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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

Science must be accepted even when science contradicts the Vedas. Vedas should be used only in matters which can not be probed by any scientific method. Vedic authority does not extend to matters ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

Hinduism is an intrinsically scientific religion. The Vedas themselves accurately describe very complicated geometric concepts including six-dimensional spaces, distances between celestial bodies, and ...
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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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How accepted are the Smritis?

Vineet Menon has given a very good answer to this question. I will add the following: Both Sruti and Smriti cannot override human reason. I am posting here two quotes on the importance of reason: ...
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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 Hindus refute the Muslim belief that the Quran is Apaurusheya?

As the question is framed, I don't see why Hinduism needs to refute Islamic beliefs about its own scripture. None of Hinduism's tenets are affected by Islam's tenets. The question of refutation comes ...
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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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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

I believe that science and hinduism are not that different and not at all contradictory. But it must be said that in order to see the similarities, it is needed to dive deep into Hinduism and Hindu ...
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Are there any scriptures in Hinduism equivalent to the Vedas?

The Vedas occupy the highest pinnacle point of all the sum total scriptures in Hinduism. No other Hindu scripture can be accorded that position. So the answer to that question would be: "no - there ...
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What does "belief in the Vedas" actually mean?

Traditionally Hindus are the one who believe in Aparusheyatva of Vedas. Swami Prabhavananda says the following in book Spiritual Heritage of India. The Vedas, on the other hand, are said to be ...
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What do ancient Hindu acharyas say about accepting the authority of Shruti but denying the authority of Smriti?

Ancient Acharyas say that it is only logical to accept the validity of Smriti, because the expounders of Shruti also expound the Smriti. Hence, the Smriti is based on Shruti. Firstly, we accept the ...
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How can agama be treated as shruti?

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 ...
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What is Anumana Pramana to be precise?

I am partially answering the question for Anumana. As we know in Samkhya, three standards or proofs are accepted - direct perception, inference (Anumana) and Apta Vakya (or scriptures). ...
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If there is a conflict between Pratyaksha pramana and Sruti, which one takes precedence according to Vishishtadvaita Vedanta?

Here is what Ramanujacharya says in this section of the Sri Bhashya, in the course of refuting the Advaita belief that we should believe that duality is unreal on the basis of scripture despite it ...
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Did Sayanacharya believe in the authority of Ithihas and Puranas?

Sayanacharya often alludes to Puranic legends to explain certain Vedic Mantras. This I have noticed at some places of the YajurVeda books I have. In the book Rig Veda Mandala 5 (R.L.Kashyap) the ...
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Are Pramanas mentioned in the Vedas?

The Vedas do not mention about PramAnas. It's the Darshana scriptures which talk about them. For example, in SAmkhya Darshana, three PramAnas (standard) are accepted. ...
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Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti?

The Manusmriti verse 4.176, He shall, avoid such wealth and pleasures as are opposed to righteousness, as also righteousness if it be conducive to unhappiness, or disapproved by the people.—(176) ...
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Why are only 3 pramanas accepted in Vishishtadvaita?

Visistadvaita does not dispute the validity of other Pramanas, it just says there are three independent Pramanas, namely Pratyaksha, Anumana, and Sabda, and other Pramanas are reducible to these three....
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How accepted are the Smritis?

From Shiv Rahasya book (less information available about this book) says following about the laws of Man (Smritis). It says such laws Should be followed with wisdom, not blindly. O you who are ...
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in which sect of hinduism manusmriti is canonical text?

May be the SmArta Sect. Actually, as far as i know, no sects explicitly say that Manu Smriti, in particular, is one of the fundamental texts for them. But on the other hand, Manu Smriti is one ...
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On what basis do Hindu philosophies say Sabda Pramana is infallible?

TL;DR: Shabda pramana is infallible insofar as it does not contradict perception or inference, and comes from a trustworthy authority. If shabda contradicts perception or inference, then believe in ...
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What does "belief in the Vedas" actually mean?

As for belief in Vedas - Belief is central to religion. The whole concept of religion revolves around belief. That's why nonbelievers are called atheists. So when it comes to religion there cannot be ...
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Vaisheshik does not consider Shabda as pramana, then how they hold veda as valid and reliable source for knowledge

For the topic of Dharma the Vaisheshika Sutras are considering word of vedas as reliable source of knowledge. It's said in the below sutra that the Ishwara created this universe through the Dharma ...
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Do all Vedantic philosophies agree on the number of Pramanas?

Most Vedantic philosophies other than Advaita agree on the number of Pramanas. As I suspected, Advaita accepts the same six Pramanas as Kumarila Bhatta; here's what the 17th century Advaita ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

There are already answers which tell the answer to your question. I impose a question: why are the contradictions or whatsoever you want to call it arise? The answer is we humans interpret, compare ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

Science itself never and can't contradict with hinduism. Only some partial (adhuri) knowledge scientist try to contradict. When knowledge of one topic is limited to someone (scientist) then they start ...
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How accepted are the Smritis?

Hindu scripture is made up of two categories, Shruti and Smriti. Shruti means "that which is heard" (what Christians would call "revelation"). Hindus believe that from time immemorial, sages known ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

So before answering your question i would like start with quotes "'Astonishing fact! The Hindu Revelation (Veda) is all relavations the only one whose ideas are in perfect harmony with Modern ...
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