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How to read Hindu Scriptures.?

The following sentence from question motivated/inspired me to introduce following two steps: Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. Step-1 Know about Hindu scriptures. First of ...
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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

Abortion is strictly forbidden. Here is what this chapter of the Gautama Dharma Sutras says: A woman becomes an outcast by procuring abortion, by connection with a (man of) lower (caste) and (the ...
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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

Shaving/Haircut also called Kshoura Karma is not allowed on all days. When shaving beard, start from right side. then cut the mustache, armpits and then at last haircut. Then shave whichever hairs ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

The "Sati Pratha" has been praised in Hindu Shastras but it is voluntary, not mandatory. So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a ...
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Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Yes, that's true. Usually three forms of chanting (japa) are mentioned in scriptures. From Tantra SAra: NijakarnAgocharohayam Sajapo MAnasah Smrito | UpAnsunijakarnasya Gocharaha Parikirtitaha ||...
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What are the Saptapadi or the seven promises of marriage?

The seven steps around the fire represents seven promises taken by newly married couple in the presence of the fire. In Hindu religion, he is believed as the maintainer of life. He carries the fruits ...
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

There are numerous such verses in the Smritis. Consuming Panchagavyas (the five products obtained from a cow) is considered as an effective sin-cleansing remedy for a variety of sins. Here are a few ...
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If a Brahmin doesn't perform duties as per his varna, is he still called as brahmin?

No. He will be considered degraded then. He will be a Brahmin just for the namesake. From Manu Smriti: 2.103. But he who does not (worship) standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, ...
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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

Here is my partial answer. Abortion is a grave sin.The Parashara Smriti says that the sin is even greater than in the case of killing a Brahmin.And killing a Brahmin is considered as one of the 5 ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No. It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas. Bibek Debroy's translation of BORI critical edition is critical edition of Mahabharta. You can read Anushasana ...
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What are the Hindu Code of Conduct (Ethics)?

In Santana Dharma, the "right way of living" is preached in many scriptures. Actually the Sanskrit word "Dharma" itself stands for similar meaning. Ethics (Ethical code or Code Of ...
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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

There is a quotation from the Skanda Purana admonishing that a person who eats grains on Ekadasi becomes a murderer of his mother, father, brother and spiritual master, and even if he is elevated to a ...
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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

The sage Vyasa gives the following reasons for having written the Mahabharata. As the full-moon by its mild light expandeth the buds of the water-lily, so this Purana, by exposing the light of ...
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Is there any advantage for a person dying as virgin?

There is no advantage in dying a virgin unless one has formally taken up the Sannyasa dharma i.e unless one has ritually become a sannyasi. For a sannyasi strict celibacy is a must. But for all ...
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How can one increase bhakti?

Yes, scriptures provide 9 steps of Bhakti known as Navdha Bhakti. In the Ramacharitmanas 3.35 - 3.36, Lord Shri Rama explains Navdha Bhakti to Shabri: प्रथम भगति संतन्ह कर संगा। The first ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik. But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and ...
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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

It is said in the PurAnas that the personification of all sins or the pApa purusha resides within the grains like rice on this day. That's why eating all grains including rice is prohibited on the ...
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Giving Alms (Donation/charity) with the intention of getting merit will give me merit?

Yes, if your intention is getting merit then you will get it. Manu Smriti 4.234. For whatever purpose (a man) bestows any gift, for that same purpose he receives (in his next birth) with due ...
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What is Kayakalpa?

Kayakalpa is yogic practice but not the Kayakalpa we know in current world. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar describes it in his song. Urutharitha Nadiyl odingi nindra vaivinai Karuthinal nirthuye kabalam atre ...
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Why is it forbidden to marry a person with the same Gotra?

Yes, Sagotra (same-gotra) marriages are prohibited by Hindu scripture. Here's what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: A damsel who is neither a Sapinda on the mother's side, nor belongs to ...
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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

Abortion did exist in the ancient days. At least people living at the time of Ramayana had knowledge about it. Abortion here means not killing an embryo with life but removing a lifeless fetus from ...
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Do all Shaiva Siddhantins reject Vamachara practices as sinful?

Tirumular in Tirumantiram condemns Vamachara practises like drinking wine: 326: The Wicked Drink In VAma Tantra Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they; In ritual unholy they drink and ...
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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

Here is a verse that says that black magic (using roots) is a punishable offence. Manu Smriti 9.290. For all incantations intended to destroy life, for magic rites with roots (practised by ...
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

There is also a belief that menstruation was not initially happening in women but it started as a result of sin of Indra which was shared by women. However, then a bigger question arises. What about ...
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Are women forbidden to recite the Chandipath?

It is totally wrong that women are not allowed to chant ChaNDi paath or devI mahAtmaya. When goddess herself is in the feminine form, how come her worship and chant be forbidden for women? If at ...
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What do we gain from chanting the names of Lord Shiva?

Though, there are numerous scriptures have glorified the name of Lord Shiva in detail but since you are asking for specific gain of chanting his name, so I am answering only that. By chanting the five-...
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What is Purascharana and how is it done?

According to Meru Tantram, a Shakta Agama : One (& the best ) way (sadhan or means) of attaining the "Chaturvidha Purusharthas" (Dharma ,Artha etc) is Mantra. And, the first act (Purah=First, ...
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise?

Rigveda (6/17/1 i.e 1st richa of 17th sukta of 6th mandal of Rigveda) doesn't mean what you have mentioned in your question. Here is the original richa in Sanskrit and it's translation in Hindi: ...
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What is the significance of pouring milk on the Shivling?

Milk is used for Shiva-Linga Abhisekam beacuse it is one of the thing which can be used for Linga Abhisekam. For eg. Kamika Aagama (which is one of the 28 principle Shaiva Aagama) state: वर्णभूत शरा...
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