ...
What makes a Brahman comparatively distinct from the Mlecchas, according to the Vedas?
Brahmanas are considered "bhu-suras" or "earthy gods", the highest of man, whereas Mlecchas are "bhu-asuras" or "bhu-rakshasas" or "earthly demons", the lowest of man.
Elephants, horses, despised Śūdras, ...
Yes there are instances where sruti seems to contradict. In his Introduction to Brahma Sutras According to Sri Sankara (available here - http://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/brahma-sutras/d/doc62756.html) Swami Vireswarananda writes (p v.):
The Upanishads do not contain any ready-made consistent system of thought. At first sight they seem to be full of ...