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There are various methods of getting rid of committed sins. Like confession as approved by scriptures, recitation of mantras and scriptures, repentance, austerities etc. See: Manu Smriti 11.227. By confession, by repentance, by austerity, and by reciting (the Veda) a sinner is freed from guilt, and in case no other course is possible, by liberality Even ...


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When you destroy life-forms, whether plants or animals, for entirely your own needs, then then that is regarded as a sin or bad karma in Hinduism. Manu Smriti also asks the ruler (or King) to impose fines when some trees are destroyed or even injured, based on their usefulness. 8.285. According to the usefulness of the several (kinds of) trees a fine must ...


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The ancestral offerings are more important than the performance of rites dedicated to gods. Anyone not doing them properly becomes impure and hence unfit to perform any other rituals. And, this impurity is a permanent one unlike the impurities related to birth/death. Manu Smriti 3.203. For twice-born men the rite in honour of the manes is more important ...


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Can one get rid of their bad karma by self-inflicting pain? DISCLAIMER: Do not try the following at home although Manusmṛti recommends it. Also, your state/local laws may not allow this. For a certain sins, Manusmṛti actually recommends physically harming oneself: Expiation of drinking Wine (surā) A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, ...


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There are methods to reduce the effect of bad karmas. Yudhisthira says,'…a perpetrated sin is expiated by auspicious acts, by publishing it wildly, by repentance, by alms-giving, by penances, by trips to tirthas after renunciation of everything, by constant meditation on the scriptures. Of all these, he that has practiced renunciation is believed to be ...


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As per Sadhguru, Karma is neither good nor bad. It is the accumulation of paths one took in their life's journey till now which affects their future. One can't get away from Karma but can maintain a distance by being conscious of it. It is important to remember that karma is not a negative word. Karma is what gives stability and structure to your life. ...


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Manusmṛti considers cutting down trees a minor offense and prescribes a simple prāyaścitta (expiation): When one cuts fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, creepers, branches of trees or flowering plants, he should recite one hundred Ṛk verses.—(11.142) If one needlessly cuts plants grown by cultivation, or those that spontaneously grow in the forest, he shall ...


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Who shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of the brāhmaṇa? The king or fellow brāhmaṇas? Even though the text does say "they should", it is neither the king nor other Brahmanas, but only the Brahmana himself who has drunk sura (liquor from grains). Why? Because since this is a prayaschitta (penance), it is self-imposed. Moreover, the ...


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